Founder

Bruce Baschuk – J Street Development, PRESIDENT

Bruce began lacrosse as a senior in high school at Trinity Pawling in New York and has stayed involved in the game ever since. When he ended his playing career, he served as an assistant coach at Gonzaga for three years, before starting and coaching a youth team within the MYLA league.

In 2000, Bruce organized a varsity program at Archbishop Carroll High School in the District, where he went on to coach from 2000 to 2005. Some current board members were members of those teams that he coached! At the same time he established a program at ACHS, he created the non-profit WINNERS Lacrosse with the objective to bring the game to boys and girls in the urban core through clinics and team play to mentor youth through the sport.

Bruce also co-founded the BRIDGE Lacrosse program, which brought similar programs to WINNERS together from around the country under the US Lacrosse banner and served as their representative on the US Lacrosse Youth Council for three years.

 Bruce is the founder and chairman and chairman of the J Street Companies, a full-service commercial real estate enterprise.

President

Tom McHugh – Cushman & Wakefield, Senior Director

Tom McHugh is the Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Hailing from Charlestown, Rhode Island, Tom attended University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and continued to George Washington University to earn his MBA. Tom played lacrosse for three years in college, and afterwards he founded and played for the Alexandria Lacrosse Club. He later founded the Alexandria Lacrosse Club for youth lacrosse.

Tom is currently the President of the board, and has been a member since 2003. Tom became a part of the WINNERS board because he saw the game he loved was having an impact on underserved kids and wanted to further the cause. Tom has found his time at WINNERS truly rewarding, as he has been able to give back and improve the lives of all WINNERS participants. 

 

TREASURER

Pete Darke – Citibank, Vice President

Peter Darke is the Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Citi Wealth Management. Peter is from Virginia, where he attended Lake Braddock Secondary School. He went on to continue his education at Virginia Tech. He has been involved with Springfield Youth Lacrosse as a coach and director.

Peter is passionate about using the game to help teach kids life lessons. He believes that team sports, in any form, helps kids throughout their life. As he watched our founder take the game to kids, right here in our area, who had never picked up a stick, their thrill and love of the game got him hooked. Peter has been a member of the WINNERS board for the past several years.

 

Secretary

Katie Lamade - CENTER CITY PCS: BRIGHTWOOD, Middle school social studies teacher

Katie Lamade joined the WINNERS Lacrosse Board of Directors in 2013.  She currently serves as a middle school social studies teacher at Center City Public Charter School -- Brightwood Campus. Previously, Katie was the Director of Athletics and Head Varsity Lacrosse coach at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia. Originally from Baltimore, she played lacrosse at Notre Dame Preparatory School.  Katie earned an undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies at Duke University, where she also served as a team captain of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. An avid athlete, Katie has run five marathons and numerous other road races.


BOARD MEMBERS

Neil Alt – Lincoln Property Company, Senior Vice President

Neil is currently the Senior Vice President, Managing Director with Lincoln Property Company, a commercial real estate firm. Neil is a Maryland native, where he was an All-American lacrosse player at Dulaney High School. He continued his athletic and academic career to Syracuse University where he co-captained the 1988 undefeated national championship team. He continued to stay involved with the sport after college coaching for various youth teams and currently coaches Gonzaga freshmen/sophomores in the off-season. He also continues to stay involved in the sport through his two children.

Neil has been a member of the WINNERS board since 2007. He is also a board member of the Potomac Chapter, the Tewaaraton Lacrosse Foundation, and Club Blue Lacrosse. 

 

Arik Ben-Zvi - The Glover Park Group, Managing Director

Arik Ben-Zvi has been with The Glover Park Group since the firm first opened its doors and has built his professional career at the firm. Over his years at the firm, he has led some of its largest and most complex accounts, including national corporate reputation campaigns, multi-billion dollar business disputes and headline-grabbing policy fights. His experiences extend across numerous industries including media and technology, health care, financial services, manufacturing, travel and energy. As team leader on these engagements, Arik’s focus on the development of clearly defined strategies and the disciplined adherence to those strategies in all facets of the campaign, including messaging, content development and the execution of communications tactics through earned, owned, paid and social channels. Past and current clients included UnitedHealth Group, TPG Capital, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Visa, Univision, DIsney and DIRECTV.

