BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The current USA Field Hockey Board of Directors includes twelve members consisting of a chair of the board, amateur sports association representative, three at-large directors, two athlete representatives, coach representative, three independent directors and an umpire representative.

 Name  Title  Term Ending
 Catherine Bessant  Independent Director  2022
 Lauren Crandall  AAC Alternate Athlete Representative  2020
 Dan Friedberg  Independent Director  2022
 Bree Gillespie  Chair of Board, At-Large Director  2022
 Alex Grassi  AAC Athlete Representative  2020
 Richard Hayden  Coach Representative  2020
 Jamie Montgomery  Interim AAC Athlete Representative
 Karissa Niehoff  Amateur Spots Organization Representative  2020
 Jeanne O'Brien  Member Services Representative  2020
 Kathleen Schiller  Independent Director  2020
 Chip Rogers  Vice Chair of Board, At-Large Director  2022
 Mark Vittese  At-Large Director  2022


Catherine Bessant | 
Independent Director

Catherine Bessant, from Charlotte, N.C., is a high-profile figure in the banking industry. She is the chief operations and technology officer at Bank of American and is a member of the company’s executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has led Global Technology and Operations, delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries.

Active in the community and region, Bessant received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, she was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine and was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal with the Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award. She chairs the North Tryon Vision Plan Advisory Committee.

For the second consecutive year, Bessant is ranked No. 1 among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker. She also appears on Working Mother magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list of 2018.

Lauren Crandall | Athletes' Advisory Council Alternate Athlete Representative

Lauren Crandall was elected to the Board of Directors as the Alternate Athlete Representative to the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council (AAC), beginning her term in 2017.

Crandall was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2005-2016 where she competed in the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She also competed in three Pan American Games, winning gold in both the 2011 and 2015, the 2014 World Cup in Den Hague, The Netherlands where her team achieved a historic 4th place finish, was a gold medalist at the 2014 Champions Challenge, and won bronze at the 2016 Champion’s Trophy in London, England. She finished her international career with more than 275 caps.  

Before joining the national team, Crandall attended Wake Forest University where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communication. At Wake Forest, she was a two-time National Champion, two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champion and three-time All American. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Honda Award. In 2015, Crandall earned her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.

Dan Friedberg | Independent Director

Dan Friedberg, of Old Greenwich, Conn., is the CEO of Hampstead Park Capital Management, which he founded in 2016. The investment firm is an active, constructive, long term investor in small cap public and private companies in the United States and Canada. Over the last 30 years, Friedberg has focused both as an investor and consultant as a Partner at Bain & Company, investing and actively working with companies to provide a combination of capital investment, operating improvement and strategic support, and in a governance role to support management teams to maximize long term shareholder value. He has invested in more than 30 companies, serving on five public boards, taking two private, and numerous non-profit boards.

Friedberg has been involved in youth sports and education for over 20 years in a range of capacities. He has been involved with National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), Performance Sports Group (Bauer, Easton, Cascade, and Maverik), VICIS Football Helmets, Greenwich Skating Club and as a USA Hockey youth ice hockey coach. He is a member of Cornell’s Johnson Business School Development Committee and serves on the Advisory Council of Cornell’s business school.

Friedberg received his Master of Business Administration in 1987 from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell and a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England.

Bree Gillespie | Chair of the Board, At-Large Director

Bree Gillespie joined the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors with a passion for growing the game and a long history with hockey. From college to adult hockey, Gillespie has been playing or coaching for more than 20 years. As co-founder and club director of the Lanco Premier Field Hockey club team, her goal is to provide high quality playing and learning experiences for players of all ages.

Gillespie currently holds a director role with coLAB, a consulting firm located in Lancaster, Pa. Working with both for-profit and non-profit clients, her passion lies around research, facilitation and helping clients uncover new opportunities through strategic planning. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Communications from Ohio University.

In her free time, Gillespie enjoys skiing with her family or volunteering around the Lancaster community. One of her favorite pastimes is playing hockey with her two children, Benjamin and Abigail.

