Full Time Staff
Tenacity Project full time staff members have experience at the highest levels of women’s lacrosse. Our coaches and trainers have played on the U.S. Team, won a U-19 World Cup, participated in NCAA Final Fours, won NCAA Championships, and earned All Conference and All American honors. Many individuals on our staff have been successful as high school and college coaches as well, earning coach of the year honors, developing nationally ranked teams, working with High School All Americans, and winning conference championships.
Tenacity Project Founder & CEO
Theresa Sherry was born in Truckee, California and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland as the oldest of Paul and Jan Sherry's 4 children. She was a 3x All-American at Princeton University where she won 2 NCAA Championships, 4 Ivy League Championships in lacrosse, and 3 Ivy League Championships in soccer. Theresa was the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year in 2004, the Ivy League Player of the Year, and a Tewaaraton Finalist. In 1999, she was the MVP of the Under-19 World Cup Championship for the U.S. Team. After college, she coached at Smith College, Amherst College, and The University of California, Berkeley, earning MPSF Coach of the Year in 2008 for Cal.
Program Director - Portland
Rob Bray is originally from Syracuse, New York. He graduated from Potsdam College in 1991 and has since gained over 25 years of lacrosse coaching experience. Rob spent 13 years as the Associate Head/Assistant Coach at the University of Oregon and 4 years as Head Coach of the Women’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey teams at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He is the current head coach of Churchill High School in Eugene Oregon as well as the Player Development Coordinator and Portland Program Director for the Tenacity Project.
Director - Community Outreach
Erin Burns was drawn to the Tenacity Project's mission to empower girls. Erin grew up on the playing field alongside Theresa Sherry in Baltimore where the commitment and sacrifice made by their parents, particularly their fathers, allowed them to flourish on sports teams. The uniqueness of this experience was only realized in hindsight. As the only two girls on countless teams co-coached by their dads, they learned to live the values of discipline, leadership, teamwork, and tenacity during a time that preceded the girl power revolution that is ubiquitous today. With the confidence and determination gained on the field, Erin combined her passion for knowledge and desire to help the underserved by earning a Ph.D. in psychology. She has worked for more than 10 years in the diverse fields of mental health, research, education, and sports. While Erin still works in research, the Tenacity Project has provided her with the opportunity to return to her first love, lacrosse, as a vehicle to empower young women. Erin directs Tenacity's efforts to reach under-resourced communities, not just to grow the game of lacrosse, but to ultimately give every girl the opportunity to develop the skills to succeed on and off the field.
Jenn Kessler is originally from Washington, D.C. and attended Vanderbilt University where she competed on the Division 1 Women's Lacrosse Team from 2003-2007. She was also a member of the All-Academic Team in 2006-2007. Jenn began her coaching career in San Diego, California at Rancho Bernardo High School as Assistant Varsity Coach in 2007 and La Jolla High School as Varsity Head Coach from 2008 to 2012. Currently, she lives in San Anselmo with her husband and 2 sons. She is the Marketing Director at Tenacity and the point person for the growth of lacrosse in Marin County.
Program Coordinator - Portland
Lindsay Kibler is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012. She has 6 years of experience coaching lacrosse at the high-school and collegiate levels including a position as the assistant and goalie coach of the Women’s Lacrosse team at Whitman College. In addition to being Tenacity's Program Coordinator in Portland, Oregon she is coaching Tenacity's 2021 and 2022 teams. Currently, Lindsay is the head girls lacrosse coach at Lakeridge High School and is earning her Master's Degree in Sport Coaching from the University of Denver. Outside of lacrosse, Lindsay enjoys trails runs with her dogs and traveling!
Beth Rogers Lester
Program Director - Houston
Beth Rogers-Lester is a New England native who attended Nashua HS (NH) '01 and won NH State Championships in '98, '99 as well as state runner-up in '00 & '01. Beth attended and played collegiately at UMass '05. After UMass, she coached at Merrimack HS (Merrimack, NH) taking the program to the State Playoffs all 5 years coaching. During this time she brought her team to the State championship game twice, was runner-up in 2011, and won the State Championship in 2012. Beth was honored as NH NHIAA Division 2 Coach of the year in 2011 & 2012 and Union leader All- New Hampshire coach of the year in 2012. She coached for the elite travel program Granite State Elite from 2006-2013 and moved to Houston June 2013 to begin working as Houston Director for The Tenacity Project. When not coaching or thinking about lacrosse, Beth enjoys traveling with her husband and hanging out with her animals.
