Coaches Committee

The KEEN Chicago Coaches Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to furthering KEEN’s mission. Committee members work together to take on leadership responsibilities within programs, run KEEN sessions, develop new programs, recruit new volunteers, plan special events, and manage other matters consistent with KEEN’s mission and the Board’s direction.  We are looking for dedicated leaders to be a part of the Coaches Committee, particularly those who  may be interested in facilitating recreational activities for our Athletes. Email with questions.

To express interest in joining our program leadership team, fill out our very short Coaches Committee application here. 

Coaches Committee Expectations:

  • Commit 5 hours of time each month to KEEN Chicago’s mission.
  • Lead or co-lead a KEEN session approximately once per month for a minimum of 6 months. Our goal is to have at least one Coaches Committee member present at each session.
  • ​Responsive and proactive communication (e.g., when you need to find another leader for a session to which you’ve committed).
  • Bring ideas that enhance KEEN’s mission to the Board and/or KEEN staff members.
  • Be a liaison for KEEN in the community. Spread the word about our program. Share on social media.
  • When possible, attend and/or promote fundraising events to your networks.

What Coaches Committee Members can expect from KEEN staff:

  • At minimum, monthly communications with updates specifically related to the Coaches Committee and at maximum, twice weekly emails from KEEN.
  • ​Openness to your ideas that enhance KEEN’s mission to the Board and/or KEEN staff members, including any potential partnership opportunities you may be aware of related to program expansion, sponsorship, fundraising, etc.
  • Flexibility and understanding of your schedule. While we want our Coaches Committee volunteers to be committed and attend our program on a regular basis, we understand that you are doing this as a volunteer. Please communicate your schedule clearly with the Executive Director, Laura Fillenwarth,  if there is a period in your life where you are not able to commit as much time to the program, or if you need to take a break from the committee.
  • Virtual or in-person meetings to connect as a team approximately every 2-3 months based on program needs. Team meetings are optional but we encourage you to attend if possible!

If you are interested in being a part of this group to support KEEN's programming, please email

KEEN Chicago Coaches Committee Members:

  • Mike Bettinardi
  • ​Bryan Huang
  • Trina Bhattarai
  • Ahad Bootwala
  • Austin Dixon
  • Asha Farah
  • Keshava Gali
  • Greg Grigoropoulos
  • Daniel Gonzalez
  • Jing Ma
  • Aria Meshkati
  • Rick Pinney
  • Liz Troy