Chief Executive Officer
Before joining Harlem Lacrosse, Mike co-founded City Lacrosse in Los Angeles with Doc O'Connor. Prior to founding City Lacrosse, Mike served as the CEO of Boston-based MetroLacrosse, where he worked from 2008 through 2014. Mike holds a B.A from Brown University and a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College's Lynch School of Education. During Mike's successful playing career he earned All-American honors twice while a student at Brown and won two Major League Lacrosse championships during his seven-year professional career.
National Director of Operations
Jill grew up in Minnesota, where she graduated from Carleton College. She began her career at Teach For America and spent five years working on the Alumni Affairs team; following that, she worked in the Division of Student Affairs at UC Berkeley. She also served as the founding Strategy and Operations Manager for Revolve, a peer-led community dedicated to personal, professional, and spiritual growth through the lens of Jewish values. Jill joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2018.
Chief Program Officer
Joel graduated from Haverford College, where he earned All-American honors as a member of the Men's Lacrosse team. Following graduation, Joel worked for the 2008 Obama campaign in North Carolina and as a government affairs officer at George Mason University. Joel has written for US Lacrosse Magazine and coached various club lacrosse teams, camps, and high school teams in the Washington D.C. metro area. From 2013-2015, Joel served as the Boys Program Director at Frederick Douglass Academy. From 2015-2017, Joel worked as Harlem Lacrosse’s Director of Advancement, and in 2017 Joel became the Chief Program Officer for Harlem Lacrosse.
Director of Development and Curriculum Design
Kim graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Educational Studies and earned her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kim has served as the Director of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School's Community Learning Program, worked as a middle school English and History teacher and curriculum designer in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx. She has published research on child and family policy and educational reform as a member of Demos, a public policy think tank in London. Kim joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2013.
Director of Advancement
Spencer hails from Baltimore and graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Economics and honors in History and Spanish. While at Denison, he was a captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team and named a Scholar All-American. After college, Spencer coached abroad as a Local Development Officer for the English Lacrosse Association. Spencer joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2014, serving as P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph Boys Program Director for 3 years from 2014-2017. In July 2017, Spencer became the Director of Advancement for Harlem Lacrosse.
Senior Program Director, Promise Academy II Boys
Jacques was born and grew up in East Harlem with his older brother and mother. He graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in History and a minor in business. While at Skidmore, Jacques received All-American and Most Valuable Player honors. Jacques has led the Harlem Lacrosse Promise Academy II program since 2014.
Owen Van Arsdale
Senior Program Director, Frederick Douglass Academy High School Boys
Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, Owen was team captain of the University of Virginia Men's Lacrosse Team, where he graduated with a B.S. in 2014 and earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Owen was selected for the ACC All-Academic Team from 2012-2014 and the University of Virginia Honor Roll for all eight of his undergraduate semesters. He joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2015. In 2017, Owen became the high school Program Director at Frederick Douglass Academy.
Senior Program Director, P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph Girls
Brittain grew up in Wolfsville, MD and graduated from Hofstra University with a dual major in Early and Elementary Education with a concentration in Linguistics. Brittain is Hofstra Women's Lacrosse's all-time leading scorer. She was a First Team All CAA selection in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She was the 2015 CAA Player of the Year, and Hofstra's 2015 Female Student Athlete of the Year. She was also a 2015 Division 1 All American. A recipient of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Academic Award, and included on the Dean's List in 2013 and 2014. Brittain joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2015.
Program Director, P.S. 149 the Sojourner Truth School Boys
Richie graduate from Siena College with a B.A. in History. In addition to being a Presidential Scholar, while at Siena he was a two-time captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team. During his playing career, he earned All-American, All-MAAC Confernce, and MAAC Player of the Year Honors. Richie joined Harlem Lacrosse as a Coach Across America Member and Program Coordinator following graduation, and became a Harlem Lacrosse Program Director in 2016.
Program Director, Frederick Douglass Academy Girls
Natasha represented her nation as a member of Team Canada and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Team. Following graduation, Natasha pursued her passion for coaching and mentoring as a teacher and lacrosse coach at Everest Academy before joining Harlem Lacrosse as the Frederick Douglass Academy I Girls Program Director in 2016.
Program Director, Frederick Douglass Academy Boys
Matt graduated from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in Classics and received his Masters of Management Studies from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. During his time at W&L, Matt started at goalie, made the ODAC All-Tournament team and was voted Most Improved Player by his teammates during his senior year. He’s spent the past five years teaching Latin and coaching lacrosse, most recently at the Hun of School Princeton. Matt joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as the middle school boys program director at Frederick Douglass Academy 1.
