Director of Operations
Communications and Community Outreach Manager
Develoment and Communications Associate
Community and Volunteer Outreach Associate
|Education and Social Services|
SBU Academy Program Director
Director of College Placement and Alumni
High School Education Director
Middle School Education Director
Immigration Services Program Manager
Volunteer Coordinator, SBU Academy
Volunteer Coordinator, Community Programs
|Soccer Programs Staff|
Director of Soccer Programs
Community Soccer Programs Coordinator
Recreational Program Coordinator
Global Youth League Coordinator
SBU Academy Master Coach
Andrew So Executive Director and Co-Founder
South Bronx United merges Andrew's passions for soccer, education, and community development. He co-founded South Bronx United in 2009 with his wife Steph while teaching mathematics and special education at New Day Academy, a public secondary school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. He has also served as a math instructional coach in New York City public schools and worked with Bronx youth in the other capacities from a camp counselor to athletic coach to special education administrator. Andrew holds a “D” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and coached South Bronx United travel soccer teams until 2014. He received his Bachelor’s of Science from Stanford University and earned a Masters of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. He is an alumnus of the We Are The Bronx Fellowship, a partnership between the Jewish Community Relations Council's Cause-NY, Hostos Community College, and the Bronx Borough President's Office. He is a former trustee of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and chair of the Bronx Nonprofit Coalition.
Mario Biancamano Director of Operations
Mario joined South Bronx United full-time in 2016, after volunteering as a coach in the Recreational Program. He has served as Center Director at Score, an after school educational center in Queens, and lived abroad to run a modeling agency, Trinity Talent Qatar. Mario earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics and International Studies. He also holds a US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License.
Caitie Adams Development Manager
Caitie began volunteering with South Bronx United as a College Prep Mentor in Fall 2016. Before joining the staff as the organization's full time Development Manager, Caitie worked in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health managing various projects and research initiatives. In Cleveland, Caitie served as a Development Associate for a diversity and cultural competence training organization. She lives in Washington Heights, is learning Spanish and is an avid runner. Caitie has an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies, both from Cleveland State University.
Joshua Guerra Communications and Community Outreach Manager
Josh was thrilled to join SBU’s staff in 2019, after a year of service to the organization as an AmeriCorps VISTA. He brings to his work a passion for storytelling and community development. There are few things Josh thinks about as deeply or as frequently as soccer. It is a profound inspiration and motivation in most of the endeavors to which he commits himself. He was educated at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, where he majored in Urban Studies.
Emma Moskowitz Development and Communications Associate
Emma graduated from NYU in Public Relations and Corporate Communications with a concentration in Media Arts. Emma also has a Bachelors degree from Pace University and Communications and Media Arts with a minor in Studio Arts. While at Pace Emma landed a spot in The National Honor Society (Sigma Alphi Pi). Emma had also received the opportunity to study with the HBX Harvard online Business program.
Bridget Hillin SBU Academy Program Director
Bridget joined South Bronx United in 2015 as a Youth Development Counselor. Bridget earned a B.S. from the George Washington University, where she played Division I soccer as a goalkeeper. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston University, with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Prior to South Bronx United, she served as a Clinical Liaison at Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, MA, and as a Staff Therapist at the South Bay Mental Health Center in Malden, MA.
Jessica Marroquin Director of College Guidance and Alumni
Jessica previously worked as a College Readiness Program Coordinator at Middle Earth, a youth services organization in New Jersey. In working with SBU youth, she has been able to draw on her personal background having immigrated with her family from El Salvador. She holds a B.A. from Thomas Edison State University in Social Sciences.
Maria Damato High School Education Director
Maria Damato came on board with SBU in 2019, after 12 years of working as an international high school teacher in the Bronx and Manhattan. With her Master’s degree in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages and Arts background, she fused the two as a Visual Arts teacher to recently arrived immigrants. During her time for the Dept of Ed she also acted for a year as a College Counselor, ran several years of internship coordination and developed and taught a career readiness curriculum. Continuing the legacy of her undergraduate alma mater, Antioch College; Maria has a passion for social justice. She was involved in years of sports advocacy, lobbying for equitable access to athletic resources for New York City’s youth. At South Bronx United Maria lives out her firm belief in athletics as a tool for social change, and commitment to youth development through the classroom. She is thrilled to serve the South Bronx United community.
