I have been a long time member of USA Dance, joining the organization in 1985. I competed for a number of years with my husband, Mark, in both the American Smooth and International Standard divisions, where we achieved championship athlete status before retiring from competition. I served as Vice President for two years and President for six years of the Nor Cal Chapter of USA Dance, and was a member of the organizing committee when the Nor Cal Chapter hosted the National Championships in 1995, 1999 and 2006. During my chapter presidency in 1995 the Nor Cal Chapter received the National Chapter of the Year award from then National President, Archie Hazelwood.
In 1996 I was appointed to the Governing Council of USA Dance as Regional Vice President for Region IV, and over a 10 year period was re-elected a number of times before being elevated to National Senior Vice President in 2007 and serving in that position for a total of three years. In December, 2009 I became National President when our previous President stepped down due to health reasons. I was elected for an additional three-year term to the position of National President commencing January 1, 2011. My term of office concluded on December 31, 2013, at which time I joined the USA Dance National Past Presidents Council.
In my professional life, I have BA and MA degrees in Political Science and worked for many years in the field of human resources management and labor relations, where I was responsible for negotiating a variety of labor agreements for several California cities. I have also taught labor relations and human resources management courses at the graduate level and have served on the boards of several professional associations. Mark and I have two grown sons and continue to make our home in Northern California.
As National President, I have represented USA Dance in meetings of the USOC and the World DanceSport Federation. I have also been responsible for budget review and oversight, maintaining insurance for the organization, putting in place a background security screening program for USA Dance officials and volunteers, developing policies and insuring they are followed by the entire organization, serving as a spokesperson for USA Dance and providing guidance and direction to our staff and volunteers.
During my four years as National President my successes included chairing the 2010 organizing committee for the WDSF World Adult Latin Championships, the protection of USA Dance’s status as an autonomous National Governing Body of DanceSport following the separation from the NDCA, the forging of an excellent relationship with the USOC, enabling USA Dance to obtain legal assistance from the USOC to help overturn the suspension of athletes by the WDSF, and the initiation and development of USA Dance’s first Junior and Youth World Team Dance Camp using USOC facilities and staff. This effort to better prepare America’s elite junior athletes will become increasingly important as DanceSport moves ever closer to becoming a Pan American Sport, because these young dancers may well be USA Dance’s first representatives to the Pan American Games as early as 2019. Moving USA Dance forward in this direction continues to be my goal.