The American Sports Institute’s Board of Trustees oversees overall operations.
Martha “Marty” Giblas is a former K-8 speech and language pathologist in the public-school system. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Marty’s work included conducting Spanish-language assessments. Her overall work involved assessments; reports; meetings with parents, teachers, psychologists, resource specialists, and occupational therapists; followed by the development and implementation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for working with the children. Marty is an avid athlete and has worked as a personal-fitness trainer. She currently loves stand-up paddle boarding and outrigger canoeing. Committed to serving others, twice Marty has raised funds for and completed the AIDS bicycle ride from San Francisco-to-Los Angeles, covering 545 miles in one week, and regularly volunteers for Meals-On-Wheels and environmental, trail-maintenance programs.
Joel Kirsch, Ph.D., is the president of the American Sports Institute. Joel will serve as the Principal Coach of The Arete School, having been the creator of the Institute’s highly-successful Promoting Achievement in School through Sport (PASS) program, upon which The Arete School is based. Joel founded the American Sports Institute after serving as the sports psychologist for the San Francisco Giants, and taught the PASS program at both inner-city and suburban high schools. Prior to this, Joel taught sport education courses at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University, and classroom management and teacher development courses through the extension departments at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los Angeles. Joel also served as a high school teacher in the East Los Angeles area for seven years.
Vincent Matthews, Ed.D., is Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District. Vincent has a distinguished record of service in California’s public schools. Prior to his current position, Vincent served as the State Administrator for the Inglewood Unified School District, and, before that, as the Superintendent of Schools for the San José Unified School District. He also served as the Chief of Staff and State Administrator/Trustee for the Oakland Unified School District, guiding the turnaround of the District after it had been taken over by the California Department of Education. Vincent has been an Area Superintendent with the San Diego Unified School District, and was the Operations Vice President for Edison Schools where he headed the overall operations for the eight Edison Schools throughout California. Vincent has also served in various other public-school administrative positions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.