Board of Directors
John DiPasquale (Palatine, Illinois) - President/Chairman
Phil Hampel (Barrington, Illinois)
Tokey Hill (Long Island, New York)
Matthew Ralph (Dallas, Texas)
Roger Jarrett (St. Albans, West Virginia)
Alex Miladi (Yuba City, California)
Brian Mertel (Palatine, Illinois)
Cheryl K. Murphy (Jamaica, New York)
Doug Stein (Coral Gables, Florida)
Board of Director Biographies Available Below
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
John DiPasquale (Palatine, Illinois) – Approved Sports Organization Director
John DiPasquale is a 38 year martial artist and father of four who founded one of the largest karate organizations in the United States. He has been a member of the NGB for more than thirty three years and was a former national team athlete. He continues to be an active coach and train national champions and U.S. team members.
Phil Hampel (Barrington, Illinois) – Independent Director
Phil Hampel has been involved in karate for 29 years and is the president and member of the board of directors of one of the largest not-for-profit support organizations for karate in the United States. He is a proven Not-For-Profit Executive with expertise in the creation, management and execution of not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Hampel’s strengths include strong leadership skills in developing and sustaining volunteer based programs. In addition, he is strategically focused on utilizing technology and new media to reach a larger base of potential contributors and supporters. Using his career experience, Mr. Hampel has proven capable of leveraging professional experiences as an Information Technology Manager into the not-for-profit organizations.
Tokey Hill (Long Island, New York) – Coach Director
Tokey Hill has been actively involved in Karate for over 30 years as a world champion athlete (1980), a sensei (since 1983), a personal coach to National Team Members (since 1988), a national coach (1992-1997), Head Coach (1998-2002), appointed to PKF Technical Committee (2009), and Chairman FISU Technical Committee (2007). Mr. Hill looks forward to drawing from these experiences to develop a standardized certification program that services grassroots to elite, thus creating a mechanism utilizing our diverse and already accomplished National Coaching Staff.
Matthew Ralph (Dallas, Texas) – Independent Director
Roger Jarrett (St. Albans, West Virginia) – Affiliated Organization Director
Roger Jarrett is a professional martial arts instructor with over 43 years experience in a variety of martial arts. He became involved with the Karate NGB in the late 1970’s and has been an athlete, coach, and international official. Within the USA-NKF, he has served as Secretary General from 1998-2006, and President from 2006-2007. He also serves as President of the North American Karate Federation, a continental federation recognized by the PKF. As Chief Instructor of both the USA Martial Arts Federation, an affiliate member of the USA-NKF, and the United International Martial Arts Federation, he oversees martial arts schools throughout the United States and Canada. He, along with his wife Linda, is a lifelong resident of West Virginia, where he is a member of the Board of Deacons at Highlawn Baptist Church.
Alex Miladi (Yuba City, California) – Referee Director
Alex Miladi is Founder/President of the Miladi Group, LLC and brings over 30 years of experience in the business world, which has enabled him to understand the intricate workings of the corporate world and has facilitated a successful career in real estate development, business management and business development. In addition to his business acumen, Mr. Miladi brings 39 years of karate experience having participated as an athlete, coach and now referee. During that time, he has held various roles including Vice-President Shotokan Karate USA, President Northern California Karate-do Federation, member USA-NKF Referee Committee and WKF/PKF/USA-NKF Karate Referee.
Brian Mertel (Palatine, Illinois) – Athlete Director
Cheryl K. Murphy (Jamaica, New York) – Athlete Director
Cheryl K. Murphy has been involved with the USANKF for over 15 years including the last seven years as a U.S. National Team athlete where she won numerous national and international medals. In addition to her karate experience, Ms. Murphy is an accomplished artist (theater, dance, and music) and brings nine years of experience as an office manager. Holding a Bachelor’s degree and pursuing Master’s degree, Ms. Murphy looks forward to bringing all of her experiences to the Board to continue to support athletes both on and off the field of play.
Doug Stein (Coral Gables, Florida) – At-Large Director
Doug Stein is a partner in the law firm of Seipp & Flick in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in appellate litigation, and an adjunct professor of law at Florida International University. Mr. Stein began his karate training in 1975 as a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Japan Karate Federation Rengo-Kai, a multi-style organization directed by Shihan Fumio Demura, where he serves as Director of Shotokan Karate. Mr. Stein is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), where he sits on the Executive Board of Directors of the National Karate Program and serves as Director of Legal Affairs. He operates his own dojo in Miami, Florida, is a nationally certified coach and has competed successfully on a national and international level