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Josh Seamon

Josh Seamon - Assistant Secretary

Josh has been playing, coaching, and organizing Ultimate for more than 25 years. After playing in High School in Amherst, MA, where he was on the inaugural HS national championship team, he migrated west and played in Claremont, CA. Two months after graduating from Pomona College in ’02, Josh found himself teaching HS Math at St. Johnsbury Academy in the northern reaches of VT, far away from large groups of organized Ultimate....

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Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy - Secretary

Tom’s involvement in Ultimate Peace came about as a result of his love of the sport of Ultimate and his long term relationship with David. Tom and David began competing on the Ultimate field more than 35 years ago. Once he became aware of the inspirational work David was doing in the Middle East, using Ultimate to bridge cultural gaps, his commitment was cemented. Tom was the founder and first Director of the...

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Dennis Karlinsky

Dennis Karlinsky - President

Dennis lives and works in the Emerald City (Seattle). He caught the college Ultimate bug as a freshman at UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!), joining a team that went on to win the College National Championship. Dennis has been fortunate to be part of exciting teams like Double Happiness, Jam, Sockeye, Throwback, and GTB; while picking up two more National Championship’s and some World Championship medals. Dennis has coached at the college level (UCSC) and in the Women’s Division (Riot). The...

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Jim Levine

Jim Levine - Treasurer

I began playing in the late 1970’s at Tufts University. In the early 80’s seven members of the Tufts team joined with players from other teams to form the Hostages, a Nationals level club team that played together for four years and was regarded as a team that was way more than the sum of its quirky parts. In the late 80’s I played on the University of Michigan’s college national team, and then bounced around playing for ever more low key teams, winding up in the Mercer...

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David Barkan

David Barkan - Chief Executive Officer

David lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He also volunteers year-round for Ultimate Peace, and is the Director of Camp UP in Acco Israel every summer.  David has led many Ultimate teams over the course of his thirty-year career to compete at the highest national and international levels of the sport.  He has coached youth Ultimate for over 30 years on 4 continents, won a world championship as a player in 1995, and was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2010....

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Linda Sidorsky

Linda Sidorsky - Chief Operating Officer

Linda lives in rural western Massachusetts in the small town of Shelburne Falls. She is one of the co-founders of Ultimate Peace along with David Barkan and Dori Yaniv. As an unpaid volunteer she devotes her time and energy all year to Ultimate Peace as the organization’s COO. She is also the Director of Operations and oversees “Measurements...

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Eric Rait

Eric Rait

Eric Rait was born and raised in the US and started playing ultimate in high school in the 1970s, when there were even fewer rules governing the game. He played for a couple years on the Tufts team and then moved to Israel, where he initially focused on growing tomatoes, cucumbers and dates at Kibbutz Lotan. The next time he tried to play ultimate was at Cornell in the early 1990s and the game had changed (so had he apparently) – fouls had specific names, and the game was a bit less laid back...

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Jesus Loreto

Jesus Loreto

Disc sports changed my life many years ago, for me the concept of SOTG is a life style that has to be applied in and off the field and in all sports. I had been involved with Disc sports for 34 years and counting....

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Joe Gara

Joe Gara

Joe Gara has been a Ultimate Peace coach in the Middle East every summer since 2010.  He caught the Ultimate bug in 1994, started the team at Salisbury University making Nationals twice.  Joe lives with his UP coach wife, Becca Tucker, their 3 year old daughter, 6 goats and 120 chickens on a farm in New York near one of the best disc golf courses in the country. He knows a good disc golf course when he sees one,...

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Joe Seidler

Joe Seidler

I met David Barkan when my son began playing on the Matza Balls Ultimate team in the SF Bay Area that David founded, and I have proudly supported David’s Ultimate Peace efforts ever since. I have never played Ultimate, but when our son began playing at U.C. Santa Barbara in 1992, my wife and I went to a few tournaments and were hooked on the sport. I became a USA Ultimate (previously the UPA) board member from 2002-2004 (first non-player...

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Karym Barhom

Karym Barhom

In 2009, Karym was introduced to Frisbee at Ultimate Peace’s first event in Tel Aviv. From 2007-2011, Karym studied and received his Bachelors of Arts in Informal Education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba. Karym’s extensive background in playing and coaching soccer was a natural fit for Ultimate. His work experience includes coaching many kids and young adults in Soccer, which he continues today. He also worked for five years as an Activities Director for Noar HaOved in Tel Aviv...

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Nancy Glass

Nancy Glass

An original member of the UP Team, Nancy started her Ultimate career in the early 80′s with Chicago’s Nemesis. She still lives in Chicago with her husband Mike, three children, two dogs and a fish. Nancy continues to play and coach both Ultimate and Hockey.
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Randi Glass

Randi Glass

I have never played Ultimate, but have been lucky to be surrounded by it through marriage for over 30 years! I joined UP in 2010 and am grateful to have been part of the Admin team since then. My daughter Dani has been to camp with me every year, and there are many more Glass family members who share in UP with us, always keeping that UP Glass half FULL!!

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Special Advisors

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Karym Barhun
David Barkan (CEO)
Lauren Casey
Joe Gara
Nancy Glass
Randi Glass
Dennis Karlinsky (President)
Tom Kennedy (Secretary)
Jim Levine (Treasurer)
Jesus Loreto
Brian Murphy (Vice President)
Jordanna Polis Schutz
Eric Rait
Josh Seamon (Assistant Secretary)
Linda Sidorsky (COO)