The Team

Paul bw
Paul Caccamo
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mario new
Mario Argote
Chief Marketing Officer
Megan1
Megan Bartlett
Chief Program Officer
Luella headshot
Luella Provenza
Chief Regional Officer
Michelle.bw
Michelle Abbs
Regional Director, Miami
Paul Caccamo
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Caccamo is a 25-year veteran of the non-profit sector and one of the founders of the Sports-Based Youth Development Movement. He has helped to establish numerous nonprofits that focus on youth development, sports and physical activity, and education. He lectures and writes on the impact of sports on youth and community development. He founded the America SCORES national office in 1999 and Up2Us Sports in 2009. He received his Master's Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Bachelor's Degree at Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. Paul has received numerous academic awards and citations for leadership, including one of Harvard's most prestigious graduate awards for innovation in the design of social service programs.
Mario Argote
Chief Marketing Officer
Prior to joining Up2Us Sports, Mario was Deputy National Director for the Sport for Development humanitarian organization Right To Play where he created and lead cause marketing initiatives and events. Mario spent seven years at the National Basketball Association as a Director in the NBA's Entertainment and Player Marketing division and as a Director in the NBA's Community and Player Programs division, where he directed a number of local and national marketing initiatives under NBA Cares. In addition to his marketing experience, Mario also practiced law as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney's office and served as a Deputy Commissioner for New York City's Social Service agency, HRA. Mario received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and his BA in Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Megan Bartlett
Chief Program Officer
Megan Bartlett has spent most of her career working in, designing, and advocating for programs that use sports to promote youth health and academic achievement, and decrease youth violence. As Chief Program Officer, she oversees the strategic direction and growth of Up2Us Sports' programs, training initiatives and capacity-building efforts. She speaks regularly on the power of sport to promote positive youth development and is happiest when she gets to put that power into action training coaches. Prior to her work at Up2Us Sports, she was the National Program Director for America SCORES, a soccer, creative writing and service-learning program. She has extensive experience working directly with young people, as a youth and college soccer coach, camp director, and in community mental health. Megan has a MA in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University, where she was the captain of the women's soccer team.
Luella Provenza
Chief Regional Officer
Luella obtained her MS in Social Development and Health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her focus on disaster recovery led to her work with the American Red Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. The city’s post-Katrina recovery efforts provided Luella with various opportunities including developing student engagement opportunities at Tulane University and creating student achievement initiatives in local charter schools. Prior to joining Up2Us Sports, she worked with Leading Educators, Inc. to strengthen the professional development opportunities available to teachers in her role as the Program Experience Manager. Currently, Luella is a volunteer head coach of a city-wide girls’ lacrosse team and serves as the Regional Director in New Orleans.
Michelle Abbs
Regional Director, Miami
Michelle joined Up2Us Sports from Teach for America Miami-Dade, where she served as Managing Director and oversaw a program with over 300 teachers. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Michelle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, and later, an M.A. in International Education from Florida International University. In 2006, she was selected out of 10,000 applicants to be one of the 1,000 Teach for America teachers, and went on to teach 5th grade in both Overtown and Liberty City. A former swimmer, Michelle is a certified spinning instructor and is currently training for her first triathlon. In her spare time, she is a volunteer with United Way, Special Olympics of South Florida, Health Information Project, Chapman Partnership and Breakthrough Miami.
Imageedit 6 2312144704
Sherah Alaimo
Acting Director of Finance and Administration
Caitlin copy  1
Caitlin Barrett
Director, Training and Mentoring Support
Amber.bw  1
Amber Killberg
Director, Up2Us Coach
Lauren k headshot.bw
Lauren Kinderknecht
Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Imageedit 16 9644403133
Jodie Knofsky
National Development Director
Sherah Alaimo
Acting Director of Finance and Administration
Sherah Alaimo has been a mentor and child advocate in the community of Greater New Orleans and the state of Louisiana for over five years. Before her role with Up2Us Sports, Sherah was working as Executive Director for a local mentoring organization and Interim Executive Director of a parish-wide organizational youth collaborative. She worked as Deputy Incident Commander, Community Liaison, and Recovery Director for The Salvation Army in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She continued her disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane's Gustav and Ike with Catholic Charities USA and ACF leading a disaster recovery pilot administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. She has also served as an alternative member on the senate appointed subcommittee for Children and Recovery. Sherah received a degree in Communications from the University of Arkansas.
