After an extensive national search, USA Roller Sports and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Eric Steele has been selected to serve as the organizations next Executive Director beginning in January of 2018. The USARS Board welcomes Eric to the USARS family as he joins our committed staff of Melannie Atteberry, Brent Benson, Kevin Kmetz, Megan Schuller, Olivia Shelbourn and Peggy Young. We also are extremely grateful for Ricci Porter-Kmetz as she has agreed to work with the staff and Eric to ensure a smooth transition into the future of USA Roller Sports.
Steele, who is originally from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania holds two degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a Master of Arts in Professional Studies & Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Communications.
Professionally he brings an extensive background of non-profit leadership management with over 20 years of experience to the position. His diverse career has afforded him the opportunity to serve in multiple positions with the Boy Scouts of America, several institutions of higher education and most recently with the developmental disabilities community. His skill set is specifically strong in the areas of operations, marketing, membership/volunteer relations, fiscal responsibility, fundraising, events, risk management, compliance and program development.
In accepting the position Steele stated "With USARS, representing multiple sport disciplines on the national and world stage, I'm beyond thankful and excited for the opportunity presented to me by the USARS Board of Directors. Growing up as a youth in my small hometown, I had the most awesome experience to be on wheels and in motion at the local rink multiple nights each week, for many years! I specifically remember the feeling of freedom that came with that time in my life both physically and emotionally. As such I know the vast majority of the USARS membership got their start with the sport in a similar way. I can't wait to learn those stories, and to most importantly serve the organization's mission and membership, while honoring their rich history and vision for the future."
As the current President of USARS, the Board and I are very excited to welcome Eric into the USARS family. While there were many great candidates to choose from it was unanimously decided he was the best fit to take USARS into the future. We all look forward to great things coming from the organization with Eric at the helm.
I would like to take this time to thank the search committee (Michael Jacques, Chair, Ricci Porter-Kmetz, Renee Hildebrand, Trace Hansen, Bill Spooner, Peggy Young), the staff and others for their time and commitment to this critical search.