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Our Team

Kenneth L. Shropshire

Chief Executive Officer

Professor Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following  a thirty-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Karina Bohn

Chief Operating Officer

Karina Forbes Bohn joined Arizona State University in January 2016 as the Executive Director of the Global Sport Institute and was named Chief Operating Officer in August 2017. Before joining ASU, Bohn was a front office executive with the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team from 2004 – 2016.

Scott N. Brooks, PhD

Director, Research

Dr. Brooks is an Associate Professor with the T. Denny Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at ASU. As Director of Research for the Institute he acts as campus liaison, assists in the allocation of research grants, and coordinates the Institute's research agenda and projects.

William C. Rhoden

Visiting Senior Practitioner

William C. Rhoden works directly with Kenneth L. Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute, to provide feedback on the institute’s strategic direction and develop concepts for the Global Sport Matters content hub. He is the institute’s first visiting senior practitioner.

Jeff Kunowski

Associate Director, Innovation Programs

Jeff Kunowski is the Associate Director of Innovation Programs for the Global Sport Institute. Jeff oversees the Global Sport Institute’s sport-related development and funding programs including the Global Sport Venture Development Program and the Global Sport Social Impact Challenge. He serves this role in a dual appointment with Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute.

Chrisal Valencia

Chrisal Valencia

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Chrisal is the Manager, Marketing and Communications for the Global Sport Institute. Previous to joining the Global Sport Institute team, Chrisal served as the Creative Marketing Director for Local First Arizona, an organization that cultivates local ownership to build a diverse and inclusive Arizona economy.

Stephon Preston

Stephon Preston

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Stephon Preston serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO for the Global Sport Institute. In this role, he oversees the affairs of the CEO and assists in the daily operations of the Institute.  Stephon brings close to ten years of managing operations and office logistics, most recently in the Sports Non-Profit sector.

Kendall Jones

Kendall Jones

Manager, Events and Programs

Kendall Jones is the Events and Programs Manager for the Global Sport Institute. Prior to her position with the Global Sport Institute, she served six years as the Community Outreach Manager at Local First Arizona, an organization building a strong local economy and celebrating vibrant, inclusive communities across the state. 

Robert W. Turner II, PhD

Global Sport Visiting Scholar

As a visiting fellow, Robert W. Turner II helps leadership identify potential topics of research, conducts research with the Global Sport Lab, and contributes to Global Sport Matters and Institute events.

Rosemary Rutkowski

Rosemary Rutkowski

Business Ops Specialist Sr.

Rosemary Rutkowski is the Business Operations Specialist Sr.  for Global Sport Institute. In this role, she assists with planning, organizing and coordinating the business operation functions in accordance with established goals, priorities, time and funding limitations. This position is intended to cover a broad range of responsibilities in both Finance and HR.

Brendon Kleen

Digital Communications Specialist

Brendon Kleen is the Digital Communications Specialist for the Global Sport Institute. Prior to joining the Global Sport Institute team, Brendon worked as a freelance sports reporter specializing in men’s and women’s basketball at outlets like Forbes, Front Office Sports and Ozy.

Rachel Lofton

Rachel Lofton

Project Coordinator

Rachel has her Masters in International Cooperation and Development from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Her focus is in Sport for Development. Prior to moving to Italy for her Masters, she graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies.

Amanda Andalis

Graduate Service Assistant

Amanda Andalis is a Graduate Service Assistant with the Global Sport Institute. She graduated with concurrent degrees in Political Science and Communication from Arizona State University in May 2021. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2022. 

Natalie Skigen

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Natalie is a Marketing and Communications Assistant at Global Sport Institute. She is pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Sports Business and Marketing and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2022. 

Aidan Corrales

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Aidan is a Marketing and Communications Assistant at Global Sport Institute. He is an Arizona native and is in his third year pursuing a degree in Sports Business with expected graduation in the Fall of 2022. 

Kate Nelson

Events and Programs Assistant

Kate is an Events and Programs Assistant at Global Sports Institute. She is working towards her undergraduate degree in marketing and digital communications and plans to graduate in the spring of 2024.

Andrew Kooreman

Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant

Andrew Kooreman is a Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant for the Global Sport Institute. He is pursuing his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics with a Statistics Concentration and Economics and is expected to graduate in 2023.

Emily Rosenthal

Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant

Emily Rosenthal is a third-year undergraduate student studying Business Global Politics, Cross-Sector Leadership, and Turkish. Her focus is on International Policy and Human Rights. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2022.