Contact Us: USA Ultimate Headquarters Staff

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USA Ultimate headquarters can be reached at 719-219-8322.  Use the below extensions to reach staff directly.

 
Dr. Tom Crawford Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Email Tom x111
Finance & Administration Department
Julia Lee Director - Finance & Development  Email Julia x122
Kayleigh Hudson Manager - Finance & Administration   Email Kayleigh x131
Competition & Athlete Programs Department
Will Deaver Managing Director - Competition & National Teams  Email Will x114
Joy Ferenbaugh Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Youth)  Email Joy x126
Byron Hicks Manager - Events  Email Byron x121
Tom Manewitz Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (College)  Email Tom x125
David Raflo Manager - Events  Email David x129
Ernest Toney Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Club)  Email Ernest x132
Marketing & Communications Department
Andy Lee Managing Director - Marketing, Communications & Brand  Email Andy x113
Stacey Waldrup Senior Manager - Communications  Email Stacey x119
Maelyn Divinski Manager - Digital Marketing & Communications  Email Maelyn x117
Larry Melton Communications Coordinator  Email Larry x123
Member Services & Community Development Department
Josh Murphy Director - Member Services & Community Development  Email Josh x130
Teal Dabney Manager - Event Sanctioning  Email Teal x116 
Leah Dolan-Kelley Manager - Community Services & Development  Email Leah x118
Joy Dunphey Administrative Assistant - Member Services  Email Joy N/A
Kirstin Graham Manager - Online Technology  Email Kirstin x112
Dan Raabe Manager - Youth & Education Programs  Email Dan x115
Sarah Powers Coordinator - Youth & Education Programs  Email Sarah x133
 

 

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Dr. Tom Crawford   Teal Dabney   Will Deaver   Maelyn Divinski   Leah Dolan-Kelley   Joy Dunphey
                     
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Dr. Tom Crawford

Chief Executive Officer

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Joined USA Ultimate: August 2009

Hometown: Cranston, RI

College: Siena, Purdue, Indiana

About: 

I am USA Ultimate’s chief executive officer and an ex-officio member of the board of directors.

Prior to working at USA Ultimate, I was an entrepreneur, founding multiple companies, as well as working with NFL, NHL and NBA franchises. I worked for the United States Olympic Committee as Managing Director of High Performance Programs (Venture 2000), and as Director of Coaching, was honored to work with virtually all Olympic teams and coaches.

I like to run/walk every day, travel to the French West Indies and explore lots of interesting wines and books. I also love to hang out with my family and play with my grandson…with another one on the way very soon!

Fun Facts:

1. Although most don’t know it, I have in fact played ultimate, and I am undefeated.

2. I was a two-sport varsity athlete at a Division I college…for 24 hours, when the tennis coach found out I had made the basketball team. He had other plans.

3. I grew up tough, and when I was 17, had a hit taken out on me by a made member of the New England Mafia. I was saved at the last minute by my tribe. It was ugly, but they never tried again!

4. My wife is amazing! She is the Senior Director of International Operations at the U.S. Olympic Committee and Director of the Summer Olympic Games. She is also gorgeous…I totally over-achieved!

 

 


Finance & Administration

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Julia Echterhoff Lee

Director - Finance & Development

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Joined USA Ultimate: February 2011

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

College: University of Georgia

About: 

As lead for the finance and administration department, I mastermind financial planning and reporting and support the board, the staff and all of the administrative office functions, including human resources, IT, logistics, insurance, etc. I also help out with fundraising and the new Ultimate Foundation.

I worked as an accounting and tax consultant at Ernst & Young before specializing in non-profits.

I played ultimate for 10 years on Atlanta Ozone before moving to Boston, where I joined Brute Squad for one season (although I tore my ACL two weeks into the season – doh!). After moving to Colorado, I played one season with Atlanta Bucket and one season with Boulder Jackwagon but mostly started focusing on coaching.

I like cooking (and eating!), reading, UGA football and spending time with my husband Andy, our daughter Sophie and our dog Maya.

Fun Facts:

1. I have a baby girl named Sophie. She’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

2. I have played at 15 UPA/USA Ultimate National Championships – four in college with Georgia (including winning it all in 2001!), 10 in the club women’s division with Ozone and one in the club mixed division with Bucket.

