Board of Directors
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Steve Miller, Chairman of the Board:
A board member since 2009, Steve Miller is CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, and BILT by Agassi and Reyes. He previously served as the Executive Chairman of the Board for Power Plate International, President and CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association, Director of Global Sports Marketing for Nike, adjunct professor at the University of Oregon Warsaw School of Sports Marketing, and Director of Athletics for Kansas State University. He has more than two decades' experience as a high school and collegiate track and cross country coach, is a five-time NCAA Coach of the Year and is a member four halls of fame, including the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Vin Lananna, President and Vice Chair:
Vin Lananna was elected President of USA Track & Field by acclamation in December, 2016. Currently Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oregon and President of TrackTown USA, Inc., Lananna led TrackTown USA’s work with USATF, public and private partners in securing successful bids to host the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and 2021 IAAF World Championships. He spearheaded the University of Oregon’s efforts to host the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships through 2021 and TrackTown’s hosting of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team men’s head coach, Lananna was Team USATF head coach at the 2011 IAAF World Track & Field Championships and 1990 and 1996 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and was an assistant coach at the 2004 Olympic Games and 1999 IAAF World Championships. His 35-year, USTFCCCA Hall of Fame collegiate coaching career included leading teams to 11 NCAA titles and 42 conference crowns, while nearly 60 NCAA individual titles were won by athletes in his programs.
Stephanie Hightower, IAAF Council Member:
Stephanie Hightower served as President of USATF from 2008-2016 and as chairman of the board from 2009-2015. In August, 2015, she was elected to the IAAF Council. Her 163 votes garnered at the 2015 IAAF Congress made her the highest vote-getter among all Council candidates. Hightower is CEO of the Columbus Urban League and previously was Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the Columbus College of Art & Design. A former world-class hurdler, Hightower has served USATF in countless capacities, beginning with USATF’s Athletes Advisory Committee and including as USATF women's track & field chair and as team leader, team manager and chef de mission for Team USA at international competitions. During her athletic career, she held American and world records and was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team in the 100m hurdles. Hightower served for five years as President of the Columbus Board of Education and received the Distinguished Service Award from her alma mater, The Ohio State University.
Mickey Carter, Treasurer:
A communications, corporate, entertainment and sports attorney, Mickey is Senior Vice President of Television Networks Distribution at CBS, where his focus is on multiplatform growth and distribution strategies for all CBS-owned properties. He previously was vice president of national accounts for the Fox News Channel, senior director of programming for Time Warner Cable, in-house counsel for Zomba Recording Corporation and was operating officer for SCA Sports & Entertainment, where he handled personnel, budgets and strategic planning as well as serving as a talent agent for entertainers and an agent for professional athletes. In the 1990s he was a captain in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving as a criminal prosecutor at Ft. Leonard Wood. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Notre Dame Law School.
Becky Oakes, Secretary:
Oakes will serve as the 5-C organizational representative. As the current director of sports for the National Federation of State High School Association, Oakes works directly with track and field, cross country, gymnastics, swimming and diving, water polo and volleyball. A former teacher and coach, she serves as a liaison across all levels of these sports with the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, YMCA and national governing bodies. She has served on numerous governing boards including USATF, USA Volleyball, USA Gymnastics, National Federation of State High Schools Associations, and the NFHS Foundation Board.
A three-time Olympian and the only American man to win a World Championships medal in the race walk, Curt is General Counsel at Tickets.com, Inc., a privately held subsidiary of MLB Advanced Media, LP. He previously was an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. As a USATF athlete, he won bronze in the men’s 50km race walk at the 1999 IAAF World Championships and was a 29-national champion who set 13 American records, six of which still stand, including his 50 km record. Curt has been active in USATF since his days as an athlete, serving a range of committees including Law & Legislation, Audit, Budget, Race Walk and AAC, as well as the National Athletics Board of Review (NABR). He received his law and undergraduate degrees from Duke University and holds an MPA from North Carolina State.
