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 phil.andrews@usaweightlifting.org.  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 January 1, 2019. 

  Ursula Garza Papandrea
Technical Member
Pflugerville, TX

Chair of the Board
Vice President, International Weightlifting Federation

upapandrea@suddenlink.net
A 5-time World Championship athlete, Papandrea is in her 3rd term and final on the Board of Directors, her first as Chair. Papandrea has been an active Weightlifting athlete since 1987. She was the first female to earn the Senior International Coach ranking, and the first ever female Vice President of the IWF, and the first permanent chair of the Board to be female. On the platform, Papandrea is a 2-time national champion, 2-time Olympic Festival champion, and 2-time NACACI Champion. In 2014, she became the only Woman to coach a male team to the National Championship. She has trained and qualified athletes to the World Championship, Pan American Games, Pan American Championships University World Championship and World Junior Championships since 1993. Papandrea is on the faculty of Austin Community College. She speaks Russian and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science, both from Texas State University.


  Jenny Schumacher
Grassroots Member
Pleasant Grove, UT
jenny@jennyschumacher.com

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.




Lou Lauria
Independent Member
Atlanta, GA
lauriaconsulting@outlook.com 
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. 



  Paula Aranda
At-Large Member
Seattle, WA
paula.aranda@live.com
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. 




Travis Cooper
Athlete Representative
Wakefield, RI

Athlete Advisory Council Member, United States Olympic Committee
dozertdc@gmail.com

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
waxmansgym@gmail.com
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.
 





Jasha Faye
Grassroots Member
San Rafael, CA
stronglikebull73@gmail.com
 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
80olympn@gmail.com
 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
thesnortlife58@gmail.com
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
nmaietta@gmail.com
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.