Board of Directors

Since May 2017, the Intercollegiate Squash Association has been lead by a Board of Directors.

The Board of ten Directors includes five independent directors, four coaches and a US Squash representative who serves in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity.

INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

John G. Nimick, Chair of the Board

Profession: Mr. Nimick is a former professional squash player and current event organizer and promoter. He was one of the leading hardball squash players in the United States in the 1980s. Following his retirement as a professional player, he has become a central figure in the development of professional squash in the United States. He formed an event promotion firm, Event Engine Inc., to run international squash tournaments, including the U.S. Open in Boston, the Tournament of Champions in New York City, the Netsuite Open in San Francisco, and the Canadian Squash Classic in Toronto, Ontario.

Other Experience: Nimick was president of the professional hardball squash association from 1988–1990, and executive director of the professional softball squash association from 1994–1999.

Education: Princeton University, B.A. 1981

Squash/Sport Connection: Beyond his professional focus, in 1981, Mr. Nimick captained Princeton to a national title, won the national individual intercollegiate title and was awarded the Skillman Award for Sportsmanship. He won the US national championship in 1982. He then turned professional, and became a leading player on the North American hardball squash tour, winning several major titles. He also represented the United States at the 1983 & 1985 World Team Squash Championships. Nimick was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored with its President’s Cup in 2011.

Jeanne M. Blasberg, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Profession: Author of critically acclaimed novel, Eden, Ms. Blasberg’s experience ranges from financial analyst and strategist to numerous board leadership roles and being a prolific writer. Ms. Blasberg’s career started at The First Boston Corporation as an investment banking analyst, followed by work in strategic planning for Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, OH and later, serving as a research associate at the Harvard Business School.

Other Experience: Ms. Blasberg’s charitable work has included board positions and fund raising responsibilities at SquashBusters (where she co-chaired the Squash Derby from 2014-2017, and also serves as a mentor since 2012), MassGeneral Hospital for Children, The Beacon Hill Circle for Charity, and Hill House (The community center on Beacon Hill). Ms. Blasberg served as Chairman of the Board for The Beacon Hill Nursery School from 1999 to 2003 where she oversaw period of radical change in the property lease which paved the way for a successful capital campaign and extensive building remodeling.

Education: Smith College, graduated Cum Laude 1987

Squash/Sport Connection: Ms. Blasberg and her entire family are lifelong squash players, and credits squash for meeting her husband and the strength of their relationship today. Ms. Blasberg, herself a national champion in singles and doubles, supported all three of their children in competing in junior and collegiate squash. She served as the first female president of the Massachusetts Squash Association and the first female president of US Squash, subsequently receiving its President’s Cup in 2009.

In Ms. Blasberg’s role as US Squash president, she led the adoption of sweeping governance changes, the organization’s first 3-year strategic plan, the rebranding of then USSRA to US Squash, and presided over a 66% increase in membership revenue.

Margaret Gerety, Co-Chair of the Sport Development Committee; Co-Chair of the Rules & Regulations Committee

Profession: Ms. Gerety directs strategy, operations, programs, marketing, and staffing as the Executive Director at Squash on Fire in Washington D.C.

Other Experience: A graduate of Harvard Law School, Ms. Gerety worked for over six years at the Georgetown University Law Center in academic services prior to her move to Squash of Fire. She has previously filled important roles in squash governance on the US Squash Board of Review (2008-2011) and the inaugural College Squash Association Adjudication Committee (2017-2019).

Education: Harvard University, A.B. magna cum laude, 2002; Harvard Law School, J.D. 2007

Squash/Sport Connection: Squash has played a large part in Ms. Gerety’s life. Hailing from Philadelphia, Ms. Gerety represented the U.S. junior women in the 1997 World Junior Championships and was a member of the 1998 and 2001 National Squash teams. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Ms. Gerety played No. 1 and was a four-time first-team All American, captaining the 2001 team to a national championship. Ms. Gerety has since earned a spot in the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame. She remains active and regularly competes.

Zerline L. Goodman, Chair of the Rules and Regulations Committee

Profession: Ms. Goodman is the managing partner of the firm that she founded in 1993. Her practice concentrates on residential real estate. She has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate matters including; the purchase, sale and financing of co-ops, condominiums, houses and commercial properties. Ms. Goodman’s experience extends to representation of individuals, small businesses, institutions, banks, co-op boards and condominium boards.

In addition to handling real estate matters, Ms. Goodman advises clients on trust and estate matters, partnership agreements, tenant-in-common agreements and other delicate financial and personal matters.

Other Experience: President of Coop Board for 27-unit building, 2000-present; Small Claims Court Arbitrator, Brooklyn Civil Court, 1998-present.

