The Ultimate Chicago Board of Directors consists of 9 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.
Gail started playing Ultimate when she moved to Chicago in 2007. She immediately fell in love. Over the past nine 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 four 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. In the few spare moments when she is not doing something ultimate related, she can be found skiing down a mountain or taking photographs.
Leanne started playing Ultimate while at university in Newcastle, Australia. Since then she has been lucky to play all over the place, most recently here in Chicago. She loves all games involving a frisbee, especially ones that also have a PVC hoop. She also loves introducing new players to the game and empowering players to increase their skills and try throwing scoobers. Leanne is happy to have the opportunity to be on the board and hopes to serve the frisbee playing crowd well.
Steph Landry discovered ultimate the way that many female players do: she had a crush on a guy in high school and got tired of sitting on the sidelines watching the boys play. That teenage romance didn't work out, but she did find a love for the game and decided to join her college team. Since then, she's started and captained a women's team in college, participated in practices, leagues & tournaments in the northeast & midwest, Mississippi, Arizona, Hawaii, and Australia, and played pretty much every league in Chicago since moving here in 2012. Steph also coaches some pretty great high schoolers at Pritzker College Prep and started playing women's club with Frenzy this past summer. She's honored to have the chance to give back to a community that's given her so much, and she's especially passionate about getting more kids and more women to play ultimate!
Jen moved to Chicago in 2013 without knowing anyone and quickly found a great group of friends through the Chicago pickup scene. Having never played before, she was apprehensive about joining a league team. Little did she know that it was the best decision she could have made. Since then, she has captained various league teams, assisted with beginner teams and clinics, commissioned a league, and is currently playing with the Chicago womens' club team, Frenzy. Jen is really excited to be involved on the Ultimate Chicago Board and to promote the growth of a sport that gave her a family away from home.
Angelo started playing ultimate in the '90s in CUSL and with club teams like Shazam, Godzilla, and the notorious Terrible Thunderlizards. He was one of the founding board members of Ultimate Chicago and started the city's first youth league. He is now focused on coaching youth ultimate with Ragtag Ultimate, a team of many second-generation ultimate players. Angelo still plays at the grandmaster level -- soon to be great grandmaster -- and expects to one day start the first wheelchair ultimate league.
Matt started playing Ultimate as a college freshman at University of Chicago in 1979 and continued to play through college, then at the club level until 1995. After a few more Ultimate Chicago summer league seasons, Matt hung up the cleats and focused on raising his boy/girl twins, but when the kids got old enough to throw, he started playing again, this time at the local pick-up level. Matt became a USAU certified observer in 2010, and then became the head coach and outside sponsor of the Evanston Township High School Ultimate Frisbee Club in 2011. Matt continues to coach at ETHS and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Illinois Youth Ultimate, where he serves as corporate secretary and General Counsel.
Lindsey began playing ultimate at Michigan State University in 2002 and went on to finish her college eligibility at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In addition to college ultimate, Lindsey spent approximately 12 years playing elite women's club and even sprinkled in one season of mixed. A huge advocate for community ultimate, Lindsey began the East Lansing Summer League, TFDA's women's league, the Triangle Youth Ultimate League (~1500 unique participants and >10 programs), served on the Triangle Ultimate's Board of Directors, volunteered for various leadership roles within USAU, and played in numerous leagues herself. Her passions now primarily circle around youth and women's ultimate - including coaching Nemesis - and hopes she can use some of her experiences from working with other communities to foster additional growth in Chicago.
Emily started playing here in Chicago while in grad school on UIC's now defunct team jUICebox. Since then, she’s played a whole lot of league and one season of club with Frenzy Emily loves playing league for chance to interact with players from a range of skill levels and backgrounds. She supports the growth of opportunities for new players and access to a range of opportunities for all players. Emily is excited to be on the board of Ultimate Chicago and welcomes any questions or feedback from the community.