Grant Leslie, MBA
Director of Program Development
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 Erickson, MBA
Director of Program Operations
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.
GLASS Program Manager
Annika oversees GLASS enrollment, program development, and program delivery. She is a former GLASS Mentor and co-founder of the program. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Annika lived in Costa Rica for almost two years while helping build the foundation for GLASS. 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 high school varsity basketball, youth softball and leading summer basketball camps. Annika is a former collegiate basketball player and graduated from Capital University with a degree in Public Relations and International Studies.
GLASS Operations Manager
Megan oversees program logistics, Beyond Sports Campus operations, and Playa Flamingo community relations. Prior to serving as our Operations Manager, Megan served as a GLASS Mentor and is a co-founder of the program. Originally from New York, she has been living in Costa Rica for the last three years. 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.
Costa Rica Site Director
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.
Spain Site Director
Kris was a former DIII basketball standout. She led her team to four league championships and was awarded numerous athletic and academic honors. She remains a competitive athlete, participating in Spanish beach volleyball leagues. Kris joined Student-Athletes Abroad as the Valencia Coordinator in 2019. She continues to play an important role in managing student enrollment and coordinating travel logistics for our programs in and around Spain.
OUR 2021 GLASS MENTORS
University of Connecticut | Softball
Carli is a former softball player from the University of Connecticut where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Psychology. Carli is a 2X All-Conference honoree and 3X team captain for UConn Softball. In her senior year, Carli helped lead her team to its best start in 25 years prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. Carli went to UConn with the goal of turning a struggling program into a championship-caliber team and through resilience and determination, she and her teammates helped shape the culture and the course of the program. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Sport Psychology from Fresno State (CA) while serving as a graduate assistant for the softball team.
Fisk University | Volleyball
One of Fisk's most outstanding student-athletes, Skye is a first-generation college student who graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Raised on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, she developed a strong interest in the natural environment and aspires to have a positive impact on the state of our wildlife and natural resources. As an athlete, Skye had the honor of representing St. Lucia at the international level in sand and indoor volleyball. Her most memorable athletic accomplishments include the Nanjing Youth Olympics games in 2014, St. Lucia's National Female Volleyball Player of the Year (2013- 2016), and First Team All-Conference (2019).
North Carolina Wesleyan College | Lacrosse, Cross Country
Ali joins our GLASS Mentor team as a former standout student-athlete from North Carolina Wesleyan College. While at NCWC, Ali was a 4-year captain and 4-year MVP of the women's lacrosse team. She also holds several school records for the women's lacrosse program, including the most goals scored in a single game (11 goals). In addition to on the field leadership, Ali served as the SAAC president for NCWC and managed the women's basketball team for three years. Ali graduated from NCWC in 2021 with a degree in communications and cinema media arts.
Hollins University | Basketball, Track & Field, Lacrosse
Cecelia is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete from Hollins University who, prior to her transfer, was a member of the varsity debate team at Johnson County Community College and studied abroad at Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg, Germany. Known especially for her academic performance, Cecelia is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Chi Alpha Sigma, and Phi Theta Kappa honors societies and was recognized as a member of the All-ODAC Academic Team, the Virginia SID All-State Academic Team, Hollins' Dean's List, and Johnson County's President's List. Her senior year, Cecelia was a co-captain of the basketball team, an officer for Hollins' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and qualified for indoor track conference championships in multiple events.
Washington College | Soccer
During her time at Washington College, Olivia was known for her leadership ability and her dedication to academics and the athletic community. As captain of the Women's Soccer team, she led the team to their winningest season in program history and transformed the program culture. She was named a 2X All-Centennial Conference selection, 2X Team MVP and is the Women's Soccer record holder for career points, career goals, and career assists. Olivia was also dedicated to giving back to the community through programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Día de Fútbol, Helping Hands Club, and ATHENAS. As a Beyond Sports program alum, Olivia is excited to continue to serve the athletic community and inspire the next generation of female athletes.