Board of Directors


Past President


Vice President - Commercial



Appointed Director at Large


Elected Director At Large

Higher Education

Parks & Recreation

Professional Facilities

Schools K-12

President-Elect, Sarah Martin, CSFM

Sarah Martin, CSFM

City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Sarah Martin attended Colorado State University graduating with a degree in Landscape Horticulture and Turfgrass Management. She has worked in A, AA and AAA minor league baseball as well as at the home of the Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix. For the past 15 years Sarah has been employed with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. She manages the Reach 11 Sports Complex which is comprised of 18 soccer fields (1 artificial, 3 native soil, 14 sand base) and 4 little league baseball fields (2 native soil, 2 tot turf artificial for ADA games). Ms. Martin has been a member of the National STMA since 1998 as well as being active in her local chapters. She currently holds the position of Vice-President of the Arizona STMA.

Vision for STMA

My vision for the STMA is to continue to increase professionalism and awareness of the jobs that Sports Turf Managers do through education, community outreach and networking. It is important that we promote our profession as a respectable and highly educated group of individuals. To do this we need to attract membership and participation from all levels of Sports Turf workers, management and supervisors. Not only this, but to impress upon General Managers, Administrators, Coaches and others who hire and work directly with Sports Turf staff know how important it is to have knowledgeable Sports Turf Managers and crews working for the safety and playability of all surfaces.

Past President

Tim Van Loo, CSFM

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Tim VanLoo, CSFM, is Manager of Athletic Turf and Grounds at Iowa State University. Tim came to the Athletic Department in March 2010. He oversees Jack Trice Stadium, Johnny Majors Practice Facility, Cyclone Sports Complex (soccer/track/softball), Bergstrom Multi-purpose Indoor Facility and all other athletic department grounds. Previous to Iowa State University he was the Associate Director of Facilities/Agronomist at Northwestern University from 2007-2010.

Tim received his B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Science with an emphasis on Turfgrass. While a student at Michigan State he worked on the Spartan’s Athletic Field Maintenance crew. Tim serves as chair on two committees: the Finance and Audit and Environmental Stewardship. He also served on the Certification, Awards, Scholarship, and Student Challenge committees. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Chapter of STMA. Tim achieved CSFM certification in the summer of 2009. He also currently teaches a Sports Turf Maintenance class at Des Moines Area Community College.

Vision for STMA

My vision for the STMA is to continue to be a world leader in information, networking, and education for the Sports Turf manager. I would also like to see our organization continue to include and fund the participation of our student members. I have the opportunity to work with students on a daily basis and am reminded daily that our future sits firmly with the young men and women that are currently choosing sport turf management as their career. I also see the STMA continuing to reach out to coaches, athletic directors, and any other persons that make decisions that impact the safety of athletes around the world. The STMA has given me many tools that I use daily in my workplace. I would be honored to give back to an organization that has given me so much.

Secretary/Treasurer, Jody Gill, CSFM

Jody Gill, CSFM

Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS

Jody has been building and maintaining sports fields for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, he has been the Grounds Coordinator for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas where he is responsible for 38 schools on 1,300 acres spread over 91 square miles including 105 athletic fields on 200 acres. He was a co-founder of the Mo-Kan Chapter of the STMA and has served in every executive cabinet position. He has served as a Board member for the Missouri Valley Turfgrass Association, Advisory Board Member for the Longview Community College Turf Management Program, numerous STMA committees and task forces, STMA Board member and SAFE Foundation Trustee. His crew earned the STMA Football Field of the Year award in 2004. He became a CSFM in 2009. He has written numerous articles and presented at regional and national conferences. He travels 4-5 weeks each year to paint large grass logos for several professional auto racing series events. Family time includes coaching several sports, camping, fishing and watersports. He lives on Raintree Lake in Lees Summit, Missouri with his wife Tammy. They have 3 children, Erin, Caroline and Curtis.

Vision for STMA

The STMA is truly an awesome organization. Just think about the impact that the members of this organization have had on sports all over the world. Our skills, abilities and efforts help teams and individuals win State, National and even World Championships. I have been fortunate to have served STMA in many capacities over the years. I would be honored to serve as Secretary/Treasurer and as the first STMA President from the K12 Schools membership category.

