Staff/Board of Directors
David Mehler, Founder/President/Teacher
David Mehler is the Founder and President of the U.S. Chess Center. One of only four nationally certified professional chess coaches, Mehler has been teaching chess for about 40 years and has trained all of the U.S. Chess Center's teachers. His lesson plans, available on this website, are in use in dozens of chess programs throughout the country. His students range from beginners through national champions. He is the 2012 recipient of the United States Chess Federation's Scholastic Service Award and ten times was named Chess Coach of the Year in Virginia. An attorney by profession, Mr. Mehler has also been a high school and middle school classroom teacher.
Jeffrey Kramer, Executive Coordinator
Jeff Kramer has degrees in philosophy and law. He worked as an attorney in Washington for many years, specializing first in criminal defense and later in cases involving neglected or abused children. He also played numerous chess games at local clubs and in tournaments. Jeff is convinced that chess, when taught the right way, can help kids develop important skills and attributes.
Ronald Jones, Manager
Ronald Jones has been an instructor and manager at the U.S. Chess Center since 2008. He teaches students at Chess Kids and Sunday Chess and handles numerous administrative tasks. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Mr. Jones was an active member of chess communities in Chicago, Atlanta, and New York, and has mentored many young players along the way. In 2008, Jones won first place in the Garry Kasparov Problem Solving Contest in Harlem. He competes in the D.C. Chess League as a member of the Black Knights, and was Washington D.C. Chess Champion from 2010 to 2011.
Dan Maxwell, Teacher
Dan Maxwell has the title of national master. After playing chess in many parts of the US and Europe as a representative of his school, his college, the army, or various chess clubs, he finds teaching chess to children to be a learning experience for himself as well as for his students. He believes this incredible experience merits his enthusiasm and dedication.
Justin Swain, Teacher
Justin Swain has helped to run chess clubs and tournaments in the Washington D.C. area since joining the U.S. Chess Center as an instructor in early 2012. A graduate of St. Mary's College in southern Maryland, Justin has enjoyed chess as a pastime since he first learned to play in elementary school. After becoming acquainted with the U.S. Chess Center, he gained a new appreciation for the value of chess in an educational setting. Justin continues to be surprised at how chess helps to sharpen his students' minds, and the extent to which they can use problem-solving skills they have acquired through the game to succeed in the classroom.
Robert Teachey, Teacher
Robert Teachey worked as an engineer and enjoyed various hobbies before chess allured him. A USCF certified chess coach, he has taught chess to children for 10 years. Teachey is a high-energy teacher who passes his enthusiasm on to his students. He finds teaching chess to be a rewarding experience and is elated whenever he plays against a student and the student wins.
Board of Directors
Leonard Haynes, Secretary, U.S. Chess Center; Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges
David Mehler, Founder and President, U.S. Chess Center
Eugene Meyer, President and Executive Director, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Ralph Mikell, Treasurer, U.S. Chess Center; President, D.C. Chess League
Dr. Pablo Molina, Chief Information Officer, Association of American Law Schools
Anthony Priest, Director of Strategic Expansion - Greater Washington Genesys Works
Marc Rotenberg, Chairman of the Board, U.S. Chess Center; President and Executive Director, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)