The Board of Directors for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) have announced the appointment of David Shaffer as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 3, 2023. The appointment is one of several staff changes to NWBA leadership.
Shaffer joins the longest standing and largest Disabled Sports Organization in the world from Ronald McDonald House Jacksonville, FL where he spent the last five years and served as Chief Executive Officer. During his time at RMH, Shaffer delivered strategic leadership and vision while ensuring operational and financial integrity. He established numerous cost-saving and risk-mitigating measures and cultivated and expanded relationships with healthcare, corporate, foundation, and civic partners. Prior to his time with Ronald McDonald House, Shaffer spent three years with the Wounded Warrior Project’s National Operations Team, where his team was responsible for ensuring programmatic delivery and strategic alignment, calculating and reporting organizational analytics, and quarterly forecasting.
Shaffer will lead the NWBA staff and direct the day-to-day operations of the NWBA, with an emphasis on strengthening key relations, while increasing revenue through sponsorship and fundraising.
“I am extremely excited to join this amazing mission,” said Shaffer. “The next few years are going to be very important for the NWBA, and I am proud to be part of the fantastic group of staff and Board members responsible for guiding the organization’s next chapter.”
Chief Executive Officer
Brandon McBeain joined the NWBA National Office staff in 2016, but involved with the NWBA since 2011. McBeain has spent time working for minor league sports teams, NCAA, MLB, various sporing events, and sports marketing firms. McBeain, originally from Minnesota, found his passion for Paralympic sport working for the Organizing Committee at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. McBeain has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications: Public Relations and Master of Education in Sport Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (719) 266-4082 ext. 108
Tina joined the NWBA National Office team in 2020. Tina previously worked at USA Track & Field (USATF) as the High Performance Programs Coordinator, and most recently with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee as Associate Director of Paralympic Track and Field National Teams. Born and raised in Indiana, Tina has been involved with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements for over 20 years. Tina graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. degree in Sport Management emphasizing in Management and a minor in Business Administration.
Business and Compliance Manager
Matthew Torres joined the National Office staff as Communication Specialist in 2023. No stranger to the athletics industry, Torres has worked at the NCAA Division I and III levels as an athletic communications director at the campus and conference level, including - Saint Peter’s University, Bucknell University, Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Torres graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.A degree in Broadcast Journalism and earned a M.A degree in Strategic Communication from Saint Peter’s University.
Oleson is a current J.D. candidate at Denver University Sturm College of Law. Before Law School, Oleson studied at Saint Louis University where he received his B.S. of Finance with a concentration in Real Estate. Before Oleson’s time at the NWBA, he taught coding and robotics, and was a customer service representative at TD Ameritrade. Oleson has been a part of many organizations in the sports world and served on the executive board of a small sports organization on the Saint Louis University campus.
Hayden Audette has been involved with wheelchair basketball since he was 8 years old. Hayden played for the Courage Kenny program in Minnesota from 2009 until 2019. In 2023, he rejoined Courage Kenny as an assistant coach of the Junior Gophers. Hayden also has over five years of sports journalism experience. He has covered Minnesota Twins baseball for the blogs Twinkie Town and Zone Coverage, and also covered Augsburg University athletics for their student newspaper, the Echo.