MEET THE 2020-2021
From over 100 impressive applications, we've selected 8 truly inspiring Fellows to work alongside our Beyond Staff and to serve as mentors to the GLASS program!
Ashlee left an impressive legacy at Cal State Northridge, where she started every game of her career. For her freshman season, she made her conference’s All-Big West Honorable Mention roster, Second Team in her sophomore season, and First Team in her junior and senior seasons. Ashlee was named Big West Player of the Year as a junior. While Ashlee served her team as a captain in her junior and senior seasons, the Matadors were back-to-back conference champions and seated in the NCAA tournament. Ashlee holds the record for steals and assists in women’s basketball at Cal State Northridge. She continued her basketball career after college by playing professionally in Germany and then returning to her alma mater as an Assistant Coach. This past summer Ashlee played professionally for ARBA in San Ramon, Costa Rica while working with the Beyond Sports internship and foreign tour programs. Ashlee is excited to bring her leadership skills and enthusiasm to the GLASS program.
Hidden Talent: Belly roll
Favorite Food: Carne asada
Dream Occupation: High school basketball coach
Countries Visited: Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica
Bari was known at Bard for her involvement as leader and student-athlete on campus. A captain in her senior season and a 3-year Liberty League All-Academic Scholar, she also served as a Residential Assistant for two years and a campus tour guide for four. In 2018 she was awarded the Charles and June Patrick Scholar award for her commitment to the general welfare of the college and in 2019 she received the college’s Dr. James Brudvig Athletics Achievement Award for her outstanding senior leadership. Bari was a SAAC representative for women’s volleyball at Bard, as well as a 4-year team manager for Bard’s men’s volleyball team. Bari began her coaching career in 2017 as a head coach at the New York Elite volleyball club in Poughkeepsie, New York and continued as a 2-year coach for the Bard Volleyball Summer Camp. During Bari’s four years at Bard she also volunteered in the community by teaching a debate program at a local elementary school.
Hidden Talent: Walking backwards
Favorite Song: Let's Groove by Earth, Wind & Fire
Dream Occupation: Music video director
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Sitting in a massive sofa chair by the fireplace, copy editing my child's essays for school
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY
While at the University of California, Berkeley, Jenna was known for her leadership and commitment to both academics and the community. In her senior year she served as a team captain and led the Bears to a second-place finish at the NCAA championships. She was a 4-time NCAA All-academic second team member and a first team Pac-12 All-Academic in her senior season. Jenna ended her college career with a 3.74 GPA. She was a demonstrator and speaker at Women in Coaching Clinics for three years and has held Research Assistant positions at Stanford School of Medicine: Biochemistry Department, Stanford School of Medicine: Lab of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and the Carnegie Institute of Science. In her final two years at Cal, she led a community-serviceprogram that provided socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary school students access to science education.
Hidden Talent: Juggling
Favorite Food: Warm chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream on top
Favorite Song: Riptide by Vance Joy
Countries Visited: Mexico, Italy, France, and Costa Rica
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
During her years at the University of Vermont, Jenny learned what it takes to build a strong team of women who support each other and work well as a unit. Jenny has always believed that anyone can be a leader and her drive to excel and encouraging personality make her a perfect addition to the GLASS mentor team. Early in her collegiate career, Jenny saw a drastic change in her coaching staff as an opportunity to transform the culture of her team into one that is stronger and more united by valuing hard work, responsibility, accountability, supportiveness, and all-around great team chemistry. During her senior year, Jenny ranked third on the team with 26 goals and 30 points and helped lead her team to their first winning season in four years with an overall record of 8-7. Jenny completed a Marketing Internship with Marketing Inbound and created an event planning guide for the Janet S. Munt Family Room, a local parent-child center in Burlington, VT. She also worked at Bear Mountain State Park in Upstate New York as a lifeguard.
