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. Ivan is a 1980 graduate of Hobart College and a 1983 graduate of Washington University School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Jason oversees athlete engagement and strategic partnerships at AFH. In his role, Jason oversees over 3,000 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.
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 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.
As the Athlete Manager, Brandon helps to connect AFH’s professional and Olympic athlete base with charitable opportunities around the world. In addition, he helps manage the organization’s media strategy through various social media platforms.
Brandon received a master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he played 4 years on the men’s basketball team.
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.
AFH University Consultant
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 obtain the 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.
AFH University Consultant
Ryan works closely with college athletes, administrators, and other stakeholders in his role driving the growth and sustainability of the AFH University Program.
Prior to joining AFH Ryan spent 20 years in the field of health promotion and sport management. He was the first Executive Director of The Grassroot Project, an organization that trains college athlete facilitators to promote healthy lifestyles in urban youth. Ryan was also a co-owner of Team Z, one of the largest adult triathlon teams in the country whose model prioritizes inclusion and healthy lifestyle choices, and previously acted as Athletic Director of The SEED School, where he helped write and teach their health and life skills curriculum. Ryan has a Masters in Physical Education with a concentration in Sport Management from Florida State University and a Sport Philanthropy Executive Certificate from George Washington University, where has worked on national campaigns to promote health and fitness. He is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run.