Program Committee

Karen Baebler | Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Operations University of Washington   

Karen Baebler

She initiated the Athletic Department's sustainability program in 2010, and continues to the chair of the University of Washington Intercollegiate Sustainability Committee and is a member of the University of Washington's Environmental Stewardship Committee. Additionally, she has forged a relationship with the University of Washington's Office of Sustainability, student groups, and the Program for the Environment which has resulted in course offerings and internship opportunities. She was also the keynote speaker for the SustainableUW Festival in 2014. Baebler was integral in the planning of the 2.5 million renovation of Husky Stadium that achieved Silver LEED certification, as well as the Athletic Department's successful waste diversion program. This spring, she was the tournament director for the Pac12 Women's Golf Championships which featured sustainable practice at the course, the University and the surrounding community. She is committed to environmental and social sustainability and is thankful for the opportunity to make an impact.

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt | Engagement Manager, University of Utah Sustainability Office

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt

Gavin Gough | Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Capital Projects, University of Utah

Gavin Gough

Moira Hafer | Building Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Stanford University  

Moira Hafer

Steve Mital | Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon   

Steve Mital

Dave Newport | Director, Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder  

Dave Newport

Cheryl Wong | Assistant Commissioner, Sport Management and Championships, Pac-12 Conference  

Cheryl Wong

Jamie Zaninovich | Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer, Pac-12 Conference  

Jamie Zaninovich

During Zaninovich's time at the Pac-12, the Pac-12 Global initiative has also expanded exponentially. In 2015, the conference hosted the first-ever U.S. regular season basketball game, collegiate or professional, to be played in China as the University of Washington defeated the University of Texas in Shanghai. He also orchestrated the advent of a first of its kind coaching education program in which coaches from China visit Pac-12 universities to be trained on coaching techniques. Additionally, Zaninovich has helped increase global distribution of Pac-12 sports around the world and across multiple platforms, including LeSports in China and YouTube. Prior to the Pac-12, Zaninovich spent six years as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference. He led the WCC through a period of extraordinary membership growth, transformed the conference basketball championships into successful events, and brought forward television and digital media advances that showcased the WCC's brand regionally, nationally and internationally. Zaninovich also served on several national college sports committees. Notably, he was as a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 2011-2014 and a Chair of the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association Division I Subdivision from 2010 to 2011. He is also a founding member of the Board of Managers and Competition Committee of the Men's Basketball Officiating LLC, and a past member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. In 2010, Zaninovich was named to Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list in recognition of his visionary leadership at the WCC. Prior to becoming commissioner of the WCC, he was a sports administrator in two prominent Division I athletics departments, serving as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Princeton and a Senior Assistant Athletic Director at Stanford. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Zaninovich is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jamie and his wife, Karen, live in Millbrae, Calif. and have two children, Max and Luke.

Heather Vaughan | Vice President, Marketing, Pac-12  

Heather Vaughan