Angel City Sports - Leadership Team


Clayton Frech - Founder & CEO
10+ years fundraising in adaptive sports in son Ezra's honor; former Regional VP with Safelite AutoGlass and VP Operations for Classic Party Rentals.  Clayton also serves on the board of Adaptive Sports USA, the LA Advisory Board for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Advisory Board for Orthopedic Institute for Children. Former board member of UCLA Anderson Alumni Association, Literacy Network of Los Angeles, Northeast Trees, Amigos de Los Rios. BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara, MBA from UCLA.

Ezra Frech - Chief Ambassador & Youth Council Lead www.teamezra.com
12 year old adaptive athlete Ezra Frech holds multiple national Track and Field records and is currently playing on his school & club basketball teams. An accomplished motivational speaker, frequently speaking to corporate and youth crowds in the thousands, Ezra has been featured on CBS Sports, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America and numerous local radio & TV shows promoting Angel City Sports and the future of the Paralympic movement.

Howard Brodwin - VP, Marketing
25+ years in Sports Marketing, 7 years in Adaptive Sports. Founder & Managing Director of Sports and Social Change, board member of Adaptive Sports USA and Social Enterprise Alliance LA, strategic advisor to the Disability Sports Festival, Blind Judo Foundation and many nonprofit Sport for Development organizations. BA in Journalism from San Diego State University.

Jeff Navach - VP, Strategy & Technology
15+ years in consulting and business strategy roles in the software industry, and currently VP of Marketing for MediaAlpha. BA in Economics from UCLA and MBA from University of Chicago.

Chris Benedict - VP, Finance
22 years in the financial services industry. BA in Economics from University of Connecticut and MBA from UCLA.

Kent Schlaefer - VP, Operations & Logistics
25+ years in supply chain and operations management. Long time volunteer in Adaptive Sports for organizations including Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Triumph Foundation. BA in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.

Sara Bakhshian - VP, Development
Digital marketing expert and currently West Coast Sales and Marketing Director for SixB Labels, Sara also served as a Client Relationship Manager at Experian Marketing Services, where she led account teams in email marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. BA in Journalism from SMU and Masters in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Fara Panah – VP, Technology
20 years in ERP & Business consulting roles with prior experience in Accounting and Auditing. Currently VP of Consulting at Spring2 Technologies. BS in Accounting from Boston College.

Scott Wood - VP, Business Development & Sponsorships
15+ years in Financial Services, 15+ years as a high school football and golf coach, 10+ years as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry. BS in Marketing from Boston College; Parent of an adaptive athlete.

Michael Garafola - Co-Director, Angel City Games
Certified Recreational Therapist and currently Manager of UCLA's Adaptive Recreation Program. 25 year spinal cord injury, Wheelchair Basketball player/coach. 3x National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament All-Tournament selection, 8x National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star, 2006-2011 coach at University of Wisconsin Whitewater Jr. Wheelchair Basketball camp, 2x invitee to the US Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball team tryouts.

Rob Stevens - Co-Director, Angel City Games
A media entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in the television industry, including the areas of television production, programming acquisition, content scheduling, network operations, international content sales, advertising sales, and digital marketing. He is a founding partner of the MAVTV cable network and has helped launch brands like Sundance Channel and FLIX. He holds a degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kim Bickerton - Co-Director, Sports Programming
Physical Therapist for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Received her BS in Biology from San Diego State University and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. Board Certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2008.

Shirin Golshani - Co-Director, Sports Programming
Occupational therapist for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). BA in Sociology from UCLA and MS in Occupational Therapy from NYU. Previously served as an Occupational Therapist for Santa Monica-Malibu School District.

Lisa Chow - Director, Volunteer Management
A Sport, Recreation and Event Specialist seeking to continue positively impacting the community, Lisa brings extensive experience with UCLA Recreation, UCLA Athletics and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. BA in Sociology from UCLA and Masters in Sport Management from Long Beach State University.