USA Team Handball Board of Directors

Bob Djokovich, Co-Chair 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.

Dee Miller, Co-Chair President

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.

Patrick Jalabert, General Membership Director

Patrick JALABERT is a mechanical design engineer with a Master of Science degree in civil and structural engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from ENSTA Bretagne (France). He has been working as a product design engineer for Poclain Hydraulics for over six years. In that role, he has successfully managed innovative hydraulic motor design projects for industry leaders such as John Deere, Caterpillar or Bobcat.

Patrick has also spent the past seven years in a leadership role within Chicago Inter Handball, one of the country’s most prominent handball organizations. He has contributed his more than 20 years of passion for the sport of handball and his advanced organizational skills to support the continuing development of handball in the Chicago-land area and the Midwest. Most recently, he has driven the development of a Midwest Team Handball League, despite the difficulty in rallying and securing commitment from other organizations within the region.

Patrick was appointed to the USA Team Handball Competition Committee in 2014 and took on the chairmanship of the committee in 2017. In that capacity, he has undertaken the ambitious project of continuously updating the USA Team Handball rulebook to reflect the ever-changing landscape of team handball in the United States. In his role as chairperson, he is also regularly consulted on matters from event sanctioning and coordination, to Safe Sport training and deployment.

In addition, Patrick has supported the implementation of a new membership and event management platform and is contributing to the effort to improve the federations tools in that area.

In the coming months, Patrick will continue to push for the growth of the sport within the Chicago- land area and the Midwest, including driving for more youth and college involvement, in order to contribute to the national effort to build a competitive Team USA for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

JD Orr, General Membership Director

  • Founded The Team Handball Club at The Ohio State University in 2012
  • Competed with the US Junior National Team in 2013
  • With assistance from Luke Albu made team handball a recognized sport of the Arnold Sports Festival, the largest sports festival in the world.
  • Graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biological Engineering
  • Served as an Assistant Coach of the US Men’s Junior (2017) and Senior (2018) National Team Handball Teams.
  • Head Coach of The Team Handball Club at The Ohio State University
  • 2018 USATH Volunteer Coach of the Year

Outside of handball, Orr works as a Validation Engineer for Barry Wehmiller – Design Group, an international engineering firm. Orr has received various awards for his efforts towards creating excellent client relationships and managing difficult situations. From the moment he began his career he was thrusted into the lead role to handle all validation needs for a large client. He has helped gain the trust of the client and has been an important asset on site for maintaining FDA compliance.

Orr has taken his attention to detail to help spur more handball growth in the Ohio and Midwest regions. He has seen what it takes to create a successful organization and has helped grow leaders for future handball development. His passion for development has encouraged many to begin playing the game, as well as pursuing the game to higher levels. Orr has taken players over to Europe to train on numerous occasions and has no plans of stopping. Countless players from Orr’s organizations have been called in for spots on US National Teams.

Orr regularly meets and discusses handball development in the region with representatives from several cities. These discussions have led to the creation of adult clubs, high school programs, clinics, and a 501(c)(3) organization; all for the betterment of team handball. He has put in the time and effort to ensure handball does not continue to go unnoticed in the United States.

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.

Randy Dean, Independent Director

Professional Experience:

Pettit National Ice Center, Inc.(Milwaukee, WI) – Executive Director   2008- present

Turnaround of financially challenged US Olympic Training Site for long track speed skating and community facility with two ice rinks, speed skating oval, and 450-meter run/walk track. Hosted US Olympic Trials-Long Track, January 2018.

University School of Milwaukee – Director of Athletics    2003-2007

Led department of 22 high school sports, hired and managed more than 50 coaches, oversaw multi-million dollar athletic complex, including athletic fields, gymnasiums, and new fitness & weight training center for PK-12 private, independent school.

University School of Milwaukee - Director of Development    1997-2002

Led seven-person department responsible for fund-raising, alumni relations, marketing and communications for PK-12 private, independent school. 

Keldar, Inc. (Mequon, WI) – Principal    1990-1997

Founder of  three-person, small business consulting firm focused on strategic planning, performance management systems, and selection and hiring systems.

Sterltech Division, Sterling, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) – General Manager 1984-1989

Robotics and material handling systems division of family-owned Sterling, Inc.

Bear, Stearns & Co. (Chicago, IL) – Institutional Options Broker 1981-1983

Partnered with options trader to establish institutional options sales and trading operation in Chicago office.

Education:

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1989-1990

Masters of Management, in Operations Management, received in June 1990.

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL      1973-1977

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, received in June 1977.