 

 


 

 

Kayleigh Hudson

Manager - Finance & Administration

Joined USA Ultimate: June 2018

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

College: University of South Carolina

About: 

As the manager of finance and administration, I get to help ensure financial integrity of the organization, and I also get to have a hand in other areas like office administration, IT and events, to name a few. I have 

been involved with ultimate in some fashion since 2009, including being on the committee for Hopu Ka Lewa, and serving on the board for the local disc organization in Colorado Springs. 

Prior to starting at USA Ultimate, I number crunched my way from a CPA firm in South Carolina to a construction company in Hawaii, then settled in between the two in Colorado in 2011 and worked for a youth non-profit organization.

I also enjoy rock climbing, musicals, petting every dog I see and talking about how next year my Gamecocks are going to win the S.E.C. (it’s gonna happen). 

Fun Facts:

1. I’m not like those other accountants; I’m a cool accountant! 

2. I have a series of photos of me holding my friends’ kids while they are crying. It is called "Cry Babies."

3. I’m not going to say my karaoke version of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart is life changing, but I will say people often tell me that it changed their life.


 
 

 


 


Competition & Athlete Programs

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Will Deaver 

Managing Director - Competition & Athlete Programs

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Joined USA Ultimate: January 2001

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA

College: University of Georgia (BS and MS)

About:

I am responsible for overseeing USA Ultimate’s competition and athlete programs, including over 250 events in USAU’s 20 divisions of competition and over a dozen national teams. I also direct programs for coaching, youth outreach, Spirit of the Game, rules, officiating and conduct.

I transitioned into sports administration and event management from parks and recreation. Prior to working at the UPA/USAU, I worked at a regional park in Athens, Ga., and as a raft guide in Ocoee, Tenn.

I played ultimate at the University of Georgia for five years, beginning in the fall of 1993. I played club ultimate for Atlanta’s Chain Lightning (1996-2000) and Boulder’s Johnny Bravo (2001-2006, 2008). I’ve played at three College Nationals, nine Club Nationals, two WFDF World Championships (WUCC) and the IWGA World Games where I was part of Team U.S.A.’s gold-medal run in 2005.

I live in Louisville, Colo., with my wife Melanie and sons Liam and Jack. Outside of ultimate, I enjoy outdoor activities with my family, including mountain biking, camping and snowboarding/skiing. I also enjoy tennis, goaltimate and entertaining myself playing guitar and piano.

Fun Facts:

1. I co-authored the Callahan Rules for college ultimate, along with Charles Kerr, in 1997. These rules introduced many now-standard parts of the game, including the defensive (Callahan) goal, time limits and the current role of observers.

2. When I left college, I held the intramural bench press record at the University of Georgia (for the lightest weight class).

3. While playing pool in a bar, I got into a standoff with a drunk, racist guy. My girlfriend punched him in the face. I married her.


 
 


 

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Joy Ferenbaugh 

Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Youth)

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Joined USA Ultimate: June 2017

Hometown: Los Alamos, NM

College: California-Davis, Minnesota, Texas Tech

About:

At USA Ultimate, I help organize, manage and run our youth championship events: state championships, YCC at the U.S. Open, the Youth Fall Cups and the U-20 National Teams. I also oversee the youth competition guidelines and their updates with my four amazing regional youth directors.   

At the age of five, I told my parents I was going to be a marine biologist. So after I checked that off my list, I ended up as an assistant professor in the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) Department at James Madison University. I coached the women’s team (go Bmonks!) there, before coming to USAU.

I started playing ultimate at California-Davis, in the intramural league, but didn’t play competitively until grad school at Texas Tech. Now, many moons later, I’ve played on some high-caliber teams, attending Worlds twice (2002 and 2010) and winning Nationals in 2009 with Axis of C’ville (yeah, mixed division!).

In addition to ultimate, I play jack of all trades with my hobbies: running, mountain biking, rock climbing, road biking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, dog momming, hiking/camping, gaming (board & RPG), etc.

