Board of Directors

Marshall W. (Mark) Pagon, Chairman of the Board

Mark PagonLives: Haverford, PA
Mark is a former Ph.D. Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds an MA from the University of California, where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Reed College. Mark is a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy, and attended secondary school at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.
Club: Philadelphia Cricket Club
Profession: Mark is the founder and CEO of The Pegasus Companies, a family of closely held companies active in the development, construction & operation of solar and renewable energy projects; acquisition and development of wireless and satellite spectrum; provision of telecommunications services to agencies of the U.S. government; and management of an investment portfolio. Mark was also the founder and CEO of Pegasus Media & Communications, a publicly traded satellite television, cable television and broadcast TV company serving 1.5 million subscribers throughout the U.S. Before founding Pegasus, Mark was Managing Partner of BDI Associates (private equity) and an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Butcher & Singer, Inc. (investment banking). Mark has served on the Board of Directors of numerous industry and trade associations, including the Wireless Communications Association (WCA), where he also served as a member of WCA’s Executive Committee and Treasurer, as well as the Satellite Business & Communications Association (SBCA), where he served as a member of SBA’s Executive Committee. He has also served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Media Security & Reliability Commission.
Pro Bono: Mark is a member of the Board of Trustees of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, of the Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia, PA and of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Independence Seaport Museum and of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania (where he also chaired the Finance Committee).
Family: Mark lives in Haverford, PA with his wife Holly and their two children, Willow and Sam, both of whom are budding squash players (and US Squash members).
Squash Angle: Mark learned to play squash while at Reed College, captaining the team his junior and senior years. He competed in many club and regional tournaments while a student on the West Coast. Since returning to the East Coast, Mark has continued to play squash regularly in New York (as a member of the River Club and the Union Club, where he chaired the Squash Committee) and in Philadelphia (as a member of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, the Merion Cricket Club and the Philadelphia Cricket Club). Mark is an avid doubles player, captaining many league teams and is a regular participant in regional and club tournaments. He is a member of the US Jesters Club and is the brother of Keen Butcher.
US Squash History: Became Board Chair July 1, 2016.

Timothy J. Conway

Tim Conway ProfileLives: Boston, MA
: B.A. from Fairfield University; MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Profession: Founded NewStar Financial, a publicly traded commercial finance company, in June 2004 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. From 1996 to 2002, Tim managed Corporate Finance and Capital Markets for FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Prior to joining Fleet, Tim spent 10 years as a Managing Director at Citicorp in New York.
Family: Tim lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Kathryn and three teenagers, who are involved in a variety of not-for-profit activities. His two daughters inherited his passion for the game. They are competitive high school players and very active in US Squash tournaments.
Squash Angle: Tim picked up squash after college and has been an avid recreational player ever since. According to Tim, many of the personal relationships he has established while living in Hartford, New York and Boston are based on a common interest in squash. Joining the board of SquashBusters, an urban youth squash program, provided Tim the opportunity to help introduce squash to inner-city kids.
US Squash History: Tim has been involved with the sport of squash at many levels. He picked up squash at the New Britain, CT. YMCA more than 30 years ago. Tim has been a supporter of inner-city squash for over 10 years and is the parent of two ranked junior squash players. Tim currently serves as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Francis Johnson

FPJ Headshot crop cleanLives: Charlottesville, VA
Education: B.A. in History from Yale University
Club: McArthur Squash Center, Boar’s Head Sports Club
Profession: Francis is a Director at Felton Group, LLC, a single family office and Program Director for Quantitative Foundation. An important objective of the foundation is the development and growth of squash. Francis oversaw the foundation’s grant for the building of McArthur Squash Center, home of squash at the University of Virginia. Francis is also President of Friends of Virginia Squash, the non-profit dedicated to supporting the squash teams at UVA.
Squash Angle: Francis grew up in Charlottesville, began playing squash at age 8, and competed through all U.S. junior divisions. He played lacrosse and squash at Yale and earned All-American in squash in 2007. Francis taught History and coached varsity lacrosse and squash at Avon Old Farms for a year. He still enjoys playing singles and picked up doubles after college.
US Squash History: Through his work at Quantitative Foundation, Francis has collaborated with US Squash on multiple squash related initiatives.

