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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)


 


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


Lee Montgomery

NWBA Board of Directors
 
Residence:   Grand Rapids, Michigan  
 
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.


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.


Doug Arambula

NWBA Board of Directors


Steve Serio

Member - Athlete Representative 


Stephanie Wheeler

NWBA Board of Directors

Wheeler has spent over 25 years in the sport of wheelchair basketball, and has developed a storied career spanning many levels of the game. She was inducted into the NWBA Hall of Fame in 2018, as a result of her many accomplishments in the sport. Her results include 2 Paralympic Gold Medals as an athlete (2004, 2008), as well as a Paralympic Gold Medal as a head coach (2016). She’s also competed in the NWBA Junior, Collegiate and Women’s Divisions. Her educational background is in Kinesiology, Adaptive Sports and Pedagogy, and she is currently completing her Doctoral Degree in Cultural Sports Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Wheeler is the Head Coach of the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team at Illinois.

Reflecting on her appointment to the Board, Wheeler added: “I’m beyond excited to be appointed to the BOD of the NWBA as the organization takes its next steps into the future.  This sport has had a huge impact on my life.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to give back in a way that aligns with my passion of creating diverse and inclusive sporting cultures that are built upon the knowledge that our strength as an organization lives in the diversity of our membership, which will in turn lead to the development of the next generation of high quality coaches at all levels for our athletes.  I look forward to using my passion and skills to contribute to the growth and development of the NWBA.”

 


Ryan Martin

NWBA Board of Directors

Martin, a beneficiary of the sport of wheelchair basketball, has been in the business of giving back to the sport for over 10 years. He started the Ryan Martin Foundation, which is a global non-profit organization that provides wheelchair basketball opportunities in the USA and Spain (where Martin played professionally for several years). Ryan has built a capability for establishing partnerships that allow him to create compelling programs, while helping businesses achieve their return on investment. He recently announced the creation of a wheelchair basketball program at City University of New York, where he began as an advisor and is now taking on the role as Head Coach.

On his appointment, Ryan Martin said: "I'm thrilled to be appointed to the BOD of the NWBA as we collectively write our next chapter. The game has given me so much and this will be an opportunity for me to help serve the membership, ensuring that the future generations of the sport will be able to have the same level of opportunities I did. I look forward to using my background in non-profit work towards contributing to the rich tradition of the NWBA."


Mike Godsey 

NWBA Board of Directors

Godsey brings a wealth of experience to the NWBA Board of Directors, both from a business perspective, as well as in the realm of adaptive sports. He has been a Chief Financial Officer of multiple organizations that required him to have both technical accounting and financial analysis capabilities. On the adaptive sport side, Mike has been involved in this space for nearly 20 years. A highlight of Mike’s work is that he directs wheelchair basketball programming for Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, which now provides opportunity for 6 wheelchair basketball teams.

Mike Godsey stated, "I'm excited about the opportunity to join the NWBA's Board of Directors and I look forward to utilizing my background from the business world and my passion for wheelchair basketball to help expand the growth of this wonderful sport across all Divisions."