Meet Our Team
President, Chief Customer Officer
Daphne is a long-time educator, most recently as Director of Admissions at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA. She competed at the Division 1 level at Harvard University, captaining both the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams and earning her BS Degree in Anthropology. Daphne has coached high school and middle school girls lacrosse for over 15 years. While still a college athlete, Daphne lost her closest friend, a lacrosse player at Dartmouth, to suicide. She has devoted her life’s work to helping student-athletes and their families with mental health and college counseling support.
Founder & Visionary
Russ graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS in Economics, where he played varsity football and signed a 3-year contract with the NY Jets. A series of concussions cut Russ’s pro football career short. He went on to manage Boston Coach (a former Fidelity Investments Company) as CEO for 22 years. Boston Coach was named Company of the year by LTC Magazine three times, and Russ earned the award by Business Travel News in 2023 as “25 Most Influential Executives”. Russ brings extreme passion to the team, wanting to help students succeed in life. Read our founder’s story here.
Director, Student Athlete Community & Leadership Program
Phoebe is a Boston College graduate, class of 2023. She played on the BC Eagle’s Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse team and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Phoebe is dedicated to helping athletes with their mental health challenges and is NDUR’s Associate Director of College Partnerships. Phoebe is NDUR’s direct line of communication with both athletic departments and student-athletes. You will see Phoebe on campus, working with athletes, spearheading our campus events, and helping to build the community to support all of the schools in the NDUR Community.
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
With 30+ years of entrepreneurship and product development expertise in the higher education sector, Rob leads the Ci team on its mission to deliver a best-in-class digital experience for NCAA student-athletes. Rob is a graduate of Babson College with a BS Degree in Business Management, Finance & Investments. He is also on the Board of Advisors for Boston English High School and its CTE Business and Technology program. As a former NCAA Athlete, he understands the rigors of balancing academic and on-the-field challenges and brings that insight to the innovative solutions developed by the company.
Director, Student Athlete Development, Diversity & Inclusion
Tyrik is a passionate and dedicated health and wellness advocate, and leads up NDUR's Student Athlete Development program and is also helping NDUR prioritize the diversity of the NDUR Community. Prior to joining the NDUR team, he served as the Lead Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for the USDA-Food and Nutrition Services Program (FNS) . In this role, Tyrik created the first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Team for his region. He organized and hosted twenty cultural awareness events, seven of which were broadcast nationally. In 2013, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Towson University and also earned his MBA from UMass Boston in 2017. That same year Tyrik founded his own skills and performance training program: Inspire One. He launched a program called Focus & Effort, a sports skills and performance program that focuses on the mental/emotional balance of youth. Through Inspire One, he leads financial literacy, public speaking, and nutrition courses as well.
Director of Mental Health Education
Ginger is a passionate mental health professional who loves helping people reach their full potential, whether in athletics or more general life goals. She focuses on helping people troubleshoot and overcome obstacles with grit and determination. She loves helping young adult athletes achieve their best. Ginger is a Colby College graduate and holds her Master’s degree in Sports Psychology.
Vice President, Marketing & Data Analytics
Bob has spent 25 years in higher education enrollment management and college counseling. He is the former Associate Dean of Admissions for the MBA Program at Babson College. He holds a BS Degree from Elon University and a Master’s in Education Counseling from Northeastern University. He began his career at the University of Rhode Island, where he ran Division 1 Track, and is now an avid and competitive cyclist.
Director, College & University Partnerships
Maura is a former Certified Athletic Trainer who helped student-athletes over her 15-year career at Harvard University, UMass-Dartmouth, Colgate University, and The Pennsylvania State University. She has always subscribed to treating the student-athlete holistically. Maura has recently retired from the Massachusetts State Police, where she has had a front-row seat on the mental health crisis plaguing our nation, and she has played an active role in helping to mitigate it. As NDUR’s Director of College Partnerships, Maura leverages her life experiences to build community support in the effort to have student-athletes on all college campuses feeling encouraged, supported, and safe.
Director of Nutritional Services
Marissa is a licensed Nutrition specialist focused on performance optimization. She competed as a D1 field hockey at Harvard University, setting the all-time record for goals scored. While completing her bachelor's degree in History of Science and a secondary in Psychology, she struggled with autoimmunity and inflammation in her joints. She began researching how to manage her diet to help sustainably handle autoimmune flares and the pain from inflammation. Post college, she completed her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and now works to help and educate clients on supporting gut health, lowering inflammation, and eating balanced, nourishing real food. Check out more on her website (https://www.marissavictoria.com/)
Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, PhD
Director, Health & Wellness Research and Services
Dr. Kimberly O’Brien is the founder and director of Unlimited Resilience, LLC, a group mental health practice designed for athletes by athletes. She received her BA from Harvard University (’00), where she was a four-year member and co-captain of the hockey team which won a National Championship in 1999. She obtained her MSW (’05) and PhD (’11) from Boston College and completed her postdoctoral fellowship (’13) at Brown University. Her research is focused on the development and testing of brief interventions for suicidal adolescents with and without substance use and their families, with an additional specialization on interventions that utilize technology. Her other research focus is on athlete mental health and suicide prevention. She has co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters related to adolescent suicide, substance use, and mental health and was awarded the Young Investigator Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2019.
Senior Product Engineer
Agustin is a data science enthusiast with a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems Engineering from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Cordoba, Argentina. He furthered his education with a Fulbright Scholarship, earning a Master of Science in Computer Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is also currently pursuing a certification in applied data science. He enjoys travel, the outdoors, and is passionate about the work he is doing to support the NDUR product.
Senior Product Engineer
Fared graduated from the University of Manchester (England) with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence. He also played on the university’s Ice Hockey Team, the Manchester Metros as a right winger in the BUIHA League. Fared is NDUR’s User Experience front-end developer and designer. And also currently works as a Software Engineer for the BBC.