Qualifications for Office:
1. Officers (President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer) must be a resident of the United States.
2. Officers have a two year rotating basis. This year the positions up for election are President and Treasurer.
3. Directors (state representatives) will serve a 1 year term and be up for election/re-election the following year.
4. Directors must be a resident of the US and reside full/part time in the State unless serving as an at-large Director.
On each matter submitted to a vote of the Members, including but not limited to the election of Officers and Directors, the recall of Officers and Directors and any special elections and resolutions deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors, each member class shall have a vote as follows:
Festivals shall have one (1) vote
Clubs shall have one (1) vote
Individual members shall have one (1) vote
The annual meeting of the Members of this Corporation shall be held once a
year, at a time and place determined by the majority vote of the Board of Directors, for the purpose of electing Officers and
Directors and for the transaction of all other business as may come before the Members. Special meetings of the Members may
be called by the President or by the Board of Directors.
Notice of Meetings:
Electronic or printed notice stating the place, day, and hour of the
Members’ meeting, and, in case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered
within ten (10) days before the date of the meeting, either personally, or by electronic mail, by or at the discretion of the President,
the Secretary, or persons calling the meeting, to each Member of record entitled to vote at such meeting. If notice is given by
electronic mail, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when sent. Except as otherwise provided under the provisions of law
or these Bylaws, notice may also be delivered personally, or by telephone.
Kelly Hood (Current President)
Kelly Hood has served on the SRDBA board of directors for three years; one year as Vice-President and two years as President. She also serves on the USDBF board of directors as Membership Officer. Kelly is passionate about growing the sport of dragon boating at all levels and would be honored to serve an additional term as President.
Patsy Zick (Current Treasurer)
My name is Patsy Zick and I have been in the world of dragon boating for 18+ years. I have represented TEAM USA at Worlds in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 steering for Senior A-Mixed, Senior A-Open, Senior A-Women and Senior B-Women. Prior home teams were with TECO Tan Anou, Tampa Bay Paddling Club, and Florida Tarpons. I have worked with various recreational crews as well. I spent three years in Asia on an expat assignment with my employer from 2013-2016; one year in Manila where I joined a local dragon boat team (The Manila Dragons) and two years in Singapore where I joined the British Dragons. I have 4 children (2 biological and 2 stepchildren). I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and minor in Economics. I also have a Master’s in Business Administration. I am currently employed with JP Morgan and have held various positions during my tenure with the bank. I just celebrated my 25th anniversary with the bank this past August. My present position is Vice President, Control & Risk Manager in our Third-Party Oversight environment. My core responsibilities are to ensure proper risk controls are in place with our vendors that the bank has business relationships with locally and globally. I have staff that I managed in the US, Warsaw, Bangalore, and Manila. I am the current SRDBA Treasurer and would like to run for another term. I was in this treasurer role from 2017-2019. My rich background in finance and banking operations allowed me to work with a forensic accountant to reconcile and re-create 7 years of missing SRDBA system of financial records in QuickBooks when I first took over as SRDBA Treasurer in 2017. I implemented dual control process in check writing, among other processes, to mitigate any potential accounting and financial losses. I was also the interim USDBF Treasurer from 2017-2018. My hobbies include traveling, cooking, gardening, jet-skiing and reading.
Efrat Almog (Current At Large Director)
I am very excited to apply for the position of State Representative of Florida for the Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (SRDBA). Given that I reside in the great state of Florida, I feel I am very in tune with the pulse, spirit, and sport of dragon boat racing in Florida. In fact, although Florida has an extensive network of dragon boat teams, I feel that due to my extensive experience paddling, racing, and administrative involvement I have personally connected with a great number of the paddlers in the Florida dragon boat paddling community. I believe that this local, Florida based connection makes me well suited to represent Florida, its dragon boat paddling members, and their needs. In addition, given that I have competed at the statewide, national, and international levels, I feel I will very proficiently serve as a resource to those curiously new to the sport and those paddlers wanting to advance to the next level in their paddling passion. My passion and experience in the sport of dragon boat paddling is as follows. I am a current member of the Puff Dragon Boat Racing Team, Puff Dragon Board member and treasurer, Florida Tarpons Dragon Boat Racing Team, Southeastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (SRDBA) Director at Large and United States Dragon Boat Federation (USDBF) Board member. As a Puff and Florida Tarpons team member, I have competed at the statewide, national and international levels. In fact, the Florida Tarpons are the current United States National Champions. Given my active involvement at the statewide, national and international levels as a paddler, racer and officer, I believe I have the skills and experience to increase awareness, encourage more people to participate and attract them to the sport that I am passionately involved.
Leslie A. Hagen lives in South Carolina and is employed as an attorney for the federal government. Her work focuses on violent crime in tribal communities with an emphasis on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse. A lifelong water enthusiast, she began paddling with Dragon Boat Charleston during the summer of 2016. In 2017, she also began paddling with the Charleston Paddle Club. She is now a member of the Tampa River Dragon Boat team and enjoys competing as much as possible. She also spends as much time as possible paddling her outrigger canoe. Hagen has previous non-profit experience working with the Port Austin Community Theater, Rotary, the Port Austin Lighthouse Keepers Association and Blue Water Youth for Christ. She currently serves on her condominium association board of directors.
