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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, GlobalSport Matters

Kathy Kudravi is GlobalSport Matters' Executive Editor. Kathy 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.

Luke Brenneman, Manager, Events and Communications, ASU Global Sport Institute

Luke Brenneman, PhD

Manager, Events and Communications

Luke Brenneman is the Manager of Events and Communications for the Global Sport Institute. He conceptualizes, organizes, executes, and assesses events and projects for the Institute. Brenneman earned his PhD in Communication from ASU and conducted his dissertation research at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

Yulia Bulanova

Yulia Bulanova

Business Operations Specialist

Yulia Bulanova is a Business Operation Specialist for the Global Sport Institute. She is responsible for accounting and HR functions of the department. Yulia is originally from Moscow, Russia. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Management from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Adrian Morales

Adrian Morales

Communications and Outreach Specialist

Adrian Morales is the Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Global Sport Institute. He is a student pursuing his undergrad with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He is expected to graduate in Spring 2019.

Edwin Elias

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Edwin Elias was raised in Santa Barbara, CA and earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his doctorate at the University of California, Riverside where his research focused on the impact of Deferred Action (DACA) on the undocumented youth in Southern California.

Stacey Flores

Graduate Assistant

Stacey Flores is a PhD student in The Sanford School. Ms. Flores spent 10 years in higher education at Arizona State University (ASU), Glendale Community College (GCC), and South Mountain Community College (SMCC). 



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.  


Ian Rewoldt

Graduate Service Assistant

Ian Rewoldt is a full time MBA student concentrating in business analytics and sports business at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. As a quantitative researcher for the Global Sport Institute, Rewoldt focuses on acquiring and analyzing data for GSI's research projects.

Alex Simon

Alex Simon

GlobalSport Matters Managing Editor & Graduate Assistant

Alex Simon is a graduate assistant working as a managing editor of Global Sports Matters. Alex is studying for his master's in arts in sports journalism at Arizona State University.