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:

Name(Location)

Years of term

Position

Ben Lee (San Jose, CA)

2017-2020

Chair, At-Large Director

Victor Vannukul (Phoenix, AZ)

2019-2022

Independent Director

Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA) 2018-2020 

Independent Director

OPEN   Independent Director
OPEN   Independent Director

OPEN

Independent Director

OPEN

Independent Director

Daniel Mehr(Ann Arbor, MI)

2017-2020

At-Large Director

OPEN

2016-2019

Technical Official Director

Nibu Paul (Plano, TX)                   2019-2020

Coaching Director

Kyle Emerick (Orange, CA)

2019-2022

Athlete Director

Rena Wang (Arcadia, CA)

2017-2020

Athlete Director

Amy Burnett (Nashville, Tennessee)
 2019-2022 Para Athlete Director 

   

Board members may be contacted through the USA Badminton National Office at:

Email:  usab@usabadminton.org
Tel:       714-765-2952
Or mail in care of:
USA Badminton
2099 S. State College Blvd., STE 600
Anaheim, CA 92806


Ben Lee (San Jose, CA)
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.


Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA) 


Daniel Mehr (Ann Arbor, MI)
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.


Nibu Paul (Plano, Texas)

Kyle Emerick (Orange, California)
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, CA) 
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, Tennessee)
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 – Patty Pflaging

Ethics/Judicial Chair – Chris Hales

Nominating and Governance Chair – Jenny Chan