Athletes for Hope

Meet the Athletes for Hope team

Ivan Blumberg
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. Ivan is a 1980 graduate of Hobart College and a 1983 graduate of Washington University School of Law.

Jason Belinkie
Chief Operating Officer

Jason oversees the day-to-day management of AFH and key strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Gates Foundation 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.

Jason is the head coach of the track and cross country teams at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, co-founder of the MoCo Track Club, and serves on the board of the Grassroot Project, Hope for Henry, and the University of Pennsylvania Track & Field Team. In 2015, Jason was inducted into the Walt Whitman H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was named a Brooks Running Inspiring Coach of the Year Finalist, won the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, and was inducted into the JCCGW Sports Hall of Fame. Jason is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education (M.S. in Counseling).

Chris Wyttenbach
Vice President

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 and increase sports philanthropy.

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.

Suzanne Potts LMSW, MPH
National Director, AFH University

Suzanne oversees the AFH University program, which educates college athletes about smart philanthropy and connects them to charitable opportunities across various communities. Suzanne was most recently the Executive Director for the Autism Society of Texas. She serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work and is Faculty at the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program.

Suzanne is a graduate of San Diego State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She also received dual Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health and is a Licensed Masters Social Worker.

Dr. Ashleigh Huffman
Global Director of Gender Equality

Ashleigh is an experienced educator and entrepreneur in the global sports diplomacy and women’s empowerment movements. At Athletes for Hope, Ashleigh oversees all aspects of the Global Female Empowerment program.

Through her work as the co-director of the U.S. Department of State’s “Global Sports Mentoring Program,” Ashleigh has traveled the world, training more than 10,000 sports leaders from 75+ countries. She has worked with government, corporations, universities, and nonprofits to align interests and combine powers in the sport for social change spheres.

As a former professor at the University of Tennessee, Ashleigh also served as the lead faculty for the VOLeaders Academy, a program created to empower student-athletes in their leadership journey to use their platform as a force for good. Ashleigh is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a PhD in Sociocultural Studies and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. She was also the co-captain of her basketball team at Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology.

Taylor Ancell
Athlete Coordinator

In her role as Athlete Coordinator, Taylor is responsible for ensuring athletes are connected to organizations they are passionate about. To date, some of the initiatives she has worked with athletes and teams to coordinate include, hospital visits, school appearances, food drives, animal welfare events and many more. She is also heavily involved in the organization’s work to advance gender equality in targeted countries internationally.

Taylor received a B.S. in Sport Communication from Indiana University with a focus in broadcasting. She is particularly interested in gender equality and looks forward to furthering the cause one issue at a time. Outside of Athletes for Hope, Taylor loves soccer and enjoys coaching a group of young girls.

Kenya Warren-Hollins
Program Coordinator, AFH University

Kenya works closely with college athletes in her role with the AFH University Program. As Program Coordinator, Kenya helps LSU & Southern University varsity athletes discover and connect with charitable opportunities in the Baton Rouge community.

Prior to joining Athletes for Hope, Kenya has been committed to public service as she serves as a regional recruitment manager for City Year. Kenya graduated from Southern University and A&M College with a bachelor in biological sciences and a master of public administration. Her passion for service began during her reign as Miss Southern University 2010-2011. She served as Executive Director of Up ‘Til Dawn, a St. Jude Children’s Hospital collegiate fundraising endeavor and a Girl Scouts outreach leader.

Brooke McMillan
Digital Strategy Consultant

Brooke McMillan is an award winning online marketing and communications expert specializing in digital strategy in the healthcare and non-profit industries. She is Texas Social Media Award winner, speaker and published author.

Brooke began her social media career in 2008. Since then, she has provided digital media strategy guidance to large hospital systems such as St. David’s Healthcare, Seton Healthcare (Austin, TX) and Greenville Health Systems (Greenville, SC) and has worked with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Pelotonia, United Methodist Church, Ann Richards School Foundation and Upbring.

Khadevis Robinson
Program Coordinator, AFH University

Khadevis Robinson – known as KD to one and all – helps to oversee the Athletes for Hope University Chapter at The Ohio State University, where he is currently Head Cross Country Coach.

KD is an amazing success story. Born and raised on the wrong side of the tracks in the inner city of Fort Worth, Texas, he has grown to become an international amateur and professional track star, educator, and powerful motivational speaker.

KD won numerous track and field championships at the college level at Texas Christian University and as a professional runner (US National Champion in 1999, 2005, 2006, and 2007). He also traveled the world as an Olympian as he competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2012 London Olympics in the 800m.

KD contributes to the US Olympic Committee as well as staying close with USATF, in addition to alumni groups from TCU and Cal State LA. In addition to Co-Founding a 501 C3 Non-Profit, KD is also a Philanthropic Advisor for the Each Foundation.

Megan Oyster
Community Outreach Coordinator

Megan currently plays professional soccer for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. At the start of her pro soccer career, Megan had the opportunity to give back through an event coordinated by Athletes for Hope.

After partaking in multiple visits set up by AFH, Megan felt inspired to guide other professional and Olympic athletes on their philanthropic journeys too. Megan now works with AFH to connect athletes around the country to charitable opportunities.

Megan graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a degree in Sociology.

Maddie Kopp
Community Outreach Coordinator

Maddie competes as a professional 800m runner with the District Track Club in Washington, D.C.  She is passionate about advancing the mission of nonprofits, especially those that encourage active and healthy lifestyles, which connects to her work at AFH. In her role with AFH, Maddie helps to research new charitable opportunities for professional, Olympic, and college athletes, and regularly interacts with our community partners throughout the U.S.

Maddie previously worked with the Durham (N.C.) Boys and Girls Club as a Marketing and Development Coordinator. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Global Cultural Studies and Literature, and a focus on Policy Journalism and Media Studies.

Claudia Saunders
Community Outreach Coordinator

Claudia is a professional 800m and 1500m runner for the District Track Club in Washington, D.C. Her passion for athletics, as well as advocacy and social development led to her to working for Athletes for Hope. She now helps coordinate AFH events such as Power Up! and Marathon Kids, programs that help influence children to stay active.

In the past, Claudia worked as a Business Analyst at Novation Enterprises in Fairfax, VA and as research assistant at the Stanford Law School. She graduated in 2016 from Stanford University with degrees in International Relations and Spanish.