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2020-2021 Letters of Intent

Below are the letters of intent for the 2020-2021 Redfish Leadership Committee elections.

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Chairperson - Jon Kinder

Hello!

My name is Jon Kinder. My wife, Kathryn, and I have 3 Redfish swimmers. We have been a part of the team since our oldest was eligible in 2016. Also, I was a swimmer in high school and love reliving my “glory days” in the parent relays!

I have served as Secretary and Vice Chair for the Redfish, and humbly ask to be your Chair this coming season.

Thank-you for your consideration. As you know, Redfish is an amazing organization thanks to the passion and spirit of our swimmers, but also our volunteers.

I am honored to be considered for this position and look forward to supporting the great program that redfish is for our kids and community.

Let's Goooooooooo Redfish!!!!!!!!!!

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Treasurer - Steve Powell

I, Steve Powell, am volunteering to return to the position of Treasurer on the Avery Ranch Redfish Swim Team. I am married to Courtney Powell, and we have 3 boys who would like to be swimming right now – Alex (16), Gabe (14), and Sutton (11). We have lived in the Creekside section of Avery Ranch for 12 years.

I graduated from Purdue University and work as an engineer at IBM. I design memory buffer chips that are used in IBM’s POWER servers. I interpret memory and interface standards to design a chip that best-meets our business needs. We have an international team with a varied skill set, and I leverage their knowledge to arrive at an optimal design point. I’ve coached numerous soccer, basketball, and other kids’ sports teams. I am also a frequent volunteer at the kids’ schools. I lead the Patsy Sommer Math Pentathlon program for 3 years, including our first State and National Championships.

It was Traci Whitney that first introduced our family to the swim team after a season of flag football together. Being transplants from colder climates, we never considered ourselves swim team material. But, Traci was undeterred. She even convinced me to be a stroke judge despite having never formally swam. Another Traci (Beeman) took it from there and shepherded me on stroke judge expectations. Eventually, I moved over to Kristin’s fun concessions team. Beyond that, I try to offer assistance with setup and take down as I’m able, and I’ve floated into a timer position on occasion too.

Our team doesn’t have a former-Olympic-swimmer coach or even elite swimmers, and that is fine. Our coaches care, and our swimmers are determined. But, it is the volunteers I mentioned above and many others that are the backbone of this swim team. It is these people’s tireless dedication that makes our team so great and inspires others, like myself, to want to be a part of it. Signups reflect that too. Everyone wants to be a part of the positive energy and success of the Redfish.

As a board member, first and foremost, I want to be able to uphold the successes of the team. I recognize that the team didn’t get to the place it is without a lot of people’s hard work along the way. I will be respectful to that. I want to sustain the engagement of many and continue to inspire our swimmers, coaches, and volunteers. I am concerned that as the founding core of volunteers begin to step away from the team that this team can continue to build upon its successes. I’d like to see our older swimmers stay attached to the team through high school and place participation high on their list of activities.

While my first year as a board member wasn’t exactly as intended, it did allow me the time to get up to speed at the position. I look to build off my year one learning and help lead the team towards a long-awaited return to swimming in 2021.

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Logistics Coordinator - James Nowell

My name is James Nowell, and I would like to run again as Redfish Logistics Director for the 2020-2021 season. My wife, Danielle and I have 2 boys and 1 girl who love and have enjoyed Redfish over the past 6 + CONVID-19 seasons on the team – Pierce 14, Heath 12, and Jules 8. We’ve been a part of the Redfish family since 2013 and over the years enjoyed each child of ours joining the team from the beginning years and growing up with the team as they move up the age groups. It’s wonderful seeing them grow up on the team in relation to their skills in the pool but also the friendships and social interactions through the community. The Redfish team really brings a sense of belonging to the neighborhood, a way to contribute and be a part of something special for a few months in the summer. I’ve even considered myself as part of the team over the years taking part in the parent relay over the 6 seasons never missing the chance to represent for our team and neighborhood. This has open up our family to meeting other families, friends, and opportunities we may have missed out on if the Redfish team was not around. The spirit and energy this neighborhood and its leaders put into the team deep down makes us feel a part of something special and happy to have chosen the neighborhood we did 14 years ago when we moved down from Dallas. We have no close family in Austin, but Redfish is family to us and the neighborhood we live in. This is what I love best about this team, a way to contribute to the neighborhood, a way to develop our children physical, mentally, and socially, and a way to give back. This is why I seek the position of Logistics Director and why I seek another year.

In regards to my expertise, by trade I am an IT Sr. Manager who manages a delivery team of 80+ global resources in the areas of storage, network, backup, project management, and service management with 24x7 global operational support. Operations or Logistics in Redfish terms is my job; it’s what I know, and what I do best. I find solutions, I make things happen, I get thing done, and I get them done through others. I work with many different diverse resources on my team and manage a as a service for a Fortune 500 customer. I build relationships and use my influential powers to get things done but will always take accountability for my team. No matter what it takes I will take care of it, even if I have to get a new cooler at midnight at Walmart the night before a home meet for our Concession lead, I will do it (real life example in 2018-2019 season ). I will always step up to a challenge and guide my team to accomplish what is necessary. I’m dependable and reliable, and accountable as well. I also have the luxury of working from home when I’m not traveling so I can be flexible as to what is needed of me. But in regards to traveling, I set my own travel plans for the most part and can work around the team schedule as needed.

I feel missing out this season since the decision was made at the league level to cancel the season given the CONVID-19 situation, I owe it to Redfish team to serve another year as Logistics Director to fulfil my responsibility and appreciate your consideration as you vote for the logistics position. Thank you and GooOOO Redfish!

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Spirit Merchandise Coordinator - Brooke Curlee

My love of Redfish started four years ago when my oldest daughter, Casey, tried out and made the team. We knew almost no one in our neighborhood and were talking a lot about moving. Then practices started and I started meeting all these amazing kids and families. People were so welcoming and kind and didn't make me feel stupid when I asked questions like "What's a heat?".

Two years later, my younger daughter Cody zig-zagged her way across the pool to win a spot on the team. My husband, Jesse, became the official Redfish Grill Master. I've served on Ready Bench all four years. This year I was the AM Ready Bench Lead, and even though I felt out-of-my-depth (Get it? That's a pool pun!), I was told I did an ok job.

I have several ideas for merchandise and have been talking about them a lot. So, I suppose it is time to step up and participate! I look forward to serving on the board and incorporating your feedback into some cool new gear for the kids and the parents. I would greatly appreciate your vote.

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