Prior to joining GPG, Arik served as Advance Lead on the Gore-Lieberman 2000 Presidential campaign and in the Clinton White                            House Office of Scheduling and Advance. Arik graduated with Honors from Tel Aviv University with a dual degree in History and                            Political Science. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Victoria, and twin daughters.

Leon BournesBourne 2 Fly Fitness, Personal Trainer

Leon D. Bournes is a proud husband, father, native Washingtonian, and lacrosse enthusiast. Leon is also the owner and fitness director of Bourne 2 Fly LLC.  

Leon was introduced to the game of lacrosse in 2000 as freshman at Archbishop Carroll high school, the inaugural men’s lacrosse season. With the help of family and mentors, Leon earned his BA from Lynchburg College and walked on and competed on the men’s lacrosse team. Upon graduation, Leon was able to give back to ACHS program as an assistant coach for 2 seasons.  

Lacrosse has opened many doors for Leon and he wants to teach the game and the life lessons associated with it to the next generation. As a WINNERS board member for the past two years, Leon is able to marry his passion for the DC community and lacrosse.

Matt Coursen – Jones Lang LaSalle, Managing Director

Matt Coursen is a Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL), a commercial real estate advisory firm, and he is based in the company’s Washington, DC office. He specializes in the representation of law firms, technology companies and professional services firms.  He is an expert in sophisticated real estate strategic planning and transaction management and has represented some of the world’s leading corporations during his career.

Prior to joining JLL in 2005, Mr. Coursen worked in the sports industry for USA Football and the Washington Redskins in the areas of communications and marketing. Mr. Coursen received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University in 2003 where he majored in Journalism and Minored in English. Mr. Coursen’s lacrosse career began at Landon School in Bethesda, Md. where he was a member of the 1999 varsity team that  ended the season ranked #1 in the U.S. by Lacrosse Magazine. He then played varsity at Dickinson College and was the second leading scorer on the team during his freshman season.

In addition to his work with WINNERS, Mr. Coursen is active in the Washington, DC community as a member of the Board of Trustees and past President of the Alumni Association at Landon School and as a fundraiser for Children’s National Health System.  He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, the former Lindsay Wheeler, and their children, Cole and Bryce.

Caulley Deringer – Transwestern, Senior Vice President

Mr. Caulley Deringer is the Executive Vice President for Transwestern. Caulley grew up in Chestertown, MD and attended high school in Virginia at Episcopal High School. After high school, Caulley went on to study at Washington and Lee University and earned his MBA at Georgetown University.

Caulley has been playing lacrosse since college, and also played several years of club. He has coached both boys and girls lacrosse for the Alexandria Lacrosse Club for the past 15 years and at Ft. Hunt for two. Caulley became involved with WINNERS because he loves the game and giving back to the children in the DC community. Caulley remains active in the lacrosse world through his three children, who are all playing youth lacrosse and have dad as their coach! Caulley has been a member of the WINNERS board for the past three years.

Colin Dunn - Heffron Company, Project Manager & Business Development

Colin Dunn is the fourth generation to work at Heffron Company. During the summers, Colin worked in the field as a Foreman's assistant before moving into the project management role, completing projects for The United States Chamber of Commerce, Ft. Belvoir, and Milestone Business Park. 

After graduating from Hampden-Sydney College, where he served as Captain on the lacrosse team, Colin worked for Colliers International in Charleston, SC as a commercial real estate broker. Colin returned to Heffron Company in 2010 and startes estimating and assisting project managers with all facets of the mechanical business. In 2014, Colin graduated from the MBA Program at the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship.  

Laurie Dunn - Blackbaud, Inc., Project Manager

Laurie Dunn has over five years of experience working with non-profit organizations. As a project manager at Blackbaud, Inc., she focuses on multichannel online marketing and fundraising implementations and has worked with a variety of charitable organizations including: Goodwill Industries International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and YWCA.

A native of South Carolina, Laurie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. Shortly after graduation, Laurie moved to Washington, D.C. She is excited for the opportunity to become more involved with the young people in her community through WINNERS.

Rodney Emery The Madison Group, Partner

A government relations professional with over 17 years of experience, Rodney Emery has advised Members of Congress, a Cabinet Secretary, Agency Administrators, an Under Secretary for International Trade, and executives from Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Rodney served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV). Prior to his return to Capitol Hill, Mr. Emery served in the Obama Administration as a presidential appointee. At the United States Department of Commerce, Rodney served as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the International Trade Administration.  

