2018 STMA Election Information

The Slate of Candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors election has been set by the Nominating Committee. Voting members will be presented with an electronic ballot the week of Nov. 20 with responses due by Dec. 14.  It is extremely important that you trust the integrity of our election process. We have implemented several steps to ensure that our process cannot be tampered with by internal or external sources! Click here to read about the process. 

Returning Board Members (no vote required)
Immediate Past President – Tim Van Loo, CSFM
Directors (1 year remaining in term):
K-12 – Sun Roesslein, CSFM

Please read each candidate's bio and vision for STMA.

The election will take place for the following Officer and Director openings:

Officers:

For President - Sarah Martin, CSFM
For President-Elect - Jody Gill, CSFM
For Commercial Vice President - Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE
For Secretary/Treasurer - Weston Appelfeller, CSFM or Jimmy Simpson, CSFM


Directors:

For Academic Director: Jason Kruse, Ph.D. or Brian Scott

KruseJason Kruse, Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Jason Kruse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. He serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Horticulture and teaches courses in Turfgrass Culture and Golf and Sports Turf Management. Dr. Kruse's responsibilities as a turfgrass specialist include managing the University of Florida turfgrass Envirotron teaching and research facility, providing education and outreach through extension programs, and planning and implementing turfgrass educational field days.. His research program focuses on management of athletic field systems as well how nutrient and water management strategies affect the health and environmental impact of turfgrass systems. Jason has been an active member of STMA since 2007 and has served on the conference planning committee and is currently serving his second term on the international committee.

Vision statement: My vision for the STMA is to have it continue its effort to establish itself as the preeminent source of information related to construction and management of sports fields and continuing education for the professionals who manage them. This will require a continued effort to grow membership and outreach efforts so that sports field managers and stakeholders consider membership in STMA as a valuable part of professional development. The STMA will seek opportunities to expand the delivery of educational content and increase certification among its members with the ultimate goal of giving all athletic field managers access to the knowledge needed to maintain safe, playable athletic fields.


BScottBrian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
Although I did not realize it then, I began my career in horticulture as a sophomore in high school when I started working for a wholesale nursery on a part-time basis. This led me to enroll at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) when I was 18 years old. I also started my own landscape maintenance and installation business at the same time. I graduated with Honors with an A.S. Degree in Horticulture and Forestry Science-Landscape Construction Option- in 1987.

I transferred to Cal Poly Pomona and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Horticulture with an emphasis on sports turf management in 1991. At that point in time, my dad took over operations of the landscape business and over the next 7 years I worked for a landscape contractor first running the irrigation department, and then as the operations manager for the company.

I spent the following 4 years as the sole proprietor of my landscape design and installation company. In 2001, I began my current teaching career at Mt. San Antonio College as a Professor of Horticulture. The year after beginning my teaching career, I enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona once again in pursuit of a Master of Science Degree. In 2006, I graduated with an M.S. in Agriculture- Agriculture Science option.

I have a C-27 (Landscape Contractors License), a PCA (Pest Control Advisor's License) and a QAC (Qualified Applicator's Certificate). I am actively involved in The California Landscape Contractors Association, or CLCA (LASGV Chapter) and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). I am currently serving as President of our local STMA Chapter called the Greater Los Angeles Basin Chapter.

I currently serve as the Department Chair for the Agricultural Sciences Department, a position I have held for approximately nine years. I am also our department's Faculty Association Representative. I am the chairman for our annual Horticulture Career Night. In addition, I organize our advisory committee meetings twice a year.

Other responsibilities I have had include numerous hiring committees, curriculum development and revision and individual education plans and job placement for numerous students.

I have been the recipient of a handful of awards throughout my life, but I don't really like to list them or even display them. I like to occasionally take them out of my drawer and reflect on the people I have known who were associated with those events in my life. Some revolve around my days as a student and some around my life as a professor. Others center around all of the years I coached baseball, softball and soccer as well as time spent as a youth pastor in our church.

Of all of this, I am most proud of being a husband to my lovely wife for 27 years this past June, and a father to my beautiful daughters ages 18 and 21. I love camping, cruising and participating in events like half marathons, tough mudders and triathlons. I also enjoy spending time with my family in Arizona at the Colorado River boating, water skiing and wakeboarding. I am a blessed man.

