Super Senior International Pickleball Association
Operating Board

Ford Roberson - CEO / Central Zone Director

Robson Ranch, Denton, TX

  • Family: Wife - Catherine, two children, Joy and Kyle, 4 grandchildren

  • Education: BS - Angelo State University, MAT - Angelo State University, MEd - Abilene Christian University, Superintendent and Mid-Management Certifications, TEA

  • Retired Professional Educator Texas (28 years), Associate Superintendent,               Duncanville ISD, Gold and Diamond Dealer (35 years), Founder and Executive         Director of Texas Math and Science Coaches Association

  • Hobbies/Interests: Golf, No-limit Texas Holdem Poker, Pickleball, Softball and Senior Track and Field

  • Pickleball – USA Pickleball and IFP Ambassador, IPTPA Regional Director Texas,    Certified USA Pickleball Referee, Served on several USA Pickleball committees, 4     years SSIPA Executive Director (retired)

  • 2014-2019 - State, Regional, USA Pickleball National Medalist, State Games of         America Medalist, Huntsman Medalist, US Open Medalist, National Senior Games   Award, Italian Open Age Champion, Spanish Open Age Champion

  • 2019 - 3 Regional Tournaments -3 gold in men’s 65 doubles 

  • International Competition – Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Canada

  • IFP – Bainbridge Cup Team Members 2017-19 vs Team Europe, 3 victories

  • SSIPA President – Conduct Board Meetings, Coordinate with the Executive Director, Develop Board Agendas, Staff, USA Pickleball and IFP Relations

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David Hart - Vice President

Blairsville, GA

  • Family: Wife – Lisa, 6 children and 6 grandchildren 

  • Education: BA – MacMurray College, JD – Univ of IL

  • President – Phoenix Healthcare Services, Director of Cocoon Resources and Volatile Analysis Corp., Lifetime Trustee at MacMurray College, US Naval Officer (5 yrs), served as General Counsel and Sr VP of several software companies, working throughout Europe and the Far East. 

  • Films from the Hart – Founder, producer and editor of 501c3 that provides a DVD Christmas program to 2 million residents of Nursing Homes and VA Hospitals, free of charge.

  • Hobbies – Video editing, golf, interior design, graphic arts, woodworking, crafts and Hummels.

  • Pickleball - USA Pickleball Ambassador for Union County, GA and Certified PPR Instructor

  • 2017 SSIPA World Championship Gold Medal Single 70+, Silver Medal Mixed 70+

  • 2019 SSIPA East Championship Gold Singles 70+, Gold Mixed 70+

  • 2021 SSIPA East Championship Silver Singles 70+

  • 30+ medals in various regional tournaments including GA state games and TN Sr Olympics.

  • Regular Instructor for Blairsville Pickleball Club – Over 300 students this last year (no charge).

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Christopher Thomas - Secretary

The Villages, FL
 

  • Education: BA in Sec. Educ./History from Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD.; CDP in Computer Science from Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA.; MBA in Info Systems from Univ. of Texas at Arlington, TX.

  • Occupation: Retired as Info Systems Manager/Project Manager from SABRE/American Airlines at DFW, TX.

  • Hobbies: Movies, Travel, Reading

  • Pickleball: Ambassador; past USAPA Western Region Director; past USAPA Ratings Chair; past commissioner on the Palm Desert, CA. Parks & Rec. Commission and Riverside County, CA. Parks and Rec. Commission; tournament director of multiple events; played in tournaments in 31 states and in Mexico and Spain

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Dave Allenbaugh - Treasurer / Web Master

Santa Cruz, CA

  • Family: Wife - Cher, two children, David & Kelly + 3 grandchildren

  • Education: BS in Electrical Engineering Mich. Technological Univ., MBA Univ. of New Hampshire

  • Retired from Computer industry, 4 years USAF

  • Hobbies: Pickleball, Golf, Hiking, Traveling, Motorcycle Touring

  • Pickleball: Started playing 5 years ago, board member of the Santa Cruz Pickleball Club and maintain websites for Santa Cruz and USSP

  • Develop and update the Website, make recommendations for website improvement, review content correctness, maintain website license.

  • Not many tournaments but playing 2-3 times a week.

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Dennis Poppe - Marketing Director

Issaquah, WA - Phoenix, AZ (Winter) 

  • Family: Wife Lucinda, 2 daughters Ashley & Chelsea, 2 Sons Justin & Allen with 3 Grand Children

  • Education: Washington State University 

  • Career; Insurance broker for small business in the State of Washington for 20 years / Import Supplier to Wal-Mart, Costco, and Home Depot for 20 years

  • Hobbies: Golf / Horses - Part owner of Commanding Curve who finished second in the Ky Derby in 2014

  • Pickleball rating - 4.0 MD & MXD - 2021 GOLD medal USAPA Nationals in MXD 65+ 4.0

  • What Pickleball means to me; At age 65 I was feeling old, overweight, bored, and tired of dieting. I was also feeling isolated, and unsure how to develop new friends.The only fun memories I had were from the past.....Then Something magical happened,I played my first game of Pickleball, it felt like I belonged, It felt like home to me and still does. I Feel younger when I play, I have developed personal goals, lost 45 pounds in 24 months and gained 100's of new friends. Pickleball is so much more than a game to me.

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Tim Kuss – East Zone Director

Centennial, CO (Denver suburb)

  • Family - three sons, Aaron, Lucas & Brandon & 2 grandchildren

  • Education: BA – Urbana University, MS - American Holistic College of Nutrition

  • Nutrition Consultant in private practice, founder and CEO of Infinity Health, a nutrition distribution and consulting business. Book author: A Guidebook to Clinical Nutrition for the Health Professional

  • Pickleball: IPTPA Teaching Professional & Colorado Regional Director, Twice USAPA National Medalist, Tournament Director – Colorado Open

  • Original SSIPA Board member & Former President of SSIPA Board of Directors for 2 years

  • USSP Executive Director: Conduct and coordinate daily operations with the staff,coordinate the operations of USSP tournaments, promote the growth of Pickleball especially in the Senior community, maintain relationships with tournament directors, provide recommendations to the Board, evaluate the effectiveness of daily operations.

Bill Schoen - Board Director

Mill Valley, CA

Family: Wife - Barbara 46 years, 3 children, Marty, Ryan and Stefanie. 6 grandchildren and 1 more on the way

  • Education: BA University of Redlands, 1966. JD UCLA School of Law, 1969

  • Almost retired lawyer - practice mainly in Hawaii but licensed in California

  • Hobbies: Travel before Covid, Pickleball. Started play in 2017 after 60 years of tennis

  • Pickleball Rating - 4.0 singles, 4.0 doubles, 3.5 mixed

  • USAP Nationals - 2021 - Gold, 3.5, 75+ mixed, Silver, 4.0, 75+ singles

  • USAPA Nationals - 2018 - Gold, 3.5, 70+ singles

  • USAPA Nationals - 2017 - Silver, 3.5, 70+

  • Found Pickleball in 2017 when knees started giving out from tennis - try to play as much as possible

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