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MISSION STATEMENT: Services division operates as the “hub” of all USPA functions; it maintains the administrative and operational infrastructure within which all divisions, LLCs, clubs, and members participate. The services not provided by the LLCs for their operation are generally provided by Services in support of the LLCs and USPA.

Executive Director: TBD
Services Staff: Lindsay Dolan, Lindsey Ebersbach, Matthew Baran, Summer Keeney, Cristina Fernandez, James Dodge, Jewel Connelly, Charlie Bullis

Services Committees

Mission Statement: The Arena Committee is the successor of the Indoor Polo Association. Its mission is to manage arena polo within the USPA as well as organize, promote and develop arena polo with member clubs and players. The committee seeks to differentiate arena polo as an exciting, competitive and alternative version of the sport polo, as well as an invaluable teaching polo format. The committee’s initiatives and responsibilities include arena rules, arena handicaps, high-goal arena polo, arena tournaments, international arena polo, I/I and women’s arena polo.

Chairman: Daniel Coleman
Vice Chairman: Edward Armstrong, Robin Sanchez
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach, James Dodge
Arena Handicap Chairman: Thomas Goodspeed
Committee Members: Daniel Scheraga, David Eldredge, Dennis Geiler, James DeAngelis, Karl Hilberg, Lisa Nousek, Louis Lopez Jr., Mark Gillespie, Megan Judge, Robert Ceparano, Robert Lyn- Kee-Chow, Robin Sanchez, Rodney Fragodt, Tom Goodspeed, Tony Yahyai, Sarah Coleman, Raymond Noh, Jorge Vasquez, Jennifer Williams, Chris Green, Jillian Bowman, Aimee Waters, Mark Bellisimo, Tommy Biddle

Mission Statement: The mission of the USPA Armed Forces Committee, in recognition of the great history and connection between the sport of polo and our Armed Forces, seeks to create opportunities to support and perpetuate the tie between the armed forces and the polo communities through the promotion of events supporting the military community and, "The development of partnerships to increase military participation in the sport of polo."

Co-Chairmen: Karl Hilberg and Jake Flournoy
Vice-Chairman: Mark Gillespie
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Matt Baran and James Dodge
Committee Members: Steven Armour, Dan Colhoun, Dean Daggert, Barbara Donahue, Allen Hoe, Pat Nesbitt, Rob Phipps, Parker Scott, Marissa Tanner, Steve Walsh, Tony Yahyai, Mike Yermakov and Elena Wicker, Joe Meyer, George Dill, Peter Rizzo. 

Mission Statement:The purpose and primary function of the USPA Audit Committee shall be to assist the Board of Governors of the USPA (the “Board”) in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for (a) the integrity of the USPA’s financial statements, (b) the USPA’s compliance with any legal and regulatory requirements, (c) the independent auditors qualifications and independence, and (d) the performance of the USPA’s internal audit function and that of the independent auditors. (From the Audit Committee Charter)

Committee Chair: Eugene Burk
Executive Staff: Susan Present, CPA, CGMA, CFE
Committee Members: Steven Rudolph, Charles Stanislawski 

MISSION STATEMENT:The mission of the USPA Board and Staff Development Committee is to, on an ongoing basis, study and offer recommendations on the establishment and continuous improvement of an efficient, staff-driven organizational structure. The Committee shall provide advice and support to the Association’s Chief Executive Officer in USPA personnel matters and offer advice and support to the Association’s Chairman in all matters relating to USPA Board of Governors and USPA Limited Liability Companies development. The Committee shall study USPA mission statement objectives and make recommendations to achieve stated goals, correct deficiencies and ensure consistency, continuity and clarity in all areas of the Association.

The Committee’s responsibility (concerning the USPA and subsidiary Limited Liability Companies), includes, but not limited to: human resources, information technology, staff oversight, staff compensation, staff development and succession, strategic planning, Board development and succession planning, and Board and staff evaluation and interaction. 

Co-Chairmen: Leighton Jordan and Peter Rizzo
Executive Staff: Susan Present
Staff: Beverly Basist
Committee Members: Liz Brayboy, Sheryl Sick, Daniel Walker 

Mission Statement: The mission of the Club and Member Administration Committee is to review and evaluate all new club applications to ensure that the applying club complies with the current standards set forth in the Constitution and the policies approved by the Board of Governors. That these clubs are strong enough, have the growth potential and longevity to support the sport of polo and strengthen the Association by its membership and deserve the rights and privileges afforded to member clubs. It is also the committee’s duty to review and evaluate all existing clubs on an annual basis, to confirm their compliance with the existing rules and policies, in order to make recommendations to the Board of Governors on the status of member clubs in the Association.