Program Coordinator - Houston
Kristin Marchese is a staff member for Tenacity Project where she coaches Tenacity Houston Elite teams and shares her passion with other coaches who have experience in the highest levels of women’s lacrosse. Prior to joining Tenacity, Coach Marchese starred as an attacker for Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia before going on to become a member of the University of South Carolina’s Club Women’s Lacrosse team. At South Carolina, Marchese was named 2007 All-Southeastern Women’s Lacrosse League, and in 2007 and 2008 served as the team captain before being named the vice-president of the Club Women’s Lacrosse team during the 2008-09 season. A Dean’s List member at the University of South Carolina, Marchese graduated in 2009 with a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. During the end of her final year at South Carolina, Marchese served as a Marketing and Sales Intern for the Vanderbilt University athletics department in Nashville. Upon graduating she joined the season ticket sales department in Glendale, Arizona with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. She has also served as Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach, PE Teacher, Middle School Basketball Coach, and Volleyball Coach at The Village School in Houston as well as Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Intramural Coordinator at Newberry College in South Carolina.
Lauren Yee was born and raised in Mendham, New Jersey where she won 3 State Sectional Championships, 2 Morris County Championships, and 2 Conference Championships as a player for Mendham High School. She went on to play at Rowan University where she won 1 Conference Championship and made 3 Division III NCAA tournament appearances. During her senior year at Rowan, Lauren was the team leader in assists and the co-leader in overall points. She went on to coach club lacrosse for STEPS Elite and spent six years coaching high school lacrosse at Oak Knoll School and Mendham High School in New Jersey.
Bay Area Coaches
Chelsea Randel was born and raised in Pleasanton, California as the youngest of Ken and Terry Randel's 3 children. She is a BearLax alum who went on to compete for the Division I lacrosse team at the University of Oregon-GO DUCKS! During her time at Oregon, her team made three conference championship appearances while winning the MPSF Conference Championship in 2012 after going undefeated in conference play that season. Chelsea received the Pillar Award from her lacrosse team in 2012, 2013, and 2014, awarded to the team’s most positive and supportive player who leads the team and excels in all areas of life. She was also awarded the Karen Nelson Leadership Award in 2014 for being a student-athlete who shows outstanding performance in the community and within the athletic department. She has been working with The Tenacity Project since she moved back to California in 2015. In addition to working full time with The Tenacity Project, Chelsea coaches the Bay Area Elite 2019 Green and 2021 Green team for Tenacity and is also the Head Varsity Coach at Amador Valley High School.
2017-2018, Middle School Coach
2017-2018, Middle School Coach
Beth Rogers Lester
Regional Director, Houston; 2020 Coach
2020, Middle School Coach
Middle School Coach
Tenacity Portland 2021 Elite
Lexington, KY / University of Kentucky, 2012 - 8 years of lacrosse coaching at the high school and collegiate level. 2 years as Assistant and Goalie coach of Whitman College women’s lacrosse. Currently the Tenacity Project Program Coordinator and Tenacity Portland 2021 Elite head coach.
Tenacity Portland 2020 Elite
San Diego, CA/California State University, Fresno, 2013- 4 years collegiate playing experience. Current coach for The Tenacity Portland 2020 Elite team
2021 Tenacity Portland Elite
Originally from Philadelphia area, Jenna is an east coast transplant here in the Portland area. She is one of three with an older sister and brother. She played at the Division I level the University of Oregon from 2012-2016 and graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences. She now coaches as the assistant coach at George Fox University, residing in Newberg, OR.
2022 Tenacity Portland Elite
Coach Finklea is entering his ninth year coaching girls lacrosse and is a USL Level 2 Certified Coach. Ben began coaching with West Linn Girls Youth Lacrosse in 2010, first coaching the 5/6 team for two years before moving on to coach 7/8. In 2013 his West Linn 7/8 Gold team won the OGYLA State Championship. In 2017 Coach Finklea took over the West Linn High School Girls Lacrosse program as varsity head coach, leading the Lady Lions to the Quarterfinals in his first year. Ben is a husband and father of three daughters who has a passion for working with young people in growing and developing in the game of lacrosse and life.
Tenacity Portland 2023 Elite
East Islip, NY / SUNY Oswego College 1992 - 4 years collegiate playing experience, 18 years total including mens post-collegiate club, and coed - women's rules lacrosse. 5 years coaching experience, 4 years for West Linn Girls Youth Lacrosse and 1 year as an assistant boys varsity coach at Lake Oswego HS. Current middle school coach for West Linn and the Tenacity Portland 2023 Elite team.
Tenacity Portland 2023 Elite
Colorado/St. Francis University/ Gonzaga University 2015- 4 year collegiate playing experience. 4 years of lacrosse coaching experience, current assistant coachat Jesuit HS. Current head coach of the Tenacity Portland 2023 Elite team
Tenacity Portland 2022 Elite
Graduate of West Linn High School and four year letterman. She Guided the team to the 2013 state championship in her senior year, earned first team all-state selection, first team all-league selection and US Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention. In addition she earned second-team all league in her junior year where the Lions were runner-up in the state championship. Annie went on to play at University of Oregon where she earned the University of Oregon athlete scholar award in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In her senior year, she was nominated for the Herb Yamanaka Oregon Pride Award and selected for the MPSF all-academic. Annie is currently the assistant lacrosse coach at Willamette University
High School Teams Coach
High School Teams Coach
All Teams Coach