The Foundation Board of Trustees are committed to acting as advocates for USA Field Hockey. In addition to making a four-year philanthropic commitment, our Trustees are tasked to assist with strategies and initiatives to increase revenue streams, grow the endowment and generate annual revenue. The Foundation partners with USA Field Hockey to bolster the national governing body’s efforts in increasing field hockey’s growth, development, and success in the U.S., from grassroots to international.
Elissa Unger joined the USA Field Hockey Foundation in November 2016 as the Foundation Development Director. She is responsible for the overall strategic planning, implementation and management of fundraising programs and events within the Foundation and USA Field Hockey. Originally from Reading, Pa., Unger grew up playing field hockey and later attended Michigan State University (MSU) where she earned a B.A. in Hospitality Business and was a 4-year letter winner (and proud goalkeeper) for the Spartan field hockey team. After gaining experience interning at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., she spent 2 years working in Kent State University’s Athletic Development office while earning a M.A. in Sport and Recreation Management. Before coming to USA Field Hockey, she spent 4 years at her alma mater, MSU, working for the Spartan Fund with varied experience in annual fund, donor relations and major gift fundraising.
Ralph Andretta is the Head of U.S. Cards for Citi. In this role, Ralph leads the end-to-end management of the U.S. Cards business. He is also the chair of the U.S. Cards Management Committee and other steering committees within North America and globally. Among many accomplishments in his first 4 years at Citi, Ralph has played a key role in the transformation of the U.S. Cards business. He has taken a customer-focused approach to strategic, investment and operational prioritization. He has simplified the product portfolio while launching 5 new products and refreshing several more, focusing on enhancing rewards and improving customer engagement, strengthening Citi’s competitiveness and delivering greater value to the customer.
Ralph began his career at American Express in 1993 as the head of an internal consulting team and then led a service center in the UK. In 1999, Ralph was promoted to SVP Europe International CFO and a year later appointed to achieve an annual $1 billion reengineering savings company-wide, which he exceeded every year. In 2004, Ralph transitioned to the business side of American Express within the Consumer Card Services Group leading Membership Rewards – the first General Manager to lead a single focused team on this important and essential rewards program.
Ralph currently resides in New Vernon, NJ with his wife and two daughters. Although his hobbies are golf, tennis and skiing, he spends most of his time traveling to field hockey games supporting his daughters. His oldest daughter will soon be attending Duke. He is a board member of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and Teach our Children Foundation, both non-profit organizations.
Amy and Tim’s daughter, Lauren Crandall, has played on the Women’s National Team since 2005 and became captain of the team in 2011. She is a graduate of Wake Forest with two NCAA Championships and two time Olympian. Amy and Tim have had the opportunity to travel the world and support the Women’s National Team for the last ten years.
Tim is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S.Ed. Degree and taught and coached for four years in Mason, Ohio. He left education and spent the next 29 years with Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Johnson and Johnson Company in the pharmaceutical sector. He had responsibility in Sales, Sales Management, Training and Development, and Business Analytics. Tim is now retired from Johnson & Johnson.
Amy has enjoyed raising her children and volunteering with their school activities and fundraising. She worked five years at Worthington Industries as a Senior Executive Administrative Assistant; three years at Central Bucks School District as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice Principal; and eighteen years at Toll Brothers Inc. as a Design Consultant. Amy is semi-retired now, still working as needed at Toll Brothers, Inc.
Amy and Tim are originally from Columbus, Ohio, Go Buckeyes!!! They have been married for 37 years with four children and six grandchildren. Much of their time now is spent watching grandchildren, traveling, and supporting USA Field Hockey.
Dr. Higgins has served as the team doctor for the USA Women’s National Field Hockey Team since 2007. He has worked with Team USA on various tours and major international tournaments including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2011 Pan American Games, 2012 London Olympics, and the 2014 World Cup. He recently served as the doctor for both the men and women’s national teams at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where our women’s team won a gold medal and qualified for Rio 2016.
Dr. Higgins received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and has been practicing in Maryland since 1991. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery, completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and did his fellowship in sports medicine at Hughston Orthopedic Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.
Dr. Higgins is an active member of the sports medicine community at the Olympic, collegiate and high school levels. His experience ranges from serving as an Assistant Medical Director at the Atlanta Olympic games and Team Physician for USA basketball championships to serving as a team physician for American University, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and local all-star games. He is also a Master Instructor with the Arthroscopy Association of North America and a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine.
A native of the Washington area, Dr. Higgins is an involved member of the community. His work includes serving on the Board of Directors at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD and on the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Youth Organization. He is also a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a former Chief of Sports Medicine for the Navy.
Dr. Higgins lives in the area with his wife and dogs. They have three children. They are proud to admit that their oldest son is a former Army infantryman, who served two terms overseas in Afghanistan. Their daughter currently goes to University of Maryland and youngest son to University of South Carolina.
