Aaron Jones, CEO
New MetroLacrosse CEO Aaron Jones joins the organization with more than two decades of sports management expertise. As the CEO of MetroLacrosse, he is responsible for the daily operations and delivery of lacrosse programs to more than 700 urban kids throughout the city of Boston. He is also charged with the responsibility of expanding the nonprofit’s annual seven figure budget. MetroLacrosse, which launched in 2000, is the largest most successful lacrosse program servicing the urban market in the US.
Aaron’s previous experience illustrates a distinguished record of success in generating sustainable revenue streams through partnership building, fund raising, strategic event management, and sponsorship & licensing expertise. Those experiences were cultivated through a professional background of entrepreneurial leadership and executive tenures with the NFL, NBA, emerging sports leagues and within the Internet/entertainment industry.
Jones began playing lacrosse at a young age in Hempstead, NY, a community very similar to the environment that MetroLacrosse participants encounter in their daily lives. Jones leveraged his urban lacrosse roots into years of on & off the field accomplishments. He was a standout member of Cornell University lacrosse team highlighted by selections as the school’s “Athlete of the Year” in 1985, All-Ivy team recognition from 1985 – 1987, and All-American team honors in 1987; the same year that the team finished as NCAA Champion runner ups. Jones received his BS from Cornell, and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts. He credits his lacrosse participation as the catalyst that positively changed the trajectory of his life’s focus and direction.
MetroLacrosse is an organization that has displayed a magnificent focus on the under-served urban market within the city of Boston. I hope to bring my professional experience to bear to continue and expand the excellent contributions this group has made to their kids and the community they so honorably represent. I hope to replicate the impact that the sport of lacrosse has had on my life with these kids and this organization for years to come. That milestone will mark an exceptional commemoration to my personal and professional career.
Jones’ sports management experience includes leading his own sports marketing firm, Jones Marketing & Management, Inc. (JMM) to represent a stable of nationally recognized brands and celebrities. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he served as President of the National Lacrosse League’s New York Titans and the NBA Development League’s Greenville Groove. Jones also served senior executive tenures leading Urban Box Office Network, a sports/entertainment focused internet start-up, as well as managing local marketing efforts for the NFL and overseeing licensing programs for NFL Players, Inc. at the NFL Players Association.
Kim Herrig, Managing Director
MetroLacrosse gives students the tools and opportunities to do excellent things. Yes, they learn how to play lacrosse but they also learn how to make good choices, how to be a quality teammate and how to strive for success…all things that will translate well to their personal and professional lives.
Kim joined MetroLacrosse in April 2011. As a lifelong athlete, Kim was drawn to MetroLacrosse by the prospect of blending her love of sports with her passion for business.
Before joining the team at MetroLacrosse, Kim was a business and operations manager in the construction industry and a volunteer basketball coach in Brookline, MA. Kim earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Hamilton College and a Master of Business Administration at Simmons College. Kim was a four year Varsity basketball player at Hamilton and a semi-pro tackle football player with the New England Intensity; serving as captain of the Intensity for three seasons and earning all-pro honors as well as being inducted into the New England Intensity Hall of Fame. Originally from Upstate New York, Kim currently resides in Roslindale, MA.
Eileen Barrer, Senior High School Program Manager
I love the depth of the organization; it is not just about playing lacrosse but about being on a team and growing as a person and student.
Eileen came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. She attended The College of Wooster where she earned a dual-degree in Sociology and Africana Studies. Eileen was a four year member of the varsity women’s field hockey team as well as the women’s lacrosse team at Wooster; serving as the captain for each team in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She has volunteered as a coach to many youth sports teams and was a Big Brother Big Sister of America Mentor from 2008-2011.
Kevin Blackmur, Youth & Junior Program Manager, Coach Across America
I have participated in sport my whole life and it has had a huge influence on it and not just in a time sense. It has helped shape me into who I am today through the lessons that I learned on and off the field and this is due to the great coaches I have had in the past. I now want to be able to help give kids the same positive experience I gained through playing sports.
Kevin became MetroLacrosse’s Youth & Junior Program Manager after a year with the organization as an AmeriCorp Coach Across America (CAA). He graduated from Lynchburg College in May 2013 where he earned a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Coaching. Kevin was a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team and finished up his career at Lynchburg on the club team as the defensive captain. He has had an extensive coaching career with Boston Laxachusetts, Cape Cod Lacrosse and Lincoln Maritime Center. Kevin is a lifelong player growing up in Hingham, MA and then later playing at Xaverian Brothers High School.
