A few months ago, the United States Chess Federation began to downsize its staff, due to the legal issues with GM Susan Polgar, and in the midst of that battle a friend was one of the casualties - Jerry Nash. Jerry was the Scholastic and FIDE Director at the United States Chess Federation before he was laid-off in a highly controversial move for us members.
I am not here to debate the USCF - Polgar lawsuits, I think our readers know where we stand on this issue since we have taken a public stand in both our blogs. This however did not prevent the USCF from naming me Head of Delegation of the USCF team that participated in the North American Youth Championship in Mexico this past October - there are no squares on the chess board for politics...only for the pieces and pawns.
I first established contact with Jerry Nash in the autumn of 2007, when I inquired about an international tournament for my daughter Claudia. I was very impressed with his professionalism and ethics. There was never an email that was not answered promptly and a call that was not answered affirmatively. Through my own problems and difficulties in chess related matters, he proved to be not just helpful but very professional.
As the years have gone by I found Jerry to be a key component of the USCF. When I heard of his departure from USCF, I was shocked as several of us were. Since then, we have continued to keep in contact. That is what true friends do.
I asked Jerry to allow me to post his resume on this blog because in my own way I want to help him as I have been helped by him.
I call out all the supporters of Jerry Nash to join me to help him gain employment at this time. Although Jerry is currently involved in the development of a chess program at a major university, the grant will take at least two years to materialize.
Jerry needs employment now regardless of location in the United States.
People, let's get moving now...
Jerry Douglas Nash
2647 Lake Pointe Drive
Cookeville, TN 38506
931-787-2756 – Cell
1973 - 1977
University of Tennessee, Martin, Tennessee,
Graduation Date: May, 1977.
DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English and Minor in French. Tennessee Standard Teaching Education Certificates in English and French for grades 7-12.
1980 - 1984
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth,
Texas, Graduation Date: May, 1984.
DEGREE: Master of Divinity
Studies in world religions, world views, cross-cultural
communication,premarital counseling, and Russian language.
2009 – Present
National Education Consultant, United States Chess Federation, 2647
LakePointe Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506.
2005 – 2009
Scholastic & FIDE Director, United States Chess Federation, PO Box 3967,
Crossville, TN 38557-3967.
2003 – 2005
Office Administrator, Scofield Law Firm, 901 Lake
Shore Dr Ste 900, Lake Charles, LA 70601.
City Planner II, City of Lake Charles, 326 Pujo Street, Lake Charles, LA
2002 - 2003
Founder and Director of Global Pawn Promotions, 313 W. Oak Lane,
Lake Charles, LA 70601.
1989 - 2001
Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministry, McNeese State
University, 4328 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605, 337-477-4866.
1986 - 1989
Director of Baptist Student Union, Louisiana College, Box 547 LC, Pineville, LA 71359, 318-487-7498.
1984 - 1986
Associate Director of Baptist Student Union, Northeast
Louisiana University, 1005 University Avenue, Monroe, LA
1981 – 1984
Athletic Director, Seminary South Day School, 500
W.Kellis, Fort Worth, Texas, 76115.
1977 - 1980
Teacher, Union City High School, English and French,
Union City, Tennessee.
Conference Leader for Local, State, and National Collegiate Conferences.
Travel in the U.S., England, Finland, Sweden, Germany.
Trip Leader for College Students across the United States and in Mexico.
Leader of Collegiate groups on multiple trips into Eastern Europe 1991- 2001.
Ministry Positions/Speaker in Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, and Texas.