2020-2021 ELECTION CANDIDATES

 

 

 

How to Vote for Board Positions

Your vote is very important in determining the composition of the 2020-2021 KOPSC Board of Directors. The cancellation of our April membership meeting has forced us to deviate from our bylaws and implement an efficient means of absentee voting. This year, we will be voting electronically online. Around April 14th, members will receive an email that provides a link to the online ballot. You will be required to vote by 9 PM on Tuesday, April 21st, which is when our voting period would normally end at the April meeting. This method will preserve the secrecy of your ballot while ensuring that only members are voting. Our Judge of Elections Barb Tomedolskey will tabulate the results at 9 PM and provide them to the Board. We will announce the results that night on our club Listserv and later in the May newsletter. 

 

We only have one contested race this year (Member-at-Large), but write-in votes are accepted for all other positions, and we want to be sure a majority of members determines the outcomes. When you receive the email with the information about voting online, please follow the link to the ballot and let your vote be counted.

 

Those of you who do not have an email account registered with the club can use the mail-in ballot provided at the link below. Contact Barb Tomedolskey to find out where to mail your ballot. (Check your membership directory for her contact information.) Please only use the mail-in ballot if you do not have an email address where you can receive the link to the online ballot.

Profiles of the candidates are available here. Job descriptions for all Board positions are available on the Board of Directors page.

Candidate for President

Jeri Lovatt

Thank you for considering me once again for the office of president of the King of Prussia Ski Club. I joined this club in 2003 (at the insistence of Elaine and Jeff Pringle) because of my love of skiing. Little did I know that KOPSC would become such a big part of my life – hiking, tennis, golfing, happy hours, book club, dine-arounds, and countless friendships, in addition to lots of great ski trips. And yes, I met my husband Rob Lovatt in the club!

 

Within a year or two of joining, I was completely immersed in this club. My first position was that of copyeditor of the Monthly Mogul. Then I served on the board of directors as Vice President, took over from Ann Davis as Communications Chair, ran several eastern and western ski trips, dine-arounds, tennis parties, ladies’ nights, helped start up the KOPSC book club, and hosted several “Hike and BBQs.”

 

Having served as your president for the past year, I’ve been very blessed to see how amazing our membership is, in particular the Board of Directors has been a super pleasure to work with, as have all the committees. I would like to serve for one more year as president, so I would appreciate your vote!

Candidate for Vice President

Lori Stevens

 

I’m Lori Stevens, and I am running for re-election as Vice President of KOPSC. I have been a member of the club for 15 years. This past year, I have served as your Vice President and would like to serve for another year. Besides being Vice President, you may know me from activities that I have run such as theater and museum events, weekend biking trips, cookie decorating parties and holiday house tours. I have previously served as Chair of the Welcoming Committee, introducing new and prospective members to others in the club. In addition I served as Co-Chair of the Activities Committee with Tom Holder, a role I held for several years. Together, Tom and I have hosted many events for the club in our home.

 

In the role of Vice President, I have been able to further contribute to the club in a different role. I am in charge of organizing and moderating the monthly board meetings, as well as planning the annual banquet. Because of my professional role as Manager of Business Systems Analysis and Support, I have strong organizational and project management skills that I believe enable me to serve you well as Vice President. Thank you for considering me for a second term in this role on your Board of Directors.

Candidate for Secretary

Ann Davis

 

I’m Ann Davis, and I’m running for reelection as Secretary of the Board of Directors. I have been serving in this role since January 2019. In addition to the duty of recording the minutes of the Board meetings, this role involves a certain amount of project management, which happens to be something for which my annoyingly precise personality is well suited.

 

I have been a member of KOPSC since 1997, and I have led a number of activities and ski trips over the years. I also serve as Communications Chair, a role that I originated in 2003 (if memory serves). I have previously served on the Board twice – as Member-at-Large and as President. I am happy to be a voting member of the Board again, as I enjoy being able to make this contribution to the club that is such a big part of all of our lives. I bring institutional memory, communications skills, project management skills, and (hopefully) compassionate leadership to the table. I would appreciate your vote.

Candidate for Treasurer

Joe Shields

I have been a member of the ski club for 25 years and am currently finishing my fifth year as Treasurer. The club has changed and grown over the last five years. I cannot claim responsibility for the growth. We have grown in members, because the amount of fun we have is increasing. Our volume of fun comes from many people working hard to plan and execute trips and activities. I have enjoyed working with the Board members, committee members, trip and activity leaders who bring us the fun times.

 

With your support, I look forward to continuing as Treasurer and encourage you to participate in leading the club into the future.

Candidate for Member-at-Large

John Markunas

I've lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and made my career in the construction industry. I have always enjoyed hiking, camping and bicycling, but only started skiing about 6 years ago after joining the club. The enthusiasm of members for the outdoors and other activities is unique. If elected as Member-at-Large, I would hope to communicate any issues or suggestions of members to the Board, to encourage members to remain interested and know they do have the opportunity to influence club decisions.

Candidate for Member-at-Large

Sue Hayes

Hi, KOPSC members! A little bit about me…I’ve been an active member since 2008 and have been on many local, New England and out-west ski trips. In addition to ski trips, I’ve participated in many of the club’s other activities including happy hours (of course!), sailing trips, hikes, dine-arounds and many other fun outings.

 

In addition to helping out ski trip leaders on an informal basis – as many of us do – in 2015, I founded a team which participates in the National Brain Tumor Society’s Annual Race for Hope in Philadelphia. Club members participate on this team to honor club members and family members of club members who have been lost to brain tumors. To date, the team has raised nearly $20,000 for this cause. Other club roles include being the Listserv moderator for the past two years.

 

My professional career included nearly 30 years as an HR leader for a major healthcare company. One of my responsibilities in some of those roles required me to investigate and resolve sensitive and often volatile employee and management conflicts. As a long-time HR professional, keeping matters confidential – which I see as a key requirement of the Member-at-Large – comes second-nature to me.

 

I believe my time and service to the club and my HR career has prepared me well to be your Member-At-Large. I hope you think the same. Stay safe out there!

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