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Link will open in a new windowMark A. Lucas, MSLink will open in a new window  
Executive Director

Mark has worked with people who are blind and visually impaired for more than 25 years.  Lucas first began working with children and youth who are blind and visually impaired in 1985 as the Director of Recreation for the Foundation for the Junior Blind in Los Angeles. In 1993, Lucas and his family relocated to Colorado Springs, CO to serve as the Assistant Executive Director for USABA and became the Executive Director in 2001.  In this capacity, is responsible for facilitating the development and management of USABA fundraising programs; managing the organizational budget; implementing and monitoring a sports management program for USABA’s sports; hiring and overseeing USABA national office staff and volunteers; and serving as USABA’s chief spokesperson to organizations and associations, including the U.S. Olympic Committee and other national and international federations. Mark is a board member for Vision Serve Alliance and is a member of Association of Educators in Rehabilitation for the Blind.

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Link will open in a new windowRyan Ortiz  Link will open in a new window
Assistant Executive Director

Ryan is responsible for the planning and execution of USABA’s fundraising programs.  Ortiz came to USABA in 2004 after working as a part of the development team at the University of New Mexico Athletic Department’s Lobo Club.  Ortiz works with Mark Lucas and the Board of Directors to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy that concentrates on expanding philanthropic support for USABA.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with his wife Julie and sons Grady & Crew.

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Courtney PattersonLink will open in a new window  
Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Courtney is responsible for the planning and implementation of USABA’s marketing and communication plans. She oversees the promotion of the organization and communication with local, regional and national media. She also assists in the management of programs and events like the annual Breckenridge Ski Camp, tandem cycling camps and rowing camps. Courtney started working with USABA in 2015 following an internship with the USOC. She has a BBA from Abilene Christian University and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.  On the weekends, Courtney enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.

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Link will open in a new windowSteve Rauch  
Grants Manager

Steve is tasked with locating and securing funding for USABA’s multiple programs that require financial resources to operate.  He works collaboratively with foundations, corporations and government agencies to match them with USABA’s mission in providing sports opportunities to blind and visually impaired individuals.  He previously worked with USABA as the Volunteer Coordinator.  Prior to joining USABA, Steve worked as a clinical social worker developing and providing programs for at-risk youth.  He has authored numerous grants and research articles that received national attention.  In his spare time, he enjoys mountaineering, photography and travel.

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Kevin BrousardLink will open in a new window  
Membership Manager

Kevin oversees programs and initiatives to increase membership. He provides customer service to current and potential members while cultivating strong relationships with USABA key constituents and partners. Kevin has a Communications degree from the University of La Verne. A USABA athlete himself, Kevin is a 3-time world champion in discus and shot put. Kevin now aspires to compete for Team USA in the 2020 Paralympic Games as a judo athlete.

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Matt Boyle
Head Coach, U.S. Men’s Goalball Team

Coach Boyle is currently the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Goalball Team. He also acts as the resident coach and runs the day to day operation of the team at their training center, Turnstone Center, in Fort Wayne, IN. Coach Boyle was first introduced to goalball in 2009 at a recreational program through the City of Sacramento Access Leisure. He began traveling with his then club team, the California Earthquake, in 2011 to various domestic competitions. In 2012, the Earthquake won a national championship, and Coach Boyle was asked to apply for the opening of the assistant coach position for the U.S. Men’s team. In 2017, following a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Head Coach Mike Lege retired and Matt Boyle became the head coach. Goalball has become a lifestyle for Coach Boyle. Goalball provides him with everything that he enjoys outside of the game. The ability to compete on an international level, the opportunity to travel around the world, meet new people and discover new cultures are just a few of the perks of the job. Coach Boyle spent all of his youth playing sports but also volunteering his time in recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. So far it has proven to be a perfect combination of experiences to be a successful goalball coach.

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Jake Czechowski
Head Coach, U.S. Women’s Goalball Team

Jake manages and works with the U.S. Women’s Resident Team at the team’s residential training center, Turnstone Center, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He accompanies the Women’s National Team to international and domestic competitions. Jake was first introduced to goalball in 2004 at a USABA Sports Camp in Colorado Springs. He began coaching the Arizona Sting club team in 2006 and was named Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s Goalball Team in 2010. Following a silver medal for the U.S. Women at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the retirement of then Head Coach, Kenneth Armbruster, Jake was named Head Coach. He believes in a team-based system centered on the ability to be creative and adaptive without sacrificing fundamental mastery. When he’s not coaching, Jake enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. Jake’s wife, Lisa, has been a member of the U.S. Women’s Goalball Team since 1997. They have a 3-year-old son named Jay who, of course, is a huge goalball fan!

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