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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.

Portrait of Kathy Kudravi Executive Editor, GlobalSport Matters

Kathy Kudravi

Executive Editor, Global Sport Matters

Kathy Kudravi is Global Sport Matters' executive editor. Kudravi is the owner of Kudravi Media, a communications and media consultancy based in Atlanta where she worked with clients such as the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Cox Media Group's LandofTen.com and UPI.com.

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 ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation.

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

Special Events Manager

Kendall Jones is the Special Events 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. 

Karen Gallagher

Karen Gallagher, PhD

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Dr. Gallagher is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Global Sport Institute. She serves as Project Manager on collaborative research efforts. She works in developing programs and research projects related to athlete post-sport transition. Gallagher earned her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in 2017. 

Luke Brenneman

Luke Brenneman, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Luke Brenneman is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Global Sport Institute. He performs research, produces written and audio content, and directs educational workshops for the Institute. Brenneman earned his PhD in Communication from ASU and conducted his dissertation research at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Rosemary Rutkowski

Rosemary Rutkowski

Business Operations Specialist

Rosemary Rutkowski is the Business Operations Specialist 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.

Katie Cross

Katie Cross

Special Projects Assistant

Katie Cross serves as the Special Projects Assistant for the Global Sport Institute. She aids in the organization and execution of events and projects across programs. She is pursuing her dual undergraduate degrees in Sports Business and Sustainability with an emphasis in Urban Dynamics. She is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2021.

Ashley Esquivel

Ashley Esquivel

Marketing and Digital Communications Assistant

Ashley Esquivel is a student pursuing her master’s at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona and expects to graduate in December 2019.

Grant Fogerty

Grant Fogerty

Entrepreneurial Programs Assistant

Grant Fogerty is the Entrepreneurial Programs Assistant for the Global Sport Institute. He is a student pursuing his undergraduate degree in Economics from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2020.

Rachel Lofton

Rachel Lofton

Research Management Intern

Rachel is completing 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.