The Board

The seven board positions are listed below. Terms are 1 year long, with staggered election cycles between Fall and Spring seasons. Commissioner, Communications, and At-Large are selected in summer; Treasurer, Social, Players, and Operations are selected in winter.

The DCGFFL Board works hard to bring you competitive flag football, fun social events, and a great community experience! We need dedicated volunteers to lead and keep that experience going for future seasons. Click below to learn about how to volunteer on the Board.

Elections

Meet the Board

Jim Roll

Commissioner

Logan Dawson

Director of Players

Ricky Harrison

Director of Communications

Ryan Viessman

Treasurer

JJ Johnson

Director of Operations

Amanda Dafonte

Social Director

JC Adams

Director At-Large

Elections

Voting is open until Friday, May 20, 2022 at 7pm. Candidates presented alphabetically by last name. Participants of the DCGFFL for one of the previous two seasons, including referees and forever family members, are eligible to vote.

Cast your Ballot

Commissioner

The Commissioner is the Chair of the League, responsible for overseeing generally the League’s operations.

They communicate with Board members on their goals, timelines, and budgets, and lead regular Board meetings to ensure the needs of the DCGFFL are consistently addressed. They communicate with league membership, and provide updates to the Board members on the state of the league.

They organize elections for the Commissioner and Board members. They work closely with each Director to ensure strategic goals are set and budgets are created annually that comport with the goals and missions of the DCGFFL.

Candidates

Logan Dawson
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Logan Dawson

Commissioner

I have been a player in the League since Season XVII, and I joined the Board at the end of Season XXI. For the past 6 months, I have served as your Director of Players, and in that time, I have gained first-hand experience with all functional aspects of gameplay and competition in the League, including efforts such as organizing preseason activities in the lead-up to the draft and developing the season and playoff schedules.

Although I’ve only been on the Board for a short time, I have stepped up on several occasions in the Commissioner’s absence, including during the season and supplemental drafts, and in doing so have demonstrated that I have the necessary leadership and interpersonal skills to be successful in leading the Board and the entire League for the next two seasons (and hopefully longer). I am also confident that I will be able to work with the Directors on the Board to ensure that all other aspects of the League’s mission and operations will be successful under my guidance.

As your next Commissioner, I want to see the DCGFFL build on existing relationships and the foundation that was laid by those who founded and have led the league over the past 12+ years. I recognize that I won’t know everything from Day 1 (or even at the end of my term), but I will learn quickly and will know when to reach out to those who have come before me for guidance. I also want to see us continue to regrow the League since our Season XXI relaunch by establishing new relationships and developing the next generation of players and leaders who will lead the league for the next 10-15 years.

I have truly enjoyed serving you over the course of this season, and I’m excited at the prospect of taking the next step in leading the DCGFFL. Thank you for your consideration, and I’d greatly appreciate your vote in the upcoming election.

Joe Heron
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Joe Heron

Commissioner

Hello, my name is Joe Heron and I am running for Commissioner of the DC Gay Flag Football League (DCGFFL). I have been a member of this league since Fall of 2011. When I joined this league, I was a novice at football. However, the DCGFFL community was not only welcoming of players of any skill level but also welcoming of just people in general. New members of the league were almost immediately welcomed into this new family but also taught about football as well. I soon learned that this group of people loved socializing together almost as much as they loved to play football. Playing football was the main reason we all came together every Sunday, but it was also the fun we had at the fields while playing on those Sundays that kept us coming back week after week and season after season. After a few seasons I was learning more about football and volunteered to try and captain a team. It was tough but sticking with it captaining a team is now one of the most enjoyable things I do within the DCGFFL. A few seasons after that I joined the Board to help give back to the DCGFFL because the DCGFFL had given so much to me. I have been a captain and or a Board member for the DCGFFL since season 9 because in some way I want to help as many new members to the league learn to love the DCGFFL as much as I do. Whether you’re the person who loves to play football and wants to find a great new group of friends that can become like family or whether you have little to no football skills but love the social aspect of this league, the DCGFFL has a place for you.

In the early seasons of the league, it was so popular that fielding 20 teams a season was common and registration would fill up within hours, not days. In the two seasons since we came back from the Covid-19 break, this league has had an influx of 120-150 new players between the regular league that plays on Sundays or the Recreational League that plays on Friday nights. It’s hard to imagine what the future holds when you join the DCGFFL for your first season, but for me 20 seasons later I couldn’t think of anything that would have been more fun and a better choice to keep coming back season after season. Yes, being on the Board is tough and hard work. I have held three of the seven board positions in my time with the DCGFFL. I know how it works and I know how tough it is, but I also know how much its worth it on Sundays when everyone is out playing football and joking and having fun and realizing what a great group of people we have in the DCGFFL while we are at the fields or later at our sponsor bars.

We have many things to love about this league. Ask anyone of us that have been around for so long and we can all give you a list of things that make the DCGFFL special to us. However, there are somethings that we also would love to see improved. Field conditions are one of them. As well as quality of the referees for the games. I believe that I have a wealth of knowledge of the DCGFFL, I know what has been tried to help fix these things but sometimes it takes the new ideas and new members to help move these things forward. I want to stay true to the things that helped make the DCGFFL the amazing league it is now but cultivate the new ideas of the new members and push forward for another 22 seasons. Somewhere out there we have members who are new captains and new board members. I want to help be the bridge between our long-standing history of being a great flag football league in the area to the new group of players, captains and board members who will take this league and make it without a doubt the best league in the area.

Please take the time to vote, and if you vote for me trust that I will always keep the best interest of the league as a whole in mind when trying to move forward. Thanks for your support.

Director of Players

The Director of Players is the vice-Chair of the League and serves as the liaison between players and the DCGFFL Board.

