Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Who we are:
Our Board

Dave Ogrean

Chairman

Former Executive Director, USA Hockey

Dave Ogrean retired in 2017 after 18 years as Executive Director of USA Hockey (1993-99, 2005-2017), and currently serves as a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Board of Directors.

He has been at the forefront of multiple initiatives over the last two decades, including USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, the American Development Model for age-appropriate training and the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.

The Connecticut native has vast connections in the sports world developed during a professional career that has included stops at ESPN, the College Football Association, the USOPC, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and USA Football.

Richard Celeste

Founding Chairman

Richard (Dick) Celeste was educated at Yale and Oxford before becoming Director of the Peace Corps and elected as a two-term Governor of Ohio. He also headed an economic development consultancy until 1997, and served as U.S. Ambassador to India. In 2002, Celeste became the 12th President of Colorado College, an office he held for nine years. He continues to chair a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.

Andie Doyle

Vice-Chair

Program Officer
Chapman Foundations Management, LLC
The Mary K. Chapman Foundation
H.A. & Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust

Andie Doyle holds over 14 years of experience as Program Officer at Chapman Foundations Management, LLC, the entity that administers both the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust and The Mary K. Chapman Foundation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, and also completed a postgraduate program in Philanthropy through the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Susan Edmondson

Secretary

President & CEO
Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs

Susan Edmondson is President and CEO of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that downtown serves as the economic, civic and cultural heart of the city. Previously, she served 10 years as executive director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, a private foundation supporting the arts in the Pikes Peak region. Prior to assuming that position in 2003, she served for seven years as arts-and-entertainment editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

Edmondson is a co-founder of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, and currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Springs World Arena and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

B.J. Hybl

Treasurer

President & COO
Griffis/Blessing, Inc.

William (B.J.) Hybl Jr. joined Griffis/Blessing, Inc. a real estate investment and services firm, as an Associate Vice President in 1999 and has held the position of President and COO since 2006.

B.J. has direct responsibility for over eight million square feet of multi-family, office, industrial and retail buildings with market value totaling more than $1 billion. Griffis/Blessing has over 300 employees with offices in Colorado Springs and Denver.

Mr. Hybl received his BA from Colorado College and an MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colo. He also served in the United States Air Force as a Missile Launch Officer and Space Operations Officer.

Christopher Liedel

Chief Executive Officer

Liedel joined the USOPM team as CEO in May of 2018. Liedel previously served for nearly six years as president of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-producing arm of the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, he was with National Geographic for 16 years, becoming the executive vice president and chief financial officer. At Smithsonian Enterprises, he had oversight of the key commercial activities of the Smithsonian, including Smithsonian Media, retail, e-commerce, educational and consumer-branded products, and food services. During his tenure, the organization saw significant growth in revenue and earnings performance.

His board affiliations have included the Nobel Prize Education Fund; the National Philanthropic Trust, which he chaired from 2005 to 2008; EdWeek Magazine; and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the PGA of America, and previously served on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association, where he was chair of the museum committee.

Liedel, a resident of Vienna, Virginia, earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and his master’s degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is a Wharton Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joey Cheek

Three-time Olympic Medalist, Speedskating (Gold 2006; Silver 2006; Bronze 2002)

Founder, DailyHouse.com

Originally an inline skater from North Carolina, Joey Cheek quickly mastered the ice and became a world-record-setting speed skater. In 2002, at the Salt Lake City Olympics, Cheek won his first-ever international medal – a bronze in the 1,000-meter race. Over the next four years he won more than 25 World Cup and World Championship medals, a gold and silver in the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and joined Eric Heiden and Dan Jansen to become the first American male sprint world champions.

Joey Cheek is Co-founder and President of Team Darfur, an international coalition of athletes committed to raising awareness about and bringing an end to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Cheek’s efforts after the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games to help stop the atrocities in Darfur raised over $1.5 million dollars and resulted in him being named the inaugural Heisman Humanitarian Award and one of TIME’s 100 most influential people.

Cheek graduated from Princeton University in 2011 after studying economics and Chinese. He currently lives in Colorado Springs where he works as a brand ambassador and sports marketing consultant to Olympic sponsors and other corporations.

Rob Cohen

USOPM National Board Member

Robert Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group, Inc. The IMA Financial Group is a diversified financial services company which is currently comprised of four primary businesses. IMA, Inc. is a retail insurance broker, offering a full range of risk management-related products. IMA Select is a subsidiary of IMA, Inc. that focuses on high-end personal lines and specialty commercial business. Eydent Insurance Services, Inc. is a Managing General Agency/Managing General Underwriter. Towerstone, Inc. is a wholesale insurance broker. IMA Wealth is a discretionary money manager as both a registered investment advisor and a limited broker dealer.

A native of Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. His professional memberships include Colorado Concern, the Colorado Forum, Assurex Global, Intersure (Past Chair), World Presidents’ Organization, the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (Past Chair), and World Broker Network.

He earned his Charter Property Casualty Underwriters designation (CPCU) and is a graduate of Leadership Denver and 50 For Colorado. He is a 21-time participant in the City-to-City Leadership Exchange.

He and his wife, Molly, have three sons and one daughter.

CURRENT BOARD LEADERSHIP

For-profit: Atlas Advertising, Commerce Bank, Dovetail Solutions, Nexus BSP.

