Board of Directors Bios

Steve Bishop | Beach Development | June 30, 2020

Steve Bishop has served as executive director and president of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball since 2005 where he has strived to bring attention to all facets of the game, whether beach, indoor or sitting volleyball for both genders.

Bishop is the founder and venue director of Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball Complex. The 21-court facility with a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse in Florida has hosted many regional, national and international events.

Bishop also serves as president and board chair of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame with a mission of ensuring the top players and leaders from around the world are recognized for their accomplishments. He is also a member of the USA Volleyball Sitting Volleyball Commission. Bishop is a member of the AVCA High School All-American Beach Selection Committee.

Bishop has been honored by USA Volleyball on numerous occasions. He was chosen as a George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball in 2019 after being tabbed with the 2016 USA Volleyball Karen M. Johnson Human Resources Award. In 2010, he was presented with USA Volleyball’s Meritorious Service Award.

Dain Blanton | Beach At-Large | June 30, 2023

Dain Blanton was the United States’ first two-time male beach volleyball Olympian. He partnered with Eric Fonoimoana to win gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games after the pair was seeded ninth in the tournament. Blanton returned for his second Olympics by partnering with Jeff Nygaard at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Blanton is among just a handful of beach volleyball players to have won an NCAA title in college, an Olympic gold medal and multiple professional tour titles. He was a 1994 AVCA All-American honorable mention while at Pepperdine University where he lettered from 1991 to 1994 including a NCAA men’s indoor title in 1992. As a pro, Blanton won 11 beach tournaments (nine on the AVP Tour and two on the FIVB tour) while pocketing $725,000 in winnings.

Blanton recently accepted the position of head women’s beach volleyball coach at University of Southern California after serving as a volunteer coach for the USC from 2015-18. The Women of Troy won the 2015 AVCA national crown followed by the 2016 and 2017 NCAA championships during his volunteer tenure.

Blanton served as a color analyst and sideline reporter for ESPN during the 2019 season, covering the NCAA beach championship for ESPN and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship on the Olympic Channel. He also covered beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympic Games for NBC.

Donna Donaghy | Regional Volleyball Association | June 30, 2020

Donna Donaghy has been the commissioner/chief executive officer of the Northern California Region since 1994 and been involved in the NCVA region board for more than 32 years. She was an adult indoor and outdoor player, also certified as a Junior National Official though now retired. Donaghy has chaired the RVA Compliance Committee for the last eight years and worked as the comptroller at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships for 10 years. She was recently voted associate chair of the USAV Governance Committee. She has worked as an event arbitrator on and off for several years. Besides running several events in convention centers within her region, she runs the Boys Far Western Bid Tournament, the Golden State 18s Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Far Western Qualifier – one of the largest girls national qualifiers. Donaghy has been instrumental in growing the sport in Northern California. Not only does NCVA run adult and junior programs, the region has teams in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) as well as a sitting team at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships.

David Eldridge | Independent | June 30, 2021

David Eldridge’s professional career has centered around government-related positions where he has used his skills as an attorney to go along with business administration. In 2015 he founded his own law practice which focuses on government relations, research and legal representation. Eldridge served as legislative counsel in the Illinois Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs from 2013-2015 and was senior policy advisor to the Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) from 2011-2012 among his many professional roles.

Eldridge, who was an officer in the United States Navy Reserves from 2002-2010, graduated from Tulane University Law School with a juris doctorate degree after earning a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in business administration from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Kristin Fasbender | High Performance | June 30, 2021

Kristin Fasbender has 15 years of championships experience at the NCAA. She has served the organization’s associate director of championships since 2007 after holding the title of assistant director of championships from 1999 to 2007. She is in her fifth year as the lead administrator for the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. She also heads the administration of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships. Overall, Fasbender has been involved with 13 different sports in her tenure at the NCAA, including both NCAA Division I and II Women’s Volleyball. As part of her responsibilities, Fasbender works with the sport committees for each of these sports, providing leadership as they review the landscape of their sports and what can be done to enhance the experience for NCAA student-athletes. She also collaborates closely with the coaches associations for the respective sports, including the AVCA.

Dave Gentile | Junior Indoor | June 30, 2022

Dave Gentile, who previously served on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors from 2005 to 2012, founded Mid-America Volleyball (MAVS) in November 1993 and served as executive director of the youth volleyball club through September 2012. He started the club with one team and grew the program to 28 teams with year-round programming for youth development to become the largest and one of the most successful volleyball clubs in the Kansas City Region. Gentile has also played a key role as the business advisor, consultant and coach for MAVS the past four years.

Gentile has participated on the Heart of America Region board of directors. He was elected as vice president of USA Volleyball’s Juniors Division in 2005 and served in that position through 2012. He returned to the same role in 2018. Gentile retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City as its president and chief executive officer in September 2014 after starting with the company in 1979. After serving three years at Healthscape Advisors LLC as senior advisor and director of its Thought Leadership Center, he has served as managing partner of LifeCare Strategic Services LLC since October 2017.

