The Ultimate Chicago Board of Directors consists of 8 members who are elected by the Ultimate Chicago community and serve a two-year term. We’re always happy to hear from you. Feel free to contact any board member with concerns, issues, complements (much appreciated) or if you’re interested in volunteering. Here are the current Ultimate Chicago board members:
Jeff Orcutt first played ultimate in '97 and has been hooked ever since. After a unlucky start (Kalamazoo College got a club team the year after he graduated) Jeff started seriously playing in the Asian Club circuit. In Beijing, Jeff ran the local Beijing ultimate scene for three years. Besides the numerous parties, leagues, friendlies, etc, etc, he ran China nationals for three years and was a founding member and president of the Ultimate Association of China, which is like USA Ultimate but not as cool. Jeff is a lover of Ultimate and of Ultimate communities the world over. His favorite tournament (besides China Nationals) is Manila Spirits which is in mid-to-late November. He highly recommends it. He welcomes all comments, suggestions, and questions.
Joshua Cooper is an educator and a lover of ultimate. Whether playing for Gambit or administering the Juniors Spring League, Joshua can't help but get involved and do what he can to improve experiences and consider options. From generating and analyzing surveys to creating multimedia presentations, Josh wants to help spread the joy of Ultimate as it is and help Ultimate Chicago be what it can be. He also feels queasy writing about himself in the third person.
Colleen starting playing ultimate in 2001, when she joined the UC Fall League without any idea of what all this "stack" and "flick" business was about, and has been addicted ever since. When not playing ultimate, Colleen is probably in a lab, doing science.
Andy moved to Chicago in 2008 from Asheville, NC. He has been playing ultimate since 2002 in leagues and on open and mixed club teams. During his decade of ultimate Andy has played in 5 different city leagues, on 5 different club teams, and has picked up with a number of random teams. While in Chicago he has commissioned 2 fall leagues and is currently co-captaining the Mixed Club team Gambit. Andy also won a dance contest at a Middle school formal. It went straight to his head. He has been dancing to win ever since.
Gail fell in love with ultimate in the year 2007. Since then she has played league, college and club ultimate. Her addiction to chasing the disc has made a great excuse to travel both nationally and internationally (favorite tournament: Paganello). In the few spare moments when she is not doing something ultimate related, she can be found skiing down a mountain or taking photographs.
Dan THOR Martin
Dan THOR Martin is a first year board member striving to bring youthful enthusiasm tempered by Nordic godly wisdom to Ultimate Chicago. Thor is a home grown product of the Ultimate Chicago league system. Over the last 8 years, he has played at Northwestern University and on Chicago area Open and Mixed club teams. Besides Ultimate, Thor is a lover of Crossfit, word problems, and burpees in exotic places.
Jorge Andrés Duarte started playing ultimate through CUJO in 2002, with Loyola Academy College Prep. He has played every year since through various Ultimate Chicago Leagues, captaining his college team at Northern Illinois University, the mixed club team Muévela for the last three years, and the intimidating team known as bUICk. Known for embracing the 'spirit' of the game he has gone virtually unchallenged for winning tournament parties and continues to push the limits of burpee/frisbee trick shots which you can find on his youtube channel.