Andrew Canto, a product manager and long-time quidditch referee, Amanda Dallas, a sales and marketing director and long-time player, and Nghiem Doan, the City Attorney for League City, TX, have joined the USQ Board of Directors, effective January 2018.
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.
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.
Canto, Dallas, and Doan have joined the Board of Directors effective January 2018. They were selected as part of the Board’s efforts to recruit talented, passionate, and experienced individuals.
Additionally, Alison O’Neil has stepped down from the USQ Board of Directors.
The current Board of Directors members are Jacob Adlis, Phil Andrews, Andrew Canto, Jeni Craswell, Amanda Dallas, Nghiem Doan, Hank Dugie, Dan Hanson, and Kara Levis.
The board meets in person two times per year and holds conferences calls once per month to set and guide the long-term mission and financial health of the organization. For more information about the Board of Directors, click here.