Andrew Hanson Middle School Education Director
Andrew joined South Bronx United in 2018 as the Assistant Director of Education Programs but had previously volunteered as a coach in the Recreational Soccer Program and SBU Academy. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, soccer is in his blood. Andrew served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where he used sports as a vehicle for a more holistic approach to youth development. He has also taught at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Illinois and coached the boys junior varsity soccer team. He holds a US Soccer Federation 'D' Coaching License. Andrew holds a Masters of Arts in Spirituality from Fordham University and earned Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Organizational Communications from Creighton University, where he also played club soccer and managed the Men’s Soccer Division I team.
Sara Gomez Immigration Services Program Manager
Soccer has always been a part of Sara's life, starting her playing career at age 5. Her mother is a first generation Puerto Rican and South Bronx native and her father immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. Sara intimately understands the power of soccer as a tool for social change. She is passionate about the game and the South Bronx community. Prior to joining SBU Sara worked as a youth advocate/social worker for NYCFC and at the Federal Defenders of New York as a paralegal and then as paralegal supervisor. She was raised in Arizona and moved to NYC in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from New York University in 2015 and Master's in Social Work from Columbia University in 2019. She lives in Harlem with her beloved cat, Fred, and her little brother.
Aengus Nelson Volunteer Coordinator, SBU Academy
Aengus joined South Bronx United in 2019 and was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He is originally from Sacramento, California and is a recent graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he majored in Political Science and was the captain of the club rugby team. Being an athlete his whole life, he has seen the positive effects that sports can have on youth development.
Andy Jenkins Director of Soccer Programs
Andy joined the SBU team in August 2017 after receiving his BSc in Business Management from Queen’s University in his native home, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Football has always been an integral part of Andy’s life from playing to watching to coaching. Andy started his coaching career with Glentoran Football Club and today holds a UEFA B Coaching License. His first venture into US Soccer came in 2014 when he worked for Global Premier Soccer as a Head Coach and Head of Player Development for Wellesley United Soccer. In Spring 2017, Andy was a Head Coach and Regional Manager for Liverpool FC NJ. As SBU’s Director of Soccer Programs, Andy oversees all on-field programs, providing support and guidance to our Recreational and Travel coaches.
Jorge Guiracocha Community Soccer Coordinator
Jorge joined South Bronx United in the summer of 2018, right after earning his B.A. in Philosophy from New York University. Jorge was first introduced to coaching during his freshman year of college, where he volunteered as an assistant coach for City in the Community (CITC), which is supported by New York City FC. Later he was promoted to head coach and worked with various age groups developing his coaching skills. As a Bronx native he understands the adversities striking this community and hopes to make an impact with sport. As Community Soccer Coordinator, he will combine his knowledge of the Bronx and soccer to help grow the Recreational Soccer Program and SBU Community Schools program.
Mario Cornejo AmeriCorps Up2Us Coach-Mentor
Mario was first involved with South Bronx United as a volunteer recreational coach from 2017-2018, then as an intern for Summer Soccer Scholars, and now joins staff as an Americorps Up2Us Coach and Mentor, working with both the soccer and academic programs. Having just completed a service year with Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), he has plenty of experience working with a wide range of non-profit organizations that support underserved communities across the United States. Mario received a Bachelors of Science degree from New York University in 2018 in Global Public Health with a concentration in Biology. As a first-generation American and college graduate of a Salvadoran family, and NYC-native, he is now looking to use his background and experiences to continue to serve and create positive social change in his local communities. Playing soccer since the age of 9 and being an avid soccer fan since, Mario understands how sports represent a perfect opportunity to demonstrate and symbolize positive morals and values to youth in the community and will look to continue that work as a youth development coach and mentor in the SBU Academy.
Sam Kellogg AmeriCorps Coach-Mentor
Sam joins South Bronx United through the AmeriCorps Up2Us Coaches program for the 2018/19 season. Sam started his coaching career as a recreational coach in the Westchester county area. He also has previous and current experience coaching for the New York Red Bulls youth programs. He currently holds a USSF Grassroots License and has obtained a B.A in Psychology from SUNY Purchase.
George Nantwi SBU Academy Master Coach
George joined South Bronx United in 2009 as a travel soccer coach. While coaching both girls, boys, and mens teams, he also assists with coordination of the Travel Soccer Program. He is a graduate of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he majored in political science. He works as a researcher at the EdLab at Columbia University Teacher’s College currently focusing on Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, a multi million dollar grant aimed at teaching the federal budget, national debt and deficit to junior and high school students.