GCSAA committees/task groups

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This directory provides a list of the individuals currently serving on GCSAA committees or task groups, as well as contact information for the committee/task group chairmen, so you may contact them with any questions or suggestions you might have.

The Affiliation Agreement Task Group provides strategic input and guidance regarding proposed changes to GCSAA’s affiliation agreement among its chapters.

Meeting type: Conference call

This task group will not meet in 2020.

The Assistant Superintendent Task Group provides perspective and strategic input on assistant superintendent programs and services.

Meeting type: Conference call

Jeff L. White, CGCS, chairman
Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, vice chairman

Graham Edelman
Phillip A. Fischer
Carey A. Hofner
Kendra A. Kiss
Derek T. Price
David H. Robinson, CGCS
Miranda Robinson
Carol L. Turner

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Facility Task Group will review the BMP Planning Guide and Template as well as the other BMP written planning guides; IPM, Drought, Water Management and Nutrient. This includes both print and online versions.

Meeting type: Conference call

T.A. Barker, CGCS, chairman
Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS, vice chairman

Zachary Bauer
Kraig G. Binder
Jon M. Christenson
Jacob D. Close
William P. Connolly III
Daniel E. Ecker
Chip Halderman
Jay Neunsinger
Patrick H. Sisk, CGCS
Bryan J. Tipton, CGCS
Louise A. Valdez

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Grants Task Group will review applications requesting funding for BMP based program development, validation, marketing or similar projects that are submitted in accordance with grant guidelines. The task group will recommend applications for funding to the board of directors.

Meeting type: Conference call

T.A. Barker, CGCS, chairman
Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS, vice chairman

This task group is not finalized.

The Best Management Practices (BMP) Resources Task Group is an ad hoc task group that will review the BMP Planning Guide and Template as well as the other BMP written planning guides; IPM, Drought, Water Management and Nutrient. This includes both print and online versions..

Meeting type: Conference call

T.A. Barker, CGCS, chairman
Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS, vice chairman

Members seated if required.

The Board Policy Oversight Task Group is convened once every three years and charged with analyzing the strategic intent and impact of all policies regarding GCSAA Board members.

Meeting type: In person

This task group will meet again in 2021.

The Certification Committee is responsible for oversight and monitoring of the CGCS designation. The committee provides feedback on appeals, testing materials and program structure.

Meeting type: Conference call

Paul L. Carter, CGCS, chairman
Jeff L. White, CGCS, vice chairman

Parker L. Ferren, CGCS
Hamilton S. Griffith
Sean O’Brien, CGCS
Peter J. Rappoccio Sr., CGCS
Eddie M. Roach Jr.
Erin L. Stevens, CGCS, MG
Alex J. Stuedemann, CGCS
Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS
Robert K. Vaughey, CGCS, MG
S. Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG

The Communications/Outreach Task Group reviews submissions and approves monies for communications outreach that furthers the promotion of the profession at the state and chapter levels.

Meeting type: Conference call

T.A. Barker, CGCS, chairman
Jeff L. White, CGCS, vice chairman

Kevin Clunis, CGCS
Carter DeMay
Scott E. Dodson, CGCS
Clint Goold
David Jones
Gregory A. Pheneger
Austin C. Smith
Douglas A. Vogel

The Conference Education Task Group is responsible for planning the annual conference education program; moderating conference sessions; and recommending topics, resources, experts and faculty for new conference educational programs.

Meeting type: Conference call 

Paul L. Carter, CGCS, chairman
Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS, vice chairman

Justin Apel
Stacy D. Baker
Todd A. Bohn
Rodney W. Crow, CGCS
Robert J. Dreesen
Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D.
Roy Johnson
Robert S. Reehoorn
Aileen Smith
Pamela C. Smith, CGCS

The Employer Task Group provides guidance, perspective and recommendations regarding engaging employer/facility types in identifying/communicating the value of GCSAA, with emphasis on those areas that strengthen the role of the superintendent on the success of the facility. Emphasis will be placed on engaging MCOs and increasing membership at these facilities.

Meeting type: In person

This task group will not meet in 2020.

The Environmental Awards and Education Task Group will provide perspective, insight and recommendations to the GSCAA staff and board regarding existing and future GCSAA/EIFG environmental awards, award programs, and education topics (environmental session).

Meeting type: Conference call

Paul L. Carter, CGCS, chairman

Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS, vice chairman

David A. Brandenburg Jr., CGCS
James Culley
Ian W. Daniels
John D. Maddern, CGCS
Maggie Reiter
Stephanie Schwenke
Michael Thomas, Ph.D., PE
Marc E. Weston, CGCS
Ronald E. Whitten

The Equipment Manager Task Group provides strategic input and guidance on golf course equipment manager programs and services.

Meeting type: Conference call

Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, chairman
T.A. Barker, CGCS, vice chairman

Gary W. Bogdanski
Christopher A. Brocious
Brack I. Crouch
Patrick Drinkard
Eric Duncanson
Kayla L. Kipp
Trent Manning
Cory Phillips
Chris Rapp
JR M. Wilson

The First Green Task Group seeks to engage educators and superintendents to provide feedback and suggestions for The First Green program. The program will be utilized to encourage engagement with young people with an introduction to golf course management. The First Green program aligns with GCSAA strategic initiatives of Advocacy and Outreach, Advancing the Profession, Serving Members, Increased Revenue Opportunities and Environmental Stewardship.

Meeting type: Conference Call

Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, chairman
Paul L. Carter, CGCS, vice chairman

Ryan S. Kraushofer
Robert G. McLean
Darin E. Pearson
Christopher A. Reverie
Michael Richardson, Ph.D.
Thomas R. Slevin
Richard W. Staughton, CGCS
Ryan L. Swilley

The GCM Editorial Board Task Group serves as judges for the annual Leo Feser Award. The task group also serves in advisory role for magazine staff to provide input on current and future editorial content, design and delivery methods (print, digital, social media, etc.).