Chairman: Steven Armour
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Edward Armstrong, David Brooks, Avery Chapman, Sheila Everett, George Dill, Denny Geiler

Mission Statement: The mission of the Constitution Committee is to advise the USPA Chairman, Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Delegates and staff about all aspects of the USPA Constitution, By-Laws, Strategic Planning and Governance. The Committee shall prepare appropriate language to affect changes to the USPA Constitution and By-Laws as directed by the Board of Governors, other Committees or on its own initiative. The Committee shall prepare other resolutions, opinions and documentation as required to effect efficient and stable Governance.

Chairman: Paul Jornayvaz
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Lindsey Ebersbach                                  
Committee Members: Joe Muldoon, Steve Armour, Avery Chapman, Charles Smith, Bill Kirton

Mission Statement: The Equine Welfare Committee recognizes the value of the polo pony to the sport and advises the Association and its Membership on all aspects of the care and well-being of polo ponies. The Committee develops policies and procedures and executes programs to ensure that polo ponies are treated in accordance with humane guidelines and the highest standards of care. 

Chairman: Mike Manno, DVM
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsay Dolan

Sub Committees: 
Equine Awards: Mary Muldoon
Equine Wefare Publications: Aimee Waters
Distress Fund: Dawn Weber

Committee Members: Neil Agate, Avery S. Chapman, Keller Henderson, Sue Lukashevich, Kirsten Ludwig, Bill Mackey, Mary Muldoon, Clinton Nangle, Gwen Rizzo, Robin Sanchez, Kathleen Snow, Lydia Sudick, Kathleen Timmons, Aimee Waters, Dawn Weber 

Chairman: Chip Campbell
Staff: Robert Puetz
Committee Members: Anthony Coppola, Sam Ramirez, Stewart Armstrong, Paul Jornayvaz, Daniel Walker, Stephen Orthwein, Maureen Brennan, Tom Gose

Mission Statement: The mission of the Finance Committee is to provide the USPA Chairman and Board of Governors direction for the fiscal responsibility of the USPA. This is achieved by a regular review of the organization’s financial statements along with the approval of the annual budget with submission to the full Board of Governors for approval, ensuring all are consistent with the strategic objectives and mission of the USPA. The Finance Committee also seeks to prudently manage organizational investments consistent with the duties outlined by the USPA’s Investor Policy and Guidelines.

Chairman: Samuel Ramirez, Jr.
Staff: Susan Present
Committee Members: Chip Campbell III, Avery Chapman, Jake Flournoy, Dennis Geiler, Thomas Gose, Joseph Muldoon, James Parr, Hutch Radcliff, Bob Puetz (CEO)

Mission Statement: To advise the Chairman and BOG and committee chairs on all aspects of high-goal polo in the U.S. To be the communication channel between the USPA and high-goal community including club managers, high-goal sponsors, and high-goal professionals. To grow and promote the sport of polo at its highest level around the U.S.

Chairman: Maureen Brennan
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach 
Committee Members: Marc Ganzi, Jeff Hildebrand, Chris Stratemann, Roberto Zedda, James Newman, Thomas Gose, Scott Devon, Britt Baker

Mission Statement: The mission of the International Committee is to build and improve USPA membership by facilitating and promoting international polo events, including tournaments, umpire and player clinics to foster international fellowship and sportsmanship. The committee will co-operate with National Polo Associations, The Federation of International Polo, The Pan-American International Polo Foundation, The United States Olympic Committee and all other interested qualified groups or individuals in achieving its goals.

Chairman: Joseph Meyer
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Committee Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach
Committee Members: Ed Armstrong, Paige Beard, Bruce Colley, Melissa Ganzi, Glen Holden Sr., Robert Leary, Stephen Orthwein, Samuel Ramirez Jr., Wesley Ru, Paul von Gontard, Dr. Richard Caleel, Doreen Ladin, Mark Gillespie, Patrick Nesbitt, Tony Yahyai, Chris Dawson, Joel Baker, John Klopp, Robert Miller

Mission Statement: The mission of the Handicap Committee is to fulfill the highest standards of selecting an Outdoor/Indoor Handicap in service to any USPA member through the essential practices of honesty and integrity as we utilize the approved system of peer evaluation/observation by the Delegates of USPA Member Clubs, approved Circuit Handicap Chairman's, selected National Handicap Committee members and approval of the USPA National Handicap Chairman. To have regular meetings and procedures in selecting handicaps for those USPA members who have competed in the sport of polo in order to create the fairest possible competitive environment within the structure of the USPA and to make those handicaps publicly available to all members.

