Board of Directors
Athletic Director and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at the Noble and Greenough School
A graduate of Nobles in 1990, Alex Gallagher has a passion for the game of basketball coupled with a devotion to those he coaches. Gallagher has led the Nobles Girls Basketball Program to 13 ISL championships in 15 years while compiling an overall career record of 402-97. He also comes off the 2016 season having led his team to their 5th consecutive New England Class A Title. Before coming to Nobles, Gallagher coached the Weston Boys Basketball Team to two Dual County League championships, two North Sectional Championships, and one State Championship in 1998. He was honored in 1998 by the Boston Globe as the Massachusetts Coach of the year for his title-winning team.
Gallagher has served as the Athletic Director at Nobles for the past seven years. He graduated from Nobles in 1990 and returned to work at his alma mater in the 2000/2001 school year. Gallagher also teaches history and was the Varsity Baseball coach at Nobles from 2004 - 2010. In the spring of 2016, Gallagher led a group of 19 Nobles students to Rwanda where they served the Shooting Touch communities.
President and Founder of MMB Advertising
Fred is Co-Founder and President of MMB. Under Fred's leadership, it has become one of the fastest-growing independent agencies in the country. Prior to founding MMB, Fred was President and Chief Creative Officer at Hill Holliday advertising, the 13th-largest agency in the U.S. Under Fred's leadership, Hill, Holliday grew from $300 million to $1.2 billion in revenue.
Over the course of his career, Fred has won virtually every industry creative award, including the Grand Clio, the Grand Effie, Cannes Lions, along with wins at the One Show, the ADC and the Emmy Awards.
Outside of work, Fred is inspired by his three amazing kids. He also has a deep love for football, basketball and baseball, not to mention a borderline obsession with tuna fishing.
Noble and Greenough School Athletics
Ellen is currently an employee of the Noble and Greenough School, serving as an assistant coach for the girls varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. In addition to her coaching roles, she also works part time at Shooting Touch.
Ellen received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Boston College Lynch School of Education. During her time at BC, Ellen also served as a manager for the women's basketball team for two seasons. Prior to college, Ellen attended the Nobles, where she was a member of the girls varsity basketball team for five years
Coach, Educator, Speaker
Kevin Eastman has finished his 12th year in the NBA, having served 9 years as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics under Doc Rivers. He joined Coach Rivers and the L.A. Clippers as an assistant coach in 2013, and in 2014 was named Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Clippers. In addition to his role in the NBA, Kevin is the national director of Nike’s skill development programs for elite high school and college players.
Eastman is also owner and president of Kevin Eastman Basketball and co-founder of Coaching U LIVE, both of which were created as a way to give back to the game that has been such an important part of his life.
Through his clinic speaking, website, and videos, Coach Eastman prepares, develops, and inspires coaches to fulfill their coaching goals. He is recognized as one of the best basketball clinicians in the U.S. and internationally.
Kevin also shares his leadership and team building philosophies with corporate audiences, using his experiences, insights and behind-the scenes stories from his coaching career.
President of TD Garden
In September 2012, Amy Latimer was promoted to President of the TD Garden. As President, Latimer is responsible for all day-to-day operating functions of the arena, one of the most active, highly regarded and successful sports and entertainment venues in North America. With almost two decades of knowledge and experience in the sports and arena industry, Latimer continues to champion the TD Garden as an industry innovator, overseeing the areas of premium service, fan experience and overall revenue generation.
For six seasons as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Latimer was responsible for developing and leading all sales and marketing strategies for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden. This included the advertising, corporate partnerships, community relations, tickets sales, and Premium Club sales and service. A recognized leader in the sports & Arena industry, she was name one of Sports Business Journal's 'Game Changers' in 2011.
Latimer was part of the inaugural executive team at the TD Garden and started as the Director of Marketing in 1995. She went on to launch the arena's e-Business department, harnessing website strategies and database marketing. She served as the Director of e-Business and then Vice President of Ticketing and then the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for both the Boston Bruins and the arena before assuming her current position.
The native of Ellicott City, MD received her degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, which she attended on a full basketball scholarship. Latimer also took political management courses at George Washington University and worked for Empower America while living in Washington, D.C. She currently resided in Topsfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jody and their three sons.
