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Candidates for 2021 Board of Directors
The below list is the 2021 BOD Candidate nominations received to date. Oct. 14, 2020. NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED

Commodore

Nominees for Commodore must have previously served at least two years as Officer or a committee chair.

Marc Briere

Marc Briere

I have been a participant in SMSA as crew on several keelboats since I moved to Southern Maryland in 1991. We have been club members for over 15 years and have raced our own boat since 2006. Rebecca and I spend most of our sailing time keelboat racing our Mumm 36 - Cheetah locally and in a handful of non-SMSA bay races every year. We have an ever-evolving crew of sailors who are incrementally joining the club as members themselves. I occasionally crew in offshore events to Bermuda or Newport aboard other people’s boats. Our oldest daughter, Shannon, was the club’s Junior Camp instructor prior to moving to New York where she is the Canandaigua Yacht Club camp director/instructor. Our youngest daughters, Isabelle and Chloe, race with us on Cheetah and are learning dingy sailing and racing at the SMSA Junior Program. Our family enjoys amusement parks, bicycle rides, boogie boarding on the beach, traveling and local attractions.
I was Keelboat Race Chair for at least 2 years and have been the club’s representative to PHRF and CBYRA for several years. I am the Past President of PHRF of the Chesapeake and was the CBYRA Handicap Division Chair for 4 years.
I have been working for AMEWAS (American Electronic Warfare Associates) since 1991 when I left the US Air Force after 11 years of active duty. I am currently the company’s Chief Strategy Officer.
I appreciate the nomination for Commodore. It would be a privilege to serve the membership and I pledge to work with our all-volunteer team to continue the evolution of our many programs to foster membership growth and increase activity and event participation. We have a great little club that is improving in its capabilities and membership-value every year. We are blessed to have so many wonderful friends and families amongst our membership and even more so to have our tireless organizational and activity volunteers. I will provide our volunteers with the necessary resources to be successful in accomplishing the roles, duties and responsibilities for the positions they hold. I will continue the club’s open communications between administrative volunteers and membership so that we are all aware of opportunities and activities in SMSA. I will work closely with past Commodores, elected leadership, board members and program chairs to operate SMSA as efficiently and effectively as possible and keep all members abreast of our progress.

Vice Commodore

Rear Commodore

Chris Staley

Chris Staley

Instructor, Captain

Life-long sailor, sailing dingies, beach catamarans, racers, cruisers, and cruising catamarans.
Licensed Coast Guard Captain, 100 Ton Master with sailing and commercial towing endorsements.
ASA instructor since 2007, certified to teach 101-118
Sailboat racing beach catamarans through 40’ one deigns
Charter fishing Captain for over 10 Years, and mate for 20
Operator of Commercial Marine Assistance vessels
A genuine love for teaching sailing! When not on the water with students, you will find him sailing around Solomons aboard is Oday 34, C2
Avid Bay fisherman…yes, you CAN fish from a sailboat!

Treasurer

Russell Miller

Russell Miller

I have been an SMSA member from 1981
Am a Graduate of Saint Mary's College
This is my 3rd time as Treasurer
On Diablo I am a 2 time SMSA High Point Champion
I Have carried the SMSA burgee from Block Island (champion in 95) to Biscayne Bay Florida.

Secretary

Cristin Shiffer

Cristin Shiffer

Cristin, her husband Aaron, and her two children, Sophia and Avery have been SMSA members since 2014. She currently serves as the Communications Chair and led the publication of this the 2020 SMSA yearbook. She previously served as Secretary in 2016. She lives in Solomons and can be found on the water most Wednesday nights and at SMSA's happy hour most Fridays. She organized the May 2020 virtual concert at the club featuring Maine musician Dave Rowe and frequently supports the Junior program where Sophia is part of the high school team and races on Thursday evenings.

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Director

2 candidates will be elected. Candidates listed in alphabetical order.

Jim Keen

Jim Keen

I wish to place my name in nomination for one of the Director positions in the upcoming SMSA election.

I have been a member of SMSA since 1978, serving as Treasurer (’02-’04), Race Governor (’05-’07), Director (’07-’09, ’10-’12, and ’18-’20), and Commodore (’16-’17).

I co-authored the SMSA Strategic Plan in 2007 which stands today. As a long-term member, I posses a historical perspective and have been involved in several initiatives over time. Most recently, I served as the Chairman of the successful 2020 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Regatta, and I am currently SMSA’s representative to CBYRA.

Besides continuing as Screwpile Chairman, I wish to be involved in future efforts to determine the eventual determination of a permanent home for our club.

Thank you for your consideration.

Lowell Martin

Lowell Martin

Hello. Marilyn and I have been members of SMSA for something like eight or nine years. I have been club secretary for four years. We have raced Blue Boat Home, our ancient Catalina 27, in Wednesday night and Frostbite series with a bit of success, although some have said we should rename the boat SLOW Boat Home. Anyway, I am going to take a break from secretaryship in 2021 but would like to continue my association and service with the SMSA as a director. If elected, I will work hard to help the club get through these difficult times and move on to even bigger and better things in the future. Thanks.