:: CGWA Board Candidates

Unless otherwise noted, all candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning January 2011.  Ballots must be received by December 17th, 2010.  Please see ballot for mailing instructions.  Ballots have been mailed to all members who had membership valid through November 1, 2010.

LAURIE L. BALMUTH

Educational background: BA University of Maine, JD University of Maine School of Law, BFA Pacific Northwest College of Art

Business background: small farm owner /manager: owner/designer fiber arts wholesale & retail:  partner, small law firm: owner/ manager large apartment complexes: business manager Brian’s Windsurfing.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, drawing and painting, Nordic skiing, babysitting, cooking

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities?  (Organizational affiliations, event participation, volunteer work, etc.) I have been on the Board of the CGWA for the last two years. I participate in Board activities and volunteer for beach cleanup, 4th of July parade, Windfest, youth activities, and membership outreach.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? The CGWA speaks for windsurfers when necessary to dispel misconceptions, protects water quality on the Columbia, protect and maintain river access for windsurfing and, incidentally, for other activities that take place at these sites when it is not windy. The CGWA is active in supporting the sport of windsurfing by conducting youth activities, and swap meets which provide affordable gear to the public. Windsurfing is an exciting sport that promotes physical fitness and a love and reverence for wind water and the beauty of the Gorge and at the same time has minimal adverse environmental impact. Our unique location in the Gorge permits our organization to have much positive impact in support of this wonderful sport.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I would like to continue to increase responsible river access, be instrumental in promoting safety and common ground with other wind sports and be involved with youth and others new to windsurfing,

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? If so, what years? 2008- 2010

WILLIAM (BUD) BUDWORTH

Educational background: Mechanical Engineering graduate plus additional special courses in missile design  and structural dynamics analysis.

Business background: Worked briefly for Canadair in Montreal. Worked the remainder of my career with Boeing in Seattle. Retired after 33 years.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, computer video editing

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? I have been a member of CGWA for many years, attended many work parties and run the Swap Meets for a number of years.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? Enjoy being a member of CGWA, making CGWA equipment more available to Kids.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? Continue to run the Swap Meets and make our equipment more available to newer windsurfers.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before?  If so, what years? Yes, I have served on the Board before. It must be at least 10 years by now.

TOM BURLINGAME

Educational background: BS Natural Resource Management Colorado State University

Business background: Mortgage Banker, Windsurf sales rep, general contractor

Hobbies: Skiing, windsurfing, surfing, mountain biking, yoga

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? I am not currently involved; I just sail with Aloha Spirit.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? Everything. The history of the CGWA is one of amazing contributions to the sport and the community.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I would like to contribute to the CGWA with a profound love for windsurfing and its positive effect on my life.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? No.

STEVE GATES

Educational background: BA from UCSB 1972, majoring in right hand point breaks

Business background: General Contractor in Alyeska, Alaska for 15 years; Managing Partner of Big Winds for 23 years

Hobbies: windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, SUPing, tennis, cycling, skiing

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities?  Currently President of CGWA, current Treasurer of the Association of Wind and Water Sport Industries, 10-year member of the Port of Hood River Waterfront Advisory Committee, former Chair of the Hood River Planning Commission, former member of the Hood River County School Board, former Mayor of Hood River.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? I enjoy being a part of a dynamic and relevant organization that works to make the windsurfing experience in the Gorge the best possible.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I would like to continue to help guide the BOD into a sustainable and important organization.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before?  If so, what years? Board member since 2007, current President.

JIM HAYNES

Educational background: MD, University of Washington

Business background: Medical practice for 30 years in Seattle

Hobbies: Windsurfing, ski, hike, bike

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? Sailing in the gorge since 1984, and first bought a house here in 1987

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing?

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? Public relations, planning

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? If so, what years? Board of Director for 6 years, during which I served as Vice President and President

JENNIFER “JJ” JOHNSON

Educational background: University of Colorado at Boulder, BA 1999; Shoreline Community College, RN 2005

Business background: Business Manager Gorge Dental purchased 3/2010; Gorge Games, Competitions Director 2000-2002; Windance employee 1999-2001

Hobbies: Windsurfing, mt biking, skiing, existing outside, traveling

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? Trauma Nurses Talk Tough program RN, where we spoke with elementary and high school students regarding trauma prevention (helmets, safety belts, safe driving etc.).

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? As a recently joined business member, we appreciate the cohesive voice that CGWA gives Gorge windsurfers, and the ongoing communication that keeps us in the loop regarding upcoming events and community issues.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I appreciate the cohesiveness of the Gorge windsurfing community, and would like to contribute to CGWA’s work in this area, specifically with the Gorge Groms program and in promoting access.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? If so, what years? No.

JOHN LECHMANIK

Educational background: I Graduated Chapman College in 1977 with a BA in Biology.  I also attended various training and college courses as required by my Police employers.

Business background: I just retired from 29 years of being a police officer.  My last 19 years were with the University of California, Berkeley Police.  In this position I worked with a variety of people from college professors to college students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. I worked both in patrol and in office positions working for the university.

Hobbies: My hobbies include windsurfing, road and mountain cycling, hiking, computer gaming, computer building, and RC helicopters.

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? I just moved into the Gorge from the SF Bay area this month.  So I do not have any prior involvement with the communities.  My knowledge of the area is from visiting for the last 14 years.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? I appreciate the dedication and work the CGWA does to help promote windsurfing and manage the windsurfing areas.  I think this helps preserve the relationship between windsurfers and the community.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? Since I am retired I have free time.  I wish to be able to put some of my time back into the area that I have enjoyed for over 14 years.  My interests are in helping organizing and running events and to help develop and maintain windsurfing locations.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before?  If so, what years? No.

