Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports (MODS) is run by a volunteer board of directors. Thanks to these individuals for sharing their time and talents with us.
President, Personnel Committee and Governance Committee
Ultimate has been a significant part of Daniel's life for the better part of the last decade now. He's played on Winnipeg General Strike for the past seven seasons, including this last summer. He played MOFO the one year before that and also played on the University of Manitoba Ultimate Club for five years from 2011 to 2015. He's also been involved in coaching the provincial teams, having spent two years with Manitou, and this past summer with the national champion MOFO Boys team. Daniel is also involved in the running of WIMIUL and spent a summer as the MODS student employee during the year that Winnipeg hosted CUC, 2015.
A recent graduate of the University of Manitoba in Mechanical Engineering, Daniel is returning to start his Masters in fall 2017.
Daniel is currently on the governance committee, helping bring mods policy back up to date.
I'm fortunate to have been mentored by some of the brightest, fairest, and most genuine people in ultimate and I hope to put that knowledge to use by supporting the growth and progress of MODS. I’ve had the pleasure of playing in the whole MODS spectrum, from rec teams, club teams, youth teams, national teams, university teams, foreign teams, beach teams, professional teams, and have had the opportunity to coach for several years through the many great programs in our province. My experience in Ultimate involves having worked at MODS for 3 summers & volunteered for many more, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce and my current job is with Laivly, a Manitoba based tech company that works with many of the world's largest brands to help them improve their customer service programs.
Eric began playing ultimate frisbee in 2006 with the first beginner’s league program that took place over the summer. This league eventually formed a team and started regular league play that fall and continued from there. Eric has played on several teams since then and has also joined up with parity and played several tournaments as well.
Eric has over 15 years of experience performing audit and review engagements for several Not-For-Profits around Manitoba. This experience has helped Eric learn the roles and responsibilities of board of directors for NFPs and how they can be most efficient for the organization. Eric and his wife, Andrea, have 1 child, Soren, who, at 3 years of age, has a great love of music and people. Eric sits on the Chartered Professional Accountants Public Practice Review Committee and on the board of directors of his son’s daycare as treasurer. When he isn’t working, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors, with friends and family, travelling, camping, cycling or playing ultimate frisbee.
Spirit of the Game Working Group
Kari started playing ultimate roughly fifteen years ago and over the years has played in both the mixed and women’sleagues at various levels and coached high school ultimate. During the summer of 2018, Kari was assistant to the Competition Tournament Director at the WorldMaster’s Ultimate Club Championships (WMUCC) held in Winnipeg. Her educational background includes a Master of Education in Educational Administration as well as a certificate in School Leadership. This fall, she has pivoted positions as a teacher in high school math to become the Senior Years Mathematics Consultant for the province of Manitoba. Currently Kari is serving on the MODS Sprit of the Game working group, the Women’s committee, and the Governance committee. She is dedicated to actively incorporating a better understanding of the Spirit of the Game ideals and practices for all players and coaches.
Communications Working Group
Nigel first started playing ultimate in 2003. He started by playing high school ultimate, has captained multiple coed recreational teams, is a longtime captain in MIUDL, and is an avid disc golfer. He has represented Winnipeg on the touring stage playing with Rebellion, Nonsuch, PBHG, Lit (Calgary), and at the C4UC level. Professionally, Nigel has worked in Sports Media and Marketing over the past eight years and is currently the head of the media department for the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club. He cares about making strides in Spirit of the Game, Gender Equity and Inclusiveness across the Manitoba Disc Sport landscape.
I was first introduced to ultimate in 2017, as a parent of a school ultimate player at St. John’s Ravenscourt School. Over the years I have had the pleasure of learning the sport while watching her develop and grow through school programs and playing for the MODS Team Manitoba programs of Mofo and Rebellion. During this time, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with a variety of events; Hold Back the Snow, World Masters, Superspike as well as travel with the teams as a parent chaperone to CUC in Edmonton. I currently work for Panthers Gymnastics, a non-profit gymnastics club as the Club Administrator. In this position I have extensive experience in all aspects of running an amateur sport program from hosting competitions and events, organizing volunteers and fundraising. In my position I also have public relations and customer service experience, including writing press releases, program registration information packages and maintaining all website and social media. As part of a non-profit club I also am responsible for all grant applications and sponsorship programs.
My introduction to ultimate took place in 2007. I have since played in the various rec-leagues (indoor, outdoor, and parity) and have been a team captain since 2016. My interest in joining the MODS board stems from a desire to support and improve the leagues that have been vital to my mental and physical health. I have previous board experience, and I believe my skill set will be an asset to the board. My specific interests in MODS governance are policy development and growing disc sports in Winnipeg and Manitoba, particularly in underrepresented communities. As a transgender athlete, I also have a strong personal interest in making MODS, and the broader sporting community, more welcoming to trans athletes.
Serena became a MODS member the summer of 2008, where she started by playing on a mixed rec league team. She progressed through mixed rec leagues in increasingly higher tiers and has over the years had the opportunity to participate in the different women’s leagues (from developmental to invitational). She eventually found herself showing up to her first competitive touring team tryout in 2014, which lead to her playing with Wheat Queens. She later played on Nonsuch in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Serena was seeking some new and interesting challenges and was drawn to the 4 on 4 format of Ultimate. She joined a team that went to 4 on 4 Nationals that year and has been heavily involved with that format ever since; playing at nationals several more times as part of Fortitude. In the 2018-19 season she took on a leadership role as a co-captain for the team and was one of the league coordinators and captains for the MODS 4 on 4 league. Serena also took time off work to volunteer full time as a manager at WMUCC 2018, and joined the MODS Communication Working Group. Her involvement in so many different areas of the Winnipeg ultimate community enables her to bring varied perspectives to the MODS Board.
Delaney began playing ultimate in 2006 when she was invited to join a mixed rec league team and quickly fell in love with the game. After playing in the Mixed Summer League for many years, she signed up for the Women’s Development league to improve her skills, leading to a spot on the Women’s Masters touring team, Mint. In addition to being involved in recreational and touring ultimate (including being a co-captain of Mint in 2018), Delaney has served on the Women’s Development Committee for several years, and been the co-coordinator of the Women’s Development and Women’s Intermediate leagues since 2017. She has also captained in the Women’s Development and Women’s Intermediate leagues since 2016.