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Hiking, Running, Reading
Favorite Food: Fried coconut shrimp
Favorite Song: Light On by Maggie Rogers
Bucket list items: Walk the Great Wall of China, go bungee jumping, and travel around the World
XC, TRACK, TENNIS
While at Bradley University, Kathryn participated in three of the institution’s Division I sports. A 4-year member of both the cross-country and track & field teams, Kathryn also played on Bradley’s tennis team in her junior year. She received the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, the MVC Honor roll, and the Bradley Athletic Department Honor roll in all of her four years of eligibility. For her 2018 and 2019 track seasons, she was given All-Conference honors in the 800m and the 4x400m relay. In 2019, Kathryn was a member of the first team in the school’s history to win an Indoor DMR Conference title, and later in the year her team went on to win Bradley’s Women’s Team Performance of the Year Award. Kathryn grew into a significant leadership role as an upperclassman on her track and cross-country teams while maintaining a superior academic record and volunteering at local elementary schools in Peoria, Illinois. Through her community involvement, Kathryn inspired children to pursue athletics and team-based extracurricular activities.
Hidden Talent: I can walk on my hands!
Favorite Food: Sweet potato fries
Favorite Quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world,"
Countries Visited: England, Wales, Scotland, Taiwan, and Costa Rica
WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE
Lexi graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wisconsin Lutheran College and majored in Spanish Education. She was a 2-year captain for the WLC Warriors and a 3-year NACC Scholar-Athlete. Off the field Lexi coached youth soccer and served as a camp administrator for the Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer team. Her interest in Spanish language and culture was sparked by a high school mission trip to Chile and she carried it over to college as she re-established WLC’s Spanish Club and served as club president during her junior and senior years. Lexi studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester at La Universidad Nacional in Heredia. While abroad, she had the opportunity to travel to Panama, Nicaragua, and Cuba as well. Prior to joining the GLASS team, Lexi volunteered in Zambia for 3 months teaching English and sports to the local youth.
Hidden Talent: Choosing the right size Tupperware for leftovers
Favorite Food: Watermelon
Hobbies: Reading, Salsa dancing, Skateboarding, Surfing, Photography, Camping, and Rock Climbing
Countries Visited: Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana
In her time at Dickinson, Naji was a Centennial All-Academic honoree, a 3x All-Region honoree, and a 2x Academic All-American honoree. During her sophomore season she was the Centennial Conference champion in the 60m and 100m. In her senior season, Naji snatched the 60m Conference championship once more. Naji holds the record for Dickinson’s 60m dash, which she set during her sophomore season. On campus, she worked in the undergraduate admission office as a student-interviewer and interned with the Dickinson and Slavery Project. During her junior year, Naji received a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which allowed her to embrace her adventurous spirit and embark on a study abroad journey to Cameroon and Tanzania in the Spring of 2018. Based on her academic and athletic excellence, Naji earned an initiation into Dickinson’s Hera Society, an honor society for female athletes who have demonstrated senior leadership. Naji was a recipient of the 2019 National Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award, which is given to athletes who embody leadership and value the impact of community service.
Favorite Song: Power Trip by J. Cole
Favorite Food: My mom's macaroni and cheese
Hobbies: Reading, Salsa dancing, Skateboarding, Surfing, Photography, Camping, and Rock Climbing
Bucket List Items: Skydiving, travel to Europe and Asia, and speak three languages
UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY
Vicky's passions for softball and people have continuously motivated her both on and off the field. After her freshman season at the University of Albany, Vicky received the America East Rookie of the Year conference award. She also broke her school’s records for both hits and steals in a single-season during her senior year. In 2015, the graduating captain received her Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and went on to continue her career playing abroad. Vicky has since played on several professional teams abroad, competing in Germany, Italy, and twice in Australia for the South Australian State Team where they competed in the national tournament. In 2017, Vicky played for Holland in the European Cup and was awarded tournament MVP. While playing in Australia, she also coached teams of young girls ranging from 10-18 years old. She is now studying at Touro College for her Masters in Teaching, concentrating on special education and general education grades 1-6. After her amazing cultural experiences abroad, Vicky hopes to inspire travel among student athletes.
Favorite Quote: "Live life by a compass, not a clock."
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movie: Miss Congeniality
Countries Visited: Canada, Ecuador, Aruba, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, England, Greece, Australia, and Costa Rica