Board Nominee Statements
Election time is here and voting will open December 18th. Below are statements from the 13 Board of Director nominees.
I am a 4 year member of the Albany Ultimate Board and 2013 was my first year serving as the organizations President. I am looking forward to again serving on the Board and will do so with your support. Albany Ultimate has made great strides over the past several years in developing quality leagues and events. Looking forward, Albany Ultimate has great potential for growth; in 2014 we will be kicking off our first youth education program and will be striving to continue our excellent leagues and other events. I'm looking forward to what the future will bring.
Hi my name is Keegan Burke. I greatly appreciate the nomination to be on the AUDA board. I want to first say I think the board has done a great job in the past. The leagues have gotten better every year that I've played and I would love to be a part of moving things forward. So far I have played in the past two summer social leagues, as well as fall league this year. I've had so much fun getting to know everyone I play with. I think we've created a great environment where experienced and inexperienced players can come together and learn about ultimate. I had only played Frisbee socially before AUDA and I think we can even improve on creating a culture that is welcoming to all players.
I have worked before as a leader in different groups during college and would really enjoy being an ambassador of the sport to the community. I think if we continue have good relationships with the community around us we will be able to create more opportunities to play in different locations, whether it be for tournaments or pick up games.
I think we've got a great league right now. And it will continue to grow with passionate, determined people on the board.
Thank you for your consideration.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Stacy Foster and I have been nominated for a position on the AUDA board!
My nickname, Stayfo, was coined by Sonny Frazee himself back in my first week at SUNY Scam practice. Those sure were the good ol’ days, weren’t they Sonny. Anyway, I have since fallen in love with Ultimate. I’m not the best player and I can always learn something new from someone, but it has created most, if not all, of my best friends and memories.
In my days at SUNY Albany, I once rejuvenated the College Schmollege Tournament. It was quite the undertaking as field space, teams, food and a jubilee after playing all day were all elements that I had to conquer to create an awesome tourney. Summer league rolled around and Sonny Frazee called upon me to be his co-captain and of course I accepted. We lead our team, Ecto Cool Whip, to victory in a summer that went down in infamy. The following summer Sonny Frazee called upon me again, and after giving the number one team a run for their money, we earned ourselves second place. After taking a summer off, I co-captained an almost undefeated team with Seige only to have our team collapse with no appearance at the championship game. This past summer I was a proud member of Powlex (the obnoxiously bright pink team) and won the championship game with an amazing group of friends.
Because this would be my first time as a board member, I cannot clearly state my intentions; however, I look forward to organizing summer league to the best of my abilities. Ultimate Frisbee has become a staple in my life and I’m sure most of you feel that way as well. With that in mind, I can say that I hope to help organize “another one of the best summer leagues I’ve played in.”
I've held various leadership positions on ultimate teams through the nine years I've been playing. I oversaw a more than doubling of my college team's budget, while I was president for three years. For us, the unwashed state school kids, we were able to attend more than the average amount of tournaments with little out of pocket cost. I've also captained a lot of summer league teams, that compete, without losing sight of Spirit of the Game and keeping positive attitudes. I get stuff done to benefit my teammates, and I want to expand that league wide.
I intend to address the lack of community/off field activities of the league. An ease of inclusion into a vibrant, open, and positive social community is the vision I have for the members.
I'd like to give players an avenue to improve. Weekly clinics that focus on certain skills, before games will bring up the overall quality of play in the league.
-Inaugural Del Robinson Spirit Award winner
My name is Gabriel Hage, I'm a first year student at Albany Law School and I'm a passionate about Ultimate. I started playing at Hamilton College and played for 3 years. I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and played with Sydney University and I went to New Zealand Nationals with an Australian club team. Last year I played for the NY Empire of the AUDL, and was recently signed to the Rochester Dragons, also of the AUDL. Here in Albany I am a captain of Stonefish, the open club team, and I help coach SCAM. As a board member, I hope to broaden the coaching and teaching capabilities of the organization for the purpose of actually teaching the nuances and techniques of the game so that those who play can have fun and become more knowledgeable of the game. Raising awareness is not just showing people that Ultimate is a game with rules, raising awareness is teaching people how to play the game.
Lauren has been a part of organizing several events in the Capital Region including being a board member of the DanceFlurry organization. Lauren hopes to provide guidance and direction to the various Frisbee league events in Albany as well as to coordinate efforts in the wider area to bring Ultimate Frisbee to the most people possible. Lauren hopes that Board member or not she can create a new structure in Summer league to allow players to sign up to be "floaters" on different teams to minimize attendance problems and utilize the many awesome players that travel in and out of the region throughout the summer. Lauren hopes this can be accomplished without diminishing the effect of team camaraderie and unity during the season.
