HomeMeet The Board

Ladies and gentlemen, here is your 7 on the line…ok technically it’s 11 but you get the idea. This summer after elections and natural selection this is the group of people who will be spending the next 2 years doing their best to serve you, the LAOUT community. This ragtag conglomeration of humans is here to make sure you have the opportunity to play as much ultimate as your bodies can handle.

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Linda "Skipper" Venema

Skipper was introduced to a rough form of ultimate back when she attended Michigan State- no one could throw a flick (or knew what one was) and the end zones were marked by trees lining an open field. Fast forward to her first practice while attending grad school here in SoCal and she was in for an awaken that has taken her from college player to playing club and now to coaching in most recent years. Outside of ultimate, she is a social worker serving homeless and previously homeless veterans.

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Chelsea Baldemor

Chelsea has been playing ultimate since 2008 and playing with LAOUT since 2010. She’s loved the experience of meeting new people each year she’s played and is excited to be on the board of the organization that’s given her so many friends and memories. She hopes her time on the board will serve LAOUT’s goal to create a community that more accurately reflects the city in which we live by pursuing initiatives to include more BIPOC in LA ultimate. She’s currently missing hyping up her teammates and throwing dimes.

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Don Macatangay

Don started playing ultimate in 2003 but started playing organized ultimate with the Gnomes from Illinois State University. He ventured from Palatine, Illinois to LA in 2010 and has been playing in LAOUT Leagues ever since. Since 2011, he has been donating his time coaching youth ultimate players and was one of the founding members of Southern California Youth Ultimate; which he is still the President to this day. Don’s other passions: teaching, improv, board games, and creative projects.
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Alison "Buster" Yoho

Buster started playing ultimate in 2011 in college. She has played in pickups, leagues, and clubs in a lot of the greater LA areas. She has recently been involved with helping organize ultimate for others by creating and leading the LA mixed club team Spoiler Alert, as the league director of fall beach league for LAOUT, and as the SoCal Mixed Sectionals Coordinator for USAU. Off the field, she makes maps for a living and is in a semi-professional handbell group in LA.
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Elliott Lamborn

Elliott has been playing ultimate for 12 years. For most of that time, he lived in Philly and played college, league, club, & semi-pro. He has torn both patella tendons playing ultimate and is still passionate about the sport. Since first connecting with the elders of the Philly ultimate community and receiving their wisdom, he has believed in the amazing potential of ultimate and its community. Off the field, he designs and builds things such as furniture, sculpture & architecture, and he also loves biking around LA.

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Greta Becker

I’ve been playing ultimate since 2009 – playing leagues in Madison, WI. I found LAOUT the day after moving to LA in 2016. I’ve met some of my best friends through ultimate/LAOUT. The past two years I’ve played club – the most recent season I played for Family Style. When I’m not playing ultimate I’m working on this not so popular TV show called The Bachelor. I also love plants.

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Youth DirectorGrant Boyd

Grant started playing ultimate in 2002 in front of his MA high school with a local player turned mentor. After starting a college team, coaching, and playing competitively in NYC; Grant moved to LA in 2012. After leading local clinics and youth events, Grant founded and is now the the Executive Director of both Southern California Youth Ultimate (SCYU, pronounced Sky-You!) and California Ultimate Association. He still plays for the SoCal Condors; and is an amateur disc golfer and salsa maker.

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Sherry Jung

Sherry Jung is an LA native. She’s been a part of the LAOUT community since 2010. When she’s not playing frisbee, she’s a dog mom and a nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, she provides primary care needs for homebound elderly in the LA Community. What she likes the most about the LAOUT community is that she is able to meet so many different people from so many different walks of life. Due to her medical professional background she feels that she bring a different approach to the Ultimate community. She firmly believes that exercise and socialization are some of the keys to a happy and healthy life.

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Naomi "Stitch" Guzman

Stitch has been playing ultimate since 2016 right before she started playing on her college team at CSULB. As soon as she entered the ultimate scene, she engulfed herself in as many of the tournaments and pickups that were available to her and somehow still managed her time well enough to graduate with a B.A. in Linguistics. Since college, she had experience running pickups in her area, coaching a college men’s team, and playing semi-pro in its’ inaugural year of 2022 and being a teacher-coach of the ever-spreading youth outreach initiative in South LA, introducing ultimate in their schools, summer camps, and after-school programs. Stitch hopes to bring more awareness to the sport she adores so much so that the general public will not only know what it is, but also come to possibly acknowledge it as a sport to be taken seriously.

Mei-Lein Converse

Mei-Lien Converse grew up in Madison, WI and has been playing ultimate for over 10 yrs now. She had been talking about moving to LA for over 10 yrs and finally in late October of 2021 she made the jump and moved here. She works for Ultiworld as a camera operator, coaches youth sports and is on the hunt for a graphic design job in the LA area. In her off time she also enjoys dog sitting, traveling to new places and eating great food. Back in Madison, she first played mixed ultimate and helped create some new teams that still exist today. A couple years ago moved to women’s and have been playing that ever since. She currently plays for a masters team called Aged Cheddar out of WI and Wildfire from San Diego. She joined LAOUT with some encouragement from current board members and can’t wait to continue improving and expanding the LA ultimate community.

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Geoffrey Norse

G started playing Ultimate in 1978 with the Oconomowoc Ozones in southern Wisconsin. After moving to Madison, WI in 1979, he joined the fledgling Madison Club team.  Over the next 13 years, G played Club, College and multiple leagues in Madison, culminating with the 1993 World Championship hosted in Madison.  Since then he has played on dozens of Club, GM, GGM and mixed teams across the country as he moved from Wisconsin to Florida to Missouri to Colorado and eventually, California. He has played in multiple National and World Championships.  G brings a deep sense of community and service to LAOUT, looking to foster SOTG across all levels of play and to expand access to ultimate to those not yet engaged in the sport.

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