U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association
USSA Board of Directors
Chairman: Dexter Paine, New York, NY
Vice Chairman: Greg Boester, Rye, NY (Foundation)
Treasurer: John Bucksbaum, Chicago, IL (Foundation)
Liz Arky, Washington, DC (At-Large)
Rosie Brennan, Anchorage, AK (Cross Country Athlete
Tricia Byrnes, Aspen, CO (Snowboarding Athlete)
Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO (Jumping/Nordic Combined Athlete)
Cami Thompson Graves, East Thetford, VT (Cross Country)
Lisa Kosglow, Hood River, OR (At-Large)
Darryl Landstrom, Minneapolis, MN (Alpine)
Dan Leever, Palm Beach, FL (Foundation)
Martina Lussi, Lake Placid, NY (Jumping/Combined)
Andy McLane, Weston, MA (Foundation)
Heather McPhie, Salt Lake City, UT (Freestyle Athlete)
Kipp Nelson, Ketchum, ID (Foundation)
Warner Nickerson, Tilton, NH (Alpine Athlete)
Dylan Omlin, Truckee, CA (Snowboarding)
Eric Resnick, Vail, CO (Foundation)
Chris Seemann, Winter Park, CO (Freestyle)
Tiger Shaw, Park City, UT (CEO)
Tom Yaps, New York, NY (Freeskiing)
Tom Wallisch, Park City, UT (Freeskiing Athlete)
Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley, CA (At-Large)
Michael Berry, Lakewood, CO (National Ski Areas Association)
Holly Brooks, Anchorage, AK (USOC Athletes' Advisory Council)
Bill Marolt, Paradise Valley, AZ (USOC)
Nick Sargent, McLean, VA (SnowSports Industries America)
Bill Shiebler, Park City, UT (Audit Chair)
Hank Tauber, Park City, UT (FIS)
Last revised 1/13/17
USSA Vision, Mission & Core Values
The USSA is a diverse sports organization representing a wide range of sports and disciplines, as well as ages and lifestyles. The key bond is a common athletic goal of being best in the world – winning more Olympic medals in skiing and snowboarding than any other nation.
Our vision provides us with what we aspire to be and achieve.
The mission focuses us on the many ways we work and the audiences we touch. It defines what we do, how we do it, and for whom we do it.
Values remind us of who we are, and how we aspire to act. Referencing a strong set of core values can inspire consistency throughout an organization, strengthen individual and community achievement, and serve as guideposts for decision-making in the face of difficult challenges.
USSA Vision: The Vision of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is to make the United States of America the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding.
USSA Mission: The mission of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is to lead, encourage and support athletes in achieving excellence by empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans.
USSA Core Values:
Integrity: Action based on values rather than personal gain.
Passion: Motivation for doing what we love.
Fun: A fresh, positive, creative culture.
Team: Individual humility and collective pride.
Community: Exceptional stewardship and lifetime inclusiveness.
Excellence: Personal and collective wins every day.
Grit: Courage, tenacity and perseverance on the path to excellence.
USSA Strategic Planning Committee & Task Forces
The goal of the Strategic Planning Committee is to construct a sustainable business model that provides consistent funding to programs and capitalizes on opportunities to achieve the vision of being Best in the World.
USSA’s Strategic Planning Committee examines the following:
Last revised 6/25/15
USSA Executive Committee
Dexter Paine, Chairman
Greg Boester, Vice Chairman
Tom Yaps, Sport Committee Representative
John Bucksbaum, Foundation Representative/Treasurer
Tricia Byrnes, Athlete Representative
Grete Eliassen, Athlete Representative (USOC AAC non-voting)
Tiger Shaw, Chief Executive Officer
Job Description: The USSA Executive Committee consists of five voting members, including the Chairman; the Vice Chair; one Discipline Committee representative designated by the USSA Chairman; one representative of the USSTF designated by the USSA Chairman; and one eligible athlete selected by the Athletes’ Council. The Treasurer, the CEO, and the USOC Athletes Advisory Council representative are non-voting ex-officio members of the committee, and participate in all meetings. All actions taken by the Executive Committee must be ratified by the Board at its next meeting where a quorum is present.
