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We are looking for Directors and Coaches to join our team!

Want to make a difference in the lives of girls around the south bay? If you have experience playing sports or a love for the arts and want to help young girls build self-confidence, we would love to hear from you.

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About the founder

Aby, CEO & Founder Aby Ryan founded Athena Camps after a successful career as a professional tennis player, collegiate coach, and non-profit executive. With almost 30 years of experience coaching and developing programs for local organizations, Aby specializes in youth program development, curriculum design, and innovative strategies to grow strong, expressive, confident young women. When her daughter started kindergarten, Aby Ryan saw a need for a special environment where girls could navigate social pressures, build character, and support each other. She realized the time had come to realize her dream of creating a unique girls’ sports camp. So on June 11, 2011, she launched the first Athena Camp with 27 girls. Athena Camps’ attendance quadrupled in our first full year. Since then, Athena Camps continues to grow each year and hopes to serve 10,000 girls by 2025.


Site Director Jessica Davis joined the Athena team in 2012 to inspire, motivate, and equip young women with the confidence and courage it takes to actively participate as an athlete, student and female in today’s society.  Jessica is a former collegiate athlete and high school coach, and is now a Physical Education teacher in San Jose.  While playing softball at UC Davis, Jessica helped lead her team to earn a conference title as an All-Tournament Team athlete, and eventually moved to San Diego to further her education at San Diego State University. As a way of giving back to her community, Jessica coaches softball at the Pioneer High School.  After earning her Master’s degree, Jessica moved back to Northern California, where she was born and raised, to teach 4th and 5th grade PE.  To sustain her competitive nature and satisfy her love of athletics and physical fitness, Jessica plays softball and soccer year round.


Camp Director & Middle School Yoga Coach Amy Castello has created the yoga curriculum for Athena Camps for the past five years, is the Middle School Yoga Coach and is taking on the role of Camp Director as well in 2017.  Amy is a certified YogaKids teacher and welcomes any opportunity to share yoga with a young, energetic, playful population. She believes in educating the whole child by incorporating breathing exercises, non-competitive games, math, ecology, music, language, anatomy, art and relaxation into her yoga classes. Because children are busy with school, homework, and extracurricular activities, she is happy to allow children to turn their attention inward and ‘just be’. She has discovered that the best part of yoga for many children is their ability to close their eyes, become completely still, breathe, and find the peace and happiness that is alive inside everyone of us.  


Camp Director Marissa Pule joined the Athena Camps team in 2013 as a Coach and is entering her second year as a Camp Director.  Marissa grew up in a big family on the central coast of California, playing anything from softball, soccer, to volleyball and swimming. As she got older, she focused mostly on soccer. She moved to San Jose in 2013, to work at a company called Recess 101, where she teaches PE to first, second and third graders. Marissa also volunteers to coach the basketball and soccer team at her elementary school. She has been with Athena Camps for four years now, starting as a coach and working her way up to director. Through her years of playing team sports, Marissa learned how to be a leader and more confident, and she hopes to instill those qualities and more in the campers.


Director Of Operations Lauren Llama joined the Athena Team in late 2016 as a Camp Director.  A Bay Area native, Lauren was born and raised in San Jose she graduated from Cal State Chico with Bachelor of Science in Finance.  She has ran 10 half marathons including the Women’s Nike in San Francisco 5 times, and always been an athlete maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle. After 13 years in the finance industry, Lauren found herself passionate about developing young girls confidence and self esteem in a positive environment.  Athena Camps was the right fit and Lauren joined the Athena team.  Lauren is also a group fitness instructor in the East Bay where she coaches adults to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.


Camp Director Kayla Power is the newest member of our Athena Team, she dove in head first and wrote our Social Media curriculum for the middle schoolers and is excited to be a Camp Director this year. Through all of the twists and turns Kayla’s life had been, athletics has been her constant, she says that sports saved her life. Growing up she played soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, and ran track. She has run 3 full marathons, competed in almost 10 triathlons and now coaches middle school soccer. Kayla and her husband moved to San Jose less than a year ago and have devoted their lives to youth and sports. Kayla has worked with young girls in various capacities since she was a Sophomore in high school, whether it be a volunteer camp counselor or paid full time staff at a boarding school. Instilling confidence and courage in women of all ages is her passion, and she uses that passion to coach women online to a healthier lifestyle.