Board of Directors
- Owner of Aerial Tumbling and AcroGymnastics
- USA Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee Chair
- USA Gymnastics By-Laws Committee member
- Region 1 Acrobatic Gymnastics Regional Committee Chair
- Secretary and Treasurer United States Sports Acrobatics Federation
Sue was recruited by Kristin Allen to help launch the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation in 2013. She is a veteran Silicon Valley high technology executive with over 30 years of experience leading business and organizational development initiatives including strategic planning, program and project management, over a dozen M&A projects, executive and BOD consultation, and performance and change management.
Most recently Sue served as the Head of HR, Facilities, Real Estate and Government Relations for Adept Technology, a leading global robotics manufacturer. Prior to Adept she worked at Verbatim Corp. and Atari, Inc. For over 20 years Sue helped lead Adept through its IPO, international expansion in Europe, Canada and Asia, corporate headquarters site selection, negotiation, build-out and move and she organized the Bay Area’s first National Robotics Weekseries of events including the Robot Block Party at Stanford University which continues to be a vibrant annual event. Sue initiated Adept’s government relations function in 2010 by facilitating the Company’s involvement with the roll-out of the first U.S. Robotics Roadmap at the White House along with other leaders from business and academia. While attending an associated event at the Capital Building a key introduction was made which led to Adept’s important acquisition of MobileRobots, Inc.
Sue has served on a number of non-profit Boards and presently is an officer of Innovation Tri-Valley, a consortium of business, education and government leaders to further innovation initiatives in the region.
Angie Lemmons has served as an officer of numerous non-profit organizations over the past ten years. A mother of three, her service has primarily focused on education and school-related non-profits. She has served a total of 9 years as officer of various PTOs for the schools her children have attended.
Angie is currently in her third year as treasurer of the Education Foundation for her local school district. Prior to having children, Angie worked in public accounting and as a controller for two corporations. All three of her daughters have participated in Acro and Angie is happy to be sharing her accounting skills with the AGF.
Jen Graybeal spent twelve years in corporate communications for technology companies. During her time at HP, she developed an innovative communications methodology to improve the overall experience for acquired employees. She worked closely with executives to deliver key messages to employees around the world utilizing the latest technology. As social media grew in importance, Jen focused her attention on understanding how the available tools could be leveraged to the best advantage.
For the last two years, she has developed and managed all communications for the AGF including their social media activities, web site, store, messaging and branding. She created the #iheartacro has tag to engage a worldwide audience of Acro Fans that now numbers in the thousands. She also created the Social Media Guide for Athletes and other resources for the Acro community.
Jen is a freelance editor working with independent authors. She starts every morning with coffee, toast and Twitter (and Facebook, Tumblr, BuzzFeed, Google News, The Mary Sue…).
Carisa Laughon holds an International Judging Brevet and is an active judge for the Acrobatics Gymnastics Program within the United States and internationally. She is the current Acrobatics Region 5 Technical Chair and has recently worked on several consulting projects for USA Gymnastics.
Carisa’s prior involvement with USA Gymnastics and the acrobatics program includes serving as the Technical Director for the 2012 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships. She served USA Gymnastics as the Director of Educational Services from 2006-2010 and was the Acrobatics Program Director from 2002-2006 and again on an interim basis in 2010. Prior to her involvement at USA Gymnastics, she was a technology consultant at Arthur Andersen.
Carisa is currently enjoying her time at home raising her family, but loves staying involved with the Acrobatics program. “Acro has grabbed my heart. I am thankful for all the wonderful and talented people I have met and the opportunities afforded me. I hope that I can continue to give back and grow the sport, increase recognition and support, and one day soon see Acrobatics included in the Olympic Games.”
Steve brings over 20 years of professional experience combining business development, strategic planning, fundraising and event management skills. He is currently a Senior Managing Consultant with IBM Global Business Services where he helps optimize the development and execution of budgets in excess of $3B. Steve has served as an advisor to multiple IBM engagements throughout Asia, Europe, and Canada. Prior to joining IBM Steve owned an event management company and served as the principal event manager and fund-raiser for multiple local, national and international organizations to include:
- Make-A-Wish Foundation – Lead event manager for a series of weekend event culminating in a fundraising gala at Lincoln Center in NYC where the Foundation raised over $1M.
- Children’s Defense Fund – Lead event manager for a “Star Wars Red Carpet Gala” which included the attendance of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. The one night event raised over $250,000.
- Wake County, NC – Lead event manager and fun-raiser for their initiative to connect every school in the county to the internet. The objective was to raise $10M over 5 years. Worked with Bill Gates and Microsoft and was presented the Small Business Achievement Award.
- Social Committee Chairperson for Young Democrats
- Social Committee Chairperson for Young Republicans (the only person to hold both positions in support of two presidents.)