Hometown: Nashotah, WI
Education: Old Dominion University, BS Psychology
- Why do you want to be a member of US Sailing’s Board of Directors?
I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to the sport of sailing in the U.S. and I really look forward to contributing and continuing to make US Sailing a more streamline and efficient organization of sailing.
- How can community sailing centers, yacht clubs and other sailing organizations collaborate with each other more on key initiatives to grow sailing?
Community sailing centers, yacht clubs and race teams are key to the success in our sport and country-wide collaboration of these organizations gets everyone to a higher level quicker. The leadership forum is a great place to start, to keep the communication and networking lines open. I think we also need to keep an open mind and inclusive mentality across the board with a no-limit attitude when it comes to collaborating and growing sailing.
- How can these organizations and other sailing industries integrate with their local communities to provide more awareness for prospective new sailors?
Marketing, promoting and making is as easy as possible for a beginner sailor to join and learn enough to feel comfortable to pursue on their own.
- What can US Sailing do to help facilitate these partnerships?
We can keep this a priority in US Sailing and continue to encourage networking across the country. For sure, growing the sport is first on the list and will never be overlooked.
- How has US Sailing’s programs and services impacted your overall sailing experience?
US Sailing was impacting my experience in sailing long before I even realized it. Growing up in the optimist and quickly transitioning into youth sailing and beyond, level 1, 2, 3 coaching gave me the foundation I needed to hold the summer job as a sailing school instructor for 8 years. After college US Sailing and the US Olympic Team supported and guided myself and my team through 10 years of racing on the Olympic circuit. Without a doubt, US Sailing was fundamental in creating the pathway for me to have a career in sailing.
- Is it important for sailors to be members of US Sailing?
Yes, of course. Being a member of US Sailing is one of the simplest, easiest ways to contribute to our sport and you get benefits in return. Without US Sailing there would be a lot of great yacht clubs and organizations around the country, but no one collaborating to make is a stronger country as a leader in the sport. So yes, make sure you are a member and be part of connecting our country through sailing!
2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race- Tactician, Driver/Trimmer with Team SCA
Olympics – Yngling with Carrie Howe, Debbie Capozzi.
US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (’05, ’07)
Women’s Match Race World Champion (’04, ’05)
Collegiate All-American (’96, ’97, ‘98)
I am very fortunate to have had an opportunity to sail my whole life, it has taken me to places I never dreamed of, including this nomination. I am flattered, and look forward to this chance to give back to this great sport and be involved with US Sailing at a deeper level. US Sailing has enhanced my career by organizing and running so many important and successful events, coaches, and programs. I am excited to make sure other sailors continue to have the same opportunities I had, and to find a way to create and even more streamline system for sailors here in the US to reach success nationally and internationally.