Erin Kelleher (Current At Large Director)
I recently became the Volunteer Executive Director for 502 Dragon Boat Community (a new 501c3 and dragon boat club in our area). Before I joined this organization, I had 7 years experience as an organizer with the previous dragon boat festival in Louisville. I was mostly in charge of the website, marketing, registration, practice sessions, fundraising, coordinating with teams & captains. Funnily, I came into that position with absolutely NO knowledge of dragon boating! We built a website and ran promotions, but it wasn’t until the week before the races that I finally got to see what dragon boating was really all about. Honestly, it changed my life and took off in so many beautiful ways after that. I started padding in 2014, became a captain in 2016, and started steering for sessions in 2017. I am definitely still learning, and have way more knowledge of the “behind the scenes” of organization than I do expertise in technique or actually racing but I am so happy to help however I can! I will be forever grateful to the dragon boat community, and the many amazing people I’ve been blessed to meet because of it! Thank you very much for your time and consideration! I am very appreciative for the work the SRDBA does, and proud to be a member.
My name is Eileen Hume, and my involvement with dragon boating began about 5 years ago when my husband and I went to the Charlotte Asian festival. My husband was entranced with the races and signed up. Since that time, the sport and the people have become a big part of our lives. I love the camaraderie, the teamwork, the good sportsmanship and beautiful venues I see at the festivals. I love the inclusion of cancer and rec teams, as well as the world class competition. While my husband is the fervent paddler, I am an alternate paddler and drummer, volunteer at festivals and with whatever needed, which has included being the photographer, watching paddlers’ little ones so they can get on the boat, and being the loudest cheerleader on the banks. Dragon boating is a great, peaceful sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, of all
levels, and has brought a great deal of happiness to my life.
Esther Wallace (Current Director)
Esther Wallace makes her home in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Esther has been dragon boating for over 20 years and founded the Secret City Dragons in 2005. She has raced in the U.S. and internationally in several countries with the traveling team she founded, Paddlers Without Borders. Esther is interested in serving on the SRDBA board as the representative from Tennessee to continue to be an ambassador for dragon boat and grow the sport in Tennessee communities.
Judy Lundy (Current Director At Large )
It is my honor to nominate Judy Lundy for the position on of at large member on the SRDBA Board, she has performed excellently in that position for the past year. She is a member of the Sparta 70 Dragon Boat Team in Florida. This is a ground breaking team which gives super seniors an opportunity to perform at the highest level. She uses this experience to educate all athletes in any age group to strive for perfection in their life and in our wonderful sport of Dragon Boating. We believe her background speaks for its self. The sport is in drier need of innovative and creative minds to get us back on track after our COVID ordeal. I truly believe Judy meets all the qualifications to work alongside the great members of the SRDBA Board.
Coach of the Leatherneck Warriors
Leatherneck Lady Warriors
Sparta 70. Super Senior Team
Sparta 70 Para Athletes
I would like to submit my nomination for the position of State Representative for the great state of Alabama. Although I do not live in the Yellowhammer State, I feel I can help instill and create an increased awareness and enthusiasm for the sport of dragon boat racing in Alabama. As a current member of SRDBA’s Paddler Engagement Committee, I have been fortunate to be able to interact with Annely Thorstad, Membership Director. We have been brainstorming over ways to increase SRDBA’s presence in underrepresented states, increase .overall membership, and increase awareness of the sport of dragon boat racing in the Southeastern Region. I feel that given the position of State Representative I will be well positioned to enhance focus and employ these mechanisms to develop representation. As a competitive athlete almost all of my life, I am able to “talk the talk” and communicate very well with coaches and athletes at all levels of competition. As an example, I will be able to share my training ,and race experience of my team, The Blazing Paddles, at the Club Crew National Championships as we medaled in the 200 and 500 meter events! As an educated professional with a vast background in healthcare, I am very capable of speaking to individuals at an administrative level about health concerns that may arise and the physical and mental health benefits of dragon boat paddling. Lastly, I am an extremely enthusiastic and energetic person. I love the sport of dragon boat paddling and racing and it would be my utmost honor to be instrumental in increasing its presence.
Co-Founder, Club Manager, Athlete & Coach ~ ‘HEAT Canada’ 2007 – 2015
National Team Athlete ~ Team Canada Senior B 2008-2013 – Gold Medalist
National Team Athlete ~ Team USA Senior C 2017 & 2019 – Silver/Gold Medalist
Team Manager ~ USA National Team – Senior C -2017
Coach ~ Senior C USA Women National Team 2021
Over 40 International Gold medals (Club Crew/Pan American & National Team)
Manager and Coach ~ Pan Am Spring Training Camp, Tampa, FL. – 2010-present
Manager and Coach ~ HEAT Dragonboat Club, FL. USA
Coach ~ International Training Camps (USA and Europe)
Created adaptive dragon boat paddling program in Belleville, Canada
Certified Level 1 IDBF Official, Level 1 Dragon Boat Canada Official
PanAm Level 2 Dragon Boat Coach, USDBF Senior Instructor
IDBF Para Athlete Commission representative for USA; Chair of committee responsible for the document ‘A Guide to Paradragon USA’
Recently approached to work with local USA Special Olympics equestrian program on hold due to COVID.
Currently working with regional representatives and local clubs to grow the ParaDragon program in USA.
30+ years working for Canadian Government in programs supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Various positions included front line direct care, finance, policy review & compliance inspector.