Alex Grassi | Athletes' Advisory Council Athlete Representative

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Richard Hayden | Coach Representative

Serving as the Coach Representative, Richard Hayden joined the Board of Directors in 2016. He will serve on the board through the end of the 2020 year.

Hayden is the Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Unanet, a fast-growing software company headquartered near Washington, D.C. He has a broad range of management experience as a company executive in the United States and internationally, including strategic analysis, planning and marketing. He also serves on the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is currently serving his second term. He earned a Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from University College, Cork in Ireland, and an MBA from Henley Management College in England.

Hayden's introduction to field hockey was more than 40 years ago in Ireland, and has been a lifelong passion. His involvement with the sport in the USA includes coaching within the USA Field Hockey Futures Program, locally as a site director and at the National Futures Championship, as well as at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. He has also been a selector for Futures. In fall 2016, he led a new high school program in Loudoun, Va. and was one of 14 schools adopting the sport through a grassroots movement built over many years. Hayden still plays hockey with dcDragons, and represented the United States as a member of the U.S. )-50 Men's Masters Team at the World Cup in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has also umpired at the college, high school and club levels.

Hayden's goals in serving on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors are to provide support and oversight to strengthen the organization and enable it to thrive, and in particular to deliver the highest quality education and professional development programs to all coaching members.

He is married to Julie and they met playing hockey in Oxford, England. Julie also played in the Masters World Cup in Rotterdam on the U.S. O-50 Women's Masters Team. They have two adult children, and now spend much leisure time with their rescue dog, Jack.

Karissa Niehoff | Amateur Sports Organization Representative

Niehoff is the current executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), a position she has held since August 2018. As the organization’s sixth full-time executive director and first female to lead the organization, she is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the organization and achievement of the NFHS Strategic Plan and NFHS Board of Directors Priorities. She interacts with NFHS Board of Directors and 51 member associations and collaborates with other stakeholder entities including professional sport organizations. Prior to that she served as the executive director of the NFHS-member Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC) for seven years.

On top of her extensive involvement with NFHS, Niehoff was previously a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal at the middle and high school levels in Connecticut for 20 years. She also was the field hockey coach at Litchfield High School and Joel Barlow High School.

 

Niehoff served as the interim director of education for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee from 1995 to 2001 and was on the USA Field Hockey Board of Ethics from 2006 to 2017.

 

Jeanne O'Brien | Member Services Representative

Jeanne O'Brien joined the Board of Directors as the Umpire Representative in 2017. She will serve on the board through the end of the 2020 year.

O'Brien has been involved as a volunteer for USA Field Hockey for more than thirty years. Her experience includes developing and implementing the schedule for umpires for the National Hockey Festival for fifteen years, recruiting and training umpires for the Northeast Region for many years prior to becoming the Northeast Regional Umpire Coordinator and working as an umpire, technical officer and umpire manager at many Regional and National Club Championships, within the Futures Program and at AAU Junior Olympic Games Tournaments. She is a Level III Certified Umpire with experience at the NCAA Division II and III Finals.

Over the years, O'Brien has developed a deep love and respect for the game, as well as an understanding of the hard work and support necessary to develop a quality umpire program in the United States. Her strengths are a strong work ethic, attention to detail and collegiality. Through her experiences as a teacher, and chair of many State and National Sports and Education organizations, she has developed strong leadership and facilitator skills which will serve her well as a member of the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors. A few of the positions she has held include two terms as a representative to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Committee, president of the New England Collegiate Field Hockey Umpires Association, chair of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Field Hockey Committee, president of both the Vermont and New Hampshire Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Associations and recognition as the AAHPERD National Physical Education Teacher of the Year. 

Kathy Schiller | Independent Director

Serving as an Independent Director, Dr. Kathleen Schiller joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and will be serving on the board through the end of 2020. Dr. Schiller also serves on the Philanthropy Committee. 

