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PSR Board of Directors Candidates

May 11, 2017

 

Aaron Peters
I have played competitive volleyball for 20 years, and the only thing I really enjoy more than playing is getting to coach great kids. I believe athletes need an opportunity to work hard, be encouraged, and be exposed to solid fundamental coaching. If given these opportunities in a positive environment, the athlete will grow from the experience both as an athlete and as a person. Being on the PSR Board means having an opportunity to support local volleyball with the volleyball community interests in mind. It's a unique opportunity to gain first hand understanding of the challenges our region faces.  My desire is to help nurture the growth in our region.  Some personal and volleyball achievements of mine:​  - 20+ years working for Costco Wholesale, 15+ at the Corporate Offices in the Buying and Accounting Departments.   8 USAV National Tournaments with four top 12 finishes ('06-'16)  6 years coaching club volleyball, with each of the teams I have coached being in the top 10 in the region.   9+ years coaching multiple high school sports.   20 years playing in USA Volleyball.  Thank you for your vote consideration.

 

 

Bart Foley
A Seattle native, Bart grew up in Ballard and started playing Beach down at Golden Gardens in the late 80s. After several years of competing on the beach, Bart got back In the game coaching his oldest of 3 daughters back in the early 2000s. Coach Foley has been coaching girls in both All Out Volleyball Club and King’s High School for the better part of the last decade. Coach Foley has coached numerous All Out teams over the years in nearly all age groups. Foley is also the Associate Head Coach at King's High School in Shoreline. Foley joined the King's High School staff in 2008 as varsity assistant. King's won it's first state title that year, followed by a repeat in 2009. Coach Foley played volleyball at Washington State University (1989-92). Foley is Vice President and General Sales Manager at ROOT SPORTS, television home of the Seattle Mariners.

 

 

Billie Hwang

Hello! My name is Billie Hwang and running for a position on the Puget Sound Board. I’m currently a club director/coach, volleyball player who still continues to play at a high level, and a scientist striving for that lucrative Nobel prize. Characteristics that make me a strong candidate, I bring passion, enthusiasm, and leadership to the volleyball arena. I believe volleyball is a sport that is impactful in developing life lessons through hard work, mixed with humor and fun.

 

This year, I’ve been fortunate enough to help bring boys volleyball to the forefront. This is my second year with boys at the club level, and started a new high school boys team in the Tacoma/Auburn area. With a few colleagues from the CEVA, ERVA, and USA volleyball, we’ve been able to create and execute successfully, a Power League series specifically for boys. Recently, I’ve started camps focusing on the younger players (3rd-6th grade) through collaborations with the Boys and Girls club and hoping to expand these programs in the near future.

 

I believe that being a board member not only means exercising foresight into the region’s needs, but to be able to execute and provide leadership in the final product.

 

 

 

Greg Finel
I have spent the majority of my adult life involved in volleyball. I fell in love with the sport shortly after high school and continued to play at Eastern Washington University for the club team and to compete outdoors. This passion for the sport has grown into a love for coaching and has given me the opportunity to coach high school for 4 years, club for 6 year, and to now coach at Pierce College. I believe that it is equally important to develop the player and the person and that being a coach and mentor does not stop when the gym lights turn off. If elected to the board I would like to assist in growing the sport with a greater focus on the younger ages and to assist in finding ways to ensure that that we are not forgetting to develop and grow the person, not just the player. I would also like to assist in ensuring that the players from our region are getting promoted and given the opportunity to play at the next level. I believe that we have a great field of talented players in our region that need a voice. I would like to assist in being that voice.

 

 

 

Michelle Miller

Michelle has been coaching juniors for over ten years and is the club director and U-16 coach at Olympic Premier Volleyball Club. Prior to coaching, she played in the Puget Sound Region, as well as in college, and grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA. She recently completed her CAP 1 Certification and is passionate about growing the quality of all aspects of the game (indoor, officiating, beach, boys, adults and beginners).

 

 

 

Shauna Sheppard
My name is Shauna Sheppard and I am really excited about this tremendous opportunity to serve the volleyball community if I am selected to participate on the Puget Sound Region Board. I have lived in Washington state my entire life and attended Kentwood High School where I played both softball and volleyball. After graduating high school, I went on to PLU where I was fortunate to continue my athletic career and learned a great deal about confidence, trust, reliability, hard work, and loyalty. I took sports motivational classes and sports psychology and learned a great deal about the importance of self-reliance, focus, and teamwork in both sports and life.

