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Executive Leadership Team

Li Li Leung - President and CEO

Li Li Leung became the President and Chief Executive Officer of USA Gymnastics in March 2019. Since that time, she has led the organization through a cultural transformation that has opened a new chapter for the sport in the U.S. cultural mainstream and re-established USAG as a leader in the Olympic and international gymnastics movements.

With a new board of directors, new mission statement and set of organizational values that priotizes athlete safety, and nearly 70% new staff, USAG’s transformation under Leung has been rooted in the “The Three P’s” of new people, priorities and policies. Leung led the etablishment of USAG’s Athlete Bill of Rights in December 2020, a movement that was among the first of its kind in sport. USAG now provides comprehensive health & wellness resources for its members and has some of the most robust mandatory and optional training for parents, coaches and adult members in sports. Training courses include the USA Gymnastics Safety & Response Policy Course, Setting Healthy Boundaries, and Coaching with Empathy among scores of course offerings. All of USA Gymnastics’ 3000+ clubs now designate a Safety Champion, and USAG offers a Club Best Practices Toolkit to help support member clubs strengthen their business practices, while creating a positive and safe club environment.

In 2022 and 2023, the organization made its most significant steps in its ongoing cultural transformation under Leung. Having fully emerged from bankruptcy and with a foundational culture of safety in place, USA Gymnastics in 2022 unveiled an expanded funding structure for National Team athletes that brought greater equity across disciplines and genders and introduced a groundbreaking program to help provide mental health visits to National Team athletes and their coaches. Further transformation saw the board of directors and several committees adding members representing abuse survivors and athletes. The women’s National Team program leadership structure was also changed from a single High Performance Director to a three-person team, including two Olympic medalists, in an effort to better support the program. In addition to an organizational rebrand and new website, since July 2022 USA Gymnastics has entered six new commercial partnerships, headlined by a heralded partnership with Nike that extends through the LA28 Olympic Games.

Leung was voted vice chair of the NGB Council of the U.S. Olympic sport governing bodies in October 2020 and was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in November 2021. She was named a Sports Business Journal “Power Player” in April 2020 and in 2023 was recognized on the A100 list, honoring the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders. As a member of FIG’s Safeguarding Commission, she has been a lead presenter at the 2022 and 2023 “Our Safe Sport Journey” symposia held in conjunction with the FIG Artistic World Championships.

Prior to joining USAG, Leung most recently served as a Vice President at the National Basketball Association (NBA), where she was responsible for building, leading, negotiating and managing key partner relationships around the world. Prior to that, she was managing director at the global sports management firm Helios Partners.
Leung began her gymnastics career at age 7 and was a member of the U.S. junior national training team, representing the U.S. at the 1988 Junior Pan American Games. She was a member of the four-time Big 10 champion University of Michigan gymnastics team and was an NCAA Championships competitor.

After graduation from Michigan, Leung earned a master’s degree in sports management and MBA, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the UMASS women’s gymnastics team.

Lauryn Turner - Chief Operating Officer

Turner joined USA Gymnastics in March 2020, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in the sports industry. As part of the USAG leadership team, she plays a vital role in the organization’s ongoing cultural transformation. Turner oversees operational, commercial, and business planning functions across all departments, including helping build an athlete and community-centric environment from local gym clubs to the Olympic Games.

Prior to USAG, Turner was Vice President, Development for Varsity Brands where she led the cross-divisional growth initiative that spanned affiliate companies Herff Jones, BSN Sports, and Varsity Spirit. Turner also served as the organization’s National Director, Sales and Operations where she oversaw strategic growth in the event and apparel sectors. Throughout her career, Turner has garnered extensive experience in strategic planning and as a catalyst for positive change through collaboration and analytical business management.

Turner participated in gymnastics at a very early age. She touts the many lessons and character traits she learned from her time in the gym as invaluable to her personal growth and development. Gymnastics served as a foundational sport that eventually led Turner to volleyball and cheerleading, which she continued at the collegiate level.

Turner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science. She has served as a corporate liaison and volunteer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 1996.

Jill Geer - Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Geer comes to USA Gymnastics with a deep background in Olympic family communications and marketing. She was an executive at USA Track & Field through five Olympic cycles, from 2000-2018, serving primarily as Chief Communications & Marketing Officer. A recognized organizational spokesperson and communications strategist, she also played a key role in USATF stakeholder engagement, working with committees, volunteers, staff, athletes, coaches, agents, sponsors, the board of directors and the media. She most recently served as CMO of American College of Education, leading a company rebrand and the college’s digital marketing, original content and social media efforts.