Caitlin Barrett
Director, Training and Mentoring Support
Before stepping into her role as Director of Training, Caitlin was the Assistant Director of Coach Across America, where she was responsible for day-to-day program operations. Prior to Up2Us Sports, Caitlin served as National Soccer Director for America SCORES and Site Director for SCORES New York. Before her work with SCORES, Caitlin served as a two-year AmeriCorps member and staff member with City Year New York, where her primary focus was developing curricula, training, and evaluation systems for in- and after-school programs. A graduate of Pomona College in California, where she earned a degree in Latin American Studies, Caitlin was a four-year varsity soccer player and two-year co-captain for the Pomona-Pitzer women's soccer team. Caitlin received her Master's in Public Administration from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service in the spring of 2012.
Amber Killberg
Director, Up2Us Coach
Amber joined Up2Us Sports after 10 years in the corporate world at State Street Bank & Trust, where she spent seven years developing eLearning and various other training programs and initiatives. Prior to State Street, Amber served as a team leader with the AmeriCorps*NCCC program based in Denver where her love of National Service and working with underserved youth was born. Amber has a BA in Communication Arts from Eastern Nazarene College. She regularly practices yoga, which she has been assured by the Up2Us Sports team, counts as a sport.
Lauren Kinderknecht
Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Before joining Up2Us Sports, Lauren was a Research & Evaluation Associate for Edgework Consulting. In this role she led evaluations, provided research support, and contributed to curriculum design for nonprofit organizations, many of which were sports-based organizations. Lauren also previously worked at Tufts University School of Medicine in their Global Health program and on a community-based obesity prevention research project. Lauren has an MPH from Tufts University with a concentration in global health and completed her graduate school internship doing M&E for Grassroot Soccer in Soweto, South Africa. Lauren earned a BS in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University, where she played club volleyball.
Jodie Knofsky
National Development Director
Jodie is a veteran nonprofit administrator, with more than 20 years of experience as an executive director, fundraiser, grant writer, communications specialist and service provider. She joined Up2Us Sports in October 2016 and will work on national fundraising. Her passion for supporting youth in achieving their potential was born when she became the South Florida regional leader for the After School All Stars, the national youth service organization founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a consultant, she has worked with a number of local and national non-profit organizations, specializing in budget and grant planning, management and compliance, program management and community/public relations. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Marketing, she has also worked in marketing, public relations, communications and talent management in Los Angeles.
Collin.bw
Colin Mohamed
Director, FInance
Alm headshot
Adrienne Moore
Director, Capacity Building
Claire bw
Claire Perry
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic
Isabel
Isabel Pradas
Director, AmeriCorps & Government Partnerships
Jaclyn2
Jaclyn Miller
Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications
Colin Mohamed
Director, FInance
Colin is the Director of Finance and has 18 years of accounting and financial reporting experience. He has worked with many IRS Section 501©(3) and 509(a) nonprofits as well as for-profit entities, where he served as the CFO and Chief Accounting Officer. Colin began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he spent 13 years and left as a Senior Manager in the audit practice. He holds an MBA from Pace University, and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Colin is a Board Member of the New York State Society of CPAs (Manhattan/Bronx) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Adrienne Moore
Director, Capacity Building
Adrienne works to develop, facilitate and provide Up2Us Sports member organizations with services that enable them to do their amazing work effectively and sustain their programs over time. These services include membership, capacity building, training and overseeing the Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA program. She is also a member of the Up2Us Sports National Training Team. Adrienne's most recent work involved community-building and teaching at the University of Washington's Center for Leadership in Athletics (as part of the College of Education). She graduated from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington with a Master’s in Public Administration and studied non-profit management. A current high school coach and former collegiate student-athlete, Adrienne also has experience working in experiential and outdoor education.
