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Trevor Smith (he/him) is a proven partnership, brand and content marketer with a focus in business-to-business (B2B) marketing in the technology industry. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University in 2008 and followed that up with a MBA from the University of Oregon, conferred in 2010.
Trevor worked in Los Angeles for the marketing agency Jack Morton Worldwide (a Unit of the Interpublic Group) from 2009 – 2013 on the General Motors account. His role included oversight of several lifestyle partnerships, MLB and MLS sponsorships as well as digital initiatives, primarily for the Chevrolet brand. He joined the partnership department of the Portland Timbers in 2013 where he worked in a supervisory role, managing a diverse portfolio of clients and leading promotional initiatives across the Timbers sponsorship portfolio. In the summer of 2018, Trevor joined CMD Agency, where he served as an Account Director responsible for account leadership and growth across several clients at Intel, focused on marketing strategy and implementation in areas such as developer marketing, high performance computing (HPC), data center and the internet of things (IoT). In late 2020, Trevor moved to PMG Agency as a Group Account Director, where he currently leads agency efforts in marketing strategy, content marketing and demand generation for Facebook Connectivity and a number of other B2B tech + software as a service (SaaS) clients.
Trevor joined the Board of AC Portland in 2016. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Shiraz Bengali (he/him) is a licensed CPA, a principal tax accountant at Portland General Electric and previously was a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was born and raised in Corvallis, but went to the University of Oregon and still remained loyal to the Beavers – Go Beavs! Shiraz earned a Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors – Accounting with Honors and Economics – and then moved to Portland after graduation. Shiraz has served on the Portland Boys and Girls Club (BGC) Associate Board for several years, and has volunteered with BGC, coached youth basketball, and taught for Junior Achievement.In his free time, Shiraz enjoys watching/attending Blazers and Timbers games, playing futsal, trying out different recipes from around the world, traveling, getting outside running and hiking, and – a newly acquired COVID-19 hobby – kayaking!
Chris Mitchell has spent the last decade in the digital marketing and data analytics space – working in healthcare, retail, social media and commercial markets. He is currently in charge of global channel testing and data analysis for Nike Direct Marketing – working through a digital marketing agency, Thesis. Energy, drive and passion for discovery push him to blend innovation with creativity, seeking out like-minded individuals who strive for change. Another proud native of Portland, he’s found at the racetrack, racing endurance cars or camping/ climbing mountains on the weekends. He has a deep passion for helping others and his time at Nike has opened him up to the idea that anyone can do sport and should have that opportunity. An avid Baseball, Motorsport and action sports geek, Chris loves staying active.
Tod Cordill is a sales and marketing professional that helps companies define and implement business growth processes that leverage digital marketing and sales enablement tools. He has a wide range of business experience, ranging from product development, manufacturing and general management, sales, and marketing across a variety of industries. Tod has an engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Portland State University. Currently, he runs Moderno Strategies, a small digital marketing consulting firm.
Tod’s involvement with soccer started in the late 1960s when growing up in the Bay Area in California. He quickly learned how soccer formed a common bond with friends and, later, colleagues from around the world. He passed this passion along to his two boys while coaching youth soccer teams for over ten years in Portland, at times coaching four rosters at the same time. In his free time Tod enjoys sailing, bicycling, travel, and rooting for the Portland Timbers with his family. Tod started his involvement with Active Children Portland on the strategic planning committee in the summer of 2016. He also serves on the board of the Human Access Project, an organization committed to increasing Willamette River access in downtown Portland.
Margaret Teising (she/her) was raised in the Portland metro area, where she still resides. Her family’s business, Concept Entertainment, has been a standard in the food and entertainment industry for 30 years, and is committed to immersing itself and giving back to the community.
Margaret joined the Active Children Portland board with a passion for creating equitable opportunities for children who live in historically marginalized communities and populations. Growing up in Portland, she has witnessed over the years the impact on kids living in underrepresented communities as their school budgets have shrunk and their class sizes have far outgrown a beneficial learning environment; negatively impacting their health and academic achievement, while creating additional barriers these kids face to achieving their goals.
Margaret spends most of her free time raising two children, her 6 year old son and 17 year old niece. She has been very active in both of their lives from supporting healthy lifestyles in learning and being creative to activities such as roller derby, soccer, sciences, and much more. She also has a big ole yellow lab that keeps her on her toes.
Brandon Hally has a background in many sports such as golf, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and football. Brandon’s two true loves were basketball and golf. Growing up in a single-parent home until he was 11, sports camps and after school programs were a big deal in his childhood. He found out early that he had a special gift in the game of golf.
Brandon Hally has spent 20 years of his life in the golf industry. This game has taken him across the world where he played in Germany and France to attempt his professional playing career. He found a love in the operations side of golf and began to instruct all levels of golfers, run operations, and grow the game. He worked at some of the most prestigious clubs in the country such as The Los Angles Country Club, Nashville Golf Club, and Waverley Country Club here in Portland Oregon. In 2019 he had an opportunity to join a company called Seamus Golf. Here he was able to collaborate with Nike, Pendleton Wools, and so many others.
Brandon is currently a student at Portland State University majoring in business administration with a focus on marketing. Camps and after school programs gave my early life direction and purpose. He have always wanted to give back to the community and Active Children Portland allows him to do that. He feels honored to be a part of an organization that he truly believe in.
