To provide structured youth ultimate focused on fun inclusive play and spirit of the game.
Meet the EMSU Crew:
Vinh started playing Ultimate in the fall of 2005 as a 6th grader at Roosevelt Middle School when Luke Johnson started middle school teams in Eugene for the first time. During his high school years Vinh played for the South Eugene Axemen and acted as captain during his senior year. Playing at the youth, college, club, and professional levels Vinh has an intimate knowledge of the game coupled with a deep understanding of the Eugene Ultimate community. As Summer Camp Director, Vinh helps organize and plan the summer camps.
Jason started playing ultimate in the fall of 2005 as a 6th grader at Roosevelt Middle School and has been in love with the sport ever since. Playing three years at RMS and then four at South Eugene High School, he is a direct product of the Eugene Ultimate community's intervention at the youth level, which is a system he and EMSU are excited to feed back into. As a board member of the Eugene Ultimate Group (EUG), Jason acts as a liaison between EUG and EMSU, and is also responsible for all social media content.
Russell Arkin serves as the Executive Director for EMSU and the coach of the Spencer Butte ultimate team. He started playing ultimate as a sophomore in high school at South Eugene, and hasn't stopped since. After playing 4 years at Whitman College in Walla Walla WA and captaining the team his senior year, Russell has been back in Eugene and committed to improving the youth scene here. He currently plays for the local club team Darkstar.
Angela started playing frisbee in 7th grade at Kennedy Middle School. She graduated from Churchill High School and attended the University of Oregon for college. She played four season on Fugue where they found success making an appearance in the finals at College Nationals all four years and winning two titles. Since graduating in June 2015 she has found a job working for a foreign exchange company in town and helping coach the South Eugene girl's frisbee team. While no longer with EMSU, she was an integral part to our beginnings!
Board of Directors
Jared Weybright - President
Jared started playing Ultimate in the early 1990's and played at the University of Oregon in '93 and '94. He spent the better part of the next fifteen years playing with an eclectic mix of men's and mixed teams based out of Eugene, Portland and western Oregon. Along with his wife Rachelle, he coached the UO Women (Sneetch/Fugue) from 2000-03. A EMSU board member since 2015, Jared is a strong support of youth athletics in general and Ultimate in particular. He has been part of the ultimate coaching crew at Roosevelt Middle School since 2014 and is dedicated to promoting the sport among local youth.
Jay Janin - Vice President
Jay was first introduced to frisbee when he was in High School in the SF Bay area in the late 1970’s. He played his first real ultimate at Whitman College and has been involved in the sport ever since. In 1984 he moved to Eugene to go to graduate school and to play with Dark Star. For the next dozen years he played for and captained several teams, qualifying for collegiate nationals twice and open nationals seven times.
In the early 2000’s Jay started coaching his son Eli’s team at Churchill HS. Several years later he also helped with his son Jacob’s team at South Eugene HS. In 2007 Jay played one year of masters ultimate, ending his playing career with a semifinal loss at nationals. In 2009, when Eli was a senior at the University of Oregon, Jay started coaching Oregon EGO. Since then EGO has consistently competed at the highest level of collegiate ultimate with semifinal appearances in 2012 through 2014, and a finals appearance in 2015.
In his professional life Jay has worked as a general contractor in Eugene since 1992. He has also served on the Board at the Eugene Waldorf School where he spent many years overseeing the tuition assistance program. Jay’s wife Molly is the administrator at the Eugene Waldorf School. They have four adult children. On weekends when he is not coaching EGO, Jay, Molly, and their dog Teddy can be found hiking, cross country skiing, or mountain biking.
Kathy Smith - Treasurer
Hi! I'm Kathy Smith. Both of my boys started playing Ultimate around 2005. Collin was a sophomore in high school, and Trevor was a 7th grader. Ultimate has been a part of our lives ever since, and I had no idea at the time how big this sport would be for our family. Huge! Some of the perks we have experienced -- physical activity, character building, learning from wonderful coaches, healthy competition, leadership opportunities, and most of all, the building of life-long friendships. I am pleased to be able to support EMSU, as it strives to allow such opportunities for many new young players.
Jen Thoennes - Secretary
A lifelong recreational ultimate player and dedicated Frisbee mom, Jen is excited to help support opportunities for youth to get in the game. She is enthusiastic about coed sports, and is happy to be working with EMSU in developing programs to support all levels of play.
5 years playing at the University of Oregon for EGO (3 years coordinating and 1 captaining). 10 years playing club - 3 years attending club nationals - 3 years attending college nationals. Served as USAU NW Open Regional Coordinator 2012-Present. 2011 Nexgen Member. 5th in the Callahan Award 2011. 4 years of coaching Marist High School Ultimate
When he is not playing frisbee, Cody enjoys camping or hiking with his wife Linsey and dog, Autzen. He is currently employed as an Accounting manager.
My name is Heidi Khokhar, I got involved with the sport of Ultimate when my son Colton’s bff, Hayley, decided for the two of them that they needed to do something with their high school years. I’ll never be able to repay Hayley nor this sport for the many positive impacts they have had on my “little” boy. Being on the board of EMSU affords me the opportunity pay it forward and use my expertise in nonprofit management to help an organization, whose mission I believe in, and other kids in the Eugene area learn through play.
Conrad graduated with a degree in social sciences at the University of Oregon in 2017. With a respectable four years of ultimate experience under his belt, he enjoys not only playing, but coordinating team efforts. He looks forward to having ultimate be a major part of his life, even outside of EMSU. Conrad was one of the primary founders of EMSU and is now on the Board of Directors.