Meeting type: Conference call

Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS, chairman
Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, vice chairman

This task group is not finalized.

The Government Affairs Committee provides strategic input and guidance on public policy issues and lobbying and grassroots efforts in the areas of advocacy and compliance. Making sure that golf facilities are able to remain a viable business by complying with all local, state and federal laws and regulations and ensuring golf’s voice is heard in all policymaking arenas advancing the profession.

Meeting type: In person

Jeff L. White, CGCS, chairman
T.A. Barker, CGCS, vice chairman

Gregory D. Brandriet, CGCS
Kevin M. Custis
Parker L. Ferren, CGCS
Jeffrey E. Holliday, CGCS
Rick T. Mooney
Michael D. Posey
Eddie M. Roach Jr.
Robert B. Searle
Rory VanPoucke

The Melrose Leadership Academy Task Group shall review the applications and provide scores based on answers submitted by the superintendents. This program ties directly to the mission by advancing the profession of these superintendents.

Meeting type: Conference call

Paul L. Carter, CGCS, chairman

Jason Boyce
B. Paul Culclasure, CGCS
Steve Datwyler
Ben Ellis
Dennis M. Stein

The Membership Appeals Task Group is charged to review and act upon all petitions in relationship to challenges to the policies outlined in the GCSAA Bylaws and GCSAA Standing Rules of Membership relative to the classification of membership.

Meeting type: Conference call

Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, chairman

Members seated if required.

The Membership Recruitment and Retention Task Group engage diverse perspectives of superintendents in discussions and activities that are focused on increasing membership recruitment and membership retention.

Meeting type: In person

This task group will not meet in 2020.

The Nominating Committee Identifies and presents to the membership a nominee for president, one or more nominees for the office of vice president, two or more nominees for the office of secretary/treasurer, and at least one more nominee than the number of directors to be elected.

Meeting type: Conference call

Darren J. Davis, CGCS, chairman

Robert O. Farren Jr., CGCS
Donald S. Ferreri
Matt Gourlay, CGCS, MG
Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS

The purpose of the GCSAAPAC is to support the interest and concerns of the Golf course superintendent profession and the golf course management industry. The purpose of the PAC Board is to vote to approve/reject GCSAAPAC contribution requests; work with the PAC Board Liaison to develop a 2-year fundraising plan including participation and financial goals; and serve as a primary fundraiser for the GCSAAPAC and subsequently lead successful solicitation campaigns.

Meeting type: Conference call

Jeff L. White, CGCS, chairman
T.A. Barker, CGCS, vice chairman

Jeffrey D. Jensen
Robert J. Nielsen Jr., CGCS
Scott M. Ramsay, CGCS

The Research Proposal Review Committee members solicit, review and rank university research project proposals. They provide funding and project recommendations to the GCSAA Board to make the final determination.

Meeting type: In person

Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, chairman
Jeff L. White, CGCS, vice chairman

Kenneth E. Benoit Jr., CGCS
Brian E. Boyer
Matt Gourlay, CGCS, MG
Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D.
David M. Kopec, Ph.D.
Alexander R. Kowalewski, Ph.D.
Douglas J. Soldat, Ph.D.
Cole Thompson
J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D.

The Rounds 4 Research Task Group engage a diverse representation of chapter executives, superintendents and management companies in discussions and activities that are focused on enhancing and growing the annual Rounds 4 Research fundraising auction administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf.

Meeting type: Conference call

Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, chairman
Paul L. Carter, CGCS, vice chairman

Jason E. Barrington
Leslie A. Carpenter Jr.
Chuck Connolly
Nicholas D. Kearns
Timothy B. Kreger
Jeff A. Kuhns Jr.
Mark M. Murphy
David M. Nicholls
Lori R. Russell
Jeffrey R. Sexton, CGCS
Brett Stark
Melvin H. Waldron III, CGCS
Stacy Wallace
Richard A. Wit, CGCS
Courtney R. Young III, CGCS

Through a judging process, the GCSAA Scholars Competition Task Group will score applications submitted by turfgrass students who meet the criteria. This competition recognizes and awards outstanding students in the field of golf course and turfgrass management. The work of the task group provides the means in which to award GCSAA student members, which will help in achieving their professional goals.

Meeting type: Conference call

Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, chairman
Paul L. Carter, CGCS, vice chairman

Zachary R. Anderson
Ryan M. D’Autremont
Patrick J. Franklin, CGCS
Anthony M. Girardi, CGCS, MG
Nick R. Klinkhammer
Neil Mayberry, CGCS
Mark P. Newton, CGCS
David H. Robinson, CGCS
Martin Ward

The Standards and Bylaws Committee review any proposed amendments to the Bylaws and submit to the members any amendments that the committee approves at least thirty (30) days in advance of the annual meeting. In addition, review all formal complaints of violations of the GCSAA Code of Ethics. The Standards and Bylaws Committee will only be seated if proposed amendments to the Bylaws are identified or if a Code of Ethics violation is received and the President determines that a possible violation has occurred.

Meeting type: Conference call

Rafael Barajas, CGCS, chairman

This committee is not finalized.

The Student Task Group engage diverse perspectives of students, educators and superintendents in discussions and activities that are focused on developing professionals for a successful career in the golf industry.

Meeting type: In person

This task group will not meet in 2020.

The Technology Task Group provide feedback and recommendations on GCSAA developed technologies that currently or will serve the membership.

Meeting type: Conference call

Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, chairman
Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, vice chairman

This task group is not finalized.