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Meet the Lay-Up Team
Dan Hula joined Lay-Up as Executive Director in June 2019. Dan comes to Lay-Up with not only a passion for the sport and power of basketball but also for providing a voice to underserved communities in need. Dan brings with him 10+ years of experience, knowledge, and skills in the non-profit/charitable organization sector. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Chicago based agency Lincoln Park Community Services, a comprehensive social service program aimed at housing and transforming the lives of adults experiencing homelessness. Dan holds a Masters degree in Social Work from DePaul University in Chicago where he and his family originate from. Dan’s favorite part of Lay-Up programming is learning more about each youth participant. Every camper has an incredible personality and story to tell.
Chris Penrose joined Lay Up as Program Director in November of 2019. Having worked in roles in the non-profit sector and media for close to 20 years, Chris brings a unique perspective to the ways that creativity and culture intersect with the lived realities in communities across the GTA. System-thinking is at the core of his approach to youth programming, having completed a Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. Chris understands life through basketball analogies and sees sport a gateway to positive impact in every area of life. He is also a writer and creative producer working across the creative industries, including founding the CONVENE conversation series and podcast and exhibiting his first photography installation, PORTRAIT OF A STREET, which was a part of Nuit Blanche in 2018 inside of Scarborough Town Centre.
Marion Mendoza started with Lay-Up as a volunteer coordinator in the summer of 2017. In January 2018, she was promoted to outreach coordinator to lead all marketing, community and registration focused initiatives at Lay-Up. Her favorite part of Lay-Up is watching participants challenge coaches to one on one games – the confidence they have built to challenge a coach and their reactions whenever they make a shot, or better yet, win a game. Marion previously worked in the hospitality & event industries and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila and a Post Graduate Certificate in Event Management from Centennial College.
Curtis Baanee has been a Program Coordinator at Lay-Up since January 2018. With a background playing collegiate basketball, Curtis has a strong understanding of how to deliver high quality basketball curriculums. Despite his basketball background, Curtis’ true passion is working with youth and developing leaders of tomorrow. He is proud to be a part of an organization that provides off-the-court support but his favorite part of Lay-Up is seeing youth have an equal opportunity to participate in the sport he loves. Curtis previously worked for MicroSkills where he had a similar role assisting youth with academics, nutrition and physical literacy. Curtis has a diploma in Recreation and Leisure from Seneca College, and a Diploma in Marketing from George Brown College.
West Program Coordinator
Matthew Augustine joined Lay-Up in January 2019 as the EAST Program Coordinator. With a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Regina, and a solid basketball playing career (CIA Bounce, University of Regina, UPLAY, Scarborough Blues) Matthew brings a unique twist of passion and understanding to the Lay-up programs. His previous professional experience before Lay-Up was as an intern with the Ontario Basketball Association (Marketing and Communications, Men’s High Performance) for a year. Matthew’s favourite part of Lay-up is building lasting relationships with the participants. He loves to share his basketball playing/training experiences with the campers to help them become better individuals on and off the court.