INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Dec. 8, 2008 –1984 Olympic gold-medalist Peter Vidmar of Coto De Caza, Calif., was elected chairman of USA Gymnastics Board of Directors during the inaugural meeting of the newly restructured group in Indianapolis, Ind. In November 2007, the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors adopted a new governance structure that includes a 20-person Board. The Board also approved three new public sector members – 1984 Olympic champ Mary Lou Retton of Houston; Bitsy Kelley of Portland, Ore., Outrigger Activities/Bitsy Kelley Outdoors; and Jim Morris of Indianapolis, Pacers Sports & Entertainment – and reaffirmed Frank Marshall of Santa Monica, Calif., as the fourth public sector representative. Outgoing Chair Ron Froehlich of Birmingham, Ala., was named chairman emeritus after serving for two, four-year terms.
“Peter’s experience as a gymnast at every level and as a successful business person provides a strong combination for the chairman for USA Gymnastics,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “He understands every facet of the sport, and is a recognized leader within the gymnastics community. Combined with the other members of the Board, USA Gymnastics is in a strong position for moving forward in the increasingly demanding sports world.”
“Ron Froehlich has been an outstanding chairman for USA Gymnastics,” said Penny. “He has contributed in many different ways to the success of the federation and its athletes.”
“It is a real honor for me to serve USA Gymnastics as its chairman,” said Vidmar. “This is a great time to assist USA Gymnastics in continuing to move in a positive direction. Our athletes and coaches have done a remarkable job of succeeding on a consistent basis and I look forward to this opportunity. USA Gymnastics has been an important part of my life and this is yet another chance I have to give back.”
The 20-person Board consists of two representatives from both the men’s and women’s programs; one each from rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling; three representatives from the newly created Advisory Council; five athletes (one per discipline); four public sector members; and the chairman of the board. The other officers of the Board are: Paul Parilla of Lake Forest, Calif., vice chairman (non-voting position); Gary Anderson of Hillsboro Beach, Fla., secretary (non-voting position); and Morris, treasurer.
Chaired by Casey Koenig of the YMCA, the Advisory Council represents constituent membership groups from the gymnastics community and has three representatives on the Board. The Advisory Council’s members are listed below.
A Transition Committee has spent the past 12 months working to facilitate a smooth changeover to the newly approved format. The members of the seven-person Transition Committee were: Paul Parilla, chairman; Jessica Howard; Casey Koenig; Tom Koll; Mike Lorenzen; Frank Marshall; and Steve Rybacki.
USA Gymnastics Board of Directors
Chairman: Peter Vidmar, Coto De Caza, Calif.
Vice chairman: Paul Parilla, Lake Forest, Calif. (non voting position)
Secretary: Gary Anderson, Hillsboro Beach, Fla. (non-voting position)
Treasurer: Jim Morris, Indianapolis, Ind.
National Membership Directors
Tom Koll, Omaha, Neb., women
Steve Rybacki, Covina, Calif., women
Yoichi Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., men
Russ Fystrom, Minneapolis, Minn., men
Dr. George Drew, Three Rivers, Mich., trampoline and tumbling
Tonya Case, Yucaipa, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics
Brooke Bushnell Toohey, Lake Placid, N.Y., rhythmic gymnastics
Advisory Council Directors
Mike Burns, Minneapolis, Minn.
Ron Ferris, Austintown, Ohio
Mike Lorenzen, Mountain View, Calif.
Karl Heger, Rockford, Ill., trampoline and tumbling
Jessica Howard, New York, N.Y., rhythmic gymnastics
Michael Rodrigues, Livermore, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics
John Roethlisberger, Knoxville, Tenn., men
Kim Zmeskal, Lewisville, Texas, women
Public Sector Directors
Bitsy Kelley, Outrigger Activities/Bitsy Kelley Outdoors, Portland, Ore.
Frank Marshall, entertainment producer, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jim Morris, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Indianapolis, Ind.
Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic champion and motivational speaker, Houston
Brief bios on the chairman and public sector members of the Board
Peter Vidmar, chairman
Peter Vidmar, who has previously served on USA Gymnastics’ board, helped the U.S. men in 1984 claim their only Olympic team gold medal in history. Also at the 1984 Olympics, he won the pommel horse gold medal and the all-around silver medal, for a total of two gold and one silver medal. He is a professional speaker who has given more than 1,000 presentations on risk-taking, innovation and quality to the USA’s top corporations and associations, as well as sales, marketing and management audiences. He has worked as a journalist at the Olympic Games and as a television gymnastics commentator. A two-time U.S. all-around champion, Vidmar won five NCAA titles and was a 19-time All-American during his time at the University of California – Los Angeles, where he graduated with a BA in economics. For USA Gymnastics, he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee (1985-92 and 1996-2000), as well as chairman of the Athletes Advisory Council. He also was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board for the U.S. Olympic Committee (1985-87). Vidmar currently serves as the vice chairman of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and vice president of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. Vidmar is a member of both the U.S. Olympic and USA Gymnastics Halls of Fame. He resides in Orange County, Calif., with his wife and five children.
