Shannon is a lifelong soccer player, and has found a space even more rewarding than on the field- on the sidelines as a coach. Sports and teams have been a central, motivating force and support system for Shannon over the years, so she has made it her mission to provide team based youth development for the next generation to learn life skills and healthy habits in the same vein. Shannon has coached inner-city youth teams in Oakland, West Contra Costa, and San Francisco for 10 years. Prior to joining Girls Leading Girls she was the Director of Community Partnerships at AmericaScoresBayArea nonprofit for eight years. She holds her USSF "E" coaching license and is currently pursuing her “D” license.
Amy Hardison has over 10 years of experience in marketing, business development and project management. She has a Bachelor’s from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Currently, Amy is SVP at London Fall Protection and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu from 2008-2010. Amy has worked with Gender and Development programs abroad and currently serves as a mentor for other women pursuing business careers.
Katie Awerkamp is the Head Coach of the Academy of Art University Women's Soccer team since 2014. Awerkamp had previously been part of the women's soccer coaching staff at Quincy University for six years. Since she joined the staff, Quincy had boasted a record of 90-27-14, including a 22-game unbeaten streak to start last season. Awerkamp's efforts helped coach six All-Americans and also three straight GLVC Defensive Player of the Year winners. Prior to coaching at Quincy, Awerkamp was the head goalkeeper trainer for the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association and Zionsville High School in Indiana after graduating from Saint Joseph's College in 2007. Awerkamp is a native of Quincy, IL and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School. After graduating from Saint Joseph's, she earned her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Quincy University in 2011. As a student-athlete, Awerkamp finished her career with 297 saves.
Chance has extensive playing and coaching experience coaching soccer at the youth recreational, club, high school, collegiate, and adult levels. He also has experience teaching and working in non-profit management. He is currently coaching at the SF Community College, Sacred Heart Cathedral high school and SF Elite Academy & Vikings club soccer. He is working toward the completion of a Master’s Degree in Organization and leadership at the University of San Francisco.Chance says he is a part of Girls leading Girls because he was inspired by the vision to provide athletic, socially conscious, and morally responsible women with opportunities to serve as mentors and role models to young girls.
Merri has grown up playing soccer on the East Coast and finished her career playing Division I college soccer at Lafayette College. She is an Account Strategist at Google and loves her job. Merri has been on the Board ofthe organization America Needs You. She has a strong passion for soccer and believes it is the root of her successes and confidence in life.
Aichi Daniel is the Legal Specialist of Girls Leading Girls. She has legal, financial, regulatory, and program management experience. Aichi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major) in English and Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Currently, Aichiworks at Pacific Gas & Electric. She also has previous experience in serving the low-income community through her involvement with free legal assistance clinics. Aichi is a former figure skater, figure skating coach, and pole vaulter. She now enjoys running and training for races.
Wilita D. Sanguma is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and graduated from Fresno State University with a Political Science major and a French and Philosophy minor. He earned a Masters Degree from University of San Francisco’s Masters of Arts International Studies program with an emphasis in peace and conflict resolution. He currently works for the University of San Francisco in the School of Management department in the Office of Finance, Budget and Planning. Wilita is also an Executive Board Member, Secretary and Program Coordinator, for Here for Kids International and an Ambassador for CongoVoice. Wilita was a NCAA Division I athlete at Fresno State University, and has created, organized, and led multiple athletic and non athletic programs and immersions in Latin America and Africa.
Joanna LaFrancesca received her M.A. in International Studies at the University of San Francisco and has experience working in community and gender development in West Africa as a former Peace Corps volunteer in the Gambia. As an enthusiast of girls sports, Joanna is thrilled to be part of Girls Leading Girls!