Executive Committee

 

 

MARC ANDERSON, President

Professionally Marc has spent his extensive career in senior level management positions in the aerospace, defense and composites industries and holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in business from Johns Hopkins University. As a father of two boys, he actively coached in various youth sports organizations while he, and his wife Claire, helped guide their sons as they developed into outstanding young men. His understanding of the fitness, teamwork, friendship and leadership benefits provided to young individuals through organized group sports activities was evident in his own upbringing and he imparted these benefits to those he coached and mentored.    

Marc, Claire, son Eric, daughter-in-law Kati and grandson Ryan established this foundation in an effort to carry on Jason’s legacy of giving back to the community.  Like many young, hardworking and vibrant individuals, Jason spent his life surrounded by sports and was an active participant, both recreationally and professionally, focusing his career in sports management and marketing.  As Jason and Kati worked to build a life together they also dedicated time and energy volunteering and supporting local charities and organizations helping those with autism and brain injuries. It is this unselfish dedication that is the heart and soul of the Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports.

 

 

JAY MORRISON, TREASURER

Jay is thrilled at the opportunity to help carry on Jason’s legacy by serving as treasurer of the Foundation.

Supporting youth and young adult organizations is very important to Jay, having served as a board and advisory member to the New York City chapters of Minds Matter and InterVarsity, respectively. 

Jay’s professional experience includes strategy, finance and corporate development at Merrill Lynch, Guggenheim Partners and Deloitte Consulting. He holds BS degrees from Syracuse University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a PhD in Minnesota Twins appreciation.

 

Board of Directors

 

 

Mark Rossi, Board Chair

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dover Motorsports, Inc., Mark Rossi is responsible for coordinating the overall sales and marketing initiatives for the entire Dover Motorsports portfolio of properties. Dover Motorsports, Inc. owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. The legendary “Monster Mile” in Dover is known for being tough on drivers and their equipment, and has been hosting two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends each year for over 40 years.

Rossi joined Dover Motorsports on Jan. 1, 2002 and has helped to restructure and focus the sales and marketing efforts of the company on improving the fan experience and increasing partnership value. During his tenure, the company has experienced steady growth in group and season ticket sales, as well as strong results in sponsorship and secondary asset sales.

Prior to working for Dover Motorsports, Rossi spent over 16 years in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry with Nestle USA and Sara Lee. He worked to develop and execute a wide variety of sponsorship and branding initiatives, ranging from local and regional programs to full-scale national events, several of which involved racing and NASCAR.

Rossi came to Dover Motorsports directly from Sara Lee where he was one of a small handful of people selected to create the foundation for a brand new company called Sara Lee Coffee and Tea. He served as the Vice President of Business Development and played a major role in developing logistics, marketing strategies, trade rates and the overall sales and supply chain processes.

Before joining Sara Lee, Rossi spent more than 14 years with Nestle Foods, where he began his career as an entry level sales representative. During that time he was provided with the opportunity to serve the company in a wide variety of roles located in different areas of the United States. Rossi’s last position with Nestlé was in category development based out of the U.S. corporate headquarters in Glendale, Calif. At Nestlé he worked with leading brands like Tasters Choice, Nescafé, NesQuik, Nestlé Crunch, 100 Grand, Toll House Morsels, Coffeemate, Juicy Juice, Hills Bros Coffee, and Chase N Sanborn Coffee.

Rossi has served on the board of directors of Autism Delaware, an organization that provides support to people and families affected by autism. He also serves on the board of directors for the Delaware Sports Commission.

Mr. Rossi has also served as a board member of the Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America; VASPA and “Operation We Care,” which provides teams of volunteer physicians, nurses, and support staff to the medically needy, uninsured poor in Delaware and the Philippines; First State Strings, a group that supports and encourages musical growth by providing opportunities for students of string instruments at all levels of ability and income; and several other boards.

Rossi is a graduate of the University of Rochester in 1987 with a B.A. in Economics and a Graduate School Certificate of Management Studies in Marketing, and has earned his Master’s degree in Sports Management at Ohio University. He resides in Millsboro, Del. with his wife Sandy and their daughters Christina, 21, Katelyn, 18, and Allison, 15.

