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Jason Belinkie

Chief Executive 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.

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Ivan Blumberg

Founding CEO Emeritus

Ivan currently serves as a strategic advisor to Athletes for Hope and is the organization’s Founding CEO, serving in the position from 2006 to 2021.

Prior to AFH, Ivan represented athletes for the majority of his career including clients such as Arthur Ashe and Andre Agassi. He is a 1980 graduate of Hobart College and a 1983 graduate of Washington University School of Law. Outside of AFH, Ivan is involved in a variety of charitable organizations in the Washington, D.C.-area.

Chris Wyttenbach | Vice President | Athletes for Hope

Chris Wyttenbach

Chief Program Officer

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 Potts LMSW, MPH

Chief Wellbeing Officer

For almost a decade, Suzanne has transcended her various roles at Athletes for Hope. From focusing on impact measurement and evaluation to bringing the AFH model to campuses across the country as the National Director of AFH University, her leadership has helped reshape our organization. Since 2019, Suzanne has spearheaded the expansion of AFH mental health initiatives and programming, launching the Whole Being Athlete program in 2021. In her role as Chief Wellbeing Officer, she leads all efforts of our mental health programming and oversees all AFH internal wellbeing initiatives for staff.

She also 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.

Diana Venezia

Director of Development

Diana serves as the critical point person in driving, shaping, and diversifying Athletes for Hope’s fundraising activities for the general organization and its growing initiatives.  Diana joined AFH in December 2022 and is committed to helping improve communities and the lives of others through inclusive philanthropy, especially when utilizing the power of sports. Most recently, Diana served as the Vice President of Development at Philadelphia Youth Basketball, a start-up sport-based youth-serving nonprofit.  

Originally from New Jersey, Diana graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014, where she was a member of the Women’s Basketball team.  She received her master’s degree in Sport Business from Temple University in 2017.  

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Kylie Reeves

Director of Partnerships & Digital Strategy

Kylie manages marketing and activation partnerships, oversees digital and social media execution 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 North Carolina, Kylie was a member of the Women’s Soccer team at Haverford College and graduated with a degree in Economics in 2014.

kreeves@athletesforhope.org

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Sara Keane

Assistant Director, AFH University

Sara serves as the Assistant Director of the AFH University program, which educates college athletes about smart philanthropy and connects them to charitable opportunities across various communities.  Sara joined AFH U in July 2022 and is passionate about fundraising, event planning, and assisting college athletes find what they are passionate about. 

Prior to joining Athletes for Hope, Sara worked in the nonprofit world as a development associate and event coordinator.  Sara’s passion for development came from volunteering for local mental health organizations in the Philadelphia community. Originally from New Jersey, Sara was a member of the Women’s Soccer team at West Virginia University from 2009-2013 and graduated with a degree in Sport Management, followed by a masters in Higher Education Administration.

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Hannah Bronkema

Digital & Social Media Marketing Coordinator

Hannah manages all digital, social and marketing activations for AFH. Hannah joined AFH in July 2022 and brings fresh perspective to the position, having experience in a variety of communication, creative content, and marketing roles in the sports world.

Originally from Ortonville, MI, Hannah was a multi-sport athlete growing up and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Sports Journalism in 2021. She currently volunteers with multiple non-profit organizations that focus on inclusion for those with special needs in sport.

Joy Le Couteur

Athlete Manager

Joy serves as the Athlete Manager for Athletes for Hope and focuses on developing and enhancing relationships with professional, Olympic, and college athletes, and inspiring them to engage in charitable opportunities. Joy joined AFH in August of 2022 and is passionate about people and utilizing sports to make our communities better.

Prior to joining Athletes for Hope, Joy played Division 1 NCAA Basketball at Arizona State University, earning her Bachelors degree in Business Marketing and Masters degree in Communication.  Joy’s professional career consists of six seasons of professional basketball in Europe and Australia.  Joy has also represented her national team—Chinese Taipei in the 2015 and 2017 FIBA Asia Championships as well as the 2018 Asian Games.  As a Nike athlete, Joy had the opportunity to be the face of a Nike Women Campaign in 2019, empowering women across Asia.  Joy’s passion for sports philanthropy spans internationally through volunteering at orphanages in China, conducting life skills workshops for college students in Bhutan, offering educational scholarships for kids in remote and underprivileged areas in the Philippines, and creating mentorship programs for youth at risk in Australia.

Kenya Warren-Hollins, MPA | Program Manager, AFH University

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.

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Megan Montefusco

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.

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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 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.

Kevona Jones

Bowie State Campus Liaison, AFH University

As an AFH University Campus Liaison, Kevona works closely with college athletes at Bowie State University. She communicates with head coaches as well as designated team leads for all of the collegiate sports team at Bowie State to coordinate workshops and community service opportunities.

In addition to working with AFH, Kevona is in graduate school at Bowie State pursuing her project management certification. She recently graduated in May 2022 with a degree in Bachelors of Science in sociology. Throughout her time at Bowie State, she has been an active member of the women’s track and field team.

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Tristan Reaves

Morehouse College Campus Liaison, AFH University

Tristan is a former football student-athlete at UCF, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sports & Exercise Science. 


Tristan’s passion has always been rooted in student-athlete development and enriching the community he is in. Outside of his role as an AFH University campus liaison, he is the Coordinator of student-athlete success programs and assistant strength & conditioning coach at Emory University.

Marta Ribeiro | Graphic Design Consultant

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).

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Ashanté Gatlin

AFH University Intern

Ashanté is a native of San Diego, CA and Chula Vista High School graduate. She fell in the love with the game of soccer at the age of 3 and continues that passion for the sport as a third-year member of Southern University Soccer team.

She is currently majoring in Mechanical engineering and sociology with hopes of a career specializing in automotive design. Ashanté enjoys donating her time to give back to the community. Last year, she received a NIL deal from Exxon YMCA. She utilized this opportunity to host a soccer camp for youth in Baton Rouge.

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Hailey Day

AFH University Intern

Hailey is from Rogers, AR, and graduated from Rogers High School. She has been running since 5th grade and continues her running career on the LSU Track and Field and Cross Country team.

She is currently majoring in Social Work with a minor in Sociology. She is working towards a career as an attorney ad litem. Hailey has a passion for serving others. In the summer she works as a camp counselor at Camp OTX where she works with children ages 6-16.