Sara Hughes | Beach Athlete | June 30, 2022

Sara Hughes is currently one of the top beach athletes in the U.S. and the world. With partner Summer Ross, she qualified for the 2018 FIVB World Tour Finals, tying for seventh, in the team's first season together. They are currently the highest ranked U.S. team in the world, sitting at No. 9, and won their first FIVB World Tour gold medal at the Moscow four-star event in August 2018. Hughes, 23, and Ross also won bronze at the four-star event in Portugal in July.

The California native won the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship with USC in 2016 and 2017. She made her professional debut at the 2011 Jose Cuervo Tour Manhattan Beach, finishing 17th with Caitlin Racich. Hughes has played in eight youth FIVB World Championships, finishing in the Top 25 each time, Top 5 five times, and bronze twice with Kelly Claes. She and Claes also won the gold medal at the 2016 World University Games. In 2017, she was the FIVB Top Rookie.

Hughes has a degree in business administration from USC.

 

Elizabeth King | Independent | June 30, 2022

Elizabeth King is an accomplished human resources executive with extensive experience, including shaping organization team culture and building a global shared services organization at a well-respected Fortune 500 company and brand. Her strengths are in strategic planning, acquisition and leadership of high potential talent, succession planning and development, performance management, employee relations, diversity & inclusion, shared services leadership, and consulting experience in both human resources and information technology (IT).

King served as Starbucks’ vice president of global shared services from 2008 to 2017, and has since transitioned into private business by establishing Elizabeth M. King Consulting, LLC. As managing director of her consulting company, she has hand-selected clients providing human resources shared services consultation and executive coaching services. King has progressively stepped through the employment ranks with companies such as IBM Global Services, Eckerd Drug Company and Macy’s.

Cassidy Lichtman | Indoor Athlete | June 30, 2023

Cassidy Lichtman came up through USA Volleyball’s High Performance program and was selected to senior-level national teams from 2011 to 2015. She won gold twice in 2015 at the Pan American Cup and Pan American Games, her seventh and eighth time reaching the podium with Team USA. Lichtman also played professionally in Poland, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, France and China outside of her National Team career. .

She was selected AVCA All-America First-Team in 2009 and 2010, capping a four-year career at Stanford University. She was a versatile athlete having played multiple positions in her career at various times including setter, outside hitter, opposite and defensive specialist. Lichtman was named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American as a senior in 2010 and went on to graduate in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master of arts degree in history a year later..

Lichtman helped power the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship. She started playing club volleyball in 2000 with San Diego Volleyball Club 12-1.

She created her own volleyball clinic series called Play with a Purpose in which all money went to the Ronald McDonald House. She herself overcame many physical challenges as a youngster. At age nine, Lichtman was told she would never be able to walk against because of unrelenting pain in her left leg. She battled through the chronic pain to become an outstanding collegiate and international volleyball player.

Dave Peixoto | Regional Volleyball Association | June 30, 2022

Dave Peixoto has been a member of the New England Region Volleyball Association (NERVA) since taking up volleyball in 1981. He founded Coastal Volleyball Club in 1989 and became a member of the NERVA Juniors Board of Directors. Prior to becoming the NERVA commissioner in 2011, Peixoto has served the region’s Juniors Board as scheduler, treasurer and girls’ division coordinator. As the NERVA commissioner, he serves on the RVAA insurance committee and the SafeSport committee.

Peixoto, who also serves on the International Volleyball Hall of Fame board of directors, lives in New Bedford, Mass., with his wife Lori. He has two grown daughters who are still involved in volleyball.

Brent Rasmussen | Paralympic Athlete | June 30, 2022

Brent Rasmussen is president of Mortgage Specialists, LLC, based in Omaha, Neb. Prior to that, he was a senior loan officer for Regent Financial Group for three years. Rasmussen played on the U.S. Men's Sitting Volleyball Team from 2003 to 2011 and competed in the 2004 Paralympics, as well as multiple World Sitting Volleyball Championships and Parapan American Games. Rasmussen is the first sitting athlete in the board's history, the position being adopted after USAV became the NGB for sitting volleyball in 2014.

Cecile Reynaud | Coach | June 30, 2021

Cecile Reynaud, elected chair of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on June 22, 2019, served as head coach at Florida State University from 1976 to 2001 and earned her Ph.D. in athletic administration from Florida State. She served as a faculty member in the Sport Management Department at FSU from 2002-2015.

A member of USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) cadre since 1988, she is a highly sought speaker and clinician with numerous written publications to her credit. Reynaud was an International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) instructor from 1999 to 2006 and was the deputy competition manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Prior to her current tenure on the USA Volleyball board, Reynaud previously served on on the board from 1985 to 1997, including part of the USAV executive committee from 1992 to 1996.

She is currently a member of the USA Volleyball Personnel Committee. She has served on various USA Volleyball Committees including the All-Time Great Coaches Selection Committee (2001-present), Foundation’s Education Grant Review Committee (2006-present), Special Commission on the Participant Safety (2010-present) and Paralympic High Performance Commission (2013-present). Reynaud held the position of president of the American Volleyball Coaches Associations (AVCA) from 1989-1990 with two stints on its board of directors (1986-1991 and 2006 to present).

