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


About Us

The USA Pickleball Association (USA Pickleball) is the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the US 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

Stu Upson
Chief Executive Officer
Justin Maloof
Chief Operating Officer
Dan Ellsworth
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Stone
Director of Ambassadors
Karen Parrish
Managing Director of Competition
Hope Tolley
Managing Director of Recreational Programs
Nikki Greene
Managing Director of Membership
Mark Peifer
Director of Officiating
John Greene
Head of Partnerships
Carl Schmits
Director of Equipment Standards
Donn Paben
Director of Equipment Compliance
Kevin Brown
Digital Marketing Manager
Laura Gainor
Director of Media Relations

Department Contacts

USA Pickleball Board Members and Committee Responsibilities:

The Board is committed to further the growth of pickleball among players of all ages and characteristics. It will continue to provide the infrastructure for the development of the sport through promulgation of official rules, sponsoring and sanctioning tournaments and clinics, ranking players, communicating with its members via e-mail and newsletters, training of all levels of players, and otherwise promoting pickleball.

Phil Mortenson
Board Chair - 2020-2021
(Seattle, WA) Also serves as the Board Advisor for internal legal matters and external grievances. Also serves on the Nominating, Grievance, and Human Resources Committees.
Laura Patterson
Board Vice Chair - 2020-2021
(Winston-Salem, NC) Also serves as secretary of the Board and is also Advisor for the NCREC (referee) and Rules Committees and is on the Strategic Plan, Human Resources and National Indoor Committee.
Bob Franceschelli
At-Large - 2021-2022
(St. Louis, MO) At-Large Board Member. Also serves on the Strategic Plan and Marketing Committees.
Robert Quicksilver
At-Large - 2021-2022
(Bal Harbour, FL) At-Large Board Member and Advisor for Communications. Also serves on the Strategic Plan Committee and is co-Advisor on the Marketing Committee.
Ernie Medina
At-Large - 2021-2022
(Loma Linda, CA) At-Large Board Member. Also serves as Board Advisor for the Recreational/Training Committee and chairs the Health/Wellness Committee.
Philip Bullen
At-Large - 2021-2022
At-Large Board Member and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Also serves on the Nominating Committee.
Suzanne Guerin
At-Large - 2021-2022
(Broomfield, CO) At-Large Board Member and Advisor for the Ambassador and Ambassador Retreat/Dinner Committees.
Inclusion -  USA Pickleball Association

Since the establishment of the USA Pickleball Association (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 Association
P.O. Box 7354
Surprise AZ 85374