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Kristen Azevedo

“It’s so exciting to contribute to a program that allows our student-athletes to immerse themselves in and contribute to an international community in meaningful ways. Our student-athletes are already inspiring in sport and their studies…however, they are also equally awesome people that are wonderful global ambassadors.”

Kristen Azevedo is the Assistant Athletics Director, Leadership Educations & Career Services. Stanford Student-Athlete Leadership and Development enhances the student-athlete experience by creating educational programs that address personal growth, individual and team leadership, professional development, and public service. Kristen earned a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. At LMU, Kristen was a student-athlete (rowing) and managed the campus coffee shop. After USC, Kristen came to Stanford and spent seven years at the Haas Center for Public Service, supporting more than 100 service organizations and hundreds of student leaders, helping them develop their leadership potential in tandem with honoring the important work of campus and community partners.

Leslie Barnes

“It’s a privilege to get to be part of a program which offers true service leadership opportunities to our young men and women. With challenging schedules for abroad experiences,  the ACE program has opened doors for many student-athletes to grow personally while also staying committed to their sport obligations.  The relationships built across student-athletes representing two of the nation’s top athletic and academic programs is unique and special.”

Leslie Barnes, who joined the Duke staff in July of 2006, serves as an Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Development.Barnes, who was Duke’s Director of Student-Athlete Development from 2006-11 before being promoted to her current position, came to Durham after spending four years as life skills coordinator at The Ohio State University.

In July of 2018, Barnes was named to the newly-created Integrative Performance Excellence Group, a unit comprised of directors in the areas of Sports Performance, Athletic Medicine, Sports Nutrition and Behavioral Health, as well as individuals representing psychological services, team physicians and primary care physicians.

Barnes is a native of Nebraska and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1996. She received a Masters of Education in Counseling/Psychological Services from Springfield College in 1998.

Kelly Beck-Sordi

“I have been inspired by the dedication, organization, and vision of our student-athletes. It is an honor to pay it back by supporting their engagement in service.”

Kelly Beck, Associate Director of the Haas Center for Public Service, provides leadership and management over the student-facing programs for Stanford University’s public service center. Kelly has been engaged in public service in higher education since 2003 when she joined the Haas Center’s staff as the director of the Center’s science education outreach program. In the intervening years she has been a member of the service-learning team and directed Education Partnerships, the Center’s mentoring and tutoring division. She now oversees programs ranging from public service leadership training, public service career development to education mentoring and tutoring programs.

Prior to her work at the Haas Center for Public Service, Kelly was Academic Program Officer for Science Education in Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. She assisted faculty in the development of science learning opportunities within the general education requirements. Her interests and professional experiences have evolved over the span of her career from physics education to informal science education, civic education for science students, educational equity, education program management, and most recently to leadership.

Kelly has a personal history of civic engagement, having led a team of volunteers as a volunteer herself for 10+ years in providing interactive science activities for the public at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Perception. She earned a BA from Vassar College in astronomy and physics, and an MS at the University of Wyoming in physics and education.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skateboarding, bicycling and getting into nature whenever possible. She is an amateur cook, cooking at Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah, and devoted baseball fan. She says, “My favorite free time activity is a good meal and good conversation shared with family and friends, many of whom are my Haas Center colleagues.”

Beth Goode

“I am honored to be involved in a unique inter-institutional partnership with colleagues who share a passion for providing student-athletes with a well-rounded experience. I love that ACE provides a unique opportunity for student-athletes to develop a broader world view by living and engaging with others around the world.”

Beth Goode has served as Stanford’s executive associate athletic director and senior woman administrator since 2006.

Goode arrived at Stanford in 1995 as a member of the media relations staff, and has been an integral part of the growth and development of both the department’s overall management team and the compliance and student services departments.

As a member of the media relations team, Goode had annual responsibilities for no less than eight teams, with particular focus on women’s basketball. In 1998-99, she served as the host media coordinator for the 1999 NCAA Women’s Final Four hosted by Stanford in San Jose.

