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Services

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: Carlucho Arellano
Services Staff: Lindsay Dolan, Lindsey Ebersbach, Matthew Baran, Cristina Fernandez, Jewel Connelly, Kaila Dowd, Taylor Smith, Jenny Hudson

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: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Kaila Dowd
Arena Handicap Chairman: Thomas Goodspeed
Committee Members: Phil van der Burgt, Chris Green, Daniel Scheraga, Dennis Geiler, Tom Goodspeed, Jorge Vasquez, Karl Hilberg, Lisa Nousek, Louis Lopez, Jr., Mark Gillespie, Megan Judge, Robert Lyn-Kee-Chow

Mission Statement: The mission of the Arena Handicap Committee is to create the fairest competitive environment for the various arena polo formats of the Association by acting in accordance with the USPA Handicap Policy and with the highest standards of honesty and integrity in establishing an Arena Handicap in service to any Association Individual Member entitled to such Handicap.

Chairman: Tom Goodspeed
Executive Staff: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsay Dolan

Circuit Arena Handicap Chairs: Chuck Rogers (B), John Ryan (C), John Gobin (E), Carlucho Arellano (FL), Mike Carney (GP), Mark Becker (HI), Justin Powers (MS), Tommy Biddle (NE), Megan Judge (PC), Brandon Alcott (PNW), Erica Gandomcar (RM), Willie Hartnett (SE), Robin Sanchez (SW)

At-Large Arena Handicappers: Bradley Biddle, Ali Davidge, Gates Gridley, Ronnie Hayes, Dale Schwetz, Toby Wayman

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
Vice-Chairman: Mark Gillespie
Executive Staff: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Kaila Dowd
Committee Members: Jake Flournoy, Dan Colhoun, Dean Daggett, Barbara Donahue, Allen Hoe, Pat Nesbitt, Rob Phipps, Parker Scott, Marisa Tanner, Steve Walsh, Tony Yahyai, Mike Yermakov, Elena Wicker, Joe Meyer, George Dill, Peter Rizzo, Zach Grob, Stephen Cobb, Cody Goetz

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: Charles Stanislawski, MBT, CPA, CTC
Executive Staff: Susan Present, CPA, CGMA, CFE
Committee Members: Habib Nasrullah, Tim Kelly

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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: Peter Rizzo
Executive Staff: Susan Present
Staff: Bev Basist
Committee Members: Leighton Jordan, 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: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Edward Armstrong, David Brooks, Avery Chapman, Sheila Everett, George Dill, Denny Geiler, Stephen Cobb

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
Staff:
Lindsey Ebersbach

Legal Advisor: Jodi Pellettiere Patt

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, Carlucho Arellano
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, Sue Lukashevich, Kirsten Ludwig, Mary Muldoon, Clinton Nangle, Gwen Rizzo, Robin Sanchez, Cissie Snow, Lydia Sudick, Kathleen Timmons, Aimee Waters, Dawn Weber

Chairman: Stewart Armstrong
Executive Staff: Robert Puetz
Committee Members: Tony Coppola, Charles Smith, Steven Rudolph, Paul Jornayvaz, Daniel Walker, Chrys Beal, Stephen Orthwein, Jr. , Mike Carney

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, James DeAngelis, Jake Flournoy, Dennis Geiler, Bill Kirton, Robert McMurtry, Joseph Muldoon, James Parr, Hutch Radcliff, Robert 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: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach
Committee Members: Marc Ganzi, Jeff Hildebrand, Chris Stratemann, Roberto Zedda, James Newman, Thomas Gose, Scott Devon, Britt Baker, Gillian Johnston, Jeff Hall

Mission Statement: TBA

Chairman: TBD
Executive Staff: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Justin Powers

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: Carlucho Arellano
Committee Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach
Committee Members: Ed Armstrong, Paige Beard, Bruce Colley, Melissa Ganzi, Glen Holden Sr., Robert Leary, Stephen Orthwein, Jr., Samuel Ramirez Jr., Wesley Ru, Dr. Richard Caleel, Doreen Ladin, Mark Gillespie, Patrick Nesbitt, Tony Yahyai, Chris Dawson, Joel Baker

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, Bill Kirton

Mission Statement: The mission of the Outdoor Handicap Committee is to create the fairest competitive environment for outdoor polo of the Association by acting in accordance with the USPA Handicap Policy and with the highest standards of honesty and integrity in establishing an Outdoor Handicap in service to any Association Individual Member entitled to such Handicap.

Chairman: Chris Stratemann
Executive Staff: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsay Dolan

Circuit Outdoor Handicap Chairs: Chuck Rogers (B), Peter Alworth (C), Charles Muldoon (E), Toby Wayman (FL), Mike Carney (GP), Mark Becker (HI), Chad Middendorf (MS), Nicholas Barry (NE), Graham Bray (PC), George Dill (PNW), Mark Wates (RM), Horacio Onetto (SE), Kelly Beal (SW)

At Large Outdoor Handicappers: Julio Arellano, Tommy Biddle, Jeff Blake, Joey Casey, Joe Henderson, Steve Lane, Owen Rinehart, Adam Snow

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, Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach
Committee Members: Stewart Armstrong, Jesse Bray, Mike Carney, Melanja Jones, Billy Mudra, Trey Schott, Jeffrey Scheraga, Toby Wayman

