Volo Kids Foundation

Meet our team

OUR STAFF

NAYLA BAUTISTA​

PRESIDENT

FAVORITE SPORT: ALL THE SPORTS!​

Play provides a fun and engaging way for people of all ages to learn, grow and connect. In addition to experiencing the physical and mental benefits of being active, we learn how to support others, compete respectfully and be on a team - the benefits of which continue long after the play session has ended.

- Nayla

JEN RIFKIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FAVORITE SPORT: FLAG FOOTBALL

Play is so powerful for children because it gives them the opportunity to practice invaluable skills in a structured environment that they will carry with them through the rest of their lives. Simultaneously, it provides an opportunity to be active, be social, and have fun!

- Jen

KELLY TOKASZ

NATIONAL FINANCE AND OPERATIONS SENIOR MANAGER 

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

Play is powerful because it helps us grow personally and as members of the communities where we play. Play is more than just athletic performance - it is an opportunity to lead, support, try something new, learn from failure, and achieve goals all while having fun.

- Kelly

AMBER WEINER

NATIONAL 
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

FAVORITE SPORT: SKEEBALL

Play is a universal language; it’s an experience that evokes our most inner child. It provides invaluable opportunities to connect with one another, explore personal interests, power our body and mind and nourish our soul. Play is the cornerstone to a healthy and active life, and EVERY kid deserves the access and opportunity to experience it.

-Amber 

EMILY DAVIS

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING

FAVORITE SPORT: SOCCER, FOOTBALL & RUGBY

Kids who get to play have the opportunity to showcase their personalities, find joy in being active, and develop invaluable social skills.

- Emily

NATE ROOS

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS AND EVENTS

Favorite Sport: BASKETBALL

The power of play extends far beyond the playing field. Play not only provides immense phsyical and mental health benefits, it also teaches valuable skills that help in all aspects of life such as teamwork, creativity, social skills, and overcoming challenges. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a safe place to play, develop these skills, and have fun!

-Nate

NICK VOTTA

NATIONAL PROJECT MANAGER

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

Play is so powerful because it allows kids to practice life skills that they will carry on as they grow older. Play gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and build relationships that could last forever.

- Nick

JEFFRY PABON​

NATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER​

FAVORITE SPORT: FLAG FOOTBALL​

Play is an amazing, beautiful, and powerful aspect to any child’s development. Kids aren’t just learning how to dribble a basketball, how to throw a football, or pass a soccer ball. They are learning awesome life lessons such as how to work with others, how to become a leader, how to make decisions under pressure, and much much more!

- Jeffry

KRISTEN OGLE

National Marketing Manager

Favorite Sport: Soccer

The opportunity to play is one of the most powerful things that a child can be introduced to. Play can give each child the ability to stay active, make friends, and learn the most valuable life lessons all while having fun! Kids don't even realize they are building so much character - and that itself shows how powerful play is. Looking back, play has shaped me into who I am today!

-Kristen

JASMINE COBY

BALTIMORE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

FAVORITE SPORT: LACROSSE AND FOOTBALL

To me, Play is power! Play builds character. Play teaches children discipline, self-awareness, resilience, team building and many other skills that will transfer later in many aspects of life while having fun, building lifelong relationships and staying active. Personally, play aided me tremendously in stepping out of my comfort zone and I believe it does the same for other children. Play is essential to every age

- Jasmine C.

KATI WOOD​

BALTIMORE PROGRAM AND OUTREACH MANAGER​

FAVORITE SPORT: VOLLEYBALL​

Children should get the chance to figure out what sports they like. Volo Kids provides the opportunity for children to explore all the sports and learn all new skills. These skills are also great for life and not just sports. Leadership and teamwork are big things learned on a sports field or courts and Volo Kids helps provide these important skills to all kids.

- Kati

DEVIN SCOTT

BALTIMORE PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

Playing is a way to exert energy and strengthen imagination. This is important because the energy used to play is now turned into skills that is often needed for work and relationships later in life.

-Devin

JENNY SAAVEDRA

D.C PROGRAM AND OUTREACH MANAGER

FAVORITE SPORT: VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER

Play is so powerful to kids and adults. As an indoor kid, growing up, I learned by being in sport leagues as an adult that the power of play helps improve social skills, builds leadership skills and helps grow confidence in participating sports. Kids need play to gain valuable life lessons they will carry into adulthood. I am so grateful that Volo has provided me with a chance to love sports and give kids the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors and engage in sportsmanship.

- Jenny

MOLLY GILLARD

D.C PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: LACROSSE, BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL

Having the ability to play is impactful at any age. As a kid I tried every sport which has helped me discover what I am good at today. It taught me leadership, toughness, and confidence and also brought me some of my life long friends. Every kid deserves the chance to have a safe space to grow and learn through the power of play.

- Molly

KENZIE WILLIAMS

DENVER PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: ANY AND ALL!

Play is so powerful for kids because it gives them a chance to start figuring out what makes them so happy in life. It's amazing to see how play and sports can teach kids other character traits that they will use for the rest of their lives; leadership, teamwork, respect. I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't have a coach who took the time to help me grow and believe in me.

- Kenzie

CHRIS TELLEZ

N.Y.C. PROGRAM AND OUTREACH MANAGER

FAVORITE SPORT: FLAG FOOTBALL

Everyone has their own experience when it comes to play. It is beautiful to see how universal play is, and how many souls I am able to touch being that I now coach kids from all over the world living in New York. From my experiences, play has become very personal to me- it is making sure that no matter who you are, where you are from, or how much you have - you have the ability to play.

- Chris

JOSH HUESCA

SAN DIEGO PROGRAM AND OUTREACH MANAGER

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

All children should have the opportunity to play! Play is so impactful, and powerful because it teaches kids life values like selflessness, leadership, loyalty, tenacity and so much more! Play can also be used as an outlet for kids to escape and depress. Play has made me the person I am today and taught me so much that I am grateful for!

-Josh

JAMES CABRAL

SAN FRANCISCO PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: BASEBALL

Play is extremely powerful especially for youth players. Sports teach so many important core values such as team-work, sportsmanship, perseverance and hardwork that will help you through the rest of your life. Volo Kids provides thousands of kids nationwide the power to play, the impact and lasting positive impression that each of these program leaves is extremely important and will benefit each kid going forward.

-James