USA Badminton

USA Badminton Announces New Board of Directors

April 14, 2009, 5:11 p.m. (ET)

  USA Badminton Announces New Board of Directors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Badminton announced today its new Board of Directors completing a year-long governance reform process in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee.  The new Board will provide oversight of the organization with their first meeting this Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, Calif.  The meeting will coincide with the 2009 USA Badminton Adult National Championships, which are also being held at the Orange County Badminton Club this weekend.  A nominating and governance committee, appointed by the United States Olympic Committee, has worked closely with USA Badminton Chief Executive Officer, Dan Cloppas to guide the organization since September 2008.

"On behalf of USA Badminton, I would like to thank the five members of the Nominating and Governance Committee for their hard work and dedication in navigating our organization through this final stage of the governance reform process," said Cloppas.  "With their expertise in composing the new Board, we are confident that USA Badminton will have strong leadership for the foreseeable future."

Individuals comprising the new nine-member Board of Directors are as follows:

Richard Dubose (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Independent Director
David Simon (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Independent Director
Michael Halchak (Tucson, Ariz.) - Independent Director
Fred Coleman (Madison, Wis.) - At-Large Representative
Geoff Stensland (Bellevue, Wash.) - At-Large Representative
Elaine Kong (Torrance, Calif.) - Technical Official Director
Andy Gouw (San Jose, Calif.) - Coaching Director
Ruth Menchaca (San Antonio, Texas) - Athlete Director
Raju Rai (Bellevue, Wash.) - Athlete Director

Please see below for capsule biographies on the new USA Badminton Board of Directors:

Richard Dubose (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Independent Director

Richard A. Dubose brings to the USA Badminton Board of Directors 40 years of experience and service in the United States Air Force and civilian ranks in the accounting and budgetary career field.  During that time he has provided budgetary, accounting and audit oversight for over 20 separate Services Activities with budgets and revenues exceeding $15 million.  Services Activities he has overseen include Officers' and Enlisted Clubs, golf courses, fitness centers, child development centers, youth centers, aero clubs, bowling centers, lodging facilities, dining facilities and more.  Dubose served as Vice President of Air Academy National Bank at the United States Air Force Academy from 1976-1988.  He has received honors and commendation in both his military and civilian careers.  While in the U.S. Air Force he received the Vietnam Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.  He was recognized with the Civilian of the Year Award in 2005 and has received numerous other Military and Civilian Awards.

 

David Simon (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Independent Director

David Simon, President of the Los Angeles Sports Council, has played a significant role in virtually every major sporting event that has been brought to the Los Angeles area in the last 20 years. In lists published in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal, he has been recognized as one of the area's "top 20" most influential sports executives.  Simon has been active in international sports since 1977 when he became involved in the Los Angeles bid to host the 1984 Olympic Games.  As Vice President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee he worked for over five years as one of Peter Ueberroth's right hand men in staging those Games.  He became the founding President of the L.A. Sports Council in 1988.  His civic involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for Southern California Special Olympics.  From 1989-1990, he served as Chair and Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United States Olympic Committee.  He has served on the boards of USA Field Hockey and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and is President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.  A native of Los Angeles, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law.  He is a member of the bar in both California and Washington, D.C.

 

Michael Halchak (Tucson, Ariz.) - Independent Director

Michael Halchak is an architect, currently serving as a consultant as Director of Venue Planning and Design for the Chicago 2016 bid for the Olympic Games.  Through this work he has been interfacing with the Badminton World Federation to insure that the venue proposed for the Chicago bid achieves all that is expected for the sport of badminton for the athletes, the Badminton World Federation, as well as spectators and broadcasting.  Other projects Halchak has been involved in include serving as the Venue Overlay Designer for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and a Venue Planning Advisor to the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games.  He was also the Venue Overlay Planner for the 1995 U.S. Open Badminton Championships, which was the test event for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

 

Fred Coleman (Madison, Wis.) - At-Large Representative

Fred Coleman is a Clinical Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  Coleman has been involved in the sport of badminton in many capacities over the years.  He has been a member and Chair of the USA Badminton Junior's Committee since 1995.  He was also a member of USA Badminton's Coaching Development Committee for two stints (1999-2001 and 2005-2007).  He served as a past coach of the Triple B Badminton Club, coaching several players at the U.S. Junior National level.  He is also the coach of the University of Wisconsin Badminton Club which is a three-time winner of the Midwest Intercollegiate Badminton Team trophy (2005-2007).  His daughter Jennifer has been a member of several USA Badminton Adult National Teams.  She is currently returning to graduate school.  He also has a son, Nick, and another daughter Megan.  His wife, Wendy is a Behavioral Pediatrician.