Shortly after, she transitioned into new responsibilities with Stanford’s compliance and student services departments, working with many aspects of NCAA rules, enforcement, and Cardinal Council (Stanford’s student-athlete advisory committee).

Goode currently oversees the women’s volleyball, beach volleyball, men’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s tennis programs. She has also had supervision of eight other sports programs at various times while at Stanford.  In addition to the general sport management duties, Goode works closely with all varsity programs as the primary department liaison to Stanford’s Undergraduate Admission Office, and holds a leadership role in coordinating internal operations for the Executive and Leadership Teams, Coaches Council, and other department-wide programming.

Externally, Goode has been involved in both conference and national governance. She served a four-year term on the NCAA Tennis Committee, including serving as chair of the men’s subcommittee in 2009-10 and as overall committee chair in 2010-11. Goode has been a member of the NCAA Legislative Council since 2010 as the Pac-12 Conference representative and is the NCAA Legislative Council liaison to the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Goode worked in media relations for the Denver Broncos and as an undergraduate at Pacific Lutheran. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Pacific Lutheran in 1993 and her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga in 2008.


Nina King

“I love the uniqueness of the program. It excites me that we are able to provide meaningful civic engagement opportunities for student-athletes since they are not always able to participate in the general student offerings relative to civic engagement abroad.”

Nina King joined the Duke Athletics staff in September of 2008 and serves as the department’s Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff.

In this role, King has oversight responsibilities for the department’s Human Resource operation, Recreation and Physical Education and the development and execution of all department contracts while serving as the liaison to the University Senior Administration, Board of Trustees and Legal Counsel Office. She also assists with oversight and development of special projects within the department, coordinates strategic planning initiatives and has sport oversight for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.

On campus, King works with the Healthy Campus Steering Committee, Women’s Weekend Planning Committee and Women’s Impact Network. She also championed the creation and launch of The Rubenstein-Bing ACE program, a collaboration between Stanford and Duke for global civic engagement for student-athletes from both athletic departments.

In February of 2018, King was named to SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2018. The annual list honors 40 executives for excellence and innovation in their respective careers, all before the age of 40.

A native of Tampa, Fla., King graduated from Notre Dame in 2000, earning a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting while serving as the head manager for Notre Dame’s women’s swimming and diving program as a senior. After graduation, King served internships in the Notre Dame Athletics Department, NCAA and Nike, Inc., before earning a juris doctor degree and sports law certificate from Tulane Law School in 2005.

King is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, Sports Lawyers Association, University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club and Florida Bar Association while serving on the Arizona State University College of Law’s Sports Law and Business Program Advisory Board. In addition to her responsibilities with Duke Athletics, King co-teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of Duke’s MBA program alongside Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White.

King and her husband, Rick, reside in Durham and are the parents of Connor Stephan, who was born February 7, 2011, and Austin Casey, born September 21, 2012.

Jeff Koseff

“I am committed to making the student-athlete experience as wide-ranging and deep as possible. I see ACE being a really important part of the opportunity for student-athletes to broaden their horizons and have a richer learning experience.”

Jeff Koseff, founding co-director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, is an expert in the interdisciplinary domain of environmental fluid mechanics. His research focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments, and in particular on turbulence and internal wave dynamics; transport, mixing, and phytoplankton dynamics in estuarine systems; and coral reef, kelp forest, and sea-grass hydrodynamics. More recently he has begun focusing on the fate of brine discharges in the near coastal ocean from desalination facilities, and on the use of natural vegetation for providing coastal protection and resilience. Long-term research projects include understanding the transport of mass and momentum in estuarine systems such as San Francisco Bay, and understanding how water flow affects the functioning of California kelp forests, and the coral reef systems of the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Sea and Hawaii. Koseff has served on the board of governors of the Israel Institute of Technology and has served on the visiting committees of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research and The MIT-WHOI Joint Program. He is a former member of the Independent Science Board of the Bay/Delta Authority.