Although each of our membership categories are unique and different, we share the common goal of being experts on the field and partners in the game. As an association of professionals, we must strive to be the first place people go to get information on sports field management, environmental responsibility and safer fields. In just a few short years, the tools of our industry have dramatically changed. From transit level and tape measure surveying to rotating laser and now to GPS grading. We are using drones to gather data for 3D mapping and modeling. We are even evaluating crop, tree and turf health using NIR equipped high resolution cameras mounted on GPS controlled drones. Soon we will find amazing new uses for GPS drones at all levels within our industry. We must embrace the new technology and be among the leaders who develop new uses for it and continue to find ways to be more efficient and effective.

The business world is rapidly changing as well. As more sales occur through various outlets provided by social media, will business pull back on trade show budgets? How will this impact STMA revenues? In order to maintain our relevance, fiscal health and continue to be the leader in sports field management, we must have serious conversations about the STMA business and conference model of the future. At the same time, we must continue to adapt and strengthen our collaborative relationships with other professional associations and increase our social media presence to enhance our professionalism and spread our message about playing field quality, sustainability and safety.

Commercial Vice President, Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE
Vice President – Commercial

Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE

The Toro Company, Minneapolis, MN

Boyd is the Regional Business Manager for the commercial products division of The Toro Company. He has been with Toro for over 11 years. Prior to that he was the Facilities & Maintenance Director for Sylvania Recreation Corporation in Sylvania, Ohio. Boyd was the co-founder of the Ohio STMA Chapter and was on the STMA Board until he took the position with Toro. He has also served as Chairmen of the SAFE Foundation. Boyd was honored by the STMA with the George Toma Golden Rake Award in 1999 and the Harry Gill Award in 2006. He has served on numerous committees and does a number of speaking events around the country. Boyd is also an adjunct professor at Kansas State University.

Secretary/Treasurer, Jimmy Simpson, CSFM

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM

Town of Cary, Cary, NC

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM has worked in the turfgrass industry for almost 20 years. He graduated from NC State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Agronomy concentrating in Turfgrass Management. He began working full-time in the industry while still a student when he was hired as Interim Head Groundskeeper for the AAA Durham Bulls Baseball Club in May 2001; he was later hired permanently. He is employed by the Town of Cary as a Facilities Management Coordinator where he is responsible for all operations related to buildings and grounds maintenance at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, WakeMed Soccer Park, Middle Creek Community Park and Mills Park Middle School. Jimmy has been integral in helping to host many major sporting events at these venues including the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Soccer College Cup, ACC Soccer events, international soccer matches, training site for the US Men’s National Team prior to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, the USA Olympic Baseball team, and the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship. Prior to joining the Town of Cary, Jimmy was employed by the University of South Carolina as a Grounds Supervisor.
Jimmy is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors for the STMA as the director for the Parks and Recreation category. He formerly served on the Board of Directors, as treasurer, of the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina for 3 years. A past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association, he now serves as the chair of the Environmental Committee for the Sports Turf Managers Association and previously served on the STMA Conference Education Committee, as well as the Finance and Audit committee. Jimmy earned his Certified Sports Field Manager designation in 2008. He was named a 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus for NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He is passionate about giving back to the industry and furthering the profession. Jimmy established an internship program at the Town of Cary that employs several students annually. He also returns to NC State each semester to address Turfgrass Management students. In addition, he co-founded a scholarship golf tournament with the NC/SC STMA that has awarded $24,000 in scholarships to turfgrass students in the Carolinas over the last six years.

Vision for STMA

As a long-standing member of the STMA, I have benefitted greatly from the opportunities for knowledge, networking and connections the association offers. We must continue to evolve and adapt our offerings to ensure we remain relevant to today’s (and tomorrow’s) Sports Turf Managers.

However, I believe the STMA must also expand its external outreach efforts to the public, our supervisors and the end-users of our facilities. Collectively, we need to increase awareness of the relevance and impact that a Sports Turf Manager has on the success and safety of athletic facilities.

I am proud to see the growth of the STMA over the last few years and look forward to the future as we develop the new narrative of the modern Sports Turf Manager.

Academic Director, Jason Kruse, Ph.D.
Director – Academic

Jason Kruse, Ph.D.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Jason Kruse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. He serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Horticulture and teaches courses in Turfgrass Culture and Golf and Sports Turf Management. Dr. Kruse’s responsibilities as a turfgrass specialist include managing the University of Florida turfgrass Envirotron teaching and research facility, providing education and outreach through extension programs, and planning and implementing turfgrass educational field days.. His research program focuses on management of athletic field systems as well how nutrient and water management strategies affect the health and environmental impact of turfgrass systems. Jason has been an active member of STMA since 2007 and has served on the conference planning committee and is currently serving his second term on the international committee.

