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Executive Department



Mike McAtee - Executive Director

 

Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas and now Colorado Springs, Colo.

Education/Background: BS in Criminal Justice, boxer, trainer of fitness, amateur and professional boxers, gym owner, Retired Police Detective

Job Duties:  Executive Director, responsible for the day to day operations of USA Boxing

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing?  The passion our boxers, coaches and officials have for the sport.  The knowledge that our sport positively changes and saves the lives of our boxers, coaches and officials.

What is your favorite boxing memory?  The first day I walked into Tomahawk Boxing Club at age twelve and knew I had found a home.  It changed my life!

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? The boxing community, local, regional, national and international. 

My walkout song would be…..Why can’t we be friends? by War

What person has greatly influenced your life? My boxing coaches and my law enforcement leaders and peers

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to?  Grassroots boxing programs, Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation-provides free flu vaccinations and education about influenza for underserved communities

        

Stacy Arredondo – Executive Assistant

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Education/Background: BS in Recreation Administration. 5 years planning programs and events for a parks and recreation department, 3 years doing publicity for military activities, and 4 years as a church office manager.

Job Duties: Assist the Executive Director, coordinate trainings, design the newsletter, coordinate board meetings, schedule doctors for national events, oversee group member compliance, and lots of other duties as assigned.

What is your favorite boxing memory? Spending the day at the laundromat at JO’s with Claudia washing the Championship jackets that had gotten wet in transport.

How do you want people to remember you?  Hard worker and great mom.

3 items on bucket list? Hot air balloon ride, own a Florida vacation home, and become a grandma.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not at work?  Traveling or visiting my college age /recently graduated children. 

Human Resources Department

 

Betsy McCallister -Human Resources Manager

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.


Education/Background: BA from the University of Northern Colorado/ I worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee for 10 years and I’ve been with USA Boxing since 2012.

Primary Job Duties: Human Resources and special projects


What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? My coworkers and forming relationships with the members over the years.

The best piece of of advice I've every been given is....It was something I read somewhere, but it was basically that on your deathbed you are never going to say that you wish you had spent more time at work. Keep perspective and priorities.

How do you want people to remember you? My integrity, my passion for wanting to make things better, and my sense of humor. 

3 things that are left on my bucket list: Parasailing in Hawaii, a Caribbean cruise, hiking in Yosemite

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? USA Boxing, of course, plus domestic violence shelters, and causes that help animals. 

  

Membership Department




Lynette Smith - Director of Membership Services

Hometown: Oostburg, Wisconsin 

Education/Background: Studied German at the University of Maryland for 3 years, and worked in the non-profit sector for the majority of my career. Have been with USA Boxing since 2005. 

Primary Job Duties: Oversee and provide membership services to USA Boxing boxers, coaches, officials and doctors. 

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? I love the camaraderie of boxing people, but even more, our mission of shaping and saving young lives throughout the sport. 

My walkout song would be....."Killer Queen" by Queen

 

What person has greatly influenced your life? My mother, she is one of the kindest, wisest, most tactful people I've ever known.

 

How do you want people to remember you? As someone who listened to them, treated them well, was helpful and kind.

 

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? USA Boxing, homeless shelters, Humane Society, Blind Athletes, USOPC, Heifer Project/World Vision

What are you happiest doing, when you're not at work? Spending time with family, reading and doing puzzles (you know, the usual adrenaline producing activities)

 

 

 

Ethan Figge - Membership Coordinator

 

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Education/Background: Metropolitan University Denver: Human Performance in Sport Industry Operations with a minor in Management, along with an associate degree in Sociology from Pikes Peak Community College. Former Membership Director at USA Table Tennis. Been with USA Boxing since March 2020. 

 

Job Duties: State athletic commission reports, 3rd party sanctions, Pro-Am sanctions, insurance certificates, event scheduling and LBC leadership communications. 

 

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is...Do something you love, and you will never work a day in your life.

 

My walkout song would be: Cross That Line by Wade B

 

What person has greatly influenced your life? My grandfather

 

How do you want people to remember you? Funny, kind and hardworking

 

3 items on my bucket list are....run a dog sled, build my own rat rod and draw something that I can hang in my house and pass as "art."

 

       

Claudia Douglas - Membership Services Coordinator

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Education/Background: Business Administration, been with USA Boxing since 2016. 

Job Duties: All things membership services

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing?  Working with my immediate team here in the National Office and with our members.

What is your favorite boxing memory?  Watching the 2017 Worlds competition live stream with the National Office staff

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…..  You will never regret being kind

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?  Working with the athletes

My walkout song would be…..Life In the Fast Lane by the Eagles

What person has greatly influenced your life?  My Dad

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? Organizations that work to stop human trafficking, organizations that help those victimized by domestic violence and organizations that help the homeless.

