Board of Directors
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 a 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.
Badal began playing quidditch in 2013 at UCLA. He captained the UCLA B-team and took on responsibility as the program's social media coordinator. He later captained UCLA's A-team, bringing the storied program back into national relevance. He continued to play for the West Regional Champions, Los Angeles Gambits, who he now coaches. Badal continues to care about the development of collegiate quidditch, founding the Western Collegiate Conference (WCC) in 2018, providing collegiate teams a platform to develop. Outside of USQ, Badal graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology and is now completing his Master's in Market Research from Pacific Lutheran University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, traveling and playing fetch with his cat Milo. Badal continues to play, referee, coach, and help grow the sport.
Jeni Craswell is the Vice President Advancement & External Relations of Hopelink. 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 Office Operations Manager at Better Morgage in New York City.
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 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 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 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.
Alicia Radford co-founded US Quidditch and served as USQ's first Chief Operating Officer from 2009 - 2015. She has a BA in English and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington, and is currently the Operations Consultant and Bookkeeper for Advocate Accounting, a small firm in Seattle, and the Operations Manager at Versatile Arts, an aerial arts school. 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.