Claire Perry
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic
Claire joined the Up2Us Sports team in early 2012, serving as Coordinator and Program Officer for the Coach Across America program before focusing efforts on growth for the Mid-Atlantic region and launching the Philadelphia office. Prior to Up2Us Sports, Claire served a two-year Fellowship with PeacePlayers International-South Africa, an international peace building, sports-based youth development organization. Claire studied and played basketball at Cornell University where she earned her BS at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. While in South Africa she coached U20 Provincials and at NBA's Basketball Without Borders camps. A native of the Philadlephia area, she continues to coach basketball throughout her hometown at the high-school, travel, CYO, and AAU levels. In addition to her role as Senior Regional Manager of the Mid-Atlantic region, Claire is a member of the Up2Us Sports National Training Team.
Isabel Pradas
Director, AmeriCorps & Government Partnerships
A graduate of Manhattan College with a BA in Political Science and Urban Affairs, Isabel has 20 years of experience in the non profit sector with a focus in youth development and education. She began her work in the field at Aspira of New York as a counselor for the Educational Talent Search TRIO Program . She left Aspira as the Director of the program to explore her interest in public policy at the Milano Graduate School, New School University where she also worked for Milano's Center for New York City Affairs. Isabel then joined the Bronx Institute at Lehman College as the Project Associate for College Awareness for their GEAR UP Program. She became Co-Director of The Bronx Institute's two GEAR UP programs during the course of her tenure.
Jaclyn Miller
Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications
Jaclyn joined the Up2Us Sports team in January 2015 after spending three years at Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to that, she spent time in various roles at the Women's Sports Foundation, an educational nonprofit founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King, which works to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity. She also spent time in NCAA Division-1 athletics marketing, at both the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and the University of Rhode Island. In her spare time, Jaclyn serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Gay Basketball League as Commissioner of the Women's Division, where she is also a long-time player. She attended Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada and holds a BA in Sport & Leisure Management.
Mike
Michael Muldoon
Assistant Director, Up2Us Coach
Tweet bw
Tweet Tran
Assistant Director, Finance
Alexactual
Alex Bondy
Senior Manager, Brand Design & Social Media
Dre
Dre De La Peza
Senior Training Manager, Los Angeles
Mariana.bw
Mariana Folco
Senior Training Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Michael Muldoon
Assistant Director, Up2Us Coach
Prior to joining Up2Us Sports in March 2014, Mike spent the previous three years at Sky Blue FC, a professional women’s soccer team in New Jersey. As the Director of Operations, Mike managed front office responsibilities for the club and administered game day operations at their home stadium. Before Sky Blue FC, Mike worked at Octagon, a leading sports and entertainment marketing agency. At Octagon, Mike gained event management and sports sponsorship experience working on the MasterCard and Sprint accounts. Mike earned his Bachelor’s in Sports Management from Springfield College, and his Master’s in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, Mike was a Graduate Assistant for the men’s basketball team.
Tweet Tran
Assistant Director, Finance
Prior to joining Up2Us Sports in 2015, Tweet served as a Staff Accountant at Educational Alliance and also consulted as a freelance accountant . Tweet holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University and is a certified notary. She has been working for over eight years in the nonprofit sector. Outside of accounting, Tweet is interested in personal finance such as wealth management, banking, insurance, mutual funds, stocks, IRAs, annuities and real estate. Tweet's father was a swimming coach and mother was a swimmer, so coming from a family with a sports background, she values and enjoys sports. Tweet joined and competed in cross country throughout her years in college.
