United States Powered Paragliding Association Officers, Committees, Bylaws, and Policies

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The USPPA was formed on March 15, 2001 as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. Tax exempt status was gained several years later. IRS documents are available here. There are four elected positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Any full member is eligible for an elected office position.

Officers & Committees

Terms are two calendar years. For President and Secretary the terms run from Jan 1 to Dec 31. For Vice President and Treasurer the terms are from Jul 1 to June 30. All four of the Officers will act together with the President to carry out the desires of the membership in accordance with the the bylaws and the mission statement. The individual duties of each position are described in the Bylaws. Officers are elected by the full or higher members. In the case of uncontested elections, there will be no voting. To nominate someone for an officer position, please send their name, address, and nominated position either via postal mail to the home-page listed address or via email. Nominations must be postmarked or received at least 90 days before the office is to be vacated. Nominees must be members in good standing and indicate, in writing, their willingness to accept the nomination. Meeting Minutes are password protected and available here. Current members in good standing can obtain the password thru email by including their zip code and current email on file as verification.

USPPA Officer

Contact Info

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Two Year Terms

Jeff Goin
JeffInsects-1 Current Term:
01/01/05 – 12/31/2018

Alan Chuculate
03/01/01 – 12/31/2004

Alex Donaghy
Vice President


Current Term:
05/16/12 – 12/31/2018

Rob Reynolds
07/01/03 – 05/15/12

Brad Hill
Brad Hill Current Term:
06/17/2016 – 12/31/2018

Paul Czarnecki
01/01/2014 – 06/09/2016

Don Jordan
3/01/01 – 12/31/2013

Heath Woods

Heath Woods Current Term:
07-28/2016- 12/31/2018

Christopher Pine
01/01/2014 – 06-09-2016

Chris Bowles
3/01/01 – 12/31/2013

Committees and Other Positions

These positions will be filled by volunteers as appointed by the officers. They will perform tasks in conjunction with the officers to accomplish the goals of the organization. Committees will be added as conditions and volunteers dictate. The Training Committee serves special bylaw-required functions.

Committee & Position

Committee Member

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Past Committee Members

Training Committee
At least 3 people as required by USPPA bylaws.
1. Chad Bastian – Chairman
2. Eric Dufour – Jan 1, 2005
3. Chris Santacroce – Jan 1, 2005
Instructor Relations as of Oct, 2013
4. Ryan Shaw – May 8, 2010



Chris Santacroce


Chris Bowles 
March 01, 2001 – Oct 18, 2008

Steve Barret 
Jan 01, 2004 – Feb 1, 2009

Terry Alford 
2001 – 2010

Competition Committee & Advisors 1. Jeff Goin
2. Eric Dufour
3. Ryan Shaw
4. George Hawkins (Advisor)
5. Glenn Boyd (Advisor)
Mar 2004 –
Accident Investigation Team
Formed in late 2015 to help the PPG community learn from accidents. It will be activated in situations where this kind of expertise will help and the expense can be justified.
1. Dr. Ed Lowder – Chairman
2. Eric Dufour – Member
3. Chris Santacroce – Member
4. Phill Russman – Member
5. Chad Bastian – Member

Ed Lowder


Chris Santacroce

Phill Russman


Business Manager Tim Kaiser  Tim Kaiser December 2015 –
Membership Administrator
Paid contract position
Kristin Stelter
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Member Services Webmaster
Paid programmer position
Jerry Starbuck JerryStarbuck-1 Mar 2004 – May 2009, now
If it’s on the website and it’s useful, it was developed by this guy!
Static Website Webmaster Christopher Pine ChristopherPine2-2 Jan 2014 –  

Other Job Functions within the Organization


Handles updating the membership list, pictures and assigning member numbers. Corresponds with members regarding their membership status.


General maintenance of the web-site. Administers access in a way so as to allow other committee members some freedom to update “their” areas. This will also minimize the work of the webmaster. Any major changes to the static content must be approved by the officers…the idea here to prevent policy changes taking place that would be disadvantageous to the organization. Content changes that affect policy will have to be approved by the officers regardless of who maintains it. Appropriate latitude will be given to the webmaster for freedom to improve the site.

Contact Information

The relevant contact information for the USPPA is listed here

Mailing Address Is On Bottom of Pages.


Toll free: 866-37-USPPA (866-378-7772)
Fax: 866-226-2990


Non-Profit Info:

USPPA is a non-profit 501c3 Delaware Corporation
9 E. Loockerman St., #205
Dover, Delaware, 19901.

500 Westover Dr. #2384
Sanford, NC 27330
866-37-USPPA (87772)