 

Geoff Stensland (Bellevue, Wash.) - At-Large Representative

Geoff Stensland is the Principle Engineer and founder of ChemE Solutions.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1981 and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Washington in1995.  He has a passion for helping to develop badminton at a local level.  He has been the President and Principal of the Bellevue Badminton Club since 1995 and is the President of Badminton America, LLC.

 

Elaine Kong (Torrance, Calif.) - Technical Official Director

Elaine Kong has been involved in the sport of badminton for many years.  She is both a USA Badminton National Referee and a Badminton World Federation Certificated Umpire.  She has represented the U.S. as an umpire at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and most recently at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.  She has also umpired the World Badminton Team Championships (Sudirman Cup) in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007, as well as virtually every USA Badminton elite competition.  She is also active in training referees and umpires.

 

Andy Gouw (San Jose, Calif.) - Coaching Director

Andy Gouw has been instrumental in the growth of the sport of badminton in the northern California region.  He has served as President of the Northern California Badminton Association since the 1970's.  Gouw was the Regional Coaching Director for Region V for USA Badminton.  During that time he helped to establish many coaching clinics in Region V.  Gouw founded Asby Sports, Inc. in 1982.  He was the head badminton coach for the University of California, Berkeley from 1977-1979 and for Stanford University from 1980-1981.  He has coached on many levels and has been a driving force for introducing badminton in the youth, community and high school levels.  Gouw received both his Bachelor's and Master's of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University in 1968 and 1971 respectively.

 

Ruth Menchaca (San Antonio, Texas) - Athlete Director

Ruth Menchaca has represented the United States in several national and international events.  She works as a Certified Public Accountant for Sol Schwartz in San Antonio, Texas.  Besides competing as an elite athlete, Menchaca is also a coach, serving as the head coach for the Alamo Badminton Club.  She is a member of the USA Badminton Athletes Advisory Council. Menchaca was elected by her fellow USA Badminton athletes to represent their interests on the new Board of Directors.

 

Raju Rai (Bellevue, Wash.) - Athlete Director

Raju Rai has been a member of many of USA Badminton's best teams, including the 2008 United States Olympic Team.  Rai competed in the men's singles events at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.  In 2006 Rai participated in a Badminton World Federation training program in Germany, but suffered a knee injury in the fall of 2006 that forced him to return to the United States to have it surgically repaired in spring of 2007.  He was able to return to form in time to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games.  Rai won the bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in mixed doubles with May Mangkalakiri.  Rai is a five time National Champion and has medaled in numerous national and international events throughout his career.  He is currently the head coach of the Bellevue Badminton Club in Bellevue, Wash.

 

A debt of gratitude is owed to the outgoing USA Badminton Nominating and Governance Committee for their service and attention to detail in guiding the organization through this final phase of the governance reform process. Thank you for your service to USA Badminton.

The Nominating and Governance Committee was as follows:

Rick Mack (Colorado Springs, CO.), Vice President of Human Resources, Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group

Steve Smith (Colorado Springs, CO.), Partner, Holme, Roberts & Owen

Keith Bryant (Colorado Springs, CO.), Associate Director, Career Services, United States Olympic Committee

Mary Ann Bowles (St Louis, MO.), USA Badminton Board Representative, former Board Secretary and Chair of the previous Nominating Committee

Howard Bach (San Francisco, CA, Orange, CA.), Athlete Representative, Two-time U.S. Olympian (2004 and 2008) and 2005 World Champion

 

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-866-4608.  This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at http://www.usocpressbox.org/.

Comments