USA Field Hockey has announced a new chair and foundation director to the USA Field Hockey Foundation.
Patrick Durbin has become the new chair, after being involved with the Foundation since 2016, and Pam Stuper has transitioned to the role of Foundation Director.
“In Patrick and Pam, we have two leaders, dedicated to field hockey, who have the experience and commitment to continue the advancement of the Foundation,” said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director. “I am so pleased they have stepped into these new roles and with their leadership the Foundation will continue to make an ever more positive impact on our sport.”
Durbin has more than 30 years’ experience in building, managing and growing exceptional global businesses in biopharmaceuticals and healthcare. He recently retired from a 14-year career with Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in service science, leading a $4 billion portfolio of businesses as Senior Vice President and President of Specialty Diagnostics.
Prior to his time at Thermo Fisher, Durbin had a 17-year career at Covance (now part of LabCorp) where he held several global roles of increasing responsibility in clinical trials management, commercial, business development, corporate and general management.
He is currently the Managing Partner for Durbin Family Wines, a producer of luxury wine brands. He is a fixture on the sidelines at high school and club field hockey games and is a USA Field Hockey Umpire.
In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey, Durbin has previously served on the board of the Central Bucks Family YMCA, Board of Advisors to the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University and The Friends of The Center County Library, along with volunteer service for a number of organizations.
“I am so energized to be working alongside Pam, our all-volunteer Board of Trustees and the staff of USA Field Hockey,” noted Durbin. “We all share a passionate focus – to assure USA Field Hockey has the resources to Grow the Game, Serve Members and Succeed Internationally. I look forward to engaging all of our stakeholders in helping field hockey in the United States earn sustained global prominence and to grow a sport that can be played for a lifetime.”
With the restructure of the USA Field Hockey Foundation in 2013, Stuper was named the chairperson and held that position through 2019. She will now take on the role of Foundation Director where she is responsible for the overall strategic planning, implementation and management of fundraising programs and events within the organization and USA Field Hockey Foundation.
Currently the Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey at Yale University, Stuper is a force in the field hockey world with a long list of accolades for her playing and coaching achievements, as well as her service to the sport off the field.
She was inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team that won bronze at the 1994 World Cup. Having led Yale since 2005, she has amassed the most wins in program history, and led the Bulldogs to the 2011 Ivy League Championship, the school’s first since 1980.
She is a longtime U.S. Women’s Masters Team athlete, having recently represented USA in Spain in 2018. Stuper served on the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation from 2010 to 2018 and the Board of Directors of the Pan American Hockey Federation from 2011 to 2015. She is also a member of the Old Dominion University Hall of Fame, having won three national championship titles as a Monarch. Stuper is a collegiate two-time All-American and an Academic All-American.
“’For the good of the game’ was echoed repeatedly at the NHFCA Convention by both USA Field Hockey and NFHCA leadership,” commented Stuper. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as Foundation Director, working with USA Field Hockey and our USA Field Hockey Foundation. Throughout the 2020 year, we will celebrate legends, honor those who have left legacies and continue to support the game we all love, as well as the people involved. Resources are imperative as we strive to create positive change and growth, and our Foundation is committed to significantly increasing both our human and financial resources ‘for the good of the game’.”
With these staff changes, Lorraine Lewis has also been named the USA Field Hockey Foundation secretary.