Alex Bondy
Senior Manager, Brand Design & Social Media
Alex came to Up2Us Sports as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2012. After two years of service, Alex officially joined the staff to continue her role as the organization's designer and social media lead. Alex graduated from the University of Michigan, where she worked as a sports reporter and graphic designer for The Michigan Daily and played on the Women’s Club Volleyball team. Outside the office, she coaches a team of 13-year-olds for NYC Juniors in volleyball and life skills. Through her experiences playing and coaching, Alex has learned how crucial youth sports can be to kids everywhere.
Dre De La Peza
Senior Training Manager, Los Angeles
Dre is a Los Angeles native who has spent the last seven years serving communities around the city. Prior to stepping into his current role of Senior Training Manager, Dre served as our LA-based CAA Program Manager for a year. Previously, Dre worked as a Program Manager with City Year LA supporting a team of AmeriCorps members through a year of service at Samuel Gompers Middle School in South LA. Prior to this, Dre was the Program Director for America SCORES LA, a nonprofit after-school program that uses soccer, poetry, and service learning to help youth become engaged in their health, education, and community. Dre is a proud graduate of Santa Clara University and an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus.
Mariana Folco
Senior Training Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Prior to joining the Up2Us Sports team, Mariana worked with unaccompanied immigrant youth from Central America, providing legal trainings, screenings, and referrals for children entering the immigration court system. Mariana has a BS in Communications with a minor in Psychology from Boston University. In 2014 Mariana earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. While completing her graduate studies, she worked with immigrant populations in North Philadelphia as a bilingual domestic violence counselor, advocate, and group co-facilitator for a women’s trauma recovery empowerment group at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Mariana served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years in Austin, where she was a mentor and tutor for at-risk students in the Austin public schools. She also spent time in Santiago de Chile as a volunteer for VE-Global: Voluntarios de la Esperanza, where she organized and led educational and recreational workshops in a group home for teenage victims of child abuse and neglect. A native of Argentina, Mariana stumbled upon the sport of rowing in high school and quickly fell in love with the feeling of community it created within a new culture. This ultimately led her to find a passion in coaching, and she has been a high school, collegiate, and masters level rowing coach for programs across the country over the past 8 years alongside her career in social services. She continues to coach and row out of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia.
Jacob
Jacob Toups
Senior Regional Manager, Los Angeles
Imageedit 2 4339100506
Proshawn Chakravarty
Operations Manager, Up2Us Coach
Nate.staff photo
Nate LeJeune
Training Manager, New Orleans
Thomas headshot.bw
Thomas Padro
Training Manager, Miami
Rocco.bw
Rocco Pallin
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Jacob Toups
Senior Regional Manager, Los Angeles
Jacob is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), where he obtained his MA in International Policy Studies with a focus on Conflict Resolution. He also attended the school’s Development Project Management Institute, where he learned how to build sustainable development programs, monitor and evaluate programs, and execute strategic partnerships. Prior to Up2Us Sports, Jacob worked at International Relief and Development, supporting the Democracy and Governance programs. After creating outdoor programing for MIIS, Jacob realized the impact sports-based youth development had on youth.
Proshawn Chakravarty
Operations Manager, Up2Us Coach
Proshawn joined Up2Us Sports after completing his master's degree in sports management from Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Proshawn worked as a student associate with the New York Knicks in their Community Relations and Fan Development department, coached at Knicks Summer Camp, and interned with the Brooklyn Nets in their brand marketing department. He has worked with various organizations in sports including GlideSlope, Premier League Basketball and Club Atlético de Madrid in Spain. Proshawn also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
Nate LeJeune
Training Manager, New Orleans
Nate joined the New Orleans Up2Us Sports staff after serving as a Coach Across America coach with Excite All Stars in New Orleans East. With a background in fundraising for middle and high schools and as a small business owner, Nate has been working with youth for over 13 years. He also served as a volunteer and full-time Student Pastor in Jennings, Louisiana for 10 years before moving to New Orleans to be part of a positive change in one of the most unique cities in America.