Vision for STMA

My vision for the STMA is to have it continue its effort to establish itself as the preeminent source of information related to construction and management of sports fields and continuing education for the professionals who manage them. This will require a continued effort to grow membership and outreach efforts so that sports field managers and stakeholders consider membership in STMA as a valuable part of professional development. The STMA will seek opportunities to expand the delivery of educational content and increase certification among its members with the ultimate goal of giving all athletic field managers access to the knowledge needed to maintain safe, playable athletic fields.

Appointed Director at Large, Tom Nielsen
Appointed Director at Large

Tom Nielsen

Louisville Bats, Louisville, KY

Tom Nielsen is the Head Sports Turf Manager for the Louisville Bats Baseball Club and Louisville City Football Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Tom has held this position since Louisville Slugger Field was built in 2000. Tom is starting his 27th year in sports turf management, his prior positions include head sports turf manager in Eugene, Oregon with the Emeralds and Chattanooga, TN with the Lookouts. Tom was also a grounds crew member with the Milwaukee Brewers grounds crew (including Green Bay Packers games at County Stadium), Kansas City Royal spring training complex and the Florida Marlin spring training complex. Tom worked with the Brickman Group at the 2009 World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico and 2010 World Cup Baseball Tournament in Rotterdam, Holland.

Over the years, Tom’s true passion has become mentoring aspiring sports turf managers. He has over 40 former assistants currently working in collegiate and professional athletic field management positions.

Tom has been a member of the STMA since 1996. He was a founding member of the Kentucky STMA, as well as serving as their President and Treasurer. Tom was also a founding member of the Tennessee STMA. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Turfgrass Council.

Tom was honored by the STMA with the Dick Ericson Award in 2017 and in 2012 he received the George Toma Golden Rake Award. In 2003, Tom was awarded the STMA Sports Turf Manager of the Year as well as International League AAA Field of the Year. In 2009, Tom was awarded both honors for a second time. Nielsen was awarded STMA’s Professional Baseball Field of the Year in 2002 and 2004. In 2012, he was awarded Green Industry’s Most Influential Person Award.

On a personal level, in 2013, Tom was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Hero Award for saving a woman from a burning car. Later that year, he was given the title of Kentucky Colonel, by the governor for his life saving actions.

Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Horticulture Production from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1994.

Appointed Director at Large, Randy Price
Director – Commercial

Randy Price

Tri-Tex Grass, Granbury, TX

Since 2004 Randy Price has been the President of Tri-Tex Grass, a sod production farm and installation company based in Granbury, Texas. Tri-Tex Grass has a strong commitment to the sports and golf industry in the state of Texas. Randy has been a STMA member since 1997 and has supported many Professional Turf Managers across the South with quality sod and services for their facilities. Along with supporting STMA, Randy has served on Boards of most all turfgrass related groups in Texas including the State Chapter of STMA, the Texas Turfgrass Assn and the Texas Sod Producers Assn. Randy was appointed in 2016 by President Salmond to fill a vacancy for the Commercial Director position.

Since my first conference in 1997, I have been amazed by the work ethic and desire of turfgrass managers to provide beautiful and safe fields for others to use and enjoy. As a commercial member I appreciate the opportunity to provide quality products knowing that so much effort will be taken to insure that our products will not only be maintained but also enhanced. With that said, if we all continue to share ideas and use technology available, we collectively can provide the tools needed to support natural grass and artificial fields and be good stewards of the of the environment we have been blessed with. It is my desire that STMA can educate others on the importance of Professional Turf Managers.

Elected Director at Large, Matt Anderson, CSFM
Elected Director at Large

Matt Anderson, CSFM

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Originally from Michigan, Matt Anderson, CSFM is currently employed at the University of Arizona. He earned his B.S and M.S in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University, receiving the S.A.F.E Graduate scholarship in 2004. Anderson was a consultant for construction and maintenance for a modular, bermudagrass field at the Athens Olympic Stadium for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Following the Olympics he was hired by the Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, MWL) as their Head Groundskeeper and worked there for six seasons as the head groundskeeper as well as the director of stadium operations. Anderson spent 2011 working at Michigan State University, where primary responsibilities included oversight of the baseball, softball and soccer facilities at the Old College Complex. In December of 2011 he was hired by the University of Arizona as the Turf Manager for all of campus, including athletic fields and common area turf. In 2013, Anderson was promoted to Superintendent of Grounds for the entire University of Arizona campus where he is currently responsible for all department operations. Anderson has served in leadership roles with the Michigan (VP) and Arizona (VP) chapters of the STMA, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, and his local church. He also served as the Higher Ed rep on the STMA Board of Directors during 2015. He and his wife Charity and they have one son, Caleb.

