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.

 


BOARD MEMBERS

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.