Board of Directors

Soo Venkatesan, Chairman of the Board

Lives: San Francisco, CA
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. She also serves as a board member of the San Francisco Opera Association, the Partnership for Children, 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. Soo graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.

She is working on improving her squash game with the help of her husband Raj, and two sons, who are active in junior squash.

Olivia Blatchford

Lives: Wilton, CT
USOC Delegate Athlete Representative Alternate
Olivia won four national titles throughout her junior career, and became just the second U.S. player to win a British Junior Open title when she won the U15’s in 2007.

Olivia became a full-time professional in 2008 at the age of fifteen. After a brief spell as a part-time teaching professional at her home club, Chelsea Piers CT, she returned to the PSA Tour full-time in 2013 with the support of the US Squash Elite Athlete Program. Olivia enjoyed her most successful year on the PSA Tour in 2017, rising from world No. 27 in January to a career high world No. 12 in December. She has won five PSA titles, and earned her first U.S. Women’s Championship title in 2017.

Olivia has represented Team USA in four World Team Championships, three Pan American Championships and two Pan American Games. At the 2015 Pan American Games, Olivia won a gold medal in the women’s team competition and a silver medal in the women’s singles competition.

Timothy J. Conway

Lives: Boston, MA
Tim is the recently retired head of Private Credit at NewStar Financial, the alternative credit group of First Eagle, where he serves as a member of the Management and Investment Committees. Tim founded NewStar in June 2004, serving as its chief executive officer and, from 2006, as chairman of the company’s board of directors.  From 1996 to 2002, Tim managed Corporate Finance and Capital Markets for FleetBoston Financial Corporation and was a member of the Management, Credit Policy and Market Risk Committees. Prior to joining Fleet, Tim was a senior securities officer at Citicorp Securities Inc., with responsibility for the bank’s private placement, loan syndication and acquisition finance businesses. He was also a member of Citicorp’s High Yield Commitment Committee, and began his career in finance at Aetna, where he was an investment director responsible for the purchase and management of privately placed debt securities, including project finance and other structured securities. Tim has a BA from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.  He is currently a trustee of Fairfield University and serves as a director of Citizen School in addition to US Squash.

He picked up squash after college at the New Britain, CT YMCA more than 30 years ago, has been an avid recreational player ever since, and his two children also play, one of them at the collegiate level currently.

Daniel D. Dolan, Jr.

Lives: Chicago, IL
Dan founded Dolan McEniry Capital Management (DMC)
, a fixed income value investor with a specialty in corporate bonds, in 1997 following a sixteen-year career in the financial services industry. Dan focuses on portfolio management, security selection, new business development and is responsible for the overall administrative management of the firm.

Dan serves as a member of the board of trustees of Lake Forest College and the board of directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dan chairs the investment committee for both the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and for Lake Forest College. He recently co-chaired a $100 million capital campaign for Lake Forest College. Dan received a B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1980.

He is a lifelong squash player and has served as Chairman of several major successful doubles tournaments and other squash and racquet related events in the Chicago area over the last two decades.

Peter Dunne
Lives: Chicago, IL
Peter is a recently retired partner of Tri-State Capital, a proprietary trading firm headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. He has served as Board Chair of MetroSquash (2016-2018) and President of the Chicago Racquet Club (2003-2005), where he is still an active member. He recently served as President of the U.S. Jesters (2016-2018) and lives with his family in Lake Forest, Il. where he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Onwentsia Club (2011-2017). Peter has run several major squash tournaments in Chicago including two National Doubles, World Doubles and the Lapham Grant matches. In addition, he has hosted the Jesters Annual Weekend twice and currently chairs the US Squash Lapham Grant Committee.

Joseph Dworetzky

Lives: San Francisco, CA
Joe is an attorney who practiced law for 35 years in Philadelphia where he litigated cases in the context of Chapter 11 business restructurings. In addition to his work as a restructuring lawyer, for four years Joe served as the City Solicitor–the head attorney for the City of Philadelphia–when Ed Rendell was Mayor. Later he served a five-year term as one of the five members of the School Reform Commission, the state-appointed body responsible for the management and operation of 350 public schools serving a student population in excess of 150,000.

For more than 30 years, Joe represented artists, writers, and art organizations as a pro bono lawyer through the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Joe and his wife, Amy Banse, moved to San Francisco in 2011 when Amy became the Managing Director and Head of Funds of Comcast Ventures. Since moving to the Bay Area, Joe has spent much of his time writing fiction and pursuing his interest in social and political cartooning. Joe recently completed serving as a Fellow in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.

A lifelong squash player, he has worked with Squash Drive to develop a squash center in the Bay Area and has been involved in junior squash through his children.

