Jared Hoffman – Program Director
Jared Hoffman grew up on the beautiful Oregon Coast in Lincoln City, Oregon. He enjoyed the stormy winters and spent his summers hiking, camping, and skateboarding. Soccer was always a passion, but wasn’t supported in his community. In high-school when Jared began playing club soccer in Salem, Oregon, he realized that a lot of his friends at the coast, from immigrant backgrounds, were as talented as or better than the players in Salem who could afford the expense of club-soccer. He devoted himself to learning the world language that is the beautiful game, and getting involved to help make the sport accessible to those communities who love it most. Jared graduated from Portland State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, and Minor in Business Administration.
Kara Davis – Bookkeeper
Kara Davis currently attends Portland State University and is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Kara has been working as a bookkeeper for 8 years and has experience in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. In addition, Kara studied Event Management at University of San Diego and has over two years experience working with nonprofit fundraising events. Kara has worked with kids as a mentor, tutor, camp counselor and nanny for over 10 years and studied child development at Portland State University. Kara has seen the difference consistency, support, and positive role models can make on the lives of youth and believes Active Children’s mission and focus can make a difference in our local communities.
Rosita Rendon- Administrative Assistant
Rosita Rendon was born in the sunny city of Fresno, California. Rosita moved to Portland, Oregon at the age 5, so she considers herself a native. She grew up in Rockwood, a community that was hurting due to being under resourced. Rosita’s escape from the troubles the community was facing, was her love and passion for soccer. Rosita and her friends loved playing soccer but as she grew older she noticed that her friends stopped playing soccer and got involved in negative behaviors. That’s where her inspiration to work with youth and empower them to be better individuals came from. She has experienced firsthand the disparities in our communities, now she wants to be able to empower other youth to be successful. Rosita wants to be able to use sports as a vehicle to inspire youth to be social agents of change in their communities. This is the work she was doing at Parklane Elementary and has been involved volunteering with other programs in the community like Latino Network, City of Gresham and the local library. She is currently working to get her associates degree in general studies at Mt.Hood Community College. She later aspires to transfer to a 4 year college/university to get her bachelors of Science degree in human development.
Gina Leonardi – Recruiter/Program Coordinator
Gina Leonardi was born in Akron, Ohio. She spent many summers playing soccer, driving for days to get to the coast, and working at camps, and many winters snowboarding and plotting her escape from the sub-zero temperatures. Her pursuit of a degree sparked a passion for traveling, and allowed her to visit and work in communities around the world, eventually landing in Portland. Throughout her travels, she noticed a common theme – the positive impact that sports, specifically soccer, have on kids and communities worldwide. The potential to build leaders and connect communities at home helped develop her personal mission to provide opportunity and empower youth through recreation. Gina has a BS in Community Health from Portland State University.
Luis Rodriguez-Bribiesca – Program Assistant
Luis was born in Mexico City, and moved to the U.S when he was a kid. Luis grew up playing the beautiful game of soccer; he would not only enjoy playing in a team, but he would also love to play “street soccer” with his friends until it was dark outside. Luis has been coaching and helping our youth and our community for over 6 years, in that time he has discovered that the sense of “belonging” in a team could potentially change a kid’s future regardless of the skill level. Hardship has always been a part of his life and as he grows older he recognizes and understands the need of helping and mentoring our youth in order to avoid hardship in their lives. In his free time he still enjoys playing soccer, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and son.