At Up2Us Sports, we work to increase the capacity of our more than 1,300 member organizations who use sports to make a positive impact. Sports has the power to pull young people out of poverty by providing them with positive adult-mentors in the form of coaches, giving them access to opportunities to learn and take risks in a safe environment, and providing them a pathway to education, leadership and job skills. The Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA program, now in its eighth year, is a critical part of this effort.Each year, a cohort of roughly 30 Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at member organizations all over the country and commit one year of their lives to service through sports. They mobilize community members, build partnerships, recruit and manage volunteers and help their organizations raise funds for program growth.
Nowhere has VISTA impact been more profound than here at Up2Us Sports. Since our founding, VISTA members placed internally at Up2Us Sports have been critical to our success and growth:
- They were the first line of regional expansion, working all over the country to develop sports-based youth development communities where none existed. This work paved the way for the fully-staffed, thriving regional offices we have today.
- Up2Us Sports VISTA members are responsible for many of the systems we have for fundraising and have been pivotal in our development department’s success.
- Our most recent VISTA members have provided measurement and evaluation support for our coaching program nationally and are working to build systems that allow our regional staff to evaluate their coaches more efficiently.
Each year, the Up2Us Sports VISTA Leader works closely with all VISTA members, those at Up2Us Sports and those at member organizations, to provide support, training and professional development opportunities.
As an official Employer of National Service, we are proud of the great things that our internal VISTA alumni have gone on to do. In fact, you don’t need to look far to find them – there are currently five former internal VISTAs working full-time at Up2Us Sports. Take a look below to read about these five, as well as 27 other former internal VISTAs, and where they’re at now!
Current full-time Up2Us Sports staff
Alex Bondy VISTA: 2011-2013, Marketing Associate NOW: Senior Manager, Brand Design and Social Media
Bobby Gendimenico VISTA: 2014-2015, Regional Associate – New Orleans NOW: Program Manager, New Orleans
Julie McMillan VISTA: 2010-2012, Development Associate NOW: Development Manager
Casey Stewart VISTA: 2015-2016, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate NOW: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Jacob Toups VISTA: 2011-2013, Regional Coordinator – Los Angeles NOW: Senior Regional Manager, Los Angeles
Former full-time Up2Us Sports staff
Alysse Engleman VISTA: 2011-2013, Regional Coordinator- Chicago 2013-2015: Senior Regional Manager – Chicago
Susan Golbe VISTA: 2011-2013, Research Associate 2013-2016: Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation NOW: MBA Candidate at Dartmouth College
Leah Mehl-Laituri VISTA: 2012-2014, VISTA Leader 2014-2015: Program Manager – Capacity Building NOW: Program Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service
Former Up2Us Sports VISTAs
Jessica Burdick VISTA: 2009-2010, Research Associate NOW: Project Coordinator, Chicago School Readiness Project at NYU
Regan Colestock VISTA: 2009-2010, Development Associate NOW: Assistant Online Marketing Manager, Oxford University Press
Heather Langerman VISTA: 2009-2010, Member Services Coordinator NOW: Manager, Corporate Strategy, Cardinal Health
Mark Macdonald VISTA: 2009-2010, Outreach Associate NOW: Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Thuzio
Rena Deitz VISTA: 2010-2012, External Relations and Membership Associate/VISTA Leader NOW: Education Specialist, International Rescue Committee
Hillary Mulka VISTA: 2010-2011, Regional Coordinator – New York NOW: Senior Account Executive, Campbell Marketing & Communications
Kelsey Pullar VISTA: 2010-2011, Research Associate NOW: Research Coordinator Lead, University of Washington Surgical Outcomes Research Center
Karlee Weinmann VISTA: 2010-2011, Member Services Associate NOW: Research Associate, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Matt Doyle VISTA: 2011-2012, Membership Services Coordinator NOW: Marketing and Events Intern, Laureus USA; Graduate Student at Columbia University (MS in Sport Management)
Colin Meadow VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – New York NOW: District Sales Manager, Boathouse Sports
Nicole Pond VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – Denver NOW: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Denver
Danielle Royster VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – Boston NOW: Morning Show Producer, Cumulus Media
Vilma Uribe VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – Boston NOW: Residency Advocacy Coordinator, The Second Step
VISTA: 2011-2012, Communications Associate NOW: Freelance Videographer
Anna Davazo VISTA: 2012-2013, Regional Coordinator – New York NOW: Family Worker, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Sara Robinson VISTA: 2012- 2014, Marketing, Communications and Events Associate NOW: Account Coordinator, McCann Torre Lazur
Alexandra Kong VISTA: 2013-2014, Development Associate NOW: Chefs Cycle Coordinator, No Kid Hungry
Lauren Shaman VISTA: 2013-2014, Research and Training Associate NOW: Master of Public Administration Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Indiana University Bloomington
Hannah Abassi VISTA: 2014-2015, VISTA Leader NOW: Youth Program Assistant, Arab-American Family Support Center of New York
Kerry Doyle VISTA: 2014-2015, Development Associate NOW: Operations Analyst, Animalz, Inc.
Kristen Aston Cruzata (formerly Miller) VISTA: 2014-2015, Membership and Development Associate NOW: Development and Communications Officer, Air Quality Asia
Kathryn Esty VISTA: 2014-2016, Research, Training and Evaluation Associate/VISTA Leader NOW: Program Assistant, The Institute for Health and Recovery
Erick Guerra VISTA: 2015-2016, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate NOW: Program Manager, The Motivational Edge
Dane Moist VISTA: 2015-2016, Development Associate NOW: Business Development Manager, Givergy US
Current internal VISTAs
Sam Pastor VISTA: 2015-current, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
Candace Burton VISTA: 2016-current, VISTA Leader
Daniel Stein-Sayles VISTA: 2016-current, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
Monika Ivanova VISTA: 2016-current, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
Maddy Lang VISTA: 2016-current, Development Associate