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Executive & Development Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Development Officer
Director of Philanthropic Operations & Community Engagement
Chief Program Officer
Amber Bugarin Astillero
Executive & Development Team
Colin Schmidt | CEO - America SCORES Bay Area Founder (Since 2001)
Colin grew up crazy about soccer and figured out a way to weave the game into nearly every stage of his career path. Along the way, he realized soccer could be enjoyed more broadly in the US, and that within the game lay opportunities for creative expression, community building, and service. Colin’s driving goal is to create more opportunities for all kids in the Bay Area and to use engaged, enriched sport as a means to address persistent, yet preventable problems: illiteracy, poor health, and apathy. Colin has more than 20+ years of experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, operations, and management. He earned his BA from Claremont McKenna College and his MBA from UC Berkeley. The author of several books on coaching, Colin was awarded the “Premier National Diploma” from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He also received a "Coach of the Year" award for Northern California for coaching his daughter's soccer team.
Bernadette Butler | Chief Development Officer
Bernadette grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants and the youngest of five siblings. As a teen, Bernadette became focused on addressing inequities in education and opportunities for low-income children. After earning a scholarship to a private high school she witnessed the stark educational discrepancies between students at high-performing schools and those at underserved schools. It was then that her lifelong career focus on education began. After college, Bernadette served as a teacher for Teach for America and Director of Academics at the national non-profit College Track. In 2016, she made a leap into the development field becoming the Director of Donor Relations for Aim High, a summer learning and enrichment program for middle schoolers in high-need communities. She earned her BA at Georgetown University and her teacher's certificate at Notre Dame de Namur University. Bernadette now lives in the East Bay where she continues to advocate for under represented children and families through her role as a Go Public Schools West Contra Costa Leadership Council Member. During her free time she enjoys dancing, swimming, cooking and engaging with people of diverse backgrounds.
Angela Bailey | Director of Philanthropic Operations and Community Engagement (Since 2006)
Bay Area native Angela joined SCORES as a volunteer in 2005 and has been committed to the program ever since. She began as a coach, served as both a Soccer and Program Director, and now focuses on increasing awareness and raising funds for SCORES. Angela earned a BA in economics from Humboldt State and her MBA from Sonoma State University. An unabashed explorer, Angela lived in China, Mexico, and Alaska while earning her BA. She’s more rooted for now, raising her two energetic kids, playing soccer, and socializing with spirited people.
Program Directors & Managers
Program Team All Stars
Yuri Morales | Chief Program Officer (Since 2008)
Yuri has the best bicycle kick on the SCORES staff and is a wizard at footvolley on the beach, due to his years playing on the US Beach Soccer National Team. He earned his stripes playing played NCAA Division 1 soccer in college, and later professionally in Denmark and Brazil. Now a triple threat, Yuri serves SCORES as a licensed coach, administrator, and soccer player. Prior to SCORES he worked for the San Jose Earthquakes. Yuri oversees all program partnerships, professional development of staff and coaches, and leads the organization's effort in data collection and evaluation. Yuri earned his BA from University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in education from UC Berkeley where he researched Cultural Studies of Sport in Education.
Roberto Gil | Middle School Program Director (Since 2003)
Originally from El Salvador, Roberto began working with SCORES as a soccer coach in 2003 and has been instrumental in helping to build the Bay Area SCORES program and community. Since 2005, he has returned each summer to El Salvador with a crew of committed volunteers to run a summer SCORES program for youth in the mountain town of Las Minas. Recently recognized for his continued contributions to local and international youth through sport and creative expression, Roberto was selected as the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2015 Community MVP. Roberto earned his BA in physical education and a master’s degree in social work from Cal State East Bay. When he’s not playing soccer, you can see Roberto’s smooth moves playing chess or salsa dancing.
Genaro Arana | Senior Program Director (Since 2010)
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Modesto, CA., Genaro is an avid soccer player and die-hard fan of Real Madrid CF. He’s worked with youth programs for the past decade. Now finishing his BA in psychology and criminology at SF State, Genaro earned his Associate’s degree in Transfer Studies from Modesto Junior College. Last year, he became a new dad!
