USA Badminton is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The directors are elected for four year terms.

The Board of Directors represents the interests of USAB's memberships, the United States Badminton community and Badminton athletes by providing USAB with policy, guidance and strategic direction.

Individuals comprising the current Board of Directors are as follows, please reach out to any of our Board Directors at ContactUs@usabadminton.org.

 

Name (Location) Years of term  Position 
Ken Wong (Philadelphia, PA) 2019-2023  Chair, Independent Director 
Ben Lee (San Jose, CA)  2017-2020  At-Large Director 
Victor Vannukul (Hacienca Heights, CA)  2019-2023  Independent Director 
Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA)  2018-2022  Independent Director 
Fred Teng (New York City, NY)  2020-2024  Independent Director 
Nancy Hogshead-Makar (Jacksonville, FL) 2020-2024
Independent Director
OPEN  Independent Director 
Daniel Mehr (Ann Arbor, MI) 2020-2024  At-Large Director 
Beth Sopka (Boston, MA)  2020-2024  Techincal Official Director 
Nibu Paul (Plano, TX)  2019-2020  Coaching Director 
Kyle Emerick (San Francisco, CA)  2019-2022  Athlete Director 
Rena Wang (Arcadia, CA)  2017-2020  Athlete Director 
Amy Burnett (Nashville, TN)  2019-2023 Para Athlete Director 

 

Ken Wong (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Ken Wong is a seasoned and experienced executive in running and leading many not for profit organizations. He is also well connected in the sports industry and has a sound track record in obtaining corporate funding and sponsorship in sports. Wong will play an important role in assisting the Board, Nominating and Governance Committees as we address succession planning. Mr. Wong established CIG Asia Ltd., a property & casualty insurance brokerage firm and NavPac Advisors, LLC. Wong’s commitment to full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States has landed him in numerous leadership positions. He served on the President’s Commission for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the White House under President George W. Bush and from 2004-2007, was chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Asian American Affairs for Pennsylvania 2012-2014 and is a recipient of the U.S. Army Citizen’s Service Award. Currently a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army,  Mr. Wong resides in Philadelphia.

Ben Lee (San Jose, Calif.)
Ben Lee is a Lee was a US Olympian in the initial games that featured badminton, the 1992 Barcelona Games. He was a nine-time US Men’s Doubles Champion and two-time USOC Badminton Athlete of the Year. For his accomplishments, Lee was inducted into the US Badminton Walk of Fame. After retiring in 1994, Lee moved on to coaching top US players, including the head coach for the US at the 2012 London Olympics. Following his time as an international athlete, Lee was the General Manager of Asby Sports and the Marketing Director of Sheikh Shoes. He then spent 15 years with the Palo Alto Police Department. He has served on the Board of the Palo Alto Police Officer’s Association and the USAB Athlete Advisory Council. Lee has founded and is the co-owner of Golden Gate Badminton, the Bay Badminton Academy and the Synergy Badminton Academy.

Victor Vannukul (Hacienda Heights, Calif.)

Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, Calif.)
Patty Pflaging is a technology marketing and business development executive from the San Francisco Bay Area. A native Texan, Patty holds degrees in computer science and managerial studies from Rice University. She and her husband have three children, one of whom plays competitive badminton.

Fred Teng (New York, N.Y.)
Fred Teng is the current President of the America China Public Affairs Institute, an independent nonpartisan U.S. based nonprofit organization. He also serves as the Senior U.S. Representative of the China-United States Exchange Foundation. Fred is an Executive Council Member of the Center for China and Globalization, as well as a visiting Professor at the Sichuan University. He was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the New York State Governor's Award for Community Leadership. Fred was named by PR Week as one of the top professionals in the Asian American public relations industry.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Nancy Hogshead-Makar was a decorated American Swimmer and Olympian who represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. Hogshead-Makar is now a civil rights lawyer and CEO of Champion Women, an organization providing legal advocacy for girls and women in sports. She is a well-known expert in sports issues; she has been teaching sports law courses for 20 years. USAB sought out her expertise in its continued effort to embrace an "athlete first" culture and decision making. Hogshead-Makar will fulfill USA Badminton's need for expertise in SafeSport, Title IX, and diversity equity & inclusion initiatives. Ms. Hogshead-Makar will also serve as USAB's Congressional Liaison. 

