Tim Wyant – Executive Director
Tim co-founded SEA in 2005 and became Executive Director in 2012. Under Tim’s leadership, SEA’s membership has grown from 12 to 19 programs in the United States and five affiliate organizations abroad, with combined enrollment exceeding 2,500 students. Previously, Tim was the founding executive director of CitySquash, the country’s fourth squash and education program, which operates in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Tim earned a B.A. at Harvard University, where he played varsity soccer and was an All-American on the squash team. Tim later competed on the professional squash tour, was a member of the U.S. men’s national team, and served as a board member of US Squash. A native of Cincinnati, Tim resides in New York City.
Jennifer Sewell – Managing Director
Jennifer oversees SEA programming, operations and grant-making, supports the development and sharing of best practices across the network, and works with the SEA team to implement the organization’s strategic goals. Before taking on the role of Managing Director, Jennifer was SEA’s Director of Program Support and Evaluation, during which she oversaw data management and analysis, member program reviews, and staff training. Prior to joining SEA, Jennifer was an Associate at Blue Meridian Partners, where she worked with education, social-emotional learning, and juvenile justice nonprofits, and helped manage Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Youth Development Fund. Previously, she worked as a Research Manager at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and led training and recruitment for the Court Appointed Special Advocates in South Bend, Indiana. Jennifer completed a B.A. at Franklin & Marshall College, where she played varsity soccer, and earned an M.P.A. from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.
Monete Johnson – Director of Equity & Opportunity
Monete oversees efforts to foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for SEA’s students, alumni, and staff by implementing processes, creating spaces for dialogue, and organizing trainings and professional development. Monete grew up in Boston and is a graduate of the country’s first squash and education program, SquashBusters. Prior to joining SEA, Monete served as the Assistant Director of College Advising for SEO Scholars New York, where she led the development, execution, and analysis of an advising program that prepares and guides 1,000 high school students through the college admissions process. Monete completed a B.A. at Trinity College, where she played varsity squash, and, after graduating, spent a year working at her former program SquashBusters. Monete earned an M.P.P. from Rutgers University and was a Research Associate at the Education Law Center before returning to work with youth. Over the years, Monete has remained active in the SEA network, volunteering with programs, helping to lead SEA’s Citizenship Tour, and bringing together alumni.
Edgardo Gonzalez – Director of Squash
Edgardo oversees SEA’s squash programming by organizing national and regional tournaments, and managing elite squash development camps throughout the school year and summer. Edgardo is an alumnus of CitySquash in the Bronx and, prior to joining SEA’s staff, spent six years at StreetSquash Harlem, most recently serving as the Senior Squash Director. During his time at StreetSquash, Edgardo managed a team of squash coaches and over 150 students’ squash progress. He developed curriculum, coordinated matches and tournaments, and introduced an elite squash program for high performing players, which he managed. Edgardo graduated with a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he studied psychology and captained the varsity squash team.
Sonia Koopersmith – Director of Educational Partnerships & Alumni
Sonia oversees educational partnerships, college student and alumni support, and academic programming. Originally from Texas, Sonia is an alumna of KIPP Houston and earned a B.A. at the University of Chicago, and is a Bezos Scholar. In 2018, Sonia completed her Masters in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy at NYU Steinhardt. Previously she worked as a college counselor, instructor and academic advisor for the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, and ran a mentorship program for first-generation college students of color at NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education & Programs. Outside of SEA, she can be seen doing improv comedy around the city.
Maggie Riehl – Director of Development
Maggie oversees SEA’s development and communications efforts, supporting print and online communication, social media, donor relations, grant writing, and event planning. Maggie has served in various mentoring and volunteer roles at nonprofits. After graduating with a B.A. from Colgate University, she returned to her hometown of Baltimore to work in fundraising at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the city’s 22-location library system. While not a squash player herself, she grew up around the sport and is proud to support the network.
Jessica Davis – Research & Projects Associate
Jessica supports SEA’s data analysis and evaluation of member organizations, helps manage squash events, and serves as a point person for special projects such as new program development and membership applications. A native of Manchester, England, Jessica completed a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, where she captained the varsity squash team, was a first-team All-American, two-time All-Ivy selection, and earned an M.P.H. from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Jessica worked on various research projects while at Penn, partnering with the Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center, Independence Blue Cross, the Mixed Methods Research Lab, and faculty members in Penn Nursing and the M.P.H program.
Kristen Rugel – Director of Finance & Human Resources
Kristen oversees the finance and human resource functions of SEA. Kristen graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Accounting and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining SEA, Kristen worked in leadership positions at non-profit organizations for over 14 years. Kristen’s most recent role was Chief Financial Officer at Stevens Cooperative School.