Pam Marsh

I am currently finishing my second year as the secretary of the VV Board and hope to continue in this role, if elected to a second term. In addition to setting agendas, completing minutes, organizing Zoom meetings, and being part of the Executive Committee, I have been involved in other areas, including senior membership development and programming. Like many on our Board, I helped develop the current plan to open VV in the midst of the pandemic in a safe and responsible manner. I am very grateful that we were able to open and I attribute this to the collaborative working relationship between our Board and outstanding management team. Prior to being on the Board, I was an active member involved in timing at meets, officiating, welcoming new members, and organizing our tribute for graduating swimmers. I also enjoy lap swimming, particularly on warm afternoons.

Outside of VV, I am a local psychologist in private practice and an adjunct professor. As a mental health professional, I spend most of my time in relationships with others. Over the years, I served on various community boards primarily in mental health and education which required commitment to others, respecting individuals’ views, and supporting those in charge. I believe these personal characteristics and experiences will continue to enable me to meaningfully and positively contribute to VV’s growth and current management.

My husband, Andy, and I along with our two daughters, Carolyn and Amanda, are long-standing (16 years) members of the pool. Even as the years have rolled along, each summer, VV becomes our second home with all of us having close friends and spending much of our time at the pool. Both girls have been swim team members, coaches, and lifeguards and Andy enjoys officiating. For me, the silver lining to this unprecedented summer, was having our younger daughter, Amanda coaching at VV and Andy officiating at our swim meets. As our children are older, it has afforded me the time to give back to the VV community. As secretary, I have enjoyed my time working with fellow board members for the betterment of our community and look forward to contributing to future projects.

Kim Montgomery

My husband, Matt, and I and our two boys have been members of Virginia Vale for 12 years. I have served on the board for the past two years as the Communications Chair (drafting the VV Weekly Updates and other communications) and would be happy to serve in this capacity for another term. Virginia Vale has been a very special place for our family during the summers. Our boys have been active on the swim and dive teams and our older son is a lifeguard. Prior to joining the board, I volunteered in various roles at VV, timing at swim meets, co-producing the annual teams slide show, and serving as the dive team parent liaison for four years. I respect and support the management, staff and coaches who run the day-to-day operations at the club and have enjoyed collaborating with them during my board service.

I worked as a corporate and real estate attorney in Wisconsin for ten years. Since moving to Denver, I have committed my time and talents to a wide range of board and leadership roles with Montview Preschool, Graland Country Day School, Colorado Academy, the Junior League of Denver, and the Children’s Museum of Denver (including recently serving as President of the Graland Parent Association and the Montview Governing Commission).

My legal, business and organizational skills have been useful while serving on the VV board, especially while navigating the challenges of reopening the pool during the pandemic this year. I would like to continue to give back to this wonderful community and to enhance the club for all of our current member families and future generations.

Debbie Fimple

I have previously served as a board member for my neighborhood association for 4 years, and I am currently serving as treasurer for the Cory Elementary PTA. For the past two summers I have volunteered with the swim team, assisting the teams board representative in recruiting and managing volunteers for swim meets and social events (2019) and sending weekly swim team communications (2019 & 2020). I feel that this experience has prepared me to serve as the teams representative on the VV board. I work part-time as a marketing consultant which requires strong planning and organizational skills that I believe would also be an asset to the teams board role.

VV feels like our second home during the summer – our kids participate on the swim and synchro teams, I swim with the masters’ program and we enjoy spending a big part of our summer enjoying the pool and grounds. I want to join the board to support and give back to what VV provides my family every year – an enriching, safe and fun summer experience.

Kevin Flaherty

I have been a member of VV for 6 years. I have 20+ years of experience in Information Technology Consulting and problem solving for client-based solutions. I also volunteer as a Little League Baseball Coach. I wish to join the Board at VV in order to ensure the longevity and viability of the facilities and to support the continued success of the VV Aquatic Teams. I have entertained throwing my name in the hat for several years and now seems to be a good time.

Viki Manley

I have been a member of VV for 12 years. I have had oversight of more than 1,000,000 square feet of facilities for 16 years of my public service career. I was responsible for the maintenance, capital projects, grounds and budget for all city owned properties for a large municipality which included rec centers, pools, office space, fire houses, etc. I’ve also had oversight of facilities for the State of Colorado which included 24/7 operations. I have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and have managed budgets up to $1B in funding. I have enjoyed the benefits from other Board Members’ work for a long time and believe that it is my turn to be of service.

Michelle Thatcher

We have been VV members for 10 years. I have worked as a lifeguard; recreational swim, dive and synchro coach; city-wide recreational aquatics director; assistant pool manager; or pool manager for the cities of Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Aurora. I also worked with US and high school swimming and diving teams in Arizona and US and high school diving teams in Colorado. About 1995, I started Mile High Diving in Aurora. I have worked in adapted aquatics and other fitness and recreational sports roles for YMCAs and a Jewish Community Center in Phoenix and Tucson. I would bring to this board is a general understanding of aquatics that may be supportive of the staff and helpful to the board as we work together to ensure Virginia Vale remains a positive family experience for our members, as well as our staff and board.

I taught in Phoenix Union High School District. Since graduating from law school, I have worked as an attorney and also in fundraising and not-for-profit development. While I am no longer an active attorney, my education and work experiences have shaped me. I believe I evaluate matters in an analytical and professional manner, while remembering the people and real-life scenarios involved.
In addition to having a background in aquatics, I have experience as a volunteer, including as a board member. Organizations with which I have been involved include: The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Summer Scholars, Alpha Delta Pi, Ronald McDonald House, and The Logan School For Creative Learning.

I would like to serve on the board of the Virginia Vale Swim Club so that I may help continue a legacy of happy summers filled with friends and fun! I think all the things that happen during a Virginia Vale summer are valuable – from learning to swim and growing through recreational competitions to having a first job and being an example for younger children to socializing with peers and making new friends to simply relaxing with family and friends and enjoying a place that has been a second home in the summer for many years. After 10 years of membership, I am aware of different reasons families belong to Virginia Vale and have personally experienced a few different stages of use of Virginia Vale. I believe I can share all of this – and hopefully more – as part of the board. Thank you for your time and attention.

Chris West

I have served on numerous volunteer boards for nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years here in Colorado. Most of these have been related to my professional career in open space and wildlife habitat conservation. My experience has ranged from oversight of a small unstaffed nonprofit to the chair of a governor appointed Commission on Open Space Conservation.

Many of those experiences are very relevant to serving on the Board of Virginia Vale. I believe in the organization and feel a responsibility to see that it is run effectively for the benefit of our members. I currently only serve in one volunteer capacity as the chair of the landscape committee for our local neighborhood association in Lowry. My primary interest lies in grounds and capital improvements, but I also enjoy working on budgets, nonprofit finances and communications. I am also someone who enjoys people, getting to know new families and seeing old friends is one of the things that I really enjoy about our time at Virginia Vale.

Our family has thoroughly enjoyed our time as members of the pool. My wife Kyle and I have two girls who have really grown up at VV, starting on swim team when they were 6 and 8. They are 15 and 17 now, and both still swimming, and now working at the pool as well. Virginia Vale and the community of families and friends who make it so special have become an important part of our lives and we look forward to every summer that we get to spend time there. I see the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors as one way that I can give back to the pool, and work to ensure that it stays a special place for the new members and those of us who intend to keep enjoying it for years to come.