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@seattlesquash.org.

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Naveen Garg

Co-founder and President|  naveen.garg@seattlesquash.org

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.

Wibe Wagemans

Co-founder

Wibe founded Seattle Urban Squash with Naveen and Anne-Marie in early 2013 to provide underprivileged students intense academic tutoring and squash instruction. It sprung out of a desire to see our students thrive and fulfill their potential in life as students, athletes and citizens. As a senior-executive, Wibe is known for leading marketing and sales organizations around the world for brands like Gillette, Nokia, Bing and Angry Birds. Throughout the years he has lived and worked in 6 countries. A converted cyclist, he is known on the court as a Ricochet Pinballii.

 

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Anne-Marie Canis

Co-founder

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

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

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. 

Lulu Chou

Lulu is a Pharmaceutical Representative with Merck and Co. Inc. She earned a BS in Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. During college, Lulu worked at the Seattle Athletic Club (SAC) as an Aquatics Instructor. It was during this time that Lulu was introduced to squash while working extra hours at the SAC to help out during squash tournaments. After graduation, Lulu became an Environmental Health Specialist for Public Health: Seattle and King County and inspected local restaurants for food safety. This was when she finally got on a squash court and has never looked back. Squash opened the door to opportunities and friendships. Lulu is an active member of the squash community. She served as US Squash Women’s Team Championship Howe Cup 2012 Committee Chair and was a member of US Squash Women’s committee. Lulu received the US Squash Feron’s Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy in 2008 and Seattle Squash Racquet Association Dick Daly Service Award in 2013.