WFTDA Board of Directors
WFTDA is Overseen by a Volunteer Board of Directors elected annually by WFTDA Member Leagues. Learn more about the current BoD below.
DiFibrillator – President
Golden City Rollers (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Dianne “DiFibrillator” Silva hails from Golden City Rollers in Johannesburg, South Africa. She found Roller Derby accidentally when she was asked to be a medic at a home season game back in 2014. For the first three jams, she was like, “this is madness.” At around jam four, she was like, “ok, this is cool.” And halfway through jam five, she was like, “where do I sign up!” And the rest is history. Other than the inclusivity of the sport, the thing that excites Difibrillator the most about Roller Derby is its potential to empower members, regardless of where they find themselves.
DiFibrillator has held many caps within Golden City Rollers during her tenure, from NSO, to HNSO, Charter Team Bench Manager, Coach, Charter Team Skater, Risk Coordinator and Medical Consultant, WFTDA Skater Representative, and Chairwoman of Golden City Rollers. She was an NSO for the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup and was elected the RDNC Global Chair in 2020.
In her professional life (i.e. the one that pays for her derby life), she is a financial advisor who runs her own insurance brokerage and co-owner of Origin Skates Shop. She has an MBA and various insurance and finance qualifications. She is also a mom to too many animals (prepare for cats joining Zoom meetings), loves cooking and baking, and is a big fan of riding Harley Davidsons.
Tarabyte – Vice President
Santa Cruz Roller Derby (California, USA)
Pronouns: she/her they/them
TaraByte fell in love with roller derby in the summer of 2009. Never having seen a game before going to a scrimmage and scorekeeping, she didn’t know what a ghost point was and somehow managed to do the job and came back to another scrimmage. It was at that point that she joined the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, working to NSO, and quickly became the HNSO for the league. During her time at SVRG, TaraByte worked with the WFTDA committee, COC committee, and BOD a general board member.
TaraByte realized when joining the WFTDA committee for the league that she wanted to do more with the organization. So she started in HR and helped create a process for evaluating leagues in the organization for participation. TaraByte then started to work with the officiating pillar, Starting by applying for the TOSP chair, then in 2019 Co-Officer of the officiating pillar.
In officiating she continued in her never ending quest to THNSO Champs, and in 2019 that goal/dream became a reality. Then in 2020 TaraByte made a new goal to join the BOD of WFTDA and that happened quicker than expected. Excited to get going and be a part of this organization.
Iron Tyrant – Secretary
Golden City Rollers (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Aimée “Iron Tyrant” Plank was first dragged to a Golden City Rollers’ practice in 2011; unbeknownst to her that this sport, and its community, would soon become one of the greatest loves of her life.
Iron has been an active WFTDA rep since GCR graduated to full membership in 2016, and became fully immersed in the world of WFTDA after the Roller Derby World Summit where she was drafted to the Outreach Programme. Following this, she was elected to the Compliance Panel in 2017.
Back home, Iron has served in many roles within GCR, including Vice-Chair, Director of the Board, Head of Coaching, and Charter Team Captain. She has also represented South Africa at the 2014 and 2018 Roller Derby World Cups.
In her outside-of-derby life, Iron works as a product and graphic designer for a licensed gaming and entertainment company. She is also a mom to the cutest dogs in the world and enjoys napping and snacking.
Wasabi – Treasurer
Amsterdam Roller Derby (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Wasabi was born and raised in the Netherlands by first generation Indonesian immigrant parents. After many unsuccessful attempts to self-discipline herself into going swimming multiple times a week to stay fit, Wasabi went looking for a team sport to get peer pressured into actually working out on a regular basis. Falling at least 30 times during her first open practice at Amsterdam Roller Derby (ARD) in 2018 was apparently enough to convince her roller derby should be the sport to dedicate her life to.
Wasabi quickly took to the sport and the community, having been active on ARD’s BoD as well as many of its committees. In 2020 she joined the ART Project where she took the lead in creating the ART Project’s Guiding Principles Document in collaboration with the ART Project Team.
Beyond the derby-verse, Wasabi has been active in different leadership roles in Dutch Student Unions, both at the regional and national level, which has been pivotal in honing her organizational skills and experience in servant leadership. She makes a living by coaching and supporting university students in their journey towards a study abroad experience.
Lois Slain – General Board Member
DC Rollergirls (Washington DC, USA)
Kali Schumitz “Lois Slain” was one of the first WFTDA representatives for the DC Rollergirls when the league joined the WFTDA in 2008 and has been involved ever since. She previously served as the WFTDA Marketing Officer and Public Relations Committee chair.
After skating eight seasons with DCRG, Lois retired from active skating but remains a passionate fan of the sport, and you will still find her with skates on her feet now and then. At DCRG, she held numerous leadership roles including two terms on the Board of Directors and two seasons as a travel team co-captain.
A former journalist, Lois now directs communications and advocacy work for a nonprofit working to advance racial and economic justice through state fiscal policy.
BambiLance – General Board Member
Circle City Roller Derby (Indiana, USA)
Bambi had been a roller derby medic starting in 2007 through her job. In 2008 a new league was formed and she has been with Circle City Roller Derby ever since, as one of the original members. Bambi played a role in Circle City becoming a WFTDA member league, serving on the league BoD for five years, and has served as a skater rep as well as officiating rep.
Bambi has been very active with Risk Management for almost the past 10 years and has helped evolve safety/medical for our members. She has also served on Certification Oversight.
