Our Team

Kaitlin Swarts, M.Ed., Founder & CEO

 

Kaitlin has loved soccer since the moment she scored her very first goal at age five. She's played with the Lonestar Soccer Club, St. Stephen's Soccer Academy, Pomona College Women's Team, and leagues in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. As a coach, Kaitlin has trained players ranging from competitive club athletes to first-time adult players. After years of teaching and working in New York as a consultant for nonprofits, Kaitlin decided to connect her skills with her passion for the game. She earned her master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on using sports to help students transition from middle school to high school. With the help of a team of professors and peers, Kaitlin built and tested the Upper Ninety curriculum with the goal of launching the program in her hometown of Austin, Texas. Kaitlin is trained in Restorative Justice and is the recipient of the Harvard Leadership in Education Award and the Harvard Faculty Tribute Award.

Jordan Johnson, M.Ed., Program Manager

A center midfielder for life, Jordan has a great passion for soccer, playing in several leagues and clubs over the years in her hometown of Farmington, New Mexico. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology. Recently, Jordan earned a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a concentration on building culturally responsive, mental health-based interventions and systems of support for Indigenous youth. While at Harvard, Jordan completed a year-long internship where she practiced Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution with students and various members of Cambridge Public Schools and other affiliated community organizations. Jordan currently works with College Forward, an AmeriCorps program dedicated to students' access, success, and completion of college. She is a proud member of the Navajo Nation with a love for her family, her culture, and the land that raised her.

Elaine Yang, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

Elaine brings extensive research experience in the areas of mindfulness, and adolescent achievement and cognitive development. As the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship at John Hopkin's University, Elaine studied the associations between stressors, coping responses, and depressive symptoms in low-income, urban-minority youth. She has worked on a number of research teams at John Hopkins' School of Medicine's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as its CogNeuro Research Lab. As a research assistant with the Mindfulness Project, Elaine assisted with  hands-on data collection at a pre- and post-mindfulness intervention at Baltimore City public high schools in low-income communities. Elaine is currently a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is in the Research strand of the Prevention Science & Practice program. 

Giovanni Andraca, Program Facilitation Intern

Originally from Mexico City, Giovanni moved to Austin when he was in middle school. After graduating from high school, he became the first person in his family to enroll in post-secondary education, earning an associate's degree in Social Work before enrolling in the University of Texas. Giovanni is currently a senior at UT majoring in Physical Culture and Sports. Giovanni also works as a student manager for the University of Texas Women's Soccer Team. In addition to playing in numerous leagues around Austin, Giovanni has coached at Super Soccer Stars and the University of Texas Soccer Camps. 

Pepe Rangel, Program Facilitation Intern

Pepe was born and raised in Chico, CA. At age 15, he and his family decided to make the move to Austin, Texas. In Austin, Pepe played for East Austin SC, before joining Lonestar SC. He later accepted an athletic scholarship to play D1 soccer at Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC. where he earned his B.S. in Sport Management.  Pepe then returned to the Lone Star State, where he is currently coaching and mentoring students at Bastrop ISD. Having played soccer his whole life, Pepe continues to be active in the soccer community, playing on multiple teams throughout the Austin area.

Board of Directors

Polo Aristoy

Paul DeFelice

Sadie Flynn

Louise Hanks, LMSW

Dorelia Miller

Advisory Board

Sonny Guadarrama

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, homegrown professional soccer player Sonny Guadarrama played as a youth for the Austin Capitals and Austin Flyers, earning Parade All-American honors in high school. With a dual U.S. / Mexican citizenship, Sonny played for both the Mexican and U.S. National Youth Teams. Scoring 13 goals in his first year at Campbell University, Sonny was the second leading freshman in the NCAA, and the 12th leading scorer overall, earning him All-American honors as a freshman. Sonny turned pro at the age of 18 with Santos Laguna of the Mexican First Division and went on to play for Monarcas, Merida, Atlante, Necaxa, and Dorados. Following a successful professional career of over a decade in Mexico, Sonny returned home to Austin, where he founded APPA Aguilas Soccer Club.