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Meeting Minutes

USATF Board of Directors
Valley River Inn
Eugene, Oregon
June 25-26, 2011

Stephanie Hightower, Jack Wickens, Ken Taylor, Philip Dunn, Jeff Darman, Elizabeth Phillips, Dr. Evie Dennis, Steve Holman, Steve Miller, Max Siegel, Kim Haines, Aretha Thurmond, Willie Banks, Deena Kastor, Bob Hersh (on the phone), Larry James (non-voting Counsel), Darlene Hickman (non-voting Secretary)

USATF Staff: Mike McNees, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Norm Wain, Gina Miller, Jill Geer, Shayna Sangster

Guest: Christina Corl, Ed Koch, Karen Krsak

Quorum was present. Stephanie Hightower opened the meeting at 6:15pm (PDT).

Organizational Services Committee & Associations Committee Report

Ed Koch gave an overview of the Organizational Services Committee and an update on the Metropolitan Association. The Metropolitan Association’s accreditation was rescinded by the Organizational Services Committee. The committee is in the process of deciding how to deal with the counties involved in the Metropolitan area.

Karen Krsak gave an overview of the Associations Committee.

MOTION (Dennis): Approve the May 18, 2011 minutes.
All in favor. Motion Passed.

President’s Report

The next in-person Board meeting has moved to October 1, 2011.

Financial Report

Ken Taylor gave a brief summary of the December 31, 2010 and April 30, 2011 Financial Reports.

MOTION (Haines): Adopt the 2010 Financial Report.
All in favor. Motion Passed.

MOTION (Haines): Accept the April 30, 2011 Financial Report.
All in favor. Motion Passed.

Interim CEO Report

Gatorade has become a USATF sponsor, providing product for some USATF events.


Norm Wain presented a written mid-year legal update prior to the meeting. The group discussed the USA mark and how to protect it. Wain, James and Darman agreed to come back to the Board with recommendation for a course of action.

High Performance

Lashawn Merritt submitted a petition to the Men’s Track & Field Committee requesting the ability to compete at the 2011 IAAF World Championships. The Men’s Track & Field Committee Chair recommended that the Board vote to accept Merritt’s participation in the World Championships. Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, USATF Chief of Sport Performance, recommended that the Board accept Lashawn Merritt’s petition to compete on the USATF World Championship team once he becomes eligible.

MOTION (Hersh): Accept the recommendation of the USATF Chief of Sport Performance to enter Lashawn Merritt in the 400m at the 2011 World Championships.
All in favor. Motion Passed.

MOTION (Hersh): Move the meeting into Executive Session.
All in favor. Motion Passed.

The Board went into Executive Session at 7:59pm.

The Board continued Executive Session at 9:20am on June 26, 2011.

The meeting opened at 10:10am (PDT)

Competitions Committee

Mosley reviewed the High Performance (HP) report distributed prior to the meeting. The report highlighted the High Performance Programs, Coaching Education initiatives and the Zero Tolerance Policy Action Plan.

The meeting moved into Executive session at 10:30am (PDT)

The meeting adjourned at 11:12am.

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