Team

 

Our Team

BAWSI Staff

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Chief Executive Officer

BIO

BAWSI’s mission to awaken the power of female athletes as change makers resonates deeply with Jennifer’s own life experiences as an athlete, as an executive and with her aspirations for her three daughters, all of whom are active in youth sports.

Jennifer brings 24 years of professional experience to BAWSI in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and human resource management. She has shared this expertise across multiple industries including non-profits, technology, pharmaceutical, and with state, local and federal governments. As CEO of BAWSI, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing all facets of the organization, including fundraising, human resources, strategic planning, programming excellence, finance, communications and representing BAWSI to the community, government agencies, funders and the public.

In addition to her corporate experience, Jennifer brings with her eight years of professional coaching in girls youth soccer working with the full spectrum of recreational to high-level players. In addition to teaching technical and tactical fundamentals of the game, Jennifer seized the opportunities to use soccer as a metaphor for life lessons and a laboratory for human development.

Jennifer grew up playing nearly every sport she could find from springboard diving to tackle football with the boys after school. Thanks to the tenacity of Title IX pioneers, Jennifer was a three-sport athlete in high school playing field hockey, track and soccer, and a Division 1 college soccer player at Cornell University. Her soccer career includes captaining one of the earliest U.S. Youth National Teams, being named a three-time Division 1 All-American, winning national championships with club and semi-professional teams and being inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame. Today you can find Jennifer playing coed soccer or USTA tennis.

Kathy Arena

Kathy Arena

Business Manager

BIO

Kathy is the BAWSI Business Manager coordinating finance, human resources, and operations activities at the BAWSI office.

Kathy comes to BAWSI with professional experience in strategic planning, marketing, and information technology while working for Hewlett-Packard Company. In addition, Kathy was a grant reviewer assisting high tech companies select school programs to be recipients of technology awards. She has been active in her community as a board member and philanthropy liaison for the local National Charity League (NCL) chapter. Kathy comes from a family of sports fanatics and played many sports while growing up. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and doing yoga, running, and hiking.

Courtney Good

Courtney Good

Athlete Leadership Director

BIO

BAWSI’s value of having a sense of gratitude for opportunity resonates deeply with Courtney and is something that she wants to pay forward to the women athletes she works with because she believes that when you have gratitude you set the stage for greatness.

After playing one year at Mission Community College, Courtney transferred to play Division I Women’s Basketball at the University of California, Riverside. There she was a part of a team that finished with two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances, the first in the school’s history since becoming Division I. Upon graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Courtney landed at BAWSI where she first experienced and explored the excitement that is BAWSI Girls and BAWSI Rollers. It was being on the playground and working as a Program Manager for BAWSI Girls that prompted Courtney to go back to school to earn her teaching credential and Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. She then was a substitute teacher and volunteer basketball coach before accepting a position at New Mexico State University as the Coordinator of Player Development for the Women’s Basketball team. In that position she was able to be a part of the sport she grew up loving as well as help her student athletes navigate the world of college athletics and education. Courtney is excited to be back on the BAWSI team as the Athlete Leadership Manager where she can combine her love of sport, leadership, and education and pay forward all the lessons she has learned on her journey as female athlete.

Hilary Hunt

Hilary Hunt

Project Coordinator

BIO

BAWSI Athlete Leadership Team

Lauren Berreman

Lauren Berreman

BIO

School: Colorado State University
Sport: Tennis
Major: Human Development and Family Studies

“I am so excited to get out there and play with the BAWSI Rollers and Girls. I can’t wait to see the impact BAWSI has and the individual growth of each child.

Whitney Kanavel

Whitney Kanavel

BIO

School: Arizona State University
Sport: Soccer
Major: Psychology

“I think I’m most looking forward to making strong internal connections with the girls and rollers. I want to give each of them the assurance that they need in order to know that they will always have me as a “big sister” to go to for anything. My goal is to show them that confidence, strength, and athleticism are something to be proud of and that they can conquer anything they put their minds to.

Sloan Lewis

Sloan Lewis

BIO

School: UC Santa Barbara
Sport: Rowing
Major: Biochemistry

“I am most looking forward to having a positive impact on kids in my community, both in showing them a healthy and active lifestyle and in being a mentor and role model for them.”

Gema Ortiz

Gema Ortiz

BIO

School: San Jose State University
Sport: Soccer
Major: Psychology & Kinesiology

“The most exciting part of being an Athlete Leader is getting to have a bond with the BAWSI Girls and sharing knowledge while creating lasting memories.

Christina Rebata

Christina Rebata

BIO

School: Arizona State University
Sport: Soccer
Major: Communications

“I’m excited about the opportunity to learn more about myself and to get to know all the Girls and Rollers on a deeper level.

