Council Members

USA Diving has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council consisting of staff members, athletes, coaches and thought leaders. These individuals are working together to address diversity, equity and inclusion as they impact USA Diving and its members and to help identify opportunities for improvement.

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Manny Pollard, Council Chair

Manny is a former Division 1 Diver for the University of Minnesota and the current head coach of University of Illinois Diving. As a member of both the Black and LGBTQIA+ community, Manny has worked tirelessly to advocate for more inclusivity within the diving community and greater sports community.

Max Showalter, Council Vice Chair

Max is a former D1 athlete for Purdue University, current High Performance Squad member, and an energetic activist in the LGBTQIA+ community.Maxworks as a social media strategist in San Francisco CA, and currently moderates the USA diving podcast “The Lineup”.

Emily Richmond, Council Secretary

Emily Richmond, MPH is a former collegiate diver and NCAA DI diving coach, currently serving as a FINA-certified official for USA Diving and competing in Masters diving. Emily works as a regulatory strategy consultant in the healthcare field and lives in San Francisco, California. 

Dr. Atira Charles

Dr. Atira Charles is CEO of The Charles Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, and wellness. Additionally, she is a trainer and expert for BiaSync. Dr. Charles is a highly sought out speaker for conferences and events focused on diversity, business, wellness, and education.  She is also a TedX speaker and has an insightful talk entitled "Rethinking Diversity & Inclusion as a Health Dilemma". Her work has been featured in magazines, such as Black Enterprise Magazine and ESSENCE. In 2016 she was nominated by The Obama White House as a "Change Maker" for the State of the Woman Summit.

Diane Maiese

Diane is in her 30th year of coaching diving and is one of the only Black Female diving coaches. During her career she has coached at the University of Denver, LaSalle University, and University of Richmond. While at LaSalle, she was named Atlantic 10 Diving Coach of the Year five times.

Diane is the head coach and founder of DiveRVA – a nonprofit dive club that wants to bring the sport of diving to everyone. She is also currently the head diving coach at The Collegiate School, The Steward School, and Trinity Episcopal School. In her first three years with Collegiate she was named VISAA Diving Coach of the Year. As a diver, Diane was a NCAA National Champion and a four-time All-American at The College of New Jersey.

 

John Fox

John is the Head Coach of Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie, GA. Prior to his time in Moultrie, Coach Fox dove for the University of Kentucky and went on to continue his education with the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. There, he earned a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Sports Business Management while studying under the Diversity and Inclusion expert Dr. Richard Lapchick.

Joelle Williams

Joelle, of Erie, PA, is currently an undergraduate student at Marshall University, majoring in Public Relations. Williams started diving at age 14 and now competes as an NCAA Division-I collegiate athlete at Marshall University. In addition, she is the founder of Black Girls Diving, a social media campaign that celebrates women of color in the sport of diving.

 

Kelly Fox

Kelly is the Director of Marketing and Communications for USA Diving. Prior to joining USA Diving, Kelly served as the Manager of Marketing and Communications for USA Cycling. Kelly is a Community Ambassador for Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice and a member of ACES (Association of Chief Executives for Sport) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices Group.

Kristen Hayden

Kristen Hayden, is originally from Hillsborough, New Jersey. She has been diving for 12 years and is also a member of USA Diving's Tier 1 High Performance Squad. She is majoring in communications and hopes to become a television broadcaster after diving

Lee Michaud

Lee, President of USA Diving, began diving at age 10, dove at University of Michigan while completing his BS in Kinesiology. During his diving career, he was a four-time NCAA All-American, multi-time National Champion and a five-time member of USA Diving’s National Team. Since he joined the organization in March 2020, creating initiatives for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the sport of diving has been a top priority. Over the past several months, Lee has been a participant in several working groups within the Olympic movement focused on facilitating change and progress regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in sport.

Mike Wright

Mike is the Head Coach of the Tennessee Aquatics Diving Club. He is serving on USA Diving's council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to give back what the sport has provided to him. 

"Being the first African American to win a USA Diving National Title changed my life in many ways. USA Diving has opened doors, help build relationships and created a family atmosphere on many levels. Using my platform, experience and education I plan to give back to the sport by educating those who may not typically be exposed to our sport. Equality for all is the standard, Inclusion for all is the goal!"

 
Yannick Kluch

Dr. Yannick Kluch, Ph.D

Dr. Yannick Kluch is an assistant professor for sports communication and media with a focus on sports, diversity, inclusion and social justice at Rowan University, where he also serves as the Lead Faculty Consultant in the Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact. Dr. Kluch frequently serves as a consultant on diversity, equity, and inclusion in sport and has worked on projects with national impact for organizations such as the NCAA.