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USAV Board Meeting Recap, Director Election Results

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@ussav.org) | May 29, 2020, 1:23 p.m. (ET)

Tri Bourne
Tri Bourne is one of three new USA Volleyball Board of Directors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 29, 2020) – USA Volleyball held its first virtual board meeting on May 21 with all 17 board members able to participate remotely.

The Board held a thorough discussion on the impact COVID19 has had on the organization, the staff, the 40 Region Volleyball Associations, international athletes in all disciplines as well as the individual members of USA Volleyball.

A draft of the 2021-24 USA Volleyball strategic plan was introduced to the Board members. A group of staff and board members will review it closely in the next few weeks with a final plan ready for the September board meeting.

In other actions during the board meeting, three director election results were announced. Tri Bourne has been elected to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors as its male beach athlete representative effective July 1, while Steve Bishop and Donna Donaghy have been reelected to the Board representing beach development and the Regional Volleyball Association Assembly, respectively. All three will serve through June 30, 2024.

“A special thanks to Todd Rogers for his eight years of service on the board of directors,” USA Volleyball Board Chair Cecile Reynaud following Rogers’ final board meeting. “He did an excellent job of representing the male beach players. We are looking forward to having Tri Bourne join us at our next meeting this fall. Donna Donaghy and Steve Bishop have been an integral part of the USA Volleyball board during their first terms. We welcome them back for another four years of service.”

Tri Bourne – Male Beach Athlete Director

Tri BourneTri Bourne, the 2014 FIVB World Tour Rookie of the Year in 2014, has reached the podium in eight international tournaments including three gold medals. On the domestic AVP Tour, he earned AVP Team of the Year in 2015 after being selected AVP Best Offensive Player in 2014 and AVP Rookie of the Year and AVP Most Improved Player in 2013.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the Male Beach representative for the USA Volleyball Board of Directors,” Bourne said. “I’ve been a part of USAV in one way or another for nearly half my life, so I’m excited to get the opportunity to give back to an organization that has given me so much. I’m looking forward to learning a lot and getting to know my fellow athletes on a whole new level.”

Bourne has served on USA Volleyball’s International Athletics Assembly Administrative Council since 2017. He competed indoor for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011 after coming up through the indoor High Performance pipeline. Bourne is founder and co-host of the SANDCAST podcast since 2018. He has founded the Bourne on the Beach Kids Clinic in Honolulu in 2015.

Bourne graduated from University of Southern California in 2011 where he majored in public policy, management and planning. He helped the Trojans finish second in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship.

Steve Bishop – Beach Development Director

Steve BishopSteve Bishop was selected to the Board in August 2019 and is completing the remaining term that expires on June 30. He 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.

“It is an honor to continue my service on the USA Volleyball board of directors and more importantly to be re-elected by the newly recommissioned USAV Beach Assembly,” Bishop said. “I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of the beach community during these challenging times. As we look ahead to the future, there is still great potential for beach volleyball growth in numerous market sectors here in the United States. I’m particularly interested to see what development opportunities we can create for high school (boys and girls), collegiate men and beach ParaVolley. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our great sport!”

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 serves as president and board chair of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. He is 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.

Donna Donaghy – Regional Volleyball Association Director

Donna DonaghyDonna Donaghy, who has been elected to her second four-year term, has been the commissioner/chief executive officer of the Northern California Region since 1994. She has been involved in the NCVA region board since 1989.

“I was excited to hear I was elected for another term as the RVAA Representative to the USAV Board of Directors,” Donaghy said. “This gives me the opportunity to help all involved in our great sport during these trying times. I look forward to working with all of you. Stay safe and healthy. Thank you again for the opportunity.”

Donaghy has chaired the RVA Stakeholders Relationship Committee and worked as the comptroller at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships. She is a member of the Beach Assembly Administrative Council and previously served on the USAV Governance Committee as associate chair.

A past indoor and outdoor player, Donaghy was also certified as a junior national official until retiring from the referee stand a few years ago.

Donaghy 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 Sierra National 18s Qualifier and the No Dinx/NCVA Far Western Qualifier – one of the largest girls national qualifiers.

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