Vision for STMA

I believe STMA needs to continue to be a forward thinking organization focused on future growth and trends in our industry. I believe student engagement and embracing technology is critical to the future of the STMA. Telling our story through social media and feature media stories will continue to educate people that we are a vibrant, professional industry that can offer a unique and rewarding work experience. Embracing technology will continue to allow the sports turf manager to do more with our limited time and resources, in a more precise manner. Whether it’s finding relevant information quickly, field testing or maintenance equipment; technology will play a critical role in the future of the sports turf manger. These two reasons guide me in my current service with the STMA. I serve as Chair of the Student Challenge Committee and the Technology Committee. I feel these initiatives will be key in shaping what the future of our industry looks like. I look forward to representing the STMA on a national level.

Higher Education Director, Nick McKenna, CSFM
Director – Higher Education

Nick McKenna, CSFM

Texas A&M Athletic Department, College Station, TX

Nick McKenna, CSFM, is an Assistant Athletic Field Manager at Texas A&M University. Nick returned to Texas A&M in August 2011 after having spent 4 years working for Virginia Tech overseeing their baseball and soccer/lacrosse facilities. He currently oversees Olsen Field at Bluebell Park and assists in the management of the other athletic fields at Texas A&M, including Kyle Field, the Coolidge Football Practice Fields, Ellis Field (soccer) and the Aggie Softball Complex. This is Nick’s second term at Texas A&M, where he also served as an assistant groundskeeper from 2003-2005.

Nick received his B.S. from Iowa State University in Horticulture with a turfgrass emphasis. While at Iowa State, he served as an athletic field intern during his final semester in school. Nick also completed coursework and research towards an M.S. in Crop Soils & Environmental Science at Virginia Tech, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Dr. James Watson SAFE scholarship. He hopes to complete his M.S. degree by the end of 2016. Nick has served on numerous STMA committees and achieved CSFM status in January 2011. Nick briefly served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia STMA before returning to Texas where he has served on the TXSTMA Board for the last 4 years.

Vision for STMA

Aside from providing safe athletic surfaces on a continual basis, my primary role as an athletic field manager is to educate the public about our profession and to develop the next generation of athletic field managers. In my experience, the STMA is the single greatest resource we have to support that mission by providing us with the network, tools, and information needed to succeed in this endeavor. It would be a privilege to give back to an organization that has provided so much to me.

My vision for STMA is to continue to promote our position as “Experts in the Field, Partners in the Game”. An organization is only as good as its membership, so we must strive to find ways to grow our membership and help them in as many ways as possible. We must continue to develop ideas, programs, and resources for our membership to help them advocate their positions and to educate the public about the importance of safe, environmentally responsible, and functional athletic fields.

Additionally, I would like to see the organization continue to grow and develop our professional image and to establish ourselves as true experts within the industry. We need to continue to advocate for our membership and stay on the forefront of potential issues that our industry has faced and will continue to face in the coming years.

Parks & Recreation Director, James Bergdoll, CSFM
Director – Parks & Recreation

James Bergdoll, CSFM

City of Chattanooga, TN

James Bergdoll, CSFM is the Director of Park Maintenance for the City of Chattanooga (TN) Department of Public Works, a position he has held since 2015. Bergdoll oversees the maintenance and operations of over 100 public spaces throughout the City of Chattanooga, including 84 parks, 35 miles of greenway, multiple youth sports association facilities and 2 golf courses. He holds a MS in Sports and Recreation Administration from Western Kentucky University and a BS in Turfgrass Science from Purdue University. Prior to serving the citizens of Chattanooga, Bergdoll oversaw the design, construction, and operations of Elizabethtown (KY) Sports Park. He also gained industry experience at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Baltimore Orioles Spring Training, Indianapolis Indians, Purdue Athletics (Golf & Sports Fields), and Hanover College. Bergdoll has been a member of the STMA since 2004, serving on several different committees, and achieved CSFM status in 2013. Bergdoll is a Past President of the Kentucky STMA, and is currently a member of the TVSTMA and APWA.

