Board of Directors

 
 

Stephen Seelbach, Board Chair, Chief of Staff, Vista Equity Partners

Andy Fremder, Board President, Co-Founder, East Bay College Fund

Chris Sheldon, Treasurer, Co-Head of Leveraged Credit, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. 

Amy Atkinson, Retired Television News Producer, CBS and ABC

Robert Bingham, Founder, Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC

Marc Bensadoun, PhD, Seed-stage investor and advisor

Tony Brettkelly, Founder, Latitude 38 Housing Services

Leslie DeNino, Retired, Crossroads Capital 

James Ford, Principal, Vista Equity Partners

W. Reed Foster, Jr., Executive Search Consultant, Foster Talent Partners

Peter Lynch, President, Greenline Ventures

Lancelot Minor, Director, Enterprise Growth WeWork

Matt Price, Managing Director, Activation Energy

Blair Richardson, Director, Houlihan Lokey

Bill Sherer, Retired

Missy Wyant Smit, Real Estate Agent, Compass

Rick Wee, Owner & Retail Entrepreneur, Marina Morrison & Glamour Closet

 

Stephen Seelbach, Chair

Stephen is the Chief of Staff at Vista Equity Partners and previously worked at Morgan Stanley for 15 years in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Stephen lived 13 years in Asia before moving to San Francisco in 2014. Stephen started playing junior squash in New Jersey and won his largest trophy (which he still has) as the NJ Under 10 champion. He attended Amherst College and co-captained the team that was ranked as high as 2nd in the country. Stephen has 3 young children who are eagerly awaiting their first squash rackets. He graduated magna cum laude with Political Science and French degrees as well as an International Relations Certificate. 

Andy Fremder, President

Andy is co-founder of the East Bay College Fund, a community-based non­-profit organization that provides substantial scholarships, mentoring and support to Oakland public high school students from low-income families and communities with low college attendance rates. Prior to founding East Bay College Fund, Andy served as the Chief Financial Officer for Farallon Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco based investment adviser, from 1994 until 2003. He has also worked in Corporate Finance at Prudential Home Mortgage and was a Senior Financial Officer at the time of his departure. From 1984 to 1990, Andy worked at Deloitte Haskins & Sells in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Francisco, California, where he provided tax consulting services to small businesses and individuals. He is also a trustee of the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools and sits on the board of CapitalSource Inc., a commercial finance company (NYSE: CSE). Andy received his B.B.A in accounting in 1983 and a Masters Degree in Public Accounting in 1984 from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Chris Sheldon, Treasurer

Chris is Co-Head of Leveraged Credit at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He joined KKR in 2004 and sits on Asset Management’s Leveraged Credit and Private Credit Investment Committees, along with their Portfolio Management Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Chris was a Senior Investment Analyst with Wells Fargo’s High Yield Securities Group. He has also worked at Young & Rubicam and within the media-planning department of SFM Media Corporation.

Chris started playing squash at a young age in New Jersey. After serving as captain of the Princeton Day School team, he went on to help found, develop, and captain the Denison University squash program. He holds a B.A. from Denison University.

Amy Atkinson 

Amy is a broadcast journalist, most recently as the Producer in Afghanistan for the film Girl Rising, the centerpiece of a global campaign for girls education and empowerment. Prior to her work on Girl Rising, Amy was a Producer for CBS News/60 Minutes where her Emmy-award winning work for Ed Bradley over an eleven year period included a broad range of both domestic and international stories. Before 60 Minutes, Amy worked at ABC News/Nightline in Washington, DC first as a researcher for Nightline anchor Ted Koppel, and subsequently as an Associate Producer/Booker for the program. She started her career as an intern reporter at KFTY-50 in Santa Rosa, CA and then as the founding producer of a local broadcast news magazine for the PBS affiliate, KRCB-22 in Rohnert Park, CA.

Amy is a trustee of the British charity Afghan Connection which builds schools and educational programming in Afghanistan; it has funded 46-schools across 10-provinces serving more than 75,000 children since it was founded in 2001. She is a former trustee of Groton School in Groton, MA, San Francisco’s Hamlin School, and the Gateway Public Schools.

She is graduate of Yale University (BA, English, 1984) where she played varsity squash, and Stanford University’s broadcast journalism program. Amy, her husband Mark, their two children—one of whom who loves to play squash too—live in San Francisco.

Bob Bingham

After teaching high school and working in international marketing, Bob entered the investment business in 1981. Bob and Ed Osborn founded Bingham & Osborn in 1985, and subsequently merged with John Scarborough’s investment advisory business in 1989 to form Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC. Bob retired from the firm in June of 2008.

 

Leslie DeNino

Leslie is an active bi-coastal resident spending time keeping company with her grandchildren and playing many sports and games. She is an accomplished “squash Mom” who has watched countless matches at all levels of the game. When she’s not on the court, links or card table she can be found on the beach in good weather. In her spare time, Leslie is Vice President of Crossroads Capital and has managed a healthcare services practice and a small chain of retail outlets earlier in her career. Leslie spent her college years at George Washington University and Boston University, graduating with a degree in Psychology.

 

Jamie Ford

Jamie is a Principal at Vista Equity Partners. Vista is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology-enabled businesses. Jamie has worked at Vista since its founding in 2000. Prior to joining Vista, Jamie worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jamie started playing squash at a young age at the Merion Cricket Club in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He went on to play for and captain teams at the Haverford School and Amherst College. Jamie graduated from Amherst magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics in 1998.

