Josh Erickson, MBA
Co-Founder, Program Director
Josh co-founded Beyond and is the Program Director and Basketball Director. He's held several head coach positions in Costa Rica including the Men's National Team, Women's National Team, and a Premier Division Professional Team. Before Beyond, he worked for PeacePlayers International, a non-profit organization that uses basketball to bridge social divides around the world and was an Assistant Basketball Coach at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Josh has won a Costa Rican National Championship in Costa Rica's top professional division and a gold medal in the Women's Central American Games.
Grant Leslie, MBA
Co-Founder, Director of Program Development
Grant co-founded Beyond and is the Director of Business Development. He is a former three-sport athlete at Willamette University in competing in football, basketball and golf. He quarterbacked the Bearcat football team to an undefeated season ranking 4th in the country and was selected for the J.H. Booth Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year Award for scholarship, community service and athleticism. Grant studied abroad in Europe during graduate school and served as an Assistant Coach for the Costa Rican National Baseball Team during the 2013 Central American Games.
Costa Rica Director, Soccer Director
Silvia is Beyond's Costa Rica Director. She is one of Central America's most outstanding athletes having represented Costa Rica on both the National Basketball and Soccer Teams. She played D-I soccer in the United States at Liberty University where she earned 1st team All-Big South Honors. Silvia was equally impressive in the classroom earning Presidential Honor Roll 4 straight years. Silvia continues to play for The Women's National Basketball Team while developing CR's future athletes as a Junior National Team and high school coach.
South Africa Director
Nawaal was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and has traveled the world representing her country on South Africa's National Softball Team. She studied Sports and Recreation Management at the University of Western Cape and joined our team from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation where she worked with dozens of non-profits that use sports as a tool to create social change.
Spain Programs Coordinator
Kris is our Spain Programs Coordinator. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual degree in anthropology and psychology, and received the Alumni Association Citizenship Award for her service to the school. As a senior she made SCIAC first-team honors for the third year and was named CMC Female Athlete of the Year after leading her basketball team to four league championships and NCAA appearances. For the past two years she has been living in southern Spain as a teacher, while both coaching and competing in her other favorite sport, beach volleyball.
Costa Rica Tours Coordinator
Megan oversees our Costa Rica Sports Tour enrollment. She is a co-founder of and former mentor for our high school leadership program––the Girls Leadership Academy for Service & Sport (GLASS). Originally from New York, she has been living in Costa Rica for the last four years. Megan received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Fairfield University, where she also made an impressive legacy as a three-year captain of the women’s volleyball team. Megan was a decorated scholar-athlete; she won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Female-Student Athlete of the Year and was the MAAC’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee in her senior year.
Women's Basketball Tour Coordinator
Annika oversees our Women's Basketball Tour enrollment. She is a former collegiate basketball player from Capital University, where she served as a three-year leadership council member for the basketball program. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Annika lived in Costa Rica for almost two years while helping build the foundation for our high school leadership program––the Girls Leadership Academy for Service & Sport (GLASS).