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. Jason joined Athletes for Hope on the first day it opened its doors and has played a pivotal role in a multitude of areas within the organization.

Jason coaches cross country and track at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and serves on the boards of Hope for Henry and the University of Pennsylvania Track & Field Team. He is also the author of a children’s book, Little Moments, which was inspired by his children. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education.


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.


Erin Bess
Director of Development

Erin serves as the point person for Athletes for Hope’s fundraising efforts. She works closely with the AFH staff, board of directors, and key stakeholders in scaling the development program. She also oversees all special events and activities, including the annual gala.

Prior to joining Athletes for Hope, Erin worked in the development offices at The University of Notre Dame, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Project Lead The Way. Erin’s passion for fundraising started while attending Purdue University when she became involved in Dance Marathon, a national fundraising effort that benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


Taylor Ancell
Senior Manager

Taylor Ancell joined the Athletes for Hope (AFH) team in 2016 and has played a number of roles including implementing large-scale education programs, managing hundreds of athlete connections and working with partners around the globe to advance philanthropic causes.

As Senior Manager of Global Programs and Events at AFH, Ancell is responsible for connecting Olympic, Paralympic, Professional, and University athletes to global initiatives and opportunities. She oversees projects in Africa focused on advancing gender equality as well as international exchange programs. In this role, Ancell has also been responsible for co-leading the first ever Equality Summit at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Lyon, France which brought together 150 of the most influential thought-leaders and change makers in women’s football.

Ancell received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Sport Communication with a focus in broadcasting.


Kenya Warren-Hollins, MPA
Program Manager, AFH University

Kenya works closely with college athletes in her role with the AFH University Program. As Program Manager, 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.


Kylie Reeves
Digital Marketing & Media Manager

Kylie manages the digital, content and marketing activations for AFH and is responsible for leading strategy across the organization’s digital ecosystem. Kylie joined AFH in February 2021 and brings a deep level of passion and unique experience to the position, having experienced a variety of media and marketing roles in the sports, healthcare and non-profit worlds.

Originally from Durham, NC, Kylie was a member of the Women’s Soccer team at Haverford College and graduated with a degree in Economics in 2014.


Megan Oyster
Community Outreach Coordinator

Megan currently plays professional soccer for the Houston Dash 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.


Denise Kamyuka
Community Outreach Coordinator

Denise, originally from Botswana, is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sports Management and Leadership (with a collaboration in Global Health) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her research focus is on social entrepreneurship in sport, postcolonial-feminist methodologies, and health promotion. She obtained her Master’s in Sports Management from St. John’s University in New York while interning for UNICEF USA’s Sports Partnerships. She went on to work as a community liaison, athlete representative, and project manager for Millennium Sports Management Group. Denise also served on the junior board of Kids in the Game (a sports youth development organization in New York) and helped establish St. John’s University’s Institute of Interdisciplinary Sport Research.

Denise currently serves on various anti-racism committees and holds the office of Racial Equity and Inclusion Commissioner for Western University’s Society of Graduate Students. In her role with AFH, Denise works to connect athletes around the country to charitable opportunities.


Alayah Hightower
Howard University Campus Liaison, AFH University

Alayah works closely with the college athletes from Howard University in her role as AFH University Campus Liaison. She communicates with the head coaches as well as designated team leads for all varsity teams to coordinate different workshops and community service opportunities.

While Alayah is working with AFH, she is getting her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Howard University. She will eventually be a two-time alum as she just graduated in May 2020 with a Chemical Engineering degree. Throughout her time at Howard, she has played on the Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse and will continue to do so for the 2021-2022 school year.


Marta Ribeiro
Graphic Design Consultant

Marta is a freelance graphic/web designer with over 20 years of experience. Passionate in her work, she creates well organized, beautiful visuals that communicate clearly and effectively. She has been involved with Athletes for Hope since its founding in 2007, having designed their logo, and has since continued her involvement through a variety of design projects.

Marta enjoys long distance running in her spare time & firmly believes in the power of sport to unite and inspire. She graduated from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (B.F.A. in Graphic Design).


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.