USASA Staff

Created: 23 April 2018


Linda Neil
Administration Director
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Zippy began volunteering for the USASA at the then NorCal Series out of North Tahoe in 1997 while her husband Adam competed.  With the creation of the South Tahoe Series in 1998, her twin boys joined Adam and Zippy and together as a family they volunteered and competed for almost 15 years for the South Tahoe Series. Zippy began volunteering on a national level at the 2001 National Championships in Mammoth.  As a mortgage broker by trade, Zippy reinvented herself in 2010 and began working full time for the USASA, where she now holds the title of Director of Administration. “This is the most rewarding job I have ever held. Seeing all the smiles of our athletes, their families, and friends, is very special.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving as we watch our USASA athletes progress to the next level and even to the Olympics.”


Tricia Byrnes
Marketing Manager
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Former professional snowboarder and industry icon, Tricia Byrnes has had her paws in everything shred for the last two and a half decades. Tricia came up through the Olympic pipeline spending 10 years on the U.S. Snowboarding Team and has competed in nearly every halfpipe snowboarding event including the first ever USASA Nationals and the 2002 Olympics. Upon retiring from competition, Tricia worked in various capacities in the snowboarding industry as an athlete manager, social media strategist, TV and Web commentator and now as USASA marketing manager.

Tricia continues to have a passion for snowboarding and the athletes that shape and define the sport. Tricia graduated from St. Michael’s College and is currently a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard board of directors. She shares her time between Aspen, CO, and Portland, OR where she continues to explore her passion for snowboarding and outdoor adventures.


Paul Krahulec
Operations Director
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Paul’s involvement with the USASA began as a volunteer parent with Team Summit in 1996 as the point of contact between the USASA and the club.  He was later voted in as the series director, which allowed him to expand the series reach from just servicing the needs of the Copper Mountain locals by offering competitive opportunities to the residents of Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Winter Park, Eldora, Ski Cooper, Howelsen Hill and Steamboat Springs. His focus has been to help enable kids to pursue the sports they love and empowering them to learn skills that will follow them into adulthood.

He began his role as the Operations Director for the USASA in 2012 and is responsible for managing our cloud-based enterprise applications and database used to power the USASA and the 32 regional series. The USASA applications provide online membership, schedules, event registration, results and weekly regional/national rankings to the series who host 500 + events at over 100 resorts through the United States.  He also assists in the coordination of the USASA calendar in cooperation with both the US Ski & Snowboard, the AFP & WSF / WSPL to minimize scheduling conflicts. Paul currently sits on the World Snowboard Federation Board of Directors, serves as the Rocky Mountain Snowboard representative for US Ski & Snowboard is both a Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Technical Delegate for the FIS, officiating World Cup / NorAM events and as the Commissioner for the USASA Technical Commission.


Mike Mallon
Executive Director
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Mike first began working with the USASA as the Head Coach of the USASA Junior National Team in 1996.  For the next five years, he hosted JNT camps in Steamboat Springs where he was the Program Director of the SSWSC. After retiring from coaching in 2016, Mike has been continuing his passion for snowsports as the Executive Director. His commitment to the development of Snowboarding and Freeskiing in America is constant. In addition to his role as one of the top coaches in the world and an esteemed academy leader, he also served as the Sport Committee Chairman and was a member of the USSA Board of Directors for six years through two Olympic cycles.

Mike was the President of the USASA and led the board for four years as president. His colleagues have recognized his dedication to the sport with awards such as Domestic Coach of the Year, Anna McIntyre Citation, the prestigious FIS TD Westhaven Award, and five times his programs were recognized as Program of the Year by USSA. Mike is the only member of the USASA to hold both a TS4 (trainer) and a Coaches level 3 (trainer) certification. He also serves as a Technical Delegate for FIS, FIS World Cup and Nor-am events, is a USASA National TS and was the delegate from FIS in Korea at World Championships in 2009.  


 

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