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Laura Winslow - Candidate for BOD Member from Southwest Zone

Candidate Information

Name: Laura Winslow

LMSC: Arizona

Nominated for: BOD member from Southwest Zone

Summary Statement

It is an exciting time for USMS as we undergo numerous changes. I want to assist by continuing to lead the organization and helping to take us to the next level.

Response to Questions

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

I am passionate about masters swimming and USMS. Since 2003 I have been a USMS volunteer on the local and national level. I have a strong desire to serve USMS, grow the organization, and give back to the sport and organization that has given me so much.

My unique background as a CPA, a controller for a swim club, masters swim coach and an assistant swim meet/event organizer offers the organization key knowledge and energy in areas that are important for its growth.

As a current BOD member I have had the opportunity to chair several committees and have been a valuable member of several task forces. I have enjoyed my service and demonstrated that I can get the job done.

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?

Leadership, growth, communication, coaching and member services are areas I see as critical to the health of our organization. I bring my enthusiasm and knowledge and will continue to volunteer for participation on sub-committees and task forces to address these issues.

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:

  • International 2003 – 2005; Sandy Rousseau
  • Championship 2004 – 2005; Barry Fasbender
  • Long Distance/Open Water 2007 – current; Marcia Cleveland

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

  • CPA
  • Swim club controller
  • Swim meet/event director/organizer
  • Current member of BOD
  • Chaired first ED Search Committee
  • Chaired Dues Increase Task Force
  • Current Member National Headquarters Task Force
  • Former Sanctions Chair for Arizona LMSC
  • Former Competition Committee Chair for Arizona LMSC
  • Masters swim coach
  • Head coach for boys and girls high school swim and dive team

Please list any other information you would like included:

I am a professional who brings knowledge, experience, and energy to this position. I also possess the drive and determination to help the organization grow through the many obstacles it is facing, such as the hiring of its second Executive Director, the establishment of a National Headquarters, etc.

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