Dr. Schiller currently resides in Alexandria, Va. where she provides marketing, sales and business development services to commercial, military and residential clients. She earned her Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). She has conducted research for 15 years in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the JHU School of Medicine.

Dr. Schiller has served on the board of the her local YMCA as well as the Pediatric Respiratory Advisory Board for Merck & Co. She has also served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the U.S. Men's National Team pipeline team East Coast High Performance Center and is serving as a Board Member for the Boys Field Hockey Hub.

Dr. Schiller’s interest in field hockey stems from having three children (twin daughters and a son) who all play the sport. She is passionate about growing the game and creating more playing opportunities for all to enjoy.

Chip Rogers | Vice Chair of Board, At-Large Director

Rogers has been involved in the field hockey community in one capacity or another for more than 25 years. From Oxford, Ohio, he is the current assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), a U.S. Men’s Masters Team athlete, official for field hockey and lacrosse and international technical official.

Rogers is one of the foremost authorities on field hockey history in the United States. He maintained all statistics and records for Divisions I, II and III from 1997-2008 until the NCAA took over. He is the administrator of the fieldhockeycorner.com website, which has been used by coaches, players and fans as a resource for schedules, results, rankings, statistics and polls for all three divisions of NCAA field hockey for the past 10 years. Rogers also serves the national coaching organization through his service as the First Vice President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association since 2012 and as the chair of the Adult Task Force for USA Field Hockey.

Mark Vittese | At-Large Director

Mark Vittese is an attorney in Woodbury, N.J. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Rutgers University in 1983 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Rutgers Law School in 1986. He previously served 8 years on the board of directors for United States Association of Roller Sports, the national governing body for all roller sports. He currently is the head field hockey coach at Camden Catholic High School and he also operates the Spirit of USA Field Hockey Club located in Cherry Hill, N.J.

 

For USA Field Hockey, he previously served on the Judicial Committee and has assisted on a number of legal matters for the program. He was also on the FIH Election Oversight Committee. This is his second term as an At-Large Board member for USA Field Hockey.

 

Vittese's daughters, Michelle, Carissa and Tara, graduated from the University of Virginia where all three played field hockey. Michelle was a member of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Teams and had been on the U.S. Women's National Team since 2011. Carissa and Tara were also on the U.S. Women's National Team, and all three left the team in November 2018. He can be seen at every USA Field Hockey event sporting USA, but usually wearing orange.

 

COMMITTEES

 Board of Directors Chair/Vice
 Chair: Bree Gillespie (2020)
 Vice Chair: Chip Rogers (2020)

 Ethics Committee
 Chair of Committee: Ron Hawley (2022)
 Tracey Arndt (2020)
 Ali Campbell (2020)
 Roberta Page* (2020) 

 Finance & Audit Committee
 Chair of Committee: Richard Hayden (2020)
 Cathy Bessant (2022)
 Dan Friedberg (2022)
 Mark Vittese (2022)

 Foundation
 Kathy Schiller* (2022)

 Judicial Committee
 Chair of Committee: Harold Ferguson (2020)
 Helen Drew (2022)
 Will Holt (Athlete) (2020)
 Ian Scally (Athlete) (2020)
 Mark Vittese* (2022)

 Member Services Committee
 Chair of Committee: Jeanne O'Brien (2020)
 Lauren Crandall (2020)
 Richard Hayden (2022)
 Chip Rogers (2022)
 Kathy Schiller(2020)

 Nominating Committee
 Candice-Lehigh Baumgardner (2020)
 Stefanie Fee (Athlete) (2022)
 Dan Friedberg (2022)
 Jeanne O'Brien (2020)
 Courtney Woolridge (2022)

 Athlete Advisory Committee
 Chair of Committee: Alex Grassi
 Michael Barminski Jr.
 Catherine Caro
 Lauren Crandall
 Anna Dessoye
 JaJa Kentwell

 

*A Board Liaison serves as a link between the Board of Directors and Committee. Board Liaisons are not active members of the Committee.