Hannah Rosenberg

Hannah Rosenberg

BIO

School: Washington University in St. Louis
Sport: Soccer
Major: Electrical Engineering

“I am most excited to be able to go out and play with the kids. I want to help both BAWSI Girls and Rollers feel the benefits that I was fortunate enough to get out of playing sports.

Leadership

BAWSI Board of Directors

Marlene Bjornsrud

Marlene Bjornsrud

Board Emeritus

BIO

Marlene Bjornsrud has more than 35 years of experience in sports management and nonprofit work. Prior to founding BAWSI, she was General Manager of the San Jose CyberRays women’s professional soccer team, overseeing all business and team operations of the organization. Before her role with the CyberRays, she was assistant director of athletics at Santa Clara University, where she supervised marketing and media relations as well as eleven sports.

Prior to coming to the Bay Area, she was assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She coached the women’s tennis team at Grand Canyon University for several years and was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1981 when her team won the national championship. Her career includes leadership roles in nonprofit organizations working with youth and homeless families.

Marlene is currently Executive Director for the Alliance of Women Coaches.

Jen Fraisl

Jen Fraisl

Board Chair

BIO

Jen Fraisl has held various positions in finance, marketing, and sales in technology companies after moving to Silicon Valley with Hewlett Packard in 1984, directly from the University of Illinois where she earned a B.S. in Finance. She is convinced that her high school basketball team experience positioned her for success in business, having learned about hard work, teamwork, inspiration and commitment on the court. After having her children, she has served in many areas of her community, from coaching to Girl Scout leader to board member of her community education foundation. She served in several different roles for the Saratoga Education Foundation (SEF) during her eight years of service, including Secretary, VP of Communications and President. SEF raises over one million dollars each year from the local community to support music, art, PE, and hands-on science for the classroom. She believes in the power of sports in girls’ lives and in inspirational community involvement. Jen is married and has 2 children, and enjoys skiing, hiking with her chocolate lab, playing on her coed softball team, and cheering for the Giants.

Lennies Gutierrez

Lennies Gutierrez

Board Member

BIO

Lennies is the Director of External Affairs for Comcast for the South Bay and Southern Peninsula areas. She previously worked at the California State Capitol where she focused on policy issues for 10 years and worked for Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, Senator Nell Soto and Assembly Member Sarah Reyes. She sits on the Redwood City/San Mateo County and San Jose Silicon Valley Chambers of Commerce and is an active board member of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and the Latino Leadership Alliance.

Lennies is part of the 2011 Class of the Latino Leadership Alliance, the 2010-11 Class of Leadership Redwood City/San Carlos/Belmont and the 2003 HOPE Leadership Institute. She was also accepted into the 2012 HACR Corporate Young Achievers Program and the 2012-13 Class of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program held at the Darden School of Business in Virginia. She is a graduate of UC Davis and the Lorenzo Patino Law School of Sacramento.

Lennies is a self-professed tomboy. Growing up with many sports in her life, Lennies has strong memories of the friendships and character formed through sports participation, and she recognizes the value of ensuring access to physical activity for all children.

Debra Meyerson

Debra Meyerson

Board Member

BIO

Debra Meyerson is an organizational scholar whose work has focused on change and gender/race equity in organizations. Her work on “Tempered Radicals” (HBS Press, 2001) examines processes by which people advance controversial changes from within organizations and leadership practices that foster grass-roots activism. She has also examined issues around the scaling of non-profit organizations and the role of philanthropic organizations in shaping such efforts.

In September 2010 Debra suffered a severe stroke that robbed her of all speech capability and left her with no use of her right arm and leg. Through intensive rehabilitation work she has regained her mobility, some movement in her arm, and significant speech. While still working to recover more fully, she has begun to resume professional and non-profit activities. Debra is currently Consulting Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) and a faculty research fellow at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is also on the board of Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) and is working to support the Pacific Stroke Association.

Prior to her stroke, Debra was Associate Professor at GSE and (by courtesy) the Graduate School of Business (GSB). She was faculty co-founder of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and taught courses at the GSE and GSB on organizing for diversity, the leadership of social change, and educational and social entrepreneurship. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and author of two books, including Tempered Radicalism: How Everyday Leaders Inspire Change at Work, and more than 50 articles and chapters in academic and popular publications. She has given talks and consulted to organizations in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors throughout the world.

Debra received her B.S. and M.S. from M.I.T. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and has three children in college or beyond.