Leah Morales | Program Director
Leah is currently the #1 ranked Footvolley player in the US. She represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Footvolley World Tournament. Leah manages America SCORES programs in Oakland and San Rafael. A Santa Cruz, CA native, she played soccer at Cal Poly while earning her BA in Philosophy. After graduation, she played professionally at top European clubs in Norway and Denmark. Between 2012 and 2014, Leah played for the Bay Area Breeze in CA. In 2015, she lead the East Bay Spurs in the Women’s Premier Soccer League to the 2015 Western Regional Championship.
Antonio Cisneros | Program Director (Since 2016)
Antonio grew up in the Tenderloin and has the kind of insider’s knowledge about the neighborhood you only get growing up in a specific place. That understanding and affection for the Tenderloin informs his role as program manager for the America SCORES Bay Area Civic Center League. A first-generation American, Antonio attended Bessie Carmichael Elementary, followed by De Marrilac Academy and Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. He earned his BA at St. Mary’s and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in counseling there. Antonio worked for two years as an after-school instructor for 4th and 5th graders at Redding Elementary in San Francisco. The experience confirmed what he had already discovered working as an intern in a community clinic servicing social security applicants from the very young to the very old: he likes best working with kids and teens. In his spare time, Antonio plays tourist in his own city. Ask him about kayaking into McCovey Cove for a Giants game.
Hamza Al Haidari | Program Manager (Since 2017)
Hamza grew up in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to the US as a refugee in 2008 at age 17. He joined America SCORES in 2017. Hamza has played soccer his entire life, starting in Iraq, through college, and in professional beach soccer. After studying political science at Sacramento State and UC Santa Cruz, he switched his focus to paramedics, earning his associate's degree and paramedic license from American River College. In addition to his work at SCORES, Hamza gives lectures on acceptance and diversity and is involved with Do/Love/Live, an organization focused on encouraging positive change through the sharing of real-life stories. He’s particularly interested in reframing the stories of refugees into something more positive. Check out his Ted Talk. Hamza plans on finishing his BA and intends to pursue a master’s degree in public health. He has a devoted dog named Hummus.
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Amber Bugarin-Astillero | Program Coordinator (Since 2018)
Amber grew up in the LA area and played soccer from the time she was four. She still plays recreationally today. Now a senior at USF, Amber plans to continue her work with youth development and sports after graduation. She joined SCORES as a program coordinator in 2018 after discovering the organization through a friend who was volunteering. Amber feels especially privileged to be teaching poetry at J. Serra. “The students get to figure out who they are through another form of expression,” she says. “They make themselves vulnerable and share with me who they are. It’s amazing.” In her free time, Amber loves to cook for family and friends. “I’m half Mexican and half Filipino. My parents taught me how important it is to stay rooted in who you are through taste and what you eat. Cooking is about about filling up people you love with good things.”
Alex Argueta | Program Director in San Rafael and Oakland
Alex Argueta spent his early childhood in Guatemala and moved to San Rafael when he was eight years old. He has vivid memories of those early years and remembers how strikingly different Marin seemed from Guatemala and how uprooted he initially felt from his supportive extended family. “I have memories of seeing extreme poverty in Guatemala and of moving here and seeing something entirely different. The streets were clean, and there were freeways. I’d never seen those before,” he recalls. Alex attended San Pedro Elementary and Davidson Middle School, both of which are now SCORES schools. As a program director for SCORES in San Rafael and Oakland, Alex is bringing his insider’s knowledge to the work he does with students. Playing soccer has been part of his life since his earliest years and he loves that he’s landed with SCORES. He’s planning to continue his college studies at the College of Marin next year and aims to earn a teaching credential. One fun detail. He and his colleague Kevin Calderon (who he’s known since childhood) share the same birthday. November 4th!