A native of Los Angeles, California, Rodney received his Bachelor's degree from Howard University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Tom Glatzel – Tritec Real Estate Company, Developer

 

Tom Glatzel is a developer for TRITEC Development Group, LLC. Tom has been involved in lacrosse and around the sport for quite some time. He currently serves as the assistant coach for Georgetown Prep’s team. Tom is originally from Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Boys’ Latin School. He went on to study at University of Notre Dame, and then Georgetown University for his graduate education. Tom got involved with WINNERS after meeting President Tom McHugh and was excited about giving back to the sport. He has been a member of the WINNERS board for over ten years.

 

Steve Linehan - Fair Square Financial, LLC, Chief Financial Officer

Steve Linehan is Chief Financial Officer of Fair Square Financial, LLC, a finance company start-up focused on issuing credit cards to near prime customers.  In 2015, Steve retired as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Capital One Financial Corporation, a $300 billion diversified financial services company.  He served as Capital One's EVP and Treasurer for twelve years.

Steve joined Capital One in 1997 after eight years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where he held various positions in the Division of Resolutions and the Division of Insurance rising to the level of Associate Director.  Prior to the FDIC, he worked in various financial institutions ranging in size from community banks to global money center banks, mostly in the area of interest rate risk management.

An active volunteer in the community, Steve has served on the LAYC Board of Directors since 2006 and more recently stepped onto the LAYC Chairman’s Council. Steve received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland. 

 

Hall Martin – Inquiries, Inc., Principal Owner

Mr. Hall Martin currently is Principal Owner of Inquiries, Inc. Growing up in the Bethesda area, and attending Chevy Chase High School, Hall was always surrounded by lacrosse. He went on to pursue a business administration degree from University of Arizona, and continued his post-graduate education at George Washington University. Now he is a father of three boys who all played lacrosse at Georgetown Prep and a daughter who played at Connelly.

Hall recognized the value of exposing inner city kids to a great sports experience that they most likely have never experienced and allows young people to learn mentorship and leadership skills. This concept is what drove Hall to get involved with WINNERS for the past four years.

Pat McArdle – Georgetown University, Assistant to the Athletic Director

Patrick J. McArdle has worked for Georgetown University since 1981. He currently serves as Executive Director of Athletic Relations. He is a student of athletic history at Georgetown and is the unofficial archivist and historian for the Department. In recent years, he helped to produce very successful commemorative events for men's basketball, football, women's and men's rowing, men's lacrosse, and men's soccer. In addition to managing the Athletic Hall of Fame, Pat is the sport administrator for men's and women's swimming and diving and for men's and women's rowing.

In 1972, Pat graduated with a degree in classics from Georgetown where he captained the varsity lacrosse team. Pat has been a member of the board since the inception of WINNERS in 2000.

Patrick O’Meara – Rappaport Brokerage Representative

Patrick O’Meara is a brokerage representative at Rappaport. Pat is a Virginia native, attending Robinson Secondary School. After graduation, Pat decided to go to University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill to complete his undergraduate work. Introduced to lacrosse later, Pat began playing in high school and continued playing throughout his college career.

Pat is a recently new member of the board, joining less than a year ago. However, he has always wanted to get involved, and is very enthusiastic to finally have the opportunity. He credits lacrosse to putting him where he is, and wants to make sure others can gain as much as he did from the game.

 

Andrew O'Neill - O'Neill Realty Advisors, LLC, Principal Broker

Andrew O’Neill is the founder and principal broker of O’Neill Realty Advisors, LLC. As a 5th generation Washingtonian, Andrew has seen complex, wide ranging business environments, over which time he has experienced numerous market conditions and adjustments. Andrew has been active within the real estate industry since 1992. Since 1995, Andrew has been focused on commercial and residential transaction based real estate. He has completed acquisition and disposition, including leasing and investment sales, transactions of value in excess of $400 million in several states, including Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, Andrew consults with clients on an ongoing basis regarding efficient operations and effective growth and change strategies and management.

Andrew has completed his course work in a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he holds a B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore.

Brendan Owen – Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Chief Leasing Officer

Brendan Owen is the Chairman of Asset Services at Newmark. Although Brendan is from Skaneateles, NY, he attended Georgetown University for his undergraduate studies and remained in DC. While at Georgetown, he played on the men’s lacrosse team and served as the team captain in 1988.

