USA Cycling hires Jon Whiteman as risk protection manager


Jon Whiteman started with USA Cycling on February 11.
Jon Whiteman started with USA Cycling on February 11.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 13, 2013) – USA Cycling is pleased to announce the hiring of Jonathan Whiteman as the organization’s risk protection manager.
In this brand new role, Whiteman will oversee and facilitate communications for all aspects of USA Cycling’s Safe Sport, Concussion Management, and Anti-Doping programs. He’ll be responsible for coordinating policies and guidelines, educational programs, and reporting and adjudication services.
“USA Cycling is committed to providing all of our members with safe, healthy, and positive environments for participating in competitive cycling,” commented USA Cycling’s VP of Athletics Jim Miller. “In this new role, Jon will provide additional support for developing and launching USA Cycling’s Safe Sport initiatives.”
Whiteman comes to USA Cycling from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)of the Pikes Peak Region where he served as lead Dependency & Neglect case supervisor. In this position, he led CASA employees and volunteers in working with the families of children that suffer abuse and neglect due to alcohol and drugs. His time at CASA saw him organize many local community trainings, serve on various community committees, and conduct work within the court system to provide advocacy and reports. In previous roles, Mr. Whiteman was a foster care caseworker for the Kids Hope United Foster Care Program in Charleston, Ill. and an inpatient detox counselor for Central East Alcohol & Drug Council, also in Charleston. He has also spent a significant amount of time volunteering for the El Paso and Teller Counties Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, the Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Betty Ford Center’s Denver Children’s Program.

“Managing risk is where prevention comes into play,” Whiteman said. “In my child welfare positions, we created ‘safety plans’ to protect against risk. With USA Cycling, I anticipate reducing risk by establishing healthy boundaries for all involved, from athletes to parents, and from volunteers to coaches.
“The most exciting aspect of this new job is having the ability and latitude to create. I look forward to partnering with all persons involved in the sport to create a program that works well for all and prevents abuses and offers protection from false allegations and reporting. This will be challenging, but with engagement and input from others, I anticipate the development of the program will go smoothly and be well received,” Whiteman continued.
Mr. Whiteman holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and he started in his new position with USA Cycling on Feb. 11.

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