Meet the Team
Mitch founded Knucklebones in 2004, after realizing his true passion for bringing athletic opportunities and inspiring play to all ages. He holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hofstra University, a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and spent 5 years backpacking around the world. Mitch is an Eagle Scout, wants to empower youth around the world (www.tusi.org), loves taking pictures of the natural environment, through which he created a lifestyle brand (www.awncreel.com), loves eating healthy and consequently started a healty food services company with his wife (www.satiated.cool), took his first 'tech" job and turned it into an information powerhouse (www.edugion.com), he's been writing a book of short stories, and loves to walk and bike everywhere.
Erin joined the Knucklebones team in the summer of 2008 after meeting Mitch while watching a Red Sox game. Sharing Mitch’s love for athletics, children and play, she realized what a special company Knucklebones was growing into. Prior to Knucklebones, Erin graduated from Rhodes College, where she was a member of the Women's Basketball team and worked in various summer camps. In her free time, she enjoys getting stuck in foreign countries due to volcanic eruptions and commuting around the city on her bike.
Corey joined Knucklebones in the spring of 2010 after spending 10 years as a child care teacher. Growing grew up in Revere, Corey went on to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa in early childhood. When not working he enjoys working out, traveling and playing sports. He is also an avid Boston sports fan!
Wes joined the Knucklebones team in the fall of 2012 after graduating from Springfield College with a degree in Recreation Management and a minor in Business. Growing up in Watertown, MA, he found a passion for sports, especially action sports. Wes currently has a black belt in Kenpo Karate, a high school basketball state title and has won Skateboard and Snowboard competitions. In his free time, Wes plays the drums and performs gigs with his "pops".
Gwen joined Knucklebones is 2013 after spending seven years in child cares. While originally from Pittsburgh, Gwen graduated from Lesley University in 2007, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood. Gwen took a short break to work at a local YMCA but, shortly came back to us as she missed the opportunity to work with such a diverse and varied age range.
DC | Boston
DC hails from Dorchester, MA and graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a major in sports and entertainment management in 2011. She leaped into Knucklebones after graduating, quickly becoming our basketball specialist and winning over participants with her effervesent personality, inspiring work ethic and uncanny ability to never run out of energy. Today, she's moonlighting with Knucklebones while working for our greatly admired colleagues at Playworks..
Brett joined the Knucklebones team in 2014, working during school vacations and throughout the summer. He also works full-time as a PE teacher and Athletic Director at a school for students with special needs in Boston. Brett graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Physical Education Pedagogy for students K-12. When not teaching, he enjoys working out, taking his dog (Arya Stark) for runs, coaching, and rooting for his NEW YORK YANKEES!
Kayla got involved with Knucklebones after working with them for three years through the Charles River Conservancy’s Summer Parkland Games. She studied Psychology and Elementary Education at Northeastern University and has taught 5th grade ELA in Lynn the past four years. She earned her Master’s in Special Education at Boston University and works part time at the Museum of Science. She enjoys spending her free time traveling internationally.
Sasha joined the Knucklebones team in the spring of 2018 before graduating from Emmanuel College with a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Health Psych and counseling. She grew up in Cross River, NY alongside her two older brothers playing sports. While she focused on basketball and soccer, she also played softball and tennis. Sasha was a part of the Emmanuel Colleges women’s basketball team from 2014 to 2018. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and go to the beach.
Kia | Boston
Kia joing the Knucklebones team in the winrter of 2019. Originally from NYC, Kia shipped up to Boston where she enjoyed a successful basketball career at Framingham State University. With a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in sport management it's no surprise Kia shares the same love of play as her Knucklebones teammates. Kia is also a full-time women's basketball coach at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Portia | Boston
Portia joined the Knucklebones team in the spring of 2018. Throughout high school, she ran track and played varsity volleyball all while working with children in various areas. Portia now works in the extended day program of Cambridge Public Schools while also attending college to purue a paralegal degree.
Jarryd | Boston
Jarryd joined the Knucklebones team in the fall of 2020 after graduating from Sage College with a degree in physical education. During his time at Sage, he found his passion for working with kids of all ages and was a member of both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Due to his passion for children and a life full of exercise, he knew that Knucklebones would be a perfect fit for himself. In his free time, he can either be found running, biking or playing a sport with friends and family, or watching sports.
Maddy | Boston
Maddy joined Knucklebones in the summer of 2020 as an HR intern. She is currently a rising senior at Smith College, pursuing a dual bachelors degree in sociology and education. While she wants to pursue a career in Human Resources, she has a passion for working with children, especially in a nonacademic setting. When she;'s not studying, she spends her spare time playing saxaphone and going to her local track to work out.