The Team 
 
Right To Play is led by a strong team of professionals, all experts in their fields. 
 

Leadership Team

JOHANN OLAV KOSS
President and CEO, Right To Play


A four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Johann Olav Koss is a legendary winter athlete and a pioneer in the field of Sport for Development. Outside his role as President, CEO and Founder of Right To Play, Johann is active in many sport-related causes. In 1997, Johann was appointed Chairman of the Norwegian Government Forum against Drugs and Doping. He is also on the board of an organization called “MOT” (Courage) that mobilizes Norwegian athletes in the fight against drugs and doping. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission from 1998 to 2002.

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Dennis Lepholtz Dennis Lepholtz
Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Lepholtz joined Right To Play in October 2005 as Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the Executive Team, Dennis is responsible for the management of all aspects of Right To Play International’s finances including direction and management of financial accounting, reporting, budgeting, forecasting, audits, internal controls and cash management

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Karen Scanlan

Karen Scanlan
Vice President, Human Resources

Karen came to Right To Play in September of 2011 with an extensive background leading human resources and organization development teams. Prior to joining Right To Play, she worked with several large North American service and retail organizations as an HR leader.

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David Danylewich

David Danylewich
Vice President, Strategy

David joined Right To Play in February 2008.  He has 20 years of varied experience in Canada and abroad.  After a short stint in industrial design after graduating from his undergraduate degree, he found his true calling and transitioned to the NGO world.

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Michael Dodsworth

Michael Dodsworth
Director, Human Resources

Michael joined Right To Play in September 2005. He is responsible for the development and delivery of Right To Play’s Human Resources functions and ensuring that HR systems at Right To Play reflect best practices and the organization’s mission, vision and values.

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Evelyne Guindon
Vice President International Programs

Evelyne joined Right To Play as Vice President International Programs in March 2013.  Evelyne brings over 20 years of experience innovating, resourcing and delivering sustainable development programs.

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Sean Neeb

Sean Neeb
Senior Director, International Programs

Sean has more than 10 years of international humanitarian and development experience. Having joined Right To Play as a Program Officer in 2001, Sean’s responsibilities included planning and project design, proposal and report writing, project and grant management, training and resource development.

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Sharon Petrie Sharon Petrie
Vice President, National Offices

Sharon joined Right To Play as Vice President, National Offices in February 2013.  Until recently, she worked for many years with Habitat for Humanity in a variety of roles and locations.  Starting as a Volunteer in Guatemala in 2002, she progressed to the roles of International Donor Manager and Donor Consultant. 

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Karl Reynolds
Vice President, Global Partnerships

Karl joined Right To Play as Vice President, Global Partnerships in September 2012. Until recently, he was the Sport Relief Director and the Head of Fundraising at Comic Relief, an organization that aims to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

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Laura Currie Ryder

Laura Currie Ryder
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

A communications professional with more than 15 years experience, Laura has a wide range of professional experience in strategic communications, public relations and media campaigns and the development of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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Nina Valentic

Nina Valentic
Senior Director, International Programs: WAFA and Asia

Nina Valentic has more than 20 years of experience in international development with expertise that includes the design, development and implementation of technical co-operation, humanitarian assistance and development programs.

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Lalit Varma

Lalit Varma
Global Director Finance and Controller

Lalit graduated in Commerce from the University of Delhi and is a Professional Cost and Management Accountant. He immigrated to Canada in the year 2002 and completed his designations in Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in the United States.

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Sarah Warren
Senior Director Policy, Evaluation and Institutional Partnerships

Sarah joined Right to Play in March 2013 as Senior Director for Policy, Evaluation, and Institutional Partnerships. Sarah has more than 18 years of experience designing and managing humanitarian, development, and advocacy programs that serve communities affected by crisis and poverty.

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National Directors
   
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Karijn Akkerman
National Director, Netherlands

Karijn has been with Right To Play, The Netherlands since June 2011. Prior to joining Right To Play, Karen worked for 5 years at the Female Cancer Foundation where she was program director was responsible for the design and implementation of projects to combat cervical cancer in developing countries.

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Laila Andresen

Laila Andresen
National Director, Norway

 Laila is one of the most long-standing team members of Right To Play, having been on board since 2002. A former speed skater herself, Laila was Johann Koss’s Team Leader throughout his Olympic career.

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Lindsay Hower
National Director, United States

Lindsay Hower serves as the U.S. National Director of Right To Play and works alongside her colleagues on the global leadership team to raise revenue and raise awareness about Right To Play’s work in the United States.

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Regional Directors
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Peter de Keijzer
Regional Operations Director, East and Southern Africa (EASA) 

Peter joined Right To Play in May of 2011 as the Regional Operations Director for the EASA Region. Prior to joining Right To Play, Peter spent 3 years with Trocaire as the Regional Manager and over 7 years with Cordaid Foundation in a variety of managerial roles.

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Gaby Jabbour
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA)

Gaby joined Right To Play in August of 2013 as the Regional Director for the Middle East and Northern Africa Region. Prior to Right To Play, Gaby served as the Senior Manager, Program Management and Impact of CARE Canada’s international programs, focused on health, food security, water and sanitation, education, women’s empowerment, and economic development.

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Dennis Bright

Massamba Gningue
Regional Director, West and Francophone Africa (WAFA)

A Senegalese citizen and US resident for 17 years, Massamba first joined Right To Play in 2006 as the organization’s Country Manager for Rwanda. He became Right To Play’s Regional Director for West and Francophone Africa in July 2013.

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