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:
Fred Coleman (Madison, Wis.) - Chair (2013-2016)
Richard Dubose (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Independent Director (2013-2016)
David Simon (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Independent Director (2013-2016)
Michael Halchak (Tucson, Ariz.) - Independent Director (2011-2014)
Cynthia Kelly (Wellesley Hills, MA) - At-Large Representative (2011-2014)
Elaine Kong (Torrance, Calif.) - Technical Official Director (2011-2014)
Abi Bautista - (San Francisco, Calif.) - Coaching Director (2013-2016)
Ruth Menchaca (San Antonio, Texas) - Athlete Director (2011-2014)
May Mangkalakiri (Orange, CA) - Athlete Director (2013-2016)
Board members may be contacted through the USA Badminton National Office at:
or mail in care of:
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
USAB Committee Chairs
Audit Chair – Richard A. Dubose
Ethics/Judicial Chair – Dudley Welch
Nominating and Governance Chair – Rick Mack
Richard Dubose (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
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.)
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 1989-1999, he served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. He has served on the 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 (Tuscon, Ariz.)
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.)
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.
Cynthia Kelly (Wellesley Hills, MA)
Cynthia Kelly is a long time supporter, player and leader of USA Badminton. She is a previous board member and has served as USAB President. She has served as a USOC Board member, a member of the Executive Committee and currently serves as Vice Chair of the US Olympic Foundation. She was Development Officer for Newbury College and created a major gift and overall development program. As Director of Major Gifts at Pine Street Inn, she developed a major gift program identifying major prospects and created events for cultivation and stewardship. She established the Inn's first planned giving program. In addition, she has served on many boards and her philanthropic contributions are numerous.
Elaine Kong (Torrance, Calif.)
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.
Ruth Menchaca (San Antonio, Texas.)
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.
May Mangkalakiri (Orange, California)
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 Opympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Council. May began playing badminton 14 years ago 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. she works as a badminton coach at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, California. She says the job she is most proud of is passing on what she has learned in badminton to the many kids in the U.S. Badminton Development Foundation/Orange County Badminton Club Youth Badminton Group Program.