JULIA NORMAN

Educational background: BA Marine Science/Chemistry 1996 (University of San Diego); MS Environmental Science & Engineering 2001 (Oregon Health & Science University)

Business background: I’ve been a chemist for the USGS for the last 3 years; prior to that, starting in 2002, I worked as an environmental scientist at OHSU and as an independent contractor. Prior to moving to OR, from 1996 to 2000 I worked for the Orange County Water District in CA.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, cycling, XC skiing, knitting, hiking

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? I’ve been a member of CGWA since about 2002 and typically attend events throughout the summer – Windfest, Pray for Wind Party, and swap meets.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? I particularly value CGWA’s involvement in promoting youth windsurfing. I also appreciate the general “stoke” and enthusiasm, and the continued commitment to beach access/improvement and negotiating site/safety issues, such as the relatively new guidelines for windsurfers and kiters at the Event Site launch.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I’d like to participate in the youth programs (e.g. Gorge Groms), either in an organizational/logistical role or hands on. This is a fantastic program and the future of our sport!

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? If so, what years? No, this would be my first time.

DAVE NUNN

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts, minor in Economics from University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Business background: 1984-1989 Stockbroker with Merril Lych & Wood-Gundy; 1991-current: Retail store owner in windsurfing and boarding related sporting goods.

Hobbies: Windsurfing, kiteboarding, snowboarding and skiing, mountain biking, flyfishing and on and on……

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? CGWA member and board member, CGKA member

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? Mostly I value the historical work done creating and securing launch sites. Currently the greatest value we offer is in our communication with the windsurfers in the Gorge and the local community.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I wish to further strengthen the size of the membership and to increase all windsurfers perception of the value that we offer. Additionally I would like to encourage the board to turn their efforts even more to encouraging more juniors to try windsurfing.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before?  If so, what years? Yes 2008 to 2010

NEAL PEARSON

Educational background: BA, MBA

Business background: Banking, Manufacturing, Pres/CEO of my own food plant for 20 years

Hobbies: Skiing, windsurfing, hiking, travel

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? Current CGWA Board member

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? Protecting the interests of all gorge sailors, site protection, access, & improvement

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? Most interested in maintaining and improving out sites

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before?  If so, what years? Currently a BOD member since 2004

STUART WATSON

Educational background: B.S. in journalism from University of Oregon. Numerous post-grad courses – photography, web design, professional training and development, screenwriting.

Business background: Worked 24 years as a journalist for NW newspapers and magazines (Medford Mail Tribune, Oregonian, Anchorage Daily News, Oregon Business magazine) and web sites (Trip.com) before starting communications consulting business in 1997. Merged with my wife in 1998, moved to Hood River in 2000, and helped my wife start first of two restaurants, Viento, in 2005. In 2007, we opened what is now Nora’s Table. I continue to consult, and operate HoodRiverBizBuzz.com

Hobbies: Windsurfing. Skiing. Hiking. Weight training. Travel. Did I mention windsurfing?

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? Board member CGWA.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing?  I love the way the CGWA provides all windsurfers who love the Gorge a voice of advocacy on site protection and enhancement, an information source via its web site and other communications, and a liaison with local government, other wind sports groups, and the next generation of sailors.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? I have a strong interest in protecting existing access, and adding to it, where possible. I believe in constructive dialog with public and private land owners and managers to ensure the interests of windsurfers.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before?  If so, what years? Yes, since January 2009, and currently serving as Secretary.

FIONA WYLDE Running for the position of Youth Representative

Educational background: My educational background consists of myself enrolled in the Port Townsend school district until third grade. Since fourth grade I have been very active and involved in the Hood River county schools. I now attend Hood River Middle School and I am an eight grader. In the winters I attend Escuela General Numero 32, in Los Barriles Baja.

Business background: I am a kid, so therefore I do not have much experience in the business realm.

Hobbies: I enjoy windsurfing, SUP, kayaking, running Cross Country and Track, Triathlons, swimming, surfing and reading.

How are you currently involved with the Gorge &/or windsurfing communities? I am currently the junior board member of the CGWA and would like to continue at it. This past summer I helped teach the grom programs at Big Winds and CGWA. This summer I competed in National, International and local competitions for Slalom, Freestyle, Wave, and Formula. I am sponsored by and greatly appreciate the support of Gorge companies, Sailworks, Big Winds, DaKine, Gorge Dental, and also O’Neill wetsuits.

What do you value about CGWA and our work to improve Gorge windsurfing? I believe that CGWA is a terrific organization and should keep up what they are doing! I love the idea of getting more people involved with windsurfing. I think that windsurfing is a wonderful sport and anyone can do it, there is no reason not to. CGWA has provided a measure of launch sites available for the public to use. I definitely value all those launch sites every time I go windsurfing, and I know I want to help make them better.

In what way do you want to contribute to CGWA and Gorge windsurfing if elected to the Board? If I am elected on the board of CGWA I would like to try to reach out into the schools around Hood River and White Salmon, to provide a windsurfing experience. I think if we can get the youth involved and excited about windsurfing, this sport can be taken to a new level. There are so many kids learning to windsurf, but they get stuck at a certain point and can’t seem to grasp the sport any
further. I think that there is a way to avoid that obstacle, by having their friends and family involved.

Have you served on the CGWA Board of Directors before? If so, what years? Yes I have served on the board of CGWA. I served for the 2009-2010 season. It was so much fun!