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:


Years of term


David Simon(Los Angeles, CA)


Chair, Independent Director

Jon Schmieder(Phoenix, AZ)


Independent Director

Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA) 2018-2020 

Independent Director

Yucca Rieschel (Seattle, WA)


Independent Director

Daniel Mehr(Ann Arbor, MI)


At-Large Director

Ben Lee(San Jose, CA)


At-Large Director

Ray Ng(Sunnyvale, CA)


Technical Official Director

Carl Kohr(Union City, CA)


Coaching Director

Phillip Chew(Orange, CA)


Athlete Director

Rena Wang(Arcadia, CA)


Athlete Director


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

tel:       714-765-2952
or mail in care of:
USA Badminton
2099 S. State College Blvd., STE 600
Anaheim, CA 92806


David Simon (Los Angeles, CA)
David Simon, President of the Los Angeles Sports Council, has played a significant role in virtually every major sporting event that has been brought to the Los Angeles area in the last 25 years. In lists published in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal, he has been recognized as one of the area's "top 20" most influential sports executives. Simon has been active in international sports since 1977 when he became involved in the Los Angeles bid to host the 1984 Olympic Games. As Vice President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee he worked for over five years as one of Peter Ueberroth's right-hand executives in staging those Games. He became the founding President of the L.A. Sports Council in 1988. From 1989-1999, he served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. His badminton background dates to the 1990’s when he was a three-time organizer of the annual U.S. Open tournament. A few years later he was responsible for the successful bid to bring the 2005 Badminton World Championships to Anaheim--still the only world championships ever held in the United States. A native of Los Angeles, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law. He is a member of the bar in both California and Washington, D.C.

Jon Schmieder (Phoenix, AZ) 
Jon Schmieder is the Founder of the Huddle Up Group LLC.  He has over 20 years of experience leading sports tourism and events organizations through strategic growth and increased community collaboration.  His direct experience in the sports tourism industry includes having held senior leadership roles with three different sports commissions: Phoenix, Tulsa, and Denver. Schmieder brings a wealth of experience in sports tourism and economic development having also served as senior-level staff for the Senior Olympic Games and Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading.

Schmieder served as Chairman of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) and was on the organization’s Executive Committee for six years.  While he served as the President of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, the NASC chose the organization as the 2012 Large Market Sports Commission of the Year. Schmieder was also named 2012 CEO of the Year by the Phoenix Chapter of the Organization of Non-Profit Executives, and in 2016 was named a Game Changer Award Winner by Connect Sports.

During his sports industry career, Schmieder and his work teams hosted events that generated over $1.3 billion in direct visitor spending.
Schmieder holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Arizona.  He also holds a master's degree in higher education leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is a part-time doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix.

  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.

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.

Ray Ng (Sunnyvale, CA)
Ray Ng is the IT program manager, staff at Lam Research Corp. and has been working in the information technology area for more than 30 years in various functional areas. He is currently focusing on the SAP application development.

Ray has been involved in USA Badminton since 2007 and currently serves as the Technical Director. He is a USA Badminton certified National Referee and Umpire, serving at many adult and junior tournaments. In addition, he is a member of the High Performance Advisory Group. Ng recruits and trains numerous umpires, many of whom are on track to be Pan American and Badminton World Federation Accreditation/Certificate Umpires. In addition to his experience as a technical official, Ng has also led and/or coached USA Badminton teams to the 2011 Indonesia Tangkas Junior Tournament, the 2010 World Junior Championships, the 2009-10 Junior Pan American Championships, and, since 2013, the World University Games/Championships. 

Ng was a member of the 1979 World University Games basketball team and received his MSBA degree from San Francisco State University in 1986. Ray also enjoys playing badminton and travelling in his spare time.

Carl Khor (Union City, CA) 
Carl has over 25 years of experience in Corporate America with 15 years of those in International markets. He is a fully qualified actuary of the Society of Actuaries since 1997. Recently, Carl stepped down from a senior finance executive position of a global reinsurance company to spend more time with his family and pursue his passions (travel, woodwork, painting, coaching, etc.).
He is also the founder of the American Badminton Center in Dallas, Texas and continues to dedicate his time in the badminton community. Both Carl and his wife have been volunteer USAB team managers for the World Junior Championships since 2011, and he is a member of the High Performance Advisory Group and Coaching Advisory Group. He also served as assistant coach to the 2014 Pan Am Junior Championships in Guatemala.
Carl and his family recently relocated to the Bay Area after spending over 30 years in Texas.

Phillip Chew (Orange, CA) 
Phillip currently represents the USA Badminton Athletes as part of the Athletes Advisory Council. He is the director of the Orange County Badminton Club and credits his badminton success to his grandfather Don Chew. Phillip has won numerous titles throughout his young badminton career including a record 30 USAB Junior National titles and four BWF International titles. He is a sophomore at the University of California, Irvine, but is taking a leave of absence to pursue the 2016 Olympic qualification in men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Phillip’s youth, his understanding of what it takes to become a top ranked badminton player, and his business experience in operating the Orange County Badminton Club will help USA Badminton develop new ideas to promote the sport in the United States.

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.

Patty Pflaging (San Francisco, CA) 

Yucca Rieschel (Seattle, WA)

USAB Committee Chairs

Audit ChairJon Schmieder

Ethics/Judicial Chair – Diane Cornell

Nominating and Governance ChairAndrew W. Knox