Meet Our Staff

Steve John


Oversees the Foundation as well as both tournaments

Morgan Matthews

Executive Director, Player Relations

Oversees tournament contestant relations and strategic planning for the Foundation and both tournaments

Mary Gunn

Director of Philanthropy

Oversees philanthropic giving

Maria Hauman

Administrative & Player Relations Manager

Manages player relations for tournaments and administrative function of the Foundation

Susanne Overton

Volunteer Resources Manager

Manages tournament volunteers

Lesley Varney

Marketing Manager

Manages marketing, branding, advertising, public and media relations

Kelsie Berke

Social Media & Communications Coordinator

Coordinates tournament social media platforms

Sarah Hayes

Sponsorship Manager

Manages tournament sponsor relations

Tierney Hightower

Sponsorship Coordinator

Coordinates sponsor activities

Hana Kong

Program Officer, Philanthropy

Manages Grantmaking and Tournament Giving

Elissa Nelson

Accounting Manager

Manages accounting activities

Hilary Williams

Admissions and Credentialing Manager

Manages tournament ticket sales, promotions, and credentials

Breanna Warnars

Program Associate

Assists with grantmaking and coordinates in-kind donations