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.

Theresa Sherry

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.

Rob Bray

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.

Erin Burns

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.

Taylor Donahue

Program Coordinator - Sacramento/Bay Area

Taylor Donahue was born in Rhinebeck, New York and grew up in the small town of Shamong, New Jersey. She is the youngest daughter of four born to Robert and Deborah Donahue. Taylor was a member of The Ohio State University Women’s Lacrosse team from 2011-2015. Her three older sisters, Mia (Bucknell University), Deona (George Mason University), and Kirsten (The Ohio State University) also played lacrosse at the Division 1 level. During her career at The Ohio State University, Taylor was a member of the All Big-Ten Team, Academic All Big-Ten Team, 1st-Team All Midwest, 1st-Team All-ALC, a 4x Scholar Athlete and a team captain. Taylor studied Physical Geography during her undergrad at OSU and is extremely passionate about the environment and atmospheric sciences. In her free time, she loves to explore the outdoors, weather, and attends Orange Theory Fitness.

Jenn Kessler

Director-Marketing

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.

Lindsay Kibler

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!

Molly Kuptz

Program Coordinator - East Bay

Molly Kuptz was born and raised in Danville, California. She is the middle child of five kids, four girls and one boy. She grew up playing for BearLax and graduated in 2012, when she went on to play Division I lacrosse at Saint Mary's College. She was lucky enough to play with her sister for one year before graduating in 2017 with a degree in Kinesiology: Sports and Recreational Management. She has been coaching with Tenacity since she graduated high-school and is excited to now be working full-time at the organization. She currently lives in Moraga, California.

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.

Kristin Marchese

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.

Molly O'Brien

Program Coordinator - Houston

Molly O'Brien was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois as the fourth of Brad and Missy's 5 children. She played on Marquette University's inaugural team and also ran track and field for Marquette. Molly was named most improved on her team in 2014 and was student-athlete of the week in 2013 after receiving a 4.0 GPA. She graduated in 2016 as a four-year starter who helped start many traditions for Marquette's new program. Molly's oldest brother Billy attended Miami University, sister Katie played lacrosse at Georgetown University, brother Timmy played hockey at Dartmouth, and youngest brother Jimmy will play hockey at Colorado College.

Chelsea Randel

Program Coordinator - East Bay

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.

Lauren Yee

Director-Business

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

Randy Gross

2018 Coach

Rachel Martinez

2018 Coach

Devon Combe

2018 Coach

Lauren Yee

2018 Coach

Rory Daly

2019 Coach

Liz Hogan

2019 Coach

Chelsea Randel

2019 Coach

Taylor Donahue

2020 Coach

Sara Nolte

2020 Coach

Theresa Sherry

2020 Coach

Lena Zentgraf

2020 Coach

Chelsea Randall

2021 Coach

Pete Leonardi

2021 Coach

Rachel Martinez

2021 Coach

Sara Quero

2021 Coach

Mary Doyle

2022 Coach

Rob Salmon

2022 Coach

Liz Shaeffer

2022 Coach

Chloe Fryman

2023 Coach

Aline Magee

2023 Coach

Emily Pastula

2023 Coach

Decvon Combe

2023 Coach

Erin Burns

2024 Coach

Molly Kuptz

2024 Coach

Houston Coaches

Tiffany Deinzer

2017-2018, Middle School Coach

Kristin Marchese

2017-2018, Middle School Coach

Eva Martire

2019 Coach

Collin Palomares

2019 Coach

Beth Rogers Lester

Regional Director, Houston; 2020 Coach

Emily Newstrom

2020, Middle School Coach

Molly O'Brien

Middle School Coach

Portland Coaches

Lindsay Kibler

2017-2018, Middle School Coach

Kali Wilgus

2019 Coach

Brittany Baird

2020 Coach

Vanessa Swalwell

2020 Coach

Holly Cisneros

Middle School Coach

Lois Ray

Middle School Coach

Sacrament Coaches

Ashley Johnson

High School Teams Coach

Alexandra Lehner

High School Teams Coach

Savannah Hadley

2019 Coach

Nathan Hendel

2019 Coach

Suzanne Isidor

All Teams Coach