Meet our new volunteer staff members that joined USQ this past month!
We are so excited to welcome four new volunteers to the USQ team this past month, plus two volunteers that are switching into new roles! If you see them at any upcoming events please say hello to them! We still are recruiting for individuals to join our team, so if interested please visit our long-term volunteer opportunities page.
Katrina Bynum, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, Member Services Department
|Katrina is an eight year veteran of the sport, having played for both University of Maryland and Philadelphia Freedom in past seasons before joining her current team, Penn State, where she is working on her undergraduate degrees in biobehavioral health and microbiology. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA and is an ardent supporter of all Philly professional sports teams, especially the Eagles (Go Birds!) and the Union. She comes to the membership department after having spent the past five seasons serving on the Event Volunteers Team, which works to recruit and train on-site volunteers for USQ's regional and national championships. She joins the Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator team alongside Erik Morlock. To learn more about your other regional coordinators, click here.|
Damon Penner, Midwest Regional Coordinator, Member Services Department
|Damon is a native of Newton, Kansas and is currently enrolled at Wichita State University majoring in history. After graduation he plans to obtain his PhD in history with a focus on military history research. He has played quidditch for three years and served as president of the Wichita State Quidditch Club (aka Shocker Quidditch) for the past two years. He also served as the GM of MLQ's Kansas City Stampede this past summer. He’s enjoyed the many friends made over the years in the quidditch community and that the sport has helped him stay in shape throughout college. In his spare time he volunteers for a number of Kansas based museums, enjoys watching movies, reading books, and playing video games. Getting to know new people is one of Damon’s favorite things - so say hello if you see him! He joins the Midwest regional coordinator team alongside KT Quasarano. To learn more about your other regional coordinators, click here.|
Willow Wood, US Quidditch Cup 13 Photo Coordinator, Communications Department
|Willow is new to the sport of quidditch! She is a charitable photographer who enjoys capturing candid moments. Willow looks forward to capturing some great quidditch moments on her camera!|
Lacey Hoffman, Graphic Design Coordinator, Communications Department
|Lacey has a M.A. in higher education-general administration in which she studied organizational structures and student development. She also has a M.A. in children's literature where she taught an honors Harry Potter course and studied political and social impacts of villains. Her other experiences include graphic design and merchandising. Most importantly though, she is really excited to support USQ and contribute however she can!|
Gerry Taylor, Video Coordinator, Communications Department
|Gerry attended SHSU where he obtained a B.S. in psychology and played for SHSU quidditch and Deathrow Quidditch. He has worked in non-profit sector for eight years now and currently works for Save the Children as a community engagement specialist. Before "retiring" he also played for the Houston Cosmos and Sharknados. In October 2018 he started his own quidditch media company, Tyger Tv.|
Brandi Cannon, Diversity & Equity Coordinator, Office of the Executive Director
|Brandi has been involved with the quidditch community since 2012, beginning with serving as leadership with her alum team Sam Houston State Bearkats. Since then she has volunteered in many roles including Texas State representative, event hospitality coordinator for both local and national tournaments, and tournament director throughout the years. She is now a middle school science teacher who focuses on diversity and equity work at her school for both students and faculty. Through her passion for diversity she plans to create initiatives that focus on educational and inclusive practices that allow for all quidditch players to feel safe and able to communicate their needs effectively on and off the pitch.|