Vision Statement: Dr. Kent Kurtz was my mentor when I was a student at Cal Poly Pomona. I remember helping him with office duties when the office was in Upland, CA. Dr. Kurtz twisted my arm to fill out a scholarship application for an STMA award in the fall of 1988. I ended up winning a $500 award that was called the Harry Gill Scholarship for Scholastic Achievement. He told me I had to go to the national conference (January 1989) to receive the award in person. It happened to be in Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Florida) that year. I told him that would use all of the money I was awarded. A few days later he said the flight and hotel would be taken care of. When I went to the conference I had dinner with Harry Gill and met several other people in the industry. A fire was ignited that week that still burns today. My vision is to continue the efforts that are currently being made to make the STMA accessible and relevant to students who, like me in 1989, need to have a fire ignited. Being a professor at a community college near Los Angeles has helped me identify the challenges that students of great diversity face as they come into this industry. I believe that my input into the educational sessions at the conference would be a benefit to our membership at the national level like it has been locally. I also feel that Dr. Kurtz should have a Founders Award attributed to him and would strive to make this a reality.


For Director representing Parks and Recreation: James Bergdoll, CSFM or Nick Caggiano

BergdollJames Bergdoll, CSFM, City of Chattanooga, TN
James Bergdoll, CSFM is the Director of Park Maintenance for the City of Chattanooga (TN) Department of Public Works, a position he has held since 2015. Bergdoll oversees the maintenance and operations of over 100 public spaces throughout the City of Chattanooga, including 84 parks, 35 miles of greenway, multiple youth sports association facilities and 2 golf courses. He holds a MS in Sports and Recreation Administration from Western Kentucky University and a BS in Turfgrass Science from Purdue University. Prior to serving the citizens of Chattanooga, Bergdoll oversaw the design, construction, and operations of Elizabethtown (KY) Sports Park. He also gained industry experience at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Baltimore Orioles Spring Training, Indianapolis Indians, Purdue Athletics (Golf & Sports Fields), and Hanover College. Bergdoll has been a member of the STMA since 2004, serving on several different committees, and achieved CSFM status in 2013. Bergdoll is a Past President of the Kentucky STMA, and is currently a member of the TVSTMA and APWA.

Vision for STMA: First and foremost, my vision for STMA is to continue to help colleagues in the industry work towards having high quality athletic fields that are safe, play extraordinary, sustainable, and are aesthetically pleasing. I see the STMA as part of continued insight into sustainable management practices along with using new technologies to facilitate better stewardship of the Earth. Lastly, my vision for the STMA involves the continued promotion of awareness to the work that sports turf managers take part in and maintain increased recognition as a profession. From a Parks and Recreation standpoint, it is important to educate the general public and its leaders on the importance of sport field management and how it positively impacts those that use public facilities, primarily our youth.


CaggianoNick Caggiano, City of Nashua, NH
Mr. Caggiano is the Superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Nashua NH. Nashua has over 1,500 acres of park land and over 60 parks and facilities including 2 sports stadiums and three municipal pools. Nick has a degree in Recreational Land Management from the State University of New York in Cobleskill, NY.

His responsibilities include the management of a comprehensive grounds maintenance program for all city-owned parks and public ways and the oversite of the city recreational programs. Nick is responsible for management and development of both Holman and Stellos Stadiums. Nick is responsible for the development and implementation of both the Operational and Capitol department budgets, manages the daily activity of 25 full time and 40 seasonal employees and assures compliance of all State and Federal Environmental Regulations.
Nick has continuously worked in the Green Industry since 1979. In his 17 years in Nashua Nick has been involved in the rehabilitation of over 35 City Parks and facilities with an estimated value of over $30,000,000.
Mr. Caggiano has the following certifications, committee memberships, and awards.

• Supervisory Pesticide Applicators License for turf, right of way and ornamentals (G-1, G-2, B) State of New Hampshire
• Member Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee
• Past President & Board of Directors New England Sports Turf Managers Association
• Member Sports Turf Managers Association serving in the past on the Finance & Awards Committees
• Vice President New England Parks Association
• Member of NH & National Recreation and Park Association
• Member American Public Works Association
• Member Nashua Green Initiative Committee
• CNG Fleet Committee
• Life Member Nashua Historical Society
• Member Nashua Lions Club
• 2003 USEPA Environmental Merit Award Multi –Site Landfill Closure and Parks Improvement Project
• 2005 NRPA Dorothy Mullin Arts and Humanities Award
• 2005 NH Arborist Association Community Beautification Award
• 2009 Historic Preservation Award Mine Falls Park Gate House Restoration
• 2016 APWA Professional Manager of the Year Award- Facilities & Grounds


Vision for STMA: 
My vision for STMA is to see continued growth of both members and the professionalism of our industry. I feel that the largest audience we can reach out to and impact is on the local level. Our municipal, town, and village fields represent a very large audience that we can impact to get our message across on educating coaches, parents, elected officials and players on the importance of safe playing fields. Park and Recreation Managers need to be able to have the information they need to be able to speak with confidence to local officials, boards and committees when they are creating budgets for their local communities. I would like to see STMA continue to provide its members with this information and stress the importance of networking with local chapter members. Many managers of municipalities know what type of maintenance programs are required to maintain safe playable fields. They are some of the most innovative individuals I have met. I have seen equipment that has been designed, creative programs put in place in order to increase the quality of their fields. STMA should look towards increasing the amount of educational material that is available for these sports turf managers. There can be creative ways to provide this information to these groups at little or no cost so they can impact their facilities at the local level. The ability to impact local municipalities will help spread the mission of STMA at the local level that will increase membership, provide educational information to these managers that will help with the funding that they seek to create and maintain safe playing fields.


