Meet Your CEVA Athlete Advisory Council (CAAC)
Meet your 2019 CAAC. Please follow their Instagram account: cevacouncil
Name: Elizabeth (Ellie) Schoen
Year in School: Freshman
Preferred pronouns: She/Her
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: As a member of the CAAC board, I'm excited to use this opportunity to serve my volleyball community, my teammates and the young athletes who I play with across the CEVA region. My top priority is to provide a voice to my fellow players and help to foster a relationship of openness within CEVA.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: I look forward to facilitating direct communication between CEVA, and the athletes within our region. I am also interested in creating a positive yet competitive environment. I would love to see better sportsmanship among spectators, and a more open communication for athletes facing issues such as anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: One thing I have learned by being a part of the CAAC is that there are many people working within CEVA, as well as within the community, to strengthen our NW region. I have also learned that there are many other athletes like me across the region willing to work hard to positively enhance CEVA today and for the future.
What is something that you want people to know about you: In my free time I enjoy being active, traveling as well as taking in a great book. I am a black belt in Taekwondo. At the AAU Nationals 2018, my club team finished third and I was awarded All-American All-Star. Lastly, during the summer I compete in beach volleyball through NP Beach club.
Name: Sophie Scott
Year in School: Freshman at Catlin Gabel
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: I feel like I have a strong voice and can have an impact on CEVA as a representative of the athletes.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: One of my goals is that I'd like to see additional training, awareness and respect of athletes while they play and officiate. For example, I have seen parents disrespectfully yelling at players of their opposing team and/or the officials. I would like to see more communication and empowerment of the junior athletes to notify CEVA representatives and even halt the game should negative comments and name-calling be extensive.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: Unfortunately I was unable to first meeting but I am looking forward to learning much about CEVA, our region and how we interact with other regions and USA Volleyball.
What is something that you want people to know about you: I have two older brothers (one a senior in college and one a college graduate) and have two dogs. I am an advocate for ocean conservation and I would love to go shark cage diving one day!
Name: Emma Mueller
Year in School: Sophomore
Club: Eastern Heat
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: I wanted to be part of CAAC to represent our great area of Eastern Oregon, put us on the map, and to give our athletes a voice in the CEVA region. I wanted to bring to the table a better understanding of the challenges Eastern Oregon volleyball athletes face. In our rural area, there were not any volleyball club options at all until Eastern Heat was formed three years ago, unless you traveled into the ERVA region. Even though our demographics are made up of several small towns and we don't have the numerous club options, I wanted to help bring to the same opportunities of competitiveness, power league tournaments, vb skill clinics, and college scouting exposure that the clubs in the CEVA metropolitan areas have here.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: One of my main goals while being a part of CAAC, is to work with the other council members to identify the needs of CEVA athletes and to do find creative ways to help meet those needs.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: At our first CAAC meeting, I realized that CEVA is truly committed to helping coaches help athletes be successful! It was amazing to be able to talk to the directors and to other volleyball athletes who all share the same passion for the sport of volleyball.
What is something that you want people to know about you: Hi, I'm Emma Mueller. I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I have been playing school ball since 4th grade and have been playing club for four years. These last two years, I have been a setter for my school and club team. I am pretty funny once you get to know me and I love to go on adventures. I love to waterski, hike, hunt, fish, eat dark chocolate, travel, and play volleyball as much as humanly possible. Pigs are my favorite animal and I have raised and sold them (Ollie and Dixie) for our county fair. I will do anything for my friends and love meeting new people.
Name: Jasmine Sells
Year in School: Sophomore at Lincoln
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: Volleyball is the sport I immediately fell in love with in middle school. At the end of my 6th grade season, I joined CEVA to start club volleyball, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I wanted to join CAAC to learn not only about the management of CEVA, but also about the issues and dilemmas that the region's advisors face, and how solutions are created.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: One of my goals is to encourage a dynamic and transparent relationship between players, coaches, and CEVA leadership. I also hope to help create more opportunities for student-athletes to be involved in their communities, and foster a stronger relationship with younger players.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: During our very first meeting, I learned how much thought goes into every decision, and how complex some of the issues are. I am very excited to continue with the CAAC, as many of the members have already shed light on various matters I had not been aware of, or experienced.
