New members will enhance the board's focus on outreach and help strengthen connections within the volleyball and local community.
HOLYOKE, MASS. - The International Volleyball Hall of Fame (IVHF) today announced five new board members who will each help support the nonprofit’s work to bring volleyball and its history to the world.
“We’re excited to expand our board with five new members, who each bring diverse expertise from both the volleyball and corporate worlds,” said IVHF Executive Director George Mulry. “We have worked diligently to ensure we have a strategic-minded board to help us continue expanding our local, national, and international reach and the newest board members will surely help us continue that momentum.”
The new board members began their terms with the IVHF effective Jan. 1, 2022:
President of the IVHF Board of Directors, Steve Bishop remarked, “It will be an honor to serve alongside this great group of noteworthy & distinguished professionals who have agreed to join the IVHF Board of Directors. Their unique backgrounds and talent will surely help us continue our ongoing mission to honor, preserve, and promote this great sport. We are also very appreciative of the board members who are rotating off after many years of outstanding service to the organization: Heidi Johnstone, Marissa Casarella and Alex Morse. The commitment, dedication and sacrifice of this group (both past & present) is simply remarkable.”
Joshua Garcia - Mayor, City of Holyoke: Joshua Garcia, an MPA graduate of Westfield State University and a 2015 BusinessWest Forty Under 40 recipient, is a practicing Public Administrator with a focus on community development, public management, and good governance. From his professional capacity beginning at the Holyoke Housing Authority as its Property Manager, to becoming a Project Manager in the Community Development Section of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), to the Town Administrator at the Town of Blandford, and now the Mayor of Holyoke, Josh is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents.
Al Lau - CEO, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: Al was promoted to CEO of the AVP after its July 2021 acquisition by Bally’s. Lau previously served the organization as its COO and in several other significant roles prior to that. Headquartered in Southern California, the AVP is the premier professional beach volleyball organization and longest-running domestic beach volleyball tour in the United States. The decorated AVP Pro Tour is the gold standard in beach volleyball, with more than 100 professional athletes competing for top prize money in front of more than 120 million fans worldwide.
Lee Feinswog - Publisher & Editor, Volleyball Magazine (VolleyballMag.com): Lee took over ownership of Volleyball Magazine in the spring of 2016 and launched the new VolleyballMag.com website on August 1st of that year. Lee is one of just a few mainstream sportswriters who cover volleyball. He was the LSU basketball beat writer for many years and has written three books. He is also the host and producer of the Baton Rouge TV show Sports 225 and owns Volleyball Baton Rouge, a girl’s volleyball club.
Lisa Wray - Marketing Director, Holyoke Mall at Ingleside: Lisa is an experienced Marketing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. She is a strong marketing professional and is skilled in Marketing Management, Market Planning, Retail, Advertising, and Customer Retention. Lisa has a Master of Arts focused in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Western New England University.
Aaron Jessee - Head Coach & Owner, International Institute of Sport & Movement: Aaron started his employment with the International Institute of Sport and Movement as a marketing intern. He learned within the company, not just how to train and rehabilitate himself and clients, but about the business. He helped grow the company to the international presence it is now, serving as both the Head Coach and Lead Educator for the fast growing organization as well as part of the ownership team.
To learn more about the IVHF board, visit VolleyHall.org/board-of-directors.
Individuals interested in being considered for a future seat on the IVHF Board of Directors should contact Executive Director George Mulry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the IVHF
Located in Holyoke, Massachusetts - the birthplace of volleyball - the International Volleyball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the game of volleyball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 150 inductees from 25 countries and over 5,000 square feet of volleyball history. Thousands of people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game and experience the exhibits. Best known for its annual Induction Celebration honoring the game’s elite, the IVHF also operates over a dozen youth, high school, and collegiate competitions and programs annually. The next will be Feb. 4-5, 2022 with the Morgan Classic NCAA Collegiate Men’s Volleyball tournament, held at Springfield College. In conjunction with that event, players and coaches of all ages are invited to participate in clinics run by the participating teams. For more information on all of the events surrounding the Morgan Classic, please visit https://www.volleyhall.org/morgan-classic.html
The IVHF exists to preserve the history of volleyball in its birthplace of Holyoke, Massachusetts USA by honoring, promoting and sharing its story with the world.