The mission of USA Pickleball is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories.


About Us

USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S. and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials.

The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.


USA Pickleball Staff

Mike Nealy
Chief Executive Officer
Justin Maloof
Chief Operating Officer
Chuck Menke
Chief Marketing Officer
Dan Ellsworth
Chief Financial Officer
Jose Moreno
Chief Strategy Officer
Brady Kellogg
Managing Director of Partnerships
Lance Cowart
Managing Director of Field Operations
Nikki Greene
Managing Director of Membership
Donn Paben
Managing Director of National Championships & Pro Player Relations
George McCulley
Managing Director of Officiating
Carl Schmits
Managing Director of Equipment Standards & Facility Development
Hope Tolley
Managing Director of Recreational Programs
Gail Avisar
Managing Director of Legal Compliance & Office Administration
Julie Atherton
Managing Director of Human Resources
Karen Parrish
Director of Sanctioning
Melissa Zhang
Director of Communications and Content
Tim Warner
Staff Accountant
Baylee Opperman
Director of Tournament Operations
Hana Papaco
Manager of Recreational Programs
Louis Thiel
Manager of Membership
Avery Larson
Manager of Marketing
Steve Stone
Sector Leader - North
Eddie McDonald
Sector Leader - South
Heather Conger
Sector Leader - East
Connie Thrasher
Sector Leader - West
Inclusion -  USA Pickleball 

Since the establishment of the USA Pickleball, a core principle is that discrimination is prohibited. Specifically, membership and all rights of participation in USA Pickleball, including all tournaments and other events conducted or sanctioned by it, are and will be open to all persons without regard to race, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability or gender. We will continue to implement this core principle in our mission as we develop and promote the sport of pickleball in the U.S.

Mailing Address:
USA Pickleball
P.O. Box 7354
Surprise, AZ 85374