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Meet Aby Ryan, CEO & FounderAby, CEO & Founder
Aby Ryan founded Athena Camps after a successful career as a professional tennis player, collegiate coach, and non-profit executive. With 30 years of experience coaching and developing programs for girl-serving 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 5,000 girls by 2025.
Meet the team
MarissaDirector, San Jose
Marissa Pule joined the Athena Team in 2013. She grew up in a big family playing softball, soccer, volleyball and swimming. She later focused mostly on soccer. Marissa teaches PE to first, second and third graders at Recess 101. Marissa also volunteers to coach the basketball and soccer team at her elementary school. 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.
LaurenDirector of Operations
Lauren Llama joined the Athena Team in 2016. A Bay Area native, Lauren graduated from Cal State Chico with BS in Finance. Always an athlete maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle, she’s run 10 half marathons including the Women’s Nike in San Francisco 5 times. 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.
KiraAssistant Director, San Jose
Kira Brashears joined the Athena Team in 2016. She’s active, playing soccer, participating in Girls on the Run, and discovering her passion for basketball. Kira currently practices yoga and plays on an Intramural Volleyball team. Athena Camps has allowed her to pursue these passions not only for coaching sports, but also helping young girls to develop healthy lifestyles and mindsets. She studies Sociology & Spanish at UC Davis, with the goal of becoming a bilingual elementary school teacher.
TaliaAssistant Director, Los Altos
Talia Clement joined the Athena Team in 2016. Sports have always been an important part of Talia’s life, while focusing on lacrosse for the past 10 years. She hopes to instill a love of sports and teamwork in the girls who attend Athena Camps, and she foster confidence in every camper. At George Washington University, Talia participates in extra curricular that provide her with a community of strong women such as Kappa Delta Sorority, the GW Pitches, and the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team.
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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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