The 2022 Learn Fresh Annual Report is here! A roundup of program news, impact, and inspiring stories from the Learn Fresh community.Read the Report
Nick Monzi currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Learn Fresh, an international 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 school districts, and national and regional after-school 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 800,000 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, South America, Africa, and Australia. The organization's work has been featured in Forbes, Education Week, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and on ESPN and NBA.com.
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. He is currently completing an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as a member of the program's London, UK cohort. Nick has presented at national conferences including SXSW EDU, ISTE, Beyond School Hours, and the NSLA National Conference.
For questions about our mission and vision, contact Nick via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the Learn Fresh mission, contact Calvin via email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 MLB 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 products and operations, contact Jeff via email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dejanae “Deja” Berry currently serves as Chief of Staff for Learn Fresh, focusing on the support and collaboration of the executive team and staff members. Deja’s background of software development and project management led her to the opportunity to work with Learn Fresh in the development and implementation of the NBA Math Hoops digital applications. Her passion is embodied in project management and process improvement, specifically around efficiency and effectiveness of the team’s day-to-day operations. Empowering her fellow team members to work in a way that is most comfortable for them while also ensuring that they are in a position to do their best jobs for the students and the community is what keeps her going every day and why she is innately tied to Learn Fresh.
Deja has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management with a minor in Mathematics, as well as a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology Management with a concentration in Project Management, both obtained from Oklahoma State University. She also carries a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification. In her spare time, you can find her shopping for sneakers, playing with her two dogs, watching basketball, and crafting.
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.
For questions about media and communications, contact Sumner via email at email@example.com.
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.
As Chief Program Office, Rebecca continues her commitment of working in the education field to bring Learn Fresh 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!
Denzel received his undergraduate degree at King’s College in Criminal Justice before attending Saint Peter’s University to earn his masters in Education. He spent decades working with afterschool programs and coaching sports, including 10 years teaching ELA in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Math in Camden, New Jersey. During that time, Denzel also served as a teacher leader, Athletic Director, and Dean of Students.
Denzel believes sports and mentorship can be a powerful avenue to help students gain success within education and in life. Outside of work, you can find Denzel enjoying his love of family, food, travel, and sports.
Megan joins the Learn Fresh team as the Director of Program Evaluation, where she aims to assess academic and social-emotional growth for the NBA Math Hoops program. From the Boston area, Megan is an avid sports lover and athlete and recognized the value of sport, community, and education from a young age. Through her time as an athlete at Trinity College, Megan had opportunities to work with her peers and the Hartford community encouraging academic achievement through involvement in sport among young students. These experiences confirmed the importance of effective education resources and policy, leading Megan to continue her studies at the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Megan earned her Master’s in Public Affairs in 2017 and her Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2022. Her research focused primarily on questions of equity and performance in K-12 and higher education; she continues to use this research agenda to inform research designs and program evaluation with Learn Fresh.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys running marathons, cycling, and whipping up treats in the kitchen. She also loves to watch basketball and hockey, cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers and the Boston Bruins.
Melanie Moore is a Bay Area native and earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of California Davis in Cinema & Digital Media. While completing her studies, she discovered another great passion outside of media—impacting the lives of young children in her community. Melanie has worked with youth from a variety of age groups and now uses her love of media, communications, and writing to raise the awareness of our programs to donors and foundations alike.
In her spare time, Melanie still takes in plenty of films & TV, music, and culture, and occasionally paints and draws. She loves discovering new “hidden gems” around the Bay, whether it’s a good hiking trail or the best new brunch place.
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 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.
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!
Prior to joining Learn Fresh, Steven spent over a decade of experience in Education and Youth Development, working in various positions including PE teacher, paraprofessional, and most recently as an Out-of-School Time Program Coordinator for San Francisco Public Schools. These positions allowed Steven to combine his passion for youth development and sports. While working in Out-of-School Time Programming, Steven instantly developed an affinity for the NBA Math Hoops Program! Students in his program were drawn to Math Hoops' ability to support both math and social-emotional learning while allowing them to more familiar with sports and the real-world applications of math. Steven is from San Francisco, a HUGE sports fan (Golden State Warriors, SF Giants, and SF 49ers), and he loves finding new places to eat!
Justin is an ambitious and resourceful individual committed to inspiring change by providing students with educational tools that encourage critical thinking and community leadership. Born and raised in Upstate New York, Justin earned his Political Science and Economics degrees at Syracuse University. As a Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs student and Manager at the Carrier Dome, he learned the power of community engagement and education while coordinating and running various university and community events.
After joining the Learn Fresh team in 2019, Justin helped expand and organize events for the NBA Math Hoops and New York Mets Math Hits programs. Justin now serves as Learn Fresh’s New Programs Specialist, leveraging his passion for learning by working with the Learn Fresh team to design, create, and implement a suite of new educational games and programs that foster impactful academic and social-emotional student experiences in and out of the classroom.
Outside of work, you can find Justin backpacking his way through state and national parks, out on the slopes, or paddling around one of the many New York Finger Lakes.
For questions about any of our new programs, contact Justin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabriela Dominguez was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador and completed her degree in marketing at Florida International University. During her time at FIU, Gabriela immersed herself in her community and learned the ins and outs of the marketing world through the international student office, where she was able to explore the importance of communication and diversity in the workplace, while combining her love of art, entertainment, music, and culture.
Post-graduation Gabriela has focused on supporting companies like Learn Fresh that enhance the experiences of youth and extend the lens through which they see the world. She has developed strengths in all areas of marketing including social media, content creation, email campaigns, and influencer marketing. Gabriela now serves as a Marketing Leader at Learn Fresh and is committed to increasing the work’s visibility and reach across national and global audiences.
Outside of her professional life, you can find Gabriela traveling with her friends, at an art museum in New York City, or attending concerts of any sort. She enjoys music and the interconnectedness that it brings to everyone, no matter their language, age, or place. Gabriela is a longtime New York Rangers fan and loves all things hockey. She values friendship and family, and enjoying good times with the people around her.