Brendan has been a board member for ten years, after hearing all of the great opportunities founder Bruce Baschuk was creating for DC youth. Brendan has three sons, Aidan, Colin, and Luke, and wife, Delphine.

 

Dennis Perkins – Civitas Commercial Real Estate, Principal

Dennis Perkins is in his first year as a member of the WINNERS board. He is currently a managing principal at Civitas Commercial Real Estate Services. Dennis is originally from Detroit, Michigan but attended Florida A&M University as well as New York University.

All three of Dennis’s children play lacrosse, and have participated in WINNERS programs. Dennis has seen a number of colleagues who have played lacrosse gain invaluable exposure to an exciting team sport and opportunities that may not have been available to them otherwise. He would like to help expose kids who have the aptitude, interest, and diverse backgrounds to the sport, as well as expose schools that have strong lacrosse traditions to mentoring and teaching the game to organically grow the sport.

Brian Rodgers – Capital City Nurses, Chief Operating Officer

Brian Rodgers is the Chief Operating Officer for Capital City Nurses. Brian grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and studied at Cornell University. He has been involved in lacrosse since he was young, playing club, high school, and throughout college. Brian continued his involvement in the game through coaching at the youth, high school, collegiate, and international levels.

Brian has been a board member for almost three years. He feels that it’s important for the next generation of kids to learn and play the game, and everything that entails with team aspect, pride, competition, heritage, etc. Brian and his wife, Tasha live in Bethesda, Maryland with their two children (Ryan 6 and Finn 9) and Yellow Labrador, Sky.

Mark Shaheen – Paladin Global, LLC, Managing Director

Mark Shaheen is the Managing Director at Paladin Global, LLC. He attended Georgetown University as an undergrad, and Gonzaga High School in DC prior to that. Mark played lacrosse growing up, was a member of the team at Gonzaga. He stayed involved in the sport through his four children who have all played the game, along with coaching various boys and girls youth programs.

Mark joined the WINNERS board because he believe that all kids should have the opportunity to play sports (especially lacrosse) on well coached teams. He believes that WINNERS does an outstanding job of providing this opportunity to young people to learn the sport and grow into young adults. Mark has been on the WINNERS board for three years.

Chase StockChesapeake Partners, Analyst

Chase is currently a hedge fund analyst at Chesapeake Partners. Chase was an All-State and All-American lacrosse player for the Potomac School in Alexandria, Virginia. Chase continued playing lacrosse in college, for Duke University, and continued his academic pursuits attending The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania for his MBA.

Chase is very familiar with WINNERS, as he played with Executive Director Matt Breslin at Duke. Chase has been a WINNERS board member for the past two years.

Martin Weldon - MG Residential, Managing Director/Associate Broker

As Managing Director of the Buyer Division and an Associate Broker, Martin brings a strong background in leadership and public service to guide his efforts when assisting clients. His background and knowledge of the Washington, DC area has enabled him to seamlessly navigate the complexity of each real estate transaction with ease.

Martin is currently the Board Chair of Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization and has volunteered with the organization for the past five years. He is also an active volunteer for the GCAAR Education Committee, has served on the Agent Leadership Committee for Keller Williams Capital Properties and is an educational instructor for the brokerage. Martin currently resides in Woodridge with his wife and two children. Martin's son has participated with WINNERS since he was seven and Martin appreciates the impact that WINNERS is having on the youth in Washington, DC. He is excited for the growth opportunities that the organization has in it's future and is one of our newest board members.

Robert White – Democratic Nominee for D.C. Council At-Large

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Robert White is currently the Director of Community Outreach for the DC Office of the US Attorney General. Robert is a local product, graduating from Archbishop Carroll high school where he served as the team captain for its inaugural season. After graduation, Robert continued his education at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Oxford University, American University, and Washington College of Law.

Robert became a part of the WINNERS family in 2013 because he loves the idea of urban kids getting access to non-traditional sports. He also recognizes the importance organized sports for development of boys and girls by learning skills such as leadership and teamwork that will serve them for the rest of their lives.


If you're interested in learning more about becoming a Board Member, please contact Matt Breslin at mbreslin@winnerslacrosse.org.