Vision for STMA

First and foremost, my vision for STMA is to continue to help colleagues in the industry work towards having high quality athletic fields that are safe, play extraordinary, sustainable, and are aesthetically pleasing. I see the STMA as part of continued insight into sustainable management practices along with using new technologies to facilitate better stewardship of the Earth. Lastly, my vision for the STMA involves the continued promotion of awareness to the work that sports turf managers take part in and maintain increased recognition as a profession. From a Parks and Recreation standpoint, it is important to educate the general public and its leaders on the importance of sport field management and how it positively impacts those that use public facilities, primarily our youth.

Professional Facilities Director, Weston Appelfeller, CSFM
Director – Professional Facilities

Weston Appelfeller, CSFM

Columbus Crew, Columbus, OH

Weston Appelfeller, CSFM is the Director of Grounds for Columbus Crew SC, where he has spent the last four seasons. Prior to his time at Crew SC, he was an Assistant Groundskeeper for the Philadelphia Union (2011) and the Boston Red Sox (2008-2011). He is in charge of the turf maintenance at MAPFRE Stadium, which was awarded the 2013 Professional Soccer Field of the Year by the STMA. At Columbus, his crew also oversees the EAS Training Center, and landscaping surrounding the stadium.

Weston has served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association since 2012, where he is currently Vice President. He also serves on the SAFE Scholarship Committee, and the STMA Conference Education Committee. He became a CSFM in December of 2013 and has a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in TurfGrass Science. Weston and his wife Stephanie live in Powell, OH with their two kids.

Vision for STMA

Our past is our foundation and our future is now. Our industry is being challenged; whether it be by pesticide regulations, budgetary cuts, or lack of students coming into the industry. STMA has done a good job pushing the value of groundskeepers and grass to the public, but if we are going to survive our issues, we need to use our history, our knowledge, and our presence to make a difference. I see STMA becoming more vocal. Concerned parents, coaches, athletic directors, the general public should have a place to get the facts before making decisions. Our organization needs to be that. We need to have a website that informs not only the groundskeepers, but the concerned athlete. Our history has provided the experience and the knowledge, we need to supply the answers. Our future is now. We need to develop groundskeepers to help sustain our industry for years to come. High school students need to know they can have an achievable and exciting career. We need to grow our young base to help revitalize our industry and to help collegiate turf programs flourish, which in turn will help provide the research we need to expand our industry. Our organization is strong, we are intelligent and we will thrive. We need to adjust to make ourselves a greater commodity to our community, our kids, and our environment. I want to use my role on the board to give back. I want to help mold the younger generation into future Founders Award winners. I want to help develop young professionals by giving them the information they may need through academics and networking. Our past is our foundation and our future is now.

Schools K-12 Director, Sun Roesslein, CSFM
Director – Schools K-12

Sun Roesslein, CSFM

Jeffco Schools, Golden, CO

Sun Roesslein, CSFM, has been Sports Stadium Manager at the North Area Athletic Complex for 12 years. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the football stadium and the soccer stadium which make up the NAAC. The complex is the home field for 6 of the high schools in the Jefferson County School District. Sun got her start in the turfgrass management industry working on the grounds crew for the Lexington Legends Minor League baseball team in 2001. After moving to Denver she worked briefly for the City of Thornton before taking her current position with Jeffco Schools Athletics. In 2014, the NAAC soccer field was awarded STMA’s Soccer Field of the Year for the Schools and Parks category. The following year, the NAAC football field was selected as STMA’s 2015 Football Field of the Year in the same category.

Sun received her B.S. in 2000 and M.S. in 2002 from Eastern Kentucky University in Sports Administration. It was during her final semester that she discovered the turfgrass industry and decided to make a career path change. She became a member of STMA in 2002. She is a Past President of the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association, served on the CSTMA Board of Directors, and has been a member of STMA’s Ethics committee and currently the Website/ Technology committee. In July of 2016, Sun earned her CSFM designation.

Vision for STMA

I believe STMA is continually improving and moving in the right direction to stay on top of concerns that face us as Sports Turf Managers. I am proud to have been a member for almost 15 years now. The Annual conference is something I always look forward to, and would like to contribute to making the show great. As a member of the Technology committee, I see opportunities for improvement to the STMA website. With the website being the online face of our organization, I think it is imperative that we use that stage to continue to promote the professionalism, education, commitment to safety and passion we all share in this industry.