Girls Leadership Academy for Service & Sport - Our Team
Grant is a former 3-sport college athlete who studied abroad during graduate school at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Over the last nine years, he’s developed dozens of programs to serve student-athletes from nearly every NCAA sport working with coaches, athletics directors, international education professionals and university faculty. Grant is responsible for university relations and identifying unique opportunities and partners abroad to facilitate new program development.
Josh is a former college basketball player and college basketball coach who lived abroad in Costa Rica for five years managing program operations and international staff. He was the Head Coach of the Costa Rica Men’s National Basketball Team, the Costa Rica Women’s National Team and top professional teams in the country. Josh manages partner relationships and program delivery across all programs and sports ensuring a smooth transition from program planning to execution.
Marissa has participated in sports as an athlete, coach, and administrator. She has a PhD in Relational Communication, Culture, and Sport and has held teaching positions at the University of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on athlete identity and sport culture and her background includes student-athlete support services within the University of Denver athletic department. Marissa specializes in curricular development, service-learning, and community relations. She has coordinated core curriculum, first-year learning communities, and assessment for her past departments. Marissa now oversees all of our academic programs and lives with her family on our Playa Flamingo campus in Costa Rica.
Annika oversees GLASS enrollment, program development, and program operations. She is a former GLASS Mentor and co-founder of the program. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Annika has been living in Costa Rica for almost two years. Prior to joining our team, she managed over 70 student ambassadors in her role with the Capital University Admission office. Annika is passionate about mentorship and service and has experience coaching youth softball and leading summer basketball camps. Annika was first introduced to Beyond Sports during an undergraduate internship. Annika is a former collegiate basketball player and graduated from Capital University with a degree in Public Relations and International Studies.
Megan is our primary extension into the Playa Flamingo and Guanacaste community in Costa Rica. Megan plays a critical role in managing relationships with our partnered non-profits, as well as assuring that Beyond Sports is investing in the community. Prior to managing community relationships, Megan served as a GLASS Mentor and is a co-founder of the program. Megan received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Fairfield University, where she also made an impressive legacy as a three-year captain of the women’s volleyball team. Megan was a decorated scholar-athlete; she won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Female-Student Athlete of the Year and was the MAAC’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee in her senior year.
Prior to joining our team full time, Emily completed her MA degree in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Her previous experience includes working for American University's Washington Semester Program recruiting international and domestic students. She also worked for the Institute of International Education managing international exchange programs, including the Fulbright Scholar Program. She ran track and field and cross country at Dickinson College and spent two years studying and teaching English in Northern Italy.
Silvia is one of Costa Rica's most accomplished athletes having played Division I soccer and basketball in the United States. She received all-conference honors on the field and in the classroom. Silvia has represented her country on both the Costa Rica National Soccer and Basketball Teams. Prior to joining our organization, she directed programs for Special Olympics of Costa Rica and continues to manage the Beyond Sports - Special Olympics partnership as a member of Special Olympics' Board of Directors.