Proud of their history and poised for the future, the NCA/NDA Executive Team loves their jobs. Meet the Team!
Photography by Travis Cobb. Subjects photographed on backgrounds of historic photos of Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer, Founder of NCA.
Dawn started with Cheerleader Supply Company in the summer of 1986 - the year she graduated high school. She worked in Customer Service every summer of her College career and was hired full time right after she earned her degree in Corporate Finance from the University of North Texas. Through her career with NCA, Dawn has managed the Registrations, Facilities, Operations and Staffing Departments. In 2005 she was made President of NCA/NDA. Dawn is married to John Calitri and they have three children. Most of their time is spent attending their children’s activities.
Senior Vice President
Bill graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and was a cheerleader at USC. After serving as Head Cheer Coach at Furman University, he returned to USC as the head Cheer coach and Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions. He has served as Owner and President of Carolina Cheerleading Association and Owner of Carolina Cheerleading Academy. Bill joined the NCA/NDA team in 1995 as Vice President of College Programs. Bill is married to Pam and they have one son, Will.
Senior Vice President
Karen has been involved in the cheerleading industry since she began working as an NCA Staff Instructor for Herkie in the late 1960s. She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for USA Cheer (The USA Federation for Sport Cheering), a member nation of the International Cheer Union. She is also a founding member of the USASF/IASF Board of Directors, as well as the Worlds Advisory Board, the Sanctioning Committee, and the College Scholarship Committee. She has judged nationally and internationally, and is a conference speaker. Enthusiasm for the cheer industry is shared by her two adult daughters, Blaire and Brooke, who also worked for NCA a combined total of 15 years.
Senior Vice President
Bill Patterson has been with NCA/NDA in various positions since 1982. He began his tenure with the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) as a summer part-time instructor, and joined the office on a full-time basis in 1991. Bill has served as the Vice President of NCA, the Senior Vice President of Sales for Cheerleader & DanzTeam, and is currently the Senior Vice President of Sales for NCA and NDA. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana State University. In addition to his responsibilities with NCA and NDA, Bill has also served as an advisor to the National Federation Spirit Rules committee for 10 years, is a national certifier for AACCA, and is on the National Advisory Board for the USASF. Bill was recently inducted into the Spirit Industry Hall of Fame. Bill has been married to Linda for 23 years and they have three children. Bill is also very involved with his church and has travelled to Romania and Colombia on church mission trips.
Buffy is currently the Vice President of Programs for NCA/NDA and has been with NCA for 22 years. Her areas of responsibility oversee the hiring and training of over 1,200 dance and cheer instructors each year that teach technique and curriculum to over 100,000 athletes participating in youth through collegiate programs. Included in her areas of responsibility are the creation and production of the summer camp curriculum taught for NCA and NDA each year. She is a former cheerleader and dancer at the University of Florida and has performed in venues such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, EuroBowl Halftime-Germany, and the Paris Performance Tour. She remains active in the choreography and show production each year for NCA/NDA Christmas Extravanganza televised parade production at Disney World. Buffy is married to Mike Duhon, who also works for NCA/NDA. They have two sons.
NCA and Varsity All Star
While in College at the University of North Texas, Justin began his career with NCA on Staff. He was named NCA Top Rookie, Top Veteran Instructor, Head Instructor of the year and given the Herkie Legacy Award while on Staff. After graduation, he began his career at the corporate office as Director of NCA Curriculum. He is a member of the USASF Rules Committee and was inducted into the USASF Hall of Fame in 2010. Justin has published one book, “Complete Cheerleading” through Human Kinetics.
Facilities & Registrations
Keith began his career with the company in 1996 as an Accounts Receivable Manager for CDT. Keith worked as a Customer Service Manger, Director of Customer Service and Director of Order Management for CDT before joining the NCA team as Director of Registrations. Keith is currently Vice President of Facilities and Registrations.
After graduating for the University of Kentucky, John has worked for NCA/NDA since 1992. He has served the company as Super Store Manager, Registrations Director, Facilities Director, Event Director and is currently Executive Director â€“ Event Development where he presides over NDA Nationals, NDA All-Star Nationals and all NCA/NDA Special Events. John is happily married to Dawn Calitri and they have three beautiful children. John enjoys coaching youth baseball and soccer and cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Mike has held the position of Executive Director Competition Operations for the National Cheerleaders Association and the National Dance Alliance for the past 10 years. His areas of responsibility include the planning and administration of the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship, NCA All-Star National Championship, NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship and the NCA/NDA Coaches and Directors Conference. In addition,
he also manages three direct reports who plan over 34 other championships throughout the year. He has been married to Buffy Duhon, who is also employed at NCA/NDA, for the past 10 years and has two incredible young boys. He is very passionate about virtually any sport and coaches his older son’s soccer, football and baseball teams, while also coaching his youngest son’s baseball and soccer teams. He is a former cheerleader at LSU where he received a degree in Mass Communications.
Marketing & Creative Development
Being a cheerleader isn’t just something you “do”; it’s who you are, and Jenni’s a lifelong cheerleader! After being captain of her high school team, she thought her poms were retired for good when she chose to focus on writing in college, but after receiving her BA in Literary Studies from the University of Texas - Dallas, she was able to tap into her life-long passion for cheerleading with NCA/NDA. Jenni was first hired as the Creative Associate and now heads the Marketing Department. In addition to being responsible for the production of all marketing materials, she creates content through multiple media formats for nca.varsity.com, nda.varsity.com, varsity.com, Varsity TV and related social networks and blogs. Through both her personal and professional travels, she’s witnessed the positive impact cheerleaders make in this world. Yesterday, she cheered for her high school team. Today, she cheers for her wonderful husband, two precious sons, and the inherent qualities promoted through cheerleading. And tomorrow, she will continue to cheer becauseâ€¦America Needs Cheerleaders!