They are responsible for handling player recruitment, registration, new player workshops, tryouts, and discipline.

Previous Directors of Players have also helped run the Recreation League and have fulfilled various other tasks as needed.

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications coordinates with all Board members on providing the appropriate content for the website to address including, but not limited to, schedules, events, updates and any pertinent information deems appropriate by the Board.

They send bi-weekly updates to the league membership about upcoming league events, maintain the DCGFFL websites, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media accounts to include updated and current information regarding team scores, game schedules, brackets, etc., and manage incoming emails.

Candidates

Munroe Bell-Rose
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Munroe Bell-Rose

Director of Communications

The DCGFFL has been a saving grace to me during one of the most difficult times of my life. So many members within leadership and throughout our community have stepped in to replace the family I lost during my transition period. I would love nothing more than to give back to an organization that has saved my life.

After playing in the league for 3 seasons, traveling to Sunshine Cup to cheer on DC-based teams, and joining the Senators Black travel team, I feel that I have developed an intimate understanding of the mission of the league as an organization and what our community means to players. I believe my professional background of a Masters in Education and my career in digital media uniquely position me to deliver high-quality and informational communication via the website, social media, and email communication. Thank you for considering my candidacy.

Derrick Holt
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Derrick Holt

Director of Communications

As a member of the DCGFFL for two seasons, I continue to be impressed by the inclusivity and friendliness the league harbors. In addition to being passionate about the growth and future of the league, I have professional experience working in social media and communications, and have run the social media presence of three professional sports franchises. This will allow me to excel as Director of Communications for the DCGFFL. Last season, I broke my hand before halftime of the first game. It would have been understandable if I fell by the wayside and I stopped showing up and didn’t return for a second season. But I showed up to root from the sidelines each week because the people of this league are what makes it great. I look forward to seeing everyone’s faces each Sunday, and I have made friends that I consider family. Moving forward, I want to help others have the experience I have had as a part of this league and I would love to do that as the Director of Communications.

Treasurer

The Treasurer will ensure the League is operating in compliance with 501(c)3 rules, manage league finances, file taxes, collect sponsor donations, manage registration fees and reimbursement, as well aid other Board members with ancillary tasks.

Treasurers have organized special fundraisers, have assisted the Social Director with lining up league sponsors, and help ensure that apparel and awards are ordered on time.

Director of Operations

The Director of Operations is the liaison with District of Columbia officials to obtain permits for fields. They organize set up and break down of playing fields on game days.

They also inventory equipment to ensure that the League is sufficiently supplied for game day operations, and maintain the equipment between games.

Social Director

The Social Director works with businesses and organizations to obtain sponsorships for the DCGFFL, and to arrange for venues to host social events. They are in charge of developing the social event calendar and notifying players of events.

They organize social functions before, during, and at the conclusion of each season with support of the rest of the DCGFFL.

Director At-Large

The Director At-Large provides general support to other members of the DCGFFL Board as needed before, during, and at the conclusion of each season.

They have, historically, worked actively to administer the travel program as part of the travel management committee, and supported the league with its referees by developing prospective volunteer referees from league membership, organizing weekly referee schedules, interfacing with volunteer referees, including, but not limited to, facilitating payment, training and teaching NGFFL rules. They have also helped to coordinate the recreation league, and act as historian for maintaining league records.

Candidates

JC Adams
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JC Adams

Director At-Large

Hi everyone! My name is JC and I have been a member of this league since 2019 and am just finishing up my 4th season with the league! I am also currently serving as your Director at Large. Throughout my time in the league I have been able to develop so many amazing relationships that I will take with me for the rest of my life. I would love to continue to help foster those relationships for new and existing members by serving on your DCGFFL board for my 2nd year.

During my time on the board the past 2 seasons, I have successfully organized two Rec league seasons, put together weekly ref schedules for games Fridays and Sundays, developed and trained over 10 new referees this season (including 2 new head refs!), managed and maintained player and team statistics, and have assisted with all league events thus far.

Why am I running again? I want to build off the past seasons’ successes and continue to assist building our community through recruiting, encouraging involvement in the community from our league members and making sure you as league members want to come back season after season! I hope to continue to be a voice for the players and a valuable asset to the league. Thanks!

Kevin Comerford
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Kevin Comerford

Director At-Large

Hey, Football Fam! I’m excited to throw my hat in for Director at Large for the 2022-23 term and would love your support!

I’ve been a member of the DCGFFL since 2015, both as an active player for 6 seasons, and currently as a forever member of Buns of Steel. Even as a non-player member, I made every game in support of my team, regularly attend league functions and support our sponsors.

I served on the DCGFFL board back in 2016 as Social Director. During my tenure on the board, I managed to increase league sponsorship funding to match the growing league, all while giving our leading sponsors twice the league presence as seasons prior.

As part of the DCGFFL board, we not only revamped our sponsorship program altogether, but also brought Rec League to its highest participation levels and created the current structure of the Travel Management Committee.

Should I be elected to serve as Director At Large, my goals for this upcoming season would include 1) championing women’s leadership and player recruitment, 2) expanding the league’s focus on re-developing Rec League to increase participation and support, and 3) modernizing ref scheduling with today’s technology that can provide real-time updates. I am especially passionate about this last effort, am well versed in ref scheduling and feel I would be a great asset to this league.

In addition to my work with the DCGFFL, I created an independent league, Rogue Cornhole, which currently is made up of 152 players and 32 teams. Now 6 seasons in, this league has made a huge impact on the community, with $36,000 raised for charity. I was most recently honored with the TeamDC MVP Award at the Night of Champions for my role in the creation of this league.

Thanks for your vote! I’m looking forward to (hopefully) rejoining the board. This league has given me a lot and I’m always looking to give back.