By USA Swimming | Thursday, April 2, 2020
The USA Swimming Board of Directors and Nominating Committee invite qualified candidates to apply for nomination for election to the Board of Directors.
Call for Nominations Introduction
In September 2020, the USA Swimming House of Delegates will elect one (1) individual to be an At-Large member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors. Additionally, one (1) “athlete representative” (as defined in the current USOPC Bylaws) will be directly elected by athletes who meet the same standards as an “athlete representative.” The Nominating Committee will select and place on each of the two ballots a minimum of two (2), and not more than three (3), vetted nominees.
Interested candidates are encouraged to thoroughly review the information below, and the application form, to verify their understanding of the nominating criteria and to ensure their willingness to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of Board membership.
Those interested in serving on USA Swimming’s Board of Directors beginning in September 2020 must submit a completed application no later than Friday, May 15, 2020. Late applications will not be considered by the Nominating Committee.
Organization Mission & Overview
As a National Governing Body (NGB), USA Swimming (USA-S) is responsible for training, competition and development of swimming in the United States. Formed in 1978 under the provisions of the Amateur Sports Act, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA-S is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a member organization of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
USA Swimming has a $40 million annual operating budget, 90 professional staff headquartered in Colorado Springs, and over 400,000 members – including coaches, volunteers and athletes from the age-group level to the Olympic Team.
USA Swimming’s long-term focus is on building achievement in three primary areas:
- Competitive Success: Sustaining the competitive success which has resulted in the U.S. having long held the rank as the #1 swimming nation, with leading achievements in international competition including the Olympic Games.
- Member Resources: Providing our members (athletes, coaches, clubs and LSCs) with resources for sustainable success.
- Public Engagement: Growing public interest and participation in swimming.
Governance FocusThe restructuring that went into effect with the 2018 election transitioned the Board from its 35-member, constituency-based composition and operational focus to a smaller Board focused on strategic, longer-term issues. Responsible for setting standards for the organization and ensuring effective organizational performance, the Board acts on behalf of USA-S’ membership, the USOPC and the American public.
The Board has developed and adopted a Governing Policies Manual, setting forth performance expectations for its own work, and that of the CEO and staff members. USA Swimming’s current Bylaws and Governing Policies may be viewed at https://www.usaswimming.org/resources/governance-and-lscs/policies-bylaws.
Board CompositionThe Board now has 15 voting members, including:
- Immediate Past Board Chair
- National Team Steering Committee Chair
- Three athlete representatives
- Ten At-Large members elected by the House of Delegates, including:
- A minimum of two coaches
- A minimum of two semi-independent directors (Individuals who have not been members of the House of Delegates at the national level, but who at present or in the past, have/had an obvious connection to swimming).
- A minimum of one residing in each of USA Swimming’s four geographic zones.
- The President/CEO and Secretary/General Counsel are ex-officio, non-voting members
The Board elects its own officers (Board Chair, Vice Chair and Vice Chair-Fiscal Oversight). 2020 Election Requirements: All composition requirements set forth in the Bylaws are currently met; therefore, the At-Large member may be of any membership type and from any Zone.
Desired Experience & CompetenciesPer Board policy, at its January 2020 meeting, the Board affirmed as its charge to the Nominating Committee the following criteria to emphasize in its screening of potential nominees.
A candidate will have skills and attributes including:
- Past demonstration of commitment to USA-S, or a “demonstrable connection to the sport.”
- Governance experience, e.g. knowledge and skills in policy-making, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
- High-level (board or management) experience in setting standards for/overseeing a multi-million-dollar corporation.
- Financial literacy.
- Demonstrated ability to participate productively in group processes.
- Professional relationships/associations that may be beneficial to USA-S.
- Commitment to support and adhere to the Board’s governing documents (Bylaws, Governing Policies, etc.).
- Ensuring diversity within the Board’s composition (gender, ethnic, age, geography, etc.).
- Each Board member is required to make an annual personal financial contribution to the USA Swimming Foundation. The demonstration of support, rather than the amount of the contribution, is of principal importance.
- For incumbent or past Board members seeking re-nomination, fulfillment of individual Board members’ responsibilities.
Nominations Process / TimelineThe Nominating Committee is seeking candidates who are highly qualified to serve on the governing board of a high profile and highly successful $40 million (annual budget) nonprofit.
The key dates of the selection process in 2020 are:
- May 15, 2020: Deadline for Candidate Applications. (NOTE: Prior to applying, an applicant must be a member of USA Swimming in good standing, which includes the satisfactory completion of a USA Swimming background check: https://www.usaswimming.org/background-checks and completion of USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training, among other requirements). Please note that the Nominating Committee will not consider applications without these credentials.
- Late May – mid June: Based on candidate applications and membership status, those candidates the Nominating Committee wishes to advance for further consideration will be invited to participate in an initial video-conference interview with a minimum of two Nominating Committee members.