A 2004 USATF Hall of Fame inductee, Olympic gold and silver medalist Mike Conley is widely considered one of the best combination jumpers in history. Conley was a three-time World champion, 12-time USATF champion and nine-time NCAA champion during his track & field career. Conley is currently the CEO of MMG Sports Management Group and in 2016 negotiated the signing of the largest individual-player contract in NBA history. He is also the CEO of HTWO, a beverage company that produces and sells molecular hydrogen-infused water, and is the former CEO and current board member of World Sports Chicago. During his competitive years, Conley was a member of USATF Athletes Advisory Committee (1988-1996) and served on the IAAF Athletes’ Commission (2002-2005). Upon retirement, Conley was hired by USATF as Executive Director of Elite Athlete Programs and served as team leader for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Most recently chair of USATF’s High Performance Division, Finke has served USA Track & Field for more than three decades, contributing in long distance running, high performance, cross country, and budget and audit. He is a USATF Level III certified coach in sprints and jumps and a Level II certified coach in endurance events who has served on multiple international teams as a coach for Team USA. Finke is also co-owner and executive vice president of business development for Milesplit.com.
A two-time USATF champion at 5,000m and team bronze medalist as a member of Team USA at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Lauren Fleshman has increased her involvement in the sport, from athlete to businesswoman. She competed in the IAAF World Championships three times as a member of USATF teams, finishing seventh in the women’s 5,000m in 2011 for the highest American finish in history in the event at the time. She is also a veteran of cross country national teams, having competed at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships three times. She won the 5,000m USATF titles in 2006 and 2010 and was a five-time NCAA Champion and 15-time All-American at Stanford University, where she earned a degree in human biology. The co-founder and CMO of Picky Bars, Fleshman is a partner at Oiselle and the author of the Believe Training Journal Series. She also is the founder of Wilder Running and Writing Retreats, and currently coaches a small group of elite distance runners in Bend.
Representing the Youth Division on the board, Sam Germany was a champion high school and collegiate football player. In 1975 he earned his MBA in educational administration from UNLV and he established one of the first USATF Clubs in Clark County, Nevada. Serving as an assistant AD at UNLV, he was the head recruiting coordinator and assistant track and field coach from 1985-1992. Germany is the co-founder of the USATF Nevada Association and was named vice president. Involved with USATF since 1979, he was an assistant coach of the 1995 Olympic Festival for the West, a member of USATF’s Youth executive committee and an Olympic official. He founded the Pegasus Track Club in Las Vegas and currently serves as an assistant coach for the Gazelles Track Club in Las Vegas, coaching under four-time NFL All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham. Germany is an assistant coach at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas and has served on three USATF Team staffs: 1997 World University Games head manager, 2001 Pan Am Juniors women’s coach and 2008 Bank of Scotland Championships coach.
A member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, Jackie won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in track & field, spanning four Olympic Games. She set multiple records during her career and still holds the world record in the heptathlon and the American record in the long jump. Recognized by Sports Illustrated as the greatest female athlete of the 20th century, she was a two-time winner of the Jesse Owens Award. Since retiring from the sport, she has been a community activist via the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation and as a cofounder in 2008 of Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization of professional athletes who get involved in charitable causes and inspire millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support their communities. The UCLA graduate also works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Foundation to promote the availability and consumption of healthy foods by Americans and she is a nationally sought-after speaker.
For the past 24 years, Len Krsak has been a leader in track & field officiating and administration at all levels, including middle and high school, the NCAA, USATF and the WMA. He has officiated more than two dozen USATF Championships, five U.S. Olympic Trials, two IAAF Championship events and countless championship meets on the USATF Masters, Junior Olympic and Youth levels. Along with his wife, Karen, Krsak was the 2012 honoree of the Heliodoro and Patricia Rico Lifetime Achievement Award and was a 2013 recipient of a USATF President’s Award. Krsak was inducted into the USATF National Officials Hall of Fame in 2014 and was named National Field Official of the Year in 2001. Prior to getting involved with track & field, Krsak retired from a successful food brokerage career, where he owned and managed several businesses. For the last 16 years, he has been employed part-time by a large funeral service company within the Columbus area, where he resides with his wife, Karen.