ESPN Author and Commentator
Jackie MacMullan is a freelance sportswriter and NBA columnist for ESPN.com. In 1982, she joined The Boston Globe, serving as a columnist and associate editor until March 2008. From 1995 to 2000, her work with Sports Illustrated included NBA coverage as a senior writer. From 1996 to 1999, she became a regular contributor to CNN/SI, the 24-hour news network
In 1999, MacMullan worked with Larry Bird on his autobiography, "Bird Watching: on Playing and Coaching the Game I Love." In 2006 she released "Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection" with Geno Auriemma. MacMullan has been a correspondent for several cable television networks such as ESPN, CNNSI, Comcast Sports, and WHDH-TV in Boston. She is also a regular contestant – not to mention the only female, on the ESPN program "Around the Horn."
On May 12, 2010, Jackie MacMullan and longtime Cleveland Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The awards are presented annually to members of the print and electronic media who made a significant contribution to the game of basketball. MacMullan was the first woman to receive the honor in its 21-year history.
Senior Player Relations Manager, Adidas Basketball
Christopher Rivers is Director of Sports Marketing for adidas Basketball, Portland,OR. His name is synonymous for having relationships and influence at all levels of the basketball industry. Growing up in Oakland, CA he learned the importance of hard work from his parents and was able to foster key contacts with many future industry power players on and off the court such as Billy Hunter, Aaron Goodwin, Calvin Andrews, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Tony Ronzone and Brian Shaw.
While working for adidas and Reebok, Rivers efficacious approach helped develop the company's grassroots basketball machine catapulting both brands into one of the most powerful vehicles in amateur sports during their peak.
As an eminent figure in amateur and professional sports, Rivers has been at the helm of many player recruiting campaigns and contractual efforts for many former and current NBA players. Since 2010 Rivers has helped the growth of adidas basketball globally by managing grassroots camps, NBA events and athlete player tours in Canada, China, Europe and South America. In Rivers present role, he is challenged with managing the adidas basketball portfolio of NBA players by overseeing the marketing activation and servicing strategies.
Tax Manager, Certified Public Accountant, Granite Telecommunications
Robert played center for Newton South (MA) High School during the school's first ever Dual County League title season in 1978. He taught basketball at summer camp during high school and college and continues to lend a hand with his son's local travel team.
As a 1982 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Robert is a certified public accountant and is Tax Manager at Granite Telecommunications, LLC.
Robert currently resides in Sharon, MA with his wife, Andrea, and their basketball-loving son, Daniel, both of whom have helped raised funds for Shooting Touch.
ESPN Basketball Analyst and Commentator
Fran Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. He serves as an analyst primarily on Big 12 and BIG EAST Conference men's basketball games. In addition to men's college basketball, Fraschilla has been an analyst on ESPN's NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship coverage since 2007 and is a regular on ESPN and ESPNU studio shows. Fran has been a successful head coach at the collegiate level for 23 years including University of Mexico, Manhattan College and St. John's University.
Active in several charity organizations, Fraschilla has participated in the NABC/American Cancer Society's “Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Attack," NY State Special Olympics, The O'Hara Foundation, St. John's Bread and Life and White Plains Parks and Recreation. He was chairman of the NABC Committee on Academics from 1994-2002. Fraschilla served as an Honorary Chairman for the 2000 New Mexico Special Olympics Summer Games, as well as the Honorary Chairman for the UNM Library Development program. Fraschilla received a bachelor's degree in American history from Brooklyn College in 1980.
Harvard Medical Associates
Dr. Vadnais received her medical degree from the University of Vermont and her MPH from Harvard University. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency and maternal fetal medicine fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Vadnais is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine.
Dr. Vadnais comes to Shooting Touch as an advisor on the organization's health education curriculum here in Boston and overseas in Africa. We know the resources that she will bring to the organization will only help propel its impact in bringing vital health education to under-resourced youth around the world through the power of sport.
Cory joins Shooting Touch as the current Director of Nursing for public health giant Partners in Health. Having lived in Rwanda for a number of years and currently playing a huge role in PIH's rollout of their University of Global Health Equity, Cory's knowledge of the Rwandan public health landscape is not to be rivaled.
Cory is a Registered Nurse also practicing at Boston's Mass General hospital and will be pursuing her PhD in Nursing from Regis College in 2018.
Associate Consultant at Bain & Company
Recent graduate of Harvard University Brian currently is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company. Passionate about the power of basketball and the impact it can have on the lives of those in need, Brian will be a big part of organization as we continue to grow.
