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Michael Conley, Interim President* and Chair:
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.

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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.

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Jeff Mlynski is an Assistant Director of Championships at the NCAA where he oversees the Division I cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field championships. Prior to beginning his current position at the NCAA in the fall of 2013, Mlynski worked for four years in the events department at USATF. Mlynski has a double major in exercise sports science and business administration from Carthage College, an NCAA Division III institution, where he competed on the cross country and track & field teams. Mlynski also received his master’s in sports administration from Valparaiso University.

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Kristie Killough-Ali, Independent:
Currently a partner at Killough Solutions L.L.C in Chicago, Killough-Ali’s experience includes a variety of roles in both the public and private sector. She was a volunteer immigration attorney with the World Relief Organization where she assisted low-income immigrants applying for U.S. Citizenship; the American Bar Association, Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network; Legal Aid Society; and Volunteer Attorney, Vice-President and Legal Committee Chair for the Louisville, Ky., chapter of the NAACP. Killough-Ali was a Legal and Compliance lawyer at PBS Holdings in London, England after serving as associate Legal Counsel to the New York State Assembly where she was counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly assigned to the Insurance, Banking, Commerce, and Small Business Committees. She earned her JD from the University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, School of Law and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Fred Finke, LDR Representative:
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.

 

Lauren Fleshman, AAC Representative:
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.

 

Tricia Myers, Youth:
2018 President’s Award recipient Tricia Myers joins the USATF board representing Youth Athletics. Tricia Myers currently serves as Chair of the Youth Athletics Division and has been involved in the organization as an athlete, volunteer and National Office Staff member. She started as an eight-year-old in the Nevada Association competing all the way through high school and the 2001 Junior Olympics just before entering her freshman year at the University of Notre Dame. As a member of the track team, she was a multiple time Monogram winner and Big East Conference Champion on the DMR. She graduated in 2005 with BA in Psychology.

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Sandra Farmer-Patrick, High Performance Representative:
Olympic silver medalist Sandra Farmer-Patrick begins her first term on the USATF Board. She competed in three Olympic Games, winning silver in the 400m hurdles in 1992. Farmer-Patrick also won silver at the 1993 World Championshipsin Stuttgart. She won the 400 metres hurdles at the World Cupin 1989 and 1992. Her best time for the event of 52.79 seconds (1993), is the former U.S record. She was ranked #1 in the USA from 1988 to 1993. Additionally, she served as Athletes Advisory Committee chair and served as a USOC athlete representative. She was inducted into the Cal State, Los Angeles Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

Len Krsak, Officials:
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.

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Chris Pasko, General Competition Division:
Pasko will serve on the USATF board as board member for general competition. Pasko is a Partner in the Strategic Advisory Group at PJT Partners, based in Boston. He advises clients in the technology, advertising, BPO and IT services industries. Over the course of his career, he has advised on over 200 completed transactions. Pasko has served as a Teaching Fellow in the Economics Department at Harvard Business School and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Wellesley College, the Board of Governors of USA Track & Field New England and the Advisory Board of Cloud Technology Partners. He holds a BA in Economics from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Ryan Wilson, AAC:
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.

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Eve Wright, Independent:
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.

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Erik Kynard, Coaches Representative:
Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard will serve on the USATF board as the board member for coaches. The two-time Olympic high jumper has competed on twelve national teams since 2008, including a World Championships bronze medal in 2016. Kynard made his Team USATF debut at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Poland. He has won five consecutive USATF indoor title in the high jump, setting a record for consecutive wins in the event. Kynard is a graduate of Kansas State University and earned silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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Wallace Spearmon, AAC:
2008 Olympic sprinter Wallace Spearmon was elected to an open athlete seat on the USATF board. The 2007 World Champion specialized in the 200m and 4x100m relay, winning several titles at the Continental Cup (2006, 2010) and gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2006 World Championships. Spearmon first earned gold for Team USATF at the 2004 NACAC Under-23 Championships, dominating in the 200m and 4x100m relay. Spearmon has been a longtime member of the Athletes Advisory Committee and has served on national teams as an assistant relay coach.

 

Dr. Jeff Porter, AAC:
Dr. Jeff Porter, Ph.D., a two-time Olympian in the 110-meter hurdles who made it to the Olympic semifinals in both 2012 and 2016, serves as the chair of USATF’s Athletes’ Advisory Committee. Porter is a former NCAA Champion in the 60-meter hurdles and was an NCAA Division I All-American during his time as a Michigan Wolverine. He completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Michigan in 2017, while also working as the assistant director of alumni engagement in the university’s athletic department. Porter also holds degrees in Kinesiology and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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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.

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Kenneth Taylor, Board Treasurer (ex officio):
A USATF certified official for over 30 years, Ken Taylor was selected as USATF’s Board Treasurer. Taylor previously served as Treasurer and Budget and Finance chair at USATF from 2008-16. He started his career on Wall Street and has worked for Fortune 500 companies in accounting, auditing and tax management. Taylor formerly served as Chief Financial Officer for the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) an educational non-profit in Maryland, and was a financial executive with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Taylor holds an MBA from Long Island University and degrees in Economics/Finance from Rutgers and Virginia State. He has been a CPA for over 30 years and presently has a tax practice and works as a financial independent contractor in Washington, DC.

 

Dr. Evie Dennis (Board Member Emeritus, ex officio):
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.

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Steve Miller, Past Chair (ex officio):
A board member from 2009-2018, 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 of four halls of fame, including the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
 

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Max Siegel, CEO (ex officio):

 

*Michael Conley is serving the role as interim President and Chair of the Board while Vin Lananna is on administrative leave.




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