Public sector members
Elizabeth “Bitsy” Kelley
Bitsy Kelley is currently the president of both Outrigger Activities and Bitsy Kelley Outdoors, a multi media company. Her previous positions include CEO of Icky Products, children’s apparel; director of business development, Outrigger and OHANA Hotels; president, Hawaii Sportsmen’s Adventures; and assistant to the CEO and director of Strategic Planning, Outrigger Enterprises. A natural entrepreneur, she founded Icky Products, Hawaii Sportsmen’s Adventures and Bitsy Kelley Outdoors. For Bitsy Kelley Outdoors, she writes articles, gives speeches, co-hosts national outdoor TV shows and hosts a weekly radio show focused on outdoor-related topics. Born and raised in Hawaii, Kelley earned her BA in business and MBA at Chaminade University. She is a member of several other boards, including Outrigger Enterprises, ABDOE, Weatherby Foundation, Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and Youth Outdoor Adventures. She currently lives in Portland, Ore., with her two daughters.
Frank Marshall, a four-time Academy Award-nominated American movie producer and director, is a partner with his wife Kathleen Kennedy in The Kennedy/Marshall Company, a film production company formed in 1991. With Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, he was one of the founders of Amblin Entertainment. A native of Los Angeles, he produced many of Hollywood’s biggest films since 1973, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Back to the Future series, The Color Purple, The Goonies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Seabiscuit and the Bourne trilogy. Marshall ran cross country and track while a student at the University of California – Los Angeles, where he was a three-year varsity letterman in soccer. He was a board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee for more than 10 years and received the Olympic Shield in 2005. He also serves on the Board for the Los Angeles Sports Council, Athletes for Hope, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors. He is the co-chair of Mentor LA. Marshall has received the American Academy of Achievement Award, the UCLA Alumni Professional Achievement Award and, along with Kennedy, the 2008 Producers Guild of America’s David O’Selznick Award for Career Achievement. He currently resides in Santa Monica, Calif.
James T. Morris
Jim Morris, currently president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, has both non-profit and corporate experience. Prior to joining the Pacers, Morris was the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program. His other positions include: chairman and CEO of IWC Resources Corp. and Indianapolis Water Co.; president of the Lilly Endowment; and administrative assistant and chief of staff for the Office of the Mayor for the City of Indianapolis. The Indiana Sports Corporation, under Morris’ leadership, is largely credited for developing the strategy to position Indianapolis as a home for amateur sports national governing bodies, as well as to host major sporting events like the 1987 Pan American Games, NCAA Final Four, etc. His involvement in working with non-profit organizations and in community service is extensive and includes: numerous positions with the U.S. Olympic Committee, including treasurer; chairman of the NCAA Foundation Board of Directors; member and chairman of the Indiana University Board of Trustees; chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Indiana; and founder and lifetime director of the Indiana Sports Corporation. Morris also has received many accolades, including the Medal of Freedom, Ellis Island; President’s Medal for Excellence, Indiana University; Whitney Young Award; and a host of honorary doctorates. Morris earned his BA with a major in political science from Indiana University and his MBA at Butler University. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife.
Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton vaulted into the hearts of Americans when she won the women’s all-around at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first American woman ever to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She has continued to be one of the country’s most recognizable women and is in great demand as a motivational speaker. She also travels the world as a “fitness ambassador” promoting the benefits of proper nutrition and regular exercise. Retton serves as national chairperson and sits on the Board of Governors of the Children’s Miracle Network. She also has done TV commentary work and worked as a journalist for both print and TV outlets, as well as made guest appearances on a number of TV shows. At the 1984 Olympics, she won a total of five medals (one gold, two silver and two bronze), the most won by any athlete at the Games. Retton also won three American Cups and the all-around title at both the 1984 U.S. Nationals and Olympic Trials. She retired from competitive gymnastics in 1986. In 1984, she was named Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year, AP Female Amateur Athlete of the Year and Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year. She is a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the Italian American Hall of Fame, Humanitarian Hall of Fame and Texas Hall of Fame. Retton currently lives in Houston with her husband and four daughters.
USA Gymnastics Advisory Council
|Amateur Athletic Union||Ron Ferris|
|American Sokol Organization||Jerry Milan|
|American Turners||Michelle Lesperence|
|College Gymnastics Association – Men||Francis Allen|
|Jewish Community Centers||Lori Katz|
|National Association of Collegiate Coaches – Women||Mike Lorenzen|
|National Association of Girls and Women in Sport||Marilyn Strawbridge|
|National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges||Carole Ide|
|National Collegiate Athletic Association – men||Steve Posner|
|National Collegiate Athletic Association – women||Cari DuBois|
|National Federation of State High School Associations||Kathy Krebs|
|National Gymnastics Judges Association – Men||Dan Bachman|
|National High School Gymnastics Association||Open|
|Special Olympics||Cindy Bickman|
|U.S. Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs||Paul Spadaro|
|U.S. Competitive Aerobics Federation||Howard Schwartz|
|U.S. Elite Coaches Association – Men||Mike Burns|
|U.S. Elite Coaches Association – Women||Steve Rybacki|
|U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Coaches Association||Tim Klempnauer|
|U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Coaches Association||Suzie DiTullio|