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David Kay

Executive Director |
David moved to Chicago in 2005 to help launch the program. Previously, David coached the men’s squash team at the University of Rochester. He was the head squash professional at the Union Club of New York and a top ranked player on the professional doubles tour. A native of Canada, David played competitive junior squash and attended Princeton University where he was an All-American and member of the 1993 National Championship team.

Janae Meyer

Program Director |
Janae Meyer serves as Program Director for MetroSquash. She has over 15 years of experience working with students and families in both academic and nonacademic settings. Prior to MetroSquash, Janae worked with "I Have a Dream" North Chicago, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping students in grades fifths through college realize their true potential. She holds a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Emma Charlton

Squash Director |
Emma moved to Chicago from her native England in August 2016 after retiring from the women's professional squash tour. After 9 years on the tour Emma reached a career high world ranking of 11, won 10 World Tour titles and 25 senior international caps for England. These included winning the World Team Championships, European Team Championships and a Bronze Medal in the Commonwealth Games. Emma is passionate about the importance of health and wellbeing and is excited to bring her experience and expertise in the field of squash to the students at MetroSquash. Emma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German from the University of Nottingham.

Lauren Rich

Development Director |
Lauren joined MetroSquash in 2015 as the Development Director. She comes from an extensive background in development and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 8 years. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Truman State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Northeastern State University.

Mary Sillah

Facility & Community Affairs Director |
Mary is a proud MetroSquash parent and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Roosevelt University. Her career eventually transitioned to property and facility management, which was a perfect fit for her role as Facility Director. With the opening of the MetroSquash Academic & Squash Center, Mary has come on board to manage all aspects of maintaining our first class space – from front desk support to vendor management.

Charlotte Barnett

Finance & Operations Director |
Charlotte joined MetroSquash in 2016. She has over 20 years experience in both the For-Profit and Non-Profit sectors of Accounting and Auditing. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor Business Administration – Accounting degree from Howard University.

Chris Kirkwood

College Access Director |
Chris Kirkwood serves as the College Access Director for MetroSquash. Prior to joining MetroSquash, Chris worked as a GEAR UP College & Career Advisor with Chicago Public Schools. Chris has extensive experience leading students and parents alike through the college application, financial aid, and college selection processes. In his former position, Chris' paramount goal was ensuring that his students not only attended college, but selected schools for which they were a good match. Chris has hosted career fairs, planned college admissions trips, and conducted workshops geared towards educating both students and parents. Education is not only Chris' career, but his passion. Chris obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he majored in in African-American Studies. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity at Moody Theological Seminary,where his focus is counseling.

Terea Murphy

College Success Director |
Terea serves as our College Success Director. She has a background in education and comes with more than 12 years of experience working with both youth and adults. She is passionate about working in the community and providing families with resources for success. She believes that an education is one of the most valuable resources that one can possess. Terea has the goal of seeing all of the students at MetroSquash complete college and assert themselves as leaders in their respective fields. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban School Leadership from Georgia State University.

Leigh Murphy

High School Director |
Leigh joined the MetroSquash team in July of 2014. Leigh was a graduate of Teach for America in 2010, and has since taught middle school science in grades 6, 7, and most recently 8th at Perspectives Middle Academy in Chicago. Leigh graduated from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree in Urban Leadership in 2010.

Ryan Jameson

Middle School Director, 7th & 8th Grade |
Ryan leads the MetroSquash middle school program, working with students each day in the classroom and on the squash courts. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Ryan joined the MetroSquash family in July 2013 with strong competencies in the areas of youth development, project management, and program implementation. Prior to obtaining his degree in Human Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011, Ryan was heavily involved in student affairs in the fields of career development, psycho- educational counseling, and diversity initiatives. Upon completion of his degree, Ryan served as a program coordinator at a Chicago Boys & Girls Club where he tracked students’ academic progression and provided programming in education and computer technology. As a Posse Scholar Alum, Ryan believes that every youth is destined for excellence and hopes to provide them with meaningful opportunities to reach their full potential. The Middle School Director directly reports to the Program Director.

Debra Noe

Middle School Director, 5th and 6th Grade |
After living in Germany for almost eight years, Debra returned to Chicago and joined MetroSquash in October 2016. She holds an M.A. in European Studies from Leibniz University Hannover and a B.A. in Human Development from The University of Chicago. Debra works intensively with the families of MetroSquash 5th and 6th grade students, and teaches grades 5-8. She is passionate about fostering a love of reading, incorporating critical thinking about social issues into program curriculum, and creating stronger ties with the community.

Charlie Merrill

Assistant Squash Directorr |
Charlie joined MetroSquash in the summer of 2015. He is a graduate of The Millbrook School and Hobart College, where he played squash at the varsity level. He has spent several summers coaching at camps, and was a volunteer at MetroSquash before joining our team. Though he is from Connecticut, he is excited about making Chicago his new home.

Seetreeon Torres

Assistant Squash Director |
Seetreeon joined MetroSquash in the summer of 2015. He is a graduate of City Squash, a selective Bronx-based after-school program, and partner program under NUSEA. Upon graduating from City Squash, he attended St. Lawrence University. In 2014-2015, he was part of a nationally ranked squash team which finished second in the country, and received the Coach’s Award for the 2014-2015 season.

Tarina Bradshaw

Fitness Director |
Prior to joining MetroSquash, Tarina was an Americorps City Year member and served at the Johnson School of Excellence where she became the Middle School Assistant Track Coach leading the girl’s track team to the championships. After graduating from the Americorps program, Tarina served as a dance instructor at the Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School, as well as the athletic events manager. As Fitness Director at MetroSquash, Tarina is responsible for conditioning students through rigorous engaging physical activities which prepare students to learn the game of squash, and condition students to continue to play squash.