After a medical diagnosis, Bambi switched from skating to officiating and served as Tournament Head Ref for WFTDA Championships in Montreal in 2019. Don’t be surprised to see someone go from crutches/walker/wheelchair to skates, that would be her. Becoming physically disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis has not kept her down.
Professionally, Bambi is a Licensed Paramedic with a ton of specialized initials that go after that because that’s what medical people do. Bambi has worked with special events and sports for over 20 years.
Tifa Knoxhard [Knox or TKO] – General Board Member
Santa Cruz Roller Derby (California, USA)
After complaining to a lifelong friend, Habeas Corpsemaker (Habie), about missing the competitive sporting environment of collegiate athletics, Tifa Knoxhard (Knox; TKO) was cajoled into trying to roller skating. Even though on that first day in December 2009 there was a lot of wall holding, falling, loud squeaking, etc., in the summer of 2010, Knox joined the New Jersey Hellrazors, a small central New Jersey team competing under the WFTDA ruleset.
Knox then spent many years learning to rollerskate with two other newbies in a tiny, dark corner of that 1980s-era roller rink, and eventually became a rosterable backup blocker for the team. Since then, she’s also skated with Garden State Rollergirls, Bay Area Derby, and currently with Santa Cruz Roller Derby. She is also an active skater with Jewish Roller Derby and Team California.
As a leader, Knox has served in a variety of capacities, holding league roles in training, membership, and finance. Currently she serves as the Membership Director of Santa Cruz Roller Derby, Captain of Jewish Roller Derby, and as an Accountability Partner representing Jewish Roller Derby to the WFTDA.
Her non-derby life consists of playing board, tabletop, and video games, working at Google, and trying to simultaneously learn to play ice hockey and build a combat robot.
Alyen – General Board Member
Nantes Roller Derby (Nantes, France)
Alyen started roller derby as a skater in 2016, joining the Gueuses de Pigalle in Paris. She started officiating at the same time and decided that she wanted to strictly stick to NSOing, finding a lot of fun in it.
After a year, Alyen joined the Lutèce Destroyeuses. During her time with the Lutèce, she held various positions in the league: member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer, NSO, Stats Manager, social media admin, and WFTDA Skater Representative.
Quickly interested in the WFTDA, Alyen joined several committees, including Sanctioning, Grievance, and Social Media; and worked in several task forces, including New Member Education, Anti-Racism work, and Diversity & Inclusion.
She is now living in England and part of local league Sheffield Roller Derby, while being affiliated to the WFTDA with her French league, Nantes Roller Derby.
In officiating, she has NSOed all around Europe and worked on the French Roller Derby Championship several times. She has been an Officials Divisional Head, as well as an Admin Divisional Head for it on various occasions. She started being a GTO in 2019 and is looking forward to doing more of that, especially outside of Europe.
Outside of roller derby, Alyen loves puns, park skating, poetry, and is an ambitious home baker. She recently got a puppy and is excited to be able to show his face on every roller derby zoom call possible.
Past Board Members
- Gloom (Windy City Rollers) – General Board Member 2019-2020, Vice President 2020-2022
- Deadeye (Bay Area Derby) – Vice President 2017-2020, President 2020-2021
- Aphrobitey (Burning River Roller Derby) – General Board Member 2019-2021
- F-Bomb (Rose City Rollers) – Vice President 2016-2018, General Board Member 2018-2021
- Victoria Gonzalez/Tacocat (Amsterdam Roller Derby) – General Board Member 2017-2021
- Lianne Parry/Legs (Auld Reekie Roller Derby) – General Board Member 2019-2020, Secretary 2020-2021
- Kim H. Fandango (Derby City Rollergirls) – General Board Member 2-18-2019, Secretary 2019-2020
- Master Blaster (Bear City Roller Derby) – President 2017-2020
- Dire Wolff (GO-GO Gent Roller Derby) – General BOD Member 2017-2019
- Furrrocious (Amsterdam Roller Derby) – Secretary 2017-2019
- Teenie Meanie (Sacred City Derby Girls) – Treasurer 2017-2019
- Ms. D’fiant (Angel City Derby Girls) – Treasurer 2013-2017
- Amy Spears (Ohio Roller Derby) – Vice President 2015-2017
- Alassin Sane (Detroit Derby Girls) – President 2012-2017
- Eduskating Rita (NEO Roller Derby) – Secretary 2014-2017
- Grace Killy (Brewcity Bruisers) – President 2010-2012, Ex Officio 2012-2016
- Lorna Boom (Rat City Rollergirls) – Vice President 2011-2015
- Siouxsicide Bomb (Rocky Mountain Rollergirls) – Interim Second Vice President 2009, Secretary 2010-2014
- Loco Chanel (Rat City Rollergirls) – Treasurer 2009-2013
- Miss Jane RedRum (Fort Wayne Derby Girls) – Secretary 2008-2010
- The Ruffian (Dominion Derby Girls, Atlanta Rollergirls) – Vice President 2008-2011
- Mercy Less (Charm City Roller Girls) – Treasurer 2007-2008
- Ivanna S. Pankin (Arizona Roller Derby, SoCal Derby) – Treasurer 2006, Secretary 2007-2008
- Dahmernatrix (Duke City Derby) – Secretary 2006, Treasuruer 2007
- Whiskey Mick (Tucson Roller Derby) – Past President 2006, Vice President 2007
- Crackerjack (Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Texas Rollergirls) – Vice President 2006, President 2007-2010, Past President 2010-2012
- Hydra (Texas Rollergirls) – President 2006-2007, Past President 2007-2009