Committee Chair: Stephen Orthwein Jr.
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Pete Alworth, Carlucho Arellano, Kelly Beal, Tommy Biddle, Graham Bray, Maureen Brennan, Mike Carney, Joey Casey, Anthony Coppola, Herman Louis-DeCoite, George Dill, Luis Escobar, Thomas Goodspeed, Robert Jornayvaz, Adren Nance, Charles Muldoon, Steve Lane, Martin Pepa, Billy Raab, Peter Rizzo, Trey Schott

Sub Committees: 
Arena Handicap: Thomas Goodspeed
Women's Handicap: Maureen Brennan
19 and Under Handicap: Mark Sedacca

Mission Statement: The Nominating Committee shall consist of seven Registered Players, five of whom shall be members of the Board of Governors and four of whom shall be Circuit Governors. This committee will meet annually to consider and nominate a slate of Officers. This slate of Officers is to be conveyed to the Secretary of the Association at least two weeks in advance of the Board of Governors meeting prior to the Annual Meeting.

Chairman: Joseph Meyer
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach
Committee Members: Jake Flournoy, Mark Sedacca, Chrys Beal, Robert McMurtry, Erica Gandomcar-Sachs, Craig Duke

Mission Statement: The mission of the Rules Committee is to advise the USPA Chairman and Board of Governors about all aspects of the USPA Rules and Rules Interpretations.

Chairman: Chris Green
Vice Chairman: Tom Gose
Executive Staff: Charles Muldoon, Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach, Steve Lane
Committee Members: Mark Sedacca, Melanja Jones, Mike Carney, Stewart Armstrong, Toby Wayman, Carlucho Arellano, Jeffrey Scheraga, Billy Mudra, Nic Roldan

Arena Rules Sub-Committee: 
Chairman: Chris Green
Executive Staff: Charles Muldoon, Robert Puetz      
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach, Bradley Biddle
Committee Members: Carlucho Arellano, Tommy Biddle, Emily Dewey, David Eldridge, Amy Fraser, Tom Goodspeed, Steve Lane, Robin Sanchez, Danny Scheraga, David Offen
Ex-Officio Members: Tom Gose, David Wenning

Mission Statement: The mission of the Safety Committee is to advise the USPA Chairman and Board of Governors of all safety aspects of polo through injury research, injury prevention and testing of protective gear, as well as communication of safety information and safety recommendations to polo players and polo officials.

Chairman: Dr. Thor Norregaard
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Chrys Beal, Tony Coppola, Avery Chapman, Robert Donahey, Robin Sanchez, Sherry Sheldon Gibson, Peter Rizzo

Safety Resource:

Mission Statement: To promote the sport of polo in the United States through responsible consideration and recommendation for the approval of tournament matches and events. It is the Tournament Committee’s responsibility to preserve the history and tradition of the sport of polo; encourage interest in the sport of polo; elevate the standards of play; promote involvement and the overall vitality of the game; and stimulate the growth of tournament play at all levels by hosting USPA Sanctioned, Circuit and National tournaments at USPA member clubs. The Tournament Committee promotes an emphasis on sportsmanship, fairness and safety, while expanding the opportunities for professionals, amateurs, umpires, clubs, sponsors and spectators.

Chairman: Michael Carney
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach, James Dodge
Committee Members: Anthony Coppola, Charles Smith, Peter Poor, Daniel Walker, Edward Armstrong, James A. Newman, Jessica Bailey, Jennifer McLeavy, Maureen Brennan, Stephen Orthwein, Jr., Steve Armour, Graham Bray, Toby Wayman, Stewart Armstrong, Melanja Jones 

Mission Statement: The mission of the Women’s Polo Committee is to encourage and increase the participation of women in all aspects of the USPA, to improve the standard of women’s polo throughout the USA and to facilitate the communication and networking of women in polo all over the world. 

Chairman: Erica Gandomcar-Sachs
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Chrys D. Beal, Maureen C. Brennan, Cecelia Cochran, Lesley Ann Fong-Yee, Monica Ganley, Meghan Gracida, Stormie Hale, Clint Nangle, Arshia Rios, Joanne M. Smicklas, Lynn Thompson, Gillian Young


Mission Statement: The USPA Marketing, LLC will provide and coordinate marketing and public relations services to the USPA; it will evaluate, and when appropriate, will develop and capitalize on income derived from USPA sport and brand sponsorships; and, it will market and promote the sport and brand of the United States Polo Association through any and all means possible, to include television and internet broadcasting opportunities. 

Chairman: Scott Walker
Executive Staff: Executive Director (TBD) 
USPA Staff: Matt Baran
USPAGL Staff: Shannon Stilson, Marianne Johnson
Board Members: Leighton Jordon, Erica Gandomcar-Sachs, Scott Devon, Rosemary Wayman, Melissa Ganzi, Chris Green and Robert Puetz – USPA CEO (ex-officio) 


Mission Statement: Develop, institute and manage USPA programs that grow polo through education, development and assistance, thereby fortifying clubs and membership. This includes the training and development of players of all ages and the training, educating and certification of instructors as well as the administration and evaluation of the PDI assistance to clubs. These programs will be the positive face of the USPA to clubs across the country.