Praveen Kankariya

Praveen Kankariya HeadshotLives: Cupertino, CA
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from S.G.S.I.T.S., India; Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Michigan State University
Club: Squash Club of Los Gatos
Profession: Founder & CEO, IMPETUS which provides software R&D services‚ helping large technology businesses design‚ develop‚ and test innovative software. Impetus was founded in India in 1991 and under his leadership, the company grew rapidly, going global, and becoming operational in the USA as Impetus Technologies Inc. A technology specialist, with over 20 years of experience, Praveen is a co-founder of Big Data Business Intelligence software provider Intellicus Technologies. Praveen had also co-founded Servigistics, a world leader in service supply chain planning software, which is not part of PTC (Nasdaq: PMT).
Family: Praveen lives in Cupertino, CA, with his wife and two sons, both of whom play squash.
Squash Angle: Praveen has one son in junior squash and one son at Cornell. As his passionate hobby, Praveen has purchased and converted a racquetball facility in Los Gatos CA which now has four wide courts, and plans to convert four more. This club is unique in its focus on junior squash excellence on the West coast.  An avid sports enthusiast, he is also a squash player himself.
US Squash History: Junior squash parent, Member, Club owner.

Amrit Kanwal

KanwalLives: Boston, MA
 BA from the University of Texas at Austin, MBA from the University of Southern California.
Club: University Club of Boston
Profession: Amrit is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®); he joined MFS in 2009. Previously, Amrit was Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Putnam Investments. Amrit also previously served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Sequa Corporation of New York, managing all merger and acquisition activity. Prior experience includes senior strategy and corporate development roles at Pepsi-Cola International and Miller Brewing Company.
Family: Amrit lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Sarah, and two children, Indra and Deven. Deven is an avid squash player in the BU17 division.
Squash Angle: Amrit took up the game in his late thirties and is now a regular on the singles and doubles courts. He is also on the board at Boston based SquashBusters, the founding urban youth squash program.
US Squash History: Amrit has been a Director since 2012 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee.

David Keating, District Associations

David Keating crop 2Lives: Washington, D.C.
Education: B.A. Physics, Vassar College
Profession: David is President of the Center for Competitive Politics, a group dedicated to defend First Amendment rights to political speech, assembly and petition. He has previously served as the executive director of Club for Growth, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union and executive director of Americans for Fair Taxation, groups that work for economic freedom and sound tax policies.
Pro Bono: David is President of National Capital Squash and has had a long and distinguished career in nonprofit advocacy.
Squash Angle: David has been involved in squash for over a decade, his children are avid players who competed in junior squash and compete collegiately.
Family: David’s wife Holly Schadler is an nonprofit tax attorney in the Washington, D.C. area, where his kids grew up playing squash.
US Squash History: David has served on the District Committee for several years, most recently being selected to serve as Chairman. David has been the President of National Capital Squash since 2011.

Emily Ash Lungstrum

LugstrumLives: New York, NY
: Emily graduated from Milton Academy in 1991, received her BA from Yale University in 1995 and MA in Education from The New School for Social Research in 1997.
Club: The Heights Casino
Profession: Emily is currently a stay at home mom residing with her husband and two children in Brooklyn Heights. Before having children, she was a Middle School History and English teacher at the Town School in Manhattan.
Family: Emily lives in Brooklyn Heights, NY, where both of her children are avid squash players and love the game, as does her husband Justin.
Squash Angle: Emily currently is Adult Squash Chair at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn Heights, New York where she has run the International Squash Doubles Association – David C. Johnson Memorial Doubles men’s professional tournament hosted there for the past several years. She is also actively involved in organizing The Carol Weymuller Open, the Women’s International Squash Professional Association singles tournament also hosted by The Heights Casino each year. She was a top ranked junior throughout her career, competed for the US on the Junior National Team and was a four time All American, playing #1 at Yale. She currently competes professionally in the Women’s Doubles Squash Association. She was the Finalist in the 2010 Mixed Doubles Nationals, becoming Champion in 2011, and has consistently been ranked in the top 10 of the Women’s Open doubles rankings. She was selected to represent the United States as the first team at the 2011 World Doubles Championships held in Toronto. Emily also serves on the Board of Skillman Associates which oversees and fundraises for Yale Squash and is a mentor for the urban squash and education program CitySquash in the Bronx. She plays at the University Club of New York and at The Heights Casino.
US Squash History: Emily has collaborated extensively with US Squash in her role as Tournament Chair for both the Weymuller Open and Johnson Memorial Doubles, two events for which US Squash serves as financial sponsor. In addition, Emily has served actively on the Doubles Committee for several years.

