A three-sport athlete in college, Sarah Dwyer-Shick holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Denver. After a 15-year NCAA soccer coaching career, Sarah shifted her focus to youth development. As owner of SJI Training, she has worked with numerous youth clubs as a coach and consultant. Sarah served for five years as Director of Coaching for New York’s Girls North Olympic Development Program and coached for eight years with the NY Rush/Patriots Club. She is currently a Technical Director at Downtown United Soccer Club in Manhattan, and the Assistant Men’s Coach at Dutchess Community College.
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Andy Clayton is a veteran journalist who has called the New York Daily News sports department home since 2003. Clayton, who built the digital sports team from the ground up as NYDN.com's first full-time online sports editor, currently serves as Senior Content Editor, Digital Sports. The University of Denver graduate -- with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and a master's degree in Public Relations -- began his journalism career running the sports department for the Denver-based digital publishing company InfoBeat. He is also on the University of Denver's Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences alumni advisory board. Clayton, who lives in New York's Hudson Valley, is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Dr. d'Alary Dalton
d’Alary Dalton, a sports based youth development professional is Founder and Executive Director of Sol Soccer Club. She has been a soccer coach and director for more than 25 years at levels including youth, high school, and college, as well as for the Olympic Development Program. In addition to coaching and overseeing the day-to-day operations, d’Alary formulates strategic partnerships, alliances and sponsorships, sets strategic policy for the club and is responsible for the growth and development of the club. She started the women’s soccer program at Holy Names University while working toward her master’s degree in Education and completed her master's thesis on an evaluation of Sports4Kids (now Playworks). d’Alary received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She is originally from Santa Fe, N.M.
Susan J. Ragusa
Susan J. Ragusa counts over a decade in the nonprofit sector as a facilitator, trainer, coach, consultant and board member. She holds a master’s degree from New York University and applies her early career experience in education, along with her Training, Facilitation and Consulting Certificate from Marlboro College Center for New Leadership, as a workshop leader/presenter on organizational challenges and common-sense solutions. Susan is a veteran of the New York City Marathon, running it four times beginning in the late 1970s. She was among only 800 women in her initial marathon and experienced firsthand the lack of well-designed sports clothing and footwear for women in that era. Her personal history informs her advocacy of broader awareness that essential apparel is key to accomplishment ⎯ and with it, greater confidence and pride for girls and women in their physical and social selves.
Katharine R. Saunders
Katharine R. Saunders is Managing Associate General Counsel at Verizon, where she represents the company on telecommunications policy and legal issues before the Federal Communications Commission and in federal court. Prior to joining Verizon, Katharine was in private practice with Latham & Watkins and Jenner & Block, and clerked for the Hon. Eric L. Clay on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Katharine graduated with honors from the University of Michigan law school and from Johns Hopkins University, where she played goalkeeper on the varsity women’s soccer team. She currently also serves on the Board of Directors for Appletree Institute and the United States Eventing Foundation.
Currently the Director of Coaching for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association, Jene’ Baclawski has tremendous experience as a youth club coach, instructor, Academy Director, board member, and Olympic Development Program coach. Additionally, she spends her time advancing the beautiful game as an instructor for the South Texas Coaching Education program, a coordinator with Soccer Across America, and a member of the NSCAA Youth Girls Advocacy Group.
Jene' spent many years coaching at the NCAA Division III collegiate level as the Head Women’s Coach at Southwestern University and Assistant Women’s Coach at Emory University. Jene' holds both USSF “A” and National Youth licenses. She earned a master's degree in Women's Studies from Georgia State University focusing on issues of gender and sports.
Recognized as a courageous and passionate communicator, Molly Grisham’s keynote addresses and leadership workshops inspire and set people in motion. She is passionate about building teams, developing leaders, designing custom workshops, and utilizing personality assessments for personal growth. Grisham is extremely dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders.
Molly brings the experience of 20 years in coaching at the collegiate, high school and club levels, entrepreneurial spirit of a successful business builder, communication skills of an author and storyteller, and 10+ years as an adjunct professor and curriculum builder to every client engagement. Grisham has helped athletes reach and exceed personal goals, teams become more productive, leaders achieve new heights, and companies be more competitive in their markets through highly engaging programs, curriculum, and workshops.
Ruth Nicholson is the founder of GO!, a 24/7 resource and training platform offering youth sports organizations proven governance, leadership, and administrative tools. Since its launch in mid-2017, Ruth and the GO! staff have fielded inquiries and worked with coaches, clubs, state associations, and leagues in 19 North American states and provinces, as well as others in Europe, South America, Australia, and Africa. An internationally-certified professional facilitator, mediator, and organizational alchemist, Ruth was a national finalist for the 2018 Hudl Innovator of the Year award.