Elise Van Arsdale
Program Director, P.S. 149 Girls
Elise grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated from St. Anne's Belfield high school in 2012. Elise graduated from Villanova University with a major in English and a minor in History. While at Villanova, Elise played club lacrosse and field hockey and was involved in Habitat for Humanity spring break trips, an inner-city tutoring program, and the DelCo Literacy Council. After graduating, Elise served with City Year, working at a school in the South Bronx. She started at Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as the girls program director at PS 149 in Harlem.
Program Director, P.S. 76 Boys
Mike grew up in Long Island and attended Western New England University where he played four years of lacrosse before graduating in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, Murray joined the lacrosse coaching staff at WNEU. During his tenure at his alma mater, Murray held many positions, including assistant football coach, assistant to the athletic director and academic success coach. As an assistant lacrosse coach at WNEU, Murray helped the Golden Bears win five conference championships to advance to the NCAA tournament. Mike joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as the program director at PS 76 in Harlem.
Program Director, Promise Academy II Girls
Charlotte grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2017 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology. Charlotte was a four-year player for the Quinnipiac Women’s Lacrosse team. Before Harlem Lacrosse, Charlotte coached for a variety of different lacrosse teams, including Tri-State, 3D, and Building Blocks Lacrosse. During the fall and winter of 2017, Charlotte worked as an assistant coach for Harlem Lacrosse. Charlotte became the Girls Program Director in Spring 2018 at Promise Academy 2.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Jenny graduated from The College of William and Mary, where she was a Sharpe Scholar and studied Psychology and History. Jenny was captain of the Women’s Lacrosse Team and a four-time winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Academic Award. Before joining Harlem Lacrosse, Jenny was a member of the Baltimore City Teaching Residency, where she earned a Maryland Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education and Special Education. Jenny taught Elementary and Special Education for two years at The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School in Baltimore City, where she was an Instructional Team Leader and member of the Positive Behavior Intervention System Team. Jenny led Harlem Lacrosse’s Commodore John Rodgers Girls Program from 2014-2017. In 2017, Jenny became the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, overseeing boys and girls programs in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Program Director, Commodore John Rodgers Boys
A Baltimore native, Omar was a four-year letterwinner at Goucher College where he graduated in 2007 as a Relational Psychology major. After college, Omar moved to England and took a position with the English Lacrosse Association as a Local Development Officer and later was Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at the University of Durham. He later returned to Baltimore, working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Pediatric Behavioral Feeding Disorders Unit before joining Harlem Lacrosse through the Coach Across America AmeriCorps program. Omar became the boys program director in Spring 2017 at Commodore John Rodgers.
Program Director, Commodore John Rodgers Girls
A Catonsville, Maryland native, Claudia graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a B.A. in Public Health and a minor in Marketing and Communications. At Hopkins, Claudia was a four-year member of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Lacrosse team and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the 2017 season. She has coached club lacrosse, volunteered with Harlem Lacrosse throughout college, and also spent time volunteering with a tutoring and mentoring program in Baltimore during her senior year. Claudia became the program director in Fall 2017 at Commodore John Rodgers.
Program Director, James McHenry Girls
Mary graduated from Towson University in 2012 where she helped the Tigers win two CAA Championships. She became a college coach afterwards, first at the University of Vermont and then at The College of William & Mary, where she worked with the defense and goalies for three seasons. Mary joined Harlem Lacrosse in March 2017 as the first ever girls program director at James McHenry in West Baltimore.
Regional Director, Boston
Adrian graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sports Management and earned his M.A. in Teaching at Marian University. While at Michigan, Adrian was the Head Manager of the University of Michigan Football Team. Adrian became a Teach for America Corps Member following graduation, teaching Algebra at Thomas Carr Howe High School in Indianapolis, where he was awarded the New Educator of the Year Award in his first year and promoted to the school’s Leadership Team. Adrian joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2016 as a Program Director, Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School. In 2017, Adrian became the regional director for Harlem Lacrosse-Boston.
Program Director, TechBoston Academy Girls
Eliza graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Psychology. A member of the Tufts Women’s Lacrosse Team, Eliza earned both IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and NESCAC All-Academic honors during her career. Following graduatation, Eliza worked in the Tufts and Harvard University Athletic Departments before joining Harlem Lacrosse as a Coach Across America Member in 2015. Eliza became a Harlem Lacrosse Girls Program Director in 2016.
Program Director, TechBoston Academy Boys
Peter grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated from Bowdoin in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and History. While at Bowdoin, Peter captained the men's lacrosse team and twice earned All-American and All-NESCAC honors. Peter was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team three times at Bowdoin and enjoyed being a member of the Outing Club. Peter joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as the boys program director at TechBoston in Dorchester.
