BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and President, Vice Chairman
Samantha is the Founder and current President of FIERCE Athlete Inc. She played Division 1 Soccer at UConn, and is currently involved in competitive rowing. She has spent the last 6 years working for Catholic nonprofits and outreaching to female athletes. She recently graduated with a Masters in Catholic Psychology and is currently pursuing Certification in Theology of the Body. It was actually through the teachings of Theology of the Body and the Catholic Church that she has discovered what it means to be both feminine and athletic. These teachings have the power to heal and through FIERCE Athlete she desires to share those truths with female athletes across the world.
Senior Partner Mission Advancement Partners
Angela was a member of the Washington University 2000 Division III Undefeated National Championship Women’s Basketball Team. She worked with Catholic non-profits for 15 years which inspired her to co-found the Mission Advancement Partners. Her personal journey and experiences accompanying thousands of women convicted her that a woman will live in survival mode unless she is rooted in the truth of her deepest identity. In response to this crisis, she has joined the Art of Being a Woman Project, whose mission it is to rebuild the woman from within and serve, equip, empower and inspire her to begin the journey of internal transformation. Angela believes FIERCE will revolutionize female athletics. As women become rooted in their deepest identity and thrive, the comprehensive integration of mind, body, soul and spirit will be fully manifested in and through our bodies.
Co-Host, Thriving in the Trenches Podcast
Megan is a wife and mother of 6 children. She is a former collegiate tennis player and marathon runner, and is currently involved in rowing. She has a passion for integrating working out and prayer. She is a co-host of Thriving in the Trenches podcast and the former President of AbbeyFest Ministries. Her daughters are currently Division 1 rowers, and Megan is passionate about ensuring that faith is the foundation of family life as well as athletics. She believes FIERCE Athlete is a necessity in the world of female athletics. FIERCE has the power to support and encourage women in their pursuit of greatness without the cultural baggage that can undermine women at their core.
Program Manager, Varsity Catholic
Kay lives in St. Louis with her husband and children. She played four years of College volleyball for her university in South Carolina, soon after graduation she starting working full time with female athletes for an organization called Varsity Catholic, a division of FOCUS. She is currently living her vocational call to motherhood by serving her family as a full time wife and mother. She has a passion for finding true identity as a daughter of God in the world of athletes and wants to help transform the culture of athletics to the potential it could have in creating wonderful virtue in the athletes.
Associate Director of Anthem Philly, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Megan was a very active dancer growing up. She did 6 different types of dance for 16 years, 5 of which she danced competitively all over the east coast. Currently, she dabbles with running, cycling, barre, Insanity, and has started to take dance at a studio in downtown Philadelphia. Megan has been a national speaker for 6 years now, and is passionate about speaking to women about the lies they face regarding who they are, body and soul, and the real truth of who they are. She has been transformed through the teachings of the Theology of the Body, and it has ignited her desire to do women's ministry.
Fr. Thomas DeSimone
Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernards in Manhattan, NY.
Fr. Thomas hails from Staten Island, New York. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and was ordained 11 years ago on May 13, 2006. He is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St Bernard's in Manhattan, NY. Recently Fr. Thomas served as chaplain at the Theology of the Body Institute in Pennsylvania for 3 years.