COLORADO TEAM BIOGRAPHIES //
Casey Thomas, Director || Denver, CO
Casey first began volunteering with Soccer Without Borders in 2012 while working for Baltimore City Public Schools as a program coordinator for out-of-school programs. Prior to that, she earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development, with concentrations in Youth Development and Coexistence and Conflict Management, from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Casey completed her practicum experience working with a sport for development program in Colombia, using soccer as a tool for life-skills development within the context of a youth employability program, and is also fluent in Spanish.
In 2014, Casey transitioned from volunteer to Baltimore Director. Under her leadership, SWB Baltimore tripled the number of participants served annually while maintaining a near-perfect graduation rate. In the Fall of 2018, Casey headed westward to take on a new role as Director of SWB Colorado, leading the expansion of our current program in Greeley to include programming in Greater Denver. Casey serves on the Alumni Association Board of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and was a member of the Mayor’s Steering Committee of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs in Baltimore.
Zach Kilimann, Senior Program Coordinator || Greeley, CO
In 2013, while studying at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Zach rolled up on his bike to a local soccer practice expecting to help stack cones and hand out jerseys. When asked to lead the boys’ session, he wasn’t sure what he got himself into. Zach still leads those sessions but now in a full time capacity, managing the boys’ program and leading all things soccer and coaching related. Drawing from his experiences in South Asia and Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, AZ, Zach continues to grow in his love for the students and their families from all across the globe, aspiring to see them live life to the fullest.
Laura Kranish, Program Coordinator || Aurora, CO
Laura first started working with refugees and immigrants during a summer internship at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since then, she has worked with diverse populations in many different capacities, from teaching English in China and South Africa to working in case management for the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Maryland and in Denver, Colorado. Laura earned her B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her M.A. in Refugee Care from the University of Essex in Colchester, England. During her M.A. program, Laura completed a practicum at the Tavistock and Portman National Health Service Trust in London, co-running psychoeducation groups for adolescent asylum-seekers. This included a two-day ”Team of Life” life skills workshop held in conjunction with Arsenal FC. Laura started playing soccer at the age of six and also loves cross-country skiing, writing, and traveling.
David Haston, Program Associate || Aurora, CO
Bio & Photo coming soon!