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NWBA BOD Member Biographies

NWBA Board of Directors Biographies

Sarah Castle

NWBA Board of Directors, President

Residence:   Kansas City, Missouri

Hometown:  Denver, Colorado

College:  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaing '06 

Graduate:  University of Missouri, Kansas City '12, JD
Sarah Castle is a four-time U.S. Paralympian, winning a silver medal in swimming in 2000 and finishing fourth in 2004. After a shoulder injury that left her unable to continue swimming, she went on to play wheelchair basketball, winning the gold in 2008 and finishing fourth in 2012. She is also a five time Intercollegiate Division 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 has also presented 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.

Career Highlights

• 2012 Paralympic Games, fourth place (basketball)

• 2011 Parapan American Games, gold medal

• 2011 Tournament of Champions, MVP

• 2010 IWBF World Championships, gold medal

• 2008 NCAA National Champion

• 2008 Osaka Cup, gold medal

• 2008 Paralympic Games, gold medal (basketball)

• 2007 Parapan American Games, gold medal

• 2007 NCAA National Champion

• 2006 IWBF World Championships, silver medal

• 2006 NCAA National Champion

• 2005 America's Cup, gold medal

• 2004 Paralympic Games, fourth place (100m breaststroke)

• 2004 NCAA National Champion

• 2003 NCAA National Champion

• 2002 Swimming World Championships, silver medal

• 2002 NCAA National Champion

• 2000 World Record, S8 1500m freestyle

• 2000 Paralympic Games, silver medal (100m breaststroke)

• 2000 Inducted into the Sports Woman of Colorado Hall of Fame

Bruce Fischbach

NWBA Board of Directors, Vice President
 Residence:  Vermillion, South Dakota

Hometown:  Omaha, Nebraska

College:  University of Nebraska - Lincoln  

Graduate:  United States Sports Academy Employment:  University of South Dakota 

Bruce has contributed to the NWBA as a member of the Board of Directors, tournament director and junior conference commissioner. Currently, he is employed as 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 is a United States Sports Academy alumnus with a master’s degree in sport science and was 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 University of South Dakota since 1987.

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

Curtis Lease

NWBA Board of Directors, Treasurer 
Residence:  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, which 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 NWBA

Board of Directors, Secretary 
Residence:  Strongsville, Ohio   
Tim Fox will fill 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 was also a part of the venture in establishing the Junior Wheelchair Cavaliers team. He has fostered a great relationship with the NBA, specifically with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tim has also been a long-time member of the NWBA Division III Committee

Will Waller

NWBA Board of Directors
Residence:  Hudson, Ohio  

College:  University of Illinois ’99, Psychology; ’00, Masters of HR    
Will was recently appointed to a two-year position as a director on the board. He is a two-time U.S. Paralympian (2000 and 2012) and an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Men’s Team. Will graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 with a degree in 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 and is currently a HR Executive for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where he is the leader for Global Finance and Information Technology.

Prior to his current position, Waller worked for several other Fortune 500 companies in their human resources departments. He is passionate about wheelchair basketball and making the entire organization better.
Career Highlights


• 2012 Paralympic Games - bronze medal 

• 2010 IWBF World Championships, bronze

• 2010 NWBA Division III National Championship

• 2009 America's Cup, gold medal

• 2008 Paralympic Games - fourth place

• 2004 Paralympic Games

• 2002 IWBF World Championship, gold medal

• 2002 IWBF World Championship, All-Tournament Team

• 2001 America's Cup, gold medal

• 2000 Paralympic Games - bronze medal

• 2000 NWBA Intercollegiate Championship

• 1999 America's Cup, gold medal

• 1998 IWBF World Championship, gold medal

• 1998 NWBA Intercollegiate Championship

• 1997 America's Cup, gold medal

Lee Montgomery

NWBA Board of Directors
Residence:   Kansas City, Missouri  
Lee has both been a player and coach of wheelchair basketball. He is also a three-sport phenom, competing in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and wheelchair tennis at high levels. He first got involved with wheelchair basketball at the age of 14 and won a gold medal for the sport at the 1990 Pan-Am Games. To add to his Paralympic portfolio, Lee played sitting volleyball in four Paralympic Games.

