Aaron Jones, CEO
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.
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.
Kasha Hanflik, Managing Director
Kasha Hanflik joined MetroLacrosse in June 2015. As Managing Director, Kasha is responsible for the management and leadership of program staff and operations, including staff management, oversight of volunteers, program partnerships and community relationships, budgeting, and program implementation.
Kasha’s background and experience expands across a variety of education settings in New England, the Southeast, and the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, Kasha worked at Tenacity as the Site Director of a middle school tennis and literacy out-of-school time program in Dorchester, MA. She provided supplemental education services at Title I elementary schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School district and supported students transitioning to alternative education settings through continuation of their academic studies. While in Seattle, she connected world musicians and performers to local public schools with limited arts programs and coordinated the summer programs at the Experience Music Project.
Kasha holds a B.A. from Skidmore College and a M.Ed. in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington.
Pat Cronin, Program Manager
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 the Youth & Junior Program Manager where he assists in running programs.
Bianca Sullivan, Program Manager
Bianca Sullivan was first introduced to lacrosse at the age of 10 through MetroLacrosse. During her lacrosse tenure at Metro from 2003-2009, Bianca played for the Blue Hill Blizzards, Fusion and the Boston Bulldogs. Bianca attended school in Wellesley as a METCO student and was the first and only African-American female student to play for Wellesley High School. Bianca was awarded an athletic scholarship to play Division I lacrosse at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a student-athlete, Bianca held several internships at ESPN, NBC, CBS and the U.S German Embassy. Bianca spent her summer breaks coaching at Summer Scores and Summer Bounce. In May 2014, Bianca graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Shortly after graduating, Bianca relocated to New York City where she worked in Ad Sales for FOX News Channel. Bianca is enthusiastic to return to the organization that provided her with the necessary skill-set to further her lacrosse endeavors and education.
Molly Walsh, High School Program Manager
Molly joined MetroLacrosse in January 2016 after moving to Boston from Des Moines, Iowa. She went to college and competed NCAA gymnastics at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon graduating with a degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Molly did a ten-month term of service with Public Allies Americorps to gain insight into the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the MetroLacrosse team, Molly was the Program Manager at a small arts-based youth development organization in Des Moines that mentored juvenile court-involved youth called ArtForceIowa. She enjoys working with high school aged youth and is excited to use her personal experience in athletics to mentor the youth here at Metrolacrosse.
Rod Henriques, Program Manager
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.
Kendell Johnson, Marketing & Partnership Development Manager
Kendell Johnson joined the team in early 2016. He is a Business Marketing graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining Metro, Kendell gained experience in Sport and Entertainment Marketing serving time at the Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena, and Turner Broadcasting Systems. Coming from a diverse and competitive industry, he is looking forward to assisting in the growth and development of the organization and helping it reaching a larger scope.