2017 - 2018 : L.A. Rebellion RFC Board Members
PRESIDENT: PHILLIP KHOMMARATH
Now in his fifth season with the Rebellion, Phil has grown into a reliable prop, lock and flank for the team. An Orange County native and Cal State University Long Beach graduate (majoring in Finance), Phil makes his living as a Digital Marketing specialist focused on display and social advertising. In his second term as President of the Board, he is focused on overseeing club operations, leading the Board of Directors and serving as a primary face for the club. Having previously served as the team’s Field Coordinator, he loved the job so much he took over the duties for this coming season. Phil is an expert at Korean BBQ table-side cooking, competes in the occasional triathlon, and enjoys animé and spending time with his 60+ family members in California. His spirit animals are pandas and Domo.
TREASURER: WILL PADILLA
A 15-year rugby veteran, including the last seven with the Rebellion, Will is a past President and four-term Treasurer for the Board. The "Chief Financial Officer", Will manages the club's fiscal operations and plays a larger role in overseeing all club activities and outreach to the LA community. Dedicated to supporting other LGBT individuals through the sport of rugby, creating a safe space to be active and welcomed on & off the pitch, Will looks forward to helping build up the club as they train for Bingham 2018 in Amsterdam. Outside of rugby, Will is a Talent Business Partner with Red Bull North America. His spirit animals are cats, unicorns and Kesha.
VICE PRESIDENT: ERIC ANDERSON
One of the Rebellion’s OG RugBAEs, Eric helps clean up after the beer, bruises and occasional bad choices. Married to our Fundraising Chair, he is Chief Managing Partner of Cercle D’Or Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm. Inspired by the inclusive rugby teams from around the world who assembled at 2016’s Bingham Cup, Eric began assisting our Board on fundraising, marketing and community outreach. As Vice President, he will leverage his experience to increase awareness of our mission and activities, and build long term sustainability for the club as a charitable organization. Outside of his nonprofit work, Eric is a pianist and screenwriter. He’s currently developing a semi-autobiographical-but-totally-fictional digital series, appropriately titled RUGBY WIVES.
Biography coming soon!
FUNDRAISING CHAIR: JIM LOUSSAERT
Now serving in his third term as Fundraising Chair, Jim proudly supports the team's efforts to promote equality through sport. He joined the Rebellion in 2014 having never played rugby before – he was hooked from the first practice. A tight head prop for the team, Jim is excited to represent L.A. when the team travels to Amsterdam in 2018. Married to our Vice President, he can often be seen roaming Sunset Junction with their dog Appa (#rugbypoodle) as he hunts for Pokémon. A "mad scientist" by day, Jim is an analytical chemist specializing in surface science, spectroscopy and materials science, helping prove that nerds are just as tough on and off the pitch.
ACTIVATION CHAIR: MATT EVANS
Biography coming soon!
This season will be my fourth, both with the Rebellion and playing rugby. Like most, it's difficult to identify a singular best experience, but recently it was travelling to Seattle for Magnitude 2015. It's always such a pleasure to kickback and have fun with friends, on and off the pitch. Rugby has a special place in my heart as the first team sport I'd ever played. As such, I strongly identify with the social, comradery, and teamwork aspects of the game, rather than the physicality and competition; however, those are pretty great, too! On the pitch, I make my living as a hooker, while off the pitch, I work nights as a medical social worker in the Emergency Department at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospitals.