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Michael Heather - Candidate for Vice President of National Operations
Michael Heather

Candidate Information

Name: Michael Heather

LMSC: Southern Pacific

Nominated for: Vice President of National Operations

Nominated by: Meg Smath

Letters of Reference from: Betsy Durrant and Meg Smath

Summary Statement

USMS has bright prospects for the future due to the legacy of hard work and dedication by many volunteers. I will be ever mindful of the responsibility I have to USMS to equal or exceed those traits in my efforts to serve.

Response to Questions

Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?

I have keen knowledge of the nature of national operations of the corporation, having been on the BOD since 1990, Chair of the Convention committee since 1992, and manager of the third largest committee budget in USMS. I believe that I can help to manage and coordinate the national functions of the corporation.

What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS now and in the future. As a person holding an elected position within USMS, how would you address these issues?

Growth, if it is to come, will be a test of our volunteer base and our ability as a group to not only manage large numbers of people, but accommodate them in training locales. I will stress the ongoing importance of reaching out to private, municipal, and institutional aquatic facilities to tout the benefit of USMS programs. I will also promote the notion of USMS actually owning or operating a training and competition facility.

Please list USMS committees on which you have served. Include the dates you were on the committees and the names of the committee chairs under whom you served:

  • Convention: 1986 – present; 1986 –1988, Bill Tingley, Chair; 1990 – 1992, co chair; 1992- present, chair.
  • Rules 1989 – 1990, June Krauser, chair
  • 1998 – present, Planning, Nancy Miller, Betsy Durant, chair.

Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.

American Red Cross volunteer, DAT (disaster action team) leader, Logistics committee chair, DAT committee chair. Self employed owner of Machine shop business since 1985. Vice Chair, Treasurer and Chairman of Southern Pacific LMSC 1986- 1992. Active LMSC committee member 1984- present.
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