New Board of Directors to be Led by Lance Nading

Oct. 02, 2008, 3:52 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USA Judo is pleased to announce the 10 individuals who assumed seats on the USA Judo Board of Directors, effective Sept. 26.

The Board will be led by Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.) who was elected president during the Board's first meeting on Sept. 26.

"I believe the membership of USA Judo has done an excellent job selecting the Board members that best represent the organization's interests. I am confidant the experience and diversity each Board member brings to the meeting table will prove to be invaluable," Nading said.  "I wish to thank our Nominating Committee - Jim Colgan, Karen Mackey, Bob Harvey, Chuck Jefferson and Rodney Thornton - for their commitment to a fair and impartial process in the nomination and election of the new Board."

Outgoing president Dr. Ron Tripp (Norman, Okla.) will remain in a non-voting capacity on the Board in the roles of past president and secretary general in which he will represent USA Judo at international events and meetings when the president unavailable.

Board members were elected to their positions on Sept. 24-25 and are as follows:

Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.), President

An alternate to the 1996 Olympic Team, Nading was an Athlete Representative to the Board from 1996-2000 and remained on the Board until 2008, during which time he served as Vice President.  Nading was elected by the previous Board to an At-Large member role on Sept. 24 and then named President of the Board on Sept. 26.  Nading is currently the owner of a custom home building firm in the Denver area.

Ken Bellmard (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Independent Director

Bellmard was first elected to the role of Independent Director in 2006 and was selected by the nominating committee to return to the Board for a second two-year term.  A director at Andrew Davis, P.C., Bellmard received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and specializes in the areas of gaming, litigation and Native American law.

Grace Jividen (Littleton, Colo.), Athlete Director

Since winning her first National medal in 1981, Jividen has had one of the longest careers as an elite athlete in judo that included competing at the 1992 Olympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 1989 World University Championships and her most recent international appearance at the 2003 World Championships.  For the last two years, Jividen has sat on the USA Judo Board of Directors through her role as the representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete's Advisory Council.  Jividen, who has worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 18 years and holds a Master's degree from Webster University, works for the Department of Justice at the Federal Correction Institute in Englewood, Colo., was elected to a four-year term as the Athlete Director who will sit on the AAC by USA Judo Senior elite athletes who voted in the Sept. 25 election.

Jason Rivera (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Independent Director

A former resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Rivera brings both his experience as a judo athlete as well as a former wrestler to the Board in his new role as an independent director as selected by the nominating committee.  As the President and CEO of J.C. & Associates Marketing Group, Rivera is an excellent leader and entrepreneur with proven skills in marketing, finance, management, communications and leadership. 

Noboru Saito (Clawson, Mich.), Referee Director

Saito is a judo (8th dan) and karate (6th dan) instructor at Birmingham YMCA.  Saito has refereed at the highest levels of judo competition, including the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games, and was the Chairman of the USA Judo Referee Commission from 2003-2006.  Saito was president of the U.S. Judo Federation from 2000-2006 and also has been involved extensively in kata competition as a 10-year USA Judo Kata Committee member and current Pan American Judo Union Kata judge.  Saito was elected to the position of referee director on Sept. 25 by USA Judo referees. 

John Serbin (San Jose, Calif.), Athlete Director

A two-time Pan American Championships bronze medalist, Serbin was first elected to the Board in 2004 when he began a four-year term as an Athlete's Representative and was elected to a two-year term as an Athlete Director by USA Judo Senior elite athletes on Sept. 25.  A three-time National Champion who trained at San Jose State University, Serbin remains actively involved in the local community as an assistant coach of the USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University and a group counselor for the Santa Clara County Probation Department.

Mike Swain (San Jose, Calif.), Group B/C Director

One of the most decorated judo players in United States history, Swain was the first American man to win a World Championship in 1987 and was a constant fixture on the international scene, winning two World silver medals and an Olympic bronze in 1988.  A first-time USA Judo Board member, Swain was elected to the role on Sept. 25 by members of USA Judo Group B and C organizations which represent state and constituent groups within the sport of judo.  After graduating from San Jose State University in 1985, Swain remained an assistant coach with the program for 23 years and was an Olympic Coach in 1996.  Swain has been the CEO and President of Swain Sports International for 18 years which he has grown into the #1 supplier of martial arts mats in the United States.

Gail Stolzenburg (Houston, Texas), At-Large Member

Stolzenburg severed as an officer, member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of various committees since USA Judo was formed in 1980. He was elected to the board as an At-Large Member on Sept. 24 and also is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

He was an athlete, coach, referee, and officer of state and national organizations during most of his 50+ year career in Judo. He was instrumental in developing the

Life Membership Program which has provided scholarships of more than $65,000 to athletes in the past two years.

Stolzenburg has served as the CEO of an international business consulting firm in Houston for more than 35 years and currently serves as a Professional Health Coach with clients throughout the world. 

Jim Webb (Dallas, Texas), Group A Director

A new addition to the USA Judo Board of Directors, Webb served as a treasurer of the U.S. Judo Association for 10 years and was the organization's most recent president.  Webb has previously served on several USA Judo committees, including the promotion and budget / finance committees.  Webb is a Life Member of USA Judo as well as both the USJA and U.S. Judo Federation.  A national-level coach and international referee, Webb is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University who was elected to the position on Sept. 25 by members of the USJA, USJF and the National Collegiate Judo Association.

Leo White (Lilburn, Ga.), Coach Director

Following his second Olympic appearance in 1992, White first became involved in the administrative end of the sport later that year when he served as a member of the USOC's Board of Directors until 2000 and also served on the Athlete's Advisory Council for the same terms.  Beginning in 2000, White held roles first as the Director of Coaching and Training and later as the Director of Development.  In 2004, White was elected to his first term on the Board.  On Sept. 25, the retired United States Army officer was elected by USA Judo coaches to the position of Coach Director for his second term on the Board.