USA Badminton is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The directors are elected for four year terms.

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:


Years of term


Ben Lee (San Jose, CA)


Chair, At-Large Director

Jon Schmieder (Phoenix, AZ)


Independent Director

Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA) 2018-2020 

Independent Director

Yucca Rieschel (Seattle, WA)


Independent Director

David Simon (Los Angeles, CA) 


Independent Director

Daniel Mehr(Ann Arbor, MI)


At-Large Director

Ray Ng (Sunnyvale, CA)


Technical Official Director

Nibu Paul (Plano, TX)                   2019-2020

Coaching Director

Kyle Emerick (Orange, CA)


Athlete Director

Rena Wang (Arcadia, CA)


Athlete Director

Amy Burnett (Nashville, Tennessee)
 2019-2022 Para Athlete Director 


Board members may be contacted through the USA Badminton National Office at:

Tel:       714-765-2952
Or mail in care of:
USA Badminton
2099 S. State College Blvd., STE 600
Anaheim, CA 92806

Ben Lee (San Jose, CA)
Ben Lee is a Lee was a US Olympian in the initial games that featured badminton, the 1992 Barcelona Games. He was a nine-time US Men’s Doubles Champion and two-time USOC Badminton Athlete of the Year. For his accomplishments, Lee was inducted into the US Badminton Walk of Fame. After retiring in 1994, Lee moved on to coaching top US players, including the head coach for the US at the 2012 London Olympics. Following his time as an international athlete, Lee was the General Manager of Asby Sports and the Marketing Director of Sheikh Shoes. He then spent 15 years with the Palo Alto Police Department. He has served on the Board of the Palo Alto Police Officer’s Association and the USAB Athlete Advisory Council. Lee has founded and is the co-owner of Golden Gate Badminton, the Bay Badminton Academy and the Synergy Badminton Academy.

Jon Schmieder (Phoenix, AZ) 
Jon Schmieder is the Founder of the Huddle Up Group LLC.  He has over 20 years of experience leading sports tourism and events organizations through strategic growth and increased community collaboration.  His direct experience in the sports tourism industry includes having held senior leadership roles with three different sports commissions: Phoenix, Tulsa, and Denver. Schmieder brings a wealth of experience in sports tourism and economic development having also served as senior-level staff for the Senior Olympic Games and Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading.

Schmieder served as Chairman of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) and was on the organization’s Executive Committee for six years.  While he served as the President of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, the NASC chose the organization as the 2012 Large Market Sports Commission of the Year. Schmieder was also named 2012 CEO of the Year by the Phoenix Chapter of the Organization of Non-Profit Executives, and in 2016 was named a Game Changer Award Winner by Connect Sports. 

During his sports industry career, Schmieder and his work teams hosted events that generated over $1.3 billion in direct visitor spending.
Schmieder holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Arizona.  He also holds a master's degree in higher education leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is a part-time doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix.

Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA) 

Yucca Rieschelhas (Seattle, WA)
Yucca Rieschelhas spent the past 20 plus years living in Japan, the U.S., and China. During that time, she led the Rieschel family donations to numerous non-profit organizations, including the Los Gatos Education Foundation, All Stars Helping Kids, Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Sunshine House, The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, Wisdom in Action/Unsung Heroes of Compassion, One Heart Worldwide Foundation, and Machik.  She was on the board of One Heart (women and babies health care), and is now a trustee of the USOPF, the USOC sport ambassador for badminton, on the board of Big Sky Youth Empowerment, The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, in addition to her work at Machik (Tibetan community education and entrepreneurship.) Most recently she has been working with Mark Johnson, worldwide History Teacher of the Year, to translate and organize letters from traditional Chinese to English that were left behind by some of the earliest Chinese immigrants to the United States (Montana) in the 1800s. Yucca has a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University, where she was the top ranked student the school of economics.

David Simon (Los Angeles, CA)
David Simon is Senior Advisor to the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. His badminton background dates to the early 1990’s when he was a three-time organizer of the annual U.S. Open tournament. A few years later he was responsible for the successful bid to bring the 2005 Badminton World Championships to Anaheim--still the only world championships ever held in the United States. 

Simon served as Board Chair of USA Badminton from 2016-2018 and has an extensive background in international sports. He is currently Vice President of the World Union of Olympic Cities and the Co-Chair of CityAccord for the annual SportAccord Convention. His resume includes service as President of two Los Angeles Olympic bids and as a past Chair of the USOC International Relations Committee. In lists published in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal, he has been recognized as one of the area's most influential sports executives. 

