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Board of Directors

Don Patterson, Board Member

Don Patterson

As editor of DiG magazine and editor of VolleyballUSA, Don has a close relationship with volleyball and its players and has reported on the sport for close to three decades. Don has also worked as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Times and as an editor at CBS sports.

Jack Henn, Board Member

Jack Henn

A member of the 1968 Olympic Team, Jack has a long and esteemed history in the sport of volleyball as both player and coach. Between 1966-1974 he headed up the Municipal Athletics Division for the City of San Diego Recreation Department. He coached the men’s team at San Diego State University from 1966-1974 and subsequently between 1985-2001.

Byron Shewman, Board Member

Byron Shewman

Formerly a contributing editor of Volleyball Magazine, Shewman has written extensively about the sport. A former USA Men’s Volleyball team member (1971-75), Shewman later played and coached professionally in Europe. After founding Starlings Volleyball Clubs, USA in 1996, Shewman now serves as its President.

Kim Oden, Board Member

Captain of both the 1988 and 1992 USA Olympic Teams, Kim Oden is one of volleyball’s all-time greatest players.  Before joining the National Team, Kim was a two time NCAA Player-of-the Year at Stanford.  Kim coached the first Starlings team in 1996, and she is currently the Associate Director of College Counseling at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles.

todd buchner, board member

Todd Buchner

Inspired by his daughter's experience with club volleyball, Todd joined the Starlings board of directors in 2015. He currently focuses on strategy, board development and fundraising. Todd brings over 26 years of experience in financial services to the position. He has also served as a trustee for the Rancho Santa Fe School District and volunteered for a number of youth-related organizations.

Ken rutan, board member

Ken Rutan
Following a professional baseball experience, Ken earned a law degree at the University of San Diego
and is now a litigation attorney.  As director of the Navajo-San Diego Starlings club, Ken coaches and oversees
the largest Starlings club in the nation with over 100 participants.  

carolyn flaming, board member

Carolyn Flaing

With a daughter having played both high school and club volleyball, Carolyn appreciates Starlings commitment for all girls to have meaningful experiences with volleyball.  Carolyn played volleyball at San Diego State University from 1988-1991.  After completing her teaching credential, she taught high school math and coached boys and girls volleyball. 

Steve Salmons, board member

Steve Salmons

As a key member of USA Men’s National Volleyball team from 1978-1986, Steve helped the team win a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Prior to that he was VB Magazine’s 1979 NCAA “Player of the Year,” leading his UCLA Bruins to two National Championships in '79 and '81.  Steve owns Commercial Properties Services (R.E. Brokerage Co. ) and has coached numerous club volleyball teams, including a  Starlings team.

Terry Liskevych, board member

Terry Liskevych

Terry was the head coach of the U.S. women’s national volleyball team at three Olympics, including 1992, when they won a bronze medal in Barcelona. He has been a collegiate head coach at Ohio State, the University of Pacific and Oregon State. Terry is also one of founders of The Art of Coaching Volleyball, an education company for coaches that puts on annual clinics and provides extensive teaching resources through its website. 

Mark Sottosanti, board member

Mark Sottosanti

With three children playing club volleyball, Mark joined the board in 2016 to help further the Starlings mission and bring that positive experience to girls across the country. Mark played for the University of Pennsylvania from 1990-1993 and currently works in the video game industry.

Nohl Martin, Board Member

Nohl Martin often credits her volleyball experience for her success.  As a setter and leader, she developed a nuanced skill set that has served her well in both the non-profit sector and the business community.  Ms. Martin is the Founder of IgniteBiz, an international consulting venture, and is currently the Executive Vice President of Kestral Aviation Management.  Having traveled the globe, she currently resides between Seattle and Santa Barbara with her husband Stephen Vella and daughter Sofia. 

John L. Kessel, Board Member

For the past 30 years, John has been a fixture at USA Volleyball (USAV), now as Director of Sport Development.   He is also World ParaVolley Director of Sport Development, a FIVB Level IV Instructor, and a USAV CAP Level V Cadre member.  Coaching since 1971, John is a popular international lecturer, blogger, tweeter, and podcaster.  Volleyball Magazine  named John one of the 50 most important people in the sport, and the American Volleyball Coaches Association also inducted him in the AVCA Coaches Hall of Fame.

Shari Miller, Board Member

Born and raised in Kansas, Shari’s love for beach volleyball made San Diego the ideal place to settle down. Passionate about volleyball, Shari and her husband Chris founded West Coast Beach Volleyball, Inc in 1991 and became the first amateur tournament directors to offer prize money in California. Shari still plays volleyball, and it has become a family affair with her daughter Kyana who played at the collegiate D1 level for Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Shari currently serves on the board of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, a non-profit promoting collective philanthropy that has granted over $3million to underserved community programs in San Diego. Additionally, Shari is co-founder and owner of Symbio Financial Partners, a wealth management firm that focuses on assisting clients in developing customized strategies to pursue their financial planning and wealth management needs.