Susan Munne

Susan Munne

Board Member

BIO

Susan Munne has held sr. leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations over her 20+ year high-tech career in Silicon Valley and is currently Sr. Director of Operations for Jive Software based in Palo Alto, California.  Sports has been a lifelong vocation and passion where she has learned about teamwork and gained the confidence to go beyond her comfort zone and take on new challenges and opportunities. Susan participated in competitive sports through high school and club sports during her four years at Oregon State University where she graduated with a B.A. (Honors) in Business Administration.  Susan is a founding member of the 31 Women program through Notre Dame (San Jose) High School and has seen firsthand the power of what opportunity and education can provide low-income girls to create a different future for themselves and their families.  Susan is married and lives in San Jose with her husband and two children who she has coached and been actively involved in leadership positions on their high school or club sports teams.  In her spare time, Susan plays in an adult volleyball league and roots on the Earthquakes, Warriors, Giants, Sharks and 49’ers.

Rob Nordgren

Rob Nordgren

Board Member

BIO

Rob Nordgren, MD, MBA, MPH is the CEO of the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He joined PAFMG in May of 2015. PAFMG is a multispecialty group of over 1,400 physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the provider of medical services for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Nordgren was previously the CEO of Northeast Medical Group and a Senior Vice President of the Yale New Haven Health System. Prior to joining the Yale New Haven Health System he was Associate Medical Director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester in New Hampshire, and an adjunct faculty member of the Dartmouth Medical School Department of Pediatrics.  He also served as the Executive Director of Child Health Services in Manchester.  He is a Board-Certified pediatrician who received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, his MD and MPH from Columbia University and received his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts.  Dr. Nordgren did his pediatric Internship, Residency and Chief Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He lives in Portola Valley, CA, with his wife Julia, a pediatrician and chef, and their two boys, Andrew and Benjamin.

Kari Rust

Kari Rust

Board Member

BIO

Kari Rust is a development professional with over 20 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience.

She launched her career as Development and Marketing Director for the Boulder Philharmonic, before moving to LA where she worked for Stephen Dunn & Associates, a top fundraising and marketing consulting firm for performing arts organizations around the country. Upon moving to the Bay Area in 1998, she served as Director of Development at the Djerassi Artist Residency Program. Most recently, Kari worked in the Office of Development at Stanford University, in Medical Center Development, concentrating on stewardship for major gifts and the campaign to build the new Stanford Hospital.

Kari has been actively involved as a volunteer leader with many local organizations, including the Portola Valley Schools where she served on the Foundation Board, chaired the annual campaign and the Community Events committee, and developed one of the first Safe Routes to School programs in San Mateo county. At Woodside Priory, Kari served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years, and then went on to help lead the Annual Campaign and Priory Auction for the past 4 years. In 2016 she will assume the post of Priory Parent Association (PPA) President and serve 2 more years on the Board of Trustees. Additional volunteer posts include the asset committee of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Williams College Reunion Committee, Town of Portola Valley Transportation and Safety Committee, and the Nature Conservancy.

Kari graduated from Williams College where she ski raced all four years and captained her Division I Nordic ski team to a top NCAA finish in 1991. Kari continues to pursue her passion for staying active and competing. She races as a top master runner for the Bay Area West Valley Track Club, while also mountain biking, hiking and Nordic skiing. Meanwhile, her children are now involved in xc, swimming, and soccer (with the local team Alpine Strikers) so her interests now include managing her children’s sports teams and being a cheerleader on the sidelines for numerous kids’ sporting events.

Danielle Slaton

Danielle Slaton

Board Member

BIO

Danielle Slaton is the Director of the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy. Slaton grew up in San Jose, attended Presentation High School, and graduated from Santa Clara in 2002 with a degree in Psychology. She earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern in 2010. She helped captain the Broncos to the 2001 national championship and was named the College Cup Defensive MVP. She was also a three-time All-American and the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Slaton played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2000-05 and won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics as well as a bronze medal in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She played professionally in the U.S. in the United Soccer Association and in France for Olympique Lyonnias.

Slaton serves as an advisor to U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council and travels around the world coaching youth about the life lessons that soccer can teach. She is also a certified Positive Coaching Alliance trainer who educates students, coaches and parents on how to impact youth sports in a positive, character-building manner.

She has spent time as an analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network as well as an analyst for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

 

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Board Member

BIO

BAWSI’s mission to awaken the power of female athletes as change makers resonates deeply with Jennifer’s own life experiences as an athlete, as an executive and with her aspirations for her three daughters, all of whom are active in youth sports.

Jennifer brings 24 years of professional experience to BAWSI in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and human resource management. She has shared this expertise across multiple industries including non-profits, technology, pharmaceutical, and with state, local and federal governments. As CEO of BAWSI, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing all facets of the organization, including fundraising, human resources, strategic planning, programming excellence, finance, communications and representing BAWSI to the community, government agencies, funders and the public.

In addition to her corporate experience, Jennifer brings with her eight years of professional coaching in girls youth soccer working with the full spectrum of recreational to high-level players. In addition to teaching technical and tactical fundamentals of the game, Jennifer seized the opportunities to use soccer as a metaphor for life lessons and a laboratory for human development.

