Alumni Board of Directors

The UGA Rugby Alumni Association has elected a Board of Directors to oversee and manage the vision and execution of all alumni-related activities.

The Board's mission and goals are outlined in the UGARFAA ByLaws.

President: Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier   Dr. Eric Fournier began playing rugby at Syracuse University in 1981 and continued to play while in graduate school at the University of Georgia. He managed to earn two graduate degrees while an active player for the UGARFC from 1986-1990, serving multiple leadership positions including club president, team captain, and rec-sports liaison. He also coached the team from 1991-1996. His greatest contribution to the UGARFC was introducing the Pig song to Georgia. “You can tell a man who boozes, by the company he chooses, and that goddamn pig got up and walked away”. For this and his other contributions, he was named an Honorary Life Member of the Club in 1998. To this day, he remains actively involved in rugby and has been a certified referee for the Deep South Referee Society since 2000. Dr. Fournier is currently Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Samford University, where he is also a Professor of Geography. He was recently named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He currently serves as Board Chairman for the National Council for Geographic Education, and was Vice-President of the Homewood, Alabama Board of Education.

 

Vice-President: Ryan Brenny

Ryan Brenny   Ryan Brenny started playing rugby at the University of Georgia in 1987- 1992. While at Georgia, Ryan held several officer positions including field chairman, and social chairman, and was Team Captain in 1992. Ryan continued to play rugby at the men's club level, on teams such as the Dallas Harlequins, Bosman Cutthroats, Atlanta Old White, and of course the Blind Pigs, Piglets, and other various incarnations of UGA alumni teams. During his competitive playing career, Ryan had the opportunity to play in the National Championships in both 15s as well as the USA 7s National Championship Tournament. After competitive rugby Ryan has continued to give back to the game by coaching Emory's men's forwards, Atlanta Harlequins women's forwards, and at Georgia State as the men's Head Coach. Ryan has also served on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Old White as Board Chairman. Ryan has held successful fundraisers with the Atlanta Rugby Foundation, and the USA Rugby Trust, and has established great relationships with USA Rugby Board members. Ryan also received the UGA Rugby Life Member Award in 2010, his most prized rugby award. Professionally Ryan has worked in construction and development predominantly in the Atlanta with other successful projects in the South East, as well as Colorado and Oklahoma. Currently he is a Project Manager on commercial and large scale solar projects for Fischer CM, an engineering, construction, and consulting company.

 

Treasurer: Rod Wright

Rod Wright   Rod began playing rugby at UGA in 1973 and was a member of the 1974 winning SEC team. In 1982 Rod received the Brian Finch Sportsmanship Award and in 1984 became a life member of the UGA Rugby Alumni Association. Rod is a founding member of the Blind Pigs Rugby Team and the 1st Athens City Side, serving as treasurer of the Blind Pigs since 1987. Rod graduated from UGA in 1973 with a BS in Education, but chose a different career path in 1975 when he began his own construction business. This path forced him to develop the skills needed to deal with all kinds of people, to place a focus on adapting to current situations, and to prioritize delivering a completed final project to the satisfaction of all parties involved.

 

Member-at-Large: David Pratt

David Pratt   Dave Pratt played for the UGA RFC while a student at Georgia from 1996-1998 (after transferring from Marion Military Institute). During his time at UGA, Dave played hooker and scrumhalf; and, he made the All Georgia Team in 1998. Other teams that Dave has played for include: Michigan State Spartans, Ft Sill Gunners, All Army '93, Golden Isles Hammerheads, All Georgia '94, founded the Rugby Team at Marion Military Institute '95, Birmingham Vulcans, UGA RFC '96-'98, Old White, Blind Pigs/Piglets. Professionally, Dave is a Partner at the lobbying firm, Southern Strategy Group of Georgia. As Partner at SSG GA, he has successfully lobbied his clients' interests in the areas of pharmaceuticals and medicine, public safety, construction, transportation, telecommunications, and real estate development. David enjoys very strong relationships at the Capitol across the ideological spectrum. David served in the enlisted ranks of the United States Army from 1990 to 1993. After receiving a commission in 1996, David served as an Army Reserve Officer until honorably discharged in May of 2003. Civically, David is a member of the following organizations: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and he served on the Board of the Sons of Marion Military Institute Alumni Association. David is from Saint Marys, GA, and resides with his wife, Jessica, in Atlanta.

