Seattle Derby Brats League Leadership
Board of Directors
Mike Van Flandern
Mike oversees the league operations and in all of his spare time searches for a permanent facility that SDB can call home.
Marrianne works on governance, policy management, and negotiating contracts for SDB.
Felicia joined the board in January 2021 just before COVID struck. In the Secretary role, she is the primary lead for all SDB communications, manages the registration processes for the league and New Skater Camp, preps and facilitates board meetings, and works hard to keep chaos organized. She can be seen volunteering as a Non-Skating Official (NSO) and served as a Team Parent before joining the board.
Amy joined the board in November 2019. As league Treasurer, Amy takes care of all the things related to money and government reporting. She spends most of her volunteer hours glued to her computer updating Quick Books, monitoring our bank accounts and preparing reports about our financial strength.
Serving as SDB’s Bout Lead, Kevin organizes and staffs our full production bouts, and organizes bouts for our travel teams. He serves as our lead contact with the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA). Before the pandemic, Kevin volunteered as a Skater Official (SO) and reffed bouts. He proactively recruits new volunteers for SDB.
In the Brat Advocate role, Sarah provides support for the SDB community, including skaters, parents coaches, and board members, when issues arise. She is the primary lead for formal grievances and leads SDB’s Advocacy Team.
Jeanne McGrady "Old Lady McGrady"
Old Lady McGrady (known as “Old Lady” by all the junior skaters) has been coaching with SDB since 2014. She’s a former skater who skated with Jet City and Rat City roller derby leagues. She gets her energy from working with the juniors who keep her old self – young.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Kelli is SDB’s Community Outreach Coordinator and is responsible for coordinating community events, including participating in Seattle’s Pride Parade. Annually, in the winter holiday season, our ten teams participate in gift-giving events, which Kelli organizes, collects, wraps, and delivers to the YWCA for the families we adopted. Additionally, Kelli volunteers as a Non-Skating Official (NSO), bout announcer, and Derby Prom Emcee.
Jeanne McGrady "Old Lady McGrady" (Interim)
Equity and Social Justice Lead
During the pandemic, Old Lady has worked hard to bring our Board of Directors together to learn about racial equality, allyship, and social justice. She leads our Equity Committee, which has put a framework in place to discover, learn, and implement changes within SDB, regularly recommends training and readings for the board, and facilitates interactive discussions in our monthly meetings to educate and keep focus on this important work.
Michele Bacon "Bacon"
Just as we rolled into COVID Quarantine in March 2020, Michele stepped up and volunteered to become SDB’s Events Coordinator. This role coordinates all intra-league events, including the Welcome BBQ, Team Reveal Ceremonies, Halloween Party, SDB All Night Skate, and End-of-the-Year Party (aka Derby Prom). Michele is also known as Coach Bacon Blitz, can be seen volunteering as a Non-Skating Official (NSO), leads the Events Committee, and currently serves on SDB’s Equity and Social Justice Committee.
Josh Goodman "Mazto Brawl"
Friends & Family Bouts Lead
Josh joined the board in April 2019 as our Friends and Family Bout Lead. In this role, Josh coordinates the production of SDB’s intra-league monthly bouts for Division 2, Division 1, and Tootsy Rollers. He can be seen volunteering as a Non-Skating Official (NSO), and recently producing skater education videos for the league. Before joining the board, Josh served as Turquoise Terrors Team Parent.
Jeremy Shultz "Needs Several Others"
Head NSO (Non-Skating Officials Lead)
Jeremy (aka Needs) serves as Head NSO. In this role, he recruits, trains, and schedules non-skating officials to learn all the rules of derby as it pertains to each Non-Skating Official (NSO) position. He has worked hard to reformat and streamline the administrative side of NSOing. Most of his volunteer hours are spent at practices and bouts training new recruits and covering the most critical NSO positions when he is short on volunteers. For anyone interested in learning more about roller derby, the NSO positions are the best place to start learning the rules while watching the best sport ever played.