Jennifer grew up playing nearly every sport she could find from springboard diving to tackle football with the boys after school. Thanks to the tenacity of Title IX pioneers, Jennifer was a three-sport athlete in high school playing field hockey, track and soccer, and a Division 1 college soccer player at Cornell University. Her soccer career includes captaining one of the earliest U.S. Youth National Teams, being named a three-time Division 1 All-American, winning national championships with club and semi-professional teams and being inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame. Today you can find Jennifer playing coed soccer or USTA tennis.

Tina Syer

Tina Syer

Board Member

BIO

Tina Syer (@TinaPCA) serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit founded in the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998. In this role she oversees marketing, training, programs and evaluation.

Tina captained the field hockey team at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors in psychology and was named an Academic All-American. Tina served as an assistant coach at Stanford and as Regional Coaching Director for USA Field Hockey, overseeing the Olympic Development Program in the Western States.

Before joining PCA in 2000, Tina spent five years at the Institute for Research on Learning.

Since her start with PCA, Tina has facilitated hundreds of workshops for coaches, sports parents, athletes and leaders, including keynotes for US Lacrosse, USA Water Polo, Special Olympics, Nike and Deloitte. In 2007 Tina teamed up with McKinsey consultants to lead PCA’s strategic planning efforts and spearheaded work with Liberty Mutual Insurance to create “Responsible Sports” (now “Play Positive”).

In 2014 Tina completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and she currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Sports Challenge Leadership Academy and The Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy.

Tina lives in San Francisco with her wife and their two energetic boys. She enjoys putting her PCA coaching tools to work with her sons’ teams!

Dana Weintraub

Dana Weintraub

Board Secretary

BIO

Dana Weintraub is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Staff Pediatrician at Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto and Lecturer at Stanford Law School. Dana’s research focus is obesity prevention and treatment through increased after school team sports opportunities in low-income communities. Dana has extensive experience both playing and coaching soccer and developing after school programs. Throughout her four years playing Varsity Soccer for Dartmouth College, including two-time All-Ivy League Team honors, Dana coached local youths in league play and summer camps. After college, Dana spent six months in a primary school in South Africa where she created and delivered a curriculum for the co-ed physical education and after school sports programs, including three soccer teams, one of which was for girls whom had not previously played soccer. Subsequently, Dana coached the Junior Varsity Soccer Team at Dartmouth College. During medical school and residency, Dana developed after school tutoring and photography programs for homeless youths and children with chronic illnesses. She currently coaches youth soccer and basketball for her 8-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter’s teams and plays with the Silicon Valley Soccer Association Women’s League.

Dana is co-founder and Medical Director of the Peninsula Family Advocacy Program, a medical-legal partnership between Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Ravenswood Family Health Center, and San Mateo Medical Center and clinics. Dana is an Assistant Medical Director for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

Dana also serves on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula and United States Soccer Foundation; and is on the Ambassadors Council for Grassroots Soccer.

Dana received an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College and her M.D. from University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland and a post-doctoral fellowship in General Pediatrics at Stanford University.

Dana lives in Menlo Park with her husband and children.

Bonnie Wright

Board Treasurer

BAWSI Advisory Council

Margaret Abe-Koga

Margaret Abe-Koga

BIO

Margaret Abe-Koga has served on the Mountain View City Council since being elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. While on the Council, Margaret served as Vice-Mayor in 2008, and as Mayor in 2009, making her the first Asian American female to serve in those capacities in Mountain View’s history.

Margaret has been is an active member of the City Council championing the issues of public safety, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, youth and families and health and wellness.

Margaret represents Mountain View on regional bodies including the Santa Clara County Cities Association- currently serving as 1st Vice President, the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council, the Project Cornerstone Leadership Team and on the non-profit boards of the Community Health Awareness Council and the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, and on the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Clara County.

She is also a member of the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors having served as Chair in 2011, and as Vice-Chair in 2010. Margaret led the agency to financial solvency through the economic downturn and worked to maintain and continue progress on capital projects like the BART extension, light rail improvements and the Bus Rapid Transit system.

Prior to her service on the City Council, Margaret served as Trustee for Area 1 on Santa Clara County Board of Education and served as Board Vice-President in 2004.

In addition to elected service, Margaret has been active in the community as a Human Relations Commissioner and Environmental Planning Commissioner for the City of Mountain View, Vice-Chair of the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association, board member of Avenidas Senior Services, board member of the Mountain View Sister Cities Association, board member of the Silicon Valley Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and President of the San Jose Taiko Board.

Margaret was born and raised on the peninsula by immigrant parents from Japan. She attended public schools K-12, and went on to Harvard University for college, where she earned her bachelors degree in government in 1992.??After graduation, Margaret joined Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s district office staff. In addition to her public service career, Margaret’s work experience includes serving as Associate Director of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) at De Anza College from 1999-2001 and 2005-2006. Margaret also owned and ran a small business- an indoor cycling fitness facility – before taking leave from the business to raise her children.

