The US Chess Executive Board consists of seven elected members. The Board elects from its own membership the President, Vice-President, Vice-President of Finance, and Secretary.

Allen Priest from US Chess Federation

Allen Priest


Allen Priest is a Certified Public Accountant in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a partner in a local accounting firm. Allen started in chess as a chess dad and progressed to tournament volunteer, then tournament director. He became a US Chess National Tournament Director in 2011. Allen served as the KY Chess Association Scholastic Coordinator from 2005-2011 and has directed tournaments all over the United States. He earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Louisville. He served in the US Army Reserve for ten years.

Randy Bauer from US Chess Federation

Randy Bauer

Vice President

Randy Bauer is a Director at Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM), a national public sector consulting firm. A Benefactor Life Member of US Chess, Randy was a nationally ranked junior player while growing up in Minnesota, earned the National Master title in 1989, and has won state titles in both Minnesota and Iowa. Randy has served on the Board of Directors for both the Minnesota and Iowa State Chess Associations and has served on the US Chess Executive Board on four prior occasions. Prior to joining PFM, Randy served as Iowa’s State Budget Director for nearly seven years.

Chuck Unruh from US Chess Federation

Chuck Unruh

Vice President Of Finance

Chuck Unruh is a chess master and former Armed Forces Chess Champion (1975). A graduate of Miami University, he is owner and operator of various family owned energy companies. He is a Tae Kown Do Master. He sits on the policy boards of The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate and the Oklahoma Chess Association. His son Charles is also a US Chess tournament director.

Mike Nietman from US Chess Federation

Mike Nietman


Mike Nietman is a Senior Programmer/Analyst for a large non-profit hospital in Madison, WI. He has served on the Wisconsin Chess Association’s Board of Directors since 1984 and as their president since 1987. Mike is a lead organizer of the largest scholastic events in the state and was the local organizer of the 1990 World Youth. Mike has served on the US Chess Executive Board since 2010.

Mike Hoffpauir from US Chess Federation

Mike Hoffpauir

Member At Large

Mike Hoffpauir is a National Tournament Director and FIDE Arbiter with experience directing several National-level US Chess events in Scholastics, College, and Military chess. Mike currently is the Executive Board Liaison to the committees for Rules, Tournament Director Certification, Military Chess, and FIDE Events.  He also is a Councilor on the Rules Commission in FIDE.  Mike is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, with 27 years of military experience and 15 years as a Defense Contractor.  He is a past-President and the current Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Virginia Chess Federation, and is President of the Virginia Scholastic Chess Association.  Mike is a native of south Louisiana, but retired in the Norfolk, VA, area where he continues directing many tournaments across the state of Virginia.

Hal Sprechman from US Chess Federation

Hal Sprechman

Member At Large

Hal Sprechman is a chess teacher, Senior Tournament Director and National Arbiter. He has been on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey State Chess Federation for more than 20 years and currently is President.

Ryan Velez from US Chess Federation

Ryan Velez

Member At Large

Ryan Velez is a National Master, senior level tournament director, full-time chess coach, chess author, and he runs a chess center in Louisville, KY. Ryan has his master’s in organizational psychology and became a Life Member of US Chess in 2015. Currently serving as the Kentucky Chess Association’s (KCA) scholastic coordinator for the past 6 years, Ryan has also served as the KCA Vice President and Webmaster.

Carol Meyer

Carol Meyer

Executive Director

Carol started at US Chess in October 2017. Before coming on board, she spent more than a decade in leadership for a NASA and NOAA-funded community of earth scientists and technology professionals. “Much like US Chess, this community both challenged and rewarded me with professional growth and wonderful relationships.” Since joining US Chess Carol says, “I have learned a lot about the game, its culture, and its benefits. Chess offers something for everyone whether it be competition, sharpened focus, time with a friend or family, or an adrenaline rush during blitz. One need not be a genius to be a chess player—it simply depends on what you are looking for from the game.” Outside of chess and work, she loves to be outdoors hiking, walking, riding her road bike, and kayaking. She also enjoys spending time with her family engaged in active pursuits and cooking (and eating!) a variety of ethnic cuisines.

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