Pat Cronin, Youth & Junior Program Manager
I played for MetroLacrosse throughout high school and the lessons I learned through lacrosse helped me mature as an athlete, and more importantly, as a young adult.
Pat first joined MetroLacrosse as a participant at the age of 12. He participated in MetroLacrosse through high school before attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he earned a degree in Business Management. While at UMass, Pat was the captain of their club lacrosse team. In May 2013, Pat re-joined MetroLacrosse as our Youth & Junior Program Manager, where he assists in running our programs.
Katy Fitzgerald, Senior Youth & Junior Program Manager
MetroLacrosse has a great philosophy for helping Boston youth grow into healthy participants in society through the sport of lacrosse.
Katy came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. She attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she earned a dual-degree in Exercise and Sport Science and German Studies. Katy was a member of the UNC Women’s Lacrosse Team as well as the US Women’s National Team; winning many honors including Under Armor All-American (2007) and IWLCA All-Regional 2nd Team (2011).
Rod Henriques, Assistant Program Manager, Coach Across America
Playing for MetroLacrosse gave my life direction at a young age. That direction was the path of a collegiate athlete. In a city where it’s easy to take a wrong turn and hard to get back on track, MetroLacrosse unquestionably gave me an opportunity of a lifetime.
Rodrigo Henriques’ first encounter with MetroLacrosse was as a participant for the East Boston Flyers in the spring of 2003. He participated year round until moving onto varsity lacrosse at Saugus High School. After earning 1st team all conference (2009) and Eastern Mass all star honors (2009) he moved onto his collegiate career at Anna Maria College where he was nationally ranked in the faceoff circle and went on to set numerous school records. He graduated from Anna Maria in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelors in Sport Management.
Alex Maeder, Development & Volunteer Manager
MetroLacrosse realizes that it’s important to serve kids for numerous years. Their program works with children from elementary school through high school, meaning they can instill positive values over the course of a child’s entire youth.
Alex joined our team at MetroLacrosse in July 2012. As Development & Volunteer Manager he leads day to day operations and implementation of all development and marketing programs. In addition, he manages our team of volunteers and ensures that they have a positive experience volunteering at MetroLacrosse.
Alex brings great experience to MetroLacrosse. For the last five years he served as the Events Manager at America SCORES New England a local non-profit that provides after-school soccer and writing programs for inner-city youth. An avid soccer player, Alex is a firm believer in the positive role athletics play in the upbringing of children. He has earned many awards and honors in athletics since he was a kid and continues to be active in sports as an adult. Alex earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Tufts University.
Marissa Potter, Assistant Program Manager, Coach Across America
Participation in sports has been a key component of my upbringing. Some of my best memories and lessons have come from my coaches and teammates. I look forward to working with Boston youth through MetroLacrosse by helping them develop as individuals on and off the field.
Marissa came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorp Coach Across America (CAA) program. She graduated from William Smith College with a degree in Sociology while playing on the Women’s Lacrosse team. Marissa spent the last year working for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) while also serving as a head coach for a girl’s lacrosse high school varsity team. Marissa has lacrosse coaching experience with Mass Elite, New England UnderArmour, and Boston Laxachusetts.
Gloria Ramos, Community Program Manager
As a former participant, MetroLacrosse helped me excel on and off the field. The program helps the youth of Boston in many different ways. Not only does the organization help a child learn how to be active and healthy through a sport like lacrosse but it also teaches him or her how to be a positive and responsible young adult.
Gloria joined the MetroLacrosse team in February 2014 and is currently the Community Program Manager. In this position, she is the primary staff member responsible for continuing to strengthen relationships with key community partners, and identifying new individuals who can serve as advocates for our programs, in order to continue the growth and efforts of recruiting participants for the spring you and junior teams. Some other responsibilities Gloria manages are, job shadowing and the Coaches In Training program for our high school students, our eight week winter recruitment process; where sixty minute introductory lacrosse clinics are scheduled at different schools in the Boston and Chelsea community, and seasonal lacrosse enrichments with several schools in the area.
Gloria was a MetroLacrosse participant from 2001-2007, worked as a counselor at SummerBounce, and was also a Coach Across America. A native of East Boston, Gloria received both her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and MBA from Bentley University.