2020 Board Nominees Info

2020 Board Nominees
(in alphabetical order)

Bob Basso   Krista Kip   Lyle Mason

Paul Ricciardi     Vicki Sharp   Jeanne Vernon

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Bob Basso 1. Why are you interested in becoming a TMPC board member?
I started playing a year ago was was immediately addicted playing on average 5 days a week
I see a need for more. More courts, more hours for indoor play and more tournaments.
This would be my main focus.

2. What personal or professional skills/characteristics do you possess that would contribute to the function of our board?
I worked for the University of California for 32 years. The final 22 years as Chief Engineer.
I oversaw many multi-million dollar construction projects, reviewing submittings and drawings, scheduling and overseeing work. I have an extensive background in energy management and indoor air quality. In addition I am qualified in maintenance repair and troubleshooting of electrical, plumbing HVAC, chiller, boilers generators and other systems.

3. Do you have ideas for promoting and supporting pickleball in our community?
I would like to see a sanctioned tournament come to the area, perhaps at the MACC in Carson City
Perhaps a casino could help in advertising/reduced rates for players. Also the word can be further spread on the internet.

4. Do you have time to be a board member and/or volunteer at club events?
I am retired and other than playing pickleball I have plenty of free time, Except for the occasional road trip or vacation.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I am very good at seeing all sides of the picture, There is always more than 1 way to do things and a lot of times this can be overlooked. I plan on being active whether on the board or not.

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Krista Kip 1. Why are you interested in becoming a TMPC board member?
I have really enjoyed being a part of this pickleball community for the past 2-3 years. The people in this club have always been so positive, helpful, knowledgeable, and fun. I would love to be involved with growing this sport in our areas and promote more fun events, social events, teaching events, tournaments, professional teaching camps, and help grow the number of courts around town.

2. What personal or professional skills/ characteristics do you possess that would contribute to the function of our board?
I have been a competitor in USTA tennis for the past 20 or so years (currently 4.5 rating). And I have found pickleball to be similar in basic skills, strategy, movement, communication on the court, and socially a super fun sport. I help coach high school tennis at Bishop Manogue and in the past have coached volleyball in middle school. If teaching or coaching is needed I would be able to help.
I also am a Chiropractor and have run three businesses of my own. I also have worked in multiple fundraising events and have been on the board of MRD (Make A Real Difference) in Reno in which we did a lot of annual events to help feed the children, raise money for our Vets, and many other needs. I would love to help with events for pickleball in our town.

3. Do you have ideas for promoting and supporting pickleball in our community?
I would love to host more events and teaching camps where we draw people from all over. I would love to see leagues where we compete at our level on certain days or nights and try to move up in our levels. Then have prizes and a dinner somewhere fun.
I can see us promoting pickleball at other events but as we grow pickleball we need more courts. So finding areas to grow the sport would be something to be included in our endeavors.

4. Do you have time to be a board member and/or volunteer at club events?
I absolutely have time to volunteer at events and help promote pickleball. I think it would be so much fun. As I said before, the members have been so great and I really love this sport.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I think pickleball is fun for all ages. I would love to see more juniors get competitive too. I keep hearing from the tennis players that they are going to wait until they can’t play tennis anymore to try pickleball. They don’t understand how fast this game can be and how much fun it really is. I am sure happy I found this sport. I still play tennis but I play pickleball more! I love it!

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Lyle Mason 1. Why are you interested in becoming a TMPC board member?
For five years I have been involved in the development and growth of pickleball in the Truckee Meadows as well as the club itself. As a former board member for four years I am well acquainted with the responsibilities and work required to serve on the board and I am eager to do so again. Since my term ended last year I have continued to be a liaison between the club and Truckee Meadows Park Foundation. I am also the Sparks ambassador to the USAPA. I believe my experience in all these areas will be useful to TMPC as it continues its’ efforts to provide members with meaningful experiences and value.

2. What personal/professional skills/characteristics do you possess that would contribute to the function of the board?
When TMPC formed in 2015 I served on the first board as the Treasurer. In 2016-17 I was the Vice-President. In 2017-18 and 2018-19 I was the President of the club. My verbal and written skills, leadership qualities and ability to form relationships with government and private entities and individuals all contributed to success in these assignments.

3. Do you have any ideas for promoting and supporting pickleball in our community?
Yes. First and foremost is to continue to work with counties, cities and private organizations to provide more hours and more venues for play. This is vital to the growth of the sport and the growth of TMPC. With more and particularly larger venues we will be able hold larger, more varied member events which are inclusive of a larger number of our members than we have been able to accommodate in the past.

