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Nick Monzi currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Learn Fresh, a national education nonprofit dedicated to enhancing student’s STEM and social-emotional achievement through sports and entertainment. Since the organization's founding, he has worked with global corporations, leading urban school districts, and national and regional after-school program providers to develop the Learn Fresh community program model. Since its launch in Cleveland during the fall of 2013, the experience has expanded to include initiatives with 30 professional sports teams and over 450,000 students. He has also driven the invention of four new programs, which have been funded and supported by team and league partners in North America, Africa, and Australia.

Nick earned a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing Management from Syracuse University, and completed his master's degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he took an active role in growing the presence of education innovation on Harvard's campus. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, he has been an active arts and music educator for the past decade.

For questions about our mission and vision, contact Nick via email at nick@learnfresh.org.


Nick Monzi

CEO & Co-Founder

Nick Monzi currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Learn Fresh, a national education nonprofit dedicated to enhancing student’s STEM and social-e...

Calvin Sibert is a “Game Changer.” His innate ability to impact change is evident in the way in which he approaches the classroom, his role as a father and his community involvement. He attended Western Michigan University and received his baccalaureate degree in education in 2002. Upon completing his degree, he initially had aspired to become a print and runway model. Nevertheless, he knew that he had been called by God to become a “role” model instead for students in the inner city of Detroit.

After his first year of teaching, Calvin created a behavior/financial literacy program called “The Money System.” This educational platform promoted character education, academic excellence and financial preparedness for young people. During his 20 years in the field of education, he has coached basketball, soccer, and cross country. In addition, he founded a ballroom dancing league called “The Smooth League” which introduced young people to the intricacies of ballroom dancing along with its etiquette and protocols.

Calvin possesses a passion for young people and education. He is the quintessential mentor, coach and encourager. His enthusiastic zeal for life and infectious optimism has and will continue to transform and revolutionize the lives of many. He is truly a man who practices what he preaches; and that’s how you change the game.

His interests include ballroom dancing, trying new restaurants, listening to motivational speakers, and spending time with family.

For questions about our program opportunities, contact Calvin via email at calvin@learnfresh.org.


Calvin Sibert

Chief Academic Officer

Calvin Sibert is a “Game Changer.” His innate ability to impact change is evident in the way in which he approaches the classroom, his role as a fa...

Colleen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been surrounded by athletics from a young age. Her family is made up of dedicated sports fans, and she grew up playing every sport that came her way. By middle school, she settled on water polo, and this led her to being recruited to play at UC Berkeley.

Berkeley is where she initially became interested in the link between sports and education, and she tied this into her studies and fieldwork with the Education Department. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2005, she has remained in the field of education. Her first position was with AmeriCorps VISTA at a middle school in Berkeley, CA, where she served as the Academic Coordinator for the Youth Support Program. This began her career working with low-income communities in the Bay Area, where she remained for over 10 years. Her main focus and expertise was to bring STEM curriculums to a network of schools in over 9 school districts, and to remain connected to curriculum trends on the national level.

Colleen now serves as the Chief Program Officer at Learn Fresh, and remains dedicated to providing all students a fun, engaging way to learn. She strongly believes in the ability of every child to succeed. Outside of her work life, Colleen can be found exploring everything in and around San Francisco. She is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, and all UC Berkeley sports. When she is not in the Bay Area, she is either in Kauai with her family or exploring hidden gems with her husband and children in Northern California.

For inquiries about national and regional programs and partnerships, contact Colleen via email at colleen@learnfresh.org.


Colleen Serafini

Chief Program Officer

Colleen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been surrounded by athletics from a young age. Her family is made up of dedicate...

Jeff is a forward thinking individual who strongly believes in the positive impacts that a fundamental education can provide. At Learn Fresh, Jeff works with NBA and NFL teams, suppliers, and other external partners to schedule, coordinate, and execute a wide variety of events. Jeff is also responsible for the redesign and expansion of the company’s program management platform, the Learn Fresh Coaches Association, and the streamlining of the company's distribution systems.

Outside of Learn Fresh, Jeff has received a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing Management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. In his spare time, you can find him on the slopes, in the kitchen, or exploring new destinations.

For questions about events and operations, contact Jeff via email at jeff@learnfresh.org.

Jeff Drexler

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff is a forward thinking individual who strongly believes in the positive impacts that a fundamental education can provide. At Learn Fresh, Jeff ...

Kaitlyn comes to Learn Fresh with nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit development. As an emerging leader in the sector, she strongly believes that every person has the power to create transformative impact in our world!