Austin Lee

“The ability to collaborate regularly with colleagues at a university with similar challenges and opportunities along with the opportunity to provide a unique and meaningful experience for our student-athletes is exciting.”

Austin graduated from Stanford in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern California where he also served for three years as an Academic Counselor for varsity student-athletes. Later, Austin spent two years working in athletic administration at Harvard University before returning to Stanford in 2009. In his current role, Austin provides administrative oversight of comprehensive student-services provided to student-athletes, supports the Director of Academic Advising Services for Student-Athletes in management of academic advising initiatives, and directs management of student-athlete leadership education programming.

Elaine Madison

“I am glad to support a program that provides an international volunteer service opportunity for student-athletes. I also enjoy working with colleagues in the Athletics Departments at Stanford and Duke.”

Elaine has served as a senior advisor to DukeEngage since its origin and also oversees all Durham Programs within DukeEngage. Prior to her community engagement work for Duke, she was associate director at Duke Continuing Education. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar, her B.A. from Colorado Women’s College, and she has completed graduate work at Brandeis University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Martha Putallaz

“It is exciting to see and hear firsthand about the transformative effects the ACE program has on the participating student-athletes and in turn to learn of the impact they have had on the communities in which they volunteered. It is also inspiring to witness the dedication of the staff involved in enacting the program and making sure it runs smoothly at all of the sites.”

Martha Putallaz is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1983. From 2004-2012 she served as Executive Director of the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) overseeing a number of international summer residential programs for students. Dr. Putallaz graduated from Smith College and received her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a researcher of long standing in the field of children’s social development and peer relationships with her most recent work focusing on aggression, victimization, and social rejection among middle childhood girls. She is a member of Duke University’s Athletic Council and has served as Duke’s Faculty Athletic Representative since 2007. Her interest in serving on the Board of the ACE program stems from the unique purpose of the program—to provide student athletes from two outstanding universities the opportunity to study abroad while teaming together to apply their exceptional talents in the service of global communities.

Jacki Silar

“[I’m looking forward to seeing] more student-athletes applying to this program so ACE can extend to another country.”

Jacki Silar was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics on July 1, 2013 and has served as the associate director of athletics for sports programs and senior woman administrator since 1998. Previously, Silar was the assistant athletics director for sports programs/senior woman administrator and also served as the academic coordinator for several Blue Devil squads.

Since Silar was named the school’s first senior woman administrator in 1995, Duke’s women’s teams have advanced to the NCAA Final Four in basketball, lacrosse, field hockey while the women’s tennis team captured the title in 2009 and the women’s golf team captured the 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014 NCAA Championships.

Silar came to Duke in 1979 as the assistant women’s basketball coach and served in that role for 12 seasons. In 1981, she added to her basketball coaching responsibilities the role of head field hockey coach for 15 years, while twice earning ACC Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year honors.

Silar served on many national committees, including the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee and most recently the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee from 2005-2010 and held the role of Chair from 2008-2009.

In addition to her athletics department duties Silar is an academic advisor for first year and sophomore students , teaches in the department of Physical Education and has served the University on a variety of committees including the Harassment Grievance Board, Equity Committee, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Campus Culture Initiative Steering Committee and Sexual Misconduct Task Force.

A native of Pottstown, Pa., Silar graduated from High Point College in 1974 and was a four-year member of the field hockey and basketball teams. She earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina while serving as the Tar Heels’ assistant field hockey coach.

Aron Rodrigue

“I am delighted to be part of the outstanding collaboration between Duke and Stanford Universities in fostering the international experience of student-athletes.”

Aron Rodrigue is the current Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program and the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He has also served as the Director of the Stanford Humanities Center and as Chair of the History Department. His teaching and research focus on the late Ottoman Empire and the nation-states that succeeded it in the 20th century, with special focus on the Jewish and other minorities in the region. He also has a strong research interest in modern French history. He was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2013.