Board of Directors

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Brandon Zlupko

Treasurer for the Penn State University Rugby Alumni Board

Juniata College Graduation Year: 2000

Primary Position: President of the Juniata River Rats Club

“I moved to State College in 2013 and started playing for the Happy Valley Barbarians,” Zlupko said. “I am also a CPA and Partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP.”

Zlupko has been the treasurer for the board since 2014.

“I want to live in a community that offers rugby for students and adults. To me, it promotes alternatives, diversity and a global perspective,” Zlupko said. “I’m happy to offer my time, talent and treasure to nurture a great community and social network.”

   

Kristen Miller

Vice President of the Penn State University Alumni Board

Penn State University Graduation Year: 2009

Primary Position: Hooker

Miller has served several positions during her time on the board, including Secretary, Communications Chairperson and now Vice President.

“My main role is to work with Affinity Connection on our website and communications to keep our Penn State Rugby family updated and connected with one another as well as with the current teams,” Miller said.

Miller wants to give back to the program that has given her so much over the years.

“I was able to have an amazing experience because of the people who gave their time while I was at Penn State,” she explained. “Donating my time is a small way to say thank you.”

Miller feels that with every position she served and every year that she spends as a part of the board, her knowledge and experience progresses.

“I believe my knowledge and understanding of board and university dynamics has also improved greatly,” she said. “Being on the board has been a challenge, but one [that has been of] great benefit to me.”

   

Kellie Vetter

Secretary for the Penn State University Rugby Alumni Board

Penn State University Graduation Year: 2014

Primary Position: Flanker

“After graduating, I knew I wanted to stay involved with the team that shaped who I am as a player, teammate, and leader,” Vetter said. “I never played rugby before college, but once I joined I realized that the Penn State Rugby team is a family that lasts forever.”

Vetter still plays for the Philadelphia Women's Rugby Club and loves being a part of the alumni board.

“It is my goal to help PSU Rugby alumni stay connected to their teammates long after graduation,” she said. “And to encourage alumni to help support the current players to give them the same great experience they had as a player.”

   

Matt Boccuti

Focuses on high school outreach for the Penn State University Rugby Alumni Board

Penn State University Graduation Year: 2010

Primary Position: Flanker

Boccuti says he could not imagine donating his time anywhere else.

“The team has given me so much,” he said. “I want to make sure the current players are being supported and can continue [to contribute to] this great community.”

   

Peter Steinberg

Focuses on fundraising processes and recruiting networks for the Penn State University Rugby Alumni Board

Graduate School: 1994-1997

Primary Position: Coach

Peter Steinberg is no stranger to the alumni board— he has been on the board various times, including as a previous president.

“Now I am the grumpy old man of the board,” Steinberg said, exclaiming. “I have the institutional knowledge of what we have done in the past and what has worked and not worked.”

Steinberg holds the board in a special place in his heart, no matter where his journey takes him.

“My life can be crazy, but when I have time, I support the board in the fundraising processes and plan to help Justin and Kate build a national recruiting network,” he said.

Steinberg donates his time and efforts as he is a firm believer that the alumni board subsists on alumni donations.

“It used to be Fraser guilting the alumni to support the teams that I was involved in, so I hear his voice in my ear every year,” Steinberg revealed. “The competitive landscape is changing and without the financial support of the Alumni Club, the teams would not have the resources they need to compete.”

   

Brian Mellody

Graduation Year: 2012

Position: Second Row

Role on Board: Assist with fundraising strategy

Reason for donating my time this way: This program was my college experience, and granted me the opportunity to make lifelong friends both on and off the field. Joining the board felt like the best way to give back to a group that gave me so much, and to help play a part in elevating the program to the next level. 

   

Robert Behler

Graduation Year: 1993

Position: Prop and Hooker

Graduated with BS, Health Policy and Administration. Participated on PSURFC 1990 -1993 playing Prop and Hooker (possessed uncanny speed to play to play wing, but size, integrity and superior intellect demanded role within the pack). Continued to play club rugby for Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley RFC until age 30 - served 2 years as team President. Currently serve as Vice President and General Manager, Medicaid Markets for Prime Therapeutics and reside in Victoria, Minnesota with wife Krista and daughter Addison.

I had the opportunity play rugby at PSU as part of the early 90’s teams that launched the legacy of success that continues with PSURFC today. PSURFC and its coaches provided me with many intangibles - a source of identity in an environment where it is easy to get lost, an understanding that hard work and dedication results in success, committing to something larger than yourself - that continue to shape who I am today in my personal and professional life. Just as important to the on field success and lessons were the lasting memories developed from relationships with teammates that continue through today. From practice and workouts, games and tournaments (long live the Bartoletti Cup), spring break “tours” and living together in dorms or the House of Pain, we grew together as a team and with that came success. As a part of the booster club board I intend to utilize my prior rugby experience and leadership skills to help support PSURFC’s continued program evolution and success; but I also want to ensure future players experience the personal defining aspects of the program that will continue to serve them long after their playing days are over.

