Molly has over 20 years of progressive experience in sales, sports marketing and philanthropy. In her various positions, she established executive-level contacts and relationships across sports agencies, brands, national governing bodies, and non-profits. She built and led teams to generate substantial sponsorships and increase and diversify revenue streams in the health & wellness and sports industry. Prior to joining USABA, Molly served as vice president, fitness and endurance partnerships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a lifelong sports devotee and is a masters swimmer who competes in open water swim competitions. She is also an avid cyclist and practices yoga daily.
As the first CEO of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, Molly provides oversight for association staff, operations, financials, fundraising, membership, brand, and reputation. She works with the board, staff, members, and other stakeholders to develop, implement, and achieve the strategic plan to increase membership, expand programs, and develop new revenue streams, among other goals. Molly also ensures a continued collaborative relationship with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), the International Blind Sports Federation and other NGBs, and supports the men’s and women’s goalball teams that have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
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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 & Paralympic Committee and other national and international federations. Mark is a board member for Vision Serve Alliance and is a member of the Association of Educators in Rehabilitation for the Blind.
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Bill is responsible for the planning and implementation of USABA’s marketing and communication plans. He oversees the promotion of the organization and communication with local, regional and national media. He also assists in the management of programs and events like the annual Breckenridge ski camp, tandem cycling and rowing camps, and Breakfast with Champions fundraiser. Bill started working with USABA in 2019, having spent the previous 22 years in various communications roles with Olympic National Governing Bodies such as USA Cycling, USA Taekwondo, U.S. Biathlon, USA Pentathlon, U.S. Speedskating, USA Boxing and USA Archery. He has BA in Communications from Niagara University and enjoys attending his children’s sporting events and watching football on Sundays in the fall.
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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 oversees programs and initiatives to increase membership, as well as the organization’s finances. 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 the discus and shot put. Kevin now aspires to compete for Team USA in the 2020 Paralympic Games as a track and field athlete.
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Cat hails from Fishers, Indiana, and is a 2012 Paralympian in wheelchair fencing. She is a recent graduate of Indiana University with degrees in recreational therapy and nonprofit management and was the co-founder of the first adaptive sports program at IU. Cat has a passion for the Paralympic movement and for people, and she is looking forward to working with USABA members. In her free time, she likes to read, play card and board games, and go on hikes with her dog and boyfriend.
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Linda is responsible for supporting the National Goalball Team head coaches by managing the administrative duties necessary in the planning and implementation of the USABA goalball program. She ensures that all athletes, coaches, and officials have current SafeSport, background checks, concussion training, and USABA membership before attending any sanctioned event. Linda is also an international Level 3 official and head U.S. goalball official. She is responsible for scheduling goalball officials for each regional tournament and overseeing the recruitment and development of new officials.
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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 son named Jay who, of course, is a huge goalball fan!
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Keith works at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) located in Saint Augustine, Florida, as a physical education teacher for over 10 years. He accompanies the Men’s National Team to international and domestic competitions. Keith was first introduced to Goalball in 2009 from the former U.S. Men’s Goalball Team Head Coach, Mike Lege. He has served as the USA Deaflympic Taekwondo Team Head Coach, on the World Taekwondo Para Education Committee, and was a USA National Para Taekwondo Team Coach. In 2015, Keith was asked to serve as the FSDB Boys Goalball Team Head Coach where the team won the 2018 USABA National High School Goalball Championships. In 2018, Keith helped form and coach the Florida United Goalball teams. In 2019, Keith led the U.S. Men’s Goalball Team to the silver medal at the ParaPan Am Games in Lima, Peru, and qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. He believes in Tom Coughlin’s slogan of “Team First, Team Last, Team Always” that incorporates controlled aggression and execution, single-minded focus, and peak strength and conditioning. When he’s not coaching, Keith enjoys spending time with family, reading, presenting at physical education conferences, and talking to organizations that serve the blind and visually impaired. Keith is married to his wife, Sam, who is a registered dietitian and Navy Reserve officer. They have a daughter, Abbey, who is a college student and works as a lifeguard.
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James works at Priority Automotive in Chesapeake, Va., as a fixed operations manager for 16 years. He assists Coach Young in the day-to-day development and play of the men’s national team, plus game analytics. James was introduced to goalball by his grandson, Christian King, in 2017 and started coaching the DC Eagles in 2018, helping them rise from a developmental team to the elite bracket. In 2019, James helped the U.S. Men’s National Team to a silver medal at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, and qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. James is married to his wife Jayne, a stay-at-home mother and grandmother, and resides in Virginia Beach, Va., along with his two children, Michael and Stephanie, and four grandchildren.
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