Vermont Senior Games Board of Directors

Responsibilities:

The VSGA Board is responsible for:

  • All Senior Games Competitions conducted in the State of Vermont
  • Insuring National Rules are adhered to for each game and that all Sports Coordinators are aware of the rules and follow them accordingly.
  • Reviewing and Reporting the results for each game including reporting to “NSGA” in qualifying years.

If you’re interested in becoming a board member, download the application.

Board Members:

Vermont Senior Games Board of Directors

BARBARA JORDAN, M.S., M.Ed., is the VSGA Vice President and an exercise trainer and wellness counselor for older adults. She currently teaches classes at the University of Vermont and Burlington’s Miller Recreation Center. She has worked with seniors of all ages for more than 30 years. She has also presented numerous workshops focusing on Holistic approaches to Wellness. Barbara is the chair of the Games Committee and has been with the Vermont Senior Games since 1987. She is a Senior Olympics Medalist and has won numerous National Championships in Masters Track and Field. Since she was 65, she has held World Records in the 300m Hurdles, Indoor Pentathlon 4x100m Relay and 4x400m Relay. She’s also held US records in the 60m and 80m Dashes, and was on the 4x100m Relay Team that broke the Women’s 80-84 World Record at the National Senior Games in Minneapolis. Barbara has been inducted into six Athletic Halls of Fame including USATF Masters, Springfield College, Fair Lawn High School and South Burlington High School. She and her husband Paul live in South Burlington – they have three sons and eight grandchildren. Barbara is the coordinator of our largest event – Track and Field. She is an advocate for senior health and fitness across the State.

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FLO MEILER, a Shelburne resident, she recently re-joined the Vermont Senior Games Board of Directors, after serving on the Board for eight years back in the early 2000’s. In addition to her previous Board experience, Flo brings a wealth of experience as a senior athlete at the state, national and international levels. Flo’s competitive athletics began with water skiing. She didn’t begin competing in Track and Field until age 62 when her friend, Barbara Jordan, lured her away from a tennis match at the Vermont Senior Games to compete in the Long Jump. Flo says that she was “hooked immediately” and began right away training and competing in multiple track and field events. Now at age 81, she currently trains for 18 different events and typically competes in eight to ten events at a competition. She holds several American and world records, was elected into the USA Masters Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2010, and represented Team USA at the 2015 World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships in Lyon, France where she won 10 medals, – more than any other competitor among the more than 8,000 athletes representing 98 countries.

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MARTI POWERS is the President of the Vermont Senior Games, elected in 2017.  She retired from Verizon as a Sales/New Product Implementation Director.  After a long career that included work at AT&T, Bell Communications Research and other Regional telephone companies, she retired and moved to Vermont is 2002.  She worked at Northfield Savings Bank for 7 years and decided to finally retire for good.  She is currently on the Board of Directors at Green Mountain Transit (GMT) representing the Towns of Essex/Essex Junction.  Marti also volunteers within the Essex Communities to provide Strength Training classes and supports summer walking programs.  Marti has a passion for weight-lifting and loves to be involved with all of the games that VSGA provides.  She continues to support fitness and all levels and looks forward in 2017 to meeting new friends and creating a community of VSGA followers.       

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JOHN SCHEER is a CPA and President of Scheer & Hickey PC-a certified public accounting firm located in Colchester, VT. He serves as the Treasurer of the Vermont Senior Games Association. John started running at age 15 and has been an avid runner since. He has seven marathon finishes to his credit. He has also competed in Track and Field at several state games in New England. John has served on several nonprofit boards in Vermont and was the race director of the Vermont City Marathon in the early 90’s, which is considered the largest participating sporting event in Vermont.

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BETSY TERRY has been on the VSGA Board since 2010 and serves as Co-Chair of the Games Committee. In her professional life, she works as the Executive Director of the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association.   She is a strong believer in the power of collaboration and joined the VSGA Board and the Council on Physical Fitness & Sports in hopes of making strong connections between the three groups. In her leisure time she enjoys regular walks along Middle Road in Colchester, yoga, gardening, cooking and eating good foods. You are more likely to find her helping to run the VSGA events than competing in them.

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BOB WILLEY is a Sports Coordinator for one of our most popular sports – Basketball. Bob has participated in all VSGA Basketball championships since 1990, as well as most National Senior Games biennial tournaments. The VSGA Basketball tournament, held at Castleton University, attracts teams from most NE states and New York. Bob co-founded Vermont Systems in 1985 with son, Giles, and is still working there every day. VSI develops and supports applications software for military and municipal Recreation and Parks operations, and provides software and hosting services supporting the VSGA Registration function.

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DIANA WOOD is secretary of the VSGA and the Marketing & Outreach Manager for Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront. She hopes to use her skills to help promote the Senior Games across the state and grow the games. While she’s too young to compete in the games, Diana participates in several bike events,  5k & 10k runs and triathlons throughout the year. Diana is committed to lifelong physical activities and believes in the motivation that competition provides.

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ALAN RUBEL is a Barre businessman who is currently President of Proforma Vision of Success, a company that does printing, promotional products and e-commerce. Previously he was the owner of Rubel Home Decorating Center for over 20 years in the City of Barre.  He is a former Alderman in Barre City and School Board Member in Barre Town. He was selected by the State of Vermont Jaycees as Vermont’s Outstanding Young Man for his involvement with his community, youth development, and working with the elderly. A boxing enthusiast, he fought in the 1965 Vermont Golden Gloves where he lost a split decision to Harold Peryea from Altona, New York. To this day Alan believes he won that fight. More recently, he is a three-time javelin gold medalist in Vermont Senior Games track and field competitions. He co-authored Gloves, a book on the history of boxing in Vermont. He also authored a book titled Love Letters to Sharon. He is a founding board member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame and past president and guest speaker at his synagogue.

Other Team Members

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ANDREA STANDER is the Managing Director for VSGA. She has been a resident of Central Vermont for almost 20 years. She feels very fortunate to have lived and worked in Montpelier for all of that time. She has held management and executive positions with diverse regional and statewide grassroots and non-profit organizations including: Media Coordinator for The Northern Forest Alliance; Communications Director for the Vermont Arts Council; Regional Field Coordinator for Sen. Bernie Sanders; Membership Coordinator for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG); Executive Director for the Vermont League of Conservation Voters and most recently Director of Rural Vermont where she continues to serve part-time coordinating fundraising activities.

Prior to coming to Vermont, Andrea’s professional work included community organizing, environmental education, multi-media event production, and designing corporate training programs.   And a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, she was a theater performer and producer.

In addition to her professional work, Andrea has been active in her community as a volunteer with Girls & Boyz First Mentoring Program, the Hunger Mountain Coop, Lost Nation Theater, as well as neighborhood groups. She and her dog Belle, enjoy all Vermont’s seasons for hiking, biking, kayaking, x-c skiing and snowshoeing. Although it was awhile back, she participated avidly in team sports in high school and college including field hockey, gymnastics, soccer and ultimate Frisbee.

Andrea looks forward to getting to know the VSGA community and putting her event planning, communications, and marketing skills into the service of helping grow VSGA’s visibility and participation.  She can be reached at andrea.stander@gmail.com or 802-522-3284.

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MATT GUILD is our volunteer webmaster and a life long runner. After spending ten years recovering from the 2004 Vermont City Marathon he rediscovered track and field at the 2014 Vermont Senior Games. He now prefers the shorter races and has competed in state games in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Florida along with Vermont. In 2015 he won a bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the Minneapolis National Senior Games. He will try to match that success in the M50 800 and 1500 meter races at Birmingham this June.