Program Director, Young Achievers Girls
Carly grew up in Upstate New York where she attended Brighton High School and played basketball and lacrosse. She continued her lacrosse career at Syracuse University where she was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s lacrosse team. Carly was on the Dean’s List all four years at Syracuse and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Education before joining Harlem Lacrosse as the first girls program director at Young Achievers School in Mattapan.
Program Director, Mildred Avenue Boys
Born and raised in Falmouth, Maine, Dan attended nearby Bowdoin College, where he majored in Government and Legal Studies and captained the men’s lacrosse Team. While at Bowdoin, Dan was named a Scholar All-American and was selected to the Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game. After graduation, Dan accepted a position at The Hotchkiss School, where he worked for three years, teaching history and coaching hockey and lacrosse. During his time at Hotchkiss, he participated in the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching Program, earning his M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Dan joined Harlem Lacrosse in Fall 2017 as the program director at Mildred Avenue in Boston.
Program Director, Young Achievers Boys
Evan graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015 where he was a cross country and track captain from 2013 to 2015. During his senior year, Evan won the NESCAC Outdoor Track Championship in the 5000m while setting a school record. After graduation, Evan taught fourth grade science and social studies in Gaston, North Carolina from 2015 to 2017, receiving the GES Beginning Teacher of the Year Award. Evan joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as the boys program director at Young Achievers in Mattapan.
Program Director, Thomas K. Finletter Girls
Christine grew up on Long Island and earned a B.S. in Health Sciences and a M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling at Philadelphia University. While attending Philadelphia University, she was a member of both the Women's Lacrosse and Women's Varsity Rowing teams. Prior to joining Harlem Lacrosse, Christine was a practicum student at the Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey where she assisted therapists at an eating disorder recovery program. Later, she was an outpatient therapist at Northeast Treatment Center in Philadelphia where she provided individual and family therapy for a case load of clients with trauma histories and behavioral issues. Christine became the Girls Program Director at P.S. 149 the Sojourner Truth School in 2016. In 2017, Christine started the girls program at the Thomas K. Finletter School in Philadelphia. Christine is a License-eligible Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
Program Director, Anderson Girls
Jody is a Baltimore native who graduated from Haverford College in 2005 where she served as captain of both the lacrosse and field hockey teams during her junior and senior years. After graduation, Jody stayed at Haverford as an assistant coach for both the lacrosse and field hockey teams. Since 2008, Jody has worked at Friends' Central School in the communications and development office and has also coached both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. Jody joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as the first ever program director at Anderson in West Philadelphia.
Regional Director, Los Angeles
Marissa grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Urban Education Policy. After relocating to southern California, Marissa founded FACT Education, a boutique tutoring, test prep and college counseling service. She was the first varsity head coach at Palos Verdes High School, a program she has led for the past 14 years, earning multiple Coach of the Year honors and Bay League Championships. In 2006 she co-founded Beach Head Lacrosse Club, one of the first youth lacrosse programs in the South Bay. She currently serves as Secretary on the USL-LA Board and is a founding board member for the Pacific Edge Lacrosse Association, a recreational league dedicated to girls. Marissa joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2018.
Program Manager, Los Angeles
Ernie was born and raised in Los Angeles where he started playing lacrosse in 9th grade at Manual Arts High School. As a leader on his team, Ernie became part of a strong class that gave Manual Arts its first 2 winning seasons in school history. He was an All-American his senior year and became the first player to earn a spot on an NCAA team from his school. Ernie went on to play at Tufts University where he was a part of 4 NESCAC Championships teams and 1 National Championship team. He graduated with a degree in economics in 2014. From 2015-2017 Ernie worked as Program Manager for City Lacrosse in Los Angeles. Following the 2017 City Lacrosse-Harlem Lacrosse merge, Ernie continued his responsibilities as program manager of Harlem Lacrosse-LA.
Program Director, ICEF View Park Prep Girls
Maddy grew up in Upstate New York, graduating from Duke University in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. At Duke, Maddy started for three years at midfield, was selected to the All-ACC second team as a senior, and was a four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. After graduation, Maddy was a volunteer assistant coach at Elon University, coached club lacrosse, and was voted onto the US Lacrosse Board LA Chapter in Fall 2016. Maddy joined Harlem Lacrosse in Fall 2017 as a girls program director at ICEF View Park Middle School in Inglewood, California.
Program Director, ICEF View Park Prep Boys
Tim grew up playing lacrosse in Maryland, where he attended Gilman School. He graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in English Literature and was a four-year starter on the men’s lacrosse team. Tim served as team captain in his senior year, earned All-America honors in 2015 and was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Tim joined Harlem Lacrosse in 2017 as a boys program director at ICEF View Park Middle School in Inglewood, California.