Mark A. Lucas, MS – Executive Director

Mark has worked with people who are blind and visually impaired for more than 25 years.  Lucas first began working with children and youth who are blind and visually impaired in 1985 as the Director of Recreation for the Foundation for the Junior Blind in Los Angeles. In 1993, Lucas and his family relocated to Colorado Springs, CO to serve as the Assistant Executive Director for USABA and became the Executive Director in 2001.  In this capacity, is responsible for facilitating the development and management of USABA fundraising programs; managing the organizational budget; implementing and monitoring a sports management program for USABA’s sports; hiring and overseeing USABA national office staff and volunteers; and serving as USABA’s chief spokesperson to organizations and associations, including the U.S. Olympic Committee and other national and international federations. Mark is a board member for Vision Serve Alliance and is a member of Association of Educators in Rehabilitation for the Blind.

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Ryan Ortiz – Assistant Executive Director

Ryan is responsible for the planning and execution of USABA’s fundraising programs.  Ortiz came to USABA in 2004 after working as a part of the development team at the University of New Mexico Athletic Department’s Lobo Club.  Ortiz works with Mark Lucas and the Board of Directors to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy that concentrates on expanding philanthropic support for USABA.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with his wife Julie and sons Grady & Crew.  

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John Potts – Goalball High-Performance Director

John is responsible for the planning and execution USABA’s grass-roots through elite level goalball program.  John oversees USABA’s national coaching staff and sport program coordinators to identify athletes and track their progression up to the elite level.  He is also responsible USABA’s portion of the high performance planning/budgeting, coordinating and preparation activities that ensure a successful USA National/Paralympic-level goalball program.    During his “off-duty” time, John enjoys running and road cycling.

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Courtney Patterson - Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Courtney is responsible for the planning and implementation of USABA's marketing and communication plans. She oversees the promotion of the organization and communication with local, regional and national media. She also assists in the management of programs and events such as Cultural Exchanges with SportsUnited, Winter Ski Camps, Goalball Camps and Rowing Camps. Courtney has a BBA from Abilene Christian University and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.  On the weekends, Courtney enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.

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Kevin Brousard - Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Kevin oversees programs and initiatives to increase membership. He provides customer service to current and potential members while cultivating strong relationships with USABA key constituents and partners. Kevin has a Communications degree from the University of La Verne. A USABA athlete himself, Kevin is a 3-time world champion in discus and shot put. Kevin now aspires to compete for Team USA in the 2020 Paralympic Games as a judo athlete.

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