Kaitlyn has dedicated her career to raising support for organizations in the healthcare and education spaces, holding staff and leadership positions at organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Rutgers University Foundation. While a student at Penn State University, Kaitlyn’s passion for philanthropy was developed by supporting pediatric cancer research and family support through the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON).

As the Chief Development Officer for Learn Fresh, she is excited to work with our community of supporters to expand access to high-quality, student-focused education programs. Kaitlyn aims to work collaboratively with leadership and benefactors to scale the organization’s reach and changemaking ability.

In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her family and dog Winston! You will often find her at home pleading with him to “Stop barking!”

For questions about corporate, institutional, or personal philanthropy, contact Kaitlyn via email at kaitlyn@learnfresh.org.


Kaitlyn Woodward Patterson

Chief Development Officer

Kaitlyn comes to Learn Fresh with nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit development. As an emerging leader in the sector, she strongly believe...

Sumner Becker is a musician, writer, and educator from White River Junction, Vermont. As Director of Communications, he guides the organization's overall narrative, communications strategies, and press engagement. He also produces, engineers, and edits the Learn Fresh Podcast. Sumner joined the Learn Fresh team in 2016, and was involved in the early creation of the Learn Fresh brand in 2013. In addition to his work with Learn Fresh, Sumner is a full-time musician, and has toured extensively across North America and globally as a saxophonist with NYC-based soul-pop band Lawrence.

Sumner graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in International Relations. He worked as an AmeriCorps Teaching Artist with Providence CityArts For Youth, a community arts organization, for a year before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where he currently lives. Outside of his work and music, Sumner is a runner and lifelong athlete, with particular loves for soccer and hockey.

For questions about media and communications, contact Sumner via email at sumner@learnfresh.org.

Sumner Becker

Director of Communications

Sumner Becker is a musician, writer, and educator from White River Junction, Vermont. As Director of Communications, he guides the organization's o...

Rebecca was born and raised in San Francisco, California where she earned her degree from San Francisco State University. After college, Rebecca spent over a decade working as a Program Coordinator and Program Manager of non-profit programs in San Francisco public schools, where her focus was around STEM and Art & Health learning. She has partnered with many organizations within the Bay Area to bring new enriching experiences that motivate students to see their potential and encourage family time.

NBA Math Hoops is one of the programs Rebecca worked closely with at her sites to support social-emotional learning and spark student interest in mathematics and athletics. She was honored to be selected as a Learn Fresh All-Star Educator and participate on the Learn Fresh Educator Advisory Board, where she supported and helped grow the NBA Math Hoops program in the Bay Area.

Rebecca joins the Learn Fresh team as National Program Coordinator, where she will continue her commitment of working in the education field to bring our programs to youth and educators nationwide. From a young age, Rebecca has always had a passion for education and sports, and Learn Fresh is the perfect blend of both.

You can always find Rebecca sharing her love of food, travel, the Golden State Warriors, and all things Disney!

Rebecca Wong

Director of Programs

Rebecca was born and raised in San Francisco, California where she earned her degree from San Francisco State University. After college, Rebecca sp...

Vannessa joins Learn Fresh with over a decade of experience in Positive Youth Development and Education Outreach. She is committed to enabling all young people to thrive and reach their greatest potential.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Vannessa studied Nonprofit Management at Arizona State University. Throughout her work with out-of-school time programs such as ASU’s Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program and Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, Vannessa learned the value and importance of bringing diversity and fun to learning. Combining her love of sports, the arts, and education, Vannessa has gravitated to programs like Math Hoops to provide high quality and impactful experiences for youth. She was humbled to be recognized as a Learn Fresh All-Star Educator for her advocacy of the NBA Math Hoops program within the Boys & Girls Club community.

Vannessa now serves as Program Leader at Learn Fresh. She is dedicated to supporting and inspiring educators and youth development specialists nationwide, to engage today’s youth with high quality and fun experiences through learning. Outside of her work life, you can find Vannessa planning her next adventure as a solo traveler. She enjoys music, theatre, and the arts, along with anything to do with being outdoors. Vannessa is a long-time fan of the LA Dodgers, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and all things ASU. She values time spent with her family and friends, and enjoys the best of auntie life with her niece and nephew.

Vannessa Moreno

National Program Coordinator

Vannessa joins Learn Fresh with over a decade of experience in Positive Youth Development and Education Outreach. She is committed to enabling all ...

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Brie engrossed herself in the community as a teen. While coaching youth sports and serving as a camp counselor, she was able to combine her love for children, sports, and fitness. Her unyielding passion for health and wellness led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Health and Physical Education. She was determined to advocate for the importance of physical, mental, and social health.