Fun Facts:

1. I am a grammar freak, so I love Stacey very much.

2. I knew Byron back when he could play – Texas isn’t as big as it thinks it is.

3. I have been to six of the seven continents, and I have been to the highest points in Europe and Africa, on foot.


 
 

 


 

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Byron Hicks

Manager - Events

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Joined USA Ultimate: September 2008

Hometown: Texas

About:

As event manager, I work with convention and visitors bureaus, sports commissions and local disc organizations to help bring great events to the world. Prior to working at USA Ultimate, I worked in retail management. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my children, cycling, road trips and hanging out at home. I started playing ultimate in 1983 in Texas. I have captained teams in four divisions at Nationals. I was a long-time sectional and regional coordinator and was recognized as coordinator of the year in both positions.

Fun Facts:

1. In the fifth grade, I was left behind on a field trip at the Fields Museum in Chicago.

2. I can drive longer than anyone at USA Ultimate without stopping.

3. I once won a game of Trivial Pursuit on my first turn.


 
 
 
 

 


   

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Tom Manewitz

Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (College)

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Joined USA Ultimate: December 2015

Hometown: New York, NY

College: George Washington University (BA), University of Minnesota (JD)

About: 

I oversee USA Ultimate’s college division programs and U-23 National Team programs. Prior to joining USA Ultimate, I graduated from the University of Minnesota law school and worked as a corporate attorney for a law firm based in Minneapolis. I have also worked as a camp counselor/ program director at Herzl camp and was an Americorps member in 2008-2009, working with welfare participants.

While not working at USAU, I can be found playing ultimate, hiking, traveling and playing board games. My ultimate career began at Horace Mann High School, where I captained the team my senior year, and it continued through college at George Washington. After college, I coached for Hopkins High School in Minnesota for three seasons. Today, I play in local leagues and in beach ultimate tournaments around the world. 

Fun Facts:

1. When I was a kid, I had Who Framed Roger Rabbit bed sheets.  

2. I played on a pick-up team at the World Ultimate Club Championships in Prague in 2010.

3. While in law school, my roommates and I played Settlers of Catan to determine who delivered the rent check to our landlord. 


 
 
 

 


 

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David Raflo

Manager - Events

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Joined USA Ultimate: January 2012

Hometown: Springfield, VA

College: University of Virginia

About:

As one of USA Ultimate’s event managers, I get to help plan some of the world’s finest ultimate tournaments. I switched to planning ultimate events from helping people with their retirement planning after about 15 years in the financial services industry. I still play ultimate when I can (though many say I never could), but I also chase plastic on the internet as I am collecting old discs and paraphernalia. I started playing ultimate in college and volunteered for many years and in various roles with the UPA, WAFC and Minnesota High School Ultimate League.  

Fun Facts:

1. I have been to Colombia, Brazil and Mexico to serve as WFDF Tournament Technical Director for the Pan American Ultimate Championships.

2. I got to coach ultimate to scores of great kids at Edina High School in Minnesota.

3. Many people think I am slow because of all of the knee surgeries I’ve had, but no, I am truly naturally slow.  


 
 
 
 

 



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Ernest Toney

Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Club)

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Joined USA Ultimate: March 2014

Hometown: Farmville, VA

College: James Madison University (M.S., B.S.)

About: 

I manage USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour and masters division programs with the help of great volunteer coordinators, national directors, and player respresentatives from across the country. 

My ultimate career began in in 2000 at James Madison University with the Flying Hellfish. I played for four seasons, then helped the team with practices and tournaments while attending grad school for sport and recreation management. I played on club teams in Tucson from 2007-2011, then moved to Colorado and played for Inception from 2012-2013. Though my club days have passed, I still play in local leagues and the occasional fun/reunion tourneys.

Prior to joining USAU, I ran a marketing consultancy for recreation and fitness businesses, was a sales consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and served as the membership and marketing director for a YMCA.

Fun Facts:

1. I was introduced to disc sports at a summer 4-H camp at age 12, then became obsessed with freestyle and disc golf until playing ultimate for the first time at age 17. 

2. Outside of ultimate, I enjoy running, hiking, trivia, poker, hip-hop, and 90s rock. 

3. Love spending time with my wife (Angela) and toddler (Kendrick).


 
 

 


Marketing & Communications

 

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Andy Lee

Managing Director - Marketing, Communications & Brand

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Joined USA Ultimate: May 2010

Hometown: Delafield, WI

College: University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

About: 

At USA Ultimate I am responsible for establishing the organization’s overall marketing, communications and public and media relations strategy and directing the department’s day-to-day operations, including television and media partnerships, sponsorship and licensing, branding and business development.

