Meet Our Staff
Programs Consultant / Regional Manager – Denver
In this role, Ellen supports PlaySmart’s youth development activities at the local and national level. Ellen provides leadership to PlaySmart’s Denver programs while also helping to facilitate activities for the organization throughout the country. She has been instrumental in the development of the PlaySmart Academy helping it to grow in content and cities where it is held.
Ellen has over 20 years coaching and playing experience in collegiate athletics. She coached at the Division I level both as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2005, she transitioned from court coaching to a brand new arena, as branch manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Her coaching skills quickly transferred to the financial world and she became an Assistant Vice President in 2006. In addition to her duties with PlaySmart, Ellen is the supervisor of athletics for Denver Public Schools and oversees the sport programming for 33 middle schools and 11 high schools.
Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and philosophy from the University of Bridgeport where she led her team to its first ever NCCA tournament appearance and was the student-athlete of the year. Ellen also holds a master’s degree in sport management from East Stroudsburg University. Ellen can be reached at email@example.com
Regional Manager – Omaha
John leads PlaySmart’s efforts in Omaha by working with the local advisory board and national board member. He is a figurehead in the Omaha community and has furthered PlaySmart’s mission of working with at-risk kids and by helping to partner with mission similar organizations. He has received numerous awards for his community work and most recently helped PlaySmart land the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the United Way of the Midlands.
In addition to his PlaySmart duties, John is the East Regional Director for the Special Olympics, President of the Heartland Youth Football League and coach, board member at the Nothing but Net Foundation and the Playmakers Mentoring organization. John is also the Nebraska marketing director for USA Football. He loves coaching football and using sports as vehicle to teach life skills which is a perfect fit for PlaySmart! John can be reached at John@playsmart.org.
Regional Manager – Oklahoma City
Casi heads up PlaySmart’s programs and outreach in Oklahoma City. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Casi brings a vast experience in education and youth development to the organization. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Casi taught high school students for seven years and is an avid volunteer with a variety youth centered organizations in the area. Casi can be reached at Casi@playsmart.org.
Regional Manager – New York
Liz coordinates PlaySmart’s summer and year-round programs in the New York area. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Health Education from Columbia University. Liz is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has worked with both adult and adolescent populations. Liz can be reached at Liz@playsmart.org.
Darlene coordinates PlaySmart’s office functions, accounting and marketing efforts. As a Tampa native, she has been active in many community organizations and is passionate about working with PlaySmart. She worked for 15 years in Ybor City, the cigar capital of the world. Darlene enjoys traveling, networking and marketing activities. Darlene can be reached at Darlene@playsmart.org.