Letter from the President of the Supporters Club:

Dear Supporters,

The SBU Supporters Club Board recruits and creates a community for the Supporters Club members, including coaches, tutors, and staff. It is comprised of people who support SBU’s mission and wanted to get more involved. The Board’s main responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting tutors and coaches who directly benefit more than 1,100 NYC youth each year.

  • Creating a social community for and driving engagement within the SBU Supporters Club

  • Increasing the general awareness of SBU in the NYC community

If you would like to learn more or get involved with the Supporters Club Board, please reach out to Aaron Markowitz, the Membership chair, at info@sbusupporters.org or contact us here. You can also learn more about our board members and their reasons for joining the Supporters Club Board below.

We look forward to seeing you at future events!

Sincerely,
Sushaan Modi

SBU SUPPORTERS CLUB BOARD


Michael Fox,  Board Chair   Harbor Picture Company

Michael Fox, Board Chair

Harbor Picture Company

Johnathan Lo,  Vice Chair   Bregal Partners

Johnathan Lo, Vice Chair

Bregal Partners

Jacinto Shy,  Treasurer   Group Nine Media

Jacinto Shy, Treasurer

Group Nine Media

Nick Mulford,  Secretary   Goldman Sachs

Nick Mulford, Secretary

Goldman Sachs


Roshni Amin  A.T. Kearney

Roshni Amin

A.T. Kearney

Ronak Amin  Brightstar Capital Partners

Ronak Amin

Brightstar Capital Partners

Duncan Graham  NERA Economic Consulting

Duncan Graham

NERA Economic Consulting

Ben Levin

Ben Levin


Etienne Lussiez  Barclays

Etienne Lussiez

Barclays

Aaron Markowitz  Comcast NBCUniversal

Aaron Markowitz

Comcast NBCUniversal

Russ Martonis  Story Worldwide

Russ Martonis

Story Worldwide

Sushaan Modi  PJT Partners

Sushaan Modi

PJT Partners


Mike Peña  Goldman Sachs

Mike Peña

Goldman Sachs

Jason Pyke  Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Jason Pyke

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Jaime Reilly  Geneva Foundation

Jaime Reilly

Geneva Foundation

Justina Rothenberg  Promontory Interfinancial Network

Justina Rothenberg

Promontory Interfinancial Network


David Strider  Sterling Investment Partners

David Strider

Sterling Investment Partners

Leda Strong  Educators for Excellence

Leda Strong

Educators for Excellence

Abhishek Swain  Goldman Sachs

Abhishek Swain

Goldman Sachs

George Vermenton  IAC’s Dotdash

George Vermenton

IAC’s Dotdash


Our Founding Supporters

Nicole Barnhart  FC Kansas City U.S. Women's National Team South Bronx United Advisory Board

Nicole Barnhart
FC Kansas City
U.S. Women's National Team
South Bronx United Advisory Board

Bouna Coundoul  Achna FC (Cyprus) Senegal National Team Former NY Red Bulls GK South Bronx United Advisory Board

Bouna Coundoul
Achna FC (Cyprus)
Senegal National Team
Former NY Red Bulls GK
South Bronx United Advisory Board

Shep Messing  New York Red Bulls Announcer Former NY Cosmos GK South Bronx United Advisory Board

Shep Messing
New York Red Bulls Announcer
Former NY Cosmos GK
South Bronx United Advisory Board


