USA Badminton is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The directors are elected for four year terms.
The Board of Directors represents the interests of USAB's memberships, the United States Badminton community and Badminton athletes by providing USAB with policy, guidance and strategic direction.
Individuals comprising the current Board of Directors are as follows:
David Simon (Los Angeles, CA) - Chair, Independent Director
Richard Dubose (Colorado Springs, CO) - Independent Director
Jon Schmieder (Phoenix, AZ) - Independent Director
Richard Wirthlin (Los Angeles, CA) - Independent Director
Daniel Mehr (Ann Arbor, MI) - At-Large Director
Yvonne Chern (Wayland, MA) - At-Large Director
Ray Ng (Sunnyvale, CA) - Technical Official Director
Abi Bautista - (San Francisco, CA) - Coaching Director
Phillip Chew (Orange, CA) - Athlete Director
Mesinee Mangkalakiri (Bellevue,WA) - Athlete Director, AAC Representative
Board members may be contacted through the USA Badminton National Office at:
or mail in care of:
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
David Simon (Los Angeles, CA)
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 25 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 executives in staging those Games. He became the founding President of the L.A. Sports Council in 1988. His civic involvement includes serving on the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. From 1989-1999, he served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. He has served on the board of USA Field Hockey 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.
Richard Dubose (Colorado Springs, CO)
Richard A. Dubose, previous Board Chairman, 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.
Jon Schmieder (Phoenix, AZ)
Jon Schmieder has nearly 20 years of experience in the sports tourism and events industry, and brings a wealth of experience in sports tourism and economic development to the organizations he serves. Schmieder is the Founder and CEO of the Huddle Up Group, sports tourism and events consulting company based in Phoenix, Arizona. In his career, Schmieder has led three different sports commissions: Tulsa Sports Commission (1997 to 2001), Metro Denver Sports Commission (2002 to 2008), and most recently served as the President of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (2008 to 2012). In addition, Schmieder has held leadership positions with the Senior Olympic Games and Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading. He was also a junior college basketball coach from 1994-1997 at Pima Community College. In 2009, Sports Events Magazine named Schmieder one of the top 25 "Innovators & Influencers" in the sports events industry. He served a nine-year stint on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) and was the chairman of the board twice. Under Schmieder's leadership, the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission was named the NASC 2012 Member of the Year. Schmieder was also named the 2012 CEO of the Year by the Phoenix Chapter of the Organization of Non-Profit Executives. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is a part-time doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix in the Organizational Leadership program.
Richard Wirthlin (Los Angeles, CA)
Richard L. Wirthlin is Managing Director of Dentons-Wirthlin, a global strategic consulting firm focusing on international joint ventures and market share expansion initiatives. Dentons-Wirthlin is a joint venture with Dentons, one of the world’s largest law firms. Wirthlin is a Retired Partner of Latham & Watkins, where he practiced for 26 years as a corporate attorney, serving as Global Chair, Sports, Media & Entertainment 2002-2012, Office Managing Partner, Moscow, Russia 1995-1999, and as a founding partner of both the International Practice Group and Communications Practice Group. Wirthlin is Vice Chair of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games; and a Board Member of the Los Angeles Sports Council. He was DIRECTV’s outside general counsel from inception through launch of the U.S.’s first direct-broadcast satellite system, putting together the first pay-per-view U.S. television sports agreements, including “NFL Sunday Ticket.” Wirthlin also represented DIRECTV Latin America, Major League Soccer, U.S.A. Soccer, Universal Sports Network and many other media and sports groups. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Brigham Young University. Wirthlin is the Former Chair of the International Law Section of California Bar Association.
Daniel Mehr (Ann Arbor, MI)
Daniel (Dan) Mehr is a Mechanical Engineer at General Motors, working on small SUV suspension design. Dan came to General Motors to work on Hybrid Battery technology after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was active with the University’s Badminton Club, serving in multiple leadership roles including as its president in 2007 and 2008. While at Wisconsin, Dan served as tournament director from 2005-2008 for the Club’s multitude of events, including the Midwest Collegiate Championships and the Madison Open. Dan guided the Wisconsin Club team to three consecutive regional team championships as team Captain/Manager. Since moving to Michigan in 2008, Dan continues to run tournaments in the Midwest, has become a regionally certified umpire and in 2014 was elected President of the Region 2 (Midwest Badminton Association) Board. Recently, Dan was appointed to USAB’s Inter Regional Council (IRC). Dan holds a Masters of Engineering in Energy Systems degree from the University of Michigan and is currently enrolled in Michigan’s Ross School of Business as an MBA student. Dan lives and plays badminton in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Yvonne Chern (Wayland, MA)
Ray Ng (Sunnyvale, CA)
Ray Ng has been involved in badminton development in the U.S. for the past 8 years. He is a USA Badminton certified National Referee and Umpire serving at many adult and junior tournaments. He is also a USAB coach instructor. Ng has recruited and trained many umpires, many of whom are on track to be Pan American and Badminton World Federation Accreditation/Certification Umpires. In addition to his experience as a technical official, Ng has also led/coached USA badminton teams to the 2013-2015 World University Games and Championships in Korea, Spain and Russia, the 2011 Indonesia Tangkas Junior tournament, 2010 World Junior and 2010 & 2009 Junior Pan American Championships. He has also served as the Northern California Junior Advisor Group member for many years.
Abi Bautista (San Francisco, CA)
Abi Bautista’s background is in Physical Therapy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Psychology and a Master of Arts Psychology in sensory/motor control, and PhD program - motor learning and control, and currently is a Physical Therapist Assistant, NeuroSport , Fremont, California, Out Patient Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Abi began her Badminton Coaching Career in 1988 at a Summer Coaching Camp and has been a Head Coach at several area High Schools. She has been very active volunteering in numerous capacities with USA Badminton.
Phillip Chew (Orange, CA)
Phillip currently represents the USA Badminton Athletes as part of the Athletes Advisory Council. He is the director of the Orange County Badminton Club and credits his badminton success to his grandfather Don Chew. Phillip has won numerous titles throughout his young badminton career including a record 30 USAB Junior National titles and four BWF International titles. He is a sophomore at the University of California, Irvine, but is taking a leave of absence to pursue the 2016 Olympic qualification in men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Phillip’s youth, his understanding of what it takes to become a top ranked badminton player, and his business experience in operating the Orange County Badminton Club will help USA Badminton develop new ideas to promote the sport in the United States.
Mesinee Mangkalakiri (Bellevue,WA)
Mesinee "May" Mangkalakiri qualified for the 2008 Beijing games in Women's Doubles with Eva Lee. May is currently the representative of the Athlete's Advisory Council for the USA Badminton Board of Directors and serves as USA Badminton's representative to the US Olympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Council. May began playing badminton at the age of 13 when a close family friend opened a badminton facility in 1996 and invited her to play. She fell in love the sport the first time she played She was named the United States Olympic Committee's Female Badminton Athlete of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2005. May earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine in June, 2006. In 2012 she earned two Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Sport Psychology from Argosy University. She worked as a badminton coach at the Orange County Badminton Club for 11 years. She currently works at the Bellevue Badminton Club in Washington overseeing their junior program, which has over 220 students. She says the job she is most proud of is passing on what she has learned in badminton to the many kids she coaches.
USAB Committee Chairs
Audit Chair – Richard A. Dubose
Ethics/Judicial Chair – Dudley Welch
Nominating and Governance Chair – Rick Mack