Non-profit: Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation (Past Chair), Colorado Succeeds, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair), Denver Sports (Founder and Past Chair), The Denver Zoo, Downtown Denver Partnership (Chair, DDI), Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. (Past Chair), United States Olympic Museum, United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, Visit Denver (Past Chair).

Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley

USOPM National Board Member

Olympic Gold Medalist, 100-Meter Hurdles

Chief of Organizational Excellence

An established high profile international leader in the sports industry, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. She is charged with advancing the Laureus mission to change the lives of youth and strengthen communities through the power of sport. Laureus propels the growth of organizations using sport to help youth reach their full potential, then measures and proves the impact these programs are having on the health, education, employment and social cohesion of those youth. Named a 2015 Game Changer by the Sports Business Journal, Benita also serves on the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Commission.

Benita joined Laureus USA following her senior executive role with the United States Olympic Committee as Chief of Organizational Excellence. Benita oversaw a plethora of operations functions, including Olympic Training Centers, athlete programs, business analytics, human resources, sport operations and strategic planning.

Benita previously served as USA Track & Field’s Chief of Sport Performance where she led Team USA to 29 medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the most medals collected by the U.S. Track and Field Team in 20 years.

She was named “Cable TV Executive of the Year” by Television Week Magazine for her leadership role as President and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the oldest and largest organization serving women professionals in the cable industry.

A world-class athlete, Benita won a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, making her the second American woman and the first African-American woman to accomplish this feat. She was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Teams, an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, a gold medalist in the 1983 Pan American Games, an eight-time national champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American.

Benita is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (UT) with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. She resides in Haymarket, VA, with her husband, Ron, and their two children.

Charlie Huebner

USOPM National Board Member

USOPC, Vice President, Paralympic Development

Charlie Huebner was named vice president of Paralympic development for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation (USOPF) in 2014 after serving as chief of Paralympics for the United States Olympic Committee since July 2006. He joined the USOPC in 2001 as the director of the newly founded U.S. Paralympics division. In his current role, he leads a dedicated effort to generate financial support for the benefit of U.S. Paralympic athletes and works closely with USOPF trustees to enhance the profile ad philanthropic efforts of the USOPC.

Huebner is very active in volunteer community service projects that impact children’s charities. In 1996, Huebner was one of 41 Americans to be named a Jefferson Award winner for community service.

Christopher S. Jenkins

President
Nor’wood Development Group

Christopher Jenkins is President of Nor’wood Development Group, a locally-owned real estate and development firm in Southern Colorado for more than forty years. The group has developed a prominent portfolio of planned communities, apartments, shopping centers, and corporate centers. He also supports the Colorado Springs community with the the Nor’wood Foundation which focuses its philanthropic efforts on Christian initiatives for youth, the elderly, and regional arts and culture.

Prior to joining Nor’wood, Chris was Director of Finance for a Denver real estate investment firm where he managed the ongoing financing for retail properties in multiple states. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate from the University of Denver.

Chris is community-connected and committed to leading and supporting a downtown renaissance in Colorado Springs, and he serves as a director on several boards including The Downtown Partnership, Downtown Development Authority, and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

Hunter Kemper

Hunter Kemper is the most decorated U.S. triathlete in history. A four-time member of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, he is one of only two men in the world to compete in the first four Olympic triathlons (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). Hunter, a seven-time U.S. Elite National Champion, has also won gold and silver medals at the Pan American Games. In 2005, he became the first U.S. male triathlete to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the world and was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year.

Over the years, Kemper has served as the national spokesperson for various youth triathlon events as well as A-T Children’s Project and the Pinky Swear Foundation. He is passionate about promoting health and wellness to the county’s youth. Kemper is currently writing a book and enjoys motivational speaking to corporations, schools, and conferences across the country.

Kemper graduated from Wake Forest University in 1998 with a degree in business and is a member of the Wake Forest Athletics Hall of Fame. A devoted family man, Kemper and his wife, Val, reside in Colorado Springs and are the parents of three young boys and a little girl.

Phil Lane

Manager
Culebra Properties

A graduate of Northwestern University and the JL Kellogg School of Managment, Phil is currently the owner of Culebra Properties. He currently serves on the board of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs Forward (chairman) and the Colorado Golf Foundation.

Phil is married to Dr. Anita Lane and has 3 daughters.

R. Thayer Tutt

R. Thayer Tutt, Jr. is Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of El Pomar Foundation. He is the chair of the investment committee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, and also serves on the investment committees for Colorado College and the Geological Society of America. Tutt is treasurer for the Air Force Academy Foundation, and treasurer and past president for the National Recreation Foundation Board in New York City. He is on the board of directors and treasurer for the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. He sits on the boards of trustees for Colorado College, Broadmoor World Arena and The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs.

In addition, Tutt is the president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Foundation, president of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Endowment Fund and past president of Penrose St. Francis board of trustees. In 2009, he received the Business Citizen of the Year Award from the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Tutt is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in geological and geophysical sciences, and earned his masters from Duke University in business administration.

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum will be a timeless institution that reflects Team USA pride and helps visitors experience the thrill of the Games. As future generations of champions realize their dreams, the museum will grow and evolve alongside them, providing an ever-fresh experience with each visit.

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