Michael Fox has tutored in the Sophomores Skills, SAT Prep, and College Prep programs at South Bronx United since the fall of 2014. He joined the Supporters Club board in 2015 and is now a co-chair of the Events Committee. He is the accounting and finance manager at Eko, a media and technology company specializing in interactive video. Michael graduated from Boston College in 2009, and in his free time you can find him gasping for air on the intramural soccer fields or screaming at Liverpool FC on TV.
Jonathan Lo joined the SBU Supporters Club Board in 2017. He currently is an Analyst at Bregal Partners, a middle-market private equity firm investing across Consumer, Food and Retail, Healthcare, and Energy Services sectors. Jonathan graduated from Northwestern University where he received a B.A. in Economics. In his free time, Jonathan can be found be playing pick-up soccer in the East Village, supporting Jeremy Lin/Brooklyn Nets, or reading a book at various coffee shops across the city.
Jacinto Shy joined the SBU Supporters Club Board in 2017. He is currently a Director of Engineering at Group Nine Media, where he works in Technology and Digital Media. Jacinto received his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Nick Mulford grew up playing soccer and basketball in a town of 2,000 in the Finger Lakes of Western New York. From there, I went to the University of Rochester to study Physics and Financial Economics. Upon graduating, he moved to New York City to work for an economic consulting firm. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball or soccer outdoors (when it's not too cold), reading non-fiction books on a myriad of topics, and trying to find the best cup of coffee in Manhattan.
Roshni Amin joined South Bronx United in 2016 after moving to New York City. She is currently a Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, and earned her B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Roshni enjoys traveling and playing soccer with her friends in recreational leagues in the city. Having seen the benefits of playing soccer herself, Roshni is excited to support SBU’s mission.
Ronak Amin joined the SBU Junior Board in 2015 and serves as co-chair of the membership committee. He is currently a vice president at Brightstar Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on closely-held middle market companies, and holds a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Ronak is an avid traveler, and after growing up playing soccer in the suburbs of New York, he can still be found trying to relive the glory days playing in soccer leagues throughout the city.
Duncan Graham started with SBU as a Summer Scholars intern during the summer of 2013, at which point he had just completed his sophomore year at the University of Rochester. He maintained a relationship with SBU for the remainder of his college years, attending events in NYC and playing in SBU soccer tournaments whenever he was in the area. After graduation, Duncan moved to NYC to work full-time at NERA Economic Consulting. Now that he’s living in the city, he’s excited to contribute to SBU’s mission through coaching rec soccer on weekends and being a part of the SBU Supporters Club Board.
Etienne Lussiez joined the SBU Supporters Club Board in 2017 and is a member of the events committee. He is currently an Assistant Vice President at Barclays, working in the equity derivatives trading division since July 2013. Etienne earned dual degrees at the University of Michigan, completing both Mechanical Engeering and Industrial and Operations Engineering degrees while being a member of the Michigan Men's Varsity Soccer team for his junior and senior years.
Aaron Markowitz began volunteering with South Bronx United in 2014 as a U8 coach before joining the SBU Supporters Club Board. In 2012, he graduated from Fordham University, where he was a four year division I soccer athlete. Aaron completed his MBA from Columbia University in 2018 and now works for Comcast NBCUniversal following stints at CBS Interactive and Morgan Stanley.
Russ Martonis has been involved with SBU since it's second year, coaching U13 and U16 rec teams, and mentoring SBU Academy youth through our College Prep Program. When not helping the Supporters Club, he works in Account Services at Story Worldwide. He has also worked at SAGA Content and Avrett Free Ginsberg. Russ graduated from Fordham University in 2007, and in his spare time can be seen playing in soccer leagues around the city.
Sushaan Modi began volunteering with SBU in the Fall of 2014 after moving to New York City. He has and continues to coach a U-10 boys rec teams and has also been involved in SBU as a tutor. He is currently an Associate in the Strategic Advisory group at PJT Partners (formerly Blackstone Advisory Partners) where he primarily works in Technology, Media and Telecom and Sports. Sushaan was a member of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. from the Wharton School.
Mike Peña is an Analyst in Macro Credit Trading at Goldman Sachs where he focuses on opportunistic bond trading and portfolio management. Previously, Mike worked in the Institutional Lending Group at Goldman Sachs doing structured credit investing and at New Heights Capital doing middle market private equity investing. Mike joined South Bronx United as part of the travel team in 2010, since then he has been actively involved with supporting the organization. Mike is a SBU College Scholar. Mike earned a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance and a Double Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics with Minors in Finance and Management & Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2017.
Jason Pyke is an Associate in the Investment Funds group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he advises private investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Prior to this, Jason was an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he served in various corporate transactional roles in the Investment Management, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets groups. Jason received his J.D. with Harlan Fiske Stone honors from Columbia Law School, where he was an Essays and Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Howard University. Jason was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and is a lifelong Madridista.
Jamie Reilly joined the SBU Supporters Club Board in 2017. He found SBU through a teammate of his at Manhattan Celtic FC, where he plays on the right wing and is a club director. In 2015, Jamie graduated from Boston University with a M.Ed in Coaching and Sport Psychology. Jamie currently works as a chemistry and life science researcher for USMA in West Point, NY.
Justina Rothenberg is a Capital Budgets Analyst for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), a nonprofit organization that is owned by the City of New York, whose mission is to bring industrial and manufacturing work back to New York City. She works on a task force bridging the needs of the Navy Yard and the City by allocating money from the City's budget to support the core mission of BNYDC. Previously she worked as a financial analyst for a financial technology firm, where she specialized in emerging markets, specifically in Latin America. She also did an AmeriCorps year at the Boys & Girls Club in northern California, where she worked as a soccer coach and counselor for high school students. Justina graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in History and Political Science, and is currently pursing her Master of Public Policy degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
David Strider joined the SBU Supporters Club Board in 2016 and serves as Secretary. He is currently an Associate at Sterling Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment activities. David earned his B.S. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is a strong believer in the unifying power of soccer and enjoys playing the beautiful game with his friends every Saturday morning in Manhattan.
Leda Strong is a proud native New Yorker and longtime advocate for educational opportunity, especially for urban youth. Her years teaching furthered Leda’s love of working with children and re-awakened her to the need for universal access to quality education, regardless of a student’s zip code. However, she recognized a need to address this issue in the educational landscape on a policy level. Working now as an Outreach Director at Educators for Excellence (E4E,) she is inspired by E4E’s mission to address the problems facing education with the spirit of collaboration and teacher empowerment.
George Vermenton is currently an Advertising Operations Associate at IAC's Dotdash. Prior to this, he worked at The New York Times as a Campaign Manager and he was volunteering as the "Business partner" with Pencil Org. During his time volunteering with Pencil he was able to spearhead many educational events for public school students such as having the P.S. 111 8th graders create a newspaper of their own with the help and supervision of New York Times staff. He moved to New York ten years ago and graduated from Queens College with an Economics degree. During his free time, he loves to play soccer, travel and participate in other volunteering activities.