Committees: Crucial to SFMA’s Future

Each year in early February, SFMA members are asked to volunteer for one or more committees. Using these submissions, President Sun Roesslein, CSFM, has recently appointed the chairs and seated our volunteers. Committees will begin their work in April.

Each committee has a yearly “charge.” Some committee charges do not change, such as the Nominating Committee; other committees change yearly to address SFMA’s strategic direction.

Thank you to the Chairs of these committees for 2023.

  • Advocacy: To recommend outreach efforts to advance the profession and highlight the work of the sports field manager. A specific goal for this year is to create materials to be used in outreach efforts by SFMA Ambassadors.
    Chair: Zachary Holm, CSFM
  • Awards: To judge the association’s awards program applicants selecting the Field of the Year winners and to develop strategies to enhance the program.
    Co-chairs: Jason DeMink, CSFM and Jeremy Driscoll, CSFM
  • Certification: (CSFM and/or Academic Members Only) To develop strategies to grow the number of certified members; to consistently monitor the program and recommend enhancements to ensure that the program is the top achievement for sports field managers.
    Chair: Brian Bornino, CSFM
  • Chapter Relations: To create a chapter structure that is beneficial locally and nationally; to financially assist chapters with their administrative, operations and educational efforts; to facilitate the sharing of best practices; to utilize the chapter structure to effectively deliver services.
    Chair: Jason Bowers, CSFM
  • Commercial Advisory Council: To provide a forum to exchange ideas on how SFMA can better serve and engage its commercial members and how this segment can help to advance the association; to develop strategies to engage commercial members in the annual exhibition and provide value for doing so.
    Chair: Paula Sliefert
  • Conference Education: To develop all content, sessions and workshops and select speakers and moderators for the next year’s conference that will make it a “must attend” event for members and nonmembers; to recommend strategies that will drive attendance to the exhibition and will add value to exhibitors.
    Chair: Chase Straw, Ph.D.
  • Conference Tours: To select and organize off-site tours at the annual conference site.
    Chair: Jody Gill, CSFM
  • Editorial: To ensure that the SFMA magazine contains information relevant to the sports field manager; to provide ideas and contacts for articles for publication.
    Chair: Brad Thedens, CSFM
  • Environmental: To develop environmental strategies that position SFMA and its members as leaders in environmental stewardship and the related health and safety issues that impact fans and players.
    Co-chairs: Vickie Wallace and Zack Holm, CSFM
  • Finance & Audit: To provide oversight of the SFMA’s financial resources by reporting information to the Board of Directors.
    Chair: Adam Thoms, Ph.D.
  • Historical: To preserve the history of the association and the profession.
    Chair: John Mascaro. 
  • Information Outreach (Learning Initiatives): To develop educational and informational opportunities for members to enhance their personal and professional development.
    Chair: Alpha Jones, CSFM
  • Innovative Awards Judging: To judge the innovative awards program, ensure a fair judging process and enhance the program as necessary.
    Chair: Jason Craft, CSFM
  • International: To position SFMA as a global leader in sports facility management and make SFMA the ‘go-to’ resource for those who work internationally in the industry.
    Chair: Simon Gumbrill
  • Membership: To develop initiatives to drive membership growth and retention; to recommend programs that add value for each member.
    Chair: Erin Boyd Wilder
  • Nominating: The Nominating Committee shall present to the membership by written notice a slate of qualified candidates for the Board of Directors, and place those names in nomination.
    Chair: Sarah Martin, CSFM
  • Student Challenge: To develop the annual student challenge exam protocols and assist in proctoring the exam as needed.
    Chair: Sarah Martin, CSFM
  • Technical Standards: To help determine standards and best management practices needed in the profession; to guide the work of ASTM on developing sports field and facility standards.  Chair: Pam Sherratt.
  • Technology Team (Website, Social Media): To oversee SFMA’s communication platforms to insure they are current, cohesive and serve members’ needs; to ensure members are educated on the latest communication technology.
    Chair: Ryan DeMay, CSFM