The VULS is governed by a 7-person volunteer Board of Directors, managed by over 15 Staff, and supported by dozens of coaches, instructors, and volunteers.
The Board sets the long-term priorities, objectives and policies for the Society. For an overview of what's involved in being on the Board, see our Board FAQ. Staff then design and implement programs to meet those objectives. For more information on how we operate, see Governance.
To contact any VUL representative, please see the Contact Us page.
Board of Directors
- Brett Anderson - President
- Trisha Roberson - Vice President
- Colin Dodds - Treasurer
- Sarah Cawston-Stewart - Secretary
- Ken Su
- Audrey Ng
- Rob Adams
- Craig Woods - Executive Director
- Troë Weston - League Manager
- Craig Kulyk - Marketing Manager
- William Arlotta - Youth Manager
- Michael Dorsey - Web Systems Manager
Board of Directors
Brett started playing ultimate in the interior of BC in 2002 relocating to Vancouver and joining the VUL in 2007. Since he has played at least one season in almost every league and tournament offering from the VUL, exceptions being juniors and female specific offerings. Long identified as a recreational player with a primary focus of having loads of fun with his mates, he’s moved towards the more competitive side of the sport in recent years playing with club and professional teams.
Outside of ultimate Brett spends his time playing in the mountains, enjoying the company of friends and working with an international technology company.
Teams: Current: Beer-B-Q, Past:Constantanople, Lab Ratz, Spore Attitude, Crabs, Pura Vida, Fetish, McLovin, Brazillian Thunder, Palm Bros, and many more. Touring: Ritchie & Friends, Chilly (Australia), Stache, Riptide, Furious George
Roles: VP, Strategic Planning Committee, IT Committee
Trisha was first introduced to ultimate right before leaving Vancouver to move to California. By the time she arrived in Los Angeles in 2014, she was hooked. The California Institute of Technology didn't have a women's team, so she began playing with the Open team, Caltech Aftermath. She continued to play obsessively in California as a captain of Aftermath, on LA's Women's team, Reign, and then on a mixed team in San Francisco called Alchemy. Trisha moved back to Vancouver in 2016 and began playing on the Women's touring team Zephyr.
Trisha is passionate about making ultimate in Vancouver more inclusive and about promoting women in ultimate (and the rest of the world, too). When not training for, researching, watching, or playing ultimate, Trisha can be found reading, playing soccer, hiking, playing board games, or thinking about science, feminism, and how to save the planet. Trisha holds a BSc in Physics and Philosophy and a MSc in Geophysics.
Roles: Strategic Planning Committee, Hall of Fame Committee
Teams: Gritty in Pink, Zephyr
Colin is the Treasurer of the VUL. He joined the league in 2011 on a whim, gathering together a group of friends who had never played ultimate before, and they spent their first game sliding around in running shoes on a muddy Oak Meadows field. Something stuck - since then, he has been a VUL captain more than 15 times, and has been involved with youth ultimate as a team sponsor and coach.
A former high school teacher with a background in business, Colin now coaches and counsels undergraduate students at UBC. When it comes to ultimate, he is committed to encouraging Spirit of the Game at all levels of play, increasing awareness of ultimate in Vancouver and beyond, and promoting inclusion within the sport.
Roles: Treasurer, Governance Committee
Teams: Current: The Frizzles, Mad Hops, Stacked. Past: East Van Halen, H-Bar, Spinoffs, The Force Awakens.
Sarah got her first taste of ultimate in high school in 2003. She played the VUL for the first time that summer and has never looked back. She absolutely loves the camaraderie, and friendships she’s made from playing Frisbee. It’s a sport, through its commitment to spirit of the game, that really does take sportsmanship combined with talent to the next level. Also the heckling; she loves the heckling. She’s had the pleasure to play mixed summer, mixed winter, mixed winter hat, fall grass, and mentor women’s fall turf the past 2 seasons, along with more tournaments (recreational, touring, mixed and women’s) than she can count. She played 2 years in England on an English Mixed team that went to World’s 2010 in Prague. Meanwhile, back in Canada Sarah played with Zephyr women’s club for 2 years and most recently with Wendigo women’s club as Captain in the 2016 season. When Sarah isn’t playing Frisbee, she quietly tinkers away at making music in her home studio. She earns a living as a self-employed marketing assistant by day and piano/trumpet teacher by night. Sarah will be undertaking her first term on the Board of Directors as Secretary.
Roles: Secretary, HR Committee
Teams: ClamWow! Buck Fugly. Outcasts. Care Bears (’07). Past touring: Zephyr. Current touring: Wendigo
Ken feels very lucky to have been introduced to ultimate in high school via outreach efforts of the BCDSS. The principles behind the name 'Ultimate', the Spirit of the Game, and the many unique aspects of our sport have been near and dear to his heart ever since. He started playing ultimate in the VUL in 1992 and has had the privilege of playing with a number of teams and meeting many amazing Ultimate people over the years. Ken was away from Vancouver between 2004 and 2016 in China where he was involved with introducing Ultimate to new people across China and the ongoing early stage development of the Ultimate community and Ultimate organizations in China. Since returning to Vancouver, Ken has enjoyed getting back on the field with old friends and teammates and experiencing the new fields and formats the VUL now has to offer. He is honored and excited to be re-joining the Board of Directors in 2017, having served on the original founding board of the VULS.