Thomas Padro
Training Manager, Miami
Prior to stepping into his current position of Training Manager, Thomas served as as Program Manager for Coach Across America out of the Miami office. Prior to Up2Us Sports, he worked with the Miami Dolphins Special Teams program, and the Miami Marlins Community Outreach Department, specifically with their Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities Program. In addition to this work, he also coached baseball at the high school and RBI levels in Miami. Born and raised in Hialeah, FL, Thomas is a 2012 graduate of Anderson University, where he played Division-II baseball. He holds a BA in Business Administration.
Rocco Pallin
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Rocco is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Community Health and Nutrition. Rocco interned for the United Nations World Food Programme, analyzing food security assessments and developing food security indicators, and as a research assistant for the Tulane Prevention Research Center on a school-based study in New Orleans. During her time at Tulane, she also served as a CAA coach for Youth Run NOLA. Rocco has a BA in History from Dartmouth College, where she was captain of the varsity women’s track and field team.
Christine2.bw
Christine Ruiz
Operations and HR Manager
Casey.bw2
Casey Stewart
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Image1
Derek Auguste
Program Manager, Operation Coach
Bobby headshot.bw
Bobby Gendimenico
Program Manager, New Orleans
Emerald.bw
Emerald Leiataua
Program Manager, Los Angeles
Christine Ruiz
Operations and HR Manager
Christine joined Up2Us Sports having previously served as the Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market, where she managed all aspects of in-store marketing, regional marketing outreach, and store community involvement. A proud alumnus of Georgia State University, Christine received her BBA in Marketing from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Her diverse work experience includes The Garner Circle PR, AID Atlanta, Concessions International LLC and the Atlanta Police Foundation, among others. A self-proclaimed bookworm and self-help enthusiast, Christine loves to discover new books to fall in love with and new inspirational and informative speakers to tune into. Her favorite quote is " Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now."
Casey Stewart
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Casey joined Up2Us Sports in August 2015 as the Monitoring & Evaluation VISTA for the Mid-Atlantic region before being hired full-time as Monitoring & Evaluation Manager in August 2016. Prior to her VISTA year, Casey served as a Coach Across America coach at Starfinder Foundation in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she studied History and Psychology and wrote her thesis on the history of women's collegiate athletics in America from 1860-1930. While her first love is soccer (she's a life-long fan of the U.S. Women's National Team), Casey ran four years of indoor and outdoor track at Bowdoin and directed FFLY (Fostering Female Leadership in Youth) High, a mentoring program for high school girls.
Derek Auguste
Program Manager, Operation Coach
Derek joined Up2Us Sports as a Mission Continues Fellow serving as the Program Manager for the Miami cohort of veteran coaches. He recently ended his service with the Army after an eleven year career. Although he is no longer in the military, his desire to serve has never been stronger. In his current role as Program Manager for Operation Coach, he is excited to share his experience about transitioning from military to civilian life with other veterans. As a father and husband he stays busy, but enjoys sneaking out to play a round of golf from time to time.
Bobby Gendimenico
Program Manager, New Orleans
Bobby officially joined the Up2Us Sports staff in 2015 after serving as a AmeriCorps VISTA in 2014 in the New Orleans office. He has an extensive background working in youth development. While obtaining his Master's in International Sport Management from SUNY Cortland, he interned with Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc., working with and creating sport leagues for at-risk youth in the Boston. He also spent time working with the nonprofit Move This World in New York City, which teaches conflict resolution and empathy skills to students. Coaching has always been a passion of his, as he was a swim coach in his native New Jersey for four years, as well as a camp counselor in Philadelphia. He received his BA from Ithaca College in 2011, where he was captain of the Men's Swimming & Diving team.