A self-described serial entrepreneur, Patty is the Managing Partner of Katherine Grace Investments LLC, a Real Estate Development company she founded in 2005 and co-owner of Angel’s Share LLC, a Washington State Winery and Oregon vineyard operation. She was formerly the Managing Partner of American Polycom LLC, a plastics distribution company she owned and operated from 1995 to 2007. Following her Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Patty was a National Bank Examiner for the United States Treasury Department.
Ms. Imhoff is the former Chair of the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, the licensing, regulatory and taxing authority for casinos, and is currently a Director of the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Commission. She has been appointed by three consecutive Governors of Colorado on State Commissions and has been an official Delegate for the State of Colorado on trade missions including Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, as well as serving on Mayor Wellington Webb’s China Advisory Council.
Community service has been a priority for Ms. Imhoff. In 2011 Patty became a founding member and Director of the Denver Field Hockey Club, which provides opportunities for girls ages 5 to 19. In addition to the US Field Hockey Foundation Board of Trustees, Patty is on the Kempe Foundation Board of Directors, the Colorado Rockies Community Council, and several committees for the University of Colorado School of Business. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of The Colorado Children’s Hospital Disabled Sports Program and Easter Seals Colorado.
Originally from Munich, Germany, Patty came to the US to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1981. It was in Boulder that she met Michael Imhoff, whom she married in 1986. They have two daughters, Katie and Grace.
Head coach Missy Meharg has been at the helm of the Terrapin field hockey program for 28 years, along the way building a program rich with a winning tradition. Voted National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times, Meharg has exemplified the tradition of excellence Maryland field hockey has become known for, a program with eight National Championships and 21 conference championships - solidifying the Terrapins' position among the top programs in the nation.
Meharg has fashioned an astounding 490-119-9 record, which calculates to an .800 winning percentage. Included in those victories are seven national titles as the Head Coach of the Terrapins, 11 regular season championships, and 10 conference tournament crowns. She currently serves as the coach for the US Mid-Atlantic Regional High Performance squad.
Meharg has been honored as the National Coach of the Year nine times. She has coached 46 All-Americans, including seven Honda Sports Award winners. Thirteen of her Terrapins have been named Conference Player of the Year.
Her coaching resume has not been limited to the NCAA. She has been highly involved with US Field Hockey as part of the US coaching staff from 1993-1998. That included a stint at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. In 2012, she served as NBC’s field hockey color commentator/analyst for the London Olympic Games.
Meharg is a tremendous ambassador for our sport. She was named one of ESPNU’s top five recruiters in the country across all sports. She also serves as a member of the University Senate and the Senate Executive Committee.
Pam Stuper, a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, has spent the past 10 years as head coach at Yale, following eight seasons as an assistant. At the helm Stuper led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League championship in 2011 - the school's first since 1980. The championship came as part of a remarkable run of success for the Bulldogs under Stuper, the 2009 NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. Stuper was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
A 1992 graduate of Old Dominion and member of the ODU Hall of Fame, Stuper was a key part of three national championship teams and was a two-time All-American for the Monarchs. Prior to joining the Yale staff, she was an assistant coach at James Madison University from 1993-1995, helping the Dukes win the NCAA Championship in 1994. She and the rest of the team were inducted into JMU’s Hall of Fame in 2014
Stuper is also involved with the game on an international level, and she currently serves as a member of the Executive Board for FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey, or International Hockey Federation), the international governing body for the sport of field hockey. She was elected to that position in the fall of 2010. Stuper also served on the Board of Directors for the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) from 2011-2015.
Stuper’s international experience dates back to her days as a player, as she was on the U.S. National Team for nine years. She participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and one Pan American Games (1995). She also was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Stuper earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze in the 1994 World Cup. She added to her international experience by playing for the Amsterdam Ladies First Team, which was Dutch National League Top Division runner-up in 1996-1997.
Stuper served as Second Vice-President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association from 2005-2008 and as Director of Curriculum & Development from 2009-2011. She was a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship Committee from 2009-2013 and served as the Athlete Sports Organization (ASO) Director on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors from 2009-2012, serving as Chair of the Board from 2011-2012.
Stuper received her master's degree in exercise science with an emphasis in sports psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. She resides with her husband, John, the Yale baseball coach, in Hamden, CT. In addition to her other Hall of Fame honors, she is also a member of the Hempfield High School Hall of Fame (Lancaster, PA) and the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Maria is the owner of an education toy store. She has been active in benevolent, church, community, and school organizations including serving as the Treasurer of the Metropolis of Boston Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society Board, as a teacher at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England Greek School, and as a member of the Parents of Students of Phillips Academy Board.
Joe works as a construction project manager and as a construction management consultant.
Maria and Joe are the proud parents of field hockey players Evagelia, Katerina, and Nikoletta and look forward to supporting USA Field Hockey.