Candidate Statements
2001 House of Delegates Meeting
May 24, 2001

Strategic Planning (term to expire August 31, 2002)

Frank Persico -- Several years ago, I was approached by a member of the PVS Nominating Committee and asked if I would be interested in serving on the Board. I told that individual that I was interested, because I have a very strong philosophical belief that one must "give back" to the community, not just take from it. The committee member said, "Great, I'll put your name in for treasurer." I gasped. That, of all things, is not strength of mine. I passed on the opportunity but promised both the committee member and myself that I would serve PVS in the future, should the right task come along. I believe that the strategic planning position now available is a position where I can give meaningful service to our LSC. By day, I am a college administrator and often look critically at my organization in order to make specific short and long-term recommendations for strategic change. These are skill sets I possess and am willing to share, should the Board see fit to elect me to this important position.

Greg York
No statement received

Board of Review (3 to be elected)

Kerry Ellett -- I have been a coach member of PVS/USA Swimming for 21 years. I have been active in the volunteer structure of both PVS and USA Swimming. I am currently the camp coordinator for PVS. I have been a BOD member and served on several task forces. I have been a zone coach four times, serving as the first Head Zone coach for PVS. I am currently serving on the United States Swimming Board of Directors. I am the Coach Director of the Eastern Zone. And I also serve as the Chairman of the USA Open Water domestic committee. I have been the Head coach of two National select camps. I have been the camp director and/or Head coach for many LSC camps. I have served on USA Swimming committees including; Age Group Planning (Chairman), Camps (Chairman), and Club Development. I have also been on two National Board of Reviews. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the PVS Board of Review.

John Flanigan
No statement received

Ward Foley
No statement received

VJ Meleski
No statement received

Kerstin Severin
No statement received

Bill Stephens -- 8th year as PVS member and certified official, currently finishing requirements to serve as Referee; two daughters swim, 14 year-old for TCSD and 16 year-old currently swimming only HS and summer league; member of TCSD Board of Directors; served two terms as a USS committee member. 20 years experience as consultant and adviser to NGBs under the USOC's jurisdiction. Clients have included the IOC, USOC, and over half of the NGBs. Substantive involvement in: writing and passage of Amateur Sports Act of 1978, writing numerous NGB by-laws, formulating athlete's rights procedures, and advising on compliance with laws and regulations. Broad and deep familiarity with issues of eligibility, athlete's rights, code of ethics, the application of policies, procedures, rules and regulations, and the organizational structure of US Swimming and the US Olympic movement. My interest is in contributing my professional experience and knowledge for the benefit of PVS.

Betsy Stevenson -- Thank you for the opportunity to address you regarding my candidacy for the Board. I will take just a few minutes to highlight the reasons why I believe that I am qualified to be on the Board. First, I have been actively involved in Summer League, the Northern Virginia Swimming League (NVSL) and AAU then US Swimming since 1971. I have served on the Board of the NVSL, the largest independent summer league in the nation, for the past 25 years in various capacities. Most recently as the Director at Large where I attended swim meets at the request of the host team to review the processes and make recommendations to improve the safety, operation and coordination of their meets. My experience with the PVS includes being head of the officials for two years in 1978-79. In addition, I have conducted the facilities Safety Survey for the PVS. One other consideration is that I am not currently associated with any particular US Swimming team and would therefore maintain an unbiased view. Finally while I believe these qualifications are important, my energy and organizational skills to get any job done and my commitment to swimming may be my most valuable skills

Tim Sullivan -- Tim Sullivan has been involved in competitive swimming since 1957. Tim was an All-American swimmer in high school and was a varsity swimmer at the University of Michigan. Tim currently serves as the PVS representative for the Country Club Swimming & Diving Association, of which he was President in 1997 and 1998. Tim is a 1970 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1975 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. He has practiced law in Washington since 1975 and is a member of the Virginia and D.C. bars. Tim's son, Hugh, is a 15-year-old Curl-Burke swimmer.

Note: The candidates for the positions of General Chairman, Senior Chair and Treasurer were also given an opportunity to submit statements. None were received.

Any statements received subseqently will be provided.