Emerald Leiataua
Program Manager, Los Angeles
Prior to joining Up2Us Sports in June 2016, Emerald served as Program Coordinator at an after school program serving underprivileged youth in the Long Beach area. She has spent her career interning at various non-profits and working as a Graduate Assistant in collegiate Athletic Departments. Her goal in life is to give back to her community the same way it has done for her. A native of Compton, CA, she credits SBYD programs like Up2Us Sports for keeping her on a positive path, and enabling her to build the leadership skills she now uses in life. Emerald holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of California, Riverside and an MA in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.
Lex bw
Alexandra Lennon
Program Manager, Philadelphia
Jessica lopez.bw
Jessica Lopez
Program Manager, Chicago
Imageedit 2 3379377055
Jay Sandstrom
Program Manager, Seattle
Ben1.bw
Ben Schornack
Program Manager, NYC Metro
Luis headshot bw
Luis Vasquez
Program Manager, Los Angeles
Alexandra Lennon
Program Manager, Philadelphia
Alexandra graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Exercise Science and Athletic Coaching. Alexandra also recently received her Master's Degree from Lock Haven University in Sports Science. Prior to joining Up2Us Sports, she worked at The Shipley School in athletic department and as an Assistant Director for the Philadelphia 76ers Summer Camp program. She is active with numerous organizations around Philadelphia though the AAU basketball program, Team S.U.C.C.E.S.S., which holds a special place in her heart.
Jessica Lopez
Program Manager, Chicago
Jessica graduated from The George Washington University in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and background in summer camp programming and informal education. While working as a part of the community outreach team for a children's museum, she developed a passion for youth development and working with youth in underserved communities. Prior to making the move to Chicago to join the Up2Us Sports team, she worked as the Manager of Scholar Programming for an out-of-school organization for middle school youth in Washington, DC. With a passion for providing meaningful opportunities for both youth and adults and the role of sports as a socialization agent for youth, Jessica loves working in the growing field of sports-based youth development.
Jay Sandstrom
Program Manager, Seattle
Jay graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services, focusing on Community Recreation. Most recently, he worked for the Greater Seattle YMCA as a Youth Sports Supervisor, where he developed and coached sports classes and oversaw youth leagues. His passion for youth development and youth sports came through his summer camp experience working at Four Winds Westward Ho on Orcas Island, WA, where he taught lacrosse, ultimate, archery and more.
Ben Schornack
Program Manager, NYC Metro
Ben joined the Up2Us Sports staff as the Program Manager for the New York City Metro area in April 2015. Previously, Ben worked as the Program Manager for Kids in the Game and helped grow it into a leading provider of youth sports programming for New York City schools. While at Kids in the Game, Ben also coached a middle school basketball team at Leman Preparatory School and taught an adaptive sports and movement class at Cooke Center Grammar School, a private special education school located in lower Manhattan. Before moving to New York City, Ben served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Children and Family Urban Movement in Des Moines, Iowa. Ben graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he earned his BA in Psychology and competed for the track & field and cross country teams.
Luis Vasquez
Program Manager, Los Angeles
Luis comes to Up2Us Sports with a background in gang prevention and youth services and experience with over a dozen nonprofit organizations, including seven years as a mentor and community leader advocating for troubled youth at Youth Mentoring in Los Angeles. Born and raised in East LA, he joined the Navy in 2005 and went on two deployments and one world tour aboard the USS Nimitz before returning to Los Angeles as an active reserve member. Luis has coached high school football, track and field and Special Olympics sports and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Communications at Pasadena City College.
Candace bw
Candace Burton
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Monika headshot
Monika Ivanova
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, Chicago
Maddy l   b w
Maddy Lang
Development Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, New York
Sam.bw
Samuel Pastor
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, Los Angeles
Daniel headshot bw
Daniel Stein-Sayles
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, New York
Candace Burton
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Candace joined Up2Us Sports in August 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader after serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA at Asphalt Green in 2015. Previously, she interned at Row New York and the New York Parks Department. She graduated from Ithaca College with a major in sport management and a minor in health. At Ithaca, Candace was a part of the Martin Luther King Scholarship program, a social justice scholarship combining academics, research, international travel, and community service. As a Whalen Symposium Finalist in her junior year, she presented a comparative case study focusing on the experiences of black men in Ecuador and Ghana who saw soccer as a way out of poverty. As a lifelong athlete, she believes that sports can incite social change.
