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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, Sports Innovation and Business Development

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.

Ra Lofton

Project Coordinator

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

Teddy Kole

Teddy Kole

Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant

Teddy Kole is a Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant at the Global Sport Institute. Teddy is majoring in Sports Business at ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business and is also enrolled in Barrett, The Honors College. He will graduate in the Spring of 2023. 

Tarlan Chahardovali

Tarlan Chahardovali, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Tarlan Chahardovali is a postdoctoral research scholar for the Global Sport Institute. As a researcher, her scholarly activities are grounded in improving diversity, identifying structural inequities, policy making, and gender equity in sport. Tarlan’s current line of inquiry focuses on labor and demand in sport markets with a special focus on the value of women’s labor and gender pay gap in the sport industry.

stephanie gerretsen

Stephanie Gerretsen, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Stephanie Gerretsen is a postdoctoral research scholar for Global Sport Institute. Her research interests lie in the intersection of sport, urban planning and development, and public policy. Prior to joining the Global Sport Institute, Stephanie served as an urban policy consultant at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya where she worked within the National Urban Policy Programme on several country projects, in addition to producing various normative products on the development and monitoring and evaluation of urban acupuncture projects, mainstreaming public health matters in national urban policies, and integrating the private sector in urban development projects.

Rini Jain

Rini Jain

Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant

Rini Jain is a second-year student serving as a Research and Entrepreneurship Programs Assistant for the Global Sport Institute at ASU. Rini is from Indore, India, majoring in Computer Science at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She is a part of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program and was on the Dean's Honor List for both of her semesters at ASU.

Rebecca Falkner

Graduate Service Assistant

Rebecca Falkner is a Graduate Service Assistant for the Global Sport Institute. Prior to joining GSI, she completed her undergraduate and masters degree at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. At Augustana, Rebecca was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President and a five-year student-athlete on the women’s tennis team. In May 2020 she completed her B.A. in Sport Management with a minor in Coaching. In May 2021, She completed her masters degree in Sports Administration and Leadership with her thesis titled: A Survey to Address the Need of a Sports Psychologist at Augustana University.

Amanda Andalis

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

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

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.

Emily Rosenthal

Research 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.