Name: Michael Heather
LMSC: Southern Pacific
Nominated for: Vice President of National Operations
Response to Questions
Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?
I have been the VP of Community Services since 2005 and Convention committee chair for 12 years before that. I am active locally, holding various offices and positions since 1984. I still have a desire to help improve and expand the position of USMS in the sports world. I also have working knowledge of all of the committees for which I would be responsible, and can help them operate in an efficient manner.
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?
Now: growth and financial stability. I would work with the ED and rest of the BOD to keep USMS in a position of strength and exploit opportunities to get out the word.
Future: volunteer retention and recruitment, expansion of the role of USMS in the world of swimming. The volunteers are our most important asset and need to be treated as such, as well as paving the way for even more rewarding volunteer experiences.
USMS can make a difference if we decide to go one or two steps further than we now do. Adult learn to swim programs and University /college student outreach programs will help everyone involved.
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:
- Rules: 1988-90, June Krauser
- Planning: 1996-2004 Betsy Durrant, Nancy Miller
- Marketing: 1992-94, Rich Burns
- Convention: 1986-2004, Bill Tingley, Michael Heather
Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.
Disaster Volunteer for American Red Cross for 4 years.