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BAM BOARD
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Rhys Campbell
President

I was born and raised in Wales. I have a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences (weather forecasting).

I currently work for a small tech startup as a Director of Software Engineering and Cybersecurity. I started swimming for a local club in Wales when I was about 10 but surfed for most of my youth. I started back in the pool when I got to Boulder in 2002.

I joined the BAM board to more formally help the club grow and thrive as a fantastic resource for the local community.

President@bamswimming.org

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Rob Humphrey
Vice President

I was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Tucson, AZ.  I graduated from the University of Arizona and moved to Silicon Valley after the software startup I joined was sold to a Bay Area Company.  After 25+ years in California we moved to Boulder in 2020.  I’m currently working for a small software consulting company, helping business sell their products on Amazon.

I started swimming at about age four or five.  Swimming competitively through High School.  After taking many years off, I got off the couch and started running, then got back in the pool.  After a few years, I started competing in triathlons.  I’ve completed one Iron Man, a few ½ Irons, many Olympic and Sprint triathlons over the last 20+ years.

Outside of swimming and triathlon I spend my spare time hiking, skiing and traveling.

I’m a big believer in swimming for fun, fitness, health, and socialization.  I’m looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the BAM board and the swimming community.

Vicepresident@bamswimming.org

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Daan Zweers
Treasurer

I was born and raised in Gendt, Netherlands. Gendt is a small town between Arnhem and Nijmegen, along the river Waal. I have a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Knowledge Engineering and Management. I emigrated to the US in 2005, became a citizen in 2011, and moved from Virginia to Colorado in 2015. I currently work as a Project Manager for Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, providing contract lifecycle management solutions.

 

My parents used to be swim instructors - that is actually how they met, so I could probably swim before I could walk. I also played water polo in high school, then took a 20-year break, and picked up swimming again in 2012 when I joined a Master's team in Virginia in 2012 (in preparation for my first triathlon).

 

I want to serve on the BAM board to help build an even stronger swim community in an endemic COVID world. 

Treasurer@bamswimming.org

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Meghan Varner
Secretary

I am a proud Boulder native. I earned a BS in Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Currently, I work for First Movers Advantage, a real estate data company, and I am their marketing and customer experience associate. 

 

My competitive swimming career started when I was 7, but I have been a swimmer before I could walk. I continued swimming through college, and I was added to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.

 

I want to serve on the BAM board because BAM has played such a huge role in my life - as an infant I sat on the deck while my parents swam, I swam with BAM while I was back home during college breaks, and since 2019 I've been swimming with BAM full-time. I hope to help build, grow, and improve the organization with my marketing experience.

Secretary@bamswimming.org

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Cilla Crocker
Member at Large

I was born and raised on the east coast, mostly New England and PA, though I've lived in 20% of all US states. I attended a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, earning degrees in Chemistry and (sort of) French, then went on to earn a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from CU Boulder.

I teach chemistry at CU Denver and most of my students are pre-meds. I also run all the general chemistry labs, manage student advising, act as the liaison for our concurrent enrollment program and do chemical education research.

I started swimming at 3, and swam, taught and coached my entire life (taught 6mo.-olds to 70 year-olds starting at age 14, coached in upstate NY, MD and most recently for CARA and USA teams in Westminster.)  I also earned a record for the 50 free in college, woohoo!

 

I want to serve on the board to help BAM successfully transition out of the COVID era and become a strong, vibrant community for all types of swimmers in the Boulder area.

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Mike Ellis
Member at Large

Mike was born and raised in Northern California wine country and studied engineering at the California Institute of Technology but has lived in Colorado ever since. He has hundreds of patents and is on Wikipedia’s list of most prolific inventors.

Mike was on a swim team as a young child but had no additional significant swimming experience until his first triathlon in 1997, in which he finished dead last. Inspired, he joined BAM, worked on all three sports, and over the next 15 years participated in dozens of triathlons, running races, cycling events, and swimming competitions.

After an illness and disability that led to his professional and competitive retirement, Mike has continued to swim with BAM, for health, fitness, and social interaction. One of his goals as a member of the BAM Board of Directors is to make the club even more inviting to all swimmers, regardless of ability.

Mike lives on a small farm in rural Boulder County with his wife, Eve. In addition to swimming, he also enjoys hiking, mushroom foraging, snorkeling, and playing guitar.

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Bill Garrels
Head Coach and Member at Large

Bill is an accomplished athlete finishing every race he has started from 2x Horsetooth 10k swim finisher, 2x Hawaii Ultraman finisher, Hawaii IM, and numerous other crazy events over the last 25 years.

He loves sharing the fun and excitement of training, racing, and learning how to reach your personal goals, and beyond!
Specialties: Open water swim psychology, triathlon, and beginners. Chief hugger and motivator.

Coaching@bamswimming.org

Meeting Minutes

The board is here to work for the members and to make BAM the best it can possibly be:  a community of friends who just love to swim, no matter what level you are. We can't do that without feedback and member input, so we'd love to hear from you!

Any member can attend a board meeting to contribute or just listen in. We follow the PRAB open meeting guidelines (the more information section), which can be found here

In future, all meeting dates and times will be posted several months in advance. But for now, please contact Rhys Campbell and state what your topic is if you wish to speak. 

We're also always happy to hold separate meetings, if there's a longer discussion required. Or come to a social event and we can talk over a cocktail or two.​

BAM Bylaws:

PDF copy of the full bylaws

2024 Board Meeting Minutes:
 
2023 Board Meeting Minutes:
 
2022 Board Meeting Minutes:
 
2021 Board Meeting Minutes:​
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