Candidates for the SCSF Board

Below are the candidates for the election of Directors to serve on the Board of The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc. for the two-year term of office beginning September 1, 2017 and ending Aug 31, 2019.

A ballot will be emailed to eligible SCSF members in July. The record date for the voting list of eligible Home Club members (at least 18 years of age as of the date of record) shall be June 30 of the current calendar year. If you wish to vote in the upcoming election, renew on or before June 29, if you have not done so.

Bios for the Candidates for SCSF Board of Directors:

Alexei Folger:
I am an Adult competitive skater and have been a member of the Skating Club since 2000. I am a national and international medalist, and have enjoyed competing (and medaling) in the club’s SkateSF competition. I served a term on the board in the early 2000’s and have also volunteered on the board of Ice Bridges, a charitable organization devoted to assisting deserving skaters in need. I have a long history of volunteering in other areas, wanting to help make a difference in the various aspects of life important to me.

In my professional life, I have had a long career in the high-tech industry, currently as a software programmer and technical project manager.

I have a great love of skating and see, every day, the positive effect it has in the lives of skaters young and old. I am excited for the opportunity to take another turn at helping to build our club and provide the best possible support to all our skaters, skater families, and coaches.

Barb Fritz:
Barb Fritz is an adult skater who grew up dancing and longing to skate. In her 30’s, she stepped into Basic Skills classes, and has never looked back. She moved to San Francisco from Boston in 2014, where she was a member of the Skating Club of Boston and served on its Board of Governors for four years. She managed the Club’s internal communication effort including writing and editing its newsletter Chips, and on various member programs.

SCSF became an instant family to Barb in the Bay Area, as she had competed with many of our adult members at national competitions over the years. Arriving at Yerba Buena on her second day in town, she received a very warm welcome by our members. She loves both the adult community at the Club and the family atmosphere. In addition to her work with the Skating Club of Boston, Barb has volunteered extensively as an Announcer, and as a Costume repair tech at US Nationals in 2014. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has been a Basic Skills Instructor.

In her off-ice life, Barb lives with her partner Steve in San Francisco.  She works in sales for a workplace planning firm, and is on the board of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco. She is co-chair of the Foundation’s major fundraiser, the Beaux-Arts Ball. Her passion outside the rink is design, and she keeps her fingers tangled in knitting, sewing and jewelry projects.

Jessica Gaynor:
Skating Background:
I have been involved in skating since the age of six, when my first pair of skates was laced at a tank rink in San Francisco, CA. My daughters followed in my footsteps and skated competitively. I have been a US Figure Skating official for more than 40 years, chairing, judging and refereeing non-qualifying, regional, sectional, and national competitions. I have served The Skating Club of San Francisco (SCSF), the same one I represented as a skater, in various capacities, including club vice president and president. I have been a member of several U.S. Figure Skating committees; I have chaired the Sanctions and Eligibility, Strategic Planning and Nominating Committees. I have served as Pacific Coast Vice President for US Figure Skating. I have learned an immeasurable amount about club operations and US Figure Skating, and I would be honored to serve as a Board member of The Skating Club of San Francisco.

Personal Background:
Professionally I am a retired clinical psychologist (Ph.D.) who worked in program planning and evaluation for mental health. After retirement, I became a docent at several art museums in San Francisco, including SFMOMA and the Fine Arts Museums. At the Fine Arts Museums I served as chair of the Docent Council. I currently serve as the Nominating Committee Co-Chair of the Modern Arts Council (MAC), a fundraising organization of SFMOMA. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two grown daughters, who, with their husbands and children, live in the Bay Area. Together the family enjoys a round of golf.

Amy Sosnick:
Thank you in advance for your consideration. As a native San Franciscan, I grew up skating at the rink located at 48th avenue as well as Leggs. I am a parent of a competitive figure skater, Bebe Sosnick.  I have been involved in the skating community in Belmont and San Francisco since 2012.

My background includes over 10 years of fundraising as a volunteer for various local organizations.  In this capacity, I have cultivated major gifts from both individuals and corporations and have provided leadership on major boards of directors and committees, building a strong network of major executives and community leaders in the process. On the professional side, I have over 8 years of hospitality and event marketing (sporting events such as World Cup Soccer, Tour de France and the French Open) when I lived in France.

I have sat on several boards of nonprofit organizations and I could bring lots of expertise in the nonprofit fundraising arena as well as applying my business skills.
I would be honored to sit on the board.

Kevin Winston:
Kevin Winston is a skating judge and current member of the Board of Directors of The Skating Club of San Francisco where he serves as fundraising chair. He has been on the Board since 2010.

“It has been an honor to see our Club grow to include all skating disciplines for the enjoyment of our members, particularly the kids,” said Kevin. He learned to skate as an adult, but now leaves the on ice tricks to those with talent and youth on their side.

Kevin was most recently head of Corporate Communications at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 semiconductor technology company. Prior he worked for various technology companies and the US Government, serving as a press secretary for a US Senator and the Clinton Administration.

Kevin is from Kailua, Hawaii and now lives in Belmont with his husband Jeff and their dog, Winston, and cat, Opie.

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