Board of Directors
President and CEO
Dan Lieburn is the current President & CEO of the US Junior Curling Association.
He has been curling for 30 years and has been with junior camp since 2005. Dan took over leadership of the camp in 2008 and his vision for growing the camps into a full-service junior curling resource resulted in the creation of the USJRCA in 2019. His dedication to the camp has led it to become the largest of its kind by far in the USA.
In addition to his work with camp, Dan has coached many competitive junior teams in various state and national competitions.
Mike Graves started curling in his early 30s when he moved back near his hometown of Midland, Michigan to start a teaching career. His father, Howard Graves, asked him to come out and try it and he was instantly hooked. Fast forward a few years and after the Midland Curling Club moved to a new location which allowed it to grow and add many new curlers, Mike thought about introducing curling to the kids he was teaching. Mike decided to try and build on the existing small junior program and launched an afterschool program aimed at the students he taught in middle school. By recruiting out of his classroom, he was able to expand the program and start filling up the club with juniors who fell in love with the game. A few of those kids started exploring the competitive side of junior curling and after a couple of years, athletes from a little club in Michigan no one ever heard of, started making noise at the national level. Mike continues to coach, teach, and travel with junior teams as well as serve as the US Junior Curling Association Vice President and Education Coordinator in charge of curling camps. His love of the game never diminishes and he is proud of the athletes that have come through his program to become true champions of curling and respected athletes at the local, state, national, and international levels.
I have been involved with the camp for nearly a decade both as a camper, instructor, and now in a director position. The skills and relationships I developed at this camp as a camper led me to being a finalist at my last Junior National Championships, and gave me a foundation for the skills I now have today when playing on the Men’s competitive curling tour and as I pursue my personal curling goals. Being an instructor at this camp has led me to be more involved in curling instruction, especially youth curling. Each year I look forward to coming back to our camps held in the Minneapolis area so I can help to build the future of curling in the United States, grow my own skills in coaching, and give back to the sport that has given me so much. I am proud to be a part of this organization that has accomplished so much while being run on a volunteer basis.
Live in Bismarck North Dakota and curling out of the Capital Curling Club. Over the last 10 years I have been involved in running & promoting junior curling programs. I have coached teams at U18 nationals and US Jr Olympic trials. A founding member of USJRCA, I am currently the board secretary and a member of the executive committee .
Biography to come
Lori Kawleski is a member of the Stevens Point Curling Club, located at the Sentry Curling Center in Plover Wisconsin. Lori started curling with her husband, Rick, 33 years ago and has been an advocate for women’s and junior curling, formerly served as a member of the board of directors of her local club, and just completed her 18th season as coach of the Stevens Point High Schools boys curling team.
In addition to coaching the high school team, Lori has coached competitive junior men’s and women’s teams at USA U18 and Junior National levels and represented USA at the Optimist U18 International Curling Championship.
Lori is a member of the USJRCA Board of Directors and is a curling camp instructor.
Biography to come
Clay began curling at the age of 9 when he went to a learn to curl hosted by the Pardeeville highschool. While participating in youth curling he went to his first bonspiel. Recieving a varsity letter in Pardeeville all four years, he skipped the team to win a Wisconsin Highschool State Championship his senior year.
Clay also has played down, beginning as a sophomore, in Jr’s, Mixed, and Clubs. He has been to Nationals for both Jr’s and Clubs.
Although Clay still curls competitively, as well as in league, his true enjoyments with the game aren’t actually while playing. Clay is both an indoor and outdoor ice maker, while also coaching youth, middleschool, and varsity curling at the Pardeeville Curling Club. He also coaches competitive U18 and U21 teams, all while having the privilege of serving on the USJRCA Board of Directors.
Biography to come