3 items on bucket list?  Going to Hawaii, Disney World and Skiing vacations with my children & grandchildren

   

Andrew  Banuet, Membership Services
 

Hometown: Huntington Park, CA


Education/Background: BS Business – Sport Management from UCCS


Job Duties: Taking care of our members, assisting in the management of our coaching education program. I like to help wherever I can!


What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing?: I love the autonomy I get here. I truly feel like a valued member of the team and love being able to learn and work in so many facets of the organization. 


The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…..  It’s not exactly advice, but it’s a saying I do like. “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right – Henry Ford


What person has greatly influenced your life? My wife has been instrumental in helping me establish my career, graduating college, and some of the most important milestones in my life. I owe her a lot. 


If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? I would donate to the epilepsy foundation. Their mission is near and dear to my heart and there is so much we don’t know about epilepsy. 

 

Finance Department

 

Lisa Peterson - Finance Director

 

Hometown: Seal Beach, California


Education/Background: Chapman University, BS in Accounting


Job Duties:  Director of Finance, keeping watch over the purse

What is your favorite boxing memory? Watching on TV as a little girl Muhammad Ali fighting “Smokin” Joe Frazier


The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is….. Surround yourself with assets not liabilities


What’s the most inspiring part of your job? Knowing that I work for the sport that Muhammad Ali won a gold medal in


My walkout song would be….Goodbye Earl, Dixie Chicks


What person has greatly influenced your life?  My mother as she taught me to appreciate people like Nelson Mandala, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Maya Angelou

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not at work? Spending time with my family and performing home improvements

 

Cam Thompson - Accounting Assistant

 

Hometown: Jax Beach, FL 


Education/Background: Bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Florida in 1996. Worked in finance for the last 16 years.  


Job Duties: Manage accounts payable/receivable, payroll, LBC financial compliance and scholarship program on a part-time basis.  


What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? The friends I’ve made over the last decade.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? Seeing scholarship recipients graduate and start their careers. 

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? No kill animal shelters and rescues. 

 

3 items on bucket list? Visit all 50 states, live in a tiny house on a big lake and start a career camp for adolescents. 


What are you happiest doing, when you’re not at work? Cruising along the beach on my bike and spending time with my husband and 2 girls.

 

 

 

 

Deby King, Accounting Assistant

 

Hometown: I am an Air Force Brat, but have been in Colorado Springs for 46 years


Education/Background: High School and OJT/mostly clerical and bookkeeping


Job Duties: Financial/benefits administrator duties, plus everything else that comes to me


What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? Learning about the “other side” of things

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is….. have Faith!


What’s the most inspiring part of your job? People are willing to pitch in where needed


My walkout song would be….. Good Times by Chic


What person has greatly influenced your life? God


What are you happiest doing, when you’re not at work? Reading

 


High Performance Department


Matt Johnson - High Performance Director

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Education/Background: Bachelors Degree in Economics & Psychology – University of Colorado at Boulder

Job Duties: Oversee all planning and operations of USA Boxing’s High Performance Department, including National Team programs, sport performance resource integration, athlete and staff selection procedures, and coaching education programming 

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? Helping support boxers to reach their potential both inside and out of the ring. 

What is your favorite boxing memory? Seeing Claressa Shields stand on top of the podium at the Rio Olympic Games while hearing our national anthem. 

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is….. Control the controllables

My walkout song would be….. Regulate – Warren G & Nate Dogg

What person has greatly influenced your life? My dad, who taught me the values of hard work, honesty, and taking care of your family. 

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, to help support my friends who have two daughters with CF.

3 items on bucket list? Watching the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl in person, playing a round of golf with Larry David, and flying on a private jet.

 

Liz Podominick - High Performance Manager

 

Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.


Education/Background: Masters, Sport Sociology, University of Minnesota. Two-sport athlete in college and retired professional track and field athlete (discus). Worked at U.S. Figure Skating as U.S. Teams Manager and have lived in COS since 2017 working for USA Boxing.


Job Duties: Support our High Performance boxers (primarily the elite level), international logistics, and be the best support for the team behind the team!


What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? The people I get to work with day in and day out are absolutely amazing. Continually humbled by their passion and dedication.


What is your favorite boxing memory? First day on the job at the Eastern Qualifier in Chattanooga, Tenn. Little did I know what I was getting into…


The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is….. Keep tomorrow’s problems for tomorrow.


What’s the most inspiring part of your job? Seeing our boxers at the top of podiums while hearing the National Anthem.


What are you happiest doing, when you’re not at work? Getting outside into the mountains. I am trying to tackle some more 14ers off my list!

 

 

 

Derrick Raedel - High Performance & Events Coordinator

 

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Education/Background: Bachelor of Science in Communication
 
Job Duties: Assist with planning and logistics with High Performance, including National Team programs, help with coordinating National Events, and assist with managing the Coaching Education Program.

 

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…"Constant curiosity will separate you.” 

My walkout song would be…..So Fresh, So Clean - Outkast
 
What person has greatly influenced your life? My Mother

3 items on bucket list? Make my Mother proud, visit another planet, and beat Kobe Bryant 1-on-1.
 

