Our Staff, Teams, and Board of Directors

Nick GatesFounder & Influence Team Leader

A graduate of Harvard University, Nick was a business executive in the Premier League for Middlesbrough FC in 2000. In 2008 he founded Coaches Across Continents, which has impacted thousands of communities on all six continents over the past decade and been recognized with 27 major awards.

Brian SuskiewiczChief Executive Strategist

Brian holds a Masters Degree in Education from Boston College. Following twelve years coaching professionally at the university level in the USA he joined CAC in 2010 and has guided the organization to 27 global awards. He was a co-author on CAC's Self-Directed Learning methodology featured in the journal Soccer & Society.

Nora DooleyImpact Team Leader

Nora graduated from Columbia University in 2012 and joined Grassroot Soccer for a yearlong internship. Nora joined CAC in 2013 and has led trainings for leaders in over 35 countries across 5 continents. She is now lead consultant for our 75 current community partners providing 28 strategic resources to them annually.

Adam BurgessInnovate Team Leader

After working as a sports coach in the UK, USA, and Kenya Adam completed an MBA in International Sports Management from Coventry University. Since joining CAC full-time Adam has managed the organizations corporate partnerships, foundation partnerships, fundraising, and marketing.

Charlie CrawfordInstruct Team Leader & SDL Educator

Charlie graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Haverford College. Charlie started off as a volunteer with CAC throughout his university years and joined as a full-time staff member after his graduation in 2015. Now Charlie manages CAC Instruct delivery with 48 partners globally.

Kylla SjomanInnovate & Impact Team

Kylla is a Canadian footballer. She plays for SK Slavia Praha and has previously played for Celtic L.F.C. and Sunderland. She has also represented the Canada women's national soccer team at senior international level. Kylla joined CAC in 2019 and contributes to our Impact and Innovate teams.

Jamie TomkinsonInstruct Team Leader & SDL Educator

Jamie has worked within community development through sport for 5 years with Spartans FC in Edinburgh. He was selected for the inaugural Michael Johnson Young Leaders program in 2016. After working with CAC as a Community Impact Coach in India, Armenia, Albania and Georgia he joined full-time in 2019.

Judith GatesBoard Member

Judith has been involved with CAC since inception. Our Self-Directed Learning methodology and Chance to Choice Philosophy is built on principles Judith developed from her long career in education. Judith designed our Theory of Change and continues to play an instrumental role in our development.

Seamus MalinBoard Member

Seamus is a US Soccer Hall of Famer. He was a commentator on World Cup, Champions League and NASL for ESPN, NBC, ABC, CBS and TNT. He recruited Nick to Harvard and has been involved in their admissions for many years. Seamus is a key adviser to CAC having served on our board since inception.

Coaches Across Continents has a dedicated and diverse group of individuals who make up our staff, teams, and board of directors. They include ex-English Premier League executives, US Soccer Hall of Fame members, World Cup Champions, professional coaches, Harvard graduates, world travelers, and business professionals. As a group they are able to complement each others strengths and deliver an organization which continues to be a global leader in sport for social impact.

To ensure that our 501 (c) 3 organization and UK-registered charity run as efficiently as possible, we have created four unique boards and teams to help guide our operations.

1. The Board of Directors oversees the whole organization and ensures that we run an efficient business.
2. The Education Advisory Team works on our curriculum, on-line mentoring, and On-Field education. They also are committed to volunteer and staff recruitment.
3. The Business Advisory Team examines how we best develop our not-for-profit business model and connects with grants, foundations, and corporations for partnerships.
4. The ASK For Choice Advisory Team works to bring gender policies to life around the world, as well as the sustainability of this initiative.

CAC's Sophie Legros sums up the feelings of the team when she says that “I am still amazed at the power soccer has to transcend language or cultures and to connect people.”

Click to learn more about our various Board Opportunities.

Board of Directors- USA

Steve Bowsher, Executive Vice President In-Q-Tel & Harvard University 1990
Bill Gates, former Middlesbrough player 1961-1974
Seamus Malin, US Soccer Hall of Fame

Board of Directors- UK

Nick D'Onofrio, Co-Founder North Asset Management
Nick Gates, Founder CAC
Derek Mills, former VP Deutsche Bank

ASK for Choice Advisory Team

Kelly Conheeney, NWSL & Virginia Tech
Dr. Judith Gates
, Durham University
Beverly Leon, FA Premier League & Columbia University
Marie Margolius, ESPN & Harvard University
Andrea Montalbano, Harvard University
Susie Petruccelli, Harvard University
Margeret Purce, Harvard University

Education Advisory Team

Mike Calise, Harvard Women's Ass't Coach & Boston College
Tracy Noonan, 1999 World Cup Winner & UNC-Chapel Hill
Dr. Andy Old, Harvard University
John O'Sullivan, Changing the Game Project & Fordham University
Carrie Taylor University of Michigan
Tim Wheaton, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Staci Wilson, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist & UNC-Chapel Hill

Business Advisory Team

Christian Aviza, Fidelity & Georgetown University
Alicia Byrnes-Johnson, Crescent Bay & Harvard University
Nick D'Onofrio, Co-Founder North Asset Management & Harvard University
Nick Hotchkin, CFO Weight Watchers & Harvard University
David Kramer, KM Capital & Harvard University
Marie Margolius, ESPN & Havard University
Ciaran McArdle, XL Sports & York University
Zee Rahim, Chief Strategy Officer VIDGO & University of Virginia

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