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Greg “Wombat” Gooch

President

Greg played for the Men’s Team in the 1990s. He is a relationship manager for First Republic Bank in
New York City. He has always been an avid supporter of both the Men’s and Women’s Teams including
being a water boy during the playoffs in California in 2007 for both teams.

   

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.”

   

Tim Ryland

Board Member for the Penn State University Rugby Alumni Board

Penn State Graduation Year: 2006

Primary Position: Center

“I grew up in the Penn State Rugby community,” Ryland said. “Days after being born, I was at the pitch.”

Ryland would sew jerseys together as well as wash and fold both bloody and muddy jerseys growing up.

“It only seemed fitting to have a Ryland involved in the progression of the program,” he explained. “I have witnessed the evolution of the program from waterboy to player to fan for nearly 35 years.”

Ryland feels a connection to Penn State Rugby — the two have a bond to last a lifetime.

“I hope to contribute to the success on and off the field,” Ryland said. “For at least another 35 years.”

   

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.”

   

Tim Antoian

Board Member for the Penn State University Rugby Alumni Board

Penn State University Graduation Year: 2008

Primary Positions: Wing, Fullback and Scrumhalf

“I love Penn State, Penn State Rugby and Rugby as a whole,” Antoian said. “I want to give back to a program and sport that gave so much to me.”

Antoian loved playing the sport for the blue and white glory, but has a wish for all the present and incoming players.

“Penn State Rugby helped to mold me into who i am,” he said. “I hope that the current and future PSU ruggers can get the same, if not better, experience.

   

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. 

   
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Alex DeVicaris

I was part of the 89 men’s team that went to the final four, and captain of the 92 men’s team that also went to the final four. I was also one of the first two All American’s (along with Pete Karmelowciz) from Penn State. Two of my sister’s played rugby for the women’s team back in the late 70’s, so Penn State Rugby is near and dear to my heart. I would love to give back in any way that I can, and am looking forward to joining the board.

   
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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.

   
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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.

   
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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.