FOUNDER & LEADERSHIP STAFF

Tommy Clark

Tommy Clark // Founder & CEO

Tommy Clark is a pediatrician and former professional soccer player. Tommy conceived the idea for Grassroot Soccer after living and playing soccer in Zimbabwe. Tommy was born in Scotland and moved to Zimbabwe at age fourteen where his father Bobby Clark was coach of the Highlanders Football Club. He attended Dartmouth College where he was captain of the soccer team. Following graduation, Tommy returned to Zimbabwe to teach English and play professional soccer. Tommy attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico where he was twice named the Resident Teacher of the Year. Following residency, Tommy was a research fellow at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. Tommy has been awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Annie Dyson Child Advocacy Award, the Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Junior award, the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Nkosi Johnson Award, the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, and was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical society.

Kirk Friedrich

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Kirk Friedrich is currently responsible for the oversight of partnership programs and informing the general strategy and expansion of Grassroot Soccer...Read more

Methembe Ndlovu

Co-Founder and CEO, Africa

Methembe Ndlovu oversees Grassroot Soccer R&D, Flagship sites, and partner programs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Methembe was born in Bulaway...Read more

Ethan Zohn

Co-Founder

Ethan Zohn is a co-founder of Grassroot Soccer and a member of our business development team. In 2002, Ethan was the winner of CBS’s television prog...Read more

Chris Barkley

Global Partnerships Director

Chris has worked with Grassroot Soccer since 2005 and currently oversees program design and innovation in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Previous...Read more

Angela Carpenter

Global Controller

Angela Carpenter is responsible for directing and evaluating the fiscal functions of Grassroot Soccer. She began her career in the nonprofit sector wo...Read more

Chelsea Coakley

Global Director of Strategy

Chelsea Coakley works with Grassroot Soccer Flagship sites and partners to develop and execute country specific strategies. Chelsea previously worked ...Read more

Jeff Decelles, EdM

Director of Curriculum and Research

Jeff has worked for GRS since 2003 and oversees curriculum development, research, and monitoring and evaluation across more than 20 countries. In 200...Read more

Lisa P. Kable

Chief Strategy Officer

Lisa Kable leads the development and execution of Grassroot Soccer’s global strategic plan. Prior to joining the GRS team, Lisa spent 25+ years work...Read more

Molly McHugh

Communications Director

Molly McHugh leads Grassroot Soccer’s external communications and marketing functions, working closely with the development team, global staff, pro ...Read more

Bhekimpilo “Bheki” Moyo

Managing Director, GRS Zimbabwe

Bheki Moyo leads Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe, overseeing strategy, operations, programming, and business development. Bheki joined Grassroot Soccer in 2...Read more

Sarah Miller

Global Partnerships Director

Sarah Miller oversees GRS’s implementing partner programs worldwide helping to bring Grassroot Soccer’s effective adolescent health programming to...Read more

Boyd Mkandawire

Acting Managing Director, GRS Zambia

Boyd joined Grassroot Soccer as a Business Development and Communications Manager, now holding the role of Acting Managing Director of GRS Zambia, ove...Read more

Sarah Moran

Director of Development

Sarah is responsible for all revenue generation for Grassroot Soccer’s global programs. Prior to joining GRS in 2014, she worked at the National Dem...Read more

Ben Sanders

Acting Managing Director, GRS South Africa

Ben Sanders is Acting Managing Director for Grassroot Soccer South Africa. He has extensive experience in international development, with significant...Read more