What is something that you want people to know about you: I love going out and enjoying fun activities with friends!
Name: Jordyn Burks
Year in School: Sophomore
Club: Excel NW
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: I wanted to be part of the CAAC because I wanted to be a part of changing things for the better.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: My goal to accomplish for CAAC is to help better the volleyball world for all volleyball lovers and to make it an easy access for people with mental illnesses and disabilities.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: Something that I have already learned from being on CAAC is that everyone is welcoming and always open to constructive criticism and CAAC is always a cool place to start with making new friends and getting more into the volleyball world.
What is something that you want people to know about you: I have played volleyball for 5 years, I live with 10 people and I have not one but two foreign exchange students.
Name: Devyn Baer
Year in School: Junior
Preferred Pronouns: They/Them or He/Him
Club: Live Aloha Volleyball Academy (LAVA)
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: Club volleyball has been a transformative experience for me, and I want to help create a positive club environment so that future players can grow through the sport in the same ways that I have. I also want to be able to provide input that's based on my experiences as a transgender player.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: I hope to discuss and create initiatives focused around mental health within the volleyball community, and also address equity and inclusion among players and clubs. I also want to help make volleyball even more positive and fun than it already is, so that younger players can continue to enjoy the sport for their entire playing careers.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: I learned that CEVA has a program that allows players to train as referees, which is super cool!
What is something that you want people to know about you: I have a 9-year-old pet lizard named Norbert!
Name: Jackie Phillips
Year in School: Junior at Tualatin
Club: Portland Volleyball Club (PVC)
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: I wanted to be on the new CEVA Athlete Advisory Council because I love volleyball. I have experience being both a player and a coach and think that my perspective will be beneficial. I have participated through many volleyball programs including CEVA, USA volleyball, and OSAA which has allowed me to connect with people beyond just my community and allows me to be a voice for them as well. .
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: A strong focus of mine while on this council is finding ways to expose girls to volleyball at a younger age.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: I have already learned so much about what CEVA is, does, and stands for. I find it fascinating how truly dedicated the staff is and how strong that makes their program. One of the most interesting things I have learned about is their role in running and coordinating volleyball events.
What is something that you want people to know about you: Eventually I would like to be a coach so being a part of this board will be an amazing experience and allow me to really see how the behind the scenes volleyball world works. I am so excited to work with the CEVA Staff just as much as I am to work with the other girls. I hope that we are able to provide valuable insight and contribute to the volleyball world. Volleyball is a huge passion of mine and being able to advocate for the sport I love is a huge honor.
Name: Britney Duvall
Year in School: Senior
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Why did you want to be a member of the CAAC: This was important to me because I wanted to be able to voice the opinions and concerns of the whole body of student athletes in the CEVA Region. It's also a good experience for me, because I've never done anything like this before, so it's a good way to push myself to try new things.
What are goals that you want to accomplish while you're on the CAAC: The main goal I want to accomplish being part of the first CAAC is just to be able to set the foundations for the group to continue in the future. I think it's really important that this group exists, as it gives a voice to all the student athletes in the region, so setting some guidelines and expectations for the future will be important. Also, a more specific goal that I thought was top priority during the first meeting was the education and destigmatization of mental illness within the region. Mental illness is a highly avoided topic, and it is something that really needs to be discussed. I hope the CAAC can find a way to educate the region about how important conversation between coaches, players, and parents is when it comes to this subject.
What have you already learned by being being on the CAAC: Something I've learned by being a part of the CAAC is that everybody has something they can bring to the table. In our first meeting, we had 7 individuals at the table, but every person in attendance had something to think about, some valid thought or concern that was important to them. This taught me that every person's concerns will be treated with respect and considered in detail.
What is something that you want people to know about you: I have played piano for 12 years, and I find it a great way to relieve stress!