Created: 29 September 2022

After nearly 30 years of being USASA’s number one supporter, Linda “Zippy” Neil is retiring from her role as Director of Administration to spend more time with her family. 

In 1994, Zippy started her USASA journey as a parent volunteer assisting the then Nor-Cal/North Tahoe Series Directors, Fred-Dog and Karen Mertl. It was Zippy’s drive to solve problems and support members that soon made her become an invaluable part of the USASA community.  In 1997 she became the volunteer to Donna and Al Vano, the new Series Directors of the newly created South Tahoe Series.

“I’m a do-er and a volunteer- I just began by passing out bibs and raffle tickets, soon we just became part of the USASA community and by 1997 all 4 of us competed as a family in the South Tahoe Series” Zippy recalled,  “I think part of my volunteerism is that I wanted to be a part of what my family was doing, and it just progressed. I even competed at Nationals until I was 61 years old.” 

Zippy, with her husband Adam and sons Marshall, Scotty, and Austin competing in 2005.

In 2010 Zippy’s passion and enthusiasm for USASA transitioned from volunteer to full-time employee as the newly appointed National Office Manager. For the last 12 years, Zippy has been the backbone of USASA Member Service, Series Director Services and Admin Services, working tirelessly to support athletes, parents, coaches, officials, judges, staff and volunteers through the USASA pipeline. 

“Zippy has been instrumental in the success and growth of USASA,” said Executive Director Mike Mallon, “her boundless energy and ability to help others was felt through our entire organization. We will miss her spark at Nationals and in our day-to-day.”

Registration Power Posse. Dave and Terry Carver with Zippy and Marshall Neil. Nationals 2022.

For the last 23 USASA National Championships, Zippy has been the heartbeat of the National Championships Registration where her whole family and beloved pup Pepper have worked to ensure smooth sailing for all of our USASA competitors. 

“USASA became a second family for my family, it has been a joy and a lot of work but there’s always this great family vibe where USASA really does care about the athletes and their drive to progress.” Zippy said,  “And being able to see kids like Shaun White, Arielle Gold, Jamie Anderson and Maddy Bowman go from little groms to Olympic stars has been so much fun”  

Great Lakes Snow Series Series Directors Jeff Vagg and Greg Flowers showing Zippy some love at the 2022 Nationals.

As a key part of the USASA membership pipeline, Zippy has helped thousands of families both on and off the snow. She has been a key contributor in the development of current USASA members, alumni and Olympic athletes. Please join us in celebrating her accomplishments at USASA and wishing her the very best in her retirement. If you find yourself in Zephyr Cove in South Lake Tahoe, NV swing by and say hi.

Zippy owns the stage and the podium at the 2011 National Championships!

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