President and CEO
Steve Stenersen was an integral part of the leadership that led the merger of eight organizations to form US Lacrosse in 1998. He was named the inaugural executive director for the sport’s national governing body, and his title changed to chief executive officer in 2008. Under Steve’s leadership, US Lacrosse has generated more than $250 million in member, donor and sponsors to support a wide variety of resources and programming to fuel the sport’s growth and development. Over the last fifteen years, national lacrosse participation has tripled to more than 900,000 players. The organization’s staff of 90 is located in Sparks, Maryland, on a 13-acre campus that includes a 45,000 sf headquarters and U.S. Team training center that opened in 2016. A national board of directors provides strategic direction for the nonprofit and oversees a structure of committees, subcommittees and task forces that collaborate with staff to advance the organization’s mission. Stenersen has been the vice president of World Lacrosse, the sport’s international governing body, since 2014 and has served on a number of boards in various capacities within and outside of the sport. Steve received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, was a member of Carolina’s 1981 and 1982 NCAA championship teams, and served as a co-captain of the 1982 team.
VP & CFO
A member of the US Lacrosse staff since 2000, Cara has been responsible for the management of many various departments at US Lacrosse during her tenure. With her primary focus in finance, she serves as the organization's CFO. Cara has a Masters degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, and has over 20 years of accounting and financial management experience working for companies within the retailing and manufacturing industries prior to joining US Lacrosse.
Ann Kitt Carpenetti
VP, Lacrosse Operations
A member of the US Lacrosse staff since 2004, Ann assumed the position of Vice President of Lacrosse Operations in 2014 after serving previously as Managing Director of Games Administration and before that, as the Women's Division Director. As VP of Lacrosse Operations, she serves as a member of US Lacrosse’s senior leadership team and is responsible for providing strategic leadership to US Lacrosse's men's and women's game structures, National Team program, Health & Safety initiatives, Education and Training and Sport Development programs. Prior to joining US Lacrosse, Ann served as a director of government affairs for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in Washington, D.C. A former high school lacrosse player from Oceanside, N.Y., and collegiately at the University of Buffalo, she has also been a local women's lacrosse official since 1998.
VP, Marketing & Communications
Brett joined US Lacrosse in 2015 as Director of Strategic Partnerships, and assumed the position of Vice President of Marketing & Communications in 2018. In his current position, Brett serves as a member of the organization’s senior executive team and is responsible for the leadership, management, development and success of US Lacrosse marketing and media assets, as well as all functions of corporate partnerships, special events, retail and event sanctioning. Prior to joining US Lacrosse, Brett spent over 15 years working in sports marketing with various roles in corporate partnerships, marketing, sales and branding at Madison Square Garden, Delta Air Lines and the MKG Agency. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, specializing in Marketing & Corporate Strategy.
VP & Chief Relationship Officer
Mike joined US Lacrosse in 2018 in a new role that provides leadership to US Lacrosse’s membership and regional development program and the US Lacrosse Foundation. He and his teams are responsible for growing and deepening the organization’s engagement with members and securing philanthropic support for the mission-critical programs and priorities of US Lacrosse. Mike brings 25 years of experience in fundraising and constituent engagement from higher education and healthcare organizations. Prior to joining US Lacrosse, Mike served in leadership roles at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Towson University, MedStar Health and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He earned his undergraduate degree from Towson (State) University and his graduate degree from University of Maryland University College.