For Director representing Higher Education: Joshua Koss, CSFM or Nick McKenna, CSFM

KossJoshua Koss, CSFM, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Joshua Koss, CSFM has almost 20 years' experience in the turfgrass management industry with time spent in both Golf Course Management and Sports Turf Management.

Josh is currently in his 3rd year as Landscape Services Manager at San Diego State University. He is responsible for the daily coordination and delivery of landscape services and maintenance to over 280 acres of campus landscape. This includes the management of the university's 9.7 acres of natural turf and 4.5 acres of synthetic turf utilized for NCAA D-1 and Intramural competition. Prior to his current management position, Josh spent 1 year as the Athletic Fields Lead at SDSU bringing the SDSU Athletic Grounds operation to its current level.

Josh spent valuable time in MiLB, serving as an Assistant Head Groundskeeper for both the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Bowie Baysox baseball clubs. He also has served as Senior Sports Turf Manager for Ripken Baseball - responsible for maintaining Ripken Stadium, home of the Aberdeen Ironbirds Baseball Club.

Josh has also spent time in the Private School PK-12 environment; 3 years in Fields and Grounds Maintenance at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, and 5 years at the San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, CA. Recognized for his abilities as Sports Turf Manager at SDJA, he was promoted to Grounds and Landscape Manager/Assistant Facilities Manager.

Josh completed his Turfgrass Management internship in MLB, working 2 seasons as a groundskeeper for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.

Josh holds an AAS degree in Horticulture and Landscape Technologies (Turfgrass Management concentration) from Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO and a BS degree in Business Management from Colorado State University.

Josh was awarded the 2009 STMA Schools/Parks Soccer "Field of the Year" for SDJA Field at San Diego Jewish Academy. He was a presenter the STMA Conference and Exhibition in Austin, TX in 2010. He recently earned his CSFM in August of 2017.

Josh currently sits on the SoCal STMA Board of Directors and has served various roles on the Board throughout most of his tenure in San Diego, including President from 2011-2013.

Vision: My vision for STMA is simple: to be 100% dedicated to serving it's membership. A few other thoughts on my vision for STMA: (in no particular order). 1) Strive to be recognized as more of a global leader in sports turf management. 2) Promote the professional practice of sports turf management and foster a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of employing a sports turf manager to provide quality playing surfaces. 3) Continue to provide networking, fund research, embrace technology, and promote education. 4) Improve the status of the sports turf manager and continue to improve the "STMA" standard that membership provides to it's customers. 5) Focus more in developing the leadership and management traits of our membership, assisting in attaining and maintaining a high standard of business ethics. STMA is already doing most of this. I would like to be part of helping move forward the initiatives. I have found the higher education environment to be the most challenging and rewarding level of sports turf management. My current position has pulled me away from being "on the field", but I still remain passionate about our industry and profession. I would honored to serve as a director on behalf of our membership at the Higher Education level.

McKennaNick McKenna, CSFM, Texas A&M Athletic Department, College Station, TX
Nick McKenna, CSFM, is an Assistant Athletic Field Manager at Texas A&M University. Nick returned to Texas A&M in August 2011 after having spent 4 years working for Virginia Tech overseeing their baseball and soccer/lacrosse facilities. He currently oversees Olsen Field at Bluebell Park and assists in the management of the other athletic fields at Texas A&M, including Kyle Field, the Coolidge Football Practice Fields, Ellis Field (soccer) and the Aggie Softball Complex. This is Nick's second term at Texas A&M, where he also served as an assistant groundskeeper from 2003-2005.

Nick received his B.S. from Iowa State University in Horticulture with a turfgrass emphasis. While at Iowa State, he served as an athletic field intern during his final semester in school. Nick also completed coursework and research towards an M.S. in Crop Soils & Environmental Science at Virginia Tech (degree uncompleted), and in 2007 was the recipient of the Dr. James Watson SAFE scholarship. Nick has served on numerous STMA committees and achieved CSFM status in January 2011. Nick briefly served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia STMA before returning to Texas where he has served on the TXSTMA Board for the last 4 years. 