Prior to USATF, Geer worked as a sports writer and journalist and was a production assistant for NBC at the 1996 Olympic Games. She has been featured in PR Week and ESPNw, and she and her team at USATF won the 2017 Shorty Award Audience Honor for multicultural community engagement.

Geer volunteers at her neighborhood food bank and in 2019 co-chaired the inaugural American Cancer Society ResearcHERS campaign in Indianapolis. She was a cross country state champion in her home state of Wisconsin and an NCAA championships participant at the University of Arkansas, where she was a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in U.S. history.

Stefanie Korepin - Chief Programs Officer

Korepin joined the staff of USA Gymnastics in September 2019 after being affiliated with the organization for many years as an athlete, judge, and committee member. Korepin competed in both women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics before directing her focus solely to rhythmic. As a member of the U.S. Rhythmic National Team from 1998-2002, Korepin represented Team USA at numerous international competitions, including the 1998 World Championships and 1999 Pan American Games.

After retiring from elite competition, Korepin pursued a career in the energy industry. She initially served as a consultant facilitating the permitting of large, utility-scale power plants and renewable energy projects before joining SCS Energy as a Senior Project Manager on a team developing and financing large infrastructure projects at capital costs ranging from $500 million to over $1 billion. All the while, the sport of gymnastics never left her heart. Korepin has been judging for 15 years and holds a rhythmic Brevet rating. She has served on numerous USA Gymnastics committees and spent four years as the Rhythmic Program Committee Chairman.

Korepin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in quantitative economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. She previously served on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors from 2018-2019 and held the position of Treasurer.

Erica Koven - Chief Membership Officer

Koven joined USA Gymnastics in 2006 as a Member Services Representative. Since then, she has assumed various roles within the Member Services Department. Throughout her time with the organization, Koven has actively contributed to the day-to-day business operations of USA Gymnastics’ membership and education sectors, connecting with every facet of the gymnastics community across all disciplines. She has consistently sought ways to increase member engagement and benefits and better meet the needs of every discipline at every level of the sport. To this end, she has worked closely with USA Gymnastics’ technology team to identify opportunities for improvement and to implement new and innovative solutions. She has also managed and produced numerous national educational and trade show events, including the organization’s annual National Congress.

Koven majored in fine arts at Ball State University and worked in store retail management for Starbucks Coffee Company and Pier 1 Imports prior to joining USA Gymnastics.

Kim Kranz - Chief of Athlete Wellness

Kranz joined USA Gymnastics in December 2019, bringing more than 25 years of experience in physical therapy and sports medicine with a focus on comprehensive care of the athlete, including injury prevention, sports nutrition, positive coaching, and sports psychology. She previously served as the Director of Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery Services and Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. In this role, Kranz championed athlete wellness and injury prevention, placing strategic emphasis on education. She was also a physical therapist and served as clinic director at Physiotherapy Associates where she treated professional golfers from the LPGA Tour in addition to a full caseload of orthopedic and sports medicine clients.

Kranz, PT, DScPT, SCS, FACHE, earned her Doctor of Science in physical therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore and holds a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has also served as a board member for the Hampton Roads Sports Commission and an Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Debbie Shon - Chief Legal Officer

An international business executive and attorney, Shon brings to USA Gymnastics decades of experience as an advisor in the areas of politics, law and sports and entertainment. Joining the USAG leadership team in April of 2021, Shon’s resume includes serving as CEO and Chief Legal Officer of Ticketmaster China, Vice President for International Trade Law and Global Public Policy at U.S. Steel, and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative during the Clinton administration. The first woman to be a registered NBA agent, Shon most recently was a partner and chaired the International Trade Litigation and Public Policy group at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan law firm.

The USC and Georgetown University Law Center alumnus serves on the Smithsonian National Board of Advisors and is Chair of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Board of Advisors. She is a Fellow in the Aspen Institute and the American Bar Foundation and active in the NAPABA, USC, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the American Society of International Law. Her uncle, the late Dr. Sammy Lee, was the first diver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in platform diving (1948, 1952) and the first person of color to win the James E. Sullivan Award as the best American amateur athlete.