Jennifer Mackesy

Jen MackeseyLives: Bronxville, NY
BBA from College of William & Mary
Clubs: Bronxville Field Club & Pyramid Squash Club
Professional: Jennifer spent ten years in the retail industry, and she was Vice President, Merchandise Manager at Lord & Taylor Department Stores before she decided to stay home and raise her children.
Pro Bono: Jennifer serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations. She is a Trustee for Graham Windham, the oldest Foster Care Agency in the country, and sits on the Greenburgh-Graham School Board. She recently joined the William & Mary Foundation Board, and was previously a Vice President of the Bronxville School Foundation. Jennifer was also a PTA Board Member at the Bronxville School.
Family: Jennifer lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband D. Scott Mackesy, a General Partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson, Stowe and their two sons Tyler (13) and Coulter (12). Scott was a collegiate tennis player, also from William & Mary, and is now a competitive amateur squash player, and her boys are highly ranked juniors.
Squash Angle: Jennifer lives in a family of avid squash players. Her collegiate athletic background is in soccer; however, she now actively plays racquet sports and loves to watch squash both at the junior, amateur, and professional level. Jennifer is the Program Coordinator for the Bronxville Middle & High School Squash Teams, and is the Board Chair of the FairWest Public School Squash League.
US Squash History: Junior squash parent

Terence M. (Terry) O’Toole

Terry O'TooleLives: Short Hills, NJ
Terry received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1980 and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983.
Clubs: Short Hills Club and Racquet & Tennis Club
Profession: Terry is the co-managing member of Tinicum Capital Partners II LP, a private investment partnership based in New York City. Prior to joining Tinicum in January 2006, Mr. O’Toole spent 21 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was a partner, a member of the investment committee and the partnership committee, and the chief operating officer of the principal investment area (PIA), the private equity investing arm of the firm. He is currently a member of the boards of Liberman Broadcasting, Inc., Enesco Holdings LLC, R 360 Environmental Solutions, Inc., and Skyway Towers LLC. Terry is also the chairman of the board of trustees at Villanova, and is a trustee of the Pingry School in New Jersey, where he served as chairman of the investment committee. He was a member of the Stanford Business School Trust from 2001 to 2006, and was chair from 2005 to 2006.
Family: Terry lives in Short Hills, New Jersey, with his wife, Polly, where they raised their two children, Maggie and Brian.
Squash Angle: Terry is an active singles and doubles player, and competes in club tournaments and some National Championships. His daughter Maggie played varsity squash at Princeton, where she was a member of three National Championship teams and a co-captain as a senior, graduating in 2009, and his son Brian will be a senior this fall at Dartmouth where he plays on the varsity squash team and will serve as a co-captain next year.
US Squash History: Polly and Terry have been generous benefactors to US Squash, having donated a leadership gift to the recent Junior Development Campaign, US Squash’s most successful to date, and served on the campaign committee.

Linda Robinson

Linda Robinson portrait RT (2)Lives: New York, NY
Linda recieved a B.A. from the University of Southern California, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is a trustee of NYU Langone Medcal Center and The Chapin School
Professional: Linda Robinson is a member of BlackRock‘s Global Executive Committee and is the Global Head of Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for enterprise marketing, media relations, internal communications and executive communications, and also works closely with investor relations, government relations and philanthropy.
Ms. Robinson served on the BlackRock Board of Directors from 2004 to 2011. Prior to joining BlackRock in June 2011, Ms. Robinson served as Chairman of Robinson Lerer & Montgomery (RLM), a strategic communications firm that she co-founded in 1986. During her 25 years with the Firm, she provided strategic counsel to CEOs and senior management of hundreds of companies on a broad range of business challenges, including corporate positioning, crisis management, public policy, media outreach, and more. Earlier Ms. Robinson served as senior vice president of corporate affairs at Warner Cable Communications from 1983 to 1986. She was part of the management turnaround team that brought the company to a position of profitability and growth, and played a leading role in creating and executing communications and government affairs strategies for the company and its operating divisions.
Family: Linda lives in New York, NY, with her kids Nicholas and Olivia.
Squash Angle: Ms. Robinson’s father played squash, and her brother and nephew still do. Her son Nicholas and daughter Olivia are active high level junior squash players.
US Squash History: Linda has been a Director since 2014.

