Board of Directors

Amrit Kanwal, Chair
Boston, MA

Amrit is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MFS Investment Management, a Boston-based global investment firm where he has worked since 2009. Previously, Amrit held executive positions at Putnam Investments, Pepsi, and Miller Brewing. From 2007 to 2016, Amrit served on the board of SquashBusters, the country’s first urban squash program, chairing its governance and nominating committee. Amrit is also a board member of US Squash, the national governing body of squash, for which he serves on the finance and audit committees. A native of Hong Kong, Amrit earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He is an active squash player and one of his two children plays competitively.

Derek Aguirre
Detroit, MI

Derek is the Executive Director of Racquet Up, a NUSEA member program based in Detroit, Michigan. Derek has led Racquet Up from its founding in 2010. Previously, Derek served as Academic Director and subsequently Program Director for the nation’s first urban squash program, SquashBusters, located in Boston. A Michigan native, Derek earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Derek lives in Detroit and serves on the city’s Recreation Advisory Commission.

Drummond C. Bell III
Southport, CT

Drummond is a Venture Partner at PEI Funds and President of DCB Associates, a company focused on restructuring and advising manufacturing businesses. Drummond spent two decades at USX (U.S. Steel) Corporation, working in the company’s transportation, manufacturing, and real estate operations. A graduate of the Taft School, where he is a trustee and active supporter of the squash teams, Drummond attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Drummond is President of The Drummond C. and Ruth A. Bell Foundation, which provides grants to educational organizations, and currently serves on the board of ReadWorks.org (NYC) and the advisory board of The Animation Project. Drummond has served on the boards of The Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Family House, the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Fairfield Country Day School, and WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities).

Richard Braddock 
New York, NY

Rick is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yingo Yango, a health and wellness technology company and the Vice Chairman of MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm. In addition to being a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Rick serves on the board of directors at the Aspen Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Cristo Rey Network and several private companies. He previously held numerous executive positions, including Chairman & CEO of Fresh Direct, Chairman of the Board of Mozido, President & COO of Citicorp, Chairman of True North Communications, and Chairman & CEO of priceline.com. Rick earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and received his M.B.A degree from the Harvard School of Business Administration.

Brooke Cooper
New York, NY

Brooke is a Managing Director at Evercore in its corporate advisory business. Brooke has played an integral role in a number of landmark transactions in the industrials sector. Previously, Brooke was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. She graduated from Harvard College and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. At Harvard, Brooke served as co-captain of the varsity squash team where her team won three national championships and she earned All-American honors. A competitive golfer, Brooke previously served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association.

David Ford, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA

David is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gatemore Capital Management, LLC, a multi-family investment office based in New York City and Philadelphia. After beginning his career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in Mergers and Acquisitions, David was an Investment Analyst at MSD Capital and later Select Equity Group. David graduated from Amherst College and earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University. At Amherst, David played on the varsity squash team, which was ranked #2 in the country. David serves on the Board of Trustees at the Haverford School.

Robert Hopkins
Greenwich, CT

Bob is a Managing Director and Senior Analyst in Equity Research at Bank of America, where he has worked since 2008. Previously, Bob was at Lehman Brothers and DLJ. Bob graduated from Trinity College, where he played varsity squash, and earned his M.B.A. at Columbia University. A native of Buffalo, Bob is involved with NUSEA’s efforts to start an urban squash program in his hometown. Bob plays doubles squash in Connecticut and New York.

Elizabeth Berylson Katz
Boston, MA

Liz played varsity squash at Harvard University and is a trustee of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Liz has been involved with NUSEA’s partnership with Exeter’s Summer School, and is a supporter of SquashBusters in Boston and Lawrence. A resident of Boston, Liz most recently worked in the Retail Division of CHANEL, Inc. and is a full-time parent.

Kevin Klipstein
New York, NY

Kevin is the CEO of U.S. SQUASH, the national governing body and membership organization for the sport in the United States. In addition to owning the U.S. Open, the North American Open and other U.S. Championships, U.S. SQUASH selects and supports the U.S. Teams, maintains the official ratings and rankings system for the country, and invests in programs to grow participation in the sport at every level. Before joining US Squash in 2004, Kevin worked for Sun Microsystems in the Worldwide Marketing Operations group. Kevin also managed worldwide sponsorships, which included negotiating sales and marketing deals with MLB.com and a multi-year relationship with the National Hockey League. Prior to Sun, Kevin worked in the corporate consulting division of the sports marketing firm ProServ. Kevin graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity squash team.

Justin Lungstrum
New York, NY

Justin is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, the international law firm headquartered in New York City. Justin specializes in syndicated loan financings and has significant experience in the representation of financial institutions, investment banks, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers. Justin graduated from Yale University, where he played varsity football, and received his J.D. from the University of Kansas. Justin plays squash actively, his two children are nationally ranked players, and his wife, Emily, is a former Yale All-American.

Abby Markoe
Baltimore, MD

Abby is the Executive Director of SquashWise, a NUSEA member program based in Baltimore, Maryland. Abby co-founded SquashWise in 2007 and has successfully led the Johns Hopkins-affiliated youth program in providing enrichment services to over 65 middle school and high school students. Prior to SquashWise, Abby earned her B.A. from George Washington University and her M.A. in the History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. As a student at George Washington, Abby served as co-captain of her varsity squash team.