She and her husband Yotto have two daughters who attend Stevenson PACT School in Mountain View. Margaret helped start BAWSI in a Box at her daughters’ school.

For her leadership, Margaret has been recognized with various awards including:

  • South Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO Rookie of the Year Award 2011
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Top 100 Women of Influence, 2010
  • Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, 2010
  • Association of American University Women Los Altos Mountain View Chapter’s Woman of the Year 2009
  • California Assembly’s Woman of the Year for Assembly District 22, selected by Assembly member Paul Fong, 2009
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 years of age, 2008
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement Youth Achievement Award 2004
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss’ Asian American Hero Award, 2001

Margaret is also a member of the American Leadership Forum Class XXII, an Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Senior Fellow, and a graduate of the Working Partnerships Leadership Institute as well as Leadership Mountain View.

For her hobbies, she teaches indoor cycling classes, and is training for a half-marathon and triathlon. She also holds a third degree in Kendo, the martial art of Japanese fencing.

Darla K. Anderson

Darla K. Anderson

BIO

Darla K. Anderson is a Senior Producer at Pixar Animation Studios, and the producer of Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Ms. Anderson joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993. Since then, her prodigious producing talents have contributed to some of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Monsters, Inc. Ms. Anderson produced the Golden Globe™ winning feature Cars, for which she was awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America.

Before assuming her feature film production duties, Ms. Anderson was the executive producer of Pixar Animation Studios’ commercial group. Prior to joining Pixar, she worked with Angel Studios in Carlsbad, California as the executive producer of their commercial division. It was here she was introduced to the world of 3D computer graphics, and from there she relocated to the Bay Area, with the intention of gaining a position at Pixar.

As one of the studio’s and the animation industry’s most accomplished producers, Ms. Anderson was elected to the Producers Council Board of the Producers Guild of America in July 2008. She is the first producer from the animation arena to be elected to the Council.

Born and raised in Glendale, California, Anderson studied environmental design at San Diego State University. Soon thereafter she began her career in the entertainment industry, working on San Diego-based film and television productions. Anderson currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brandi Chastain

Brandi Chastain

BIO

Chastain was a member of the US National team over 12 years between December 1988 and January 2004, collecting 192 caps. During that time, she served as a trailblazer for women’s soccer as part of the golden decade of the US Women’s National team during the 90’s, one of the most dominant teams the sport has seen to date. She was a member for the 1991 and 1999 Women’s World Cup Championship teams as well as the Olympic teams that brought home gold in 1996 and 2004 and silver in 2000.

The Bay Area native is best known for elevating the profile of women’s soccer with her game winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup that defeated China and ignited an explosive soccer following and increased participation in the sport.
Chastain began her collegiate career in 1986 at the University of California (CAL), she was honored by Soccer America as the Freshman Player of the Year. Following her Freshman year, Chastain was forced to sit out for two years while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery on both knees. She returned to soccer in 1996 after transferring to Santa Clara University. There, she helped lead the Broncos to two NCAA College Cup Semi-Finals.

Chastain was one of 24 founding players of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), she was a member of the San Jose CyberRays from 2001-2003. During the Inaugural season of the league, she helped the team capture the WUSA’s World Championship title. She has also been a member of the California Storm since the mid 90’s and still currently holds a place on the roster.
Chastain attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA where she helped the AMHS girls soccer team to three section championships.

Chastain has made the most of her time away from pitch becoming a published author of a book titled It’s Not about the Bra, serving as a soccer analyst on ABC/ESPN and NBC Sports coverage of MLS and Olympic soccer competition and remaining active on the field. Chastain currently resides in San Jose, CA with her husband Jerry Smith, Head Coach of Santa Clara Women’s Soccer team, and their son Jaden. She is co-founder of the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), a nonprofit that mobilizes women athletes to serve as role models of health, hope, and wholeness to girls and women in underserved communities and to children with disabilities.

Liza Chuck

Liza Chuck

BIO

Liza Chuck has been an active BAWSI supporter since the program inception. She has worked to coordinate the BAWSI-in-A-Bag program taking the BAWSI Girls format and bringing it to St Lucy Parish School in Campbell for the past two years. Liza has served as Secretary for the School Board at St Lucy School and is currently serving a Secretary for the Parent -Teacher Group. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Liza worked as a department manager for a large retail chain and then as a client coordinator for a law firm involved in multi-client, class action litigation.

Liza has been married to former BAWSI Board member, Sam Chuck, for 13 years. They have three children, all of whom inspired her love of team sports. She is very active as team parent for the many sports and dance activities her children are involved in and continues to champion self-confidence in young women through fitness.

