BEA CHANG | Director of TABLA & Coach
Bio: Bea played four years of varsity at Randolph High School in New Jersey and was named to All-Conference three times. At Haverford College (D-III) in Pennsylvania, Bea started as a freshman and won numerous Conference Weekly Honor Rolls and All-Tournament trophies. In 2009, she was listed in NACBA’s men and women’s “Top 26 Players to Watch in the Nation.” She has coached all over the place; most recently, at Edmonds-Woodway High School, Edmonds Sports Academy, Northside Swarm, and Redmond High School. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator at UW’s Center for Leadership in Athletics, and worked for two years at UW’s Foundation for International Understanding Through Students. She founded Basketball Education in Action in 2013 and the Awesome Sports Project in 2015. Fav WNBA Player: SUE BIRD! SUUUEEE BIIIIRRRRDDDD! Fav Sports Moment: the final two minutes of the WNBA Finals in 2016.
LEISL VEACH | Program Director
Bio: Leisl Veach is an avid athlete, Midwest native, board game lover, and former educator turned communications consultant. After completing her PhD in African-American literature and culture at the University of Washington, she created the Witnessing Greatness Podcast, blog, and website. This sports-based organization seeks to promote the contributions of women and LGBTQ communities to sports culture, as well as cover mainstream sports stories and media. Our goal is to challenge ourselves and our listeners to “dig deep and stay woke.” Fav WNBA Player: Angel McCoughtry. Fav Sports Moment: When Nebraska beat Missouri in 1997 on a miracle catch by Matt Davison. This essentially won us our 5th national title and I will always remember watching that game with my family.
SARA THOMAS | TABLA Coach
After she graduated from Centralia High School, Sara Thomas (Wilcox) played for two years at Centralia Community College and two years at Pacific Lutheran University. (D-III) where she played in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16. After coaching as an assistant at Tahoma High School and Overlake High School, she became the Head Varsity Head Coach at Overlake for six years. Currently, she is a PE teacher at Overlake and an assistant coach at Roosevelt High School. Fav WNBA Player: Sheryl Swoops. Fav Sports Moment: Two memories….going 9 for 9 from the field in our “winner to sweet 16 game” vs. Gustavus Adolphus. Playing in the sweet 16 with a 102 degree temperature.
KERSTIN TORRESCANO | TABLA Coach
Kerstin played varsity at Mountlake Terrace High School, and was named Athlete of the Year during her senior year. Kerstin went on to play at Highline Community College for two years, where her team won a Division Championship. She transferred to the University of Washington to complete her undergraduate degree before leaving to attend the University of Kentucky to complete her master’s degree. Once she returned to Washington she began coaching and training local AAU teams. Today she coaches for Seattle Future. Fav WNBA Player: Tina Thompson Fav Sports Moment: As a fan, watching the Univ. of Kentucky men’s basketball team win the NCAA National Championship in 2012 while attending school there!
JENNIFER BRESLER | Graphic Designer
Jennifer Bresler (DeYoung) was a two-time All-KingCo and All-State 1st-Team selection when she helped Redmond High School to place 7th, 4th, and 2nd in the state tournament. She later helped Northwest University to finish 3rd-place at the NCCAA National Tournament and she was named 1st-Team All-Conference and 1st-Team All-American. She finished her degree at Bellevue College, where she led her team to a 2nd-Place finish at the NWAAC tournament. She has volunteered as an assistant coach at Redmond High School for the past two years. Fav WNBA Player: Sue Bird. Fav Sports Moment: the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl 🙂
MICHELLE BEAUMONT | Creative Consultant
Seattle Pacific University alumni class of 2005 – Michelle was captain of the National D2 NCAA women’s basketball runner up team her senior year. After college she continued to peruse athletics as a basketball and volleyball coach at Bellevue Christian School. Michelle now currently manages the creative department for Prep Sportswear, an online custom sports apparel company in Seattle, WA.
CLAIRE DURRELL | Leadership Curriculum Consultant & Guest Speaker
Claire was a 4-year varsity letterman and 3-time captain in each of her respective sports, soccer, basketball and softball, at Sammammish High School. She earned All-KingCo Scholar Athlete Honors, All-KingCo First and Second Team picks in both soccer and softball and All-State honors as one of Washington’s top infielders before playing DI collegiate softball at Santa Clara University. Claire received a BA in Sociology and a BS in Spanish Studies, then went on to earn her Masters in Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Leadership Development from Seattle Pacific University. Claire is the founder of Ladies Elite Athletic Development (LEAD), dedicating her life’s work to holistically developing young female athletes – mind, body, heart and soul. LEAD’s cutting-edge curriculum allows young competitors seek their passions, find their voice, and build critical executive-level leadership skills. Fav WNBA Player: Kelsey Plum, but of course! Fav Sports Moment: As a fan, Brandi Chastain’s game-winning PK in 1999 World Cup to win Women’s World Cup. As an athlete, completing the Leavenworth ½ Marathon with a 1:31 time
HANNAH OLSON | Leadership Curriculum Consultant
Hannah Olson (Owings) primary work in the Center is focused around Academic Programs and Community Partnerships & Outreach. She helps drive the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) M.Ed. programs, assisting with student advising, curriculum development, and internship management. Prior to joining the CLA staff, Hannah worked in the professional sports sector with a focus on marketing, game day production, and event management. She received her Master’s of Education in the IAL program at UW in 2007 and earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Study in 2014, with research focused on effective coaching at the high school level. Hannah has also coached softball at all levels for the past 15 years. Fav WNBA player: Sue Bird. Fav Sports Moment: “The Double” – I was at the Kingdome!