Andrew Fink

Lives: New York, NY
Andrew is the co-founder and President of Birch Grove Capital. Birch Grove Capital is a New York-based alternative credit manager that applies an opportunistic, flexible approach to credit investing and portfolio construction across corporate capital structures. Andrew received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Columbia College (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Columbia College. Andrew was a member of the Columbia Squash Team from 1989-1991. He also has served on the Board of Directors for StreetSquash since 2008 and currently serves on the ToC Women’s Leadership Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Squash Committee at the Union Club of New York.

Christopher Gordon

Lives: New York, NY
Athlete Representative
Chris turned professional as a teenager in 2004, and has been one of the highest-ranked American men on the PSA Tour over the past two decades. As a junior, he won three national titles including two consecutive U19 titles in 2004 and 2005. Chris reached a career-high ranking of world No. 44 in May 2013, and has won five titles on the PSA Tour. Chris won his first S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship title in 2013.

Chris has represented Team USA in six World Team Championships, eight Pan American Championships and three Pan American Games. At the 2011 Pan American Games, Chris earned a silver medal in men’s doubles with Julian Illingworth and a men’s team bronze medal. At the 2015 Pan American Games, Gordon earned bronze medals in the men’s doubles and men’s team competitions.

Christopher Hanson

Lives: New York, NY
USOC Delegate Athlete Representative
Hanson turned professional in 2013 after graduating cum laude from Dartmouth with a degree in Psychology. During his four years at Dartmouth, Chris was a three-time first team All-American, four-time first team All-Ivy, two-time CSA Scholar Athlete and co-winner of the Skillman Sportsmanship Award.

Shortly after turning professional, Chris rose up the rankings and became a US Squash Elite Athlete Program player. Chris has won two PSA Tour titles and reached a career high ranking of world No. 63 in March 2018. Chris won back-to-back S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship titles in 2017 and 2018.

Chris represented Team USA at the 2017 Men’s World Team Championship, two Pan American Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games. At the 2015 Pan Ams, Chris earned bronze medals in the men’s doubles and men’s team competitions.

Francis Johnson

Lives: Charlottesville, VA
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. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University.

Francis grew up in Charlottesville, competed in junior squash, and played varsity lacrosse and squash at Yale and earned All-American in squash in 2007. Through his work at Quantitative Foundation, Francis has collaborated with US Squash on multiple squash related initiatives.

Praveen Kankariya

Lives: Cupertino, CA
Praveen is the 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). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from S.G.S.I.T.S., India, and a masters Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Michigan State University.

Praveen and his two sons are all squash players.

David Keating, District Associations

Lives: Washington, D.C.
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. He has had a long and distinguished career in nonprofit advocacy. David earned a B.A. in Physics at Vassar College.

He has been involved in squash for over a decade, his children are avid players who competed in junior squash and compete collegiately. David’s wife Holly Schadler is an nonprofit tax attorney in the Washington, D.C. area, where his kids grew up playing squash, then moved on to successful college squash careers. 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.

Nick LePore

Lives: Philadelphia, PA

Nick is the Managing Partner of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, a national full service law firm known for its pro bono and community service and committed to the Higher Calling of the Law. He is also past Chair of the Firm’s Bankruptcy, Workout and Business Reorganization Practice Group and a member of the Pro Bono Committee. His practice includes general corporate and business law, with emphasis in bankruptcy, secured transactions, commercial lending, acquisitions and health law. He also serves as a Trustee for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Board Member of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Nick received his JD, cum laude, from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He also earned a B.BA, magna cum laude, from Temple University.

In squash, Nick is an avid singles and doubles player, and has served as president of the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association for five years, several terms as a Squash Chair at Germantown Cricket Club, and since 2012 as a member of the Board of Directors of SquashSmarts, the Philadelphia based urban after-school squash program. He also twice served as captain, and in 2017 ran the host committee, for the Copa-Wadsworth, the bi-annual U.S. vs. Mexico adult competition. Over the years, Nick has worked actively with US Squash on projects including the Hall of Fame, District relations and the new Specter Center.

Jennifer Mackesy

Lives: Bronxville, NY
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. She serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including as a Trustee for Graham Windham, the oldest Foster Care Agency in the country, and sits on the Greenburgh-Graham School Board, and the William & Mary Foundation Board. Previously a Vice President of the Bronxville School Foundation, Jennifer was also a PTA Board Member at the Bronxville School. She earned a BBA from College of William & Mary.

Jennifer’s 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. She served as the Program Coordinator for the Bronxville Middle & High School Squash Teams, and was the Board Chair of the FairWest Public School Squash League. Her husband Scott Mackesy their two sons are all very active players.

