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SKATING MAGAZINE: Tell us about your family and professional career.


Anne Cammett: My husband, Greg, and I have been married for 25 years. We have two children: Our son Ben is 23 and is in graduate school working toward a Ph.D. in physics. Our daughter, Megan, is 17 and will be a senior in high school this fall. Both of our children played lacrosse when they were young; Ben ran cross-country in high school and recently com- pleted his first marathon. Megan plays volleyball at the school and club levels. I have worked for large corporations most of my career and cur- rently work for ITT Inc. For most of my career, I have worked in the area of financial consolidation systems, which nicely combines my background in both finance and information technology.


SKATING: Talk about your background in figure skating in terms of being a skater, and some of the positions that you’ve held over the years with U.S. Figure Skating.


AC: I passed the gold figure and free skate tests and pre-golds in dance. I skated competitively in singles (and briefly in dance), competing at all levels from juvenile through senior, qualifying as far as sectionals but not nationals. I started trial judging and received my first test and compe- tition appointments before I stopped skating, so I never really stopped attending test sessions and competitions. I have held many positions of increasing responsibility within our associ- ation. I first began as a general member of the Judges Committee and was both a regional and sectional vice chair prior to becoming the Judges Committee chair. I was also the International Judges and Officials chair and the International chair prior to becoming the Eastern vice presi- dent. Over the years, I have served as a general member in the majority of our committees, which has been a fabulous way to understand our organization and goals.


SKATING: How would you describe your experience as the chief referee of the 2018 U.S. Championships in San Jose?


AC: It was a wonderful experience and I am so honored to have been selected as chief referee, particularly in an Olympic year. Tere is so much planning involved prior to the event, but once it is underway it is exciting to watch each competitive event and the buildup to selecting the Olympic and World teams.


SKATING: When and why did you decide to run for president?


AC: I have been a member of our Nominat- ing Committee, and feel it is healthy for the organization to consider several members for our various leadership positions, as we have many qualified members who bring desirable qualities to these positions. When the Nominating Committee reached out to see if I was interested in being president, I considered participating


Sam Auxier handed the reins of the U.S. Figure Skating presidency to Anne Cammett in May.


in this process. Over the fall months, I stepped back and took a look at the vast experience I had with our organization, including my experience as an actively testing and competitive skater, participating in and chairing several committees, living in the area of the country I do to witness everyday club operations, as well as my experi- ence and knowledge of the ISU and internation- al environment. I felt I could take all of these experiences over the many years and bring them together to serve the organization as president.


SKATING: What was your biggest takeaway from your first ISU Congress in early June?


AC: Really going through the rule changes ahead of time, discussing how we feel as a country and


then getting input from other countries and understanding their positions is important.


SKATING: What do you see as the biggest chal- lenge(s) facing U.S. Figure Skating?


AC: I see growing and retaining our membership as the biggest challenge we face. Tere are so many options for people both young and old on which to spend their time and money. We need our Learn to Skate USA program to remain strong and continue to be affordable; we need to strengthen our bridge program to retain the LTS members; and we need to continue to make our membership and LTS/bridge skaters aware of the many programs we have, so they realize how much there is to enjoy and compete in [if they


(l-r) Larry Mondschein , Anne Cammett, Debbie Weidman and Bob Wagner enjoy the officials dinner prior to the start of the 2017 U.S. Championships in Kansas City.


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