Shanin Specter

Shanin SpecterLives: Gladwyne, PA
Education: Shanin earned his undergraduate degree with Honors at Haverford College, law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.M. with First Honors from Cambridge University.
Clubs: The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Fairmont Athletic Club, Olympic Club of San Francisco.
Profession: Shanin is a founding partner at Kline & Specter, P.C., a preeminent law firm in the United States concentrating in catastrophic injury litigation and whistleblower representation. Shanin Specter is named among the “Best Lawyers in America, ” and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group limited to 100 of the nation’s best plaintiffs’ attorneys. Beyond winning substantial monetary compensation for his clients, many of Specter’s cases prompted changes that provide a societal benefit, including improvements to vehicle safety, nursing and hospital personnel and procedures, the safe operation of police cars, training for the use of CPR at public institutions, and inspections, installation and maintenance of utility power lines. Shanin teaches law at Penn, Stanford, Berkeley and Hastings Law Schools.
Family: Shanin’s father, the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, was known to have played squash nearly every day. He often said: “You’re never too far behind to win and never too far ahead to lose.” Shanin’s family is active in the squash community, including his wife Tracey, who played on Penn’s Ivy League Champion Varsity in 1983-1984 and daughter, Hatti who is a ranked player in the GU17 division.
Squash Angle: Shanin is a lifelong squash player. He has helped build courts at Haverford College, The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, the Kline & Specter Squash Center at Drexel University and the Kline & Specter Squash Center at William Penn Charter School.

Albert G. (Sandy) Tierney III

Sandy for US Squash(1)Lives: Weston, MA
Education: Dartmouth College (AB, 1975), Boston College (JD, 1978)
Clubs: University Club of Boston, The Country Club, Brookline, MA
Profession: Sandy is Executive Vice President and Principal at McCall & Almy, a commercial real estate advisory firm in Boston, MA.
Family: Sandy lives in Weston, MA with his wife, Cathy. He has three children – Caitlin, Christopher and Alexander.
Squash Angle: Sandy began playing squash at Brooks School in the fall of 1968, went on to play at Dartmouth, and made the transition to doubles in the late 80s. He serves on the board of SquashBusters and is the Chairman of its Expansion Committee.
US Squash History: Sandy is the Chairman of the Board of Review – serving on the committee since 2007

Soo Venkatesan

venkatesanLives: San Francisco, CA
Education: Soo graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.
Club: University Club of San Francisco
Profession: Soo has 20 years of business and nonprofit experience in the finance, investment and philanthropic sectors. Most recently, Soo served as senior program manager at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she was responsible for supporting regional and statewide educational initiatives. Previously, she invested in and advised a portfolio of private companies and entrepreneurs as a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Capital and later through an advisory firm she co-founded. Soo started her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and investment banking associate at J.P. Morgan.
Pro Bono: Soo currently serves as a board member of the San Francisco Opera Association, the Partnership for Children and Youth and the Nueva School, and is a former board member of the San Francisco Education Fund. She advises a number of non-profits in the area of board development and fundraising and is actively engaged in projects focused on youth development, educational equity and innovation as a pro-bono consultant.
Family: She and her husband Raj Venkatesan reside in San Francisco, CA with their two children.
Squash Angle: Soo is working on improving her squash game with the help of her husband and two sons, who are active in junior squash and who surpassed her playing abilities long ago. Her family is involved with SquashDrive, a local urban squash program, in many different capacities.
US Squash History: Soo has served on the Institutional Advancement Committee since its formation.

Tim Wyant, Ex Officio

Staff_Wyant (2)Lives: New York, NY
Tim received a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University in 2006.
Club: Harvard Club of New York
Profession: Tim is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA), the Chair of the US Squash Doubles Committee, and on the board of CitySquash. Prior to this, Tim served as the Executive Director of CitySquash since its founding in 2002 and competed on the professional squash tour for two years following graduation.
Squash Angle: Tim was a four-time All-American and two-time captain of the Harvard University squash team. After graduation, Tim played on the professional squash tour and for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Class 1

· Kanwal, Amrit
· Robinson, Linda
· Tierney, Albert
· Vacant

Class 2

· Blatchford, Olivia (AR)
· Conway, Tim
· Gordon, Christopher (AR)
· Hanson, Christopher (AR)
· Sobhy, Amanda (AR)
· Venkatesan, Soo
· Vacant
· Vacant

Class 3

· Johnson, Francis
· Kankariya, Praveen
· Specter, Shanin
· Vacant

Class 4

· Lungstrum, Emily
· Mackesy, Jennifer
· Pagon, Mark
· O’Toole, Terry


· Keating, David
· Wyant, Tim








Term 1

June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020

Term 2

June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021

Term 3

June 30, 2018
June 30, 2018
June 30, 2018
June 30, 2018

Term 4

June 30, 2019
June 30, 2019
June 30, 2019
June 30, 2019


District Associations
Urban Squash

US Squash was the first national squash governing body in the world and is proud of its long history of leadership in the sport.

