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Welcome to the Gotham Volleyball Candidate Forum!

The End of Fall 2018 Elections will be held from April 29, 2018 at noon until Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 5 PM.  The candidate(s) for the position(s) you will be voting on are below.

The first group of candidates are those running for Board of Directors.  Then, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at captains’ candidates, by division.  If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected].

Board of Directors

All members will be voting for a candidate to fill positions on the Gotham Board of Directors (information is posted in order of submission). 

The following candidates have submitted nominations for the position of President:

Eric Eichenholtz

Eric has participated in Gotham for 10 years.

Q: Please describe your prior Gotham volunteer and/or leadership experience, if any.

A: I’ve been a volunteer leader in Gotham since 2009. I’ve served as Secretary, Vice Commissioner, Grievance Chair, Tournaments Director and Captain in Divisions 7, 8 and 9. In each of those roles, I’ve been a driving force for innovation and positive change, making the Gotham experience more fun and meaningful. I’ve created programs like the Spring Fling tournament, the Mixer Tournament and expanded our Friendship Tournament program to include our BB level players. I’ve worked to ensure Gotham remains an open and inclusive community, improved our tryout process, created opportunities for member feedback and encouraged interaction on social media.

Q: Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?

A: Serving in leadership has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. Being “second in command” under the current President has opened my eyes to the possibility of what the Gotham Leadership can accomplish when we work as a team. Serving as President would present a unique opportunity to build on past successes, grow our community and empower other leaders to do the same. If elected, I would bring all of our leadership groups together, open the lines of communication and form a shared vision and plan to make Gotham the best organization it can be.

Q: What qualities would you bring as a Gotham Leader and, in particular, to the Gotham Board of Directors?

A: I am creative, a hard worker and a problem solver with a proven track record of success in Gotham Leadership. I have a reputation for compassion and fairness in decision making. I value diversity, inclusion and community. I’m passionate about Gotham and familiar with all aspects of our community and programming. It is critical that we have an experienced President who is dedicated, understands the Gotham community and is ready to lead and further Gotham’s mission of building LGBTQ community through the sport of volleyball. If elected, I believe I can be that leader.

Q: What do you wish to accomplish if elected?

A: I hope to increase gym space for our programs at all skill levels (we shouldn’t be turning people away due to lack of capacity); grow our training/clinical offerings, including training for volunteer coaches and grow our successful social and community programs. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we will develop a long term plan to fund our own facility and rely less on school permits. I would give Gotham leaders the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in their roles. Most importantly, I will continue to listen to your feedback, fix problems and work hard to make the Gotham experience better.

Mark Liu

Mark has participated in Gotham for 7.5 years.

Q: Please describe your prior Gotham volunteer and/or leadership experience, if any.

A: While my involvement in Gotham leadership may not be as extensive as others on the board, I think it allows me to approach the organization with a fresh perspective. Serving as a Director-at-Large on the Board for the past two years has taught me a lot and allowed me to work on many parts of the organization. As the Communications Committee chair, I’ve been able to be part of different aspects of our extensive programming and have had the privilege to work with most of our leaders.

Q: Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?

A: My experiences with Gotham have been varied and incredibly positive – not being selected my first season trying out, I was encouraged to try out the following season and was in the inaugural Division 10 in 2010. While no one enjoys not being picked, it was the friendly people and encouragement of players I just met that made me try out again. I want to continue fostering this culture of encouragement and positive energy within Gotham. Even when sidelined for a season due to an injury, I learned even more about the organization and serving on the board without actually playing.

Q: What qualities would you bring as a Gotham Leader and, in particular, to the Gotham Board of Directors?

A: I am a roll-up-my-sleeves kind of guy that doesn’t shy away from a challenge. I am passionate about Gotham Volleyball’s mission and want to continue working with leadership as President to create fun and safe spaces for our community.

Outside of Gotham, I am the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Mount Sinai and work collaboratively to drive projects to completion. Similar to Gotham, my work is complex, time-sensitive and mission-driven and would have the same approach within Gotham.

Q: What do you wish to accomplish if elected?

