BOSTON TEAM BIOGRAPHIES //
Preston Hollis, Director || Boston, MA
Preston first joined SWB’s Boston team in the fall of 2015 as a volunteer coach with the middle school boys team and later served as SWB Boston’s Boys Program Associate before becoming the Director. Now, as the Director, he oversees SWB Boston’s work and continues to coach SWB Boston's inaugural high school boys program in addition to SWB’s 4th and 5th grade boys team. Preston graduated with a degree in Economics from Southwestern University where he played for and captained the men's soccer team. Since graduating, he has spent a number of years working in international education first in India and more recently in Japan. In between his international sojourns, he graduated from St. John’s College with a Masters in Liberal Arts. When he’s not coaching, Preston can be found playing soccer, leading mindfulness workshops, and globetrotting.
Ye-Htet Soe, Senior Program Coordinator || Boston, MA
Ye-Htet Soe resettled in Oakland as a refugee from Thailand. Ye-Htet started volunteering with SWB Oakland during his junior year of high school in 2009 and has been a part of the program ever since. He went on to attend Chabot Community College for 3 years before transferring to Southern New Hampshire University to play Varsity soccer. In 2014, he was selected as a representative of SWB to attend The Global Youth Forum hosted by StreetFootballWorld and Sony during the World Cup in Brazil. He was invited back in 2015 to represent The Youth Leader Forum and present in front of all the program leaders. After graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, he came back to SWB Oakland as a Program Coordinator coaching the U-17 Boys team. In August 2019, Ye-Htet joined the SWB Boston program as a Senior Program Coordinator bringing his experience and expertise to the East Coast.
Ye-Htet is inspired by the participants and staff that he works with every day and is proud to be part of the SWB family.
Caitlin Saupe, Girls Program Coordinator || Boston, MA
Caitlin began working for SWB in 2018 as the Girls Program Coordinator. She graduated from Calvin College in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her college years, she spent a month in India for a Biology class and studied abroad for a semester in Ghana. These experiences ignited her interest in immersing herself in new cultures and living outside her comfort zone. Caitlin’s love for soccer began in first grade, but her understanding of its potential as a vehicle for youth development did not reveal itself to her until after college when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. When she was not teaching, Caitlin could be found on the soccer fields, challenging the gender norm that girls do housework and boys play soccer. She also worked as the Mozambique Country Coordinator for Grassroot Soccer, utilizing the program’s curriculum to teach local youth important health lessons while creating opportunities for boys and girls to practice soccer together. Witnessing girls transform into confident ladies who share her same passion and enthusiasm for soccer is Caitlin’s inspiration for pursuing work with SWB!
Aquilino Fernandes, Program Associate || Boston, MA
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Kara Dry, Program Associate || Boston, MA
Kara joined the SWB Boston program in 2019 as a Program Associate and head coach of the high school girl's team. She graduated from Gordon College in 2017 with her B.A. in Business Administration and Psychology. During her time at Gordon, she played and captained the women's soccer team. She has spent her time since working as an admissions counselor at Gordon and volunteer coaching for the Gordon women's soccer team and a local U12 girls team. Privileged to have had coaches and teammates who have helped her grow through the game, soccer has inspired her to continue using the sport as a platform to invest in others. When not on the field, Kara can be found trying to figure out her next new hobby.