About the BOA
Archived BOA Meeting Minutes
The GUE Board of Advisors (BOA) provides governance within GUE’s diver training division. This panel was appointed by GUE’s President in 2016 and selected in consideration of current and past activity, as well as willingness to donate time to the organization. BOA members are drawn from the ranks of GUE’s most active instructors, and members must be a GUE instructor in good standing. Members are reevaluated annually and may be confirmed for a second term or replaced by the Chairman. No BOA member is paid for their contribution.
The Board of Advisors is responsible for developing GUE’s global training plan, including prioritization of goals and refining organizational training objectives. These responsibilities include establishing new training policies, clarifying existing guidelines, developing new GUE programs, and vetting changes to existing programs. The global training plan developed by the BOA also includes refinement and maintenance of the Instructor Development program, including yearly evaluation of existing GUE Instructor Trainers/Evaluators and appointment of new candidates. All changes to GUE’s Standards and Procedures must be approved by the BOA, though any decision by the BOA remains subordinate to the Board of Directors (BOD), which is the ultimate governing body for the organization.
Meetings and Decision-Making
The BOA meets at least once each quarter, either in person or by conference call, as suits their needs. The meetings are open only to BOA members or key parties as approved by the Chairman. The Chairman is responsible for organizing an agenda based on internal organizational needs and items submitted by BOA members or GUE instructors. Items arising between scheduled meetings may be discussed and ratified by electronic mail or similar.. For substantive program changes, BOA members will present topics on the instructor email list, allowing appropriate time for intra-organizational debate. The BOA will make final determinations by majority vote. Minutes from BOA meetings, as well as formal decisions resulting from BOA debate, will be circulated to GUE instructors via their private mailing list or as appropriate within one month of ratification. The Chairman will designate a responsible party for meeting minutes at the commencement of each meeting.
Each member of the BOA is responsible for supporting the duties comprising the general purpose and governance responsibilities of the BOA as outlined in the above description. In addition to these duties, members of the BOA are expected to support at least one mutually agreed-upon work project during the year and report back to the group at quarterly meetings or as appropriate. Subgroups may be formed as needed to manage larger and ongoing projects. Each member also maintains a departmental designation as listed and will be considered the primary point of contact for business related to this department.
Jarrod Jablonski, ChairmanThe Chairman will conduct all BOA meetings, including the creation of meeting agendas and scheduling of regular or emergency meetings. The Chairman will work together with the Recreational and Technical/Cave Administrators to maintain ongoing development of these programs with supporting budgets and daily management of assigned duties.
Dorota Czerny, Recreational AdministratorThe Recreational Administrator will organize all agenda items which pertain to GUE recreational diver training, including necessary budgets reported to the chairman, as well as support ongoing program development and refinement through assignment and management of working groups. All applications will be assembled by GUE HQ and referred to the Recreational Administrator who will organize the list for discussion by the BOA.
Kirill Egorov, Technical/Cave AdministratorThe Technical/Cave Administrator will organize all agenda items which pertain to GUE technical and cave diver training, including necessary budgets reported to the chairman, as well as support ongoing program development and refinement through assignment and management of working groups. All applications will be assembled by GUE HQ and referred to the Technical/Cave Administrator who will organize the list for discussion by the BOA.
Mark Messersmith, Business LiaisonThe Business Liaison will be the primary point of contact for financial, contractual, or licensing considerations and will receive questions from GUE instructors or GUE HQ. The Business Liaison will be responsible for the organization and presentation of these matters to the BOA or BOD as appropriate.
Rich Walker, Government LiaisonThe Governmental Liaison will be the primary point of contact for all governmental licensing or accrediting including, but not limited to, EU and HSE accreditation. The Government Liaison will be expected to communicate with relevant parties and ensure responses are timely and supportive of the organization’s best interests. These duties include support to HQ and presentation to the BOA or BOD as needed.
Richard Lundgren, Diving Technology LiaisonThe Diving Technology Liaison will be the primary point of contact for diving technology development within GUE and for supporting GUE projects with technical needs. For example, this liaison will be expected to support GUE projects seeking to develop photomosaic or similar documentation skills by assisting with information related to the gathering and development of said technology. This representative will also remain current in existing technology so as to provide a resource to GUE HQ, the BOA or GUE Projects.
Chris Le Maillot, Cave Expeditions LiaisonThe Cave Expeditions Liaison will be the primary point of contact for GUE cave expeditions, including presentation of such opportunities to the BOA or BOD as appropriate. This role does not require the representative to join any projects, but they should receive inquires to GUE and assess possible opportunities that promote the best interests of the organization.
Mario Arena, Ocean Expeditions LiaisonThe Ocean Expeditions Liaison will be the primary point of contact for GUE ocean expeditions, including presentation of such opportunities to the BOA or BOD as appropriate. This role does not require the representative to join any projects, but they should receive inquires to GUE and assess of possible opportunities that promote the best interests of the organization.