NWBA Board of Directors, President (elected 2019)
Residence: Strongsville, Ohio
Tim Fox takes over the role of President previously filled by Sarah Castle. In 1999, Tim Fox began working in a Non-Profit Organization with youth and adults with varying degrees of intellectual or physical disabilities. With a background in coaching basketball collegiately, Fox was offered the opportunity to coach the Adult Division Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers in 2007. Since that time, he has been involved with the NWBA as a coach. In a very short time, Fox learned the value of the Association, its mission, and its members leading him to become more involved on a national level.
In 2016, the Board of Directors selected Fox to fill the position vacated by longtime board member and friend of the Association, Pat McCoy. Fox immediately wanted to make a difference with the membership and took on the role of NWBT Tournament Operations Director in Louisville in 2017 & 2018. At the Annual Meeting in 2017, he was officially elected by the Delegates to a four-year term and elected by the Board Members to serve in the Office of Secretary. In the summer of 2018, Fox took on the responsibility to chair an Audit Committee to navigate the challenging circumstances the Association faced. He was part of the team that successfully hosted the Adult Division I and II 2019 Toyota National Championships that were hosted in Northeast Ohio.
NWBA Board of Directors, Vice President (elected and appointed by the BOD 2019)
Residence: Hartford, Connecticut Area
Ryan 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.
NWBA Board of Directors, Treasurer (elected and appointed by the BOD 2019)
Residence: Matthews, North Carolina
Mike Godsey has been a Chief Financial Officer of multiple organizations that required him to have both technical accounting and financial analysis capabilities. In the area of adaptive sport, 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. He has been a role model in the sport to the many athletes he supports, and a benchmark as it relates to how to run an effective program.
NWBA Board of Directors, Secretary (elected 2019)
Residence: Vermillion, South Dakota
Fischbach, formerly NWBA Vice President, has also contributed to the NWBA as a 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. Fischbach 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.
NWBA Board of Directors (elected 2017)
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.
NWBA Board of Directors (elected 2016)
Residence: Chicago, Illinois
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.
NWBA Board of Directors (elected 2017)
Residence: Valpairso, Indiana
Doug Arambula was elected to the NWBA Board of Directors in 2017. Armabula served as the President of the Junior Division for 15 years. During his Presidency he collaborated with the Junior Board to institute changes such as creating conferences, conference championships, the JV/NIT Division, the girls all tourney teams with girls MVP, the senior all-star game (showcase for college coaches), and three national championships (prep, NIT, and varsity). Arambula got his start in the sport of wheelchair basketball in 1996 when he coached the Rollin' Rebels for 12 years.
Member - Athlete Representative (elected 2017)
Residence: New York, New York
When Serio was 11 months old, he had surgery to remove a spinal tumor which resulted in the compression of his spinal cord. Consequently, he was left paralyzed and is classified as an incomplete paraplegic. He began playing wheelchair basketball at the age of 14, a sophomore in high school. Serio led his high school to a title and was named the MVP of the national tournament. After high school, he played for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He led them to a national championship, winning player of the game, NWBA tournament MVP, and the NWBA player of the year in the process. He won the 2017 ESPN ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability for his performance at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He is also a Team Toyota Athlete.
NWBA Board of Directors (elected 2019)
Residence: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Area
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.”
NWBA Board of Directors (elected)
Residence: Kansas City, Missouri
Sarah Castle was born and raised in Colorado. At the age of eleven she became paralyzed and was diagnosed with Acute Transverse Myelitis. In the early months of her disability, Sarah was exposed to sports for people with disabilities, and instantly began participating in swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, and skiing. Her early exposure to sport led her to compete in Paralympic swimming competitions as early as age fourteen.
In 2002, Sarah joined the University of Illinois Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team, and took home a National title that year. Sarah would go on to win five National Championships as an Illini. In 2005 she was named to the United States Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Sarah played wheelchair basketball as a member of the US National Team from 2005 to 2012. She competed in two Paralympic Games, bringing home a gold medal in 2008. She was also a member of the 2006 World Championship team that brought home a silver medal, and the 2010 World Championship team.
Sarah graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Disability Studies, and a Graduate Degree in Political Science and Civic Leadership. In 2012, Sarah graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Law School. Sarah describes herself as an advocate. She currently works as a Jackson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and serves as the Diversion Manager. Sarah was also the former President of the Board of Directors for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association from 2015 to 2019.