BOARD

JUNIOR

Mike oversees the strategy and execution behind the marketing of Digiday Media's three media brands.

He grew up in Smithtown and currently lives on the Upper East Side.

"As a former student-athlete, I realize the important lessons that balancing athletics and academics can teach. Teamwork, hard work, leadership. In only a short time with ASNY, I've seen those characteristics come out in spades in the kids and it's amazing."


A favorite soccer memory: "In a playoff game at SUNY Geneseo, my teammate scored a golden goal in overtime. I just remember running on a dead sprint from my own goal to the other side of field. I couldn't get to the celebration fast enough."

Mike joined the Junior Board in 2016.

Mike Madarasz 
Digiday,  Board Chair
Delia McGee 
NBC Universal, Board Vice-Chair

Delia grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Jersey City.

"I started working with SCORES through the Summer Cup tournament; HBO was invited to play and I was able to get the support to start a team and play our first tournament in 2014!  Since then, we’ve been competing every year in both the Summer and Winter Cups which helped me learn more about SCORES and what the organization does. When the Junior Board started, I knew I wanted to be a part of it to raise money and support both the soccer and poetry programs. I’m so happy to be a part of the SCORES team and to contribute to the students of NY!"


A favorite poem: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou


A favorite soccer memory: "I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5. The main memories that stand out are the varsity championships we won in high school. I played for an awesome high school that consistently won our county and conference championships and made it past the first few rounds of the state tournament. I’ve enjoyed the sport throughout my life so much that I’ve coached for the past 3 years, and still play in a local fun league."

Delia joined the Junior Board in 2015. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here

Liz grew up in Alexandria, VA and has been a proud Brooklyn resident since 2015.

"I have been a member of the Junior Board for two years, and a poetry coach for one! I love America SCORES New York because it allows me to combine my two favorite things -- performance poetry, and working with kids."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “What my country / does for me is enter / me like a room, becomes the furniture,

/ the wall, the painting on the wall, / the white spot where painting used to sing”

(Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night by Morgan Parker)

Liz joined the Junior Board in 2015. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Liz Desio 
Estée Lauder, Board Secretary
Landon Baker
Tailwind Capital

Landon is an associate at Tailwind Capital. He grew up in Old Westbury, NY and currently lives in Greenwich Village.

"America SCORES New York is hugely positive for the surrounding community; however, its impact truly cannot be quantified. After attending my first Jamboree event and seeing the endless smiles on the students’ faces, it became even more apparent that America SCORES changes lives for so many students in underserved areas of NYC, and that was something that I needed to be a part of."

A favorite soccer memory: "I’ve been playing soccer ever since I started walking, and the sport has provided me with so many amazing memories along the way. From playing on my first travel soccer team to reaching the state finals in high school to traveling internationally with my university’s club team, soccer has given back to me more than I can express in words, and I’m sure that it can do the same for these students as well."

Landon joined the Junior Board in 2017.

Supriya manages creative details of integrated marketing campaigns at Viacom. She grew up in Kansas and Florida, went to college in Boston, and now lives in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood.

 

"As a former student journalist and avid soccer player growing up, I was instantly drawn to ASNY's unique mission to encourage storytelling through poetry and soccer. Both taught me an incredible amount about myself, so contributing to an organization that gives local youth a chance to experience that for themselves just kind of feels like home."

 

A favorite line from a poem: "I wandered lonely as a cloud/ That floats on high o'er vales and hills/ When all at once I saw a crowd/ A host, of golden daffodils." -Daffodils by William Wordsworth

 

A favorite soccer memory: "My brother and I had the same soccer coach for all of high school which was so much fun. Since the boys played fall season and the girls played spring season, we'd get to practice with each other on our off-seasons which was the best. Also, our coach would make us be ball boy/girl for each other's games since he knew we shared a car and couldn't leave until the other's game was over!"

Supriya joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Supriya Muppala 
ViacomCBS
Calvin Lai 
ClassPass

 Calvin grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey and currently lives in Murray Hill.

"The beautiful game has the power to change lives, and America SCORES knows this better than anyone else. By empowering students with soccer, literacy programs, and service events, we want to help these students become the leaders of tomorrow while helping them do what they do best today – being kids."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “…seize the day, as little as possible trusting the future” (Ode 1.11 by Horace)


A favorite soccer memory: "Winning the college intramural soccer league after starting the team with one other friend. We were able to pull together a hodgepodge squad of 13 random people from all over campus – becoming close friends by the end of the season."

Calvin joined the Junior Board in 2017. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here

Samantha is an investor at Achieve Partners, where she focuses on investments in education and training. She grew up in New York City and currently lives in the West Village.

