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. A graduate of Harvard University, where he played varsity soccer and was an All-American on the squash team, Tim later competed on the professional squash tour and was a member of the U.S. men’s national team. A native of Cincinnati and resident of New York City, Tim is a board member of US Squash.
Becky Silva – Deputy Director
Becky oversees national programming and organizational operations, and focuses on the development of program quality and best practices across the network. With a passion for social justice and supporting youth, Becky has worked for more than 20 years in the fields of youth development and education. Prior to SEA, Becky served for four years as the Program Director at our Boston program, SquashBusters. Becky also served in senior leadership roles at MetroLacrosse and led a dropout prevention program for high-risk youth at Roca, Inc. In the education world, Becky worked for two years as a middle school Spanish teacher and field hockey coach. She completed her B.A. at Connecticut College and earned a Masters of Education from Harvard University.
Sonia Gonzalez – Director of Educational Partnerships & Alumni
Sonia manages educational partnerships, college student and alumni support, and academic programming. Originally from Texas, Sonia is an alumna of KIPP Houston and the University of Chicago, and is a Bezos Scholar. She recently 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.
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 no stranger to the SEA network. He 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 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he studied psychology and captained the varsity squash team.
Maggie Riehl – Development & Communications Associate
Maggie supports SEA’s development and communications efforts through print and online communication, social media, donor relations, grant writing, and event support. Maggie has served in various mentoring and volunteer roles at nonprofits. After graduating 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 excited to support the network.
Kristen Rugel – Director of Finances & Human Resources
Kristen manages 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.