Sarai Seekamp (she/her) is an educator and coach for Portland Public Schools. Her primary goal has been to create spaces where youth feel empowered, cared for, supported, and challenged to be the best humans they can be both as individuals and as members of their communities.
Sarai completed her bachelor’s in English Literature at the University of Portland while participating in track and field before going on to complete a master’s degree in teaching at University of Southern California to earn her teaching license. While completing school, Sarai helped to develop student-athlete mentorship programs between the university and local high schools, as well as began coaching track and field at the youth and high school levels across the Portland Interscholastic League. In 2018, Sarai accepted a position at Jefferson High School to teach language arts and shortly after stepped into the role of head coach for the school’s girls and boys track and field team. In her free time, Sarai likes to spend time with friends and family, staying active, and of course reading and writing
Jennifer Sitton (she/her) is a seventh-generation Oregonian and Communications + Public Affairs Director at Legislative Advocates Government Affairs. Her professional experience includes public relations and communications, particularly in the public policy and government affairs spaces.
With personal ties to Oregon’s basketball community, Jennifer is passionate about finding new opportunities for underserved youth to participate in sports and other after school activities. She is especially fond of ACP’s mission to provide creative writing opportunities for youth in the program, having spent many hours while growing up practicing her own creative writing! Jennifer has served on the ACP board since 2017 and enjoys the opportunity to give back to her community. She also serves on the Oregon Historical Society’s Cabinet.
Laura Sullivan (she/her) is a community engagement leader, project manager, and coach who is passionate about athletics and community building. She is an avid soccer player and has spent extensive time living, working, and playing in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina Spain, and France. Laura is currently a Project Manager at Thesis, a Digital Agency in Portland, and is part of the Nike client team. Previously, she worked at Nike in Social & Community Impact on the Employee Community Engagement team. Her specific role involved working back with employees and helping them utilize the different tools Nike has available to support their passions.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in International Relations & Romance Languages and Literature, Laura traveled to South America to teach English in Brazil. After spending some time teaching in a small town, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was able to pursue a career in soccer. Laura played professionally for 2 years while teaching English at a local University. After her time abroad, Laura made the trip back to the States where she settled in Portland, Oregon. In 2015, she took a position as an intern with the Timbers in the Community Relations Department (in time to win the MLS Cup) before working in Marketing and Development with the local nonprofit, Vive Northwest. During this time, she also took a leadership position with the Michigan Alumni Association and still actively supports Michigan football (Go Blue!). In 2017, Laura received an offer to play soccer for a small club in Mulhouse, France, which she couldn’t refuse. After spending a year playing and traveling in Europe, Laura has resettled back in Portland and is enjoying her role at Thesis, playing soccer for fun and seeing how many rec sports leagues she can compete in every season.
Brit Redline is a Strategic Account Manager at C.H. Robinson, Inc. where he creates supply chain, logistics and transportation solutions for regional and global organizations. Brit completed his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Counseling and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He serves on the board of several other non-profit organizations and is actively involved in the community. Brit enjoys volunteering his time through local and international service projects.
Brit has served as the head middle school soccer coach at Portland Christian School and has led numerous other roles leading and mentoring youth in and out of the classroom. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, whether it be swimming, hiking, camping, sailing, running, biking and has a passion for old cars and tractors.
Jessica Keaton’s (she/her) core values, which have been important to her since a young age, are centered on being active in sports, volunteering and helping others. Directly after achieving her BA in Sociology from the University at Buffalo, she headed to Missouri where she spent two years with AmeriCorps Saint Louis. Jessica’s first year encompassed disaster response, conservation work, trail building and tree felling. During her second year with AmeriCorps, she served in the education setting where she tutored kindergarten students. This school-based service inspired her to advance her education by pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Chicago studying social work with a school specialty. During Jessica’s free time she is often supporting the Timbers and Thorns or hanging out with her Little from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Sammy van den Berg (she/her) is Project Manager at adidas, where she helps manage partnerships with non-profit partners who are working to provide access to sport for youth and break down barriers to careers, skill development and mentorship. She started at adidas in 2016 in Human Resources before moving into the Global Purpose team in 2018. Her team now works closely with their business partners in adidas to build a network of support for their non-profit partners and the impact programs that they bring to life. On top of her day job, Sammy is currently reprising her role as the co-lead of adidas’ LGBTQ+ Network for North America, helping work on policy change and internal education.
Sammy earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with a Business Administration minor from the University of Portland, where she was active in student government and programming events for the student body.
Outside of work, Sammy captains multiple soccer teams, attends a concert or two every week, and is equally happy heading outdoors as she is glued to the couch with her loved ones. Besides non-profit work and trying new wine and beer, her truest passion is getting overly competitive with her family in fantasy sports leagues.
Carly Bennett (she/her) is an active professional in youth and sports with over 9 years of experience in Portland. She works at FC Portland Soccer Academy both on the management side and as a coach. Carly manages and oversees all club operations from player registration to club events and travel. Working with kids has always been a passion for her. She enjoys opportunities where life lessons are best taught through the collaboration, hard work and fun of playing sports.
Carly is a Midwest transplant who came to the city in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since! Alongside her degree in Tourism and Event Management, Carly played collegiate soccer at Murray State and then continued on to graduate from Indiana University. After graduating she spent time living in London before returning stateside and planting her roots in Portland.
Outside of work Carly loves trying new food places around town, playing the occasional soccer pickup games and attempting to get better at a new sport she started during covid – golf!