2017 JVA Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

The following Club Directors are Candidates for Two Positions up for Election on the JVA Board of Directors.

The election will open Tuesday, December 12th. Please review the slate of candidates below. Each JVA Club Director member will be able to cast a vote for two candidates.

Primary Board Responsibilities:
• Strategic plan development
• Financial oversight
• Promotion of the mission of JVA
• Support growth of the membership of JVA.
• Expectations – at the minimum Board members are expected to be present for 80% of the conference calls, the December Board Meeting and Annual Meeting, and the Strategic Planning Session(s).
• Conference Calls – The Board will convene via teleconference approximately 6-8 times per year on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. EST.
• Annual Meeting – takes place 'in-person' at the AVCA Convention in December
• Midyear Meeting – takes place 'in-person' at AAU Jr. Nationals in Orlando in June.
• Strategic Planning session – is held in the summer every 3-4 years.

Click here to view the current JVA Board of Directors.

Andrew Bennett, Tamarack Beach VBC (CA)

I founded the college beach showcase events with GNBV and Later JBVS, and began winter tournaments with Endless Summer Tour and relentless VB Tour in Southern California. I run Showcase events and clinics around the US including the East Coast and pacific Northwest. I have been a Division 1 Mens and NAIA Women's Collegiate coach as well as part of the USA Volleyball HP Coaches cadre for Beach and Indoor VB. I currently serve on the Beach Committee for JVA and The AVCA Beach All-American Selection Committee.

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Darcy Carroll, Richmond VBC (VA)

RVC is a unique club in that we started solely as an adult club in 1981. In 1990, we began our juniors program and have been growing ever since. I became an adult member of RVC in 1984, served on several committees, and joined the board in 2005. I accepted the position of Executive Director in September 2006. During that time, we've purchased our own facility and are currently working with a local county on the building of an additional facility for expansion. I also currently serve as the President of the board of another local nonprofit.

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Sherry Fadool, Triangle VBC (NC)

I am a current JVA Executive Board member completing my third year in my first term of service. I also serve as the Chairperson of the AVCA Club Awards Selections committee. I am the President and Executive Director of Triangle VBC. In my position I oversee a six member administrative team and 90 coaches. We have over 300 boys and girls involved in our club and our teams are competitive both at the regional and national level. We host two convention center events and many smaller events at our 7-court dedicated volleyball facility. We have operated our own facility since 2006 and underwent an expansion from four to seven courts in 2013. 

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Sean Gritzman, Top Flight VBC (IL)

I have been involved with coaching the sport of volleyball for the past 23 years. During this time I've seen the evolution of our sport along with its direct impact to our youth. For the past ten years I've run and operated Top Flight Volleyball. I built this club from scratch starting with 90 kids and now ten years later we train on average 2,000 kids annually in our programs. I served as a board member in our region (GL) for many years, finding ways to help promote and grow volleyball memberships in our areas. 

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Emily Hawthorne, The Academy VBC (IN)

I am currently the Executive Director of The Academy Volleyball Club. We run club programs at three locations in Indiana, with 80+ girls teams, 7 boys teams, and a number of youth programs. I was the founder the Jr Eagles Volleyball Club, have coached youth, club, and high school volleyball for the past 19 years, and have organized a number of youth clinics throughout the Indianapolis area. I have two decades of experience in starting and growing youth and club programs, so I could contribute greatly in assisting clubs with marketing, promotions, and grassroots efforts to grow the game.

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Ruth Leitzke, Wi PoWer/Fusào (WI)

I have been involved in some aspect of club volleyball since 1984. I have coached at all levels of club and high school.The Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association named me a Hall of Fame coach last fall. Having served 18 years as the president of the WVCA I was instrumental in becoming a partner with the AVCA. Our club teams participated in the very first JVA tournament in Louisville. We attend and support many JVA events. As a owner/Director of a club with over 400 members I am very proficient in the business aspect of club volleyball. Over the years I have served on many volleyball committees. 

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Max Miller, Mintonette Sports (OH)

I have 22 years of experience coaching club volleyball from ages 10 to 18, including 12 years as a club director. During that time I have won 3 National Championships. I am currently an AVCA voting member of Under-Armour All-American honorees. I was previously an Ohio High School volleyball poll voter. I won a Division 2 OHSAA State Championship at Bishop Hartley. I am currently a 1st year NAIA Head Coach at University of Northwestern Ohio.

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William Robbins, Empowered Volleyball Academy (IN)

I'm the Founder & Owner of Empowered, and Lakewood Park Christian Head Coach, IPFW Men's Volleyball Team Outside Hitter 1995-97. My wife and I founded Empowered Volleyball Academy and Pro Beach Juniors. After returning from playing professionally oversees, I implemented the first volleyball specific sports performance program in Fort Wayne, and began instructing and training the areas' top individuals and teams, and within a year had well over 100+ athletes which led to the formation of Pro Beach Juniors, Indiana's first ever beach volleyball club program. 

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Steven Sack, Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy (MI)

I have been a JVA member for 5 years and joined JVA because of my belief in its mission to support junior clubs across the country. I currently serve on the JVA Education Committee. I have been an owner and manager of Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy since July, 2010. I've managed the turn-around from being a 60 team, financially distressed organization and grown it into a 150 team organization which offers a full compliment of programs across 7 locations, including club teams, camps, lessons, power leagues and tournaments.

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Jeff Smith, 692 Beach Volleyball Club (CA)

I developed one of the first beach clubs 10 years ago when the community was evolving the idea of beach volleyball in college. I organized the beach clubs that were wanting change and started the BVCA, which holds a National Beach Club Championship in Hermosa Beach, CA. In 2018 it will be our 6th annual championship and we have 170 beach clubs in our BVCA organization.

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