Community Experience:

Christ Episcopal Church (Whitefish Bay, WI) – Vestry member (2007-10, 2019-present)

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (Bayside, Wisconsin) – Board Member (1992-2003), President (2002-2003)

University School of Milwaukee (Wisconsin) – Board of Trustees 1995-1997

Chaired Committees for Development, Athletics (Ad Hoc), and Strategic Planning.

Athletics-related Experience:

Professional Athlete – New York Giants (National Football League) (1977-1980)

Quarterback and punter; Drafted in 5th round in May 1977; Traded, July 1980 to Green Bay Packers, and released, August 1980.

Olympic Athlete – United States Olympic Team Handball (Montreal, 1976)

            Led team in scoring and eighth in Olympics for team that finished tenth.

Collegiate Athlete – Northwestern University Football (1973-1976 seasons)

Walk-on; Starting quarterback (2 years); Academic All-American 2nd team, 1975 season; Most valuable player, 1976; NCAA Top Five Award Winner 1976; Played in East-West Shrine All-Star Game, January 1977.

Camille Nichols, Independent Director

Ms. Camille Nichols is the Vice President of Business Operations at Fluor Government Group. She retired as a Major General from the United States Army after serving in various Engineer and Department of Defense Acquisition roles in both leadership and staff positions in the United States, the Far East and the Middle East.

Ms. Nichols most recently served as the Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Prior to that assignment, she was the Deputy Commanding General of the Army’s Installation Management Command in San Antonio, Texas. She also has over twenty years of experience in Department of Defense acquisition.

She has a wealth of experience in managing large organizations with a broad product portfolio and has a successful track record in delivering results. Ms. Nichols spends time coaching and mentoring high-performing individuals to become more effective leaders and valuable citizens by positively impacting their organizations, colleagues and communities. She is a frequent keynote speaker, covering topics on effective leadership, the importance of diversity and inclusion, and the power of STEM education.

Ms. Nichols earned a doctorate in Engineering Management at George Washington University, and a B.S. degree in Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy. Also of interest, she was a member of the 1984 Olympics Women’s Team Handball Team. An avid bicyclist, she is currently serving on the nonprofit boards of USA Team Handball and Concurrent Technologies Corporation.

Michael J. Wall, Independent Director

Michael J. Wall is of counsel and a business lawyer for Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a part of the Transactional & Securities Practice and the Sports Industry Team.

Before joining Foley, Mr. Wall served for 22 years on various executive management teams of businesses directly related to sports. For 13 years, Mr. Wall was the sole in-house counsel for the TD Garden and Boston Bruins, followed by nine years as General Counsel for Performance Sports Group, Ltd.—the former manufacturer of BAUER hockey, EASTON baseball, and CASCADE/MAVERIK lacrosse equipment and apparel.

Mr. Wall’s corporate law background includes public company corporate governance, M&A, litigation strategy, intellectual property procurement, management and enforcement, and consumer products regulatory compliance. Mr. Wall’s first-hand daily involvement in the sports and entertainment arena position him to counsel clients seeking to acquire or sell sports franchises; to finance, develop and construct sports and entertainment venues; and to negotiate the myriad agreements that are necessary to capture and preserve the revenue- generating opportunities ancillary to stadium and team operations.

Mr. Wall was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary while at Performance Sports Group. In this role, Mr. Wall oversaw the company's initial public offerings on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange and helped grow the company from a single-sport $200 million company to a multi-sports enterprise with revenues in excess of $600 million. He also coordinated the adoption and implementation of a public company corporate governance program under U.S. and Canadian securities law, supervised eight business acquisitions between 2008 and 2016, and managed an IP portfolio inclusive of more than 800 patents, among other duties. Mr. Wall represented the company in its filing of voluntary petitions for protection under U.S. and Canadian bankruptcy law in order to facilitate a financial and corporate restructuring thorough a going-concern sale of the company’s

assets and served as president of the bankruptcy estate following the closing of the sale.

Before joining Performance Sports Group, Mr. Wall served as chief legal officer for the Boston operations of Delaware North Companies, including the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins NHL franchise, and the concessionaires for the TD Garden, the Xfinity Center and Boston University's Agganis Arena. Serving in this role from 1995 through 2008, Mr. Wall counseled the executive management team of each entity on all legal aspects of their operations and business relationships.

Representative Experience in Sports Industry Practice

For the TD Garden, Mr. Wall advised executive management, concerning all legal aspects of arena operations and the arena’s relationships with long-term tenants (the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins), event promoters, advertisers, sponsors, premium seating clients, abutting landowners, and state and municipal authorities. Mr. Wall is well-versed in legal matters pertinent to the ownership, management and operation of multi-use sports and entertainment venues, including the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of the following types of agreements:

Naming rights agreements
Advertising and sponsorship agreements
Premium seating agreements
Concert and other event license agreements
Beverage pouring rights agreements
Building use leases, including professional sports teams’ leases Concessions agreements

Mr. Wall has significant experience in addressing substantive legal matters that arise in arena operations, such as ADA compliance, risk management and personal injury litigation, premium seating program development and legal maintenance, ticketing operations, sweepstakes and other contests, and concessions operations, including liquor license maintenance.