   

Gretchen Spino

My daughter Ruby is a freshman on the PSU Women's Rugby team and will graduate in 2022.  She began playing rugby in her freshman year of high school and very quickly developed a passion for the game.  Rugby has been an extremely positive force in my daughter's life- the support among teammates, the encouragement from coaches, the physical fitness, the intricacies of the sport- overall rugby has been a sport that she fell in love with and my husband and I also love.  I have been very impressed by the high standards of sportsmanship and camaraderie among the players and coaches of rugby teams that my daughter has experienced; rugby holds a special place in the hearts of our family.

I was involved as a team parent for my daughter's high school team, and I am looking forward to volunteering my time as needed to support and further the sport of rugby, and specifically PSU Rugby.  My daughter is thrilled to be playing on the PSU team, and we are very proud parents.  I am happy to offer to be involved with the PSU Rugby as a board member as a way to offer my support to the team and to help to continue the strength of  the PSU Rugby program overall.

Personally, I am a Public Health Nurse, working for the Chester County Health Department.  We live in West Chester, PA, approximately 3 hours from State College.  Happily, we live close enough to attend many home games.  I am currently enjoying  my role as a PSU Women's Rugby team parent, and look forward to cheering on the team for years to come.

   

Diane Dabulas

My son, Michael Dabulas, has been a member of the PSU Men’s Rugby Team since 2015. He is currently a senior, however, it is anticipated that he will graduate in the winter of 2019.   For the past three years I have served as a liaison between the coach and the parents.  In that regard, I arrange, with the parents, for the hosting of the home games.  I have also helped coach with the travel and other things that arose during the national playoffs and the CRCs. I am attorney in New Jersey working in a small firm  specializing in commercial litigation and public entity representation. I also serve as the Secretary of New Jersey Rugby, which is an affiliate of USA Rugby organization. My husband, Joe and I have two other children, Jack who is at Rowan University, and Grace who is a Junior in High School.
I am very interested in assisting PSU Alumni to enlist parents and others’ involvement in the PSU Rugby teams. 

   

Elaina O’Toole

I live in Annapolis, MD with my husband, John, daughter, Reagan, and son, John Jr…when he’s not at PSU (Class of 2023).  I graduated from American University and worked for Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, after college. I currently manage a dental practice part time. My hobbies are boating and being involved with my kids’ sports teams!  Reagan is the goalie for her high school field hockey team.  I attend all of her games and organize events for the team. I was also very involved with the rugby and football programs at Gonzaga while John was there, serving on the rugby booster board as yearbook editor for three years and as team parent his senior year.  Rugby is John's passion and watching him achieve his goals on the pitch is so rewarding.  John Sr. and I are thrilled that John found his home at PSU with the rugby program.   I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the PSU Rugby Booster Board and will support the program in any way I can!

   

Katie Mueller

Katie Mueller majored in advertising/public relations and graduated in 2016. She currently works in Air Force Public Affairs doing everything from community outreach to social media to graphic design to newsletters to speech writing. She is working with PSU ROTC  occasionally in State College and hopes to double up on some recruiting for the Air Force as well as rugby. She loves PSUWRFC and is looking forward to giving back to the program that gave her so much. She hopes to be able to help lend her social media expertise!

   

Alex Weisser

Alex Weisser graduated from Penn State in 2019 with degrees in business management and psychology. She has since started a job at a market research firm in Manhattan. She began playing rugby her junior year of college and took on various positions within the team including secretary of the exec board, team manager, and assistant coach. She is looking forward to continuing her involvement with Penn State Rugby as an alumni. 

   

Ann Petko

Ann Petko is a 2006 alumna of the Women's Team (2002-2006), and part of the 2004 National Championship team. She was president of the team during the beginning pf the transition from club sports to team sports within the University and is currently assisting in setting up an academic advising program with alumni/professors for the men's and women's teams...an exciting time for Penn State Rugby! While at Penn State, she earned a B.S. in HDFS: Early Childhood Development, and stayed for an M.Ed. in Special Education. She  taught for a few years before landing in Retail Management / Learning & Development for the OG of black stretchy pants: lululemon. After 10 years of working, she's back at Smeal for the residential MBA program. Third time is a charm at PSU.  Throughout her professional life, she has stayed connected to PSUWRFC in various ways: attending alumni events, informally mentoring team members, planning/helping execute team dinner for national championships, and offering a miscellaneous hand when she am around. Most importantly, Ann feels the connections that she has made through PSUWRFC have followed her through life. She can proudly say that her dearest friends are the teammates and/or other alumni & players she has gotten to know. 

She is excited to be more consistently engaged with the program and  is specifically looking forward to working to bridge the current player/alumni gap in order to perpetuate the legacy that we all helped to build. 

   

Blaze Feury

Blaze Feury graduated from Penn State in 2014 and served as assistant captain of the Men's team his senior year. He grew up playing flag rugby in Denville, NJ and continued to play tackle in high school for Morris Rugby. In 2008 he also helped found the rugby program at his high school Delbarton. The program is still going strong and has obtained Varsity status! Since graduating from Penn State, he has worked for Lutron Electronics in New York City as a sales rep and has continued to play for Morris Rugby's Men's team, which is in division 2.