Arra Dacquel | Program Coordinator Hayward
Born in Manila in the Philippines, Arra moved to the Bay Area at age three. She attended Vallejo public schools and then headed to UC Davis, where she majored in political science. Toward the end of college, she realized her heart and passion was in youth development. Arra joined Americorps after graduation, focusing on early literacy at the nonprofit Jumpstart in San Francisco. A year later, she began working with the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, concentrating on after-school literacy programming and readathons. A desire to incorporate technology into the classroom drew her to an ed tech start-up in 2016, where she delved into marketing, outreach, and product development. By 2018 she was feeling the pull to work directly with kids again and joined America SCORES Bay Area as a program coordinator supporting the poetry curriculum in Hayward. In her spare time, Arra works as a freelance writer and ambitiously seeks out extremely spicy food tasting opportunities.
Azariel Diaz | Program Coordinator
Born in Mexico, Azariel Diaz moved to San Francisco as a toddler and attended SFUSD schools through high school: Alvarado, Horace Mann, and Galileo. Azariel played soccer and wrote poetry as SCORES student at Alvarado for three years. He loved it, discovering a passion for soccer inspired in part by his coach (and now SCORES colleague) Genaro "Junior" Arana. The mix of poetry and soccer was new, and the blend fueled a desire to express himself through writing. In 2016, his godmother invited him to join her in working for ExCEL as a SCORES coach at Sanchez Elementary (and later Sunnyside.) Azariel had come full circle, and when offered a larger role in 2018 as a SCORES program coordinator in San Francisco, he was thrilled. In his free time, Azariel studies the martial arts Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujutsu (he’s going for his black belt.)
Évora Bon-Acosta | Program Coordinator
Évora Bon-Acosta grew up in Marin County, a first-generation soccer-loving daughter of Mexican immigrants. She was raised in the largely Latino “Canal” neighborhood of San Rafael, the same neighborhood where many of the SCORES students she coaches today are growing up. Évora is working exclusively with girls in a new SCORES league that was launched to create equitable access to soccer and to provide girls-only spaces. She’s working with teams in both San Rafael and San Francisco, and the opportunity to combine her passions for both soccer and writing thrill her. Évora is also a lover of linguistics and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian and has studied some Mandarin as well. She hopes to pursue her interest in language and shared connections within a diverse a world with continued study of Linguistic Anthropology. On a break from her college studies now, Évora is looking to pursue that goal at Merritt College in Oakland. She loves to hang out with her dog Ipo, a “sweet chunk” of a Blue Nose American Staffordshire Terrier.
Irvin Peraza | Program Coordinator in San Francisco
Irvin Peraza is a first-generation San Francisco native with roots in Mexico and El Salvador. He attended Cesar Chavez Elementary, Everett Middle School (a SCORES site), and Galileo and Burton High Schools before heading to Cal State East Bay in Hayward for college. Irvin worked as an after school teacher at Alice Fong Yu with GLO for nine years. His twin brother David took a similar position at Alvarado Elementary, where both Perazas met SCORES staff members Yuri Morales and Genaro "Junior" Arana, who encouraged them to consider joining SCORES after GLO phased back some of its programming.
Though Irvin had been a baseball guy, he ended up falling in love with coaching soccer and poetry, tackling both with energy and excitement. He’s now a program coordinator in San Francisco, working at SCORES sites close to the neighborhood he grew up in: the Mission Education Center, Marshall Elementary, TECA, Bryant, and ER Taylor. He sometimes brings in poetry he wrote at Everett to read to SCORES students feeling hesitant about writing poetry. “When I was in middle school, I discovered that poetry actually helped me to express myself. Like if I was feeling angry or frustrated about something, I would write poetry about it, and it would make me feel better,” Irvin says.
