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NWBA BOD Member Biographies

NWBA Board of Directors Biographies

Sarah Castle, President

Kansas City, Missouri  

        Sarah Castle is a four-time U.S. Paralympian, having competed in swimming in 2000 winning silver and finishing fourth in 2004. After a shoulder injury that left her unable to keep swimming, she then went on to play Wheelchair Basketball in 2008 winning Gold and 2012 placing fourth. She is also a five time NCAA National Champion for the University of Illinois, and two time Parapan American Games gold medalist.

         Sarah graduated in 2006 from the University of Illinois with her undergraduate and a masters in Political Science and Government. She received a doctorate of law from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2012. During her road to the 2012 Games she was also studying for the bar exam. She later passed and became a lawyer in the state of Missouri.

         Sarah is a member of the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council. She spoke at the NCAA National Convention discussing inclusion of adapted athletic programs. She is an advocate for children and their development with disabilities. She worked on a campaign in 2008 entitled Campaign for Real Choice promoting the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Sarah became NWBA BOD President in July of 2015. 

Bruce Fischbach, Vice President

Vermillion, South Dakota

         Bruce has contributed to the NWBA as a tournament director and junior conference commissioner. He is the assistant athletic director for sports medicine at the University of South Dakota. He has also served the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a wish granter and regional ambassador. Fischbach has served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer for the South Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association and has been on the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association’s board of directors.

         Bruce received his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska. He is a United States Sports Academy alumnus with a master’s degree in sport science and was recently named to the South Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. He has served the healthcare needs of thousands of student-athletes at the school since 1987.

         Fischbach has spent time working with Special Olympics, minor league baseball, local youth athletics and athletes in the NWBA. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children, with Dylan a member of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater wheelchair basketball team.

Curtis Lease, Director 

NaPerville, Illinois

         Curtis is currently the Business Manager at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. His organization teams up with adaptive sports and programs to offer camps, trips and Special Olympic events for kids and adults with special needs.

         Curtis played for the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls. He was a part of the NWBA East All-Star Team, that was a selection of the 24 best NWBA players. Curtis is married to wife Denise and has a daughter, Morgan and a son, Ryan.

Tim Fox, Secretary

Strongsville, Ohio

         Tim Fox filled the position vacated by Pat McCoy, through the balance of the original term (April, 2017). Tim is currently the head coach and general manager of the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers. He won a Division III championship with the team in 2010. He has built the team and the organization to be the success it is today.

         Tim also was a part of the venture in establishing the Junior Wheelchair Cavaliers team. He has fostered a great relationship with the NBA and in specific the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tim has also been a long time member of the NWBA Division III Committee.

         Fox is currently an Assistant Vice President Branch Manager for PNC Bank. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 1997 with a degree in education and Masters in Business Administration in 2008.

Jay Abraham, Member 

Mooresville, North Carolina

              Jay is an experienced C suite level business leader who has held senior positions within the sports, entertainment, media and consumer packaged goods industries.  He has worked for General Mills, HJ Heinz Co, Food Lion and NASCAR where he has successfully launched numerous  new ventures.  Described by others as an "intrapreneur", his strengths focus on building teams and businesses from the ground up, P&L management, creativity, business development, integrated marketing and deal making.  While at NASCAR Media Group he won four sports Emmy Awards and was nominated for 14 others.

              Since 2012 Jay has been consulting for clients such as Red Bull Media House, Sports Media Technologies (SMT), Real Time Immersion (RTI), Hammerhead Entertainment, The Dorian Group and others.  He is also the Dean of the Ketner School of Business at Catawba College.

              Jay has a BA in English and American Literature from Brown University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Mark Crear, Member

Northridge, California

         Two-time Olympic Track & Field medalist Mark Crear is currently the president of Mark Crear Ministries, and a Director of the Multi-Cultural Division (MCD) of American Associations of Christian Counselors. Dr. Crear earned his degrees (AA, BA, MA & Ph.D.) in Sociology, Christian Counseling & Christian Theology from Mt-Sac, ITU and the University of Southern California.

         Dr. Crear is also a motivational speaker, life and business coach/consultant, published author and ordained minister. He first captured attention by winning the 1996 Olympic silver medal with a broken arm and then winning the 2000 Olympic bronze medal with a double hernia (110M High Hurdles Track & Field). Mark has been around the world presenting keynote and inspirational messages to various corporations and organizations. Mark has been on the NWBA Board since 2014.

Dan Ferriera, Member

Chicago, Illinois

         Dan has been a wheelchair basketball coach for a number of universities and club teams. He coached at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and conducted numerous camps. He currently works at the Chicago Park District in the Special Recreation Department as an Adapted Sport Program and Event Facilitator. He works to develop and promote sports and programs for people with disabilities.

         Dan is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin. He has a Masters of Science in Leisure Studies with a specialization in Sport Management. He also has a Bachelors degree in Physical Education. He has worked in and around sports and wheelchair basketball since the 1990s.

Lee Montgomery, Member

Grand RaPids, Michigan

         Lee has both been a player and coach of wheelchair basketball, and is a three-sport phenom. He first got into the sport at the age of 14. Lee won a gold medal for wheelchair basketball at the 1990 Parapan American Games and played sitting volleyball in four Paralympic Games. In 1993, he ranked 10th in the U.S. among wheelchair tennis players. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and continues to be the only wheelchair athlete among those honored.

         Lee has coached at numerous places including the Indiana Junior Pacers, Indiana Adult Pacers, Columbus Buckeye Wheelers and Grand Rapids Pacers. He currently coaches the Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports teams. He has been partners with the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for five decades. In 2015 he was inducted into the NWBA Hall of Fame.

Jon Pritchett, Member

Raleigh, North carolina

         Jon is a founding partner of Club 9 Sports, Inc., and a managing director of Prometheus Capital, a Chicago-based merchant bank. He is also currently the Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for i1 Biometrics. He received his undergraduate from Appalachian State University, also a graduate of the Sports Management Institute's executive education program. Jon has spent 25 years in a variety of sports, entertainment, media and healthcare-related companies.

         Pritchett founded Tobacco Road Capitalists, which focuses on business planning, strategic action and execution and measuring and reporting results. Prior to starting TRC, he was CEO of AstroTurf USA and oversaw the re-birth of that brand and led the company from bankruptcy to industry leadership. 

Will Waller, Member

Hudson, Ohio

         Will was recently appointed to a two-year position as a director on the board, and is a two-time U.S. Paralympian (2000 and 2012), and an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Men’s Team. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1999 with a degree is Psychology, and received a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Illinois. As a two-time U.S. Paralympic athlete in wheelchair basketball he earned two bronze medals. He has also played at the various levels of the NWBA and worked his way to the top. He presently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers wheelchair basketball team.

         Will is currently a HR Executive for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He is the leader for Global Finance and Information Technology. Prior to his current position, Waller has worked for several other Fortune 500 companies in their human resources departments. He is passionate about wheelchair basketball and making the entire organization better.