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
BOSTON PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Kash Cannon spent four years as the Northeastern Women's Basketball Director of Operations. Prior Kash was a star student-athlete playing five seasons with the Northeastern Huskies under head coach Daynia La-Force. Kash graduated with a B.S. in Sociology, a Graduate Certificate in Health Management, as well as a Masters in Informatics and a Masters in Sports Leadership.
Kash is responsible for all curriculum development, staff management, monitoring and evaluation, marketing and fundraising for Boston programming. She also assists in the development and fundraising for Shooting Touch organization-wide.
Kash is a native of Providence, R.I.
RWANDA COUNTRY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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.
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.
Program Assistant - Boston
Vinh Bui has been with Shooting Touch Boston since February of 2018. He handles all tasks related to basketball for “AAU The Right Way” program focusing on enrichment alongside of play. 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 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.