Vision for STMA: Aside from providing safe athletic surfaces on a continual basis, my primary role as an athletic field manager is to educate the public about our profession and to develop the next generation of athletic field managers. In my experience, the STMA is the single greatest resource we have to support that mission by providing us with the network, tools, and information needed to succeed in this endeavor. It would be a privilege to give back to an organization that has provided so much to me. 

My vision for STMA is to continue to promote our position as "Experts in the Field, Partners in the Game". An organization is only as good as its membership, so we must strive to find ways to grow our membership and help them in as many ways as possible. We must continue to develop ideas, programs, and resources for our membership to help them advocate their positions and to educate the public about the importance of safe, environmentally responsible, and functional athletic fields. 

Additionally, I would like to see the organization continue to grow and develop our professional image and to establish ourselves as true experts within the industry. We need to continue to advocate for our membership and stay on the forefront of potential issues that our industry has faced and will continue to face in the coming years.


For Director At Large-Elected: Matt Anderson, CSFM or Rusty Walker, CSFM

MAndersonMatt Anderson, CSFM, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Originally from Michigan, Matt Anderson, CSFM is currently employed at the University of Arizona. He earned his B.S and M.S in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University, receiving the S.A.F.E Graduate scholarship in 2004. Anderson was a consultant for construction and maintenance for a modular, bermudagrass field at the Athens Olympic Stadium for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Following the Olympics he was hired by the Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, MWL) as their Head Groundskeeper and worked there for six seasons as the head groundskeeper as well as the director of stadium operations. Anderson spent 2011 working at Michigan State University, where primary responsibilities included oversight of the baseball, softball and soccer facilities at the Old College Complex. In December of 2011 he was hired by the University of Arizona as the Turf Manager for all of campus, including athletic fields and common area turf. In 2013, Anderson was promoted to Campus Turf Manager for the entire University of Arizona campus where he is currently responsible for all department operations. Anderson has served in leadership roles with the Michigan (VP) and Arizona (VP) chapters of the STMA, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, and his local church. He also served as the Higher Ed rep on the STMA Board of Directors during 2015. He and his wife Charity and they have one son, Caleb.  

Vision for STMA: I believe STMA needs to continue to be a forward thinking organization focused on future growth and trends in our industry. I believe student engagement and embracing technology is critical to the future of the STMA.  Telling our story through social media and feature media stories will continue to educate people that we are a vibrant, professional industry that can offer a unique and rewarding work experience. Embracing technology will continue to allow the sports turf manager to do more with our limited time and resources, in a more precise manner. Whether it’s finding relevant information quickly, field testing or maintenance equipment; technology will play a critical role in the future of the sports turf manger. These two reasons guide me in my current service with the STMA. I serve as Chair of the Student Challenge Committee and the Technology Committee. I feel these initiatives will be key in shaping what the future of our industry looks like.  I look forward to representing the STMA on a national level.


RWalkerRusty Walker, CSFM, City of Grapevine, TX
Rusty has an Associate's degree of Applied Sciences in Landscape Management and is currently Athletic Foreman for the City of Grapevine and has been in that position since October 2005.
Rusty has been a member of STMA since 2006. He has served on the Student Challenge Committee for approximately 5 years. He is currently also serving on the Seminar on Wheels Committee. Rusty is a Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) and was the second person in the state of Texas in achieving this designation. Rusty has served multiple years on Texas Sports Turf Managers board as well as served as the President for 2 years (2014-2015). Rusty has also served on the Texas Turfgrass Association (TTA) board for the last 4 years.
Rusty previously worked in the Golf industry for 24 years. He has served on local Golf Course Superintendent Association board as well as, served as the President of the North Texas Golf Course Superintendent (NTGCSA) organization. Rusty was recognized by his peers as Superintendent of the Year in 1995.

Rusty is constantly working to improve the quality of the athletic fields for the city since taking over in 2005. Since taking over the city athletic fields we have won multiple state awards. Rusty has also just recently achieved the designation of Certified Professional Turf Manager (CPTM) from the Texas Turfgrass Association (TTA).

Rusty has been married to Sharon for 37 years and has two grown children.

STMA Vision: My vision for the STMA board to continue our partnership with the Buffalo Agency to help us get our story out to the mainstream media outlets. I think we need to continue to story out to the NFL, MLB, MLS etc. and all levels of collegiate organizations to help better position ourselves as The Professional Representative when it comes to safe playing athletic fields. I think STMA needs to continue heavily promoting our Annual Conference as the premier event for continuing education for the profession as well as the best place to network with your peers and get to see the latest and greatest equipment on the market.

I have served on the Student Challenge Committee for several years and I am also on the Conference tour sub-committee for the 2018 Annual Conference.
My feeling on the STMA Annual Conference as a member in general if you don't step out of your comfort zone to make an effort to meet your peers in the industry you are selling yourself short and your employer and not getting the full experience of the conference.


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