Donte Quinine will be stepping down as Executive Director of USQ, effective at the end of this week. Sarah Woolsey will serve as Interim Executive Director for the remainder of the season. Membership and Finance Director Katie Stack will also be stepping down from her role.
Donte Quinine is leaving USQ to pursue other opportunities. His last day is Friday, December 11.
“Any time that we, as an organization, make a new hire, we hope and expect the match to be a good long-term fit for our league. While we are obviously disappointed that this particular instance did not meet that expectation, the Board believes that this transition is in the best interests of both Donte and USQ. We would like to thank Donte for the contributions he made to the organization in his time as Executive Director, and wish him the all the best in his future endeavors. We look forward to the remainder of the 2015-2016 season, and will continue to provide events and programs of the highest quality for our players, coaches, referees, snitches, volunteers, and fans,” said Jacob Adlis, Board Chairman of US Quidditch.
Sarah Woolsey, USQ’s Events Director, will serve as interim executive director for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season while a search is underway for a permanent replacement for the position. Woolsey brings several years of management, event planning, and administrative experience to the role, both externally and within US Quidditch. In addition to leading the events department as a full-time employee for USQ since 2013, she has served on the Events Committee for the International Quidditch Association.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the great work we’ve been doing this season, from executing the strategic plan, to hosting events, to our membership programs, to our national team selection, and more. I’m excited for this opportunity to use my experience and skills to lead USQ this season and to continue working with our incredible volunteers to make our league and our sport great,” Woolsey said.
Katie Stack is stepping down from her position as Membership and Finance Director in order to focus on her work with the Gargiulo Education Center, a small Florida nonprofit where she has been Executive Director since 2013. A search for her replacement is beginning immediately, and Stack will stay with the organization until a successful transition has been realized.
Katie Stack (right) with Harrison Homel and Alex Benepe at Northeast Regional Championship in Fort Adams, RI. Photo by Molly St. Clair.
Stack began working with USQ as a volunteer in 2010, after taking her Boston University quidditch team to World Cup II in 2008. She has been a valued member of the community, working as a volunteer on the original Rules Council and as a writer for the Monthly Seer, Quidditch Quarterly, and the USQ website before taking on the volunteer management position of Membership Director in 2011. She acted as on-site Tournament Director for World Cup V, took on the role of volunteer Chief of Staff for World Cup VI, and joined the USQ Board of Directors before she was hired as Membership and Finance Director in 2013.
Stack developed the individual membership program that provided the funding to make the organization’s first hires and put the nonprofit on a sustainable path. She crafted USQ’s first financial policies and internal controls according to business and nonprofit best practices, and has successfully managed the organization’s budgeting and account reconciliation for the past few years. Her collaboration was key in the organizational transition from the International Quidditch Association to US Quidditch, and her contributions to the strategic planning process this past year were invaluable. She developed the inaugural quidditch coach certification process that included a partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, and has worked with her team over the past year to improve and enhance the USQ referee training and certification program.
“In the years that I have had the pleasure of working with Katie, she has always been a thoughtful contributor to and tireless supporter of the growth of quidditch. Her dedication to the league has been an integral component of the growth of USQ, and we are incredibly grateful for her contributions to the sport over the past five years,” said Adlis.
“Over Katie’s many years with USQ, she has been responsible for developing amazing programs, both within Membership and throughout the league. From developing our individual membership structure, to her tireless work onsite at events for years, to working with players to answer questions about the league - she has made a powerful impact on the sport. I'm grateful to her for her passion and years of service,” said Woolsey.
Stack (center) with Alicia Radford and Leah Summerville Farrar at World Cup 6 in Kissimmee, FL. Photo by Monica Wheeler.
“For over four years, Katie was a real partner to Alex and me, working tirelessly to help the league grow from a loose collection of players into a legitimate, well-run nonprofit serving thousands of people annually. She was an integral part of our volunteer (and then employee) management team, and I was always grateful -- and impressed -- by her work ethic and commitment to players, spending hours and hours answering questions and talking to universities on behalf of teams. USQ's next membership director has big shoes to fill!” said Alicia Radford, former Chief Operating Officer of USQ.
Anyone interested in applying for the Membership Director position can find the job description and details available here.
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