Daniel Mehr (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Daniel (Dan) Mehr is a Mechanical Engineer at General Motors, working on small SUV suspension design. Dan came to General Motors to work on Hybrid Battery technology after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was active with the University’s Badminton Club, serving in multiple leadership roles including as its president in 2007 and 2008. While at Wisconsin, Dan served as tournament director from 2005-2008 for the Club’s multitude of events, including the Midwest Collegiate Championships and the Madison Open. Dan guided the Wisconsin Club team to three consecutive regional team championships as team Captain/Manager. Since moving to Michigan in 2008, Dan continues to run tournaments in the Midwest, has become a regionally certified umpire and in 2014 was elected President of the Region 2 (Midwest Badminton Association) Board. Recently, Dan was appointed to USAB’s Inter Regional Council (IRC). Dan holds a Masters of Engineering in Energy Systems degree from the University of Michigan and is currently enrolled in Michigan’s Ross School of Business as an MBA student. Dan lives and plays badminton in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Beth Sopka (Boston, Mass.)
Beth Sopka has been involved in the badminton community for more than 25 years, starting her journey in the sport building the junior program at the Gut ‘n Feathers Club in Marblehead, Mass. Sopka was one of the original organizers of the New England Junior Open and has been a long-time member of the Boston Open organizing committee. As a technical official, Sopka began in 1997 at the Junior Nationals. She worked her way up to National 1 status within a few years and is now a National 3 umpire and umpire trainer. Additionally, Sopka began her career as a referee in the early 2000’s and continues to work as a National Referee at events throughout the United States.

Nibu Paul (Plano, Texas)
Nibu Paul is a certified HP-1 coach who has served as a coach for more than 15 years, serving multiple badminton gyms in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. He currently serves as a coach at Frisco Badminton, a badminton consultant and a tournament director. Currently, Paul is a Technology Manager at a large financial institution in Plano, Texas, where he oversees more than 15 developers on multiple technology platforms.

Kyle Emerick (San Francisco, Calif.)
Kyle is currently the Chair of the USA Badminton Athletes Advisory council and represents all USA Badminton Athletes. He picked up badminton by chance freshman year of high school and instantly fell in love. He became one of the best players from his school and decided after high school to take badminton more seriously. In his junior career he ended up winning Boys doubles in Jr Nationals in 2008-2009. In 2011 he traveled the USA competing in national tournaments and won 4 out of 5 national Men’s Doubles titles. He has also been a national team member, which includes Pan American Team Championships, Thomas Cup and Sudirman Cup Teams. He has been a Mixed/Men’s Doubles finalist in Adults Nationals multiple times and also a Ken Davidson Sportsmanship award recipient. He has coached at numerous high schools over his badminton career, as well at private badminton clubs throughout California. He currently works full time at Albertsons, trains daily and also works at Whole Foods Market. He is best known for his attitude, enthusiasm, and big smile when he competes fiercely on court. With his unique and eclectic background in badminton, he is excited to use his passion and knowledge to help badminton players from all walks of life as an Athlete Board of Director.

Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) 
Rena started playing badminton at the age of 11, but with passion and persistence, she quickly developed into an elite player, winning back-to-back singles and doubles titles at the 2008 and 2009 Junior Pan American Championships. She gradually became one of America’s top players, first competing on the National team and in 2012, becoming the youngest U.S. badminton player to compete at the Olympics. Since then, Rena has dedicated time towards adaptive badminton and community outreach programs through SCOPE and Ready Set Gold. Currently, she is pursuing a masters in public health and interested in applying her MPH training to improve athlete policy and rights. As your new USOC AAC Rep, she plans to serve the best interests of players and aims to promote inclusion and equity within the sport.

Amy Burnett (Nashville, Tenn.)
Amy Burnett is currently a Para Athlete on Team USA’s Para Badminton team and plays in the Wheelchair I Division. She is the first wheelchair athlete on Team USA and has represented the USA in many countries.Her career high, as an athlete, is being selected to represent her country in the 2019 Para Pan Am Games.She is also the Para Badminton Athlete Representative on the USA’s Badminton High Performance Advisory Group (HPAG). Through this volunteer position she is helping ensure that USAB and the United States Olympic Committee decisions and rules are fair and safe for the Para athletes. As the newly appointed Para Athlete Representative Board Member for USAB, she represents the first time USAB has a Para Athlete on the Board. When not playing badminton, Amy volunteers her time to Permobil Inc, Fashion is for Every Body, Empower Tennessee's Special Event Advisory Committee, United Spinal Association, Challenged Athlete Foundation and the Kelly Brush Foundation.  Demonstrated by her involvement with different organizations, Amy loves giving back to others by talking about living with disability and overcoming adversity.

USAB Committee Chairs

Audit Chair – Victor Vannukul

Ethics/Judicial Chair – Chris Hales

Nominating and Governance Chair – Jenny Chan