- June/July: Based on initial interviews, those candidates the Nominating Committee wishes to advance for further consideration will be invited to a second interview with at least two other Nominating Committee members. Candidates will be invited to ask questions pertaining to the Governing Policies and structure of the Board and organization.
- July/early August: The Nominating Committee will consider the merit and qualifications of all candidates who have fulfilled the screening process set forth above. Consistent with satisfying the composition requirements and drawing from the pool of vetted candidates, the Nominating Committee will recommend at least two, but not more than three, nominees for each seat open for election (the “Proposed Nominees”).
- Mid-August: Proposed Nominees will be invited to submit a biography/nominee statement (not to exceed 250 words), a photograph, and a short video introduction which will be distributed with a list of fellow nominees to the House of Delegates or athlete electorate, as applicable, no later than August 27, 2020.
- September 19-25, 2020: Electronic voting held to elect the “athlete representative.”
- September 23, 2020: USA Swimming Board of Directors meeting. Proposed Nominees are welcome to observe the last regular meeting of the 2019-20 Board of Directors.
- September 24-25, 2020: The Nominating Committee will host a “Meet the Candidates” Forum during the United States Aquatics Convention in Jacksonville, Florida at a time to be determined, giving each proposed nominee a few minutes to introduce themselves to attending Delegates.
- September 26, 2020: The USA Swimming House of Delegates elects new Board members at its Annual Meeting. New Board members will be seated at the Board meeting immediately following the House of Delegates meeting.
Role of the Board of DirectorsThe Board has specific responsibilities to its membership, the USOPC and the American public. The Board:
- Serves as an outward-looking, future-oriented strategic governing body.
- Ensures the fiscal sustainability of the organization.
- Provides oversight of the organization, including:
- Ensuring that Committees established by the Board are functioning in keeping with their stated objectives.
- Ensuring compliance with legal requirements, Bylaws and governance policies.
- Reviewing and updating policies.
- Establishing strategic performance expectations and providing clear and formal feedback to the CEO.
- Creating a connection between USA Swimming, its membership, the USOC and the public through:
- Needs Assessment: identifying needs and trends related to the organization's activities and scope of influence, and
- Advocacy: act as representatives of USA Swimming to the swimming community and the public.
Board Meetings / Time CommitmentBoard Meetings: The Board of Directors has five meetings per year, with the requirement that all Board members will attend at least four of the five.
- September – Two meetings (Wednesday and Saturday) during the week of the United States Aquatics Convention.
- November – In conjunction with the Golden Goggles Awards the weekend prior to Thanksgiving
- One weekend meeting in late-January/early February (anticipated to be held in Colorado Springs)
- One weekend meeting in late-April/early-May (anticipated to be held in Colorado Springs)
Board Committees: Each Board member is expected to serve on at least one Board Committee. Those Committees are:
- The Nominating Committee fulfills the nominations process, as stipulated in the Bylaws and Governing Policies.
- The Investment Committee oversees the performance of USA-S’ investment portfolio.
- The Audit Committee selects and acts as liaison between the Board and the outside auditor and assists the Board in monitoring financial activities and performance throughout the year.
- The Governance Committee is responsible for Board orientation and training, reviewing or proposing Bylaws or policy revisions and implications for Board consideration, and making other recommendations to strengthen the Board’s governance capabilities.
- The Executive Compensation Committee helps the Board make informed decisions regarding executive compensation and benefits.
Expectations of Individual Board MembersThe Board expects ethical, professional and lawful conduct by its members, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members. Board members are expected to, upon appointment or election to the Board and annually, sign a Letter of Commitment indicating that they have reviewed and commit to abide by USA-S’ Bylaws and Governing Policies, as may be amended from time to time.
Prospective applicants for Board nominations should review these documents, and be committed to meeting the expectations outlined therein, including but not limited to:
- Stewardship: Be alert to the concerns of the membership, the USOPC, and the American public that can be addressed through USA-S’ mission.
- Conflict of Interest: Avoid any conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility and abide by the USA Swimming Statement of Principles on Ethical Behavior and Conflict of Interest. .
- Abide by Board Decisions: Support and accurately represent positions and decisions duly agreed upon by the Board..
- “One-Voice” Leadership: Not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization or any staff members. Recognize that the CEO is accountable to the Board and not to individual Board members..
- Confidentiality: Maintain confidentiality on issues of a sensitive nature..
- Attendance: Attend Board meetings on a regular and punctual basis. .
- Preparation: Review agenda materials in advance of Board and committee meetings and participate productively in discussions..
- Responsiveness: Be attentive to Board communications and respond promptly to staff and Board member requests for feedback..
- Membership: Maintain USA Swimming membership in good standing..
- Contributions to USA Swimming Foundation: Each Board member is expected and required to make an annual personal financial contribution to the USA Swimming Foundation. The demonstration of support, rather than the amount of the contribution, is of principal importance..
