Passionate and Dedicated Staff
We believe in fun, collaboration, and results!
Chief Program Officer, Yuri Morales
Roberto Gil, Hayward and Middle School Programs
Genaro Arana, San Francisco and Daly City
Hamza Al Hadari, San Francisco
Leah Morales, Oakland and San Rafael
Antonio Cisneros, San Francisco Civic Center
Alex Argueta, San Rafael
Evora BonAcosta, San Rafael
Amber BugarinAstillero, San Francisco
Kevin Calderon, San Rafael
Arra Dacquel, Hayward
Azariel Diaz, San Francisco
Manneh Ibra, Oakland
Kristina Liwanag, San Francisco
Irvin Peraza, San Francisco
Luis Torres, San Francisco
EXECUTIVE & DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Chief Executive Officer, Colin Schmidt
Chief Development Officer, Bernadette Butler
Director of Philanthropic Operations and Community Engagement, Angela Bailey
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 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 "Junior" 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.
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.”
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.)
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.
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.
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 (in process)
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.