USA Roller Sports



USARS would like to announce Ricci Porter-Kmetz has agreed to join us as the new Speed Advisor starting in October. The position of Speed Advisor is new to USARS and is designed to bring a continuity between the board and the volunteer speed committee by providing a permanent committee member to assist with policy and procedures as well as marketing and to communicate with the members.  Ricci brings an exceptional sport-specific leadership ability with her experience as an athlete, coach, Team USA manager, and sport administrator.  Along with that background, Ricci also has a degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Media Studies.  This education with a strong branding and communications background through magazine editing as well as in-person promotions for various companies will help in stepping up our communications with the membership.  

At the close of the posted date for the Speed Advisor, there were 15 applicants, one of which withdrew after submission. The candidates were asked seven questions, in addition to submitting a brief synopsis of their involvement within the sport. The responses to the seven questions were blindly distributed to the review panel. All personal information was redacted so that the applicants were judged solely off of their responses to the seven questions. The review committee each ranked their top 3-4 candidates and submitted those separately to President Kay Gallatin.

From those rankings, the top five candidates were asked to respond to four additional scenario type questions during a 25-30 minute telephone interview. These candidates all offered excellent ideas and a solid foundational platform. I want to say thank you to the committee, John Fearnow, Trace Hansen, Heidi Permatteo, Eric Steele, Megan Schuller and Kay Gallatin, for taking the time for these very important interviews.   

Please welcome Ricci in her new role and we look forward to seeing some great communications coming from her in the near future.  Ricci can be reached at