GETTING KIDS IN THE GAME

Leslie Mestman, Executive Director. Leslie brings more than 15 years of innovative program development and management in non-profits, government and the private sector. Specializing in new program development, she has extensive experience in stakeholder/partner identification and recruitment, contract development and compliance monitoring, outcome-based planning and managing multi-million dollar budgets. Prior to founding Off the Sideline, she conceived and launched a nationwide political poster contest with judges from the professional design community to galvanize youth voter participation. After starting her career in social services, she spent the past decade in the energy-efficiency industry, most recently with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance where she was responsible for overcoming efficiency market barriers in the retail channel. She has a BA in Environmental Studies and an MA in Political Science. As the mother of a passionate basketball player,  she has witnessed the dedication of coaches who create an atmosphere of family while cultivating skills for on and off the court. 

Gina Binole. Gina has been in the communications business for nearly two decades. She has worked for nonprofits, newspapers, governments and businesses. She’s been retained as everything remotely related to writing, communications and business development. Content strategist. Copy Queen.  PR maven. Marketing guru. Media liaison. Event coordinator. Public speaker. Journalist. Organizational evangelist. Project manager. Chief storyteller. Social media specialist. Networking champion. Grant editor. Ghost writer.  Fundraiser. Volunteer wrangler. Coffee maker. Dog whisperer. Hand wringer. When she’s not communicating, she loves hiking in the mountains, riding bikes and exploring other splendors of the Northwest with her husband, Brian, two children, Brando and Olivia and rescue dog, Alfredo. She also loves watching her kids play sports.

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Hillary Davidson, Treasurer. Hillary Davidson is an audit senior at Perkins & Co in  Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Share Your Passion ... Apply to Become a Member of our Board

Are you interested in providing opportunity for kids in the Portland metro area? Off the Sideline is seeking board members who are passionate social equity and enabling kids to participate in sports. The Off the Sideline Board of Directors governs the overall execution of the organization’s mission, including organizational finances, setting long-term priorities and sharing responsibility for day-to-day management. Download our application form if you're interested, and contact us if you have questions.

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Sheryl Bunn. ​Sheryl is a senior-level business manager with a long history in leading environmental projects for businesses, non-profits, utilities, government agencies and educational institutions. Sheryl is a huge advocate for healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. Sheryl has lived in Portland for more than 30 years and has two children. She recalls endless weekends watching  her son and daughter play soccer, gymnastics, swimming, lacrosse and softball. She understands the enormous benefits along with the understated privilege that her children had and believes that it will be a great day when all children can have access to these opportunities.

Laura Duffy. ​Laura grew up in Southern California playing soccer, tennis, and running track. She has experienced firsthand the confidence, discipline, and both physical and mental skills that sports cultivate in a child. Today, Laura is a Key Account Manager with adidas and embraces the company belief that “through sport, we have the power to change lives”.  She spends her free time writing, eating popcorn, and enjoying time with her husband and two dogs. 

Off the Sideline’s dedicated staff and volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council each bring their personal and professional expertise to providing oversight and strategic guidance to the organization. Our well-rounded team of community leaders, parents and members of the business community are committed to a common goal: Providing access to sports for all kids, building self-esteem and confidence when they are most in need of social engagement and worthy role models.

Carol Lindstrom, Vice Chair. With more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience, Carol is a seasoned branding and advertising professional who holds a personal stake in the mechanics that produce results. Her work with multiple non-profit organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies allows her to develop winning brand and campaign strategies that provide vision and creative solutions. As a mother who has experienced first-hand the benefits of team sports to youth, Carol brings her experience on non-profit boards and commitment to volunteerism and social responsibility to help build awareness of Off the Sideline.
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Mickey Lee, Chair. Mickey is an energy advisor with NW Natural. She works with construction contractors and clients to ensure new service is effective and efficient, utilizing her background in workforce equity, construction and relationship management. She has been recognized nationally for her work in helping organizations understand the value of social equity in their business practices. Mickey holds an MBA in Sustainable Development from Pinchot University and is a lifelong athlete. A favorite quote: “Girls lose confidence, so they quit competing in sports, thereby depriving themselves of one of the best ways to regain it.” Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code

Kate O’Bryant, Secretary. Whether she’s working with a creative team, building client relationships or managing key projects, Kate’s experience in marketing, event planning and program management are a welcome addition to the Off the Sideline board. Her diverse professional portfolio ranges from working in healthcare, high-tech and energy efficiency sectors, where her team-oriented and collaborative marketing approach helps drive client success. With a goal of eliminating health and opportunity inequities, Kate brings her sense of humor and enthusiasm to her volunteer work with seniors, youth and cultural non-profits. 

Kate Miller. Kate grew up in western Massachusetts, and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend Western Washington University. As a parent of two boys who share her passion for skiing and hiking, she actively volunteered when they participated in sports. She saw firsthand the value of the fun, shared reality and discipline of team and individual sports and wants all families to have access to this type of experience. Portland's culture is also a big part in her life, where she plays music with friends and enjoys making art and videos. Kate is currently working with the Lake Oswego School District, rebuilding, updating and modernizing district facilities for seismic and green-building goals. 

Jessica Keaton. ​Jessica’s core values, which have been important to her since a young age, are centered on being active in sports, volunteering and helping others. Directly after achieving her BA in Sociology from the University at Buffalo, she headed to Missouri where she spent two years with AmeriCorps Saint Louis. Jessica’s first year encompassed disaster response, conservation work, trail building and tree felling. During her second year with AmeriCorps, she served in the education setting where she tutored kindergarten students. This school-based service inspired her to advance her education by pursuing her master's degree at the University of Chicago studying social work with a school specialty. As a Division 1 athlete, sports have always been a large part of her life; providing leadership skills and lessons long the way. Jessica is currently the site manager at a SUN Community School and works part-time at adidas blending her passion for athletics and serving the community. During Jessica’s free time she is often supporting the Timbers and Thorns, hanging out with her Little from Big Brothers Big Sisters or exploring Portland with her puggle pup.