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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Matt Simpson – Membership and Outreach Coordinator

Matt was born with a congenital retina disease that left him with severely impaired vision from an early age. He became active in sports and found USABA at a Sports Education Camp in 1999. He fell in love with the sport of Goalball and has been playing competitively ever since. Matt is a recent graduate from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and USABA’s newest employee. He works to ensure that USABA members receive access to the information and resources that they need while also helping to strengthen USABA’s relationships with other organizations. Besides playing Goalball for the Atlanta Force, Matt enjoys skiing, hiking, climbing and triathlons.

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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, kayaking and reading.

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