For the Boston Bruins, Mr. Wall counseled executive management concerning all legal aspects of the franchise’s operations, including advice with respect to the NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining agreement, and the club’s relationships with players, the NHL and its member clubs, NESN (a regional sports network owned by the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins), broadcast rights holders, and advertisers and sponsors.

During his tenure with the NHL club, Mr. Wall addressed legal matters pertinent to the ownership and operation of a major professional sports franchise, including the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of the following types of agreements:

Building use leases between the franchise and arena owner Television and radio broadcast rights agreements
Regional sports network partnership agreements Advertising, marketing and sponsorship agreements Coaches and other management employment contracts Player contracts

Intellectual property licensing agreements Athlete endorsement licensing agreements

With specific reference to Mr. Wall’s service to the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins, and the Sportservice concessions entities, his major undertakings and experience include the

following:

Closure of the legal department for the old Boston Garden and establishment of a new legal department with the opening of the FleetCenter in 1995
Negotiation and drafting of several revisions to the arena’s 1993 naming rights agreement to reflect assignment of the agreement from Shawmut Bank to Fleet Bank in 1995 and the early termination of the agreement by Bank of America in 2004 and of a new naming rights agreement with TD Bank in 2005

Assistance in the negotiation of a restructuring of the economic arrangement between the Boston Celtics and the arena and drafting of the new venue lease in 2006
Service as the arena’s sole legal representation for its hosting of the 2004 Democratic National Convention and as a member of the legal subcommittee formed among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prepare for the convention; negotiation of the Master Convention Agreement among the Democratic National Convention Committee, the City of Boston organizing committees, and the arena and all ancillary agreements pertaining to the “four wall” use of the venue

Attendance at NESN Board of Director meetings from 1996-2008; assistance in the negotiation of amended broadcast rights agreements between the teams and NESN following the network’s conversion from a premium to basic cable service and in the restructuring of the partnership relationship between the Red Sox and the Bruins Assistance in mitigating and resolving the economic consequences and legal implications that arose out of the 1994-95 and 2004-05 NHL and 1998-99 NBA work stoppages

Liaison between the Bruins and the NHL league office concerning NHLPA grievances and intellectual property matters
Incorporation of Garden Neighborhood Charities, Inc. and the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, Inc. and advising as to their non-profit activities; management of all legal aspects pertinent to the operation of the Sports Museum of New England within the arena

Drafting of concessions license agreements for the Sportservice entities at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and the Agganis Arena at Boston University and management of all legal aspects of their operations at these venues and at the TD Garden, including liquor license maintenance

Representative Experience in Corporate Law

Mr. Wall served in private practice for seven years earlier in his career, during which time he represented a prominent international athletic footwear manufacturer, including domestic and international licensing, distribution and supply arrangements, endorsement contracts, advertising and sponsorship agreements, and trademark licensing and protection. As General Counsel for Performance Sports Group, an industry-leading sporting goods equipment manufacturer, his substantive corporate law experience include the following:

Mergers and acquisitions (eight acquisitions from 2008 through 2016 and the sale of substantially all of the assets of the company in 2017)
Public securities offerings in the U.S. and Canada (IPOs on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2011 and on the NYSE in 2014)

Public company securities law compliance under U.S. and Canadian law
Adoption and implementation of a corporate governance “best practices” program for

U.S. domestic issuers
Strategy implementation to address shareholder activists
Proxy contests
Compliance with antitrust and competition law in the U.S., Canada and the EEA Product
safety and regulatory compliance
Product recalls under the CPSC and Health Canada regulatory regimes Intellectual property
procurement, maintenance and enforcement
Financial workouts/restructurings
Bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. and Canada

Publications

Featured,“TheInsolvencyArena,” Lexpert,August8,2017
“Why Controversy Can Be Good for Your Career,” Forefront Magazine, January 6, 2014

Education

Mr. Wall received his J.D. degree in 1988 from Boston College Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree ( cum laude) in 1984 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta.

Admissions

Mr. Wall is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts state and federal courts.

Affiliations

Since 2011, Mr. Wall has been a member of the board of directors of Good Sports, Inc. Additionally, he has been a member of the advisory board of Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, Inc. since 2015. Formerly, he has served on the board of directors for the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, Inc., the NHL Pension Society, and HopeFound Inc.

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.