Staff & Board | Helping Athlete Causes & Sports Philanthropy

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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.

Chris Wyttenbach | Vice President | Athletes for Hope

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 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.

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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.

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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Kylie Reeves

Digital Marketing & Media Manager

Kylie manages all 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. She currently coaches elementary school soccer through Boston Scores.

Connect with Kylie on LinkedIn.

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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.

Reyana Miller

Atlanta Campus Liaison, AFH University

In her role as Campus Liaison for AFH University Atlanta, Reyana will be working with Emory University, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, coordinating workshops for student-athletes and connecting them to community service opportunities.

Originally from Rialto, CA, Reyana graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal justice and a minor in psychology. At Clark Atlanta, she was an Honors Student and played on the basketball team where she was named MVP in 2020.

She says her love and passion for basketball and dedication to school have been the tools that have helped her get to where she is today.

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.

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Ivan Blumberg

Strategic Advisor

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.

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Rachel Chao

Social Work & Public Health Graduate Intern

Rachel is a candidate for a Master’s of Public Health and Master’s of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and a board-certified music therapist. Rachel’s interest in sports philanthropy came from her time working in the pediatric oncology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is passionate about working in disability populations, pediatric populations, as well as in hospital settings. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running, baking, and spending time with family.

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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Danae Rivers

Intern, Event Planning

Danae Rivers is currently a professional runner sponsored by Under Armour. Throughout the mornings, Danae is committed to diligently training and achieving her goals. Off the track, Danae is passionate about finding ways to impact her community through outreach and volunteering. At Penn State University she learned how to manage social media content and develop personal brand marketing skills. Recently, she finished her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Integrative Arts degree and hopes to continue developing her professional skills.

As the AFH Event Intern, Danae will support all planning, strategy and marketing efforts of AFH’s 16th Anniversary Celebration.