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.
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.
MAGGIE LEUGERS brings to VSGA the experience of a long career as a recreation professional and a passion for engaging corporations, businesses and organizations in supporting causes she believes in. Maggie currently serves part-time as the Director of Special Projects for the South Burlington Department of Recreation and Parks where she previously served as the Director. She also served as the Recreation Superintendent for Burlington Department of Parks & Recreation for over 20 years. Avid hikers, Maggie and her husband are on a quest to visit all the National Parks.
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.
KEVIN PLETTE is a retired Physical Education & Health teacher from Burlington. With a BS & M.Ed. from Springfield College he recently served 2 terms on their Alumni Council. He was active professionally as an officer and President of the VTAHPERD association. Kevin coached several sports, mainly Track for 30+ years and wrestling. He continues to be a HS wrestling official (42 yrs.), a former NCAA official, as well as soccer and track.
He was and is active in the community in leadership roles with United Way Campaign, Burlington Tennis Club and most recently with Special Olympics as a board member, volunteer of the year, competition director for Winter Games, venue director for track and golf and a perennial Penguin Plunger. He has been a willing political campaign worker in Vermont for several local candidates. Currently he is General Mgr. of 360 Consulting- a company started with his wife Kate Purcell, specializing in blockchain Technology.
His present interests are playing golf at BCC, tennis and volunteering with Jake Agna & Kids on the Ball. He takes pleasure in taking advantage of everything Lake Champlain has to offer. His perfect summer trifecta is tennis in the morning, golf in the afternoon and waterskiing before sunset.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Team Members
GEORGE MOLTZ is the Games Coordinator for the Vermont Senior Games. George moved to Vermont for college, earning a master’s degree from UVM. Subsequently he taught middle and high school social studies at Rochester School for three decades, while coaching a variety of sports and serving for several years as the school’s Athletic Director. George also moonlighted as a journalist, filing dozens of stories with The Herald of Randolph. He is enthusiastic about our mission and looks forward to a long and productive partnership.
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 2017 he was the M50 silver medalist in the 800 and 1500 meters at the Birmingham National Senior Games. He will try to match that success in the M55 division in Albuquerque next year.