Former national team member Brenna (Margol) Payne named Director of Development for US Luge Foundation
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – A former member of the USA Luge National and Junior National Teams has been named Director of Development for the US Luge Foundation (USLF).
Brenna (Margol) Payne becomes the first dedicated fundraiser for the organization. She began her employment on September 18.
The USLF, dating back to 1984 in the aftermath of the successful Los Angeles Summer Olympics, annually grants funds to support USA Luge’s athletes and programs.
“I’m excited to be back to my roots,” said Payne. “My love of the Olympic Movement began in 1992 when I participated in a USA Luge Slider Search in Napierville, Ill. Now, I look forward to helping raise the funds required to develop and train championship luge athletes.”
Payne raced at the international junior level from 1997-2000, winning silver and bronze medals at the Junior World Championships.
Upon graduating to the USA Luge National Team, she raced in the World Cup from 2000-2006. Payne captured two Norton National Championships as well as two North American titles.
After retiring, Brenna graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a B.S. in business administration and marketing. She relocated to Colorado Springs in 2007, fundraising for the Fountain Valley School of Colorado where she helped raise $1.2 million annually.
For the past five years, Payne has been the manager of development at The USA Hockey Foundation, where shecreated an end-of-year campaign that raised $95,000 in one month through electronic solicitation. She also helped double the number of members of the Foundation’s leadership giving club, “Circle of Champions,” in one year.
“Brenna not only brings a skill set of previous fundraising to our organizations, but she truly understands our sport as a previous slider. It’s a perfect combination,” said USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy. “I’m very excited about this addition to our teams. It will give us great effectiveness as we develop our fundraising plans.”
Brenna lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Mike and children Annika (6) and Collin (5).
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