USA Team Handball Board of Directors

Bob Djokovich, Interim President

US Air Force Academy graduate, 1978
Co-captain of Air Force basketball team, 1977-78
Started handball club at USAFA with Tom Schneeberger, 1976
National Team Member 10 years (1977-1987)
Team Captain, 1984 Olympic Team
Won Gold in 1987 Pan Ams, Silver in 1986 Goodwill Games
Won Nationals 6 times
President, USA Team Handball, 2001-2004
Member, USOC Board of Directors, 2001-2004
Professional career includes COO of Ramtron International, 2006-2010

As an experienced general management executive, Djokovich has driven record sales and profit growth of two high tech companies. Under his leadership, Ramtron International doubled the size of the company in five years while maintaining 50% margins and reducing defect levels to 2 dppm. After inheriting a legacy of losing money, the company generated cash 19 out of 20 quarters at Ramtron, with 80% of sales being exports.

At Advanced Energy Industries, the company grew from $20 million to $400 million in 8 years under Djokovich's leadership. Comfortable in high growth and dynamic environments, Djokovich has the ability to analyze a complex variable set and provide quick and clear direction that leads to continuous improvement and profit enhancement. Building on his experience as an Olympic Athlete, Djokovich has the ability to lead and develop motivated teams that are held accountable to the vision of the company. Djokovich's career has been defined by turning around organizations, which has led to experience in manufacturing, test, quality, materials, logistics, New Product Introduction, R&D, and customer satisfaction.

Attila Agoston, General Membership Director

Attila Agoston has a successful handball and business career and he is also an active community member. He runs a travel business and an IT consulting company and has served as the President of the American-Hungarian Club of Colorado.

Agoston continuously strived to contribute to the advancement of the sport and the handball community in different ways. He served as the head coach of the U16 boy's youth USA National Team and the assistant coach of the U20 boy's USA National Team. Agoston also served as a site director and head coach of the USA Team Handball Futures/Top Prospect Programs in Denver from 2009-2011. He was selected the USATH Developmental Coach of the Year in 2012.

Agoston has been instrumental in the creation of the Denver Team handball (DTH) organization. As the coach of the DTH adult teams, he received several medals in the USATH Nationals. In 2010, he was selected the Volunteer Coach of the Year.

Moreover, Agoston served as a board member of the USA Team Handball Competition Committee and the Referee Committee from 2009-2010.

Agoston has an extensive physical education background. He majored in team handball and graduated from the Babes-Bolyai University. He earned his maters' degree in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Agoston's objective is to match skill sets with unique American culture and character traits to discover a handball methodology and style of play that can be implemented across the country.

Jennie Choi, General Membership Director

Jennie Choi is the Founder and President of JindoCare Solutions, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that provides innovative business solutions to a wide variety of public and private sector customers. She is also the founder of Vertex Team Sports, a nonprofit organization focused on providing youth and amateur-based sports programs.

Jennie first became exposed to team handball while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. As a cadet, she played for four years from 2001-2005 and was elected as a team captain her senior year. The team won the College National Championships in 2002, 2003, and 2005. In 2002, she was selected to the USA Junior National Team to compete in the Pan American Championships, but could not participate due to mandatory military training requirements. In May 2005, Jennie graduated from West Point and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. After her Officers' Basic Course, she was accepted into the Army's World Class Athlete Program and selected to the USA Team Handball women's residency program at SUNY Cortland from December 2005 to July 2007. During her time on the Women's National Team, she was given the opportunity to play for the Swedish Division I team, GF Kroppskultur, for four months. After the 2007 qualification season, she was assigned to an infantry battalion at Fort Carson, Colo. and deployed to Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq from December 2007 to February 2009, where she served as her unit's logistics and public affairs officer. Upon returning to the U.S., Jennie was assigned to a three-star General Command and served on the staff at Fort McPherson, Ga., managing various logistical support mission for contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.

In August 2010, Jennie left the Army and began her studies at Columbia Business School in New York City, where she worked on consulting projects for NBCUniversal, LinkedIn, Starbucks Argentina, Sony Music Entertainment, MSNBC, and numerous start-up companies. She was also a President for the Columbia University Harlem Tutorial Program and Vice President of the Sports Business Association. In May 2012, Jennie earned her MBA and currently resides in Austin, Texas. In addition to starting JindoCore Solutions and Vertex Team Sports, she also serves as the treasurer and on the board of directors for the West Point Society of Central Texas.

David Buckman, Independent Director

Dave Buckman currently serves as the Director of Space Programs for Lockheed Martin.  In this capacity, Dave develops and manages Lockheed Martin’s engagements with the Pentagon and other Departments in the Executive Branch on all matters relating to military space programs. 

 

Prior to his tenure with Lockheed Martin, Dave was the President of East Coast Operations for Braxton Science & Technology Group, and served 27 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel after a career in acquisition, operational requirements, and resource management. He served as a program manager on the Consolidated Space Operations Center (CSOC) program, the F-16 multinational fighter and C-17 airlifter programs, as well as working joint interoperability at U.S. Army Communication-Electronics Command. Dave also served in the Pentagon as the Panel Chairman for the Air Force’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) portfolio and as the Deputy Director for Space Programs under the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. Other key assignments included serving as the Command Lead for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and as the Deputy Director of Requirements at Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Dave deployed to Afghanistan as the Deputy Director of the Operational Contract Support Drawdown Cell in U.S. Forces–Afghanistan, New Kabul Compound.