4. Do you have the time to be a board member and/or volunteer at club events?
Yes. I’m retired.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
During the years I have been involved with pickleball I have observed it is as much a social activity as it is a physical activity. For some, the social is even more important. For many seniors it provides an outlet for competitiveness that other physical activity would not provide. And, it’s fun! 
The pandemic has dealt a terrible blow to many aspects of life but I know the new board will move quickly as restrictions are eased to restore some pickleball normalcy to all of our members.
Thank you for your consideration and your vote.

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Paul Riccardi
1. Why are you interested in becoming a TMPC board member?

I am currently on the Board as a liaison to the City of Reno and I feel I have started to build a good relationship with City of Reno and the County’s Parks and Rec Department along with the Senior Citizens Advisory Board. With the City and County’s budget shortfalls I feel it will be important to continue to work closely with these entities so that Pickleball will be properly represented and supported.

2. What personal or professional skills do you possess that would contribute to the function of our board?

Being born and raised in Reno I am very proud of my community and feel I am open-minded and receptive to listening and working with other Board members as well as community members. I feel I can assist with problem-solving while helping the club and the sport grow in a positive direction.

3. Do you have ideas for promoting and supporting pickleball in our community?

Right now one of my main focuses is the Mira Loma project so we can see it through to completion. Our vision is a regional Pickleball facility with twelve courts that will be free and open to all players. The facility could host socials and regional tournament play.

4. Do you have time to be a board member and or volunteer at club events?

My wife, Mary Ann, has given me permission to take alllllllllll the time in the world to devote to the club and events that will keep me busy and out of her hair.

5. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Over the last few years, like most of you, I have grown to love the game and have gotten to know some great people in the process. I feel it’s important to give back to a club that facilitates a healthy physical and social way of life. I know I may not please everyone all the time but I sure will try. Thank you. Paul Ricciardi

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Vicki Sharp
1. Why are you interested in becoming a TMPC board member?
I was a founding member of the TMPC club and served on the first board of directors.
I feel that I need to become more involved again.
I’d like to bring my experience and knowledge to the board.

 

2. What personal or professional skills do you possess that would contribute to the function of our board?
I am currently the northern Nevada District ambassador for the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association.) With this role I am in contact with other ambassadors from this area as well as communicating at a national level about PB in our area.
While living in CO I was a high school and college music instructor, volleyball and tennis coach.

 

3. Do you have ideas for promoting and supporting pickleball in our community?I would like to see the northern Nevada pickleball ambassadors working with the club to do as much as we can to grow pickleball in our communities. Currently there are eight PB ambassadors in northern Nevada. Goals that I would like to see the club to pursue or continue to pursue:
Pickleball for youth in our communities
More court time/space
Fundraising for the Mira Loma project
“Adopt a Spot” Keep Truckee Meadows beautiful program

4. Do you have time to be a board member and or volunteer at club events?
Yes, I have the time to dedicate to the club as I’m retired.

5. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I’ve been playing pickleball for seven years and started the beginner program, drills and skills classes and was the tournament director the for City of Reno Senior games for 5 years.
My husband and I travel to pickleball tournaments and highlights for me: Playing and medaling at Nationals in Palm Desert,CA at the Indian Wells Tennis Center and playing and medaling in the Italian Open in Tocca da Cassauria, Italy

Jeanne Vernon
 1. Why an interest in becoming a member of the board.

Let’s just say that if I didn’t volunteer to become a board member, I’d probably have to find a new doubles partner !!!  All kidding aside….  I really enjoy the sport of Pickleball.  I have been playing for 2.5 years and feel I have made great strides in my ability to play.  I participate in the club activities, senior games, and tournaments in Gardnerville and Carson City.  I have a few gold medals and a bronze in women’s doubles.  I enjoy playing competitive and yet have fun at the same time.  I play as often as I can and really have a love for the game.

2.  Personal and professional skills
I am a very friendly person and get along with pretty much everyone.  I am a hard worker and dedicated to working and completing tasks.  I can work either individually or within a group.  I also take the time to share my Pickleball skills with those who are learning or just need a pointer or two.

 

3.  Ideas for supporting and promoting Pickleball
Continue and support club activities and someday help put on a fund raising Pickleball tournament in Reno.

 

4.  Do I have time to be a board member
Yes, I am retired !!!

 

5.  Anything else about me
I very much enjoy the outdoors.  I enjoy glamping in our motor home and have visited many National Parks.  I enjoy cycling with my longest ride starting in Seattle, Washington and ending in Portland, Oregon.  This was a 200 mile trip, completed in two days.  I also enjoy quilting.  I make quilts for the Nevada Honor Flight organization.  I feel it to be an honor and privilege to make these quilts for our veterans.

 

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