Education: Union University, J.D. 1988; Yale University, B.A. 1984

Squash/Sport Connection: Ms. Goodman is a former professional squash player and national champion. She was a four-time All-American and led Yale to the national championship her senior year. Ms Goodman currently serves as the president of the Yale Squash friends organization. She also served in a key role in support of the Tournament of Champions in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Jeffrey Laikind, Chair the Finance and Audit Committee and Co-Chair of the Sport Development Committee

Profession: An Army veteran, Mr. Laikind has had a long and broad career in various fields related to finance and business. He started his career as an assistant treasurer Marine Midland Trust Company in New York City from 1958-1962, then a manager investment division David J. Greene & Company from 1962-1967 and assistant vice president A.G. Becker & Company, 1967-1970. He was a vice president at Wertheim & Company from 1970-1983, and managing director Furman Selz Capital Management, Prudential Bache Investment Management, and Shikiar Asset Management, Inc. He has served on many corporate boards of directors as a result of these varied roles.

Other Experience: Mr. Laikind has served in numerous leadership roles across many organizations including as vice president United States Committee Sports for Israel, Philadelphia, 1981, and General Chairman of the United States Maccabiah Team for 12 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Israel, 1989, the Wingate Institute, Israel, 1985, the New York City Opera, 1975-1985 where he served as Vice Chairman. In 2015, he became President of the reorganized New York City Opera. In 2013,he was asked to join the newly reconstituted Board of the Harlem School of the Arts, where he was instrumental in obtaining a $6 million donation, which has now revitalized this cultural icon in Harlem. Mr. Laikind was president of the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association for four years where he helped grow membership from 6,000 to 11,000.

Education: Bachelor, Cornell University, 1957. Master of Business Administration, New York University, 1962.

Squash/Sport Connection: Mr. Laikind co-founded Street Squash in 1998 and served as its chairman for a decade until it opened the eight court center in Harlem. He continues to serve on the National Urban Squash and Education Association’s Board of Overseers. An accomplished squash player, Mr. Laikind competed on the first team Cornell university fielded in 1955, and has played age division squash consistently for six decades. He earned a Bronze Medal in squash at the Maccabiah Games, 1981 and 1985.

COACH DIRECTORS

Jamie King (Hamilton College), Women’s Subcommittee Chair

Jamie King has successfully educated, mentored and coached college squash student athletes for the last 20 years, 17 as Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Hamilton College. Known for his emphasis on sportsmanship, fair play and respect for opposing players, fellow coaches and fans, Mr. King and his Hamilton teams have received the Sloane and Chaffee team sportsmanship awards many times. Mr. King has served on the CSA Executive Committee as ranking chair, treasurer, secretary and vice-president. He is known for his fairness and consensus building style. Mr. King played squash, tennis and soccer at Williams College and he holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology of Sports from Skidmore College. Prior to joining the Hamilton staff, Mr. King was assistant squash coach at Vassar College and tennis coach at Marist College.

Wendy Bartlett (Trinity College), Women’s Subcommittee Vice-Chair

Wendy Bartlett just completed her 35th year as head coach of the Trinity College women’s squash team, during which she was inducted into the College Squash Hall of Fame. She has led the squad to many impressive finishes in the Howe Cup, including 1st place finishes in 2002, 2003 and 2014. Trinity has won all 13 NESCAC Championship titles under her watch. Bartlett has coached 45 different players who have earned All-American squash honors. She emphasizes hard work and perseverance during drills, conditioning, and in competition. Bartlett also focuses on developing the tactical and strategic skills that players can apply in competitive situations. Bartlett earned her bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and obtained her master’s degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University. Before Trinity, she was the director of racquet sports at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. A professor at the College, Bartlett also served as Trinity’s women’s tennis head coach from 1984 to 2015 and posted a 249-169-1 record with that program.

Sean Wilkinson (Princeton University), Men’s Subcommittee Chair

Sean Wilkinson took over the reins as Head Coach of the Princeton Men’s team at the start of the 2013-14 season. He has coached three All- Americans in his short tenure at Princeton. Originally from Zimbabwe, Mr. Wilkinson came to the U.S. to attend the St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He graduated from Bates in 2008 where he was team captain and a top NESCAC player and the recipient of the Bates College Sportsmanship Award. Prior to Princeton, Mr. Wilkinson worked as the Assistant Coach at Bates, Drexel and Brown, and coached in Italy and several camps in the U.S.

Mark Lewis (Middlebury College), Men’s Subcommittee Vice-Chair

Mark Lewis took over the reins of the men’s and women’s squash programs at Middlebury College in the spring of 2015.  He came to Middlebury from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia where he served as head coach for six seasons leading both the girls’ and boys’ teams to regional championships.  Lewis graduated from Trinity College in 1993 and was a member of both the squash and lacrosse teams. During his collegiate squash career, Lewis was selected as an All American his junior year and served as the men’s team captain during his senior year.  After graduating from Trinity, Lewis was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team where he was ranked in the top five in the country and represented the U.S. at the Pan American Federation Championships in Medellin, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico.  Lewis joined the PSA Tour from 1995 to 2002 and achieved a ranking of 106.  Lewis has coaching experience as the U.S. Men’s Junior National coach in 200 and at Georgetown University.  Lewis has also served as the chairperson of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association Men’s Committee from 2002 through 2006 and was a board member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association from 1997 until 2003.

CLASSES

The classes were established to stagger the terms of the Independent Directors who serve a maximum of two three-year terms.

  • Class 1: John Nimick
  • Class 2: Jeanne Blasberg and Jeffrey Laikind
  • Class 3:  Zerline Goodman and Margaret Gerety