OUR TEAM

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Josh Erickson, MBA

Program Director, Beyond Sports

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.

Josh@beyondsportstours.com

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Annika Wachtman

Director of Program Development

Annika oversees GLASS enrollment and program development. She is a former GLASS Mentor and is a 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. 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.

Annika@beyondsportsglass.com

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Megan Theiller

Director of Operations

Megan oversees program logistics and Playa Flamingo community relations. Prior to serving as our Director of Operations, 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.

Megan@beyondsportsglass.com

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Silvia Betancourt

Costa Rica 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.

Silvia@beyondsportstours.com

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Kris Brackmann

Spain Director

Kris is our Spain Director. The former Seattle Times Athlete of the Year graduated from Claremont McKenna College where she led her basketball team to four SCIAC league championships and four NCAA DIII appearances. With a passion to live abroad and discover more of this beautiful world she moved to Spain in 2017 and keeps in shape by competing in her other favorite sport, beach volleyball. Kris loves being able to stay connected to student-athletes and introducing them to new cultures. 

 

Kris@saabroad.com

 

OUR 2022 GLASS MENTORS

 
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Ali Cucinotta

North Carolina Wesleyan College | Lacrosse, Cross Country

Ali is a 2021 GLASS Mentor who is joining us for a second summer. She is a former standout student-athlete from North Carolina Wesleyan College. While at NCWC, Ali was a four-year captain and four-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 with a degree in communications and cinema media arts.

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Sarah Emigh

California State University, Chico | Soccer

Sarah joins us as a former three-year team captain for the women’s soccer team at California State University, Chico. While on the soccer team at Chico, Sarah was the 2022 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, recognized as 3X All-Conference athlete, and earned eight All-Academic CCAA awards. She'll return to Chico this fall for one more semester in her nursing program. Sarah is a 2019 Beyond Sports program alum and is eager to give back to young student-athletes through GLASS.

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Michaela Morrison

Denison University | Swim

Michaela is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, OH where she double majored in Global Commerce and Spanish. While at Denison, Michaela was a four-year member of the Women’s Swim & Dive team, qualifying to compete for her team at Nationals in 2019 and 2020. As a 7x All-American Swimmer, she earned 7 top-16 finishing places in her National events throughout 2019 and 2020. Michaela is most proud of her hard work throughout her time at Denison, which culminated in academic success -- earning a spot on the Dean's List her senior year. Following graduation, Michaela returned to Denison as an assistant swim coach.

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Alaina Raybon

Michigan State University | Gymnastics

Alaina is a former four-year member of the Michigan State University gymnastics team, where she served as a captain in her senior year. She is a 2020 recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and a 3X All-Academic Big Ten awardee. While at MSU, Alaina majored in journalism, with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and served on the first all-women athletic leadership council during her junior and senior years. Outside of school, Alaina volunteered as a club gymnastics coach. She loves mentoring young athletes and aspires to be a D1 gymnastics coach in the future.

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Fabiola Padilla Ríos

College of New Rochelle | Volleyball

Fabiola joins our team as a graduate of The College of New Rochelle and The University of Derby where she received a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Sports Psychology, respectively. At the College of New Rochelle, she served as a captain for the women's volleyball team during her junior and senior years. After undergrad, she continued on to become a sports scholar for the University of Derby in England, where she helped the team win the University League. Fabiola is a native of Puerto Rico, but has also lived in the US, England, and studied abroad in France.  In the future, Fabiola wants to help in the development of children and communities through access to sports and arts. She is a traveler and entrepreneur eager to help female student-athletes to unleash their full potential.

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Carli Cutler (Spain Mentor)

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. After undergrad, Carli earned a master's degree in Sport Psychology from Fresno State (CA) while serving as a graduate assistant for the softball team. She is now a full-time D1 assistant softball coach at Nicholls State University in Louisiana.