CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lindsey Kittredge is the Executive Director of Shooting Touch, Inc. and responsible for overseeing all domestic and international operations of the organization. Under Lindsey's direction, Shooting Touch, Inc. has grown from inception as a local Boston basketball program to an international NGO with work on three continents, 7 countries and positively impacting over 15,000 youths globally since the organization’s inception in June, 2007.
Lindsey began her career in Sydney, Australia working for Professional Public Relations (PPR), one of Australia's largest privately owned public relations firms. After her move back to the States, Lindsey spent the next eight years in Boston in both commercial and residential real estate marketing firms. During her career here, she grew to realize that her passion to use the power of sport to improve the lives of children outweighed her current career path. As her husband, Justin, served as a coach-mentor to urban youth in Boston, together they realized there was a greater need for accessible, sport-for-development programming for at-risk youth. With this premise, Shooting Touch was born and has grown into an international organization far outweighing any initial expectations of impact, outcomes and development.
Lindsey played Division I lacrosse at the University of Vermont where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Nutrition.
Lindsey is a happy wife and mother of two wonderful little girls.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ashley Walenta is the Director of Operations at Shooting Touch with the primary responsibility of supporting the Executive Director to oversee operations, finances, donor management, and major fundraising events.
Prior to Shooting Touch, Ashley served as the Development Manager of The Sports Museum where she established and defined development functions, formal marketing initiatives, and fundraising programs - including planning and executing on fundraising activities for major events. Additionally, she was the Event Coordinator at Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment, LLC, where she developed and facilitated large scale events for a variety of non-profit organizations in addition to maintaining corporate and athlete/celebrity client relationships while coordinating all aspects of marketing deals.
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Endicott College where she was a member and Captain of the Endicott Women's Basketball team.
Ashley additionally owns her own event planning company, Ashley Irene Events, LLC.
SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Lisanne joined Shooting Touch in October of 2013 as one of our two 2013-2014 Fellows. Along with Remy N'diaye, Lisanne was instrumental in furthering the direction for Shooting Touch's program in Rwanda. After her yearlong work program, Lisanne was in love with all things Rwandan and decided to extend her work overseas and become Shooting Touch's second In-Country Program Director.
Proficient in Kinyarwanda, Lisanne has been a critical reason why our program in Rwanda is working and growing. Lisanne has made endless connections and stayed in Rwanda for a total of 4 years. As Senior Director, Lisanne will be working in the US and Rwanda throughout the year. Among many things, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the Rwanda program, managing all in-country staff, curriculum development, monitoring and evaluation and in-country partnerships. Lisanne plays a critical role in the management of all aspects with Shooting Touch HQ in Boston including domestic programming and development.
Lisanne is a graduate of Queens College and from Toronto, Canada
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Chloe graduated with a degree in Sports Medicine from Merrick College in 2015. Chloe was not only a standout basketball player for her school, but an exceptional student and admired person. One of Chloe's many strengths, that makes her a special individual, is her ability to connect with others. She started her own "Humans of Merrimack" (mimicking the Human of New York platform) which served as a safe space for students to divulge personal narratives. She interviewed over 150 individuals, all while running the platform anonymously. It was no surprise when Chloe was chosen to give the commencement speech at her graduation.
Upon graduating, Chloe played professional basketball in Israel for one season. After the season, she spent some time volunteering with refugees in Greece. There, she realized that playing basketball was not enough to fulfill her passion of making a difference in the world.
Upon her return to Boston, she met with Lindsey to talk about the BHC fellowship and shortly after Chloe was selected as one of the fellows for the 2016/2017 year.
The rest is history. Chloe made an immediate impact by leading the expansion of the women's and girls program and is a crowd favorite both on and off the court.
As a result of her prodigious performance as a fellow, Chloe has now taken on the role as the In Country Program Director in Rwanda! In this role she is responsible for all international partnerships, roles and corporate responsibilities throughout Rwanda.
Christelle Umuhoza is the current Program Director for Shooting Touch's international side in Rwanda. Following her undergraduate studies in Uganda (International Business), Christelle was one of fifteen Young Rwanda Leaders selected to receive the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship, taking part in a six-week leadership and networking course in the US. With a strong interest in female empowerment, Christelle created a local Rwandan NGO, using music and art therapy to help young girls deal with the emotional aftermath of trauma. With a Masters Degree in International Development Management from the University of Bradford (UK), Christelle's role with Shooting Touch involves management of all staff, fellows, and partnerships, overseeing and reporting on all programmatic activity, conducting and analyzing all monitoring and evaluation methods, and assisting in grants and expansion projects. Prior to Shooting Touch, Christelle worked for World Vision Rwanda on a USDA-funded educational project and World Relief Rwanda on a UNICEF-funded program to combat childhood malnutrition.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Melissa Ikirezi is the current Community Engagement Coordinator for Shooting Touch's international side in Rwanda. Melissa is a passionate individual who, in 2016, started her own non-profit in Kenya where she and her team were able to screen over 7,000 university students for HIV. Melissa holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the United States International University (Kenya) and some of her roles within Shooting Touch include event and activity planning, managing and training staff, conducting monitoring and evaluation, development of curriculum, and assisting in expansion and partnerships. Prior to Shooting Touch, Melissa worked for Green Hills Academy in Kigali, Rwanda.
DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Rugira Ali started out with Shooting Touch in 2017 as the Head Coach in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza. With his time in Rwinkwavu, women's participation doubled, health educational test results rose dramatically, and a new female coach was brought on and trained by Ali. Ali is now serving as Shooting Touch's Director of Basketball Operations were he oversees all court activity, manages and trains coaching staff, assists in expansion, and works closely with partner organizations such as FERWABA (Rwandan Basketball Federation) and the Ministry of Sport and Culture. Prior to Shooting Touch, Ali worked with Rafi'Kids Basketball in Kigali, Rwanda.
Brittany Gaetano is the Boston Program Director at Shooting Touch and is responsible for running all aspects of the organization’s domestic programming.
Brittany comes to Shooting Touch with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Colby College in Waterville, ME. Her coaching career began at Amherst College where she was an assistant for three years, helping guide the team to three NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back Final Fours. In 2010, Brittany accepted her first head coaching position at Drew University. Always seeking ways to use sport as a platform to drive social change, Brittany played a monumental role in spearheading Unified Sports at Drew, a program that celebrates and practices inclusivity by putting college and Special Olympic athletes on the same playing field. She also founded Physical Fitness with the Arc Morris, a partnership between the University and the local ARC chapter that promotes healthy living and sport for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Brittany moved to Maine as Head Coach of the Colby Mules in 2016, competing for three years in one of the most competitive basketball conferences in the country. Having seen firsthand the positive impact that athletics can have in changing lives, Brittany is excited to be at Shooting Touch where she can fully combine her passion for helping at-risk youth with her steadfast belief in the transformative power of sport.
Brittany is a graduate of St. Lawrence University where she was a member and two-time captain of the women’s basketball team. She received her Master of Secondary Teacher Education from UMASS Amherst.
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Vinh Bui has been with Shooting Touch Boston since February of 2018. He is the Program Assistant for Shooting Touch Boston and handles all things basketball for the AAU club. Along with being the eighth grade team coach, he also hosts workouts and camps for the girls in the city of Boston.
For over a decade Vinh Bui worked for a non-profit in his neighborhood called the Dorchester Youth Collaborative. Vinh Bui worked closely with urban youth in high crime areas of the city and used sports and workshops as a deterrent for crime. Vinh has also been a basketball coach for over a decade, starting with the grassroots ranks with the neighborhood community centers. In 2016, as an assistant coach for the boys program at New Mission High School, Vinh’s team won the MIAA state championship and has since won two Boston City League championships. Vinh Bui is currently the girls basketball head coach at New Mission High School.
LEGAL AND strategy TEAM
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF STRATEGIST
Justin Kittredge is the Co - Founder of Shooting Touch, Inc. and chimes in on the operations and development of the organization when he is not busy (which is never) running his new footwear startup, ISlide, Inc. Justin's incredible vision for Shooting Touch has been the founding and driving force behind its fast moving growth here in Boston and overseas. Justin's energy and passion for Shooting Touch is incredible and felt by all who come before him.
Justin spent the past 15 years working in the athletic footwear industry, most recently as the Director of the Basketball Product Division at Reebok. Justin and his team worked to create, market and sell NBA basketball shoes throughout the United States and abroad. In January, 2013 Justin left Reebok to start his own footwear company called ISlide, Inc. which manufactures, markets and sells premium custom athletic sandals. The company having launched in August of 2013 is already garnering the attention and support of big and small box retailers around the country.
Justin was the Guinness World Records™ holder for the most completed basketball free throws in two minutes in 2010. By completing 64 free throws in 120 seconds, averaging a basket every 1.875 seconds, Justin beat the previously held record of 60 shots by Olympic silver medalist and basketball star, Laurent Sciarra, of Paris, France. He also holds the record for most completed blind folded free throws in two minutes and is in the process currently of getting a new record approved.
Justin is a graduate from Northfield Mt. Hermon School and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and proud husband and father of two wonderful little girls.
SHOOTING TOUCH, INC. LEGAL COUNSEL
As Shooting Touch Inc.'s Legal Counsel, Jaron Brown is responsible for overseeing all grants and providing all legal advise and counsel pertaining to all 501 (c) (3) business matters.
Jaron is currently an associate attorney with King & Spalding LLP in the firm's Atlanta office. His practice includes representing private equity funds in leverage buyout transactions, and public and private companies in M&A transactions and general corporate matters. Mr. Brown also has worked closely with clients on general contracting, commercial transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.