Prior to my relatively recent introduction to the sport of ultimate, I served in a similar capacity for USA Cycling (2003-08) after spending several years as an assistant director and global operations and media relations manager for Saturn Cycling – one of America’s longest-running and most successful professional cycling teams. As a sports marketer on the agency side with Team Sports, Inc., I also planned and implemented mobile marketing tours and athlete-brand relationships for several A-list clients in the action sports space, including Tommy Hilfiger, Volvo, Timex, Saturn, Cannondale and Rollerblade.

My experience in the Olympic world began with one of the most exclusive internship programs at the U.S. Olympic Committee as a sports management undergrad at UW-La Crosse. Since then, I had the privilege of serving on three U.S. Olympic Team delegations as a press officer in Athens (2004), Torino (2006) and Beijing (2008), as well as an athlete/media liaison at 18 World Championships and Pan American Games for Team USA.

When not working, I enjoy cycling, snowboarding, traveling, eating, watching the Green Bay Packers, mowing the lawn and spending time with my wife Julia, our daughter Sophie and our dog Maya.

Fun Facts:

1. A fanatic of Led Zeppelin, along with my childhood friend since the age of eight, Mike, we’ve attended 69 live performances by the surviving members of the band since 1995 across 22 states, the U.K. and China, including the legendary 2007 reunion concert in London where we camped out for three days to be the first two people in line, scored front row seats and witnessed the final, private rehearsal for the show as VIP guests of the band.

2. I was a record-holding NCAA collegiate high jumper with a 42" vertical and a college dunk contest victory to my name.

3. As a travel enthusiast, I’ve been to 49 states – all but Alaska – and 25 countries.

 

 


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Stacey Waldrup 

Senior Manager - Communications

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Joined USA Ultimate: February 2013

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

College: Appalachian State University

About: 

My main responsibilities are managing the organization’s communications – press releases, website editorial content, mobile app content, eNews editions and member emails – and USAU publications – event guides, annual report, marketing materials, etc. – among other things.

Prior to joining USAU, I spent four years working for the North Carolina School Boards Association in Raleigh in communications and education policy. I started playing ultimate at Appalachian State and continued to play at the club level in the Triangle Area after graduating, mostly in the mixed division. I even got to play at Club Nationals once with wHagonweel before joining USAU. In addition to still playing ultimate, I love all things Colorado: hiking, camping, backpacking, rafting, good beer and great music, as well as reading and traveling as much as possible. 

Fun Facts:

1. I took baton-twirling lessons as a kid. Yep, that’s a thing.

2. Before picking up ultimate in college, I was a high school band dork. I played the clarinet.

3. I grew up in a town most people think is made up – Soddy Daisy, Tenn.


              

 


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Maelyn Divinski 

Manager - Digital Marketing & Communications

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Joined USA Ultimate: February 2017

Hometown: Johns Creek, GA

College: Savannah College of Art and Design

About: 

My main responsibility is to strategically manage and promote USA Ultimate on social media with engaging, original content. Prior to USAU, I worked for three different non-profits and a tech start-up as a social media and public relations coordinator. 

I’ve been an athlete my entire life and currently channel my passion for competitive sports with running in various road races. When I am not in the office, I am running, reading a mind-opening book, photographing nature or simply enjoying the great outdoors with my two dogs by experiencing Colorado –hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking, fishing or riding horses.  

Fun Facts:

1. During the summer of 2014, I ran across America with a team of 24 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

2. I grew up with horses and knew how to ride a horse before a bike. 

3. 90s music fo' lyfe. 


  


 

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Larry Melton

Communications Coordinator

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Joined USA Ultimate: April 2018

Hometown: San Jose, CA

College: Stanford University

About: 

My main responsibilities are to support The Ultimate Foundation and the USA Ultimate (USAU) communications department with generation of web content and creation of publications (event guides, annual reports, marketing materials).

Prior to working with USAU, I worked as a marketing specialist and assistant project manager for Stanford Residential & Dining Enterprises, and also interned with Stanford Athletics as a communications assistant. More recently, I worked as a senior educational consultant for Green Ivy, working with middle and high school students to improve their organization, time management, study skills and overall perspective on school.

My favorite hobbies include pick-up basketball (I can’t go a week without playing), relearning classical piano, reading and audiobooks, singing the Hamilton musical (particularly as Aaron Burr), spades/dominoes/poker, video games and watching countless TV comedies and dramas.