LAURA HIRSH | Leadership Curriculum Consultant
Laura Hirsh is currently a psychologist in private practice in Seattle, WA, having completed her doctoral degree at Pacific University in Oregon. She received her B.S. from the University of Puget Sound, where she was a 3-year starter on the women’s basketball team. Laura grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, and was a 4-year varsity player on the basketball team at Crescent Valley High School. During her high school and collegiate career, Laura played point guard and shooting guard. While at UPS, she helped lead the Loggers to three appearances at the NCAA D3 national tournament, and was on the First Team all-conference selection for the Northwest Conference during her junior and senior years. Fav WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi. Fav Sports Moment: Going to the Elite Eight in the NCAA D-3 Tournament in 2007. We traveled to Deborah, Iowa, and as the underdogs we upset #2 ranked Howard Payne during the Sweet Sixteen round.
MADY BURDETT | Junior Counselor
Mady Burdett is a graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School, where she started for the varsity basketball team all four years. As a senior, she was named USA Player of the Week, Second-Team All-Conference, and she led her team to the state championships, placing 6th and being named to the All-Tournament Second-Team. Currently embarking her first year playing at Whitman College (D-III), Mady helped her team to a conference championship and advanced to the national tournament finishing in the Elite 8. Fav WNBA Player: Kelsey Plum. Fav Sports Moment: Playing in the Tacoma Dome.
CHARLI ELLIOTT | Junior Counselor
Charli Elliott played at West Seattle High School, where during her senior year the team went undefeated in league and won the Metro League Championship. They continued on to place 6th in state. Charli attends and plays basketball at Pacific University (D-III), where she started her freshman year and at one point led the conference in offensive rebounds. She is now entering her junior year at Pacific University and is playing basketball while pursing a degree in Creative Writing with a Chinese minor.Fav WNBA Player: Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. Favorite Sports Moment: When her high school team won the Metro League championships for the first time in school history, winning by one point at the buzzer.
MAKANA STONE | Junior Counselor
Makana Stone played varsity all four years at Coupeville High School on Whidbey Island. She received First-Team Honors her sophomore year, league MVP her junior and senior years, and played in the 1A All-State Game her senior year. She currently goes to Whitman College where she earned a starting position near mid-season. She plans on declaring with a combined Environmental Science-Biology Major. Fav WNBA Player: Kelsey Plum! Fav Sports Moment:The first thing that came to mind for my favorite sports moment was this…https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PhdoTThn5mw
TEANNA BLEES | Junior Counselor
Teanna was a 4-year starter at Souderton Area High School and went on to play at Elizabethtown College. After suffering a total of four knee injuries and surgeries, she was forced to retire after three strong years on the team. After graduating with her degree in Psychology, she moved to Seattle to pursue her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology. With a basketball-shaped hole in her heart following retirement, she filled the void with coaching youth girls summer and winter leagues and poured herself into competing as a CrossFit athlete. She’s currently finishing up her dissertation studying how cognitive skills impact athletic performance, and working as a consultant at a boutique consulting firm in Seattle. Favorite WNBA Player: Even as a Philly native, I grew up admiring and following Sue Bird – pretty sure her poster is STILL in my bedroom back at home! My Favorite Sports Moment: Playing a full 40 minutes to defend the leading scorer in our region, holding her to a mere 3 points during a critical play-off game. Best defensive game of my life!
LINDSEY CLEARY | Junior Counselor
Lindsey played basketball at Holy Names Academy in Seattle and currently play for Claremont McKenna College (D-III). She is a Computer Science major, and she hopes basketball, as well as my passion for empowering others, will play large parts in my college experiences and career. Fav WNBA Player: Sue Bird. Fav Sports Moment: One of my favorite sports moments is from 6th or 7th grade-I don’t remember exactly how old I was-when we were tied with about 5-7 seconds left and my club coach drew up this play we ran that got us a full court pass from out of bounds to one of my teammates finishing with a layup right before the buzzer. We were all so happy and it was one of those moments where you just think “wow, this is why I play and I’m so glad to be playing with these people”.
We will also have many awesome women coaches and athletes who will take a day off from their adult jobs to volunteer throughout TABLA. Check back for their bio’s soon! Some of them are featured in our Faces of Team Awesome. Learn from this amazing community and REGISTER soon!