Rick is currently working as an Analyst for Corporate Strategy for New Balance. Having just received his MBA at MIT Sloan, Rick began his career in management consulting at The Parthenon Group, focusing on growth strategy and operational excellence in the consumer products, industrials, and healthcare industries. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and attended high school at Nobles, where he captained the basketball and baseball teams.
Rick has coached youth basketball part-time since 2008, at the Below the Rim Basketball Camp and with the South Boston Stars AAU team.
Board of AMBASSADORS
Head Coach for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets
Atkinson was recently named the Brooklyn Nets' newest Head Coach although currently serving an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks through the rest of the season. He joined the Hawks after serving as an assistant for the New York Knicks for 4 years. Before joining the Knicks, Atkinson spent the 2007-08 season as the Director of Player Development with the Houston Rockets where he was responsible for improving player performance through on-court, one-on-one skill development and the use of video analysis.
Atkinson joined the Rockets after three years serving as the Director of Player Development/Assistant Coach with the Paris Basket Racing Club in France from 2004-06. While in Europe, Atkinson also was a Reebok EuroCamp Coach in Treviso, Italy during the summers of 2005 and 2007. He spent the 2006 summer as the Director of Player Development for the national team of the Republic of Georgia.
Following a standout collegiate career at the University of Richmond where he led the Spiders to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Northport, NY-native and St. Anthony's HS (South Huntington) graduate played professionally in Italy, France, Holland, Germany and Spain from 1991-2004.
Head of NBA Africa
Amadou Gallo Fall, a native of Senegal, is Executive Director and Founder of SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal), and knows firsthand what it's like to be a promising young athlete in Africa. In the late 1980s, he was serendipitously discovered by a member of the Peace Corps, leading to a basketball scholarship in the United States. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia with a B.S. in Biology, Fall went on to work for the Senegalese Basketball Federation, mentoring players and providing assistance to bring them to the United States to further their education. In 1998, while accompanying the Senegalese National team to the World Championships, he was hired to be a scout for the Dallas Mavericks, where he rose to serve as Director of Player Personnel and Vice President of International Affairs.
Fall is Head of NBA Africa located in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he leads the NBA's efforts to develop and promote basketball in Africa.
National Championship Coach for the St. Anthony Friars and Naismith 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Legendary St. Anthony's high school basketball coach, Bob Hurley, has helped win his teams over 930 games, including 25 state and 3 national championships throughout his 35 year career. Coach set the modern-day New Jersey state high school record with 66 consecutive victories. He has coached 3 NCAA All-Americans and also coached 5 NBA players.
Coach Hurley was a finalist for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Father of Bobby Hurley (former Duke player #7 overall draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in 1993) and Danny Hurley (former Seaton Hall player and current coach at St. Benedicts Prep coach), each of whom played under Coach Hurley at St. Anthony's High School.
Forward for WNBA Connecticut Sun
Chiney, younger sister of Nneka, is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun. She is 6' 3" and plays power forward. She attended Cypress Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas, winning the 5A State Championship in her sophomore and senior seasons as well as playing in three Final Fours with Stanford University. As of January 3, 2014, she holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women's Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference. Since her debut in the WNBA in 2014, Chiney was selected 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Chiney and her older sister, Nneka, are the only siblings other than Eli and Peyton Manning to be selected #1 in a draft in any sport.
Forward for WNBA Los Angeles Sparks
Nneka is an American basketball player of Nigerian descent, currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, after being drafted #1 overall in 2012. She also plays for Dynamo Kursk of Russia. She is 6'2" and plays power forward. Nneka attended Cypress-Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas and led them to a 5A State Championship in her senior season. While at Stanford University, she helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four four times. Since arriving in the WNBA, Nneka has been earned numerous accolades including 2014 All-WNBA Second Team selection, 2014 WNBA All-Star, WNBA Player of the Week for games played June 24-June 29, 2014, 2013 WNBA All-Star and 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Nneka and her younger sister, Cheney, are the only siblings other than Eli and Peyton Manning to be selected #1 in a draft in any sport.
Forward for the Miami Heat
Kelly is a Canadian-born professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. He was an NCAA All-American while playing for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs. He was studying for a Master of Business Administration at Gonzaga University, having earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in December 2012.
He announced on April 19, his 22nd birthday, that he would skip his senior year and declare for the NBA draft.He also represents the Canadian national basketball team. Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Boston Celtics. Now with the Miami Heat, Olynyk undoubtedly has a very bright future ahead.
Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Sam Presti recently completed his ninth season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being named the 11th General Manager in club history on June 7, 2007. A year into his tenure with the Thunder, Presti was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager by Professional Basketball Club Chairman, Clayton Bennett. After his third season at the helm of the Thunder, Oklahoma City experienced one of the largest turnarounds in NBA history. After capturing the franchise's first playoff berth in Oklahoma City, Presti was named NBA Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.
Prior to joining the Thunder, the 35-year-old Presti held a variety of roles with the San Antonio Spurs. After starting in 2000 as a video intern for Gregg Popovich, Presti most recently served as the team's vice-president and assistant general manager from 2005 through 2007. As a member of the Spurs, Presti was part of NBA Championship teams in 2003, 2005, and 2007 as well as five division titles.
Presti earned his bachelor's degree in 2000 in communications, politics and law from Emerson College in Boston, where he was the first Rhodes Scholar nominee in school history. The Concord, Mass. native served as team captain of the Emerson College basketball team during both his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Presti earned All-Academic honors two times and was also twice selected to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. He was honored with the Emerson College Young Alumnus Award in 2005.
An accomplished drummer, Presti has produced three music CDs with all proceeds benefiting the Extra Ordinary Needs Fund at Children's Hospital in Boston. In addition, Presti established the Keenan Smith-Anthony Halls Scholarship Fund at his former high school, Concord-Carlisle, to assist students with their college tuition.
Assistant NBA Coach Phoenix Suns and Head Coach for Canadian National Team
Jay Triano is a retired Canadian professional basketball player, a former head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Triano gained recognition during his tenure as coach of the Canadian men's national team. He is also a former national team player, who competed in two Olympics, starting in 1984. He was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
RWANDAN ADVISORY BOARD
Founder and CEO of Paper Crown Institute
Katie Carlson is a vocal advocate for the rights of women and girls around the world. As a specialist in gender and development with a particular focus on the African context and concentrated experience in Rwanda, Katie has been collectively studying, writing about and working in gender for over 13 years. In recent years she has focused primarily on developing capacity-building and training programs, and has extensive experience in project management and community development.
UNICEF Rwanda, Human Resources Officer. Vice President of UGB Men's Basketball Team, Rwanda
Dominique Turiyate has been a Shooting Touch advocate since meeting fellows Casey Stockton and Isaura Guzman back in 2012. As a native Rwandan and a basketball fanatic, Dominique quickly gained interest in our program and has been a mentor for all fellows arriving in Rwanda. Recently, Dominique has become the Vice President of a professional basketball team in Rwanda continues to support our work.
Operations Lead, Impact hub, Kigali
Nathalie Neema has grown up around Africa and now works in Kigali as the Lead in Operations at Impact Hub; working with community Growth and Management, developing Impact Measurements, managing events and Project Planning. Previously, she was an Operations Manager at SMGF Ltd (Societe Mutuelle de Garantie et de Financement). Nathalie has also volunteered with Solid Africa, GIZ, Umutima Women Center, Rwandan Orphan Project and with Shooting Touch before acting as a board member.
Director of Rwanda Diabetes Association, Chairperson of Non-Communicable Disease Alliance, Kigali
Crispin Gishoma is the Director of Rwanda Diabetes Association (RDA) since 2012 and the Chairperson of Non Communicable Diseases Alliance in Rwanda. He has been working for RDA after completing his undergraduate degree in economics in 2004. Crispin specialized in Project Planning and Management with a Masters degree and is currently pursuing a second Master degree in Global Health at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.
It is the individual stories of endurance and struggle of people living with Diabetes in Rwanda that motivates Crispin to work hard to provide the best possible health care in Rwanda and to raise awareness about diabetes and other NCDs. As the Director of RDA he manages an organization of 18 employees that runs a centre for diabetes education and vocational skills, organises conferences, conducts hospital visits and follow-up of diabetics around the country, patients’ group support, awareness campaigns and more.
DR. MAGNIFIQUE IRAKOZE
Resident for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kigali
Dr. Magnifique Irakoze was born in Butare, a small village 2 hours outside of Kigali. Through his hard work and dedication, he received a scholarship through medical school and became a doctor in 2016. Magnifique has a strong passion for helping create a healthier nation and is extremely involved with empowering the youth. Magnifique is the Regional Director for the International Federation of Medical Students Association, the Vice President of AfriYAN (African Youth and Adolescents Network) and a teacher to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students with the University of Rwanda.