 

I have been striving to build these same skillsets for over 20 years in club volleyball as the Lake Tapps VBC Director and coach for the past 7 years and have been fortunate to be a part of some amazing teams that have dedicated themselves to the ideals of teamwork, selflessness, and commorodory; which has allowed them to compete at high levels and increase their athletic acumen in understanding how the game of volleyball is played. I also have the pleasure of coaching at Kentwood High School currently, as well as travel as a sports performance specialist working with high schools and colleges to learn more about the mental game and how to minimize anxiety, stress, and pressure in order to be the best competitor possible. Moreover, the learned skills on the court directly affect how we manage the real world and am fortunate to be a part of that experience with athletes each and every day.

 

In recent years, I have had the honor to be the inaugural female inductee into Kentwood High School's Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2008 and in 2012, was humbled to be inducted into Pacific Lutheran University’s Hall Of Fame. Education is the foundation to all we do and believe that we are always life-long learners, so with that in mind, I decided I wanted to learn more about sports and the psychology behind why we do what we do, so I enrolled into my PhD program at Walden University in pursuit of a PhD in Clinical/General Psychology with a focus on Sports Psychology.

 

I have two daughters who love the game of volleyball too, both on the court and beach and who definitely keep our family on our toes, but we would not have it any other way. We also have two dogs, Bear and Tucker; as well as a feisty little kitty named Luna (for good reason).

 

I will work hard to provide a voice for athletes from a perspective of learning, growing, and developing the game of volleyball, while also embracing the life lessons that teach us how to be the kind of people we have always wanted to be.

 

 

 

 

Steven Petesch
My name is Steven Petesch and I am involved in many facets of volleyball within Puget Sound as a player, a coach for ITVC for the past 4 years and for Thunder Beach last summer, and a referee for USAV, high school, and colleges in the region. One of the immediate things I aim to accomplish as a board member is to implement changes to alleviate the stresses of the tryout process for players and coaches! My ideas will both maximize a player’s ability to try out for multiple clubs all the while making it easier to say yes to a first-choice club. I am committed to finding ways to improve the tournament experience for all participants. As an elected board member to GSVO (Greater Seattle Volleyball Officials) I oversee recruitment and training of new officials. One way to improve the tournament experience is to place an emphasis on recruitment and training of the region’s officials. As someone who researches cancer, with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, and loves science and technology I would love to put my passion towards the ways the region can leverage technology to improve the tryout process, tournament experience, and communication. Growing up in Seattle as a boy I had no outlet to learn to play volleyball. My solution was to convince the high school coach at Seattle Prep to create a team manager position for me. It wasn’t until I went to college in Southern California and joined the Claremont Colleges’ club team that I finally got the opportunity to play. I am thus committed to provide everyone, girls, boys, and adults, the opportunity to play a sport I love. I am asking for your vote to be a board member who will have an analytical look to how we can improve our region and grow our sport for players, coaches, and referees.

 

 

 

Tammie Isackson Clementson
 

Her story began decades ago when she was introduced to the game of volleyball at the age of 12. She grew up in Salmon, Idaho, where she played throughout high school. Life soon got in the way and volleyball became a forgotten dream.

Forward to 2006, a blonde hair blued-eyed girl came home from school with her interest piqued. “Mommy mommy mommy I want to play volleyball”. She took her daughter’s paperwork diligently, filled it out and waited for more information. A few days later, she received a call saying they have enough girls for a team but no coach. Then they proceeded with a question, “would you be interested in coaching?” Tammie embarked on her first coaching stint with Snohomish Boys and Girls Club. This is her fifth year at Fusion Volleyball Club and she is the current head coach of Fusion U13 Tammie.

 

Hello I am Tammie Isackson Clementson.  I am running for the Puget Sound Region Board of Directors position and I am asking for your vote. I am IMPACT, Cap I and GMS Certified. I am the former President for Kla Ha Ya Days festival in Snohomish Washington. With 11 years of experience, I have acted in many roles some of which include; assistant coach, head coach and tournament director. I represent all levels of play ranging from recreational to club.

 

My experiences have given me a unique perspective of the game as well as many of the challenges we face. I have had the pleasure to work with many coaches from around the region and know many of you, the voting constituency, on both a professional and personal basis. I feel as though my range of experience, long time involvement with the game, and understanding of our regional concerns/difficulties will allow me to positively impact Puget Sound Region Volleyball and help grow the game for all levels of youth players.  I appreciate your consideration and look forward to further dialogue.

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