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Sports Turf Managers Association Announces 2021 Board of Directors

22 Mar, 2021


Sports Turf Managers Association(STMA) – the professional organization for 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide and are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – confirms its 2021 Board of Directors.

Nick McKenna, Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) and Assistant Athletic Field Maintenance Manager at Texas A&M has been elected President. McKenna will serve a one-year term.

“STMA plays a vital role in the sports field management community, never more so than this past year,” says Nick McKenna, newly-elected president. “I am eager to continue strengthening the community of STMA members and collaborating with the Board of Directors to ensure our members have the resources and support to maintain the safest playing surfaces in the world.”

Other elected-officers include:

  • Immediate Past President – Jimmy Simpson, CSFM, Facilities Management Coordinator, Town of Cary (Cary, N.C.)
  • President-Elect – James Bergdoll, CSFM, Director of Parks Maintenance, City of Chattanooga Public Works (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Commercial Vice President – Jeremy Bohonko, Regional Manager – Piedmont Region,Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Secretary / Treasurer – Sun Roesslein, CSFM, NAAC Stadium Manager, Jeffco Schools (Golden, Colo.)

Directors fulfilling a second-year term:

  • Academic Director – Adam Thoms, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)
  • Higher Education Director –Clark Cox, CSFM, Assistant Athletics Director of Sports Turf and Landscaping, University of South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.)

Members elected to Director positions:

  • Professional Facilities Director – Nicole Sherry, Head Groundskeeper, Baltimore Orioles (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Commercial Director – Paula Sliefert, Senior Marketing Manager, the Toro Company (Bloomington, Minn.)
  • K-12 Director – Jeremy Driscoll, Grounds Supervisor, St. Marks High School (Wilmington, Del.)
  • At-Large Elected Director – Scott Thompson, CSFM, Superintendent of Sports Fields and Grounds, Duke University (Durham, N.C.)

Members appointed to Director positions:

  • At-Large Appointed Director – Alpha Jones, CSFM, Director of Field Operations, Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Parks and Recreation Director – Brad Thedens, CSFM, Park Caretaker, City of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

The Sports Turf Managers Association conducts its annual elections electronically in late November and the Board officially takes office during the Conference & Exhibition each January.

Next year’s event will be held in Savannah, Ga. Jan. 17-20, 2022. The following year’s conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jan. 16-19, 2023.

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About STMA

STMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,700 members across 32 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.

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