 W. Reed Foster, Jr.

Reed Foster, Jr. is an executive search and technical recruiting consultant who runs a boutique consulting practice at Foster Talent Partners. Early in his career, Reed was a management consultant and then a business development executive in Silicon Valley. Reed joined a very small company in 2001 called Newfield Wireless, Inc. in Berkeley, CA. Over time, Reed came to lead the recruiting and HR team at Newfield Wireless, helping to build the company to over 125 full-time employees, and supported an eventual acquisition by Danaher/Tektronix Communications in 2014. Since 2014 Reed has been working primarily with venture and provate-equity-backed technology companies to help them fill key executive and technical positions.

Reed began his squash career as a young teen at the side of his father, the real W. Reed Foster, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, but ended up dedicating his athletic pursuits in high school (Loomis Chaffee) to springboard diving where he was a Connecticut State champion and finalist in the New England regional championship meets. Reed continued his diving career in college and was a California state finalist while at Diablo Valley College two years in a row, and then completed his diving career at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned a degree in Telecommunications and English. After college he moved back to San Francisco and re-joined the squash community and has been playing hardball, doubles and some softball as much as possible ever since. Reed grew up in Oakland, CA and lives in Piedmont with his wife and three children.

Peter Lynch

Peter Lynch is President of Urban Green Investments. Urban Green Investments focuses on apartment, office and land development strategies in California, New York City and Texas. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College and a Master’s degree from the University of Houston. He just finished his term as the University Club President and serves on the Youth Tennis Advantage Board, an urban youth organization similar to SquashDrive. Peter has also serves on the Leadership Council of Oxfam America.

 

Lance Minor

Lance is a Regional Director at VTS, the leading revenue management software for the commercial real estate industry. Lance is from Memphis, TN and attended The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Lance started playing squash in Washington, DC in 2011 and continued his squash interests when he moved to San Francisco in 2012, playing at The University Club of San Francisco.

 

Matt Price

Matt Price is a Managing Director at Activation Energy. Prior to joining Activation Energy, Matt was a Vice President at Enlighted Inc., the leading wireless sensor network and lighting controls manufacturer for commercial and industrial buildings. Matt was responsible for managing channels and strategic partnerships domestically and internationally as well as the company’s launch into construction markets. Prior to joining Enlighted in 2011, Matt was a Principal at the venture capital firm, Nth Power, where he led investments in a broad range of energy and cleantech investment areas including materials and nanotechnology, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced lighting, and smart grid technologies. Matt was active on the boards of Propel Biofuels, Precursor Energetics, and Topanga Technologies. Matt spent seven years in the fuel cell industry in engineering, product development and business development for two start-up companies Franklin Fuel Cells and Bloom Energy.

Matt is a Kauffman Fellow, received his MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley where he co-founded the Berkeley Energy Resource Collaborative (BERC). He also holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

William Sherer   

Bill retired from Houlihan Lokey in 2018 after spending 40 years working for several financial institutions in New York and San Francisco. Throughout this time he was surrounded by educators – his wife, children and close friends who teach challenged youth – and they have taught him that progress is made one person at a time. The excitement provided by a sport and the intense, personal guidance provided by the teachers of SquashDrive is the right formula for accomplishment.

Missy Wyant Smit

Missy has been a top five residential real estate agent at Hill & Company in San Francisco for close to a decade. She is married to Yvo Smit, an executive with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and they have two daughters.

During her time at Princeton University, Missy captained a National championship squash team and achieved first team All-American honors four times. Enthusiastic, competitive, and goal oriented – she remains an active squash player at the University Club, and plays in tournaments across the U.S.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio Missy comes from a family of squash players and is thrilled be a part of an organization that is making a difference and growing the game of squash.

Rick Wee

Rick is a serial entrepreneur with experience in the technology, finance and retail industries. Most recently, Rick co-founded Glamour Closet with his wife (and boss) Sandy Yeung. Glamour Closet is the bridal industry’s largest dedicated outlet for designer wedding gowns with locations across the country. Together with Sandy, they also acquired and manage Marina Morrison, San Francisco’s premier luxury bridal retailer for over 30 years.

Prior to Glamour Closet, Rick spent 10 years in Silicon Valley. He co-founded HeyAnita, a Softbank-funded enhanced messaging and voice recognition software company. He was responsible for worldwide sales and business development to the wireless telecommunications market as well as the company’s fund raising initiatives. After selling HeyAnita, Rick joined Tellme Networks, a Kleiner Perkins-backed software services company, to lead its business development efforts around mobile local search. Due in large part to the success of Tellme’s mobile local search, Tellme was acquired by Microsoft in 2007.

Earlier in Rick’s career, he was both an analyst with Smith Barney’s Technology Investment Banking Group and an associate at Comdisco Ventures, personally investing in early stage startups such as Netflix, Tivo, Wedding Channel, amongst others. Rick has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Rick recently discovered squash after his son Christian found the sport on his own and began playing competitively at the University Club of San Francisco. He is married to a San Francisco Bay Area native, has two children and has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years. 


 
 

Young Professionals Board

 
 

Ashley Brooks

Francesca Gilberti Burke

Shishir Dash

Peter DeWire

Anthony Fernando

Dominic Gaffney

Jenny Imrich

Daniel Kang

Alex Kurth

Courtney McLaughlin

Devin Richards

Courtney Sabo

Ben Warfield

David Woo