February 23–25, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton at Seaworld
10100 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
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The primary purpose of the Executive Committee is to conduct association business and make policy decisions when the full board is not in session. The Executive Committee is a special committee elected by the board which is composed of six members of the board, including the USPA chairman of the board, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and one member-at-large. The Executive Committee conducts association business and make policy decisions through interim actions when the full board is not in session. The committee is authorized by the board to serve in this capacity, subject to board approval for each decision made as an interim action.
Chuck Akers, PresidentSherry Butcher, Vice PresidentRay Lallo, SecretaryJack Pyland, TreasurerLuke Aikins, Member at LargeRandy Allison, Chairman of the Board
Albert Berchtold, Executive Director (staff)
THIS MEETING'S AGENDA (pdf)
The board uses a committee system as its vehicle for policy development, initiation, and review in specific functional areas. The designated standing committees are listed in Article VIII of the constitution and bylaws.
The purposes of the Safety & Training Committee of the USPA Board of Directors are:
Michael Wadkins, ChairMike MullinsRay LalloSherry ButcherCharles Crinklaw, AdvisorLuke AikinsBrian Naiman, AdvisorBrandon Radcliff, AdvisorPaul GholsonJack PylandAngie Aragon, Advisor
Ron Bell, Staff Advisor
The Competition Committee is responsible for all issues concerning skydiving competition, including judging, U.S. Teams and world records. In addition, the committee will provide direction regarding competition to our delegates to the International Parachuting Commission (IPC)
Jim Rees, ChairLarry HillChris WagnerMichael McGowanJeannie BartholomewMelissa NelsonJoshua HallDave Grabowski
Amanda Smalley, Staff Advisor
The Group Membership Committee is responsible for supporting skydiving schools, centers and clubs as members in the Group Member and Foreign Affiliate programs. The purpose of Group Membership and Foreign Affiliation is to establish a business and professional relationship that strengthens the bonds of unity within the skydiving community and enhances the growth of the sport. Such membership will aid in the prompt channeling of information about local problems, regional attitudes, and trends to USPA, assisting USPA in promoting and defending the sport, more effectively represent skydiving, provide improved member services, and assist the members to speak with a stronger and more unified voice.
Mike Mullins, ChairEd ScottCharles CrinklawRandy AllisonBrandon RadcliffPaul GholsonJack Pyland
Michael Knight, Staff Advisor
Shanon Searls, Staff Advisor
Ron Bell, Staff Advisor
The responsibility of the Governance Committee is to ensure that the By-Laws and other rules of USPA carry out the objectives of the corporation in accordance with the certificate and law. The committee keeps the certificate of incorporation, by-laws, and regulations up to date, maintains the Governance Manual, and monitors the publication of all corporate regulations and publications. The committee is charged with the responsibility of presenting to the members candidates that meet the requirements set forth in the Elections Section.
Ray Lallo, ChairMike MullinsMelissa NelsonEd ScottJim ReesBrandon RadcliffPaul Gholson
Albert Berchtold, Staff Advisor
USPA regional directors have unique responsibilities not shared by other board members. Specifically, they have administrative duties and responsibilities to a regional constituency. They help develop the policies and programs of the association, and as regional administrators of safety, training, and membership service programs.
Paul Gholson, ChairChris WagnerRay LalloCharles CrinklawChuck AkersRandy AllisonMichael WadkinsJim ReesLuke AikinsBrian NaimanBrandon RadcliffJack PylandJoshua HallDave Grabowski
The Finance & Budget Committee represents the association's members in the management of the financial affairs of their association. The committee ensures that the financial affairs of the association are conducted in accordance with proper business practices and applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
Jack Pyland, ChairSherry ButcherEd ScottRandy AllisonBrandon RadcliffAngie Aragon
The Membership Services Committee is overall responsible for the oversight of the services provided by the association to the individual members to include processing of memberships, preparation of awards, implementation of membership benefit programs, and publication of USPA general interest documents disseminated via print and electronic media.
Chris Wagner, ChairMichael McGowanSherry ButcherMelissa NelsonLuke AikinsBrian NaimanJoshua Hall
Stephanie Seidel, Staff Advisor
Jen Sharp, Staff Advisor
The Plenary Sessions are attended by all board members. Committees report to the full board in these sessions and present motions for the entire board to discuss and act on.
Closed sessions are used for matters that are confidential. For example, the board members may need to discuss members by name regarding selection of awards, disciplinary actions, or litigation. Time frames for closed session may be shorter or longer than scheduled. Remote attendees are welcome to stay in the waiting room until the session reopens.
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