Board of Directors

We are interested in expanding our Board of Directors.  If you are interested in joining us and making a big impact for our scholars, send an email to Naveen Garg at

Naveen Garg

Co-founder and President |

Naveen has decades of computer software industry experience with Texas Instruments, OpenText Gupta Europe, Microsoft and now to his own startup NLPCORE. Naveen has worked in India, Europe and USA over the years, played Squash in many more places and is passionate about this game ever since he picked up the racket for the first time in his first year at college. As the chair person for the board, Naveen is the spokesperson and manages the long-term mission, fiscal and social responsibilities of the organization.


Anne-Marie Canis


Anne-Marie Canis is director at Les Enfants and Los Ninos de Seattle – an emergent French and Spanish bilingual preschool in Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. She moved to Seattle in 1996 from Paris, France and has worked with children during most of her career in the US as French language teacher. Anne-Marie has numerous close friends in the Squash playing community and is passionate about the educational programs of the foundation.


Spencer Jacobs

Co-founder and Director of Development

Spencer moved to Seattle from England just over a decade ago to marry his amazing wife Leah. He spent many years in the corporate world with companies such as Alcatel and Thales Information Systems. Not long after moving to Seattle, he founded Future Careers LLC, a healthcare recruiting company that recruits for some of the largest healthcare providers in the US. Ready for the next step, he is about to embark on a new commercial venture and is excited for the fresh challenges that lie ahead.   

A competitive athlete all his life and a keen squash player for 25 years, Spencer served on the board of the Seattle Squash Racquets Association (SSRA) and is a former President. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards including Seattle Scores, an education + soccer program for under-served Seattle youth. He strongly believes in the importance of giving back to the community, especially when it comes to children and young people. His dedication can be seen in his commitment to SUS as well as his continued service as a Big Brother to a 17-year old young man from a single family home.


Dar Khalighi

Co-founder and Vice President

Dar grew up playing Soccer and Tennis in Tehran, Iran.  After high school, Dar moved to France and later to the United States to pursue his studies.  Dar was introduced to Squash only after graduating from college and moving to Seattle from Austin, Texas.  He found the Squash community in the greater Seattle area extremely vibrant and full of friendly and athletic individuals.  Dar’s interest in Seattle Urban Squash stems from his firm belief that children who experience success in a sport tend to become more successful in their future academic, professional, and personal lives.  He believes that SUS is uniquely equipped to fulfill its great mission of helping underprivileged children to have a better chance to succeed in life. Dar has more than 25 years of experience in Software Engineering and Information Technology. The things he loves most in life are spending times with his wife and two daughters, family, friends, and a round of golf every once in a while. 


Bill Loughrin


Raised in Edmonds, WA, Bill now has a CPA firm there, which his father started in 1972.  He Graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in Accounting. Outside of his work as a CPA, Bill spends much of his time volunteering for a variety of organizations. While the focus of the organizations differs, all of them work to better the lives of youth, by helping them to grow and reach their fullest potential. In addition to sitting on the SUS Board of Directors, Bill is also an advisor to the Edmonds and Cascadia Art Museums, and he previously served as the Board president for JetCity Improv. Despite all of his volunteer work, Bill also finds the time to play squash and participate in numerous charity bike rides with his daughter, when he is not traveling. Bill brings his love of squash, extensive work on nonprofit boards, and his financial expertise to SUS.

Axel Luft

Axel was born in Cochem an der Mosel (Germany) in 1966. Cochem an der Mose is one of a few small wine villages at the river “Mosel”, and has a beautiful movie set kind of feel. He moved often with his family around the country and finally settled in Oberhausen, near Dusseldorf. He started his sports career early on the track and field at the age of 10. At age 14, he began his work on the squash court. He competed in several German track and field championships, in addition to playing in the highest squash leagues in Germany. He served in the military and has worked and lived in Finland, Egypt, India, Russia, Singapore and Indonesia. He continues to be very passionate about personal sports- regularly playing and competing in squash, track & field, and soccer. Axel contributes his knowledge of athletics, his passion for our mission, and his hard work to SUS and hopes to show our scholar-athletes what it means to stay on the right path and work hard to achieve their goals.

Sherif Sweha


Sherif was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up there playing soccer (long before the Squash game became popular there and produced some of the world top 10 players). Sherif immigrated to the United States in 1981 and graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1982. In addition to playing regular indoor and outdoor Soccer, he picked up Tennis and Racquetball games during his college years, and early in his career when he had plenty of time to play sports. Sherif’s professional career spans 35+ years in the Semiconductor Industry where he worked at Texas Instruments, Intel, Virage Logic and more recently at Lattice Semiconductor. Sherif has resided in Sacramento, CA, since 1984 where he has coordinated various Fund Raising Events for his church as well as Leadership Development Programs for the Boy Scouts of America and the Society of Women Engineers. His passion for Leadership Development and giving back to the community have been the source of his interests in Seattle Urban Squash.

Alan Cantlin

Alan grew up playing squash in Portland, Oregon.  He became passionate about the game at an early age and played competitively throughout high school and college.  He was a member of the US National Junior Team in high school and a 3-time All American in college.  Alan has experienced firsthand the personal and academic benefits of playing squash competitively and believes that SUS can help provide underprivileged kids the same benefits from the game that he experienced.

Outside the squash court, Alan graduated from Princeton University and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently a Principal at Madison Development Group, a locally based real estate development company focused on retail and mixed-use development projects.  Prior to that, Alan spent 10 years at Schnitzer West acquiring, developing and leasing office properties.  Alan started his career as an investment banker at Montgomery Securities and Merrill Lynch & Co.

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Debra Montgomery

Debra became immediately interested in SUS when she learned about our program due to its long-term impact on our students. She loves the fact that it is not a "quick fix," but a program and structure that stays with our scholars for nearly a decade (and hopefully beyond). Debra joins us with over 30 years of sales, marketing and management experience.  She is currently the Northwest Market Leader for Movement Mortgage.  In January 2013 she joined Movement Mortgage as the first employee in the state of Washington! Prior to joining Movement Mortgage, she managed the Bank of America Mortgage office in Bellevue for over 10 years.  While she started her career in consumer banking and lending, she then made a switch working 15 years in the technology industry, during which time she held regional and national sales and marketing management positions with Microsoft, Intuit and Software Publishing Corporation.   Her most blessed achievement is being a mother to three amazing people, her daughter, Kines and two sons, Wesley and Rory.