Meet the Athletes for Hope team…
Chief Executive Officer
Ivan has represented athletes for the majority of his career, starting with Proserv, Inc. in 1983. At Proserv, Ivan's clients included Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Arthur Ashe, Yannick Noah, and various other professional athletes. Ivan served as the General Counsel and Managing Director of ProServ and was a member of the Board. After ProServ was acquired by SFX/Clear Channel, Ivan became the President of Athlete Representation and managed the representation of over 750 athletes in nine sports. Prior to becoming the CEO of Athletes for Hope, Ivan served as a senior consultant to SFX Sports and represented Andre Agassi. In addition, Ivan serves on the Board of the Andre Agassi Foundation, serves on the Board and as the volunteer Vice-Chairman of Hope and a Home, a charitable organization in the District of Columbia for at-risk families, and runs a summer camp at his home in Maryland for underprivileged inner-city children. Ivan is a 1980 graduate of Hobart College and a 1983 graduate of Washington University School of Law.
Jason oversees athlete engagement and strategic partnerships at AFH. In his role, Jason oversees over 2,000 athletes and manages key relationships with organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Let's Move Active Schools, and Nike, Inc. Jason joined Athletes for Hope on the first day it opened its doors in 2006 and has played a pivotal role in a multitude of areas within the organization. Prior to joining AFH, Jason worked at Octagon in the Track & Field and Tennis departments and served as an agent-trainee at the William Morris Agency. Jason is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Jason is the head coach of the track and cross country teams at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and serves on the board of the Grassroot Project and the University of Pennsylvania Track & Field Team.
Chris works with professional, Olympic and college athletes to help them discover their charitable passions and guide them on their personal philanthropic journeys. Chris joined Athletes for Hope in 2009 and has helped hundreds of athletes connect to charitable causes throughout the United States. Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Legal Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. Shortly after graduating, Chris joined the United States Peace Corps, where he served for two years as a youth development volunteer at a small community center in Central Morocco. Upon his return to Wisconsin, Chris dedicated his time to non-profit organizations in the Madison area, such as the Boys and Girls Club and The Wisconsin Early Autism Project. In the fall of 2006, Chris enrolled in the Trinity Fellowship Graduate Program at Marquette University and began his tenure with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
Brandon helps to connect professional and Olympic athletes with charitable opportunities throughout the United States. He also helps to manage the organization's media strategy through various social media platforms. Brandon received his Masters in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in 2013 and completed his undergraduate education at University of California-Santa Cruz, where he played for four years on the men’s basketball team.
Program Coordinator, AFH-University
Clerc works closely with LSU athletes and charities in the surrounding Baton Rouge community as part of the AFH-University program. Clerc is a graduate of Lamar University, where she competed in track and cross-country while obtaining her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Following graduation Clerc worked for Brooks Sports Inc. as she managed grassroots marketing and the development of the brand in various parts of the United States. Clerc also competed post-collegiately in a number of USATF championships and volunteered at the United States Air Force Academy with the track and field athletes. Clerc is currently pursuing her MBA at LSU.
J. Stanley “Skip” Bertman works closely with the LSU Athletic Department and LSU varsity athletes in his role with the AFH-University program. Prior to joining Athletes for Hope, Skip had a long standing career as the Athletic Director and Coach for the LSU varsity baseball team, where he was known for transforming LSU into a baseball powerhouse. During his tenure as Athletic Director, Skip was responsible for managing the department’s budget and overseeing LSU’s athletic programs. Skip was also a vital fundraiser for the university and was instrumental in upgrading and renovating LSU athletic facilities. As a coach, Skip guided LSU to five NCAA baseball titles during his 18-year coaching tenure and was later inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a result of his accomplished coaching career.
Social Media Consultant
Brooke McMillan is a social media and digital marketing consultant from Gray Digital Group - a firm specializing in social media and digital marketing for nonprofits and healthcare. Prior to her work at Gray, Brooke was the first ever LIVESTRONG Foundation Cancer Navigator, helping people affected by cancer get information they needed to live a full life during and after treatment. Five years into her tenure at LIVESTRONG, she switched gears to - a then new medium of outreach - social media. Brooke grew the online communities for the Foundation to almost three million followers and fans on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flicker and the LIVESTRONGBlog. With over a decade of nonprofit experience in both direct patient service as well as online marketing, Brooke serves as a social media advisor for Athletes for Hope as well as the YMCA, Shatterproof, St David's HealthCare, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and many more.
Suzanne Potts LMSW, MPH
Suzanne has extensive nonprofit capacity building and program evaluation experience. She is a consultant on projects with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, OneStar Foundation, and is also the Executive Director for the Autism Society of Central Texas. Suzanne has a passion for nonprofit management and is an adjunct faculty at the University of Texas, Austin in the Graduate School of Social Work. She has broad nonprofit and foundation experience, and is cross-trained in program design, evaluation, communication, and community engagement. Suzanne most previously worked at LIVESTRONG as the Community Program Officer, and in San Diego at the San Diego Workforce Partnership as the Youth Program Manager overseeing the design, implementation and monitoring of Youth Workforce Investment Act funds.