Michael McCasland moved to Brooklyn in 2008 to start his current job as a Criminalist for the City of New York. He supervises DNA testing on crime scene evidence and testifies as an expert witness to the results. He received a B.S. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Masters in Forensic Science from George Washington University. Michael played tennis competitively growing up, at times ranking in the top 30 in North Carolina. Michael especially enjoys Bikram Yoga, bike rides to Coney Island with his wife, and meeting with people to bounce off ideas.
Jonas Kumpitch, Treasurer
Jonas Kumpitch is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting, where he serves corporate clients to improve their performance management programs. Specifically, Jonas focusses on financial close, consolidation and reporting, and planning, budgeting and forecasting functions within the office of the CFO. Jonas has also assisted non-profit organizations with their annual giving, leadership giving and grant programs. Jonas’s interest in youth tennis stems from his own experience playing youth tennis in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jonas holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.B.A. from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.
Brian Rosenau, Secretary
Brian Rosenau is a Partner at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, where he helps companies raise capital in a broad range of securities offerings and also makes it possible for his clients to achieve their strategic goals through a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions. Brian is a lifelong tennis enthusiast, and hopes to share his love of the sport with the communities that KCTL serves. Brian holds a BS in Business from Miami University and a JD from the College of William & Mary.
Adam Stolz, Board Chair
Adam Stolz is Vice President & Chief of Staff at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Adam’s professional experience includes management and consulting roles in the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on healthcare, human services, and public safety. He is an NYC native and graduate of Hunter College High School. His interest in youth sports is rooted in his own childhood experience as a competitive baseball and chess player (with a little tennis on the side). Adam holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.
Ameesh Shah, Board Member
Ameesh Shah is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Tjori Capital, a healthcare-focused investment firm. Prior to launching his own fund, he managed investments at Visium Asset Management, Tennenbaum Capital Partners and Ziff Brothers Investments and began his career as an investment banker at Lazard. Ameesh grew up in Yardley, PA and is a tennis enthusiast having played competitively in his youth. He joins KCTL hoping to use the game as a platform to mentor kids in underserved communities. Ameesh holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Richmond, Board Member
John Richmond is the Business Affairs Manager at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, a boutique literary agency which has been in business for over forty years and counts several bestselling authors among its clients. John graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in history. A tennis player from a young age, John is excited to be a part of KCTL and to help serve the community through tennis in his adopted borough of Brooklyn.
Lauren Kansupada, Board Member
Lauren Kansupada is a Senior Manager at American Express working for US Loyalty and the Plenti program. Prior to American Express, she held a similar role at Etihad Airways. She began her career as a Strategy and Operations consultant for Deloitte. Lauren received a B.A. in Economics and Communications from Denison University with cum laude honors in 2010. She grew up in New Hope, PA where she played competitive tennis and ran summer clinics. She hopes to show the KCTL communities how the game of tennis and the lessons one can learn from a match can be applied to everyday life.
Ankeet Kansupada, Board Member
Ankeet Kansupada is a Senior VP at Magnetar Capital. He has over 12 years of experience in the financial services sector, including over eight as an investment principal. Ankeet grew up in Yardley, PA, where he played competitive tennis and taught youth tennis for numerous years. He hopes to share his love of the sport with the communities that KCTL serves. Ankeet is an avid tennis fan and without a doubt, Roger Federer's number one fan. He received a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University with cum laude honors in 2006.
Corbin Wong, Board Member
Corbin Wong is VP at Morgan Stanley and Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU, where he teaches Research Methods at the graduate and undergraduate level and Quantitative Models for Decision Makers at the graduate level. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University, where he teaches classes in the field of psychology and leadership. Corbin joined KCTL to be part of an organization that bridges his love for tennis and passion for giving back. On a personal level, Corbin is a devoted Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal fan. In addition, he hopes to be able to travel to all four Grand Slams one day. Corbin received his B.S. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.