 

 

Tim Caputo

Tim is an award winning journalist, currently working at the NBC station in Boston. He's previously worked as a television reporter in North Carolina and New Mexico. Tim graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2003 (National Championship year). He's humbled and honored to serve on the board of a foundation created in memory of his friend, college roommate, and fellow sports fanatic Jason Anderson. Tim grew up playing sports and is proud to be part of a charity that is committed to providing valuable and memorable experiences for kids who need it most. Tim and his wife Jessica live in Boston, MA with their two pugs.


 

Jennifer Meinen

Jennifer is honored and humbled to serve on the Board for this organization.

Jennifer is actively involved in promoting community fitness in the New Orleans area through teaching yoga and indoor cycling, as well as, supporting running and triathlon events, and supporting the adoption of women’s lacrosse in the South. She is also involved in community philanthropy related to fitness, by regularly hosting donation based fitness classes. 

Jennifer’s professional experience includes more than 10 years in medical device clinical research, both academically and commercially. She currently works for St. Jude Medical, as Director of Field Clinical Affairs. Jennifer has a BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse, and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

 

 

Eric Anderson

Eric is proud to be a part of the Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports as a way to carry on his brother's legacy and to help educate and spread the benefits of organized sports to underprivileged youths.

Sports were a big part of Eric's upbringing, having participated for many years in youth baseball, but were more so overall important for his brother, as Eric was always more of the technical and tinkering type. Eric attended The Pennsylvania State University, initially pursuing a degree in the Materials Science & Engineering field, and graduated with a B.S. in Labor Studies & Employment Relations. Utilizing his extroverted personality and social nature, Eric has 5+ years of success in building and scaling human capital and employee-focused initiatives in various startups in the New York tech landscape.

Today, Eric is HR Specialist, specializing in benefits, retirement and human resources operations at LearnVest, Inc., a financial planning startup in New York City that is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwestern Mutual.  

 

 

Dave Arthur

Dave first met Jason while working at the Delaware Sports Commission.  They connected instantly over their passion for working in sports and serving their community.  Jason helped Dave and the DSC bring back the iconic Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament. 

Dave learned some of his most valuable lessons while playing sports and considers it an honor and privilege to be able to help carry on Jason’s legacy and use sports as a vehicle to help children in need.

Dave believes strongly in giving back to his community, and serves as a board member for Kind to Kids, an organization that provides Hope and Help for Children in Need, as well as being a mentor with the Delaware Youth Leadership Network.

Professionally, Dave is Assistant Athletic Director, Sports and Entertainment Sales at the University of Delaware, where graduated with a concentration in Sports Management, and is currently pursuing his M.B.A.  Go Blue Hens!  

 

 

KATHY NEWCOMB

Professionally, Kathy Newcomb  currently serves as the Senior Vice  President of Marketing and Client Services for Coldwell Banker Resort Realty in Rehoboth Beach. She began her Real Estate career in the fall of 1995 as a Rental Associate. After booking and managing vacation rental properties for five years, she moved into the Rental Bookkeeping position within the department. During the five years in that position she handled the accounting for over 600 rental properties and processed over $10,000,000 annually in rental payments.  Kathy moved into the Sales Department in 2004. As a sales agent she was able to put her University of Delaware Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree to use. During the past decade she has specialized in land development and new construction projects for the firm. In 2010, she earned her Associate  Broker Designation.

Kathy is active in her community. She currently serves as a Board of Director for Community Bank Delaware in Lewes, Treasurer and Board Member of the Milton Little League and Board Member of the Greater Lewes Foundation. She was recently honored with the 2017 Good Neighbor Award from the Sussex County Association of Realtors.

Her goal is to volunteer and assist organizations with little or no overhead expense, specifically assisting children or members of the community that have fallen on hard times. She is driven by the opportunity to assist children that are less advantaged to stay on a healthy path and give them the opportunity to achieve greatness in their own way.  

Kathy resides in Milton with her husband and two children.

 

Advisory Committee

 

Kati Anderson

Claire Anderson

Andrew Schwab

Robert Cardoni

Dr. Heather Lawrence-Benedict

Ian Tigchelaar