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

Darren J. Davis, CGCS, chairman
Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, vice chairman

Andrew Doyle
David Eichhorn Jr.
Justin Ellison
Ryan Hanlen
Patrick Hensley
Mitchell Savage
Ethan Swartzman
Michael Stevens
Chris Tritabaugh

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.

Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, chairman
John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, vice chairman

Ken Benoit Jr., CGCS
Peter McDonough
Stephen Miles, CGCS
Collier Miller, CGCS
Kevin Custis
Ken Gorzycki, CGCS
Gary Carls, CGCS
Russell Vandehey, CGCS
Dan Wegener

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.

Darren J. Davis, CGCS, chairman
Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, vice chairman

Frank Rossi, Ph.D.
Gregory Pheneger
Bryan Unruh, Ph.D.
Jack Mackenzie Jr., CGCS
Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., ASGCA
Steven Tierney, MG
James Culley
Andrew Eick
Kenneth Ingram, CGCS
Bill Kennedy, CGCS
Neil Mayberry, CGCS
Jay Neusinger
Curtis Nickerson
R. Shane Wright, CGCS
Kraig Binder
Joshua Kelley
Eddie Roach Jr.
Chris Harriman
James Ferrin, CGCS

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

Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, chairman
John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, vice chairman

Michael B. Aaron, CGCS
David A. Brandenburg Jr., CGCS
Kevin Clunis, CGCS
Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS
Eric Foerster, CGCS, MG
Christopher A. Sorrell, CGCS
Matthew R. Taylor, CGCS
Eric Ward, CGCS
Marc E. Weston, CGCS

This task group reviews submissions and approves monies for Chapter Outreach Grants that further the promotion of the profession at the state and chapter level.

John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, chairman
Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, vice chairman

Josh Heptig
Jennifer Bryan
Kevin Custis
Paul Pritchard, CGCS
Carlos Arraya, CGCS
Stephen Cohoon, CGCS
Chris Cook
John Ekstrom

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.

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

T.A. Barker, CGCS
Zach Bauer
S. Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG
Jeff White, CGCS
James Davis III, CGCS
Patrick Franklin, CGCS
Michael Richardson, Ph.D.
Alan Fitzgerald

Engage diverse perspectives of employer/facility types in discussions and activities focused on identifying/communicating the value of GCSAA, with emphasis on those areas that strengthen the role of the superintendent on the success of the facility.

This committee is not finalized.

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).

John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, chairman
Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, vice chairman

Gary Carls, CGCS
Paul Carter, CGCS
David Downing II, CGCS
Jeff Eldridge, CGCS
Mark Hoban
Melvin Waldron III, CGCS
Dana Lonn, PE
Ronald Whitten
Stephanie Schwenke
Jim Johnson

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

Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, chairman
Rafael Barajas, CGCS, vice chairman

Gary Bogdanski
Wade Borthwick
Christopher Brocious
Patrick Drinkard
Eric Duncanson
Trent Manning
Ed Nangle, Ph.D.
Cory Phillips
Chris Rapp
Bill Stone
Gary Sykes

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.).

Kevin P. Sunderman, chairman
Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, vice chairman

Rodney Crouse
Rodney Crow, CGCS
John Genovesi, CGCS
Matt Gourlay, CGCS
Erwin McKone, CGCS
Sean Sullivan, CGCS
Brain Roth, CGCS

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.

Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, chairman
Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, vice chairman

William Bieck, CGCS
Scott Brickley
Joseph Gardner
Kenneth Gorzycki, CGCS
David Gresham
Scott Kinnan, CGCS
Scott Phelps, CGCS
Stuart Rowland
Erin Stevens, CGCS, MG

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.

Rafael Barajas, CGCS, chairman

Thomas "Chip" Bass Jr.
Joey Franco, Jr., CGCS
Brad Marcy
Scott Schurman
Bill Murray

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.

Darren J. Davis, CGCS, chairman

Members seated if required.

Identify and present 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.

John J. O'Keefe, CGCS, chairman

Greg Burleson, CGCS
Mark Prieur
John Cunningham, CGCS
Kevin Hicks

Solicit, review and rank university research project proposals. Provide funding and project recommendations to the GCSAA Board to make the final determination.

Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, chairman
Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, vice chairman

Matthew Ceplo, CGCS
J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D.
Michael Kenna, Ph.D.
David Kopec, Ph.D.
Alexander Kowalewski
Jon Maddern, CGCS
Douglas Soldat
Richard Staughton, CGCS

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.

Darren J. Davis, CGCS, chairman
Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, vice chairman

Leslie A. Carpenter Jr.
Kenneth A. Gorzycki, CGCS
Nicholas D. Kearns
Timothy B. Kreger
Dolf May
Tim J. Sedgley, CGCS
Jeffrey R. Sexton, CGCS
Brett Stark
S. Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG
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.

Rafael Barajas, CGCS, chairman
Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, vice chairman

Les Carpenter Jr.
Brett Chapin
Thomas Collins
Ryan Franklin
Christopher Chase, CGCS
Jon Christenson

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.

Peter J. Grass, CGCS, chairman

Will be seated only if necessary.

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.

Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, chairman
Darren J. Davis, CGCS, vice chairman

Mark Kuhns, CGCS
John Kaminski, Ph.D.
Zane Raudenbush Ph.D.
Michael Kennings
Greg Nicoll
Devon Carroll
Patrick Smith
Sean Mcgorisk

Provide feedback and recommendations on GCSAA developed technologies that currently or will service the membership.

Rafael Barajas, CGCS, chairman
Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, vice chairman

Brian Aaron, CGCS
T.A. Barker, CGCS
Kraig Binder
Kenneth Cascadden
Rodney Crouse
Rodney Crow, CGCS
Kevin Custis
David Downing II, CGCS
Matt Dutkiewicz
Parker Ferren
Alan Fitzgerald
John Genovesi, CGCS
Christopher Gray Sr.
Gary Ingram, CGCS
Joshua Kelley
Erwin McKone, CGCS
Simon Parkin, CGCS
Paul Pritchard, CGCS
Eddie Roach Jr.

Provide perspective and recommendation that contribute to strategic, long-term planning and success of the GCSAA Golf Championships.

Darren J. Davis, CGCS, chairman

Deron Zendt
Shawn Westacott
John Carlone, CGCS
David A. Brown
Bryce Koch
Jeff White
At large TBD