Monika Ivanova
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, Chicago
Monika joined the Up2Us Sports Chicago office as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2016. Previously, she held a fellowship position at a charter school on Chicago’s west side teaching math to 5th – 8th graders of all abilities in small group settings. Monika graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in History and Philosophy and a minor in German. She loves Chicago’s highly sports-charged atmosphere and looks forward to helping more youth have access to the programming and activities they deserve.
Maddy Lang
Development Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, New York
Maddy joined the Up2Us Sports team in November 2016 as the Development VISTA in the New York office. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in both Sport Management and Marketing and was a two year captain of the women's club basketball team. While at Delaware she also had the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa, Costa Rica, and India, where she helped impoverished children from local communities use the power of sport to bring about positive change in their lives. Each of these abroad experiences allowed Maddy to realize the importance that sport can play in children's lives and sparked her passion to work for the betterment of communities through the development of sport. In addition, Maddy has coached youth basketball, soccer, and swimming and brings a wealth of enthusiasm to her year-long VISTA term.
Samuel Pastor
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, Los Angeles
Samuel graduated from Occidental College in 2014 with a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs. Prior to joining Up2Us Sports in September 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, he was a founding member of Occidental College’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sport initiative where he conducted research on what sports organizations are doing to protect the environment, empower local communities and support employees. Samuel is excited to join the Los Angeles office where he will gain a deeper understanding of the Sports-Based Youth Development ecosystem in Southern California and contribute to research strengthening the SBYD movement here and around the country.
Daniel Stein-Sayles
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate - AmeriCorps VISTA, New York
Daniel joined the Up2Us Sports in August 2016 as the Monitoring and Evaluation VISTA for the New York and Boston regions. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 2016 where he studied political science and journalism and wrote his thesis on the intersection of professional athletes and political action. Throughout college, Daniel completed a three-year Jeannette K. Watson fellowship as well as internships with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the New York City Mayor. His passion for sports has been evident since he was young. First, playing baseball, flag football, and basketball and later coaching youth flag football before spending a summer in Dublin where he worked for the non-profit Sport Against Racism Ireland. Daniel brings his belief in the power of sport to create social change and eclectic range of interests and experience to his VISTA year.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sue Hunt - BOARD CHAIR
Chief Marketing Officer
Universal Tennis
Dr. David Colbert
Founder & Head Physician
New York Dermatology Group
Brandon Etheridge
General Counsel
Baltimore Ravens
Angel Gallinal
Partner
Egon Zehnder International
Evan Hochberg
Chief Strategy Officer
United Way Worldwide
Dan Mannix
President & Chief Executive Officer
LeadDog Marketing Group
Kevin Martinez
Vice President of Corporate Citizenship
ESPN
Michael McCracken
General Partner
MCM Venture Partners, LLC
David Pace
Chief Executive Officer
Jamba Juice
Rob Ryan
Co-Founder
BrainBeat
Scott Smith
Partner
Covington & Burling LLP
Nick Wood
Co-Head of Equities
Susquehanna International Group

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Jason Cantor
Program Coordinator
National Football League Player Care Foundation
Aaron Dworkin
President of National Network
After-School All-Stars
Paul Graves
Project Coordinator
Morley Builders
Tyler Kupper
Director, Properties & Sports Marketing
USA Today Sports Media Group, LLC
Marc McAleavey
Executive Director/State Service Director
Serve Indiana
John Murrary
President
Arena Partners, LLC
Callie Rivers
Assistant
Creative Artists Agency
Elizabeth Sargent
Co-Owner
South Beach Living
Demetrius Warrick
Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flomm, LLP and Affiliates