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

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: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Chrys Beal, Tony Coppola, Avery Chapman, Robert Donahey, Robin Sanchez, Sherry Sheldon Gibson, Peter Rizzo

Mission Statement: TBD


Chairman: Stewart Armstrong
Staff: Lindsey Ebersbach
Committee Members: Bob Puetz, Mike Carney, Britt Baker, Stevie Orthwein, Jr., David Cummings, Maureen Brennan, Marc Ganzi, Thomas Gose, Julio Arellano, Liz Brayboy

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: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Kaila Dowd
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, Stewart Armstrong, Melanja Jones

Mission Statement: The mission of the Women’s Handicap Committee is to create the fairest competitive environments for women’s polo of the Association by acting in accordance with the USPA Handicap Policy and with the highest standards of honesty and integrity in establishing a Women’s Outdoor and/or Women’s Arena Handicap in service to any female Association Individual Member entitled to such Handicap(s).

Chairman: Maureen Brennan
Executive Staff: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsay Dolan

Circuit Women's Handicap Chairs: Natalie Camacho (B), Robbin Figge (C), Marisa Bianchi (E), Courtney Asdourian (FL), Susie Koehler (GP), Jesse Cole (HI), Sarah Knapp (MS), Liz Brayboy (NE), Megan Judge (PC), Sheryl Sick (PNW), Erica Gandomcar (RM), Jolie Liston (SE), KC Krueger (SW)

At-Large Women's Handicappers: Cecelia Cochran, Dayelle Fargey, Pamela Flanagan, Robert Lyn Kee Chow, Posey Obrecht, Alyson Poor, Kylie Sheehan, Jennifer Williams

Mission Statement: To encourage and increase the participation of women in all aspects of polo, 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. We will encourage all polo players to never compromise their integrity or dignity on or off the field.

Chairman: Erica Gandomcar-Sachs
Executive Staff: Carlucho Arellano
Staff: Lindsay Dolan
Committee Members: Chrys D. Beal, Olivia Berube, Mia Bray, Cecelia Cochran, Lesley Ann Fong-Yee, Monica Ganley, Meghan Gracida, Stormie Hale, Kirsten Ludwig, Clint Nangle, Arshia Rios, Robin Sanchez, Joanne M. Smicklas, Lynn Thompson, Gillian Young

Mission Statement: To generate a voice within the USPA to provide input on opportunities, initiatives, rules, and policies in an effort to help provide fresh solutions to the challenges young players face in polo today.

Chairman: Todd Thurston
Committee Members:
Hope Arellano, Zach Grob, Jim Wright, Mason Wroe, Costi Caset, Kylie Sheehan, Jared Zenni, Grant Ganzi

USPA POLO DEVELOPMENT, LLC

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: Stephen Orthwein Jr.
Executive Staff: Justin Powers
Advisory Board Members: Julio Arellano, Tommy Wayman, Robert McMurtry, Annabelle Gundlach, Liz Brayboy, Robert Puetz – USPA CEO (Manager)

Polo Development Committees

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: Dr. Philip Abel, Robert Lyn Kee Chow, Miranda Luna, and Robert Puetz.
I/I EC Board: Miranda Luna, Tom Wisehart, Stan Feldman, Melanja Jones, Sheryl Sick, Posey Obrecht.
I/I Committee Members: Liz Brayboy, Mike VanDerWerken, Francis Hinkle, Steve Armour, Carina Deck, Dan Healy, Daniel Sheraga, Lynn Thompson, Robin Sanchez and Jimmy Deangelis.

Mission Statement: To cultivate and promote junior polo throughout the United States by providing the organizational structure to support junior polo training opportunities, tournaments and international competitions. The program will utilize USPA Certified Polo Instructors, experienced Team USPA members and other qualified mentors and opportunities.

Committee Chair: Chrys Beal
Executive Staff: Justin Powers
Committee Staff: Amanda Snow
Committee Members: Haley Bryan, Margaret Paur, Nick Snow, Carolyn Stimmel, Bill Kirton, Tiger Kneece, Brandon Alcott, Alan Meeker

Mission Statement: The mission of the Polo Development Initiative [PDI] Committee is to implement the PDI program; a grant-based program allowing USPA Member Clubs to thoughtfully present applications that address specific, club-based, sustainability needs.

Committee Chair: Robert McMurtry
Executive Staff: Justin Powers
Committee Staff: Pam Mudra
Committee Members: TBD

Mission Statement: The mission of the Team USPA Committee is to improve the sport of polo in the United States by developing the talents/skills of young American players through mentored training and playing opportunities, ultimately leading to a pool of higher rated American players.

Committee Chair: Steve Orthwein, Jr. Interim Chair
Executive Staff: Justin Powers
Committee Staff: Amanda Snow
Committee Members: Stewart Armstrong, Mason Wroe, Steve Krueger, Mariano Gonzalez

USPA UMPIRES, LLC

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: Thomas Gose
Executive Staff: Charles Muldoon
Staff: Maggie Mitchell (Executive Assistant ), Bradley Biddle (Head Arena Umpire), Fergus Gould ( Western Regional Umpire Director), Jennifer Furlow, Deb Ferro (Assistant)
Advisory Board Members: Thomas Gose, Stewart Armstrong, Graham Bray, Cindy Halle, Billy Raab, Robert Puetz - USPA CEO (Manager)

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