USA Weightlifting Board of Directors 

The Board has requested that all suggestions, and complaints that have not been resolved by the National Office staff, be sent to  In this way, the Board and CEO, as a group, can consider these issues. If you have a matter that pertains only to a particular Board member, individual members can be reached at the emails listed below.

The USAW Board as of March 9, 2020. 

Paula Aranda
Chair of the Board
Seattle, WA
Development Commission Member, International Weightlifting Federation.
A former national level athlete, Aranda has become active in Weightlifting worldwide, attending to support the Asian Championships, Asian Indoor Games and has trained for the sport overseas. Aranda, who works at Microsoft, is currently serving her first term as an Independent member.


Jenny Schumacher

Vice-Chair of the Board
Grassroots Member
Pleasant Grove, UT

Vice Chair of the Board

Schumacher is currently the Head Coach of Proven Strength Weightlifting and represents the interests of USA Weightlifting clubs on the Board of Directors. Schumacher is a Registered Nurse professionally. She is also a National Referee, and has served on the USA Weightlifting Technical Committee, and served as Competition Secretary for national USA Weightlifting events. Schumacher spends significant time professionally in Switzerland, speaking fluent French. Schumacher is currently serving her first term as Grassroots representative.


Phil Andrews

USA Weightlifting
Chief Executive Officer 
and General Secretary

London, England

Phil Andrews was appointed Chief Executive Officer of USA Weightlifting in April 2016, having held the post on an Interim basis since December 2015, and he is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the organization. During his tenure at USA Weightlifting, Andrews has helped to transform the sport. The sport has had a resurgence in the United States and completely changed the culture within the sport in the United States and abroad with significant membership growth. Andrews has also restructured the operations and governance of USA Weightlifting; supported significant reform internationally especially in the area of anti-doping, hosted three International Weightlifting Federation World Championship events, created the first independent Ethics & Judicial process and overseen a high-performance turnaround seeing the best results in 60 years. He has also overseen a significant increase in funds for the organization, with sponsorship cash trebled and significant total revenue increases. Prior to his appointment, Andrews was the Director of Programs & Events for the organization, overseeing the Events, Outreach and High Performance support functions of the National Governing Body. Andrews also serves as a member of the Membership Commission of the International Weightlifting Federation with responsibility for building participation in the sport. He is Vice President of the Ibero-American Weightlifting Federation, and also sits on the USOPC’s National Governing Body Council, and the NGB Leadership Liaison group to the US Center for SafeSport. Prior to his roles with USA Weightlifting, Andrews worked in professional Ice Hockey for British Champions Coventry Blaze. He learnt how to grow a minority sport alongside Team GB and served on the founding board of the British University Ice Hockey Association as well as charity Hockey Stars for Hope. Under his watch, the Blaze saw double digit increases in attendance and sponsorship revenue. Andrews also spent time with Basingstoke Bison in the same league. Andrews then worked away from sport, at FTSE 250 student hospitality business Unite Group PLC, and then David Lloyd Leisure in management roles. He returned to sport with the University of East London, overseeing Olympic & Paralympic operations for the 2012 Games as well as commercial areas of the University’s operation, notably hosting the USOPC’s High Performance Training Center for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. During his tenure with UEL, the University increased its standard conferencing business by triple digit percentage growth, delivered millions of dollars of revenue back into the University, and worked with 31 diverse Olympic & Paralympic operational clients including Asics, Adidas, Singapore Sports Council, LOCOG and the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Andrews, who was born and raised in England, currently resides in Colorado Springs with his wife.


Lou Lauria
Independent Member
Atlanta, GA 
A 21-year veteran of the sports industry, New York City native Lauria is currently the Chief of Games and Competitions for the Special Olympics. Prior to joining Special Olympics, Lauria spent time with the UFC, Helios Partners, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Lauria also sits on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Lauria is serving his first term as an independent on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors. 

Travis Cooper
Athlete Representative
Wakefield, RI

Athlete Advisory Council Member, United States Olympic Committee

A Weightlifting athlete since 2004, Travis Cooper was the most experienced international athlete for Team USA between 2012 and 2016, and represented the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. He is a Pan American medalist, World Championship team member, former Olympic Training Center resident, World University Championships medalist and National Champion. Cooper has also coached the Pakistan National Team as well as Team Weightlifting Scoop domestically. Cooper is serving his first term as AAC Rep. 

Sean Waxman
Technical Member
Lawndale, CA
Sean Waxman has been a multi-sport Collegiate and National Level athlete, a Strength and Conditioning Coach at every level and is currently an entrepreneur and Weightlifting coach. For twenty-five years Sean has used the barbell to develop athletes while providing a living for himself and others. He has developed professional, international and Olympic athletes from a variety of sports while creating and running multiple barbell related businesses including Waxman’s Gym, the first privately owned Weightlifting only gym in the country. Sean is former President of the Southern California chapter of USA Weightlifting, and former President of the LWC President's Advisory Council to USA Weightlifting. In 2018, he was elected to serve his first term as a technical director on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors.

Terry Grow
Technical Member
North Olmstead, OH
A U.S. Army military veteran, Terry Grow currently is a former Grassroots member of the board, serving a term that ended in 2016. Grow is the former chair of the USA Weightlifting Technical Committee and is an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Category 1 referee, and coach of the West Park YMCA.

Jasha Faye
Grassroots Member
San Rafael, CA
 A former Olympic Training Center resident athlete, Faye is now a coach of Marin Heavy Athletics. Active in the sport since 1987, Faye represented the United States at the World level and held the Junior American Record in the snatch. Faye also participated in the 1996 Olympic Trials as an athlete. As a referee, Faye has achieved his IWF Category 2 status and has officiated throughout the Pan American region. 


J. Butch Curry
At-Large Member
San Francisco, CA
 An Olympian in 1980, Curry started Weightlifting at the age of 13 and has competed more than 300 times. Curry has served on the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council and U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors. Curry won Silver at the 1979 Pan American Games and represented the US six times while serving as a Coach or Team Leader 9 times. Curry is also a IWF Category 2 official and former President of the Pacific Weightlifting Federation. Curry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Queens College. 

Cortney Batchelor
Athlete Representative
Monument, CO
A veteran of the sport, Cortney Batchelor has represented Team USA numerous times on the International stage. An American Record-holder, Batchelor is President of Ronin Weightlifting club and serves as the Elite Athlete representative on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors.

Nick Maietta
Independent Member
Los Angeles, CA
Nick is a lifelong athlete who currently conducts market and strategic analyses for an aerospace company in the Los Angeles area. Previously, as a management consultant, he served both public and private sector clients in tackling challenges such as reorganizations, acquisitions, and forecasting. Nick holds degrees from MIT, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School, and has previously served on Harvard’s Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. He is a member of the D.C. Bar, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Operation Enduring Freedom. Nick is currently serving his first term as an Independent member.