She grew up in the Bay Area and currently resides in Willow Glen.

Anne Warner Cribbs

Anne Warner Cribbs

BIO

Anne Warner Cribbs is a tour de force for all things Olympic. As a 14-year-old swimmer, she won gold in the 1959 Pan American Games. The next year as the American record-holder, Anne swam to fifth in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome in the 200-meter breaststroke and another gold as the breaststroker on the U.S.’s 4×100 medley relay team. A 1979 Stanford University graduate, majoring in social sciences, Anne launched a career of public relations, community service and advocacy for women in sports. Her work has spanned volunteering for the 1984 Olympic Games to co-founding the American Basketball League, the first women’s professional basketball league in the United States. She became President and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) in 1999, and led the San Francisco Bay Area’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since then, BASOC, under Anne’s leadership, has attracted numerous national and international athletic competitions to the Bay Area. Anne Cribbs and Company provides leadership for the Monterey Horse Park (a legacy project of the 2012 Olympic bid), the 2008 U.S. Olympian Reunion and the annual Rich May Memorial Golf Classic. Anne has served as President of the Northern California Olympians, past Vice President of the U.S. Olympic Alumni Association and is the current vice chair of the San Jose Sports Authority. She acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Women’s Sports Foundation and is interim Chair of the California Senior Games Board of Directors.

Anne recently completed a position as the President and CEO of the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, (August 1 – 15, 2009) featuring 10,000 athletes, 18 medal sports and 5 demonstration sports, at venues at Stanford, Palo Alto, San Jose, Sunnyvale and San Francisco, with an economic impact of $35 million.

Born in Menlo Park and now residing in Palo Alto, Anne and her husband have nine children.

Devorah Duncan

Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy

BIO

Foudy, currently a television analyst for ESPN/ABC and for NBC’s Olympic coverage, played for the United States Women’s Soccer National Team for 17 years. She served as captain for 13 of those 17 years.

A four-time All-American at Stanford University, her playing career after college included four World Cup tournaments as well as three Olympics. She won gold medals in the 1996 and 2004 Olympics to go with a silver medal in 2000.

In 2007, Foudy was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. She also served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 2000 to 2002.

Juli Furtado

Juli Furtado

BIO

The youngest ever member of the U.S. Ski Team, Juli retired from skiing after undergoing six knee surgeries, and switched to mountain biking while on scholarship at University of Colorado.

Juli caught the mountain biking wave just as it was taking off in the U.S., and she rode it downhill and cross-country for 5 National Championships, 3 World Cup Titles, and a spot on the 1996 US Olympic Team – not bad for her second sport! Widely recognized as the First Lady of Mountain Biking, Juli was one of the early pioneers who fought to keep women’s professional mountain biking on par with the men’s circuit. Furtado retired from competitive mountain biking in 1997.

Juli recently launched her own Juliana line of women-specific, high performance mountain bikes through Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Dana and Brent Jones

Dana and Brent Jones

BIO

Born and Raised in San Jose, California, Brent graduated from Leland High School. From there he went on to Santa Clara University where he graduated with a BS in Economics in 1985. During his time at Santa Clara, Brent received 1st Team All-American Honors for Football (1985), AP Kodak Football News All-American honors, All WFC Player of the year (1985), Greater San Jose Male Athlete of the Year (1985), played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game 1986, and was then drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 1986 in the 5th Round.

Brent’s NFL career spanned 12 years, most of which came in a San Francisco 49ers uniform. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spending the 1986 season there, Brent was traded to the San Francisco 49ers and spent his next 11 seasons in “The City by the Bay.” During his time with the 49ers, Brent was an All-Pro selection four times (92, 93, 94, 95), selected to the Pro Bowl four times (92, 93, 94, 95), and was the champion of Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX. He totaled 477 catches, 38 touchdowns and 5,935 receiving yards, making him the 49ers All-Time leader in reception yards for a Tight End and 5th All-Time for the 49ers in receptions.

Professional Sports Honors

  • All Madden Team 1992, 1997
  • Lou Gehrig “Iron Man” of the Year 1996
  • True Value/NFL Man of the Year for the 49ers 1997
  • San Francisco 49ers 50th Anniversary All-Time Tight End
  • Division II Football Team of the Quarter Century 1997
  • NFL’s Bart Starr Award Recipient 1998 Given annually to the NFL Player who most exemplifies outstanding character in the home, on the field and in the community
  • City Team Ministries “Good Samaritan” of the Year 1998
  • Inducted Division II College Football Hall of Fame 2001
  • Inducted College Football Hall of Fame 2002

After retiring in 1998, Brent went on to become a television analyst providing commentary for NFL broadcasts for CBS National Football League Studios (1998-2006). During this time he also became Co-Founder & Managing Director of Northgate Capital Group (2000-Current) where he currently serves as a Managing Member. NCG currently manages $3.2B in assets. In 2007, he was an assistant Varsity Football Coach at Monte Vista High School and he currently serves on the Board of Regents at Santa Clara University, the Board of Directors for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, the Advisory Board for the Stanford Stroke Center, the Board of Directors for ProTrade Inc., and as Spokesperson for OC Jones Construction (a company that focuses on building playing fields and futures for youth in the Bay Area).