Chairman: Charles Smith
Executive Staff: Kristine Bowman
Board Members: Chrys Beal, Dennis Geiler, David Wenning, David Ragland, Julio Arellano, Tommy Wayman, Robert Puetz – USPA CEO (Ex-officio)

Polo Development Committees

Mission Statement: The mission of the Club and Membership Committee is to promote the sport of polo in the United States through conceiving and developing programs and strategies to increase membership, improve the quality of the polo experience by its membership and to retain clubs and membership. This will be done by creating programs such as Polo Development Initiative, Regional Polo Centers and other strategic club and membership programs. Once developed, these programs and strategies are disseminated to the membership through our network of clubs.

Committee Chair: Dennis Geiler
Executive Staff: Kristine Bowman
Committee Staff: Justin Powers
Committee Members: Dennis Geiler, Lesley Ann Fong-Yee, Steven Armour, Chrys Beal, Max Duarte, Julie Empey, Kyle Fargey, Ilene Tognini, Thomas Goodspeed, Jef Graham, Glenn Hart, Jim Huber, Megan Judge, Richard Lara, Scott Lancaster, Erik Wright, Mark Nance, Margaret Paur, Robin Sanchez, Scott Walker, Ed Armstrong, Jim DeAngelis, David Brooks, Sheila Everett, Dan Coleman, Melanja Jones

Mission Statement: The mission of the Intercollegiate/Interscholastic (I/I) Committee of the United States Polo Association (USPA) is to promote and grow the sport of polo by providing maximum exposure to the sport; recruiting collegiate and scholastic institutions; coordinating activities of member schools and players; providing for organized competition including sponsoring and administering regional and national tournaments with an emphasis on sportsmanship, fairness and safety; and by effectively utilizing funding for the benefit of I/I activities.

Chairman: David Wenning
Staff: Amy Fraser, Ali Davidge, Emily Dewey

NHTC Members: David Wenning, Dr. Philip Abel, Robert Lyn Kee Chow, Miranda Luna, Liz Brayboy, Mike VanDerWerken, Stan Feldman, Tom Weishart, Stephanie Massey, Annette Evans, Lezlie Hiner, Megan Judge, Daniel Sheraga, Lynn Thompson, Robin Sanchez, Mellisa Ganzi, Steve Armour, Melanja Jones, Parker Scott, Posey Obrecht, Yaz Grotnik, Robert Puetz   

I/I EC Board: Miranda Luna, Tom Wisehart, Stan Feldman, David Wenning, Melanja Jones, Sheryl Sick, Robert Puetz

Mission Statement: To cultivate and promote junior polo throughout the United States by providing the organizational structure to support junior polo clinics, tournaments and international competition. The program will utilize Regional Polo Center instructors, experienced Team USPA members and other qualified instructors as mentors and clinicians. Junior Polo will also work with US Pony Club and other youth equestrian organizations to develop new playing members of the USPA.

Committee Chair: Chrys Beal
Executive Staff: Kristine Bowman
Committee Staff: Amanda Snow, Liz Holson
Committee Members: Brandon Alcott, Haley Bryan, Teal Lachlan, Margaret Paur, Charles Smith, Nick Snow, Carolyn Stimmel
NYTS Subcommittee: Chrys Beal, Chair, Amanda Snow
Staff: Kris Bowman, Haley Bryan, Kelly Price, Nick Snow, Carolyn Stimmel

Mission Statement: The mission of the Team USPA Committee is to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players and providing mentored training and playing opportunities leading to a pool of higher rated amateur and pro players and the resultant giveback to the sport of polo.

Committee Chair: Charles Smith
Executive Staff: Kristine Bowman
Committee Staff: Amanda Snow
Committee Members: Steve Armour, Chrys Beal, Thomas Gose, Gillian Johnston, Joseph Meyer, Charles Muldoon, James Newman, Owen Rinehart, Peter Rizzo, Adam Snow, Tommy Wayman


Mission Statement: The mission of the USPA Umpires, LLC, is to support all aspects of the umpire services and programs within the United States Polo Association. This includes training and certification, support of the USPA professional umpires, the club and circuit umpire expense reimbursement program, along with the umpire exchange program.

Chairman: Britt Baker
Executive Staff: Charles Muldoon
Staff: Steve Lane (Head Umpire Instructor), Maggie Mitchell (Manager), Bradley Biddle (Roving Umpire, I/I Head Umpire), Deb Ferro (Assistant)
Board of Directors: Britt Baker, Stewart Armstrong, Thomas Biddle, Sr., Graham Bray, Thomas Gose, Robert Puetz - USPA CEO (ex-officio)



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