2021-2022 ELECTION CANDIDATES
It’s Election Time!
Here’s How to Vote
It’s time to vote for the 2021-2022 KOPSC Board of Directors. Your vote is very important in determining the composition of the Board. Similar to last year’s election, the virtual nature of our April membership meeting has us conducting the election via online balloting. This year, members will have the option of voting in advance of – or during – the April 20th monthly meeting via the survey link that will be sent approximately one week before the meeting. You will be required to vote by 8:30 PM on Tuesday, April 20th for your ballot to be counted. Our Judge of Elections Tom Holder will tabulate the results, and Member-at-Large Sue Hayes will announce the winners at the end of the meeting.
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.
If you prefer to vote by mail, please see the link at the bottom of this page.
Please see the list of candidates below. Job descriptions for the Board positions may be reviewed at https://www.kingofprussiaskiclub.com/board-of-directors.
Candidates for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors
Joanie Riemenschneider, Candidate for President
Hi! My name is Joanie Riemenschneider. I am excited to be considered for the position of President of the King of Prussia Ski Club Board of Directors. I find it hard to believe that this is my 20th year as a member of KOPSC. My past experience with the club includes two years as Programs Chair and two years on the Ski Trip Planning Committee organizing the eastern trips. I was the trip leader for several eastern bus trips and an assistant trip leader for our trip to Park City, Utah several years ago. As Programs Chair, I planned and set up monthly membership meetings, arranging for guest speakers and running the monthly raffle and 50/50. As part of the Ski Trip planning committee, I gathered information on eastern ski resorts, lodging and transportation and negotiated contracts. In my past, I had also served on the Board of Directors of my homeowners association in the roles of Vice President and Secretary. I am very familiar with the workings of a board, handling day-to-day operations and managing a budget.
Professionally, I have been working in the pharmaceutical industry for 30+ years and am currently the Director of Quality Assurance and GMP Compliance for Endo Pharmaceuticals. In addition to ensuring the quality of our products and compliance with FDA regulations, I work on many cross-functional project teams.
There are several initiatives currently underway that I fully support, such as the new activity registration process and electronic payment options. We need to look for new ways of working, keeping our membership engaged and attracting new members.
These past 20 years with KOPSC have been wonderful, I have participated in numerous events and activities with KOPSC and have made many lifelong friendships. I look forward to an opportunity to once again give back to the club to ensure we can continue to provide trips and activities while looking for additional opportunities to meet the needs of our membership.
Tom Ott, Candidate for Vice President
Hello KOPSC members. I would like to tell you a little about me so you know who you are voting for. I joined the club about four years ago and went on my first ski trip to Big Sky, Montana and became hooked on the quality of the trip and the friendliness of the club members. After a week together, I felt like I found a place where I belonged. Since then I have gone on many ski trips in the US, Canada and 2 trips to Europe. All had been excellently organized.
My wife passed away in 2014 from glioblastoma, and it was a pleasure to meet up with the Snow Angels and take part in the brain cancer walk. It was comforting to see the kindness of the group and again be included.
I am retired from a major pharmaceutical company and have been performing as an independent consultant. In my pharma role, I was a Quality Assurance specialist with worldwide responsibilities for the clinical research process. One of my responsibilities was problem solving which, after this year, may come in handy in the club.
Before the pandemic hit, I volunteered at the Veterans Home in Philadelphia and also helped out at a food pantry in Lambertville, so I am ready to lend support to the needs of the club. I think at this point in our lives, to be a successful person, it is not only what you accomplished in the business world, but also how you gave back.
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and for your vote.
Joe Shields, Candidate for Treasurer
I have been a member of the ski club for more than 25 years and am currently finishing my sixth year as Treasurer. The club and society in general have faced enormous challenges in the past year. The Board of Directors, committee members, trip and activity leaders have made a tremendous effort to keep everyone engaged while staying safe. I have enjoyed being part of this process and, with your support, I look forward to continuing as Treasurer. I also encourage you to participate in leading the club into the future.
Linda Titanich, Candidate for Secretary
I’m excited to be nominated for Secretary of the KOPSC Board. I’ve held this position for other non-profits, including Home & School Board and parents’ sports club. I’ve also been responsible for writing meeting minutes for several years as a Business Systems Analyst at Vanguard. I always take extensive notes for every meeting I attend, including KOPSC member meetings. I’ve been a member for a few years and have had fun on ski trips, happy hours, banquet, and other activities. I’m looking forward to getting more involved in the club, working with the Board, and meeting more members.
Mark Schleyer, Candidate for Member-at-Large
I love skiing – it’s definitely my favorite thing to do. I have been skiing since I was 7 years old, and as a young adult, I lived in Aspen and Alta as a waiter/ski bum. I have been an active member since joining KOPSC, and I currently sit on the Ski Trip Planning Committee. I led a trip to Smugglers’ Notch in 2021 and will be volunteering to lead next year’s trip to Montana. I am very organized and I enjoy communicating and planning activities. I am married, have a 9-year-old son and two dogs, and we live in Downingtown. Thank you for your consideration!
Ellen Strange, Candidate for Member-at-Large
My name is Ellen Strange and I am running for the office of Member-at-Large for KOPSC. My husband Steve and I joined the club in 2006. I was a teacher in the Abington School District for 34 years before retiring in 2014. I have been a member of the Board as Vice President, Secretary, and also Member-at-Large, so I have a lot of experience as a Board member serving in those capacities.
As Member-at-Large, I will act as a go-between for the general membership and Board, and will promise to do my best to make sure the voices of those who have issues or comments will be heard and respected.