Irvin’s a new father to a beautiful girl. He and his wife love to dance, especially to electronic dance music at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Kevin Calderon | Program Coordinator in Marin and Oakland
Kevin Calderon was born in the small town of Cruces in Guatemala and moved to the US at age five. Part of a big supportive family, Kevin and his parents initially moved into his aunt’s house in Richmond, CA. The move was transformative, and Kevin credits Richmond (and his family’s engaged presence) for teaching him resilience, maturity, the value of hard work and of plenty of outdoor play. A move to San Rafael followed, where Kevin played competitive soccer and attended San Pedro Elementary school and Davidson Middle School, both of which are now part of the America SCORES Bay Area. This thrills Kevin, who now serves as program coordinator working both in Marin and Oakland. He’s concurrently pursuing a degree in Finance at SF State. In his spare time, Kevin loves to do magic tricks (the wonder is the best part), spend time with his family, and go surfing.
Kristina Liwanag | Program Coordinator in San Francisco, Daly City, and Oakland
Kristina Liwanag grew up in San Francisco in Bernal Heights, just two blocks from Paul Revere Elementary, one of the SCORES sites where she coaches today. Her affinity, comfort, and insider’s understanding of Bernal Heights has been a huge asset in connecting with her students. A first-generation Filipina/o-American, Kristina attended St. Anne’s School, Abraham Lincoln High School, City College (where she earned three associate’s degrees) and SF State (BA in English with an emphasis in Literature). As a program coordinator, she works at SCORES schools and sites in San Francisco, Daly City, and Oakland. Kristina will be pursuing a master’s program in education at UCLA starting Fall of 2019, which will include her teacher certification. She’s thrilled about the opportunity, one that builds on the experience she gained at SF State working with PIN@Y Education Partnerships (PEP), in her case mentoring Filipina/o students at Burton High School. One surprising way Kristina loves to connect with her SCORES students is through her playful and expressive use of make-up (especially gold glitter!) Her students love it when she wears bold, bright colors at practices and game days.
Luis Torres | Program Coordinator
Luis has been involved with America SCORES Bay Area since he was a mere first grader. Back then, he was an observer, watching his older brother Edgar Antonio play with his SCORES team at Paul Revere Elementary. Their father Edgar coached the team and mother Carol was involved as well. Luis joined his own SCORES team at Paul Revere two years later. As a senior at Lincoln High School, Luis started helping his father coach a SCORES team at TECA. That lead to an offer in 2016 to coach his own TECA team of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. In 2018, he became a SCORES program coordinator, covering schools in San Francisco and Hayward. Luis recently re-enrolled at City College and plans to study automotive performance. He loves to cook, and recently adopted a German shepherd mix named Rocky to join his cats Malibu and Mishi.
Manneh Ibra | Program Coordinator Oakland
Manneh was born and raised in Ghana, though his heart is probably more in Senegal, where most of his family lives. He’s been deeply involved in soccer since childhood and was recruited to play for Ghana’s U12 National Team. He played competitive club soccer through his teenage years until joining a semi-pro team in Senegal at age 18. Manneh came to the US in 2010, landing first in Marin County, where he immediately dove into the soccer scene working with the Dave Fromer soccer camp, playing with the Marin Soccer Club, and working for the Vikings. When he got the chance to be a program coordinator for America SCORES in Oakland in May of 2018, he happily made the leap. Manneh’s got a pretty sweet side hustle too. He sells arts and crafts from Ghana and Senegal at the Alameda Flea Market each weekend. He lives in Pinole with his family.
SCORES Staff Alumni
Alicia May-Lin Wun | Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Northern CA, Alicia is a lifelong soccer player and lover of poetry. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2016, where she worked four years at an after-school program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. There she cemented her passion for working with young people, which continued into her post-grad years working as an Americorps VISTA Program Data Coordinator at Boston SCORES. She joins SCORES Bay Area as a Program Coordinator in Oakland and San Francisco, coaching soccer, leading poetry classes, and working with school coordinators. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and East Bay community.
Edgar Alvarez | Program Manager
A San Francisco native, Edgar Alvarez has worked with SCORES since 2010. Edgar has been coaching soccer for more than a decad, and he’s proud of being able to give back to his community. At 17, Edgar went to Mexico to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a professional soccer player for his favorite team Chivas de Guadalajara. Edgar comes from a large family and is extremely family-oriented. Edgar is ambitious to make a difference in his community by keeping kids out of trouble and promoting a healthy lifestyle.