"I feel very lucky to be part of an organization that gives so many New York City kids an incredible opportunity to learn teamwork, commitment, and communication both on and off the field."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “Just like moons and like suns, / With the certainty of tides, / Just like hopes springing high, / Still I’ll rise.” (Still I Rise by Maya Angelou)


A favorite soccer memory: "It's hard for me to pinpoint one memory in 12 years of soccer as my favorite, but I will always cherish the laughs, smiles, and lasting friendship."

Samantha joined the Junior Board in 2017.

Samantha Schiff 
Achieve Partners
Alex Wathen 
Charter

Alex was born and raised in Colorado and spent a few years traveling before moving to NYC in 2015. Alex works on digitizing systems such as urban landscapes, healthcare delivery, and food supply chains. 
 

"It has been an absolute thrill collaborating with everyone from America SCORES and witnessing firsthand our positive impact!  I look forward to growing with this organization."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


A favorite soccer memory: "Watching my younger brother play an entire game holding a bagel, occasionally stopping to take a bite"

Alex joined the Junior Board in 2016. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Liam is an Associate in Blackstone’s Insurance Solutions Group. He is originally from East Islip, NY and currently lives in the Lower East Side

"Soccer and education played a huge role in my formative years. For this reason, I’m incredibly grateful to be part of an organization that uses soccer and poetry as a tool to teach kids invaluable life skills."

A favorite line from a favorite poem: “Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth / But trust me on the sunscreen.” (Sunscreen by Mary Schmich)


A favorite soccer memory: "Being a part of the University of Scranton’s run to the quarterfinals of the 2012 DIII national championship tournament,"

Liam joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Liam Connor 
Blackstone
Adam Schwab 
Alvarez & Marsal

Adam is a Senior Associate at Alvarez & Marsal’s Transaction Advisory Group. Adam is originally from South Florida and currently lives in the Upper East Side.

 

It’s been such an amazing journey partnering up with America SCORES. I feel so fortunate to be part of an organization that uses soccer and poetry to teach kids vital life skills and make a positive impact in our community.  I look forward to serving our community together!

 

A favorite soccer memory: "There have been so many great soccer moments for me, but one that sticks out was when I watched my team Germany beat Colombia during the World Cup. Soccer is such an amazing sport and has showed me how it can bring people together and build lifelong friendships."

Adam joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Abhi is an associate at Capital Dynamics. He grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania and lives in Tribeca.

 

"Soccer was a massive part of my life growing up and played an instrumental role in my academic and personal development. I am fortunate to be a part of an organization that provides New York City’s youth with a similar outlet to learn the benefits of hard work, perseverance, and humility."

 

A favorite line from a favorite poem: "We are not now that strength which in old days / Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; / One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson)”

 

A favorite soccer memory: “Watching Manchester United win the 2008 UEFA Champions League."

Abhi joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Abhi Basu 
Capital Dynamics
Caitlin Farrow

Caitlin is a Senior Strategist at Siegel+Gale, a global brand consulting firm. She grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario and now lives in Brooklyn.

A favorite soccer memory: "I was on a mission trip in Nicaragua. We were in a small rural village preparing food for children in the area, followed by an organized game of soccer. We handed out jerseys from a local soccer league back in Ontario and split them up into two teams and let the game begin. It was about thirty children and me playing together, surrounded by the community, and I will never forget the smiles on all of their faces (and the quick footwork around me!). It was a nice reminder of the power soccer has in uniting people, no matter their background."

Caitlin joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Libby works in Communications at Capstone Investment Advisors. She grew up in Cumberland, Maine, and currently lives on the Upper East Side.

‘Washed up’ collegiate athletes leave their comfortable bubbles on campus and enter the real world with giant holes in their hearts, trying to fill them with adult co-ed leagues, and I was certainly no exception. In getting involved with America SCORES and everything it gives to the kids – teachings of self-expression, introspection, and general harnessing of skills that stretch beyond the game – I’ve learned more about my own soccer career and myself retrospectively than I ever did in the moment.

 

A favorite line from a favorite poem: "Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; / What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. / Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." (Jean Anouilh)

 

A favorite soccer memory: "Winning my college’s first-ever conference championship!"

Libby joined the Junior Board in 2019. You can find her on Linkedin by clicking here.

Libby Thomas 
Capstone Investment Advisors
Katherine Davis 
Barclays

Katherine is currently an associate in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and currently lives in Brooklyn. 

"America SCORES is an incredibly unique organization that has the ability to change lives - after running the NYC Marathon for ASNY in 2019, I am incredibly motivated and excited to see what is in store for 2020 and the years to come!"

A favorite soccer memory: "On New Year's Day 2019, I brought my sister to her first Arsenal game in London for her 30th birthday - we decided to walk from Notting Hill all the way to the Emirates in the freezing cold but it was such an amazing bonding experience and so wonderful to watch our favorite team together to ring in the new year."

Katherine joined the Junior Board in 2019. You can find her on Linkedin by clicking here.