Sportable Announces New Hires, Key Staff Promotions
RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, September 6, 2023) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to announce the strategic expansion of its team. With a mission to make sports accessible and inclusive for individuals with physical disabilities, Sportable welcomes several new hires and celebrates key staff promotions that reflect the organization’s commitment to building community, fostering inclusivity, and solidifying its position as a national leader in adaptive sports.
With 16 sports and 25 programs offered year round, Sportable has bolstered its program team with the addition of Keagan Angevin, Senior Program Coordinator, and Tyler Rowe, Program Coordinator. With a background in coaching, Angevin teams up with Rowe, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with a wealth of adaptive sports experience, to manage and execute the day-to-day operations of Sportable’s extensive programming calendar.
Recently named Outreach Coordinator, David Robbins plays a pivotal role in Sportable’s health, wellness, and DEIB strategic initiatives funded through a Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) services grant. With a passion for civil and human rights, he is coordinating data-centric, culturally appropriate outreach initiatives and program delivery for underserved populations.
A keystone member of the team with extensive volunteer management experience, Alison Carlin joins Sportable as Events and Partnership Coordinator. She brings a proactive approach to managing a portfolio of more than 30 philanthropic grants and sponsorship contracts, while providing high-level support for key events.
Lastly, Theresa Alonso has taken on the role of Data Support Specialist, to ensure the seamless transition of Sportable’s databases while supporting efficient data management and continuous quality improvement.
“As Sportable continues to expand its reach and impact, the expertise and dedication of our staff play a pivotal role in driving positive change within the organization,” commented Christie Wilson, Sportable Board Chair. “Their unique perspectives and deep commitment to our mission will undoubtedly enhance our ability to create lasting and meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve. This expansion also signifies an exciting phase of growth for our organization, and we look forward to achieving even greater heights together.”
Sportable is thrilled to announce Hunter Leemon has transitioned from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, reflecting both the evolution of the organization and Leemon’s leadership. For nearly a decade, Leemon has been a mainstay at Sportable’s helm, leading the non-profit to exponential growth as Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club and one of the top adaptive sports clubs in the country. In this pivotal position, he oversees strategic planning and furthering the organization’s mission to make sports accessible and inclusive for individuals with physical disabilities.
“Hunter continues to steer our organization with a profound commitment to accessibility and empowerment,” added Wilson. “His strategic acumen has been instrumental in propelling our mission to the forefront—making sports a realm of opportunity for every individual, irrespective of physical ability. With Hunter at the helm, we’re poised to embrace an even more inclusive and impactful future. The change in title solidifies his pivotal role in our journey and amplifies our resolve to champion inclusiveness through sports.”
A member of Sportable’s executive team, Shelley Sowers has been promoted from Marketing and Events Director to Chief Marketing and Growth Officer. She is at the forefront of elevating Sportable’s brand both locally and nationally through value-driven strategies, strategic communications, public awareness, and best-in-class event management.
With more than seven years of experience managing Sportable’s sports programming, Forrest Lodge has been promoted from Sport & Program Development Manager to Director of Strategic Partnerships. As a member of the executive team, he plays a critical role in forming and maintaining external relationships while guiding the organization’s industry leadership.
After a year of transforming processes to improve efficiency on the program team, Michelle Page has been promoted to Senior Program Operations Coordinator. She ensures operational excellence by streamlining scheduling, logistics, and data management for Sportable’s extensive slate of programs.
Finally, Amy Smith has been promoted to Donor Engagement Manager. With a unique perspective of the benefits of participating in adaptive sports as both a staff member and athlete parent, Smith builds lasting relationships with supporters while significantly contributing to fundraising efforts and community outreach.
Laura Bennett continues to lead the team as Chief Operating Officer. Working closely with Sportable leadership, Board of Directors, and program staff, she drives innovative processes to achieve the organization’s goals and vision and oversees financial and administrative operations.
Health and Wellness Outcomes Manager and Occupational Therapist, Caitlyn Berry continues to lead Sportable’s health and wellness program funded through a Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) research grant.
As Development Director, Katy Latimer continues to oversee all aspects of Sportable’s fundraising efforts, including developing and implementing a comprehensive annual fund plan that supports the organization’s operations.
Cindy Schmitt continues her support as Sportable’s Grant Writer and Development Consultant.