Daniel Mehr (Ann Arbor, MI)
Daniel (Dan) Mehr is a Mechanical Engineer at General Motors, working on small SUV suspension design. Dan came to General Motors to work on Hybrid Battery technology after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was active with the University’s Badminton Club, serving in multiple leadership roles including as its president in 2007 and 2008. While at Wisconsin, Dan served as tournament director from 2005-2008 for the Club’s multitude of events, including the Midwest Collegiate Championships and the Madison Open. Dan guided the Wisconsin Club team to three consecutive regional team championships as team Captain/Manager. Since moving to Michigan in 2008, Dan continues to run tournaments in the Midwest, has become a regionally certified umpire and in 2014 was elected President of the Region 2 (Midwest Badminton Association) Board. Recently, Dan was appointed to USAB’s Inter Regional Council (IRC). Dan holds a Masters of Engineering in Energy Systems degree from the University of Michigan and is currently enrolled in Michigan’s Ross School of Business as an MBA student. Dan lives and plays badminton in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Ray Ng (Sunnyvale, CA) 
Ray Ng is the IT program manager, staff at Lam Research Corp. and has been working in the information technology area for more than 30 years in various functional areas. He is currently focusing on the SAP application development.

Ray has been involved in USA Badminton since 2007 and currently serves as the Technical Director. He is a USA Badminton certified National Referee and Umpire, serving at many adult and junior tournaments. In addition, he is a member of the High Performance Advisory Group. Ng recruits and trains numerous umpires, many of whom are on track to be Pan American and Badminton World Federation Accreditation/Certificate Umpires. In addition to his experience as a technical official, Ng has also led and/or coached USA Badminton teams to the 2011 Indonesia Tangkas Junior Tournament, the 2010 World Junior Championships, the 2009-10 Junior Pan American Championships, and, since 2013, the World University Games/Championships. 

Ng was a member of the 1979 World University Games basketball team and received his MSBA degree from San Francisco State University in 1986. Ray also enjoys playing badminton and travelling in his spare time.

Nibu Paul (Plano, Texas)

Kyle Emerick (Orange, California)
Kyle is currently the Chair of the USA Badminton Athletes Advisory council and represents all USA Badminton Athletes. He picked up badminton by chance freshman year of high school and instantly fell in love. He became one of the best players from his school and decided after high school to take badminton more seriously. In his junior career he ended up winning Boys doubles in Jr Nationals in 2008-2009. In 2011 he traveled the USA competing in national tournaments and won 4 out of 5 national Men’s Doubles titles. He has also been a national team member, which includes Pan American Team Championships, Thomas Cup and Sudirman Cup Teams. He has been a Mixed/Men’s Doubles finalist in Adults Nationals multiple times and also a Ken Davidson Sportsmanship award recipient. He has coached at numerous high schools over his badminton career, as well at private badminton clubs throughout California. He currently works full time at Albertsons, trains daily and also works at Whole Foods Market. He is best known for his attitude, enthusiasm, and big smile when he competes fiercely on court. With his unique and eclectic background in badminton, he is excited to use his passion and knowledge to help badminton players from all walks of life as an Athlete Board of Director.

Rena Wang (Arcadia, CA) 
Rena started playing badminton at the age of 11, but with passion and persistence, she quickly developed into an elite player, winning back-to-back singles and doubles titles at the 2008 and 2009 Junior Pan American Championships. She gradually became one of America’s top players, first competing on the National team and in 2012, becoming the youngest U.S. badminton player to compete at the Olympics. Since then, Rena has dedicated time towards adaptive badminton and community outreach programs through SCOPE and Ready Set Gold. Currently, she is pursuing a masters in public health and interested in applying her MPH training to improve athlete policy and rights. As your new USOC AAC Rep, she plans to serve the best interests of players and aims to promote inclusion and equity within the sport.

Amy Burnett (Nashville, Tennessee)
Amy Burnett is currently a Para Athlete on Team USA’s Para Badminton team and plays in the Wheelchair I Division. She is the first wheelchair athlete on Team USA and has represented the USA in many countries.Her career high, as an athlete, is being selected to represent her country in the 2019 Para Pan Am Games. She is also the Para Badminton Athlete Representative on the USA’s Badminton High Performance Advisory Group (HPAG). Through this volunteer position she is helping ensure that USAB and the United States Olympic Committee decisions and rules are fair and safe for the Para athletes. As the newly appointed Para Athlete Representative Board Member for USAB, she represents the first time USAB has a Para Athlete on the Board. When not playing badminton, Amy volunteers her time to Permobil Inc, Fashion is for Every Body, Empower Tennessee's Special Event Advisory Committee, United Spinal Association, Challenged Athlete Foundation and the Kelly Brush Foundation.  Demonstrated by her involvement with different organizations, Amy loves giving back to others by talking about living with disability and overcoming adversity.

USAB Committee Chairs

Audit Chair – Patty Pflaging

Ethics/Judicial Chair – Chris Hales

Nominating and Governance Chair – Jenny Chan