Outside of Ultimate, Ken's day job is helping his clients on Mergers and Acquisitions and he spends the rest of his time trying unsuccessfully to get his 2 year old son to behave.
Teams: Current: ReTox, Weeble, Marauders Past: Funky Chickens, Vertical Sidewalk, Discombobulators, Vinnie Barbarino, Sippin' Sunshine, Salmon Envy, Flying Warthogs
Audrey started playing ultimate in 2006 during high school, and has continued to play ever since. Throughout her years with the league, she has played and captained league teams, competed on Wendigo, volunteered at clinics, and has acted as a mentor in various training camps. What keeps Audrey coming back to the sport is in equal parts the comraderie between teammates and also rival teams, the competitive spirit, and the sport’s push for gender equity. Her hope is to promote inclusion, female empowerment, and positive social change to all players. In the words of her sports idol, Serena Williams “I play for me, but I also play and represent something much greater than me.”
When not playing ultimate, Audrey works as an HR Generalist, and enjoys travelling, reading, cheering for the Golden State Warriors, as well as informal carpool karaokeing with her friends.
Roles: Governance Committee
Teams: Current: Cup Noodle King Past - Flawless Weave, Oh Snap!, Huckbunnies, Ask Kevin, Flick my Disc, Frisbee Monsters, Cerberes, Poached Eggs, Resting Beach Face
Rob started playing in the VUL from 1999-2000 and again from 2010 to today. In the ten years in between, he lived and played in London, Beijing, Sydney, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong. He toured with multiple teams, playing in WUCG (2008) and WUCC (2006, 2010).
When not on the field, Rob is a professional Business Analyst with an MBA in Strategic Management.
Roles: President, HR Committee, Hall of Fame Committee
Teams: Current: Marauders, Beer-BQ. Past: Flying Warthogs
Craig started playing at SFU in 1989 with the Discombobulators when there were 7 teams in the VUL. He didn't play through the 90's (much to his chagrin now), but has been playing since 2002.
Craig is passionate about playing his part to make the VUL the best recreational league in Vancouver, and a leading example for ultimate leagues around the world.
Role: Executive Director
Teams: Current: Pure Milk. Past: Pura Vida, Humpty Dumped Me. Touring: Grind (WUCC 2006)
Troë started playing Ultimate at university in 2003 and quickly became hooked. She joined the VUL in 2006, started coaching the SFU women's team in 2008 and then started playing competitively on Zephyr in 2009. Troë started captaining Zephyr in 2011, the same year she also took on coaching the BC Juniors team to a gold medal at Canadian Nationals. She also was heavily volunteering with the VUL and Ultimate Canada (UC) including running tournaments, clinics, and joining the board of directors for UC. In 2012 she became a Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program in order to train other coaches in Ultimate. At the end of 2013, Troë became the first General Manager for the BC Ultimate Society. Then, in 2014, Troë hung up her captain hat on Zephyr to play for Traffic and attend her second World Championship Tournament. She will also be attending Beach Worlds in 2015 with Team Canada in the mixed masters division.
Aside from her experience in Ultimate, Troë also brings a background in Education, Event Management and Administration to the VUL. She is also currently working towards a Masters in Sport Psychology.
Role: League Manager
Teams: Weapon of Choice, Clam Wow, Traffic, Zephyr
Craig began playing ultimate while living in South Korea in 2005. One month later he played his first tournament in Shanghai and was hooked for life. He took his first organizing role in 2006 as TD of Korea’s International tournament on Jeju Island, which he continued through 2008.
Craig was initially hired by the VUL as a part time event contractor and market researcher in 2011, and then as the league's first full time Marketing Coordinator in 2012. He is responsible for communications, market research, partnerships, merchandise, various events, and helping launch new VUL programs and services. Craig has a knack for organizing creative parties, so it made sense for him to also assume the role of Social Director for the Canadian Ultimate Championships in 2013.
Role: Marketing Manager
Teams: Past: Beer B Q, Pura Vida
William brings a wealth of experience in playing and organizing Ultimate at all levels, including 20+ years with the VUL and 16+ years with the BC Ultimate Society (previously the BC Disc Sports Society). His biggest passion is giving children the opportunity to play sports, so why not the sport he loves so much! Feel free to reach out to him directly if you want to help him in his quest to have more kids playing Ultimate, i.e. you want to coach, be an instructor, etc.
Role: Youth Manager
Teams: Past: The Eddies
Michael has been playing team sports for as long as he can remember, mostly football, baseball and basketball with a bit of ultimate sprinkled on top. He loves the competition and camaraderie when working together as a team.
Michael is responsible for maintaining and improving the League Management System and all things digital for VUL. He wants to help the organization grow and be a leader in the recreational sports community.
Role: Web Systems Manager