 

He holds three Master of Science Degrees: Systems Management from the University of Southern California; Operational Art and Science from the USAF Air Command & Staff College; and Strategic Studies from the USAF Air War College. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

As an intercollegiate athlete, Dave was recruited to play Division I basketball at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and did so from 1982-83. He then transitioned to the newly formed USAFA Team Handball Club where he was a 2-year starter, and was selected for the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival as a member of the North Team Handball team.

Mike McNees, Independent Director

Mike McNees, the City Manager of Melbourne, Florida, is a veteran public administrator who returned to public service in 2013 after serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of USA Track and Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for Track and Field, Road Running, and Race Walking, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, he was County Administrator for Blaine County, Idaho, served for six years as City manager of Sarasota, Florida, and in several top management positions for Collier County, Florida, including Assistant County Manager/CCO.

During his three-year USATF tenure Mcnees worked in strategic planning, developing and managing events, sponsorship development and fulfillment, sport performance development and athlete relations, as well as programmatic management across the spectrum of USATH activities. He served as the contact prior for the organization with both the USOC and NCAA, developing strong relationships with both, and took Team USA to numerous international championship events, participating in the Congress of the International Association of Athletic Federation as well as the Pan American Federation.

In his thirty-year career, McNees has worked on both sides of the table both for and as a member of appointed and elected boards and boards of directors, including as president of one of the ten largest community theaters in the United States, The Naples Players, Inc. He is an experienced operational and financial manager as well as an authority on board/staff relationships and governance issues. He also models and supports high standards of ethical conduct in governance and operations. 

As an athlete, before competing in Masters Track and Field in later life, Mcnees was a Big Ten Conference champion at Indiana University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and he earned his MBA in Management from Louisiana Tech University while working as Assistant Track Coach. He is a graduate of the Advanced Government Finance Institute of the Government Finance Officers' Association, and the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Development Institute.

McNees has a strong belief in the Olympic ideals, and in the life-changing power of sport, competition, and fitness for athletes of all ages.

Dee Miller, Independent Director

Diana Miller (Dee) is an international business strategy and organizational change consultant with more than 25 years of industry experience across manufacturing, retail, service, and

technology sectors. Dee combines her business background with a strong people orientation to help organizations make long term strategic change. She has managed strategic change projects for companies such as: Electronic Data Systems, Frito-Lay, Inc., Good Year Tire, International Business Machines, Nestle Waters North America, PepsiCo, and the Zale Corporation.

 

Ms. Miller has consulted for many Fortune 100 companies and has provided executive coaching and training to all levels of organizations, working directly with CEO's and hourly employees.

She has worked in a variety of settings such as operational start-ups, corporate offices, union environments, participative management systems, and non-profit management.

 

Dee’s most unique capabilities are in the arenas of business acumen and organizational change strategy. She has assisted organizations with developing business strategies that have produced both long and short-term results. Utilizing a wide variety of methodologies, Ms. Miller works with client organizations to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats from which a change strategy is developed and action plan delivered. Dee’s consulting and change facilitation skills are enhanced by knowledge and experience with creative problem solving, effective team development, executive coaching, industrial psychology, and a deep understanding of the process of organizational change.

 

Helping organizations meet their mission and improve their organizational effectiveness is a passion of Ms. Miller. She has facilitated thousands of strategy sessions on a broad range of

topics, including as a volunteer for various nonprofit groups in the Dallas, Texas area. She, currently, is a member of the board of directors for Equality Texas – Dallas.

 

Dee Miller has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science from Texas Woman’s University and Masters of Science in Organizational Development and Analysis from Case Western Reserve

University. She has completed the Coach the Coach Executive Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership and published various works on strategy development and

organizational change. Prior to her professional career, Dee was a member of the USA Team Handball’s Women’s National Team from 1978 – 1987, competed at the 1982 World

Championships, was the first Alternate for the 1984 Olympic Team and coached several teams at the USOC’s Olympic Festivals.

 

As an entrepreneur, Dee has applied her business and management acumen to start and manage her own consulting business. During her leisure time, she is physically active, enjoys biking, hiking, and swimming. Dee expresses her creative skills through drawing, painting, and photography.

David Thompson, Athlete Representative

David Thompson has been a member of the USA Team handball team since 2001 and has represented the U.S. in two Pan American Games, a World Championships, and various other international competitions. He sits on the Athlete Advisory Council for the United States Olympic Committee.

Thompson is currently a full-time pastor in Birmingham, Ala. He is married to Tina and they have three daughters, Madelyn (5), Anna Blakely (3), and Lily (1). He enjoys time with family, sports and playing music. He was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and earned a B.S. in Art from the University of Alabama.

Sarah Gascon, Athlete Representative

Sarah Gascon has been a member of USA Team Handball since 2005, and is currently the captain of the U.S. Women's National team. She has represented the U.S. in the Pan American Games in 2011, and various other international competitions. 

Sarah is currently a PhD candidate in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics at Auburn University's School of Kinesiology, and works in the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory. She married Matt Chandler on July 4, 2014.