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Beth Devine

Executive Director

Beth Devine joined the Collaborative as it’s first Executive Director upon the organization’s launch in 2016. Beth brings a blend of experience in nonprofit management, sports-based youth development programs, and the development of cross-sector partnerships. She is responsible for setting the strategic course for the organization, as well as oversight of the Collaborative’s team in their efforts to increase equitable access for all of Philadelphia’s children to quality sports-based youth development programs.

Beth Devine joined the Collaborative as it’s first Executive Director upon the organization’s launch in 2016.  Beth brings a blend of experience in nonprofit management, sports-based youth development programs, and the development of cross-sector partnerships.  She is responsible for setting the strategic course for the organization, as well as oversight of the Collaborative’s team in their efforts to increase equitable access for all of Philadelphia’s children to quality sports-based youth development programs.

A collaborator by nature, Beth has built relationships with multiple city agencies to align work and set a common course for the way Philadelphia uses sports to engage and connect with its young people.  Relying on her experience in launching a girls-serving sports and fitness organization in 2009, as well as her participation in Mayor James F. Kenney’s Transition Team, Beth is well suited to drive change in the area of SBYD by aligning cross-sector stakeholders to support innovative programmatic efforts that expand access and improve quality.

Devine also has extensive experience in marketing, events, and operations due to her work experience with the American Cancer Society, the Philadelphia Big 5, and Reynolds and Reynolds, among others.

Beth holds an MA in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and is a lifelong athlete and youth coach which fuels her mission to ensure all kids get the opportunity to experience the power of sport in their lives.

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Mike Barsotti

Director of External Relations

Mike joined the Collaborative in May 2019. Mike leads the Collaborative’s development efforts, coordinates capacity building programming for member organizations and drives outreach and recruitment of new members. Mike began his career in Independent Minor League Baseball, pitching for the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League.

Mike joined the Collaborative in May 2019. Mike leads the Collaborative’s development efforts, coordinates capacity building programming for member organizations and drives outreach and recruitment of new members. Mike began his career in Independent Minor League Baseball, pitching for the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League.

After retiring from baseball, Mike spent several years in Pennsylvania government and politics, serving as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration, and holding senior staff roles on Katie McGinty’s campaigns for US Senate and PA Governor. Following the 2016 campaign cycle, he joined Militia Hill Ventures as an associate, leading operations for the firm and spearheading a new nonprofit effort for the local lifescience industry, PhillyBio.

Beyond his work with the Collaborative, Mike is an avid baseball coach and fan, splitting his time between watching the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, and training up the next generation on the fields of Philly.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mike received his B.A. in Government with a concentration in American Politics from Wesleyan University. While at Wesleyan, he was captain of the varsity baseball team and a social chair for his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon.

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Becca Fagan

Director of Program and Evaluation

Becca joined the Collaborative in April of 2019, with a specific focus in increasing programmatic opportunities for Collaborative Member Organizations, heading strategic programmatic initiatives, and conducting program evaluation. Becca joined the Collaborative after spending time with the City of Philadelphia, in both the Philadelphia Water Dept. and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, bringing years of experience in community relations and communications.

Becca joined the Collaborative in April of 2019, with a specific focus in increasing programmatic opportunities for Collaborative Member Organizations, heading strategic programmatic initiatives, and conducting program evaluation. Becca joined the Collaborative after spending time with the City of Philadelphia, in both the Philadelphia Water Dept. and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, bringing years of experience in community relations and communications.

A native Philadelphian, and a former high school and collegiate athlete, she is thrilled to be working with an organization that increases access and quality of sport programming for all Philadelphia youth.

Becca holds a BBA in Sports & Event Management from The George Washington University. During her time at GW, she was an active member of the GW Crew team before setting her sights on the rugby pitch where she captained GW Women’s Rugby. She maintains a foothold in the Philadelphia sports community as an active player and youth rugby coach for Philadelphia Rugby Football Club.

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Madison Beecher

Communications and Administrative Coordinator

Madison Beecher joined the Collaborative in October 2020. In this role, Madison works to produce branded content and maintain relationships through the organization’s social media platforms.

Madison Beecher joined the Collaborative in October 2020. In this role, Madison works to produce branded content and maintain relationships through the organization’s social media platforms.

Madison is originally from Atlanta, GA where her heavy involvement in soccer and track in community-based programs nurtured her love for sport. She pursued her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Recreation Management at Temple University, graduating in 2020. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was a Division I track athlete and obtained internships with the City of Philadelphia, Temple Athletics, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Emily DeSabato

Youth Engagement in Sports Initiative Program Manager

Emily joined the Collaborative team in December 2019 as the Youth Engagement in Sports Initiative (YES) Program Manager. In this role, she has implemented the Collaborative’s afterschool program for middle schools in North and West Philadelphia.

Emily joined the Collaborative team in December 2019 as the Youth Engagement in Sports Initiative (YES) Program Manager. In this role, she has implemented the Collaborative’s afterschool program for middle schools in North and West Philadelphia.

She works closely with member organizations, Temple University professors and researchers, School District of Philadelphia staff, the coaching staff, and most importantly, the athletes and their families.

Emily has a background in public health, health disparities, and program design and management and holds a B.A. Anthropology, B.A. in Sociology, and a Certificate in Research in Health and Medicine from Indiana University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Indianapolis. She is a lifelong athlete and experienced runner, competing in collegiate and elite national levels in road racing and track and field. She aims to qualify for 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials.

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