AmeriCorps VISTAsAt Up2Us Sports, we work to increase the capacity of our more than 1,300 member organizations who use sports to make a positive impact.Sports has the power to pull young people out of poverty by providing them with positive adult-mentors in the form of coaches, giving them access to opportunities to learn and take risks in a safe environment, and providing them a pathway to education, leadership and job skills. The Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA program, now in its eighth year, is a critical part of this effort.

Each year, a cohort of roughly 30 Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at member organizations all over the country and commit one year of their lives to service through sports. They mobilize community members, build partnerships, recruit and manage volunteers and help their organizations raise funds for program growth.

Nowhere has VISTA impact been more profound than here at Up2Us Sports. Since our founding, VISTA members placed internally at Up2Us Sports have been critical to our success and growth:

  • They were the first line of regional expansion, working all over the country to develop sports-based youth development communities where none existed. This work paved the way for the fully-staffed, thriving regional offices we have today.
  • Up2Us Sports VISTA members are responsible for many of the systems we have for fundraising and have been pivotal in our development department’s success.
  • Our most recent VISTA members have provided measurement and evaluation support for our coaching program nationally and are working to build systems that allow our regional staff to evaluate their coaches more efficiently.

AmeriCorps VISTAEach year, the Up2Us Sports VISTA Leader works closely with all VISTA members, those at Up2Us Sports and those at member organizations, to provide support, training and professional development opportunities.

As an official Employer of National Service, we are proud of the great things that our internal VISTA alumni have gone on to do. In fact, you don’t need to look far to find them – there are currently five former internal VISTAs working full-time at Up2Us Sports. Take a look below to read about these five, as well as 27 other former internal VISTAs, and where they’re at now!


Current full-time Up2Us Sports staff

Alex Bondy
VISTA: 2011-2013, Marketing Associate
NOW: Senior Manager, Brand Design and Social Media

Bobby Gendimenico
VISTA: 2014-2015, Regional Associate – New Orleans
NOW: Program Manager, New Orleans

Julie McMillan
VISTA: 2010-2012, Development Associate
NOW: Development Manager

Casey Stewart
VISTA: 2015-2016, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
NOW: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Jacob Toups
VISTA: 2011-2013, Regional Coordinator – Los Angeles
NOW: Senior Regional Manager, Los Angeles


Former full-time Up2Us Sports staff

Alysse Engleman
VISTA: 2011-2013, Regional Coordinator- Chicago
2013-2015: Senior Regional Manager – Chicago


Susan Golbe
VISTA: 2011-2013, Research Associate
2013-2016: Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation
NOW: MBA Candidate at Dartmouth College

Leah Mehl-Laituri
VISTA: 2012-2014, VISTA Leader
2014-2015: Program Manager – Capacity Building
NOW: Program Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service


Former Up2Us Sports VISTAs

Jessica Burdick
VISTA: 2009-2010, Research Associate
NOW: Project Coordinator, Chicago School Readiness Project at NYU

Regan Colestock
VISTA: 2009-2010, Development Associate
NOW: Assistant Online Marketing Manager, Oxford University Press

Heather Langerman
VISTA: 2009-2010, Member Services Coordinator
NOW: Manager, Corporate Strategy, Cardinal Health

Mark Macdonald
VISTA: 2009-2010, Outreach Associate
NOW: Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Thuzio

Rena Deitz
VISTA: 2010-2012, External Relations and Membership Associate/VISTA Leader
NOW: Education Specialist, International Rescue Committee

Hillary Mulka
VISTA: 2010-2011, Regional Coordinator – New York
NOW: Senior Account Executive, Campbell Marketing & Communications

Kelsey Pullar
VISTA: 2010-2011, Research Associate
NOW: Research Coordinator Lead, University of Washington Surgical Outcomes Research Center

Karlee Weinmann
VISTA: 2010-2011, Member Services Associate
NOW: Research Associate, Institute for Local Self Reliance

Matt Doyle
VISTA: 2011-2012, Membership Services Coordinator
NOW: Marketing and Events Intern, Laureus USA; Graduate Student at Columbia University (MS in Sport Management)

Colin Meadow
VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – New York
NOW:  District Sales Manager, Boathouse Sports

Nicole Pond
VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – Denver
NOW: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Denver

Danielle Royster
VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – Boston
NOW: Morning Show Producer, Cumulus Media

Vilma Uribe
VISTA: 2011-2012, Regional Coordinator – Boston
NOW: Residency Advocacy Coordinator, The Second Step

DeShaun Wright

VISTA: 2011-2012, Communications Associate
NOW: Freelance Videographer

Anna Davazo
VISTA: 2012-2013, Regional Coordinator – New York
NOW: Family Worker, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Sara Robinson
VISTA: 2012- 2014, Marketing, Communications and Events Associate
NOW: Account Coordinator, McCann Torre Lazur

Alexandra Kong
VISTA: 2013-2014, Development Associate
NOW: Chefs Cycle Coordinator, No Kid Hungry

Lauren Shaman
VISTA:  2013-2014, Research and Training Associate
NOW:  Master of Public Administration Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Indiana University Bloomington

Hannah Abassi
VISTA:  2014-2015, VISTA Leader
NOW: Youth Program Assistant, Arab-American Family Support Center of New York

Kerry Doyle
VISTA: 2014-2015, Development Associate
NOW:  Operations Analyst, Animalz, Inc.

Kristen Aston Cruzata (formerly Miller)
VISTA: 2014-2015, Membership and Development Associate
NOW:  Development and Communications Officer, Air Quality Asia

Kathryn Esty
VISTA: 2014-2016, Research, Training and Evaluation Associate/VISTA Leader
NOW: Program Assistant, The Institute for Health and Recovery

Erick Guerra
VISTA: 2015-2016, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
NOW: Program Manager, The Motivational Edge

Dane Moist
VISTA: 2015-2016, Development Associate
NOW: Business Development Manager, Givergy US


Current internal VISTAs

Sam Pastor
VISTA: 2015-current, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Candace Burton
VISTA: 2016-current, VISTA Leader

Daniel Stein-Sayles
VISTA: 2016-current, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Monika Ivanova
VISTA: 2016-current, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Maddy Lang
VISTA: 2016-current, Development Associate