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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. 

Karen Gallagher

Karen Gallagher, PhD

Senior Researcher

Dr. Gallagher is the Senior Researcher at the Global Sport Institute. She works in developing research initiatives, leading research projects, and establishing internal and external research collaborations. Her work focuses on elite athletes and the post-sport journey, building on her work with military Veterans in the military-to-civilian transition.

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.

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 Ph.D. in Communication from ASU and conducted his dissertation research at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

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 undergraduate degrees in Sports Business, Supply Chain Management and Sustainability with an emphasis in Urban Dynamics. She is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2021.

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.

Vignesh Krishna

Graduate Service Assistant

Vignesh is an international student pursuing his graduate degrees, Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Business Analytics, from W. P. Carey School of Business and is expected to graduate in Spring 2021. He currently works with both the Research and Marketing teams, assisting with their projects while advancing the mission of the Global Sport Institute as a whole

Julia O'Connell

Julia OConnell

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Julia O’Connell is a Marketing and Communications Assistant for the Global Sport Institute. She is pursuing a B.A. in Global Health with a minor in Justice Studies. She is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2021.