Brent lives in Danville, California with his wife Dana. He is the proud father of Rachel, who attends Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo on a soccer scholarship while majoring in Business Administration, and Courtney who is at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is studying Management in Society – Economics & Sociology while also on a soccer scholarship. Courtney has led the Tar Heels to National Championships in 2008 and 2009 as their starting forward.

Brent and Dana are very involved with numerous charities, children’s causes and their daughters’ high school, college and soccer activities. Brent has chaired and sponsored the Brent Jones YoungLife Open Golf Tournament for 25 years in the San Jose area, giving back to the Christian program that was so instrumental in developing his faith. They have been heavily involved with CityTeam Ministries, Girl Scouts of America, Special Olympics, ARF with Tony LaRussa, the Taylor Family Foundation, BAWSI Fathers & Daughters Program along with Brandi Chastain, and numerous other organizations in the Bay Area. He is also a favorite guest of the “Leader in Sports” Radio KNBR in San Francisco throughout the year.

Sharon Clark Kelleher

Sharon Clark Kelleher

BIO

Sharon Clark Kelleher enjoyed playing many sports during her childhood, including soccer, softball, volleyball, and track and field. During her senior year of high school, while serving as captain of both the soccer and track and field teams, she became a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. Sharon began playing several wheelchair sports and excelled in tennis. In 1998, she became the number one ranked wheelchair tennis player in the United States and the number three ranked player in the world. She competed in the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. Sharon was also a member of the US National Wheelchair Tennis Team for eight years, and she led her team to the final of the World Team Cup three times.

Sharon’s career highlights include being named the Most Improved Female Player in 1991 and Player of the Year in 1998 and 2002. She has many singles and doubles titles to her name, including the USTA National Indoor Championships, National Outdoor Championships, the Thailand Open and the Japan Open. She has played exhibition matches at several professional tournaments including the SAP Open, Siebel Open, US Open and Australian Open. Her experience also includes serving as tournament director, tennis camp director, coach for top juniors, co-chair of the USTA NorCal Wheelchair Tennis Committee and manager of the South Bay Smash Wheelchair Tennis Team.

From 2006 to 2011, Sharon created and directed the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative’s BAWSI Rollers Program, a wheelchair sports and fitness program for third through sixth graders at several Bay Area schools. Through this program, more than 200 children with physical disabilities have experienced a variety of adapted sports, being part of a team, and learning life lessons from their volunteer coaches, who also serve as positive role models.

Joanie Kriens

Joanie Kriens

BIO

Co-Founder, 1440 Foundation
Born in San Francisco, California, Joanie worked in Silicon Valley with both HP and Varian Associates for 15 years, before becoming a mother herself. She and her husband Scott have two children, which inspired Joanie to begin helping in the public school system and her local community.

She characterizes this shift: “My true passion for service has emerged from raising children. Being a parent has allowed me to have very powerful experiences of unconditional love, commitment, and the need for teaching, nurturing, problem solving, and communication. In the process of raising our children, I have been able to discover and reflect on the impact my own childhood has made on me, and these experiences inspire me to help others”.

“Giving is so important to me, and I strongly believe that through giving to others within our community of family, friends, and teachers, as well as other like-minded communities, we receive the benefit of their influence, inspiration, learning, and growth.”

Scott Kriens

Scott Kriens

BIO

Chairman of the Board, Juniper Networks, Inc.; Co-Founder, 1440 Foundation

Scott Kriens is chairman of Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR-NYSE). He led the company from its inception in 1996 until 2008, as both CEO and chairman, as Juniper grew to over $3.5 billion in annual revenues.

Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Scott cofounded StrataCom, Inc., in 1986 and served as its vice president of sales and operations until the company was sold in 1996 for $4.5 billion to Cisco Systems. In the early 80s, he held product-management and marketing roles for Tandem Computers, a maker of fault-tolerant computer systems, and management roles at Burroughs Corporation, now Unisys.

Scott was honored with the nationwide 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and named one of Business Week’s top 25 Managers in 2000. He has also received recognition for his achievements in the world of Internet technology, being named one of Forbes’ Top Tech Execs in 1996 and one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World in 2006 he was appointed by the president as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee; and he has been called to testify before Congress on subjects of networking and telecommunications.