Michelle Carter (Athlete Alternate):
2016 Olympic and World Indoor gold medalist in the shot put, three-time Olympian Michelle Carter is the athlete alternate to the board. She participates in all board meetings and votes if any of the three athlete board members are not in attendance. Carter, the 2016 USATF Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award winner and the American record holder in the shot put, was also the bronze medalist at the 2015 IAAF World Championships and 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She is a seven-time USATF Outdoor champion, four-time USATF Indoor champion, two-time USATF Junior champion and won gold at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2004. Carter is the founder of You Throw Girl sports confidence camps and promotes her own line of makeup, called Shot Diva.
Bill Shelton works on Wall Street as a managing director for Deutsche Bank, having worked previously at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. His expertise is in business development, creating new markets and strategic alliances and he hopes to bring the same commercial attributes to the USATF. Bill was also a distinguished entrepreneur where he was recognized in the U.S. as “One of the Top 50 Blacks in Technology” and won numerous awards. Bill currently serves on the boards of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership at Morehouse College, the National Association to Protect Children and competes as USATF Masters competitor. He has his undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M, where he was a letterman in track, and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business where he was awarded the C. Steward Sheppard Award for outstanding contributions to the University.
The 2013 IAAF World Championships silver medalist in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Ryan Wilson has been competing at the elite level for over a decade. He was the 2003 NCAA 110m hurdles champion while competing at the University of Southern California; 10 years later, as a self-coached athlete, he won the USATF Outdoor title and World Outdoor silver medal. Since 2013, Wilson has switched gears to become one of the best young coaches in the sport while still guiding his own competitive career. He coached then-unknown Nia Ali to a spot on the 2013 World Championships team. Under Wilson’s tutelage, Ali upset 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson to win the 2014 IAAF World Indoor title in the 60-meter hurdles. Ali successfully defended that global title at the 2016 World Indoor Championships and won silver at the Rio Olympic Games. Her Rio performance earned Wilson the Order of Ikkos medal as Ali’s personal coach. The Columbus, Ohio native is a 2003 graduate of USC, where he was a three-time All-American and USC Track & Field Hall of Fame inductee.
Eve Wright is a sports executive whose track record of success ranges from the corporate law firm setting to professional golf and professional basketball. She is the former Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Miami HEAT and the AmericanAirlines Arena (Arena) and Wright advised on a wide variety of legal issues pertaining to marketing and advertising, concerts and events, corporate sales, merchandising initiatives, Arena operations and infrastructure and player-related matters. She regularly drafted and negotiated of corporate and marketing partnership agreements with several Fortune 500 companies and, among other things, negotiated media rights acquisition and production partnerships of Miami HEAT basketball games and ancillary programming as well as technology initiative and Arena facility infrastructure projects. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Director of Business Affairs (and in other capacities) of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and developed sports marketing opportunities for corporate sponsors to leverage their affiliation with the LPGA in order to reach their target markets; presented strategies to activate golf association relationships and identified strategic brand extension and revenue generation opportunities. Additionally, Ms. Wright managed the LPGA’s international trademark portfolio and retail licensing business.
Dr. Evie Dennis (Board Member Emeritus):
A former superintendent of the Denver Public Schools and a National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Dr. Evie Dennis has served USATF in numerous capacities over the past four decades. In June 1980, she convened the constitutional convention, which became The Athletics Congress (later USATF), and served as TAC's acting president. She was chef de mission for the United States Olympic Committee delegation at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, and has been involved in U.S. team processing for every Olympic Team since 1976. Dr. Dennis has also served as a USATF delegate to the International Association of Athletics Federations, and as previous Chair of USATF's Diversity and Leadership Committee.