Board of Directors
Commercial Metals Company
Jacob is the Chairman and Treasurer of USQ. He currently works in the Strategy and Planning department of Commercial Metals Company, a Fortune 500 manufacturer of steel products. Previously, he worked in New York as an analyst for Evercore Partners, an investment banking advisory firm. Jacob holds a BBA in Finance as well as a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He was a founding member of UT's competitive quidditch program, and was a member of the World Cup VI championship team.
Andrews is the CEO & General Secretary of USA Weightlifting. Born in Great Britain, he has a background in professional ice hockey, commercial student housing, the fitness industry, and higher education. After managing the United States Olympic Committee’s London base for the 2012 Olympic Games, he joined USA Weightlifting where he has helped increase membership by over 15% each year, and grow their events and organization to be amongst the finest national governing bodies for weightlifting in the world.
Andrew Canto has been involved with the development of quidditch referees since 2011. He was part of the founding IQA/USQ Referee Development Team and was responsible for developing referees in the Northeast Region. He served as manager in 2012 and has held referee administrative positions across several organizations including the International Quidditch Association, Major League Quidditch, and the International Referee Development Program. He currently serves as a coordinator on the USQ Referee Team and is an active official, refereeing in every USQ national tournament since 2011. Canto graduated from Boston College with a degree in Finance and currently works in asset management in New York City.
Jeni Craswell is the Chief Engagement Officer of Craswell Consulting. She works closely with individuals, non-profits and corporations to maximize the work that they do and increase enjoyment of their every-day job. From team building to meeting facilitation, her focus is on building strong relationships in teams and organizations that support each other and work together toward a shared vision. An enthusiastic student of all forms of leadership, Jeni is a former Board Chair and active facilitator and volunteer with Leadership Eastside, an organization that applies the principles of Adaptive Leadership to help people collaborate, innovate, and thrive. In addition, she sits on the Board of Eastside Baby Corner, which distributes essential items to over 9,500 children across 49 cities. Jeni holds a Masters degree in Organization Systems Design with a focus on Leadership and Community Engagement from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Whitman College. She has been a fan of quidditch since its beginning and has watched with interest as US Quidditch has formed and grown over the last 10 years.
Amanda Dallas started her quidditch career at New York University in 2011. She rose to the position of captain for the 2012-13 season, where she created a marketing campaign that drew in hundreds of new recruits. After graduating in 2013, Dallas continued to work with college programs in the New York/New Jersey area, assisting with talent assessment, providing drills, and hosting summer workshops while co-founding reigning Mid-Atlantic Regional Community Champions The Warriors. She is also the US National Team Coordinator, a certified referee and an experienced tournament director. Outside of USQ, Dallas is the Co-Commissioner of Major League Quidditch, the Editor-in-Chief of The Eighth Man and the Director of Sales and Marketing at Grind, a co-working space in New York City.
Nghiem (pronounced Nim) Doan is completing his third year of service as the City Attorney for the City of League City. He previously spent over 16 years as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pearland, Texas, where he grew up after coming to the United States as a 7 year old immigrant from Vietnam. Nghiem obtained a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston, and a master’s in Public and Private Management from the University of Houston—Clear Lake. He enjoys camping, hunting, and spending time with his wife, two kids, two stepkids, and dog, especially when engaged in outdoor activities.
Hank Dugie works as a Commercial and Residential Real Estate Agent in League City, Texas where he also owns and runs a landscaping and construction business, and serves on City Council. He volunteers his time to a number of local nonprofits including Lions Club and Anchor Point, a family counseling center. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a degree in Economics, in addition to a quidditch world championship title as a member of Texas Quidditch. Since then, Dugie has remained a player and been critical in founding, coaching, and managing a number of teams.
Dan attended Emerson College, where he joined the school's high-profile quiddditch team in 2009. Following graduation in 2011, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in the marketing department for Renewal by Andersen. Dan remains deeply involved in quidditch: he volunteers in the USQ gameplay department on committees for rulebook writing and referee advancement and has managed two high-profile teams: the reigning Western Regional Champion, the Lost Boys Quidditch Club, as well as Team USA, which competed in Burnaby, British Columbia in 2014. When he's not busy doing all that, he finds the time to actually play the sport!
Kara has extensive experience in the quidditch community, having played for seven seasons. She started with UCLA in 2009 and currently plays for QC Boston. As a USQ volunteer, she first served as a California State Representative and later as Northeast Regional Coordinator.
Emeritus Board Members
Sky Zone Sports
Alex Benepe was the founder and first CEO of US Quidditch, and is currently the Director of Leagues for Sky Zone Sports. Previously he has worked as an account executive, social media director, and consultant at PMG Public Relations, Phil & Co digital marketing, and Manhattan Media. Alex received a Runner Up award for PR Event of the Year from PR Week magazine in 2009 for orchestrating the Middlebury Quidditch Spring Break tour. His PR and media talents have helped earn the sport of quidditch more than a billion media impressions since 2008.