Monika Granata, Board Member
Monika Granata is an attorney specializing in investment management. Monika started her career with Morgan Stanley, and subsequently worked in the legal departments of UBP Asset Management, Fidelity Investments and Visium Asset Management. Monika grew up in Bulgaria and started playing tennis at a very young age. She joins KCTL believing that playing sports teaches discipline and perseverance, which can navigate kids through life’s challenges and obstacles. Monika Granata holds a JD/LLM from Sofia University School of Law, Bulgaria and an LLM from Boston University School of Law.
Jason Suway, Board Member
Jason Suway is an Engagement Manager at the Chartis Group, a boutique strategy healthcare consulting firm. Prior to the Chartis Group, Jason joined GE's Financial Management Program (FMP), a two-year rotational, leadership program, in the Home & Business Solutions division in Louisville, KY. After completing the program, he continued his work as a Financial Analyst at GE Power Generation Services in Atlanta, GA. Jason graduated from Bucknell University with a BSBA degree in Business Management and played Division I tennis. Jason also holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in healthcare. Jason grew up in Marietta, GA playing competitive tennis and teaching youth tennis. He is extremely excited to contribute his love for the game to the KCTL community.
Shawn Nowicki, Board Member
Shawn Nowicki is a health policy analyst and a Director at Healthfirst, a provider-sponsored health insurance company. His work focuses on regulatory affairs and health policy analysis. Prior to Healthfirst, he worked at HealthPass New York, a boutique health insurance exchange, and Northeast Business Group on Health, where he advocated on employer-based health care issues. Raised in Colorado, Shawn is an avid tennis player and fan who roots relentlessly for Andy Murray. Shawn holds a BS from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and an MPH in health policy from Columbia University.
Adrian Brune, Board Member
During the second grade, Adrian Brune embarked on a career as a journalist by tying a string around her Kodak instamatic camera, sticking a notebook in her back pocket and cruising the streets in the backseat of her mother’s 1982 Buick, looking for the latest story to hit the bedroom community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A year later, Brune discovered tennis, which took priority through her freshman year at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she was a member of the 1994-95 women’s tennis team. She rekindled her love of journalism in New York at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, from which she graduated in June 2002. In 20 years, Brune has reported and written hundreds of freelance newspaper, magazine and website articles – from pitch to print – for publications such as Foreign Affairs, the New Yorker and The Guardian, on international development, human rights and culture. In addition to being a show- leather journalist, Brune has maintained a successful career in international affairs at the United Nations. With KCTL, Brune hopes to impart to young minds the joy and discipline tennis spreads through all aspects of life and to help kids — and every fellow volunteers — become the best players within their aim.
Olivia Chioma Elee, Board Member
Olivia has worked in advisory roles across the US, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. As a consultant with deep operational experience, her clients include Fortune 500 companies, technology start-ups, international governments, the US government, and non-profit organizations.
Olivia’s expertise focuses on the customer experience, process improvement, operational efficiency, stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships. She has held positions at Booz, a global management consulting firm. Prior to that, she served as a Fellow at Deloitte and worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Olivia holds a Masters from the Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelors from Johns Hopkins.
Karen Tayeh, board member
Karen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice. She received her Masters in Nutrition and Public Health at Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. Prior to her nutrition practice, she was a stay-home parent to her now full-fledged adult daughter and son, volunteered with various Brooklyn organizations and was a trustee at Packer Collegiate Institute.
A very long time prior, she worked in financial services at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette. Late to the game of tennis, she is nevertheless fanatical and usually has a decent left-handed slice serve. She joined KCTL to marry her love of tennis, kids and the Brooklyn community.
Shannon O'Sullivan, Board Member
Shannon O’Sullivan is Senior Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she practices in the Investment Funds Group. Shannon is a tennis enthusiast and grew up playing competitively and taught youth tennis for many years. She hopes to share her love of the sport with KCTL kids and communities. She received a B.A. in English and French from The University of Michigan in 2002 and a JD from The George Washington School of Law in 2005.