Past US Squash Presidents and Chairs of the Board of Directors

1920-25 – Sydney P. Clark
1925-26 – Lyman M. Bass
1926-27 – Sydney P. Clark
1927-28 – L.D. Young
1928-29 – W. Candler Bowditch
1929-32 – Ralph A. Powers
1932-33 – Paul E. Callanan
1933-35 – Adrian W. Smith
1935-37 – Joseph de V. Keefe
1937-39 – James D. Standish, Jr.
1939-42 – Darwin P. Kingsley, Jr.
1942-48 – W. Mifflin Large
1948-49 – Seymour H. Knox, Jr.
1949-50 – Neil J. Sullivan, II
1950-51 – Andrew N. Winslow, Jr.
1951-53 – Henry W. Putnam
1953-54 – H. Hunter Lott, Jr.
1954-56 – John P. Humes
1956-58 – Braman B. Adams
1958-61 – Ernest D. Richmond, Jr.
1961-63 – Joseph T. Hahn
1963-65 – Howard A. Davis
1965-67 – William T. Ketcham, Jr.
1967-69 – Seymour H. Knox, III
1969-71 – W. Stewart Brauns, Jr.
1971-73 – Lloyd Jacobs
1973-75 – Darwin P. Kingsley, III
1975-77 – E. Harmon Friel, Jr.
1977-79 – A. Warren Smith, Jr.
1979-80 – Thomas Wrightson
1980-82 – Herbert H. Gross
1982-84 – John F. Herrick
1984-86 – Leonard Bernheimer
1986-88 – C. Shelley Acuff
1988-90 – Charles C. Kingsley
1990-93 – George A. Haggarty
1993-95 – Alan L. Fox
1995-97 – Andrew P. Naniche
1997-99 – E. Taylor Quick
1999-01 – Eben Hardie III
2001-03 – Kevin M Jernigan
2003-06 – Kenneth M. Stillman
2006-09 – Jeanne M. Blasberg
2009-13 – Peter R. Lasusa, Jr.
2013-16 – John A. Fry

Past Chief Executives

1975-92 – Darwin P. Kingsley, III
1992-03 – Craig Brand
2003-04 – Palmer Page

None currently.

Peter Lasusa, International Delegate

Peter LasusaUS Squash History: Peter was the Chairman of U.S. Squash from July 2009 until September 2013 and served on the Board of Directors prior to that from 2004 – 2009. While leading the Board and (continuing after completion of his term) Peter has been the United States delegate to the World Squash Federation Annual General Meetings held in India, Malaysia, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Philadelphia and Nice. Peter was elected to be the Vice-President, North American Representative, to the Pan American Squash Federation during the Pan American Games in Toronto in the summer of 2015. Early on he served on the Nominating and Governance Committee of U.S. Squash from 2007 through June 2009 and chaired the Governance Review Task Force during 2007 and the 2008 Hall of Fame Dinner. He was the Tournament Chair of the National Doubles in 2001 and co-Chair of the National Mixed Doubles in 2006. Peter was Secretary of the Association from 2005 through 2007. He was awarded the President’s Cup for service to the game in 2005.
Squash Angle: Peter is an avid singles and doubles player. He had top 20 national hardball singles rankings in his age groups in the early 1990s. He has Chaired the Alumni and Friends of Columbia Squash which recently promoted its men’s and women’s club teams to varsity status and have since gone on to achieve top tier national intercollegiate team rankings. He was previously the Squash Chair at the University Club and Englewood Field Club.
Education: BA and MBA Columbia University, JD George Washington University
Clubs: University Club and Union Club of New York and grew up playing at the Englewood Field Club in New Jersey.
Profession: President, Management Leadership Resources, Inc, providing business development advisory services to entrepreneurs, early stage venture capital, and middle market private equity buyouts.
Family: Peter learned squash from his father who played enthusiastically to age 82. His son Tim is the senior Captain of the Saint Lawrence University squash team and his daughter Elizabeth is a freshman squash player also at Saint Lawrence. His wife Marcia is happy to get out on the court when she gets the chance.