WPBA Board Finds Value in Old and New

The WPBA is pleased to announce that it has filled three open seats on the WPBA board of directors. The board appointed Dawn Hopkins, Stuart Mattana and Cristina De La Garza.

Hopkins, former WPBA President and currently a WPBA exempt player, is also a successful entrepreneur. She is busy organizing her first billiards expo in Atlanta this fall. “My time these days is restricted, but I want to help this new board succeed, which is why I volunteered to serve in a limited and temporary role,” Hopkins said.

Known to many in the billiards industry, Stuart Mattana returns to the board for a third time. Mattana has been around professional pool as a fan and in official capacities for more than thirty years. Now retired, this time Mattana has been specifically asked to bring his 28 years of experience in the financial industry to the WPBA. “His command of accounting and financial issues in these tough economic times is crucial as we move forward,” noted WPBA Vice-President Tamre Geene' Rogers.

The Board also appointed newcomer Cristina De La Garza, a newly exempt WPBA player. De La Garza works with Inside Pool magazine and is an experienced commentator on streamed pool events. More importantly, De La Garza has non-profit experience in her former role as Associate Director for a local non-profit in Austin. She currently works as a program coordinator for the State Bar of Texas. “I'm looking forward to doing my part to bring more events to the WPBA and my fellow players,” De La Garza said.

The board thanks each of these individuals for their commitment to the WPBA. The WPBA is especially grateful to players Hopkins and De La Garza, who are sacrificing personal time by putting the organization ahead of their own professional billiards goals.