Lauren B. Keeley, LMSW
Hello Albany Ultimate Community! I believe that I would be an ideal board member because of my experience on in multiple ultimate leagues, love for the sport and love for the community which the league creates. Originally coming from another state and ultimate community I think I can incorporate new fresh ideas and experience that Albany Ultimate has not thought of before. I would like to help Albany Ultimate grow and develop into something special that every member can take part of.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jeremy “JMac” McNamara
You probably already know me. I incorporated AUDA as a not for profit NYS corporation, started the Summer League Finals Tournament with the great food, started the Spring Hat Tournament, the end of season League Awards, the Social League themed Hat Tourneys, all the websites including the current one, the score tracking, and a number of other things. If you like those and want more cool things, I'm happy to keep moving AUDA forward.
Hello, my name is Meagan Vanderover, formerly Meagan Felt. I have been playing ultimate for the last five years with the Albany summer leagues. I was introduced to ultimate via Women’s Wednesday and the summer Social League. For the last two years I have been a captain in the women’s league.
Last year I served as the secretary for the ultimate board. I learned a lot about the organization as a whole but there is still a lot to learn and do! AUDA is transitioning from a grass roots organization, to the flag ship for the area ultimate community and I am excited to have been a part of it! AUDA has provided me a platform to create friendships, learn, teach and even boost my self-confidence; I would be honored to continue to give these opportunities to others through the AUDA board.
Hi, for those of you who don't know me, my name is Mitchell (Mitch) Wohl. I am currently looking for re-election to the board for the second year. I feel like I bring a good mix to the board, running both the Hat Tournament as well as Mixed Club Sectionals under the hood of AUDA. Under re-election, I will continue to try and make the AUDA the best it can be.
Dearest Ultimate Player,
I have been a member of the Albany Ultimate community for more than 10 years. I firmly believe that the sport of Ultimate can bring about positive change in the lives of its players. It’s a sport that fosters cooperation and professionalism within its ranks.
If I were a member of the Albany Ultimate Board of Directors, I would work to ensure that our mission of fostering the growth of Ultimate in the Capital Regions is accomplished in a whimsically efficient manner. I enjoy zone offense, dump-swings, high-fives, cookies, and discussions about the weather.
2013 was a great year for AUDA.
We became an affiliate of USA Ultimate. This partnership comes with many benefits – organizationally and financially – and will really help us to grow the sport locally.
We became a 501c3 non-profit. There are tax benefits to this, as well as the ability to accept donated funds and materials.
Our summer leagues were better than ever. AUDA played host to the 2013 New York High School Championships. We also added a new league – Fall League – to our annual list of offerings.
I don’t take credit for the accomplishments above. That goes to the board as a whole and to three board members in particular: Pete Amorosa, Cara Martin, and Matt Martin. They were our handlers. We all owe them a debt of gratitude.
If reelected, there are 3 primary initiatives that I’d like to push forward.
1) Expanding Social League to two days a week. I think this is a no-brainer. Social League is our most popular offering and adding an additional day of games would double the playing opportunities for league participants. As an organization, AUDA would be adding 160 sanctioned games to our yearly calendar (8 teams, 2 games per day, 10 weeks). There are logistical concerns (field space!), but I know we can work it out.
2) Clear direction-setting on the field fund. It’s been a dream for years – for AUDA to own its own fields. The advantages of this are clear. Scheduling; field setup (lines, benches, on-site equipment); community recognition; never being “kicked off,” never having to scratch and claw for real estate. AUDA-owned fields would be a point of pride for all of our players, and it’s doable, but there are many details to figure. I’d like this to be a focus in 2014.
3) Increasing our impact with area schools. We’re in the early phases of a new AUDA initiative that will promote this goal, and I think it’s something we need to throw our weight behind.
It was a privilege to serve on the AUDA board in 2013 and an honor to be nominated again. See you on the fields!
Albany Ultimate Granted 501c3 Status
In September 2013 Albany Ultimate received fantastic news from the IRS. Our application to become a tax exempt organization was approved and Albany Ultimate was now a recognized not-for-profit entity.
The application process is a paperwork nightmare that was guided by many members of our Ultimate community including. Special mention should be given to Matt and Cara Martin for their perseverance and effort.
The tax exempt status allows Albany Ultimate to receive donations of funds and materials. We will continue to grow as an organization and provide ever expanding Ultimate opportunities to the Albany region.
It’s a great time for Albany Ultimate. Big things are in store!
USA Ultimate Affiliation
Albany Ultimate is proud to announce a new partnership with USA Ultimate. In early September 2013 USA Ultimate granted Albany Ultimate Affiliate status. This status allows Albany Ultimate to work in closer cooperation with USA Ultimate to promote the sport, obtain greater financial and technical resources and further the development of our organization.
For full details on the Affiliate program go here.
We look forward to expanding our programming and providing new opportunities for our players. In the coming months look for news and announcements about coaching clinics, youth education programming and new opportunities to play with and contribute to Albany Ultimate!
Our 2013 Sponsors
Albany Ultimate News and Notes
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