Upon graduating from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, Brie spent five years with Norfolk Public Schools teaching at the Southside STEM Academy at Campostella. Serving dually as teacher and PTA/Student Activities President, she was instrumental in pioneering several after-school activities for student engagement including sports teams, enrichment clubs, leadership activities, and NBA Math Hoops. She now leads high energy fitness classes helping adults and kids feel their best and achieve their goals. Her genuine enthusiasm for growth and achievement motivates Brie to be the leader she is today, both in the classroom and in the gym!

As a fitness fanatic, you can catch her practicing what she preaches outdoors -- running, biking, or DANCING! She loves all things sports, shoes, and shopping, and she considers that a sport!

Brie Jackson

National Program Leader

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Brie engrossed herself in the community as a teen. While coaching youth sports and serving as a camp counsel...

Our Board

Adam Miller

Board Chair; Education Industry Executive

Betty Low

Project Manager, Sustainable Communities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Carlin Johnson Politzer

Program Officer, David & Lucile Packard Foundation

David McGhee

Governance Committee Chair; Vice President of Organizational Excellence & Impact, Skillman Foundation

Dr. Deborah Stroman

Development Committee Chair; Professor and EIR, The American Underground

Jeff Hale

Treasurer; Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Kayla Alexander

Professional Athlete & Author

Khalil Fuller

Co-Founder, Learn Fresh

Mike Scott

Professional Athlete

Nasir Qadree

Founder and Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners

Adam Miller

Board Chair; Education Industry Executive

Betty Low

Project Manager, Sustainable Communities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Carlin Johnson Politzer

Program Officer, David & Lucile Packard Foundation

David McGhee

Governance Committee Chair; Vice President of Organizational Excellence & Impact, Skillman Foundation

Dr. Deborah Stroman

Development Committee Chair; Professor and EIR, The American Underground

Jeff Hale

Treasurer; Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Kayla Alexander

Professional Athlete & Author

Khalil Fuller

Co-Founder, Learn Fresh

Mike Scott

Professional Athlete

Nasir Qadree

Founder and Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners

Adam Miller

Board Chair; Education Industry Executive

Betty Low

Project Manager, Sustainable Communities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Carlin Johnson Politzer

Program Officer, David & Lucile Packard Foundation

David McGhee

Governance Committee Chair; Vice President of Organizational Excellence & Impact, Skillman Foundation

Dr. Deborah Stroman

Development Committee Chair; Professor and EIR, The American Underground

Jeff Hale

Treasurer; Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Kayla Alexander

Professional Athlete & Author

Khalil Fuller

Co-Founder, Learn Fresh

Mike Scott

Professional Athlete

Nasir Qadree

Founder and Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners

Our champions
& advisors

Harrison Barnes

Forward, Sacramento Kings

Rajon Rondo

Guard, LA Clippers

David S. Blitzer

Global Head of Tactical Opportunities, Blackstone Group

Jose Gordon

Business Lead, Communications, Facebook

Earl Cureton

Community Ambassador and Former Player, Detroit Pistons

Tim Scheidt

Inventor/Curriculum Writer, NBA Math Hoops

Bill Daugherty

Co-Founder, Learn Fresh

Julia Matsudaira

VP of Philanthropic Advisory, Jordan Park

Carmin Romanelli

VP, Sports Business Development, Getty Images

Alan "Sixth Man" Horwitz

Founder & Chairman, Campus Apartments

Jim Fina

Curriculum Writer, NBA Math Hoops

Tom King

Former CEO, Barclays Investment Bank

Dennis Littky

Co-Founder, Big Picture Learning

Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder, Unreasonable Institute

Harrison Barnes

Forward, Sacramento Kings

Rajon Rondo

Guard, LA Clippers

David S. Blitzer

Global Head of Tactical Opportunities, Blackstone Group

Jose Gordon

Business Lead, Communications, Facebook

Earl Cureton

Community Ambassador and Former Player, Detroit Pistons

Tim Scheidt

Inventor/Curriculum Writer, NBA Math Hoops

Bill Daugherty

Co-Founder, Learn Fresh

Julia Matsudaira

VP of Philanthropic Advisory, Jordan Park

Carmin Romanelli

VP, Sports Business Development, Getty Images

Alan "Sixth Man" Horwitz

Founder & Chairman, Campus Apartments

Jim Fina

Curriculum Writer, NBA Math Hoops

Tom King

Former CEO, Barclays Investment Bank

Dennis Littky

Co-Founder, Big Picture Learning

Teju Ravilochan

Co-Founder, Unreasonable Institute