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Introducing you to the new Executive Board Members and requesting your involvement in updating the GRIN By-Laws....

The New GRIN Executive Board Members

Lisa Brown, GRIN Chair
The Head Coach and founder of Zionsville Aquatic Masters, Lisa is a Level 3 Masters Coach and a life long swimmer and competitor. She has competed in 9 consecutive Big Shoulders 5K races and other open water races, including Manhattan Beach's Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier 2-mile race. Lisa enjoys coaching and teaching swimmers of all ages. With a background in corporate training and organizational development, she managed and directed a family owned business for 10 years. Since joining Zionsville Community Schools as the Aquatic Director, Lisa has grown the Aquatic programming to help support Zionsville's cash strapped school system. Lisa's goals for GRIN are to make the group more inclusive of members, updating the By-Laws and increasing membership throughout the state to reach all levels of swimmers. 

Meg Carlson, GRIN Vice Chair
Since 2012, Meg has competed in multiple USMS meets across the country, including several National Championships and FINA Worlds in Montreal. She holds several GRIN records, along with USMS Top Ten Times and FINA Top Ten Times. She serves as the Vice Chair for the USMS Sports Medicine committee, holds a Level 2 coaching certification, and serves as the Safety Director for IAM’s Open Water Event. With a background in nursing, this West Virginia University graduate and Division 1 swimmer currently works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and manages several school-based clinics around Marion County. Meg’s goals for GRIN include the enhanced marketing of USMS to all ages, especially the younger populations; GRIN co-sponsored swim clinics and events for all levels throughout Indiana; and the continued promotion of health and wellness through swimming.

Karen Gernert, GRIN Secretary
Karen was lured to the sport of swimming when her oldest daughters joined the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers (FAST) in 2009. Prior to joining Masters, her only team experience in swimming was on her high school synchronized swim team. Having fallen in love with the sport and competing, Karen now serves as the Program Administrator for the Indy Aquatic Masters, and coaches for both IAM and FAST. She loves working with swimmers of all ages and abilities and enjoys the challenges of working with age groupers, high schoolers, and Masters swimmers. Karen is USMS Level 3 certified. Among her goals for GRIN are to promote Masters swimming throughout the state, encourage greater participation in GRIN events, and provide an inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels welcome at the pool.

Sue Pollard, GRIN Treasurer
Sue has been a member of Indiana Masters Swimming for over 20 years.  She has participated in the Eagle Creek One Mile Swim, Indiana State USMS, National USMS, National YMCA, and Postal Swims. With prior experience in teaching, banking, customer service, training, management, and bookkeeping, this retiree now has the time and willingness to give back to an organization and sport that has been a very important part of her life.

New Committee Forming

The GRIN Executive Board is seeking GRIN members to participate in the revision of the GRIN By-Laws. Committees are now forming to undertake this important process. If you are interested in serving on the By Laws Committee, please contact one of the Executive Board members - Lisa Brown, Meg CarlsonKaren Gernert, or Sue Pollard by Friday, June 26.

What Do You Think?

Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your suggestions for improving Masters swimming in Indiana. Check out the GRIN website, join our Facebook page, and get in the conversation. Contact us with your suggestions, feedback, and questions. We look forward to hearing from YOU!
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