USADA Welcomes New Board Members and Elects Olympic Legend Edwin Moses as Chair

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Edwin C. Moses is named Chair, Dr. Richard Cohen, Dr. Jean Fourcroy, and Annette Salmeen are recognized for their legacy, and Dr. Cheri Blauwet, Robert Raskopf and Dr. Ken Wright become newest members

September 26, 2012

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Olympic great Edwin Moses has been named Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. Moses succeeds founding board member and previous Chair, Dr. Richard Cohen who due to term limits began his last 4 year term in 2008 and is now rotating off the board after serving the organization for 12 years, including one year as Chair. Dr. Cohen is an orthopedic surgeon and was the Chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games Doping Control Commission. Moses has been an active supporter of anti-doping efforts for more than 20 years and was selected to fill the Chair position at the September 13th board meeting.

“The use of dangerous performance-enhancing drugs is one of the most important issues facing sport today, and our mission at USADA, to ensure that all clean athletes can compete on a level playing field, is vitally important not only for this generation of athletes but all the generations to come, “said Edwin Moses. “I have been honored to serve on the USADA Board since 2010 and as Chair I look forward to continuing to support USADA’s staff in successfully fulfilling our mission through our commitment to the highest standards of excellence.”

Joining Dr. Cohen in retirement from the USADA Board of Directors, in compliance with term limit requirements are founding board member Dr. Jean Fourcroy who has served since 2000 and Annette Salmeen, who has served on the board since 2005. Salmeen, a gold medal winning swimmer who has a doctorate in biochemistry has provided valuable input as an Olympic athlete. Salmeen served as board Secretary and has been a strong supporter of education and USADA’s commitment to inspiring True Sport.  Dr. Fourcroy, a retired medical officer with the Food and Drug Administration is a noted clinician and researcher in the field of anabolic steroids, androgens and their alternatives and has been an advocate of USADA’s scientific research endeavors.

As part of this scheduled transition, USADA is also pleased to welcome new board members Dr. Cheri Blauwet, Robert Raskopf and Dr. Ken Wright. These new board members bring a variety of valuable expertise to the USADA board, including background in higher education, sports medicine and athletic training, sports law, and involvement with Paralympic Sport including the Paralympic Games. 

 “Dr. Cohen, Dr. Fourcroy and Annette Salmeen will be greatly missed and their contributions to this organization are immeasurable,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart. “They have all been fearless in their commitment to USADA’s mission and their leadership and devotion to clean athletes and the integrity of sport has been a large part of USADA’s growth and success over the last 12 years. We are excited to welcome new board members Dr. Cheri Blauwet, Robert Raskopf and Dr. Ken Wright and look forward to continued success under the leadership of Edwin Moses.”

With Edwin Moses taking on the role of Chair after having previously served as Vice Chair, Dr. Richard Clark will assume the role of Vice Chair and with the retirement of Annette Salmeen, Marcia Lee Taylor will serve as Secretary.

Current USADA Board of Directors
Edwin C. Moses – Sc.D honoris causia,  Chair
Richard Clark, MD, PhD- Vice Chair
Marcia Lee Taylor- Secretary
Carl Swenson - Treasurer
John Bardis
Cheri Blauwet, MD
Don L. Gambril
Jim Kooler, DrPH
Robert Raskopf
Ken Wright,DA

Edwin C. Moses, Sc.D honoris causia, Chair
Track & Field great, Edwin Moses, won Olympic gold medals in 1976 and 1984, three World Cup titles, two World Championships and broke the World Record four times as a 400 meter hurdler. As a qualified physicist with a MBA degree, he pioneered the development of policies against the use of performance-enhancing drugs while Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) substance abuse, research and education committee (CSARE). Moses served on the International Olympic Committee as a member of the Athletes Commission, Medical Commission and Ethics Commission as well as on the Athletes Advisory and Executive Committees of the USOC.

Moses also serves as the Chairman of The Laureus World Sports Academy, an association of sporting legends, which uses the positive influence of sport as a tool for social change around the globe. Edwin attended Morehouse College, where he earned a B.S in Physics, and went on to receive his MBA from Pepperdine University, and the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

New USADA Board of Director Members

Cheri Blauwet, MD
Cheri Blauwet, MD is a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralypmic Games (Sydney '00, Athens '04, Beijing '08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, and a four-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon. Cheri has been nominated for an ESPY Award, the Laureus World Sports Award, and Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year. She remains a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Medical Committee, and has published on the power of sport to promote both well-being and disability rights for individuals with mobility impairment. In 2004, she was a winner of the American Association of People with Disabilities Paul Hearne Award, given annually to three emerging leaders nation-wide for their potential to change the face of the disability movement.  Cheri is a graduate of Stanford Medical School, and is currently a senior resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Robert Raskopf

Mr. Raskopf is a prominent trial and appellate lawyer in the intellectual property, media, sports, entertainment and privacy bars.  His practice includes the following substantive areas:  trademark, copyright, libel/First Amendment, privacy/publicity, patent, product configuration, trade dress, trade secrets and advertising. He has litigated many cases through trial and appeal, both jury and non-jury, in state and federal court, and has been counsel of record in over 60 reported decisions.  Mr. Raskopf also has a long history in privacy-related matters.  He also counsels multinational clients concerning compliance with the growing web of global privacy and data protection laws.  Mr. Raskopf is recognized as a leading lawyer nationally in Chambers USA in sports law and in New York in media & entertainment: copyright & contract disputes.  Sports Business International also listed him as one of the "World's 20 Most Influential Lawyers" in 2010.

Ken Wright, DA

Dr. Ken Wright is a Professor and Director of the Sport Management Program at The University of Alabama.  Dr. Wright received the Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator of the Year Award (2000), Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2006), and Athletic Trainer Service Award (1996) from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) along with Outstanding Alumnus from the College of Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University (2001), and Academic Excellence Award from The University of Alabama College of Education (1996-97).

Dr. Wright has numerous publications to his credit including a series of seven videos titled, Sports Medicine Evaluation Series, a series of six videos titled Sports Medicine Taping, a computer assisted instructional program titled Sports Injuries and two textbooks, Basic Athletic Training, 5th edition and Preventive Techniques: Taping/Wrapping Techniques and Protective Devices, 3rd edition.  Since 1990, Dr. Wright has presented at 16 different NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium and been invited to present to sport medicine professional in the countries of China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom. Additionally, Ken has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Athletic Training, Physical Therapy in Sport, and Sports Medicine Update.
Having served as Head Athletic Trainer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1981-1988) and Morehead State University (1978-1981), Dr. Wright has been highly active in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (i.e. Educational Multimedia Committee, Journal of Athletic Training, JRC-AT Site Visitor, Education Council, and conference coordinator for SEATA and Mid-Atlanta athletic trainer meetings) and the United States Olympic Committee. Also, he has collaborated with United States Anti-Doping Agency (Doping Control Officer and Chair of DCO Advisory Committee) and has been selected to work at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom, 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, and 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Wright received his Doctor of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University (1984), Masters of Science from Syracuse University (1976), and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University (1974).

About USADA

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