Fun Facts:

1. I almost never verbally go by my government name of Lawrence, as I instead choose to go by Larry. Some of my other nicknames include Law-Dawg, Larry Hova, Boo and Buck. As a kid, my friends made a song filled with many nicknames that rhyme with Larry.

2. It was once a career dream of mine to host my own show on Shark Week. Although the dream has passed, I still watch Shark Week annually and have a goal to scuba dive, cage dive with great white sharks and visit Seal Island where great whites leap out of the water.

3. I am an old soul, as my music goes as far back as the 1960s with The Temptations, but I am still catching up on the 90s R&B classics.


  

 


Member Services & Community Development

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Josh Murphy

Director - Member Services & Community Development

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Joined USA Ultimate: February 2014

Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Willemstad, Curacao; Rubio, Venezuela; Raleigh, NC (honorable mentions to Chatan, Okinawa and Fond Parisien, Haiti)

College: Samford University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 

About: 

Directing the Member Services & Community Development department essentially means serving my awesome staff to the best of my ability, while also working on developing and/or enhancing the annual national organizer’s convention, the Affiliate Program to serve local disc organizations and the State-Based Organization initiative to establish regional governing bodies that oversee an entire state (or several) to improve service to local areas, members, teams, leagues and clubs. 

Before coming to USA Ultimate, I was a local organizer with Triangle Ultimate in North Carolina for almost five years, serving as the board treasurer, league/tournament director and then full-time interim executive director. My professional background is otherwise heavy on software development with some forays into nursing, teaching and disaster relief. 

Ultimate first began improving my life in 1997 while I attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL (and needed a next step from my then-competitive soccer and basketball background) where I began playing and traveling with the Sundried Yams (sponsored by Gold Bond Medicated Powder), University of Alabama's men's team (as a pickup when enrollment wasn't required), and various local open/men’s club teams. After following my now-wife to Raleigh, NC in 2003, I continued playing and captaining men’s ultimate teams at the regional level before aging into the master’s division at the national level (along with lots of league & hat tourney play and organizing). In addition to continuing to play ultimate today at the league and masters levels here in CO, I enjoy hiking, biking, scuba diving, beach bumming, working with kids, helping people in need, appreciating craft beers, learning new languages and traveling to new places.

Fun Facts:

1. I’m the only club ultimate player (to my knowledge) who speaks Papiamentu, the heart language of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (where I grew up) in the southern Caribbean.

2. Although my only pets now are two dogs (a congenitally blind yorkshire terrier named Waka and a black sheepadoodle named Lola), I’m an animal lover who once simultaneously owned 27 snakes, three turtles, two iguanas, a monkey-tailed skink and a spunky little wire-haired jack russell terrier named Sally.

3. The only ultimate nickname I’ve ever had is "Turf" which I acquired a decade into my playing career while on the N.C. men’s club team Cannibal as the taller of two players named Josh Murphy; my slightly shorter teammate (now playing in South Africa) was nicknamed "Surf."

 

 


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Teal Dabney

Manager - Event Sanctioning

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Joined USA Ultimate: April 2018

Hometown: Odessa, FL

College: University of South Florida

About: 

As the manager of event sanctioning, I oversee all sanctioned events and work with event directors to plan and execute tournaments, leagues, clinics and practices. I have played ultimate for the past eight years (college: South Florida Scally Wenches, club: Florida Tabby Rosa). I have also coached the University of South Florida women’s team for the past four years. 

Before moving to Colorado to work for USA Ultimate, I worked in the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of St. Petersburg in Florida. 

Fun Facts:
 

1. I am 6’1". 

2. Before playing ultimate, I used to BMX throughout middle and high school. 


 

 


 

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Leah Dolan-Kelley

Manager - Community Services & Development

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Joined USA Ultimate: May 2015

Hometown: Easton, MA

College: Emerson College

About: 

I started at USA Ultimate as the Manager of Event Sanctioning in May of 2015. I oversaw all sanctioned events and worked with event directors to plan and execute tournaments, clinics and practices. In 2018 I moved into the role of Manager of Community Services and Development where I will continue to support our affiliate program and the community in growing ultimate.

