Board of Directors
|Christian Barnesemail@example.com||1st; 2020-2023|
|Brandi Cannonfirstname.lastname@example.org||1st; 2020-2023|
|Nathan Digmann||Secretaryemail@example.com||1st; 2019-2022|
|Nghiem Doanfirstname.lastname@example.org.||1st; 2018-2021|
|Hank Dugie||Board Chairemail@example.com||2nd; 2020-2023|
|Kristin "Kenken" Ladiafirstname.lastname@example.org||1st; 2020-2023|
|Alicia Radford||Treasureremail@example.com||1st; 2019-2022*|
*Radford previously served two terms on the board from 2010-2015. Per USQ’s bylaws, board members are permitted to serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms, but they may apply again for the board if they take at least a year off.
Christian Barnes (he/him) started playing quidditch during pick-up matches in New York City’s Central Park in 2013. Since then, Barnes continued to engage with the player base as a college player and leadership for the Macaulay Marauders (2013-2017) and The Rogues (2018-2019) before starting the New York Nocturns in 2019 with Tyler Walker and Natasha Sydor. The goal of NY Nocturns is to expand club quidditch in the NYC area. Beginning in 2017 with his onboarding as a USQ regional coordinator, Barnes has prioritized improvement in communication between USQ and every level of player. Barnes has experience as every level of USQ stakeholder- player, captain, coach, conference leader, tournament director, referee, snitch, long term volunteer, regional and national championship staff. He brings an intersectional lens to all volunteer work across USQ and MLQ, including working with MLQ's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) Team.
After winning the USQ spirit award at the regional and national level last season, Barnes decided that applying for the board of directors was an important next step in connecting league decisions with the community of players. One of the first goals Barnes has is to continue conversations around racial diversity and inclusion within the sport. In his personal life, Barnes works for the NYC Department of Education, helping families with the high school admissions process. Barnes's hobbies include anime, comics, and finding a new show to binge. He currently volunteers with USQ in the member services department, as a Northeast regional coordinator, as well as in the gameplay department with both the referee and snitch teams.
Brandi Cannon (she/they) has been involved with the quidditch community since 2011, beginning with serving as leadership with her alum team Sam Houston State Bearkats. Since then she has volunteered in many roles, since 2012, including: state representative for Texas, event hospitality coordinator for both local and national tournaments, and tournament director throughout the years. Before her move to the Northeast she and her postgraduate friends formed the Houston Cosmos. She now mostly focuses on outreach in youth quidditch and acts as a consultant for diversity related materials for NGBs. She is currently USQ’s DEI Coordinator.
Cannon’s background in botanical sciences and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) has led her around the country to explore her passions. She uses her personal and professional experiences to drive critical thinking in classrooms with a focus on underrepresented narratives in science. She now works as a middle school science curriculum coordinator, and 8th grade science teacher; where beyond hyping up teenagers about science, she leads the Kids of Color affinity group and the middle school WISE (Women in STEM Education) club. Cannon is also one of the co-founders of Black Botanists Week, which promotes, encourages, and creates a safe space for Black people (and BIPOC) who love plants and want to find other like minded plant enthusiasts.
Nathan graduated from Marquette University in May 2017 with degrees in business economics and finance. He currently works as an associate advisor with Wipfli Financial Advisors, LLC, where he maintains a focus on personalized financial planning and tax-efficient investment advisory services for high-net-worth individuals and families as well as works with businesses to provide integrated retirement plan solutions.An active member of the U.S. Quidditch (USQ) community, Nathan started playing for Marquette University in the fall of 2013. He served in a variety of roles, ultimately as president and head coach. He served as head coach for the Indianapolis Intensity of Major League Quidditch in 2017 and is again taking on that role in 2019. Nathan's current role is as head coach of Boom Train, a club team he helped found prior to the 2018-2019 USQ season.
Nghiem (pronounced Nim) Doan is serves as the City Attorney for the City of League City, a post he has held since 2015. 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 an immigrant from Vietnam at 7 years old. 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 cooking, gaming, camping, hunting, and spending time with his wife, two kids, two stepkids, and dog.
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.
Kristin "Kenken" Ladia
Kristin "Kenken" Ladia (she/they) is a product analyst based in Fort Myers, Florida. She received her degrees in bioengineering and software engineering from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she began playing for FGCU Quidditch in 2013 and served the team as vice president, coach, and tournament director. Kenken is active in the quidditch community as a referee, member of Terminus Quidditch Atlanta, and development coordinator for USQ, where she supports fundraising efforts.
Outside of work and quidditch, Kenken is pursuing her master's in engineering management from the University of Central Florida; she also volunteers with a civil liberties non-profit and competes in both hackathons and anime conventions alike. Her favorite pastimes are cooking, traveling, reading, gaming, soccer, and playing with her dog.
Alicia Radford co-founded US Quidditch and served as USQ's first Chief Operating Officer from 2009 - 2015. After eight years working in nonprofit operations, Alicia joined Advocate Accounting in 2017, where she is a Staff Accountant and Operations Consultant for over a dozen Seattle-area nonprofits and small businesses. Alicia has a BA in English and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington, and is currently completing upper-level accounting coursework at North Seattle College in order to sit for the CPA exam. Alicia is passionate about the intersection of arts and athletics, and outside the office, she is a circus artist with her own contemporary circus company, Unfiction Works.
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.