Badal Chandra, a former captain and founder of the Western Collegiate Conference, Nathan Digmann, a long-time head coach, and Alicia Radford, a co-founder of USQ, have joined the USQ Board of Directors effective April 2019.
Chandra, Digmann, and Radford have joined the Board of Directors effective April 2019. They were selected as part of the Board’s efforts to recruit talented, passionate, and experienced individuals.
Badal Chandra 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.
Nathan Digmann 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 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.
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.
Additionally, Dan Hanson and Jacob Adlis have also both left the board after reaching the end of the term limits, and Kara Levis has stepped down from the USQ Board of Directors. We want to thank them for their years of service, dedication, and overall passion for the sport. The work that they did not only helped to shape the league, it also shaped the national community in meaningful ways.
The current Board of Directors members are Phil Andrews, Andrew Canto, Badal Chandra, Jeni Craswell, Amanda Dallas, Nathan Digmann, Nghiem Doan, Hank Dugie, and Alicia Radford.
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.