Last revised 12/22/16
USSA Nomination & Governance Committee
Eric Resnick, co-chair
Lisa Kosglow, co-chair
Warner Nickerson, athlete
Cami Thompson Graves
Job Description: The Nomination and Governance Committee is comprised of five (5) members of the Board, representing a cross-section of backgrounds, selected by the Board Chairman, and includes at least one eligible athlete representative, selected by the Athletes’ Council.
The Nomination and Governance Committee reviews each nominee to the Board to determine his/her ability to provide effective representation and leadership on the Board, including such things as whether such nominee appears to maintain as a principal focus the well-being of the USSA generally rather than any particular interest or issue; and whether he/she possesses the requisite understanding of his/her particular discipline, competitive skiing and snowboarding generally, corporate operations or other matters necessary to provide effective representation on the Board.
The Nomination and Governance Committee may also be used to assist the Board in appointing any committees created by the Board or which it is required to fill under the bylaws.
For each nomination it considers, the Nomination and Governance Committee forwards to the Board a recommendation that the nomination either be accepted or rejected, along with any explanation for its recommendation.
The Nomination and Governance Committee, at the request of the Chairman, works with the President and CEO to develop and implement an appropriate orientation program for new Directors and continuing education of existing Directors.
At the request of the Chairman, the Nomination and Governance Committee reviews from time to time the governance structures of the USSA and proposes any changes which may be necessary and/or desirable.
The Nomination and Governance Committee is a permanent standing committee.
last revised 12/22/16
USSA Athletes' Council
Chair & Freestyle representative, Heather McPhie
Alpine representative, Warner Nickerson
Cross Country representative, Rosie Brennan
Jumping/Nordic combined representative, Bryan Fletcher
Snowboarding representative, Tricia Byrnes
USOC Athletes' Advisory Council representative, Holly Brooks
USOC Athletes' Advisory Council representative (alternate), Torin Koos
Job description: The USSA Athletes’ Council is organized to undertake the requirement in the USSA Bylaws of facilitating communication and to represent athlete interests to the USSA Board. While there are ten objectives in the Athletes’ Council Bylaws, approximately half are geared towards protecting the rights of athletes to the organization. The remaining objectives are summarized as follows: (1) provide a logical and effective communication channel among the athletes and the organization, (2) provide a forum for athletes to discuss and resolve issues concerning the athletes and the sport and (3) provide qualified and fair consultation to athletes on matters regarding commercial sponsorship.
As members of the Council, there is opportunity to discuss important issues facing current and retired athletes, and, in turn, influence policy and the direction for the entire organization.
Members of the Council understand their role as stewards of the entire organization and the importance of being a positive constituent. While it is vital that members of the Athletes’ Council represent the interests of athletes, it is even more important to consider the interest of the athletes in the context of the values and mission of USSA.
Last revised 1/13/17
Diversity and Inclusion
USSA Definition of Diversity and Inclusion
The USSA ascribes to the definitions of diversity and inclusion which have been developed by the USOC; i.e. diversity is about differences among people, whether they work for, are served by or otherwise have a stake in the organization itself. These differences among stakeholders include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, geographic location, national origin, religious beliefs, language, veteran status and physical abilities. Diversity is invaluable because it generates differing points of view, leads to innovation, fosters an understanding and acceptance of individuals from different backgrounds, and recognizes the contributions that a variety of individuals and groups can make.
Inclusion is about creating and maintaining an environment that is welcoming and inviting to all, and where differences are valued. It means promoting an environment in which contributions and strengths are recognized, optimized and valued in a way that generates opportunities for adaptability, problem solving, growth and ultimately increased success.”
The USSA does not tolerate discrimination within its organization, values diversity, and is respectful of the experiences and rights of athletes and others.
As an employer, the USSA supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees in compliance with both state and federal laws. It does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any prohibited basis, including race, color, gender, pregnancy, age (40 or over), religion, national origin, ethnic background, genetic information (including of a family member), military service, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Please refer to the About section for the USSA Financial Statements and Annual Reports.