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The CoachArt story has always been written by people who share two core beliefs:

Illness shouldn’t rob a child of their childhood
Inspiration x Innovation = Impact

Momentive/SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie & philanthropic entrepreneur Leah Bernthal

Our Founders: Zander & Leah

In 2001, childhood friends Zander and Leah had an innovative vision for how to serve kids affected by serious illness inside OR outside of children’s hospitals.

CoachArt was founded to match kids affected by serious illness with volunteers who can teach them arts or athletics skills.

The CoachArt Board

Today, innovative leaders from top companies are driving the mission forward:

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Zander Lurie
(Co-Founder) CEO, Momentive
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Leah Bernthal
(Co-Founder) Social Entrepreneur & Strategist
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Amit Ahuja
SVP, Experience Cloud Platform and Products, Adobe Systems
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Dr. Kara C. Allen
Chief Impact Officer, Spurs Sports & Entertainment
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Jamie Barrett
Founder/Executive Creative Director, barrettSF
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Eliza Becker
Former Teacher
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Sean Brecker
Chief Financial Officer, Headspace Health
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Chris Britt
Co-Founder & CEO, Chime
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Pete Distad
Video Business, Apple
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Ken Ebbitt
Product Manager – Ads, Google
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Michael Fitzpatrick
Engineering Manager – Siri, Apple
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Russ Fradin
Vice Chairman, Carbon Health
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Christina Gallo
Founder/Executive Director, Child’s Play Therapy Services, P.C.
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Jennifer Gold
Trade Show & Event Production
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Alli Goldstein
President & Owner, Cinch PR & Branding Group
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Jason Hahn
(Treasurer) Executive Vice President, PlayStudios
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Elena Halpert-Schilt
Social Justice Activist
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Scott Haug
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
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Carlyn Henry
(Secretary) Managing Director, The Oxbridge Group
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Eric Johnson
Digital Media and ecommerce Executive
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Jennifer Kuperman
Johnson Managing Director, TrailRunner International
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Stefanie Kane
Southwest Market Managing Partner, PwC
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Chris Kwei
President, Oakland Kia
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Jason Lurie
Counsel, Stice & Block LLP
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Kay Madati
Chief Commercial Officer, FIFA
Kelly Merryman
Kelly Merryman
President & COO, Aura
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Sean Moriarty
CEO, Leaf Group
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Jimmy Pitaro
Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, The Walt Disney Company
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Bob Roback
CEO, INgrooves Music Group
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Jamie Saunders
Managing Principal, Cresa
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Regan Scovic
Licensed Realtor, Compass
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Erika Spitzer
Partner, Leonard Green & Partners
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Rich Sullivan
(Chair) Chief Financial Officer, Acorns
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Manoj Verma
Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer, TabaPay
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Brent Weinstein
Chief Development Officer, Candle Media
John White
Founding Partner, Moorgate Capital Partners
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Noah Wintroub
Global Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

CoachArt Executive Director Greg Harrell-Edge and Associate Executive Director Molly Dirr

Staff Leadership:
Greg & Molly

Since 2015, the organization has been led by Greg and Molly, who have been privileged to oversee an incredible team with a passion for innovation and growth.

Our Staff

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Greg Harrell-Edge

Executive Director
San Francisco
Favorite Activity: Basketball
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Molly Dirr

Associate Executive Director
San Francisco Bay Area
Favorite Activity: Biking
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Colton Alexio

Development Director
Chicago, IL
Favorite Activity: Football
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Desiree Brown

Senior Program Manager: Hospital Outreach Specialist
San Francisco Bay, CA
Favorite Activity: Art
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Ben Carlson

Public Relations
San Francisco Bay, CA
Favorite Activity: Writing
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Dorothy Chou

Development Events Manager
Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Activity: Calligraphy
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Antonia Fuller

Program Manager: Group Programs
Los Angeles
Favorite Activity: Singing, Writing Poetry, Surfing
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Victoria Gavia

Operations Associate
Santa Monica
Favorite Activity: Photography
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Sarah Huizar, SHRM-SCP

Director of People & Finance
Los Angeles
Favorite Activity: Hiking
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Jasmin Iraheta

Program Manager: 1:1 Matching Programs and Onboarding
Los Angeles
Favorite Activity: Dancing
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Kristi Reynardus

Program Manager: Group Programs
Miami
Favorite Activity: Art & Theater
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Erick Rodriguez

Program Director: Group Programs
Los Angeles
Favorite Activity: Painting
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Byron Swain

Program Manager: One-on-one and Onboarding Team
San Francisco Bay Area
Favorite Activity: Cooking
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Puppy Tsai

Associate Product Manager
New York City
Favorite Activity: Piano
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Maia Villa

Grants Manager
Los Angeles
Favorite Activity: Guitar
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Sarah Williams

Brand Manager
Houston
Favorite Activity: Crafting
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Jessica Wynn

Senior Program Manager: Group Programs
Los Angeles
Favorite Activity: Gardening

Our Model

The centerpiece of our model and growth is our award-winning CoachArt Connect app:

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Charity Ratings

2022 Top-Rated nonprofit badge

Innovation Awards

Online Reviews

Our Mission

Create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness.

Our Core Beliefs

Illness shouldn’t rob a child of their childhood

Kids with serious illnesses are often isolated at home and need more support and accommodations to try out different activities.

Inspiration x Innovation = Impact

Generous people using breakthrough solutions can change the world at scale!

A donation isn’t a “gift” — it’s an investment

We believe a donation is an investment in making the world a better place. Our team’s job is to “return” impact that is effective and transparent.

Our “ROI” promise to donors is to:

Create smiles

Report YOUR unique impact to you

Always aim to grow

Publish our annual growth

Continue to innovate

Our Executive Director Greg tells the CoachArt story in interviews and speaking engagements as an example of a new “wave of impact innovation.”

Greg Harrell-Edge,

Executive Director, CoachArt