Mike Mariani "Millennium Foulcon"
League Head Ref (Officials Lead)
Mike, better known as Foulcon, is SDB’s League Head Ref and Officials Lead. He recruits, trains and schedules Skating Officials (SOs) for practices, bouts and tournaments. He serves as our second representative with the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA). Foulcon also refs for other leagues and in tournaments – junior and adult – up and down the west coast, in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. Foulcon joined SDB’s Board of Directors as Vice President in October 2015, and took on the additional role of League Head Ref in September 2017, serving in both roles until August 2018. Foulcon has two daughters who used to skate for SDB – B. Rex and Rose-Tinted Smashes.
In May 2019, Sarah joined SDB’s Board of Directors as Merchandise Coordinator. She coordinates the acquisition of all SDB related merchandise, including uniforms for skaters. Additionally, she manages the Merchandise booth at bouts to sell merchandise for both the league and each of our ten teams. Sarah is always looking for volunteers to recruit, train, and staff the merchandise booth so skaters and fans can wear the absolute coolest team merch in sports history. Warning to families – your skater will wear their team merch until you have to peel it off them, so buy extra and be good to your nose.
Benji Friedman "Carmen Die-Oxide"
Benji currently serves as the Programming Coordinator for SDB, which includes: skater training and development, working with the Positive Coaching Alliance, running New Skater Camp, and any other programming needs that arise for the league. She began skating roller derby back in 2006 and coaching for SDB in 2008. Benji aka Carmen Dioxide, was one of the coaches for the first ever JuniorCon held in Seattle in 2010. She has coached and skated on the local and national levels using WFTDA, USARs and RDCL rules (banked track) for both adults and juniors. Although retired now from both active skating (12 years) and coaching (12 years), Benji would never miss an opportunity to skate on the bank track.
Public Relations Lead
Allyson joined the board in November 2019. As the Public Relations Lead, Allyson is passionate about promoting SDBs’ story. She coordinates external league messaging and communication with media and print publications.
SDB would not be where we are in this pandemic had it not been for our Safety Lead, Krista. We have been so fortunate to have Krista guiding us through returning to skating safely. By day, she is an epidemiologist fighting COVID on the frontlines. Her volunteer hours are spent organizing safety volunteers, disseminating safety information, and receiving return to play permissions.
Jeremy Norberg "Money Maker"
Jeremy is our newest board member, joining in March 2021. As Sponsorship Lead, he recruits sponsors for our league and coordinates fundraising activities. Before joining the Board, he volunteered on the Website Committee and helped bring our new online presence to life.
Chris joined the board in June 2019. He is responsible for hardware and software acquisitions, maintenance, and troubleshooting as well as cloud offerings. Additionally, he leads the Website Committee, which developed and implemented our 2021 online presence.
Erica joined the board in April 2019 as SDB’s Volunteer Coordinator. In this role, she recruits volunteers for bout shifts and annual SDB events, tracks each family’s volunteer hours, and coordinates and trains Team Parents.
In April 2019, Mattie brought forth a proposal to develop a Skater Representative liaison position on the Board, a position that raises up Skater Voices to League Leadership, and became SDB’s first Skater Rep. Skater Reps bring up skater issues as they arise at the league level (not individual issues), liaisons with all divisions, solicits feedback from skaters, conveys board decisions and the rationale behind them to skaters, fosters league values at all levels, serves on the Programs Committee, liaisons closely with the Coach Rep and the Program Lead, and serves as a resource/skater voice to all Board members.
Social Media Coordinator
Erica is responsible for SDB’s Social Media prescence, primarily on Facebook and Instagram. Her constant feeding on these platforms has grown both channels’ followers and continues to increase awareness of junior roller derby and Seattle Derby Brats. She constantly looks for new content to post and promotes issues that are meaningful to our league and skaters.