 

Member-at-Large: Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan   Mike played for UGA from the fall of 1988 until graduation in 1991. When he moved back to Athens he continued to play until spring of 1994. Offices held while at UGA include: field and equipment manager, vice president, match secretary. Mike continued to be active with the club through the Blind Pigs and his association with Old White. He has coached rugby at all levels including men's club(Old White), men's and women's collegiate (Emory and Georgia State) , high school and women's club (helped start the Alpharetta Phoenix). Mike was president of Old White for five years and helped establish the board of directors of the Atlanta rugby foundation.

 

Member-at-Large: Andy Curl

Andy Curl   Andy Curl played with the UGA RFC from 1980-1984, where he served as the UGA Field Chairman in 1983-84. He enjoyed a successful playing career both during and after college, being selected for the GA U-23 Select Side and the ERU U-23 Select in 1984-1985. He played for Old White after school, serving as their social chair from 1986-1988, and was honored as Old White's "Back of the Year" as well as being selected to the GA Select side in 1987. Professionally, Andy has been in the Communications/Security/Structured cabling market for 26 years, with P&L and sales leadership positions (Sales, Sales Mgmt, Branch Management, Regional VP), and his current role is Director of Enterprise Sales. He recently returned to the Atlanta area after 18 years in Texas and Maryland, and his oldest daughter is a senior at UGA.

 

Member-at-Large: Cameron "Zorro" Zahedi

Cameron Zahedi   Zorro began playing rugby at UGA in 2010. He played flyhalf for the entirety of his 5 year career at UGA. He graduated from UGA in 2015, completing a Master's Degree in Economics and Bachelor's Degrees in Economics, Physics, and Mathematics. While at UGA, Zorro held the following offices:Match Secretary, President, Captain , and Special Projects Chair. Zorro often crafted policies with Club Sustainability in mind. He created a Knowledge Base for the Club Officers, a comprehensive document explaining their duties and the "in's and out's" of running the Club, with sections catered to each officer's duties. He spearheaded the change in the Constitution allowing for officer voting to commence in the fall, thus creating a more sustainable turnover process in which new officers can learn from and work beside their preceding officer. This has eliminated the typical "summer fall-off" of officers elected in May, who had no idea how to run the Club come August. He was the leader from the side of the current Club for establishing the Alumni Holiday Banquet instead of the typical Rugby Ball, allowing for a more formal cap to the season and recognition of high achieving members. Upon graduating, Zorro accepted a Project Management position with Faith Technologies, an Electrical Contractor in Atlanta. Shortly after being elected, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, taking up employment with Google as a Program Manager.

 

Previous Board Members:

2014-2016

  • Chairman: Keith Jakupca
  • Vice-Chairman: Eric Fournier
  • Treasurer: Doug Porter
  • Secretary: Rex Baker
  • Member-at-Large: Andy Curl
  • Member-at-Large: Dustin Karr
  • Member-at-Large: Dave Pratt

2013-2014

  • Chairman: Rex Baker
  • Vice-Chairman: Larry Doong
  • Treasurer: Doug Porter
  • Secretary: Keith Jakupca
  • Member-at-Large: Mark Risse
  • Member-at-Large: Ken "Buddha" Wright
  • Member-at-Large: Dustin Karr

2011-2013

  • Chairman: Larry Doong
  • Vice-Chairman: Ken "Buddha" Wright
  • Treasurer: Mark Risse
  • Secretary: John Timmons
  • Member-at-Large: Justin "Big Country" Harrell