A: Leadership Development: Identifying and developing Gotham Volleyball’s next set of leaders. We have so much talent in our organization and want to engage more folks to step up.
• Service to Membership: We have reached some of the highest membership that we have seen in years and experiencing increasing capacity concerns season after season growth.
• Visibility: Have a physical presence across all of our programming
• Feedback: Like me, Gotham Volleyball has some quirks. I want to hear your feedback and discuss especially from members with fresher eyes than mine!

The following candidates have submitted nominations for the position of Secretary:

Erik Johnson

Erik has participated in Gotham for 7.5 years.

Q: Please describe your prior Gotham volunteer and/or leadership experience, if any.

A: I have been the Division 7 Representative since summer 2015.

Q: Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?

A: I enjoy serving in leadership and being able to give back to this great league. Being on the board would give me an opportunity to expand my service beyond D7 to the league as a whole.

Q: What qualities would you bring as a Gotham Leader and, in particular, to the Gotham Board of Directors?

A: Detail-oriented, organized, level-headed, and a healthy balance between business and fun.

Q: What do you wish to accomplish if elected?

A: I would like to contribute to the following board initiatives:

-welcoming new members/promoting inclusivity

-ensuring the league has proper space for its activities

-exploring ways to expand our programming

The following candidates have submitted nominations for the position of Treasurer:

Michael Hess

Mike has participated in Gotham for 8.5 years.

Q: Please describe your prior Gotham volunteer and/or leadership experience, if any.

A: I joined Gotham Volleyball during the Fall 2009 season and since then, I have become more and more involved with Gotham’s operations. In addition to having been a player, a captain, and a coach, I have served on the Board of Directors since the Spring 2011 season, where I served as Division Representative for Divisions 8 and 7 through 2014. From the Spring 2015 season through the Spring 2016 season, I served as Assistant Treasurer. I have served as Treasurer since the Summer 2016 season.

Q: Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?

A: I would love to continue my tenure on the Board of Directors because this is an exciting time to be a part of Gotham’s leadership as we continue our strategic planning to make the league an even greater place. Most of all, I want to continue to give back to the community that has meant so much to me personally since joining in 2009.

Q: What qualities would you bring as a Gotham Leader and, in particular, to the Gotham Board of Directors?

A: In the “real world”, I work as an IT Operations Manager where I have responsibility for a staff of 64 and oversee multiple diverse projects with all of the problems that go along with them, including creating and managing budgets, payrolls, and invoicing. This experience along with all of my Gotham experience form a powerful combination in helping to run the league and manage its finances.

Q: What do you wish to accomplish if elected?

A: I want to finalize Gotham’s conversion to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which is one of the next major steps in the league’s growth. I would also like to continue improving the league’s financial management processes and procedures, which I have been slowly but surely doing over the last two years.

The following candidates have submitted nominations for the position of Director:

Jacob Rossmer

Jacob has participated in Gotham for 4.5 years.

Q: Please describe your prior Gotham volunteer and/or leadership experience, if any.

A: I have served for a year on both the Grievance committee and the Finance Committee. For the last year, I served as the Grievance Officer.

Q: Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors?

A: I am grateful for Gotham, and would like to continue to give back to an organization that I believe has given me so much. I think that there are always ways to continue to improve Gotham, and I am interested in investing the time toward that end.

Q: What qualities would you bring as a Gotham Leader and, in particular, to the Gotham Board of Directors?

A: I have served as the Grievance Officer over the past year, and it has given me an opportunity to work closely with the Board and other leadership groups. I believe I am thoughtful, patient, hard-working, and try to always keep an open mind when problem solving and making decisions.

Q: What do you wish to accomplish if elected?

A: I would like to continue the work that has already been started to rethink the way people view Gotham. I would like to help new and current members see Gotham as so much more than just Division Play. And most importantly, I would work to increase the diversity of our membership.

 

Fall 2018 Captain

If you are currently in Division Play, you will receive a ballot to vote for up to eight (8) candidates for Captain for your Division. 

Captains are responsible for choosing and organizing teams, picking a team coach, and bringing issues to the attention of the Referees and the Division Representative.  Each candidate was given the opportunity to submit a candidate profile and picture.  

To see the profile of the candidates for your Division, please click on your current Gotham Division below:

Division 1 | Division 2 | Division 3

Division 4 | Division 5 | Division 6

Division 7 | Division 8 | Division 9

Division 10

 

Questions??? E-mail [email protected]

 
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