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NGFFL Board of Directors


The members of the Board of Directors are elected by NGFFL members to provide strategic guidance in the fulfillment of the NGFFL mission to promote the positive social and athletic enjoyment of American flag football. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to ensure the growing vitality of our organization. Through their collective experience and vision, the Board of Directors contributes to the continuing success of the NGFFL.


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Thurman Williams
Commissioner

Thurman was originally elected to the NGFFL board in 2012 while a member of the National Flag Football League of Atlanta, Georgia. He was co-founder of the NFFLA and served as President until his relocation to Washington D.C. in 2011. Thurman was instrumental in the success of Gay Bowl IV held in Atlanta in 2004 and led the coordination and defensive game plan for Atlanta's two Gay Bowl teams. During his tenure as a NGFFL board member, he was elected to the NGFFL Hall of Fame and has remained committed to ensuring that the legacy of the league will be preserved and passed down to future generations of flag football players across the country. Thurman has provided significant value to the NGFFL, including the implementation of the A and B Division structure for the Gay Bowl tournament through his leadership of the Gay Bowl Task Force.  -  thurman@ngffl.com
     
Sam Lehman   Sam Lehman
Treasurer

Lehman has a passion for both the gridiron and the diamond having served as NGFFL Treasurer since 2011, commissioner of the Southern New England Softball League and Marketing Chairman of the NAGAAA. Sam is the referee director for the New York Gay Football League and away from sports, owns a software development company headquartered in Stamford Connecticut.  He is a volunteer on the membership committee for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC and is splitting time between New York City and Milford, Connecticut.  -  sam@ngffl.com

     

 

Brandon Waggoner
Director of Operations

A resident of Washington D.C. for more than a decade, Brandon is originally from Texas and Tennessee. A co-founder of the DC Gay Flag Football League, Brandon will begin his eighth season as its Commissioner after a one-year hiatus. With a precise attention to detail and unwavering work ethic, the NGFFL's signature event, the Gay Bowl will continue an award winning tradition under his guidance. Aside from football, Brandon graduated from Rhodes College and Washington University in St. Louis's School of Law.  -  brandon@ngffl.com
     
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Joe Zarrella
Director of Communications

Joe has played flag football for over two years in Denver and is now the Captains Coordinator with the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League. He coordinated Denver's first annual Mile High Bowl tournament in 2016. Originally from New York, Joe attended Harvard University and was a 4-year member of the Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving team. He has always been committed to diversity in athletics and enthusiastically engages in discussions with other athletes about how to be more inclusive. In Denver and on a national scale, Joe hopes to work with others to continue to diversify our leagues and provide the opportunity to play flag football in a safe, fun environment for more members of the LGBTQ community.  -  joe@ngffl.com
     
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  Shigeo James Iwamiya
Gay Bowl Liaison

James originates from an American Air Force base in Tokyo, Japan. He currently resides in Newark, New Jersey and is active in the New York Gay Football League, currently serving as the Assistant Commissioner. james has also served as a New York Gay Bowl team captain and lead his team to the B-Division Championship at Gay Bowl XIII in Phoenix, Arizona. His professional life is driven by higher education where he holds a Masters Degree in Education and serves as the Director of Residence Life at Rutgers University. James is excited to serve on the board of the NGFFL and to promote a strong flag football community.  -  shigeo@ngffl.com
     
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Ryan Peel
Director of Outreach and Membership

Ryan is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and was elected to the NGFFL Board in 2017. Ryan currently serves on the board of the Salt Lake City Gay Athletic Association, the umbrella organization for GLBT sports leagues in Utah. Ryan had previously served as the Commissioner/City Leader of the Mountain West Flag Football League for five years and continues to serve as the head referee for the league. At the national level, Ryan has participated in Gay Bowl as a member of the Salt Lake City Avalanche since 2007 and has served on the Gay Bowl Evolution Task Force for two years. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Utah and the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University.  -  ryan@ngffl.com
     

  Rory Ray
Director of Corporate Partnership

Rory has been a playing member of the NGFFL since 2006, originating with the Los Angeles Motion and more recently with the New York Warriors. He has served on the NYGFL Board of Directors for 17 seasons, including 4 as its commissioner, from 2013-2015. He was a co-captain of the LA Motion Gay Bowl team in 2007, and captain of the New York X-Treme Gay Bowl team from 2010-2012. Outside of football, Rory has also played in the National Gay Basketball Association since 2000, as a member of the San Francisco Rockdogs, where he continues to play to this day. He is excited to bring his wide range of experiences to help serve the NGFFL board.  -  
rory@ngffl.com
     
Lance Burage  

Lance Burage
Director of Officials

Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and now residing in Boston, Massachusetts, Lance is the Director of Officials for the NGFFL. He is a veteran of the radio industry for the last 24 years, and is currently the Program Director for 101.7 The Bull, WBWL in Boston.  Lance has ten years of experience officiating high school football. After a move to Atlanta in 2007 and discovering the NFFLA (an LGBTQ flag football league) in Atlanta, Lance jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. Lance feels it takes a special kind of person to have a passion for officiating, and he wanted to help the Atlanta league thrive and grow. He loves football, and is very happy that he is able to share that passion with all of his LGBTQ friends on the field. Lance has been the Director of Officials for the NGFFL since 2008 and currently officiates in the Boston FLAG Flag Football League.  -  lance@ngffl.com

     
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  Aszur Rollins
Women’s Division Liaison

Originally from Ithaca, NY, Aszur now resides in Denver, CO. She is a founding member of the women's traveling team the Mile High Club and captained the team from 2012-2014. Aszur has played in each of the Gay Bowl's that included a women's division as well as numerous other tournaments to include Pride Bowl and Sunshine Cup. She was on the Board of Directors as the Director of Referee's for the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League for four seasons and is going into her second year as the women's division liaison. As an Army Veteran her professional life is driven by the goal of improving healthcare to all Veterans, working as a Business Analyst to implement and streamline technological processes that currently hold back care. Aszur's goal is to grow the women's division to that equal of the men's and compete at the highest level with her fellow teammates.  -  aszur@ngffl.com