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.
Gail started playing Ultimate when she moved to Chicago in 2007. She immediately fell in love. Over the past eight years, she has played league, college (Northwestern for grad school, go Gung-Ho!) and club level Ultimate. Her addiction to chasing plastic has also made for a great excuse to travel both domestically and internationally (favorite tournament: Paganello). Gail is also passionate about spreading Ultimate. She has been on the board of directors of Ultimate Chicago for the past three years and spends a majority of her efforts organizing and promoting youth Ultimate. Her influence on youth goes beyond Chicago through her participation in several USAU collaborations, from clinics to committees to GUM (Girls Ultimate Movement). She is also beyond thrilled to be part of Ultimate Peace this year. In the few spare moments when she is not doing something ultimate related, she can be found skiing down a mountain or taking photographs.
Sean has been playing ultimate through Ultimate Chicago since 2001. Along the way he took some detours to play ultimate in college (IIT & UIC), semi-club (bUICk), club (Salvage), but now stays mostly committed to the BIG FUN! Sean joined the board in hopes of enriching and growing the Chicago ultimate community and also in attempt to give back for all the wonderful experiences and friendships it's provided him.
Already in his 30s, Eric played his first game of ultimate in 2001 and soon realized it’s a lot more fun than running in a straight line. Over the last 14 years, he has cleated up for a countless number of league, tournament and pick up games and, from 2009 to present, he has played on various men’s open and old guy club teams. The first thing that goes into his suitcase when packing for a trip is a disc and, because he wants to continue spreading the word about our great sport, Eric is honored to have been elected to serve on the Ultimate Chicago board, where he hopes he can continue working to expand opportunities for people to play. Please let him know if you have any questions or input or ideas about how we could be serving our community better.
Jessica "Bearden" Lang
Jessica "Bearden" Lang started playing ultimate in 2008 with a group from Argonne National Laboratory. She eventually found her way to the Chicago club scene and will be cleating up for the sixth time this year with Dish. Jessica enjoys playing in Ultimate Chicago leagues with her husband. This spring league they will debut their new addition, Sadie.