Our Friends

 
Ma’ayan Castel, A lifelong player and fan, Ma’ayan approached Soccer for Peace as a volunteer in 2005. So exceptional were her talent and dedication that Ma’ayan became camp director the next year, overseeing every facet of Camp Coexistence 2006. Camp began the night of the World Cup final, and three days later saw war breakout between Israel and Hezbollah. All the while Ma’ayan directed the largest gathering in Soccer for Peace history. A professional musician, Ma’ayan splits time between Tel Aviv and Boston.
 
Kevin Fritz, is an associate at the law firm of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, where he practices all aspects of commercial litigation. Kevin graduated from the University of Michigan in 1999 and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2002. As a child, Kevin was a mediocre soccer player and was very impressed with the number of soccer trophies that Board member Zach Viders had in his room.
  Jon Gantman, was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in New York City. His love for Israel began when he first visited the country at the age of thirteen and grew as he spent six months there during high school. Jon was thrilled to be introduced to Soccer for Peace as it bridged his passion for Israel and sports. Jon holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and currently works as a Senior Manager at American Express on the Platinum and Centurion team.
  Naomi Greenfield, was Soccer for Peace’s first Regional Manager, spearheading and organizing the Play for Peace tournament held at Harvard University in the spring of 2003. The event drew over 200 participants and scores of fans. Naomi is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Harvard School of Education. She currently resides in Boston and is a Creative Producer for FableVision Animation Studios.
  Irene Kim, serves as the Co-Chair of the 2008 Event Committee, along with Cari Widmyer. She works at Lehman Brothers, focusing on Asian Equities. Irene is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Wellesley College, and currently lives in the West Village where she can be found riding her Raleigh or looking for the next, best restaurant.
  Erica Martin, is an associate in the technology group at TA Associates in Menlo Park, CA where she invests in security and financial technology companies. Erica graduated from Johns Hopkins University earning a BA in International Studies in 2008. She currently resides in San Francisco and became involved with SFP after working with Ori Winitzer at Rothschild in New York in 2008. Erica chaired the June 2010 SFP England vs. US World Cup match fundraiser, which was attended by ~400 supporters of Soccer for Peace and fans of soccer.
 
Sarah McClutchy, works in sales at Moody’s Analytics and moonlights as a writer. Sarah graduated from Lehigh University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and International Relations. She was thrilled to be introduced to Soccer for Peace through Erica Martin and co-chaired the SFP World Cup party held at the Maritime Hotel. Originally from New Jersey, she currently resides in Chelsea and enjoys running, reading, writing and Youtubing in her spare time.
  Yael Melamed, [TBD]
   Shelli Rosenbaum, was born and raised in Ramat Hakovesh, Israel and New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. While in college she worked for an organization that ran a soccer program in severely under-resourced school districts. After witnessing the positive impact the sport of soccer had on these children’s lives, Shelli was thrilled to be introduced to Soccer for Peace through Judy Winitzer. Shelli holds a B.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University and works as a marketing manager for American Express International Cards division.
 
Fayad Shalabi, served as head soccer coach at each of Soccer for Peace’s first three summer camps, dating back to 2005. A former professional player and sanctioned coach, Fayad built the original soccer curriculum, hiring and training each of the assistant coaches. Fayad lives in the village of Dibouriya in north, central Israel.

 

 
Cari Widmyer, An avowed marketer with a penchant for charity and fun, Cari Widmyer joins the Young Leaders Committee as Co-Chair of our 2008 Event Committee. Cari graduated Columbia Business School in 2006 and after a year at American Express, joined Google where she currently works. Cari also serves on the Steering Committee of Lincoln Center’s Young Patron Society, where her events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars while reconnecting young professionals to one of the city’s cultural treasures. A long-time supporter of Soccer for Peace, Cari expressed an interest in helping the organization long ago.
  Leo Williams, serves as Chairperson of the Meadowbank Community Football Club in Scotland. Born in Edinburgh raised in Ipswich, Leo graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA with honors in Arabic and Philosophy. He speaks fluent Arabic and has lived in, and traveled throughout, the Arab world. Football-wise, his loyalties are divided, supporting both Ipswich Town (English Championship) and Hearts FC (Scottish Premiership).