During his wheelchair basketball career, Lee won three MVPs and was a member of the National Championship team in 1987.  He also served as commissioner  of the Lake Michigan Conference and Mid-West Division of the NWBA.

In 1993, Lee ranked 10th in the U.S. among wheelchair tennis players. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the NWBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Lee has coached at numerous teams, including the Grand Rapids Junior Varsity and Championship Division Pacers.

Lee has been with the NWBA since 1977 and is currently a member of it's Board of Directors.

Jon Pritchett

NWBA Board of Directors
Residence:  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 and is 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.

Jay Abraham

NWBA Board of Directors
Residence:  Mooresville, North Carolina   

College: Brown University

Graduate: University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School of Business

Jay is a unique market-driven C-Suite Level Business Leader with more than 35 years of success in the higher education, media, management consulting, technology, sports, food, and entertainment industries.

Jay is currently the Owner & President of Abraham Marketing & Media Company, the Co-Founder of Stoneacre2.0, General Manager of Hammerhead Entertainment, and the Dean of the Ketner School of Business at Catawba College.

In addition, Jay worked as COO NASCAR Media Group; VP New Media & Content – NASCAR. Jay’s career has also led him on the path to H.J. Heinz Company, where he was Vice President - Business Development for managed domestic P&L accountability for its frozen food’s non-grocery channels of distribution.

Jay holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts, English and American Literature from Brown University.

Jay is on the Board of Directors of National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), and former Advisor to the Board of Directors of Real Time Immersion (RTI). Jay has won 4 Sports Emmys and was nominated for 14 Sports Emmys over a 6-year time frame.

Dan Ferreira

NWBA Board of Directors
Residence: Chicago, Illinois

Hometown: Canton, Massachusetts 

College: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Graduate: Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a minor in Recreation (2001)   University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign Master of Arts in Leisure Studies specializing in Sport Management (2003)
Dan has been a member of the NWBA for over twenty-eight years. He started competing as a junior athlete and today, he is one of the few coaches who has coached at every level within the NWBA. He has coached for a number of universities, as well as playing and coaching with many club teams around the country. Throughout his career, Dan has worked as a professional within the Adaptive/Paralympic Sport movement since the 1990’s, as he has conducted numerous camps and clinics around the world. He currently works at the Chicago Park District in the Special Recreation Department as the Adapted Sport Program & Event Facilitator and works to develop and promote sport and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. Dan enjoys the benefits of home life; being a husband to his wife Abby and father to his son Owen, who will be a future member of the NWBA.

Mark Crear, Ph.D.

NWBA Board of Directors

Residence:  Northridge, California 

Hometown:  Los Angeles, California

College:  The University of Southern California (USC) 

Graduate:  BA, MA, Ph.D.    

Mark Crear is not only a Two-time Olympic Track & Field medalist, but also an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, consultant, published author, ordained minister, focus and performance consultant and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). This USC alumnus, with over 15 years of world class Olympic-level success, first captured attention by winning the 1996 Olympic Silver Medal with a broken arm and the 2000 Olympic Bronze Medal with a double hernia (110M High Hurdles). Mark Crear has been around the world sharing inspirational messages to various companies and organizations. Mark's unique way of using his Olympic experience as a hurdler to illustrate how to overcome hurdles and "stay in the zone" is encouraging, motivating and easily applicable.
Mark is currently president of Mark Crear Ministries and Director of the Multi-Cultural Division (MCD) of American Associations of Christian Counselors, AACC). Dr. Crear has earned his degrees (AA, BA, MA & Ph.D.) in Sociology, Christian Counseling & Psychology from Mt-Sac, ITU and the University of Southern California (USC)
Mark has been an active member of NWBA Board since 2014