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Cedar Rapids Curling Leadership

Board of Directors

The Cedar Rapids Curling Board of Directors is elected by the general membership to establish policies in order to accomplish Cedar Rapids Curling’s mission through appointed officers and committee chairs.

2021-22 Board of Directors

  • Phil Burian
  • Lon Peper
  • Lynn Benkusky
  • Steve Foster
  • Kari Kozak
  • Emily Nelson
  • Greg Schmitt
  • Jeremy Parrish
  • Bryan Coster
  • Phil Engen
  • Andrew Forman
  • Drew Powell


Cedar Rapids Curling Offices

President (Phil Burian)

The principal executive officer of Cedar Rapids Curling with general supervision over all of business and affairs. Must be a member of the Board.

Vice-President (Lon Peper)

Performs those functions of the President that are expressly delegated by the Board or that are immediately necessary in the president’s absence.

Secretary (Lynn Benkusky)

Keeps the minutes of Board meetings, manages Cedar Rapid Curling’s documents retention, and is the Cedar Rapids Curling historian by ensuring that all media coverage, awards, and matters of noteworthy importance are preserved in a single location for future marketing and historical reference.

Treasurer (Steve Foster)

Comptroller of all Cedar Rapids Curling funds. Submits financial reports to the Board, and is responsible for tracking and collecting member dues and Cedar Rapids Curling funds, and filing taxes.

Events Coordinator (Kari Kozak)

Coordinates and oversees annual and special events throughout the year, including CedarSpiel and Olympic cycle events, annual general meeting of members, learn-to-curl events, and corporate/group events. Appoints leaders and committees as necessary for ad hoc events. Works with ImOn Ice Arena to schedule and develop contracts for such events. Identifies, schedules, and promotes bonspiels and friendlies to Cedar Rapids Curling members. Serves as the single point of contact for recruitment, coordination, and tracking of volunteers for all events.

Ice Coordinator (Lon Peper and Murray Marple)

Ensures that Cedar Rapids Curling’s ice volunteers are trained in ice set-up and supervised to guarantee a positive curling experience for all. The four main factors regarding the ice are: consistent curl, consistent keenness, cleanliness, and safety of the ice surface.

Instructional League Coordinator (Phil Engen)

Serves as a liaison with Kirkwood Community College to schedule and manage instructional league, in tandem with the League Coordinator. Develops weekly curriculum and ensures instructors are prepared to teach each night’s skills lessons. Recruits and schedules instructors for each week.

League Coordinator (Cale Tesch)

Schedules and manages all regular league play and team formation, including playdowns when needed.

Marketing/Communications Coordinator (Emily Nelson)

Develops and manages content for internal and external Cedar Rapids Curling marketing and communication strategies for ongoing operations as well as special events, including internal communication including e-newsletters, CRC website, social media (public-facing and virtual warm room), promotional materials, media pitches, and merchandise. Ensures all content aligns with the Cedar Rapids Curling brand. Serves as a liaison between media representatives and community event organizers.

Membership Development Coordinator (Bryan Coster)

Grows membership by communicating with and walking prospective curlers from learn-to-curls or corporate events to instructional league to full membership. Cultivates a fun, welcoming, and informational experience at all types of instructional events. Educates prospective and current members about membership perks, including friendlies and bonspiels.

Technology Coordinator (Andrew Forman)

Manages the website and public and private Facebook site. Provides technical support to Cedar Rapids Curling internet-based activities and ensures that authorized individuals are equipped and trained to directly post material to Cedar Rapids Curling internet platforms to maintain its marketing, membership, and volunteer missions.

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