Christie Manning
Rye, NY

After earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Christie joined the Peace Corps in Mongolia and taught English for two years. Upon returning to the United States, Christie began a career in sales, first with 3M company in St. Paul, MN and then Connaught pharmaceuticals and Merck & Co in Texas and New York. After moving to Rye, NY and starting a family, Christie has served on the boards of Rye Presbyterian Nursery School, Manursing Island Club and is currently on the board of the Rye Youth Council. Christie is also involved with Unicef, Port Chester Carver Center and POTS (Part of the Solution, an integrative food shelter in the Bronx). Christie and her husband, Chris, have four children, two of whom are competitive squash players.

 

Charles Parkhurst
Greenwich, CT

Charlie is a portfolio manager at Graham Capital, a hedge fund based in Rowayton, CT. He was previously a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers, Barclays Capital and Bank of America as well as a portfolio manager at Archeus Capital.  Charlie received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University in 1983. Charlie serves on the board at Wyoming Seminary, a college preparatory school in Kingston, PA, and is a competitive singles and doubles squash player.

George Polsky
New York, NY

George received a BA in Spanish Literature from Harvard University, where he was a co-captain of the 3-time national champion varsity squash team and earned All-Ivy and All-American titles. After his 1992 graduation, George spent 4 years teaching Spanish in Seattle middle and high schools. He also played squash for the U.S. team in the 1997 Maccabiah games. George earned an MSW in 1999 from the NYU School of Social Work and is a certified social worker in the state of New York. He founded the second urban squash program, StreetSquash, in Harlem, New York in 1999 and has recently expanded the program to serve Newark, New Jersey as well.

Amanda Sobhy
Boston, MA

Amanda is one of the best American squash players of all time. A native of Sea Cliff, New York, Amanda won the World Junior Championships in 2010, becoming the first American to win the prestigious event. As a student at Harvard University, she won the National Intercollegiate Championships four times and did not lose a match during her four years. Amanda has reached a ranking of #7 in the world and won three gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Games. Known for giving back to the game, Amanda is a board member of US Squash, a mentor to a SquashBusters student, and regularly volunteers to play in exhibitions for urban squash programs across the United States. Amanda resides in Boston.

Oliver Weisberg
Hong Kong

Oliver is a Managing Partner with Blue Pool Capital Limited, a family office based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Blue Pool, he was with Citadel, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs & Co. in Hong Kong. Oliver received his B.A. from Harvard University and then completed a one-year advanced Chinese language program at the Stanford University Center at National Taiwan University. Oliver was a member of the Harvard squash team and continues to play actively. Oliver is on the board for Teach for America’s affiliate, Teach for China, where he serves as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Development Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Shanghai Center and the Harvard China Fund. Oliver is also a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Advisory Board and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Tim Wyant
New York, NY

Tim co-founded NUSEA in 2005 and became executive director in 2012. Under Tim’s leadership, NUSEA’s membership has grown from twelve to nineteen urban squash programs in the United States and four affiliate organizations abroad, with combined enrollment exceeding 2,500 students. Previously, Tim was the founding executive director of CitySquash, the country’s fourth urban squash program, which operates in the Bronx and Brooklyn. A graduate of Harvard University, where he played varsity soccer and was an All-American on the squash team, Tim later competed on the professional squash tour and was a member of the U.S. men’s national team. A native of Cincinnati and resident of New York City, Tim is a board member of US Squash.

Greg Zaff, Founder
Boston, MA

Greg is the Executive Director of SquashBusters and the founder of the urban squash movement. A graduate of Williams College, Greg spent his early adult years playing professional hardball squash and reached a career high of #2. At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Greg wrote a paper entitled ‘Bringing Squash Down from the Ivory Tower, the Creation of an Urban Squash and Education Program.’ Two years later, Greg launched SquashBusters, the first organization of its kind that combined academics, squash, mentoring and community service for public school students in underserved communities. In 2003, Greg led a $6 million capital campaign to build the country’s first urban youth squash center at Northeastern University. In 2005, Greg co-founded the National Urban Squash and Education Association and in 2007 he became its Executive Director. At NUSEA, Greg launched programs in Detroit and Minneapolis, grew NUSEA’s membership to 12 programs, distributed over $250,000 in scholarships and grants, and organized camps and tournaments for many hundreds of at-risk youth. In 2011, Greg returned to SquashBusters as its Executive Director.

William E. Simon, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Los Angeles, CA

Bill is Co-Chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC. The firm, which he co-founded in 1988, manages a diverse investment portfolio totaling more than $1 billion in assets. Previously, Bill co-founded a municipal bond company and held senior positions at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Earlier in his career, Bill worked as Assistant United States Attorney under then Unites States Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani. A 1982 Boston College Law School graduate, Mr. Simon earned a B.A. from Williams College, where he played varsity squash and where he served until recently on the Board of Trustees. Bill is the Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation. He and his wife, Cindy, established the Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness Program for Los Angeles area high schools. Bill is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and Chairman Emeritus of Covenant House California. In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Trustees of the St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Los Angeles and the Riverview School in Massachusetts.