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Smith Appointed to USA Field Hockey Board of Directors as Independent Director

Jan. 19, 2021, 12:08 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following the December meeting, USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce and welcome Christie Smith to the Board of Directors. Smith will serve on the board through 2024 in the role as an Independent Director.


“We would like to welcome Christie to the Board of Directors as an Independent Director,” said Bree Gillespie, USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors Chair. “Christie brings a wealth of experience and board service to her role with USA Field Hockey. We look forward to working together on various aspects of our diversity, equity and inclusion work as well as the important strategy work of the Board.”       


Smith has an extensive background in human resources, especially in the department of diversity, inclusion and equity, having previously served as the Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity at Apple, Inc., holding that role for three years. Smith was recently appointed the Senior Managing Director of Accenture Strategy & Consulting where she will lead and expand the transformational change offerings that address the complex change management challenges facing CEOs, C-suits and Boards. She will also lead Accenture’s Inclusion + Diversity practice focused on helping clients address this essential element of today’s modern workforce.


Aside from her professional career, Smith enjoys sport and has been heavily involved throughout her life. She was a three-sport athlete in high school at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, N.J. having played basketball, field hockey and lacrosse. She went on to play field hockey collegiately at Loyola College (’86) (now Loyola University Maryland), where she was a captain for the Hounds her junior and senior seasons. Smith was involved in USA Field Hockey’s Olympic Development Pathway before injuries ended her playing days, but she has since returned to her high school alumna mater and coached both field hockey and lacrosse for a few years.


Smith also is an active triathlon athlete, having competed in the 70.3 event and has done up to five events a year. Also, for five years, she was a golf professional, where she played on a mini-tour and qualified for some Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) events.


“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the team at USA Field Hockey,” commented Smith. “As a lifelong athlete, field hockey was my first love in sports and to be able to serve the sport at this level is a dream come true.”


Smith earned her doctorate in philosophy and clinical social work from New York University in 1995. She is also an Independent Board Member for Endo International Pic, an organization that operates a pharmaceutical company. She lives in Seattle, Wash. with her wife and their two children.


Five current USA Field Hockey Board of Directors member had their terms extended. Lauren Crandall, Athlete Director and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Athlete Advisory Committee Alternate Representative; Alexi Grassi, Athlete Director; Richard Hayden, Coach Representative; Karissa Niehoff, Amateur Sports Organization Representative; and Jeanne O’Brien, Officials’ Representative, will all serve through 2024.


USA Field Hockey would also like to thank Kathleen Schiller for completing her term on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors. Schiller joined the board with a wealth of marketing, business development and management knowledge in 2017 as an Independent Director and the Foundations Liaison.


“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Kathy Schiller for her Board service,” said Gillespie. “Kathy has a heart of gold and is a dedicated advocate for field hockey. She has given an inordinate amount of time to the sport overall, but more specifically directly to the men’s and junior men’s programming over the course of the last number of years. Kathy, it has been a pleasure working with you and we are sincerely grateful for what you have and continue to give to the sport.”


Please join USA Field Hockey in welcoming Smith to the Board of Directors.