Christopher A. Campasano – Founder / President
Christopher Campasano has always been a sports fan, but when it comes to soccer he can only be labeled as a fanatic. He has been involved in the sport he loves in various capacities, including being a player, coach, promoter, and innovator . Chris not only brings years of experience in the sport industry to Passing Hope, but he also possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in organizational management, branding and marketing, and sponsorship acquisition. His experience includes running and operating sports facilities, creating, marketing, and promoting sporting events, and is one of the leaders working to bring professional soccer to Phoenix, Arizona.
Chris founded Passing Hope in 2011 and is dedicated to use the beautiful game, or any sport, to help those in need around the world. Campasano was a member of the selection committee (along with Dr. Sakiewicz) for the first Haitian National Amputee Soccer Team which participated in the 2010 Amputee World Cup in Argentina. Campasano has held various executive level positions, but is currently the President / Owner of Upper 90 Sports and Upper 90 Media, a business consulting and media company based in Phoenix, Managing Partner / Co-Founder of Phoenix Pro Soccer, a board member of the San Antonio Metropolitan Youth Soccer Institute (SAMYS), a non-profit building soccer fields in South Texas, and has volunteered with his church to help with their Creative Needs.
Campasano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, and a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He has been married since 1999 to his wife, Kelly, and has two children, Chiara (age 11) and Sophia (age 4) and currently lives in Gilbert, AZ.
Dr. Edward P. Sakiewicz, PhD – Co-Founder
Born to Polish Immigrants, Dr. Sakiewicz has been involved in every aspect of The Beautiful Game for most of his life. Because of this, he is affectionately called Dr. Soccer, by his peers. Raised in a soccer hotbed in New Jersey, Dr. Soccer was immersed in one of the best soccer cultures in the country playing with or against soccer icons such as John Harkes, Tab Ramos and various international superstars such as Paulo Futre (Portugal) and Grzegorz Lato (Poland). He played his collegiate soccer at Loyola University in Baltimore, and was a developmental professional clubs in Denmark & Poland. His soccer pedigree runs deep, as his brother, Nick, was one of the founding executives of Major League Soccer, and the current CEO / Operating Partner of the Philadelphia Union. Dr. Soccer is currently a Pro Scout for the Philadelphia Union covering the Southwest Region of the US.
With Campasano, Dr. Sakiewicz was instrumental in assembling the first-ever Haitian men’s national amputee soccer team which participated in the 2010 Amputee World Cup in Argentina. Dr. Sakiewicz is one of the founders and past-president of the San Antonio Metropolitan Youth Soccer Institute, a position he held for 12 years. Dr. Sakiewicz was the concept architect of the Texas Pro Soccer Festival, which he and Campasano founded in 2008, hosting 4 Major League Soccer teams in San Antonio for a week-long preseason event. Dr. Sakiewicz is a successful entrepreneur, business consultant, and educator also serving as faculty for numerous universities, including the US Sports Academy, American Public University, and St. Leo University to name a few.
Dr. Sakiewicz holds a Ph.D. in Organization & Management, a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s in Marketing. He is happily married to his wife, Jennyfer, and have three sons, Edward (age 17), Brenton (age 15), and Alek (age 13), and reside in the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio, TX.
Juan Galan – Director of Finance
Mr. Galan has over 20 years of relevant management experience and has been the CFO of both private and public companies where he has taken an organization from startup to IPO while raising over $5M in the private sector and over $55M in the public markets. He has been responsible for all audits, risk management, legal, treasury, and business development / acquisitions, while managing the HR, IT, as well as the Accounting / Finance Departments. He has extensive experience in creating annual budgets, multi-year strategic plans, analyzing new business ventures and/or acquisitions, and creating financial models to determine viability of such endeavors. With his expertise in financial spreadsheets, he has created many complex models for the use of forecasting cash flow, profit projections, backlog, and overhead, and is very adept at reviewing financial statements with a critical eye for bottom line results.
Other Key Staff Members
Janet Lamoree – Coordinator : Adaptive Sports and Amputee Programs
Janet has been working in rehab for over 23 years as both a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA); this experience includes working with lower extremity amputees. This work has included teaching patients how to effectively use their prosthetic limbs; improving balance and gait; and working closely with the prosthetists to ensure patients’ needs are being met.
Janet holds a Bachelor Degree in Science from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN in Community Health, and a Minor in Sports Medicine. Her volunteer experience includes working with many adaptive sport programs and athletes at various levels of competition (adaptive, able-bodied, and professional).
Rodney Montreuil – Coordinator: Haiti