 

Billy Walsh - National Team Head Coach 

 

Hometown : Wexford Town County, Wexford, Ireland

Background: Boxer for Ireland, where I had the privilege to represent them at the 1988 Olympic Games. Former Head Coach of the Ireland National Team before joining USA Boxing in 2015.

Favorite thing about working with USA Boxing : is it’s People. They are always welcoming, always helpful and always friendly

What is your favorite boxing memory: Standing centerfield at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games after years of hard work and saying to my teammate "We Made It!"

The Best piece of advice I’ve been given: Enjoy everyday like it’s your last, as one day you’ll be right. 

What would be my walk out song: as a Queen fan I would have to say, "Don't stop me now."

Jose Polanco - National Strength & Conditioning Coach

Hometown: Lawrence, MA

Education/Background: Bachelors of Science: Exercise Science, Master's of Science: Strength and Conditioning from Bridgewater State University 

Job Duties: National Teams Strength and Conditioning Coach- program, implement, and direct all facets of strength and conditioning program for national/elite teams as well as developmental programs for junior and youth team. In addition to monitor weight management and overall athlete well being in collaboration with the team dietitian and sports medicine staff.

What is your favorite boxing memory? 2017 Men’s World Championships when we won 3 medals with a brand new men’s team 

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? Being able to make an impact with the boxers on a daily basis

My walkout song would be….. “Unstoppable” by Drake (also my walkout song in college when I played baseball)

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to?  Boys and Girls Club of America, St Judes Children Hospital, and Make a Wish Foundation 

3 items on bucket list?  Visit every National Park, visit every power 5 conference college football stadium, and attend a national college football championship

EVENTS AND BOXING OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

Michael Campbell - Events and Boxing Operations Manager

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO, Formerly from Houston, TX by way of Dale City, VA

Education: Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from Virginia Tech

Background: I served on the Gulf LBC Board of Directors, am a Level III Referee/Judge, and Tournament Administrator & Director.  Previous to that I published a Boxing magazine and wrote for several websites & newspapers.

Primary Job Duties: Lead the event staff, guide LBC membership, and to provide oversight and enforcement of rules and bylaws.

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? Being a part of doing things bigger and better than they’ve been done before by innovating and creating new opportunities for our coaches and boxers to compete.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is….. Best advice I’ve received is about advice.  AIBA Official Ricky Webb told me, “You’ll be given lots of advice, it’s on you to figure out what to keep and what to let pass”

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? Serving the Coaches in the grassroots who save lives every day

How do you want people to remember you? By competing every year in the “Michael Campbell Memorial International Boxing Tournament”

Taryn Cass - Events and Boxing Operations Coordinator

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Education/Background: Colorado State University – Majoring in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology. Prior to USA Boxing I worked for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, also headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO.

Job Duties: Primarily, I coordinate all phases of planning and overseeing several national events each year including, but not limited to, securing venues, staffing plans, logistics, travel accommodations, and on-location management. 

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? The people I have had the chance of meeting both inside and outside of the office. I love my boxing family!

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? In the national office we have a mantra, “we are here to serve our members”. What inspires me about this is that everyone who works here truly believes this, from the top all the way down. Every day, from my side of the cubicle, I have the privilege of overhearing membership calls. Although I am only hearing one side of the conversation, I get a good sense of the positive impact they make each day.

My walkout song would be….. I’mma Shine - YoungBloodZ

What person(s) has greatly influenced your life? My parents. My mom and dad are the hardest working people I know, and they raised me to be the same.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not at work? I love to travel, be with family, friends, and of course- my dog!

Communications and Digital Media Department

Brian Taylor - Communications and Digital Media Manager

Hometown: Whiteville, NC

Education/Background: Bachelors in Journalism from East Carolina University, Masters in Sport Management from West Virginia University. Began at USA Boxing in November 2016 as the Communications intern before being full time in March 2017. Prior to my time at USAB, I interned with the Big South Conference, Charlotte Hornets, Inside Gymnastics Magazine, as well as interned in PR agencies working on collegiate sports sponsorship programs and NASCAR.

Primary Job Duties: Manage all PR, communications, marketing and social media initiatives for USA Boxing.

 

What is your favorite thing about working at USA Boxing? Being able to share the stories of our membership to the world. 

 

My walkout song would be..."All I do is win" by DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg

 

If you won the lottery, what causes/charities would you donate to? Would start a scholarship to award to a student at my high school, USA Boxing, humane society and to Men's Collegiate Gymnastics programs that are being eliminated.

3 things that are left on my bucket list: Attend a Duke vs. UNC Men’s Basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, make it on to a reality TV show or game show and travel to all 7 continents (been to 5, still need to travel to Africa and Antarctica)

 

What are you happiest doing, when you're not at work? Visiting North Carolina, spending time on the water, attending concerts and traveling the world.