Name: Nadine Kathi Miyoko Day
Nominated for: Director from Great Lakes Zone
Nominated by: Dick Pitman
I wish to submit my nomination for the Great Lakes Zone Board of Directors position. My life of swimming started when I was a toddler; it progressed through my developmental years and then through college at Northwestern University. Following the attainment of my master’s degree in physical therapy I settled into my profession and returned to swimming primarily because USMS and Central LMSC made it a possibility.
Leadership, advocacy, and administrative roles in my professional life outfit me for the Board of Directors position. When I consider issues I strive to look at the forest as well as the trees; in those processes I gain the respect of my peers, in the broadest of senses.
Within the first year of my master swimming career in Illinois, I became the sanction chair. The following year, I was elected Vice Chair. Beginning in September 2005 I will serve Central (Illinois) as its Chair. Last year at convention, I served as the interim Great Lakes Zone Chair.My passion for, and commitment to, swimming, in all of its many facets, will serve as my guidepost in my delivery of services to USMS as a member of its Board of Directors.
Response to Questions
Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?
United States Master Swimming is an outstanding organization dedicated to swimming and swimming is my life’s passion. From my current status, the only logical next step in the development of my life’s passion is to serve USMS and work with its constituents in a more fervent capacity – that of a member of the Board of Directors.
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?
One of the immediate issues facing USMS is its new governance. As a team player I believe I work well with others and understand the necessity of forming a consensus for group direction. My leadership skills and the ability to delegate responsibilities necessarily lead to task completion.
Another critical issue for USMS is what I characterize as our non-thriving membership. I believe we can and must marshal our governance to collaborate with USA Swimming, ASCA, YMCA, Universities and other organizations to make USMS more visible not only to those constituents who desire competition but also to those potential constituents with a fitness-oriented focus.
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:
- Sports Medicine 2003-current
- Marketing 2003-current
- Safety Education 2004-current
Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.Besides being a swimmer for nearly 30 years, I am a physical therapist. While also working as an administrative coordinator and as a director of rehabilitation, I was responsible for budgeting and renovations. I am also head coach for Schlarman High School girls swim team and a volunteer coach for the Aqua Chiefs, age group team in Champaign, Illinois.