I’ve been playing ultimate since 2008 and club since 2014. I love playing ultimate and have been fortunate enough to play in great communities and meet wonderful people all across the nation.

When I'm not working I'm outside enjoying the Rocky Mountains! I love to mountain bike, climb, hike, ski and explore!

Fun Facts:

1. I have been vegan since 2012! 

2. I worked as a story assistant on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!

3. My ultimate nickname is DK!


 

 



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Joy Dunphey

Administrative Assistant - Member Services

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Joined USA Ultimate: April 2015

Hometown: Rancho Cordova, CA      

College: California State University–Sacramento

About: 

I presently provide support to the USA Ultimate membership department. My career prior to joining the USAU team was with the U.S. Department of Defense, and now as my career winds down, I am enjoying a less stressful, more enjoyable position with young, energetic people in the sporting world. I spend half my time in the mountains where I enjoying skiing, biking, hiking, dancing and lots of socializing. I am one of the few employees here who is not presently participating in the sport of ultimate, but I enjoy watching my fellow employees.

 

Fun Facts:

1. I have many years of classical ballet experience but also played softball for many years.

2. I worked in the Washington Post Sports Newsroom and supported them during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.


 

 


 

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Kirstin Graham

Manager - Online Technology

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Joined USA Ultimate: March 2018

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

College: Colorado Technical University

About: 

As the online technology manager, I am responsible for the technical aspects of the online presence of USA Ultimate. I have worked for over 15 years in software development. My career path started with Lockheed Martin and, most recently, has moved into the non-profit sector.

I moved out to Colorado as a kid and have enjoyed all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. I enjoy spending time outside with my family, skiing, hiking and listening to live music at Red Rocks.

Fun Facts:
 

1. I have two standard poodles. One looks like and is named after Rowlf from the Muppets.

2. I've been to 30 concerts and counting.

3. I've attempted to hike up two different 14ers to watch the sunrise....missed the trail and hiked up a different mountain both times.  


 

 


 

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Sarah Powers

Coordinator - Youth & Education Programs

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Joined USA Ultimate: January 2015

Hometown: Columbus, OH

College: Allegheny College

About: 

I coordinate USA Ultimate’s Coaching Development Program workshops and Learn to Play clinics across the country. I also develop youth programming and initiatives like the Girls’ Ultimate Movement. Previously, I worked for an academic department at The Ohio State University coordinating events, managing the website, developing programming and trips for students, initiating fiscal transactions and managing, writing and taking photos for the departmental newsletter sent out to alumni.

I am a long-time runner and have really enjoyed getting into trail running since moving out to Colorado. When I’m not training for a race, I like tackling 14ers, hiking, biking, backpacking, reading and live music.

I began playing ultimate after Bexley High School cross country practices. I played for one semester in college and continued while living in Madrid after graduating. Since then, I have played in Columbus leagues and with a mixed club team, coached a high school ultimate team and volunteered for CUDA. I continue to play ultimate in Colorado.

Fun Facts:

1. I started my high school cross country team at Columbus School for Girls and practiced with Bexley during my first year as the only runner at my school.

2. I taught English and introduced American culture to elementary students in Madrid, Spain, for nine months after college. My favorite part was singing songs with the kindergarteners and creating science Jeopardy for the third graders.

3. I competed in pageants as a child and modeled. I have a few tiaras, sashes, medals and grocery store ads as proof!


 

 


  

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Dan Raabe

Manager - Youth & Education Programs

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Joined USA Ultimate: June 2015

Hometown: Charlotte, VT

College: Colgate University

About:

In 1997, I became an economics teacher (AP Micro and AP Macro) at James Madison Memorial High School. During my 18 years in Madison, I ran two tournaments (Madison Fall Classic and MadisonMudBath, which is still going strong), ran the Wisconsin State Championships for its first nine years, ran the Madison fall league and then the spring league, and coached the first few Madison YCC teams. After teaching economics and coaching ultimate for 18 years, I have joined USA Ultimate and am focusing all of my attention of the development of youth ultimate and the education of ultimate coaches.

Fun Facts:

1.  I don’t have a clue what my overall win/loss record is as a coach.

2.  I coached the greatest ultimate player, Colin Gottlieb (or at least that was what he yelled at me from the field).

3.  As my players who drove with me to Hold Back the Snow will vouch, I will take up Byron’s driving challenge.