Todd Rogers | Beach Athlete | June 30, 2020

Todd Rogers, who is also a member of the USA Volleyball Audit, Finance & Budget Committee, is a two-time Olympic Games selection, highlighted by winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games with partner Phil Dalhausser. He has career earnings of more than $2 million that includes 24 FIVB victories, two NORCECA victories and 54 domestic victories.

Known for his defense, he was tabbed FIVB Best Defensive Player four times between 2006 and 2010 along with FIVB Best Setter in 2005. Rogers and Dalhausser were selected FIVB Team of the Year in 2010 after winning the FIVB Tour Champion award with nine tour titles. The duo also set a FIVB record in 2010 for most wins in a season. He and Dalhausser won the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2007 and were AVP Crocs Cup Champions in 2006 and 2007. Rogers played collegiate indoor volleyball at UC Santa Barbara where he ranks second in both digs and assists and was a two-time All-American selection.

CiCi Rojas | Independent | June 30, 2023

CiCi Rojas, from Kansas City, is a senior level executive with proven success driving results in groundbreaking initiatives and strategies, in emerging markets, across business, government and nonprofit sectors. She has led and managed high performance governance boards comprised of prominent volunteer leaders, representing the diverse industries, interests and community organizations that play a significant role in the Kansas City business community.

Rojas is co-creator of Tico Productions LLC/Tico Sports where she has served as president and partner since February 2017. She manages the market development and operations for Tico Sports, Spanish broadcasting platforms and sports team’s relationships. Rojas established Spanish broadcast partnerships with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, the Oakland Raiders in 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Jose Sharks and Kansas University in the last two years.

Rojas served as the president and chief executive officer for the Central Exchange from February 2013 to February 2017. She managed the region’s largest women’s business association with 1,000-plus members, focused on the professional and leadership development of women in the Kansas City community.

As the vice president for community engagement with Truman Medical Centers (TMC) from January 2010 to February 2013, Rojas launched and directed the community Engagement Division that served as the umbrella group providing direction and administrative responsibilities for human resources, community outreach and employee wellness among other areas. She initiated and executed a wellness program that led TMC to be recognized three years in a row by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the Healthiest Employers, by Kansas City Business Magazine with the 2012 Employee Empowerment Award, and was recipient of the National Minority Health Quality Award for Community Outreach Programming.

After holding the position of president and chief executive officer at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City from February 2000 to May 2005, she held a similar position with the Great Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from June 2006 to May 2009. Rojas was vice president of strategic alliances and special projects for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from May 2005 to June 2005.

Among her many individual honors include Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 and 2016 Kansas City Business Journal Power 100 List, 2013 Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation Woman of the Year, NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, Girl Scout Pearl Award and Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Advocate of the Year.

Kawika Shoji | Indoor Athlete | June 30, 2021

Kawika Shoji, a 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, has earned gold medals at the 2015 FIVB World Cup and the 2014 FIVB World League. He also earned bronze at the 2015 FIVB World League. In one of his first tournaments playing at the senior level, Shoji served as captain of the 2011 Pan American Cup that finished second.

Shoji graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a degree in political science. As a senior, he led the Cardinal to the NCAA Men’s National Collegiate Championship title as he was named the AVCA Division I-II Men’s Player of the Year.

Before joining the U.S. Men’s National Team and Stanford, Shoji was entrenched into the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. He was the starting setter on the 2006 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Men’s U21 Continental Championship. Shoji then switched to the libero uniform as the libero on the 2007 U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished seventh at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship. He got his first taste of international competition at the 2004 NORCECA Men’s 19 Continental Championship as he earned Best Setter in leading the U.S. Boys Youth National Team to the gold medal.

George Thompson | Treasurer | June 30, 2020

George Thompson is the Managing Partner of Thompson Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm. Securities are offered through Securities Service Network, Inc. member of FINRA/SIPC.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts in business communications and a professional designation in personal financial planning from UCLA. He is the author of multiple books, including: Millionaires in Training: The Wealth Builder, Set-4-Life: The Diary of a Champion, and co-author of The Total Package: The Keys to Acquiring Wealth and Walking in Divine Health.

Thompson is a frequent public speaker on the topic of financial stewardship and has presented to national audiences. He is very active in the community, and currently sits on the Los Angeles Urban League Board and serves as interim president for LAUL Young professional. Has served as treasurer for the National Urban League Young Professionals (2004-2007) and president of Los Angeles Urban League Young Professional (2003-2005).

He is the pastor of finance and stewardship at Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC) under the direction of Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer. His mission is to teach and empower every believer to be good stewards over their time, talent and treasures.

From 1988-1991 he was the starting setter for volleyball powerhouse Pepperdine University under legendary Hall of Fame coach Marv Dunphy and earned a gold medal at the 1991 Olympic Festival.