MEET THE TEAM

Sofia Anokhina | Customer Management Captain

Sofia is a Business Management Major in W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Sofia is a former student-athlete who started her collegiate golf career at Northern Arizona University and completed it in May 2019 at ASU.  She has been interning with STEM Sports® since September 2019. She is involved in customer management and relations making sure that STEM Sports® provides extraordinary products and services to its customers.

Sofia is graduating this upcoming December 2019 and plans to grow and develop in the business professional arena. In the future, Sofia hopes to pursue her professional golfing journey, succeeding in both her business and sports career paths. 

Sean C. Barton | Director of Curriculum and Strategy

Sean formerly served as Chief Operating Officer at the NABI (Native American Basketball Invitational) Foundation. Additionally, he served as Assistant Director of Athletics for CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) in Seattle, WA (2014 – 2016), where he was on the Athletic Advisory Council from 2010 – 2013 as Head Basketball Commissioner. Of his many tasks, he administered all partnership efforts. This included working with current and former collegiate and professional coaches and athletes to provide clinics for CYO players and coaches.

Preceding Sean’s professional career, he competed in basketball at St. Clair College (MI) after receiving a scholarship, where he played baseball as well. Sean would go on to earn his MA in Business Administration from Northcentral University.

Sean’s goal is to apply his professional and academic experiences to support and drive the mission of STEM Sports®, diligently serving students and educators in a vast and changing world.

Lauren Chiangpradit | Blog Writer

Lauren is a sports journalism student in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She has been interning with STEM Sports® since January 2019. She writes the blogs for the STEM Sports® website and runs the company’s social media accounts.

She is graduating this coming December and plans to attend law school after her time at ASU. In the future, Lauren hopes to continue to work in sports writing contracts for a sports franchise.

Jeff Golner | CEO/President

Golner is also the Principle Principal of Agency G, a full service creative, marketing and event production firm.  Successfully operating since November 2005, Agency G works with a wide range of businesses in sports, entertainment, service industries and not-for profit organizations.

Prior to venturing on his own, Golner enjoyed a long marketing, game operations and entertainment career with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1997 to 2005, leaving as Senior Director of Game Operations. Golner produced close to 700 Major League Baseball games including playoff games and the four World Series games in 2001 that culminated with a Championship. Golner also served a three-year ticketing stint with the Colorado Rockies from 1994 to 1996.

Rachel Kissner | Curriculum Writer

Rachel started her educational career in Minnesota, where she was trained in Urban Education with an emphasis on Science and Biology. She relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 to teach science at Copper King Elementary School. During her teaching at Copper King, she pursued a Masters of Art in Education at the University of Arizona as part of the Teachers In Industry program; Rachel’s thesis research was on strategies to engage young women in physics and engineering. She spent her final two years at Copper King designing and teaching a specialized STEM academy on Water and Environmental Engineering; most notably, she designed an engineering curriculum for students.

In addition to her classroom accomplishments, Rachel taught professional development for teachers of the Pendergast School District (AZ), as well as supporting curriculum development for Arizona State University’s Engineering Outreach Professional Development and EPICS (Engineering Practices in Community Service) program.

Currently, she is teaching 7th and 8th grade Science and coaching Volleyball and Basketball at Timberline PK – 8 in Longmont, Colorado. She is also a valued member of the STEM Sports® team, writing and enhancing curriculum for grades 3 – 8.

Andrea Kranitz | Controller

Andrea Kranitz, Integrative Business Solutions founder and lead consultant is a seasoned business and accounting management professional with a long and proven track record in streamlining business operations.

After attaining a degree in Accounting from Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Andrea started her career in public accounting and then moved on to private industry in various management and controllership roles, while earning certifications in both public and management accounting. She is also a Certified Advanced Quickbooks ProAdvisor.

Andrea is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVII and holds the position of Vice Chair, Resource Development on the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors.

In her “spare” time, Andrea enjoys Pilates, spending time with family, her two chocolate Labradors and being outdoors.

Mike McGrath | Digital Marketing Manager

Mike oversees all digital strategy and execution efforts for STEM Sports®, driving online acquisition and engagement to their online platforms.

With over two decades of leading digital teams for brands large and small, Mike has been in the digital trenches and has successfully grown businesses with no digital presence to being leaders in their fields.

Mike is originally from Chicago and has lived in Arizona since 2006.  He has a B.A. in Communications from Eastern Illinois University as well as an M.S. in Information Systems from DePaul University.

Wendi McGrath | Social Media Specialist

Wendi is a key contributor to the Social Media efforts at STEM Sports®. Wendi holds a BA and MA in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.  She spent 12 years teaching in the upper elementary grades for the Kyrene School District.

Wendi is a Tempe native and remains active in her own children’s school, as she believes involvement in education is essential in setting a strong foundation for our future generation. In her spare time, her three young children keep her very busy.

STEM Sports® provides Wendi the opportunity to use her experience and knowledge from teaching; a perfect situation for her to engage the emerging and ever changing social media trends and needs.

Lawrence K. White | Chief Financial Officer

A creative senior financial leader with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, operations, negotiating and securing favorable debt instruments, improving cash flow, managing banking relations and investor relations in a high-growth environment.  Highly successful in building productive teams and developing top performing people.   A leadership style that creates positive change and delivers results.

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