The USOA Council was formed in 2014 to provide guidance and structure to the U.S. Olympic Academy’s signature event, the USOA Workshop. The council consists of two academics, one Olympian, one member from the LA84 Foundation, and one member from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Below are the current USOA Council members:


Katie Closson 
Communications Coordinator, United States Olympic Committee
Katie Closson joined the USOC in 2011 as part of the communications team where she has dedicated her time to developing the organization’s Olympism programs, including Olympic Day, the Team USA Ambassador Program, Team for Tomorrow, and most recently the U.S. Olympic Academy. She

has worked at both the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi as a member of the USOC staff and has attended the International Olympic Academy twice in Olympia, Greece in May 2014 and 2015.



John Gleaves
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton
Conference Chair International Association for the Philosophy of Sport

John Gleaves is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology with a research focus on ethical and historical issues relating to performance-enhancing drugs in sports, gender issues in sport, and amateurism in the Olympic Movement. He is also the co-director for the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research (CSSOR) and the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research (INHDR). In 2008, he attended the International Olympic Academy’s Postgraduate Seminar.


Thomas Hunt 
Assistant Professor & Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
Thomas M. Hunt, J.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds an appointment as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. With research interests that include sport law, history, and international relations, Dr. Hunt has published articles in the Journal of Sport History, the International Journal of the History of Sport, and Olympika: The Journal of Olympic Studies, among others. His book Drug Games: The International Olympic Committee and the Politics of Doping, 1960-2008 was published in January 2011 by the University of Texas Press.


Brenda Villa 
Four-time Olympian, Water Polo
Brenda Villa is the most decorated athlete in the world of
women’s water polo having brought home a medal from every Olympic appearance, including a gold in 2012, silver in 2008 and 2000, and bronze in 2004. She captained the squads in 2008
and 2012, and was named FINA Magazine’s Female Water Polo Player of the Decade (2000-10). She recently retired from the sport and currently coaches various levels of water polo and is co-founder of Project 2020 which aims to help kids gain access at low cost to aquatic programming. 


Wayne Wilson 
Vice President, Communications & Education, LA84 Foundation
Wayne Wilson is vice president, communications & education at the LA84 Foundation, where he initiated the foundation’s digital sports library, a leading resource for Olympic researchers.
Wilson is the co-editor of Doping in Elite Sport: the Politics of Drugs in the Olympic Movement and executive producer of An Olympic Journey: the Story of Women in the Olympic Games, an interactive museum installation. He served on the research council of the IOC Olympic Studies Research Centre and worked at three Olympic Games as a member of NBC’s research staff. Wilson is a recipient of the International Society of Olympic Historians Lifetime Award.