Board and Staff

Below is the list of all current board and staff.

Ranae Bartlett

Executive Director

Ranae Bartlett is an attorney and school board member for Madison City Schools. After developing a successful chess program at Rainbow Elementary, she wanted to provide a place for all students in Madison to grow and develop their chess skills. The idea for the Madison City Chess League was born. Ranae also has served on the State of Alabama Chess In Schools Task Force, and she writes articles for Chesskid.com. She is an advocate for chess instruction in schools and has been instrumental in developing chess programs and elective options for all students in Madison City Schools. Contact: mccl.director@gmail.com

Bill Nash

Board Member - President

Senior Tournament Director with the US Chess Federation, FIDE National Arbiter, and President of the Madison City Chess League. Competition Chess Coach for Rainbow Elementary School, for four years. Coach Nash took Rainbow Elementary students, who had a basic understanding of chess, to a competition level. After leading them to two State Championships, his Rainbow team stunned the chess community by winning the National Elementary Chess Championship, for K-6 U-1000. In 2016, Rainbow Elementary won the State Scholastic Team Championship in both the Elementary (K-6) and Primary (K-3) sections. Coach Nash accepts private students by referral, through Ranae Bartlett, Executive Director of the MCCL. "I believe that chess has many benefits for our young people and our school systems. Chess helps our children to build confidence in their ability to solve problems. In addition, it helps them with discipline, focus, concentration, and developing critical thinking skills."

Bradley Wallace

Board Member - Vice President

Bradley Wallace is an avid chess dad. When not supporting chess, Bradley operates his two companies, PowerbookMedic.com, LLC and Gadget Doctors. Bradley also serves as webmaster for MCCL and built our latest website.

Monica Wilhelm

Board Member - Treasurer

Monica is a CPA with twenty years of public and private accounting experience in the Huntsville area. She is also a veteran chess parent and is active with the Rainbow Elementary Chess Team. On many chess tournament weekends, Monica can be found in the skittles room waiting for her two children to return from their latest round.

Mollie Bounds

Board Member - Secretary

Mollie Bounds is Elementary Instructional Specialist for Innovation and Initiatives for Madison City Schools. Mollie is a mother, daughter, wife, sister, and teacher…but most of all, she is a learner. Mollie has just finished her fourth degree, a Master’s of Science in Gifted Education from Samford University. Her other degrees are in English: Creative Writing, Studio Art: Graphic Design, and Elementary Education. Her passion is creating and she believes creation can be found in every facet of life from building relationships to tree houses to new experiences for students and teachers. Mollie taught fourth grade for nine years, gifted or two years, and currently works for Madison City Schools as the Elementary Instructional Specialist for Innovation and Initiatives. Her main focus is to bolster creativity and critical thinking in the classrooms and promote 21st century skills in today's students. When not at work Mollie enjoys reading, ANY art form, watching Dr. Who, writing, building, and spending time with her family.

Rosi Rajbhandari

Girls Chess Coordinator

Coordinates activities that promote girls playing chess such as Girls Chess Night. Rosi Rajbhandari is a software/systems engineer and mother of two passionate chess girls. She believes in the benefits of kids learning chess to help them learn to focus, think ahead, make logical decisions, and build confidence. She has joined the Madison City Chess League to promote these benefits to young girls in the Madison community.

Jim Spanier

Scholastic Chess Coordinator

Coordinates activities involving all scholastic (K-12) chess players including Monday night meetings at the YMCA. Jim is originally from Canada and attended UAH on a hockey scholarship, and later served the program as an Assistant Coach. Jim now lives in the Huntsville / Madison area for over 30 years, and has worked for ADTRAN for several years - currently supporting its Services division as its Partner and Quality Manager. "I have served as a coach for various local sports organizations, and I very much enjoy working with our area youth. I learned to play chess from my grandfather, as a young child, and after being away from the game for some time, I have introduced my sons, William and Cole, to chess. I very much appreciate the opportunity to share the game with others - as it once was shared with me - and I am very excited to be working with Madison chess."

Bradley Denton

Chess Coach Coordinator

MCCL is pleased to announce that FM Bradley Denton has accepted the position of Chess Coach Coordinator. Bradley will be working with our MCCL coaches to help develop them as coaches and players. Bradley will lead periodic meetings with our MCCL coaches where they can share ideas and best practices and learn from each other. Bradley is the highest rated chess player in Alabama, and our entire organization will benefit greatly from his expertise.