Board of Directors
Alex Miladi (Yuba City, California)
Brian Mertel (Palatine, Illinois)
Cheryl K. Murphy (Jamaica, New York)
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Board of Director Biographies Available Below
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.
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, IL) Athlete Director and USOC Athlete Advisory Council Representative
Brian Mertel has won 9 consecutive gold medals in the Men’s Sr. Kumite division at the U.S. Nationals and a long time member of both the Junior and Senior Naional Team. Brian was a gold medal winner at the 2005 Shotokan World Championships; placed 5th at the 2008 WKF World Championships in Japan; and won a gold medal at the 2009 Pan American Championships. Mr. Mertel was also elected and is a current Athlete Representative to the United States Olympic Committee. Sensei Mertel is a San Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) and has been training since 1986. He began teaching in 1996, becoming a full-time instructor in 2002. Mr Mertel brings a great perspective to the board as an Athlete, Coach and Sensei.
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 & Hosley in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in appellate litigation, and has served as an adjunct professor 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
Doug Jepperson (Park City, Utah) – At-Large Director
Mr Jepperson has been very active in the rebuilding of USA Karate, recruiting members from across the United States and being an avid supporter of the Signature events. In addition, he has been an active member of the Technical Committee and Masters Caucus. He is also a USA-NKF Referee and USA-NKF certified coach. As a Cum Laude graduate with a BA and MA from the University of Utah, he became the youngest General Manager in the history of US Home. After his construction career Mr. Jepperson started a business consulting firm working with companies across the US. Mr Jepperson began training in 1966 and has consistently trained, competed, officiated and taught karate ever since. Doug Jepperson is the Founder of the Wado Conference, is on the WIKF-USA Board of Directors and WIKF-USA Technical Committee. Mr Jepperson has published several articles and books on coaching and training including work for the US Ski and Snowboard Association on Multi Sport Approach to Teaching Kids. Currently, his Park City Karate School has students from 4 years to 68 years old.