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WSJ-USA STAFF

Melissa Brooke
Executive Director

Alan Alborn
Head Coach & Athletic
Program Manager

Whitney Childers
Communications/Media Director

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS  

Deedee Corradini, President
John Farra, Vice President
Peter Jerome, Secretary/Treasurer
Kristian Anderson
Chris Crowley
Herwig Demschar
Deborah Edwards
Jim Holland
Mary Leader
Maria Roberts
Linda Warren
Trisha Worthington
 

ADVISORY BOARD

Jessica Jerome, athlete rep
Beatrice Peck, legal counsel
Lane Beattie
Tom Bradley
Spence Eccles
Chuck Heckert
Jane Hitzelberger
Bill Johnson
Carl Kjeldsberg
Larry Stone
Nikki Stone
George Van

What is Women's Ski Jumping USA?

Women’s Ski Jumping USA runs the U.S. women's ski jumping program and is the primary support organization for the U.S. national team, officially called the Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team. The organization administers and finances the team's coaching, travel, training, equipment, and a junior development program.

Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team at the 2013 World Championships. Photo by Sarah Brunson/USSA

Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team at the 2013 World Championships. Photo by Sarah Brunson/USSA

The top women ski jumpers in the U.S. are named each fall to the national team based upon performance criteria. WSJ-USA works in conjunction with the sport's National Governing Body, the U.S. Ski Team, to prepare the Visa Team for national and international competitions.

What is the overall mission?

To support and run a successful and sustainable team and to grow participation in the U.S. women's ski jumping program by facilitating national development efforts that produce the best women ski jumpers in the world. WSJ-USA aims to remain an influential voice in advocating for gender equality in sport.

When did the organization form and why?

WSJ-USA is a 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 in Park City, Utah. It was created to support the rising number of elite U.S. women ski jumpers who needed financial support and strong leadership to get them into the international fold and on sport's biggest stage, the Olympic Games.

Peter Jerome, an airline pilot and father to 10-time National Champion Jessica Jerome, bought a "Nonprofit For Dummies" book and recruited prominent community leaders to join the effort. More than 10 years later, WSJ-USA has proudly supported the Visa Team to back-to-back Nations Cup victories in 2012 and 2013, and has fostered the careers of World Champions Lindsey Van and Sarah Hendrickson.  

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How is Women's Ski Jumping USA funded?

Support for WSJ-USA comes from corporate sponsors, private donations, fundraisers, and grants. Each summer, WSJ-USA hosts an annual gala in Park City, Utah. In 2013, the event raised $130,000 thanks to generous supporters and private donations.