Julie Menin

Lives: New York, NY
Julie is an attorney and civic leader who has over two decades of experience in the legal, media and public sectors. She currently serves as New York City’s Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, an agency encompassing the key sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, nightlife, and real estate and also oversees NYC Media, the largest municipal broadcasting entity in the country. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Previously, she served as Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs, the nation’s largest municipal consumer affairs agency. Before her appointment as Commissioner, she played a leading role in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan post 9/11 as the founder and President of Wall Street Rising and in her unanimous election for three terms as the Chairperson of Community Board 1, where she helped build three new public schools, numerous new parks and secured $150 million of public funding to construct the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center.

An accomplished lawyer, she began her career as a regulatory and litigation attorney at one of the nation’s premier law firms and formerly hosted a show on politics and law on NBC cable and has served as a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and other networks. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership, including City and State NY’s Power 100 award, the Women’s Campaign Fund’s “Rising Star” award, and City and State’s “40 Under 40” award. Menin has served on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, Governor’s Island, the September 11th Memorial & Museum, the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, and is currently on the board of Public Service at Harvard College, the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the Paley Center for Media and NYC & Company.

She earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude at Columbia University and her J.D. at Northwestern University School of Law. Julie and her husband Bruce have three sons who are all involved in junior squash.

Robert J. Mylod, Jr.

Lives: Detroit, MI
Bob founded Annox Capital Management, a private investment firm, in 2013. He also serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of EverBank, a U.S. savings bank providing online and mobile banking and financial services, and Novocure, a cancer treatment company. From 1999 to 2011, Mr. Mylod held several roles within The Priceline Group, including Vice Chairman, Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning, and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Priceline, Mr. Mylod was a Principal at Stonington Partners, a private equity investment firm. Mr. Mylod received an A.B. in English from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

A dedicated player himself, Bob has been instrumental in the continued success of the Motor City Open. His son and daughter are also active competitors in junior squash.

Scott Poirier

Lives: Boston, MA
Scott is President and Owner of ProBuilder Financial, LLC. and has over 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry at Citibank, FleetBoston Financial, and NewStar Financial. Previously, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Yale University. He is licensed as both a Construction Supervisor and Real Estate Agent in Massachusetts.

An accomplished and active squash player dating back to his USMA days, Scott’s children also compete in junior squash.

Linda Robinson

Lives: New York, NY
Linda Robinson most recently served as Vice Chairman of BlackRock, Inc. and prior to then on their Global Executive Committee as the Global Head of Marketing and Communications where she was responsible for enterprise marketing, media relations, internal communications and executive communications, and also works closely with investor relations, government relations and philanthropy. Prior to joining BlackRock in June 2011, Linda 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 she 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. Linda received 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 Medical Center and The Chapin School.

Linda’s father played squash, and her brother and nephew still do. She and her husband Jim’s son and daughter are active high level squash players. Linda has served on the Harlem-based StreetSquash program Board of Directors for nearly two decades.

Amanda Sobhy

Lives: Boston, MA
Athlete Representative
As a junior, Amanda became the first U.S. player to win a world junior title, and the first sixteen-year-old to win four professional titles. Following her junior career, Sobhy attended Harvard where she earned a degree in Anthropology upon graduating in 2015. Amanda achieved a remarkable 62-0 undefeated college career, including three team titles and becoming just the third player in history to win four college individual titles.

Amanda is the first U.S.-born male or female to reach the world’s top ten rankings, which she cracked in 2015. Amanda reached a career high ranking of world No. 6 in October 2016. She has captured fifteen titles on the PSA Tour, and has won four U.S. Women’s Championship titles. Amanda has been supported by the US Squash Elite Athlete Program since 2015.

Amanda has represented Team USA in two Pan American Championships, one Pan American Games and two World Team Championships. At the 2015 Pan American Games, Amanda became the first squash athlete to win three gold medals in the same year: women’s singles, women’s doubles with Natalie Grainger and women’s team with Grainger and Olivia Blatchford.

Shanin Specter

Lives: Gladwyne, PA
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 his 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.  He 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.

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 varsity team and daughter, Hatti who currently plays varsity at Drexel University.  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

Lives: Weston, MA
Sandy is Executive Vice President and Principal at McCall & Almy, a commercial real estate advisory firm in Boston, MA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College and law degree at Boston College.

He 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.

Tim Wyant, Urban Squash

Lives: New York, NY
Tim is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Squash and Education Alliance (SEA) and serves on the board of CitySquash. Prior to his leading SEA, he served as the Executive Director of CitySquash since its founding in 2002 and competed on the professional squash tour for two years following graduation. He received a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University in 2006.

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.

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
2016-20 Mark Pagon

Past Chief Executives

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

This position is currently being filled by the Chairman of the Board.