ROAP Board Elects Officers for 2018-20 Term

Dan Fick was elected chairman of the board during ROAP's March 27 meeting.

Edited Press release

Dan Fick has been elected ROAP chairman of the board. A longtime industry executive, Fick served as AQHA executive director of racing for 20 years.

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) board of directors elected its 2018-2020 officers and appointed two new board members during its March 27 meeting.

Dan Fick, a ROAP-accredited steward and previously ROAP vice chairman, was elected ROAP chairman; Wendy Davis, director at the University of Arizona and previously ROAP secretary, was elected ROAP vice chairman; Jennifer Durenberger, ROAP-accredited steward and NYRA chief examining veterinarian, was elected ROAP secretary; and Kristin Leshney, senior counsel at The Jockey Club, was re-elected treasurer.

Fick, the newly appointed chair, served as AQHA executive director of racing from 1984-2003. After his election as ROAP chairman, he extended a thank you to Hugh Gallagher for his service to ROAP as chairman during the past six years. Gallagher will remain as a ROAP director.

“I look forward to focusing my efforts on helping fulfill our mission to provide educational opportunities and resources for horse racing officials for all breeds," Fick said.

In addition to officer elections, two board members were appointed: John Campbell as an at-large director and Dr. Camie Heleski representing the University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine department.

Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the Hambletonian Society and member of the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame, brings a strong Harness background to the board.

“The board is excited to have more Harness input, and Mr. Campbell’s depth in the industry in unmatched,” said Fick.

At the meeting, the University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine department was added as a member organization on the ROAP board and selected Dr. Heleski as its representative. Dr. Heleski brings a strong education background to the board, including distance learning expertise, to further ROAP’s mission to provide quality education to our horse racing officials.

ROAP also offered condolences to the family of board member Ned Bonnie, who passed in March. Mr. Bonnie was a long-standing ROAP board member and had a strong passion for our officials. Mr. Bonnie advocated for qualified and well-compensated officials, and also brought his broad industry knowledge to the ROAP board.

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