During his tenure as Juniper’s CEO, Scott’s experience with leadership development led him to the belief that a commitment to explicit focus on self-awareness and authenticity were critical to success. This commitment was personally transformative and ultimately led Scott to a full-time commitment to the 1440 Foundation as a way to contribute these experiences more broadly.

A California native, Scott was born in 1957 in Berkeley and obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics, and more recently an honorary doctorate, from California State University, East Bay. He lives in Saratoga, California, with his wife, Joanie, and their two children.

Shari Moore

Shari Moore

BIO

Shari currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at Jasper. Shari is responsible for Jasper’s talent acquisition, workforce strategies and HR operations worldwide. Shari has more than 20 years of experience as an HR leader, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources for Product Operations globally at NetApp. Prior to that, she held senior leadership positions as VP of HR at Hitachi Data Systems and Performant Financial Corporation, and served in a variety of HR and business roles at Hewlett-Packard, Automatic Data Processing and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell).

Shari’s experience also includes a stint as Operations Director for e-inclusion and Emerging Market Solutions, an organization within the Corporate Affairs function. This organization worked across the Company and in collaboration with not-for-profit and government organizations to design and implement programs to increase the standard of living in under-served communities around the globe.

Shari earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Yale University. She has started coursework toward a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University.

Shari has a passion for fitness and helping women of all ages build self-esteem through health of body, mind and spirit. Shari is a 4th generation Bay Area native and she and her husband, Brian, have a daughter who is active in a variety of activities including soccer, Kung Fu, swimming and dance.

Joanne Pasternack

Joanne Pasternack

BIO

Joanne Pasternack is in her seventh season as the Executive Director of the 49ers Foundation and Community Relations for the San Francisco 49ers. She oversees all community relations functions for the team, creating and managing high visibility programs based on the 49ers objectives. In her role with the Foundation, she works with team ownership to facilitate signature fundraising events and the donation of funds to non-profits that support the Foundation’s mission of keeping kids “Safe, On Track and In School.” In 2013, the Foundation donated $3.3 million.

Prior to joining the 49ers in 2008, Joanne served as a Senior Analyst for the City of Mountain View. Before joining Mountain View, Joanne was the Manager of International Corporate Relations for Special Olympics, Inc. at their headquarters in Washington, DC.

Joanne holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Santa Clara University. She resides in Sunnyvale with her husband, Robert Bardin – who works for the San Jose Earthquakes, and their two children.

Michelle Ramirez

Michelle Ramirez

BIO

Michelle is one of our earliest BAWSI Girls, growing up BAWSI at Washington Elementary in downtown San Jose. She is now a senior at Notre Dame High School in San Jose where she has a 4.67 GPA out of a 4.0. Michelle is passionate about social justice and helping the people in her community. She is a volunteer coach at BAWSI Girls and volunteers at an occupational therapy center in Santa Clara. Michelle is a member of her high school track team, where she’s found a new passion for weightlifting. She’s affectionately known on the BAWSI playgrounds as Coach Bunny.

Carrie Staley

Carrie Staley

BIO

Carrie Staley (formerly Dew) was an All-American soccer player at the University of Notre Dame. She was the captain of her college team and the U20 US National Team during the 2006 World Cup in Russia. Carrie was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer draft and played 2 years for FC Gold Pride and a 3rd for Sky Blue FC before retiring from professional soccer. Carrie spent a year as an Athlete Leader with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) where she realized her passion for working with children with disabilities while managing both the BAWSI Rollers and BAWSI Girls programs. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

Thank You to Our BAWSI Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

Marilyn Rosenthal Foundation
El Camino Healthcare District
El Camino Hospital
Elaine S. Elkin
49ers Foundation
Martin Family Foundation
Heartbeat Ideas
Morgan Family Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Family Foundation
Palo Altos Medical Foundation - Sutter Health

Silver Level Sponsors

Centerview Partners

Live Like Blaine Foundation

Minneapolis Foundation

Mission City Community Fund

Olympic Club Foundation

Thrivent Financial of Silicon Valley

Circle TPR

Timeline Design

The Health Trust

Women’s Sports Foundation

Michael Kenny & Company

Bronze Level Sponsors

Comcast

Ernst Young

Medical Dynamics

Heritage Bank of Commerce

San Francisco Giants

Sport Up

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Wender Weis Foundation for Children

 

 

 

Team Captains

Alliance of Women Coaches
Kerwin Associates
PDI

In Kind Donors

Men’s Wearhouse
i2i Interactive
Major League Soccer
Rosewood CordeValle
San Jose Earthquakes
Oakland A’s
USGA

Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy
Pixar Animation Studios
Recchiuti Confections
Windy Hill Equestrian
Bin to Bottle Winery
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
Joie de Vivre Hotels

Steve Zuckerman & Debra Meyerson
Brian & Shari Moore
Ariat International
Chef Keriann Von Raesfeld