2020 Nominating CommitteeThe 2020 Nominating Committee members are:
Maya DiRado Andrews – USA Swimming Foundation Board Representative A Northern California native, Maya swam for Neptune Swimming in Santa Rosa, CA before competing for Stanford University from 2010-2014. She represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 and 2013 World Championships, and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. In the fall of 2020, Maya will be pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also currently serves as an athlete representative on the USA Swimming Board of Directors.
Tim Bauer – Senior Development Committee Coach Appointee Tim is the Director of Competitive Swimming at Katy Aquatics. During Tim’s 30-year coaching career, 24 at The Woodlands Swim Team, he has been named 2006 Head Coach of the USA National Select Camp and served on the Texas Swimming Association Board from 2011-2013 and the USA Swimming Board from 2011-2018. He holds an ASCA Level 5 certification – the highest – for both senior and age groups. Tim swam for the University of Western Illinois and competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials and has since developed numerous Olympian and Olympic Trial qualifiers, Senior National Finalists and Junior National Champions.
Dr. Cecil Gordon - USA Swimming Board of Directors Representative An OB/GYN physician in Wilmington Delaware and a Life Member of USA Swimming, Dr. Gordon has served on the International Relations and the Rules and Regulations Committees, and as past chair of the Diversity and Inclusion and the Safe Sport Committees. He is now on the USA-S Board and the Board Chair of the USA Swimming Foundation. On the FINA List as both a Starter and a Referee, Cecil has worked on deck at the last three Olympic Trials Meets and at the 2015 World Championships (Kazan, Russia) and 2016 Olympic Games (Rio).
Liz Kershaw – Age Group Committee Coach Appointee Currently the Head Coach of Hurricane Aquatics in Miami, Florida, Liz has been active in USA Swimming since joining as an athlete in the early 1980’s. Since becoming a coach in 1996, Liz has earned two masters degrees (in Athletic Administration and in Sports Physiology), and has coached and volunteered extensively at the LSC level. At the national level, Liz served two terms on the USA-S Governance Committee (from 2013-18) and in 2018 was selected by the Age Group Committee to be its appointee on the Nominating Committee.
Kurt von Moltke – Semi-Independent A corporate lawyer with Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, Kurt is co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. He has more than 30 years of experience in that specialty, as well as private equity transactions, corporate debt restructurings and workouts, corporate finance and securities transactions, and more. Often recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Corporate Governance Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law, Kurt currently serves on the USA-S Nominating Committee and the National Board of Review. He was a member of the Northwestern University Men’s Varsity Swimming and Diving team from 1978-1982.
Kathleen Klein Prindle – USA Swimming Board of Directors Representative The founder/Head Coach of PAQ Swimming, Kathleen currently serves on the FGC LSC Board of Directors, the ASCA Board of Directors, and the FHSAA Coaches Advisory Board. In NYC’s fashion industry, Kathleen’s contributions in strategic planning led to the execution of new US import strategies and the creation of an International Logistics brand portfolio for a Fortune 500 retailer. In aquatics, Kathleen has launched swim lesson programming, recreational and club teams, and US Masters teams. With nearly 30 years on deck, Kathleen is honored to have coached at multiple US Olympic Trials and international competitions. She has trained National Qualifiers from more than 18 countries and is in her 17th season as Varsity Head Coach in Florida.
Stephen Schmuhl – Athlete Representative A member of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games team in Singapore 2010, Stephen placed 12th in the 400 IM at the 2012 Short Course World Championships in Istanbul and was runner up at the 2013 U.S. Open in the 200 IM. Stephen was also a member of the 2013-2014 USA Swimming National Team, and, in 2014, was ranked 25th in the world in the 400 IM and 36th in the 200 IM. He currently lives in Broomfield, CO and works as an IT Consultant and also serves on the National Board of Review Committee.
Shannon Vreeland – Athlete Representative A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Shannon swam for the Kansas City Blazers, then at the University of Georgia from 2010-2014, in the 2012 Olympics, the 2013 and 2015 World Championships and the 2014 Pan Pacific Games. Shannon obtained her law degree at Vanderbilt University and is currently clerking on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kansas City before joining Alston and Bird. She is also a member of the USA Swimming National Board of Review.
Mary Wallack (Chair) – Semi-Independent A financial advisor since 1994, Mary is currently an advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Washington DC. For the past 18 years, Mary has been a member of U.S. Masters Swimming (Potomac Valley LMSC). From September 2009 to June 2019, Mary was a trustee of the Board of The Holton Arms School for Girls in Bethesda, Maryland, and during that time, she served as Treasurer and President of the Corporation. In addition to many civic and cultural involvements, Mary was a founder and officer (2004-2006) of All Star Aquatics in Bethesda, MD, served in multiple officer roles, including president, of the Country Club Swimming and Diving Association, and served as Chair (2005-2011) of the Swim and Dive Committee at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
Application ProcessTo submit your application for consideration to be nominated to the USA Swimming Board of Directors, complete the Board of Directors Volunteer Application, and submit it no later than Friday, May 15, 2020.
For additional information contact:
USA Swimming Nominating Committee
c/o Lucinda McRoberts, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Phone: (719) 866-3591