Spirit of Sport – July 2014
USADA’s Regional Team Lead (RTL) in the West Region, Kris Forberg, has devoted his life to both learning and teaching.
Born and raised in Chico, California, Kris attended undergrad at Capital Bible College in nearby Sacramento, where he gained his bachelor’s in Ministerial Studies. This was followed by another bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from the University of California-Irvine and then three associate’s degrees, one of which is in science.
Shortly thereafter, Forberg obtained the third of his five degrees while serving as an ordained minister at a church in San Diego for nearly seven years. Kris began working with USADA as a chaperone in 2001, and was hired on as a full-time Doping Control Officer (DCO).
“The work of USADA has fascinated me from the first time I went out on an [out-of-competition test] attempt. I whole-heartedly believe in the mission of USADA, and strongly believe that we are doing a great work for clean athletes in our country.
Having been with USADA for over ten years, Kris enjoys the fact that no two days are ever the same, and that there is always an opportunity to learn new things while conducting testing out in the field.
Kris is also full of admiration and respect for American athletes.
“I feel most honored to do my job when I see how our athletes act after a competition or when they are away from their sport. I thoroughly enjoy watching athletes conduct interviews, speak to children about the dangers of doping, and work to help those who are less fortunate. Our country truly has remarkable athletes.”
Outside of work, Kris is an avid runner and enjoys watching his kids participate in sports near their home in Temecula, California.