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The South African Lacrosse Project
6901 Charles Ridge Road
Towson, MD 21204
Our Board of Directors
Barbara J. Cox
Barb is Kip and Harrison Hart’s mother, and she is passionate about the work they are doing for the children in the Waterberg region of South Africa. Barb lends her many years of experience in fundraising and volunteering for non-profits to their organization, and has been amazed by the kindness and generosity of the many supporters of The South African Lacrosse Project. She looks forward to continuing the project’s scope in South Africa, and hopes that over the next few years they can expand their reach to other regions of this country that she has come to love. Cape Town and Johannesburg are currently being considered as locations for additional lacrosse camps.
Barb graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 with degrees in Architecture and Architectural History. An Echols Scholar, Barb especially loved her final year at U.Va. when she lived on The Lawn.
When she is not working on The South African Lacrosse Project, Barb is a real estate agent with Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin Realty in Baltimore. Her hobbies and passions include architecture and interior design, gardening, travel, music, cooking, and especially entertaining friends and family.
Glen F. Cox
Glen is Kip and Harrison’s uncle. Although he never played lacrosse growing up, he recently took it up (at age 44) with his 8-year-old son, Dylan, who plays in the Kelly Post League in Baltimore.
Glen brings valuable non-profit start-up and management experience to SALP, having co-founded and directed the Grassroots Aspen Experience (now called Aspen Youth Experience) 17 years ago with a fellow ski bum in Colorado. Today, AYE is recognized nationally as a model for other youth development programs, and has hosted more than 3,500 at-risk youth from across the U.S. who participate in AYE’s week-long camps, leadership forums, and follow-up programs. AYE’s mission is to empower at-risk youth by helping them to recognize what they are capable of accomplishing in their lives. Glen sees the potential for SALP to have a similar impact on the lives of the kids at the Waterburg.
Glen has also served on the boards of several non-profits that support Russian orphans, and wrote his masters thesis in business school on applying Western management principles to non-profit organizations in Russia.
Glen graduated in 1987 from the University of Richmond with a degree in Psychology, and has an MBA from The Stockholm School of Economics. When he’s not getting schooled in lacrosse by 8-year-old Dylan, he works as a national sales manager for an advertising rep firm in Bethesda, Maryland. He lives in Towson, Maryland, with his wife, Alla, sons Dylan and Jason, and daughter, Isabella - ensuring a steady stream of SALP volunteers for years to come.
Feffie Barnhill has had various experiences in the leadership roles of International Lacrosse. First serving as Vice-President of Compewtittions for the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse in 1994-8 and then as the US Lacrosse representative to 8 IFWLA Conferences. From her experiences in the merger of US Lacrosse in 1998, she was then asked to serve on the Unification Board to guide the IFWLA and the Men’s equivalent, ILF to form the new Interbational Governing body. August of 2008 was the beginning of the Federation of International Lacrosse and Feffie was asked to serve as the first President.
Also active within the United States at the national level, Barnhill was elected to serve as the first woman to Chair the US Lacrosse, Inc.. She was an assistant coach on the U.S. women’s team that captured the 1989 World Cup in Perth, Australia and later served as the head coach of the Scottish national team for two seasons.
Feffie was the William and Mary lacrosse head coach from 1982 to 1998, where she guided the Tribe to six NCAA Tournament appearances and four conference championships, including the program’s only Colonial Athletic Association title in 1992.
A graduate of Ursinus College, Barnhill earned 13 varsity letters in five different sports and is a member of the Ursinus Sports Hall of Fame. Barnhill was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Delaware Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the W&M Athletics Hall of Fame in the spring of 2005.
Feffie’s interest in the SALP can be tied to her visit in December of 2005 to an American International School in the Johannesburg area. Here she taught lacrosse to all ages of school students and the first co-ed lacrosse game in South Africa was played.
Mark's lacrosse experience stretches back to 1986 when he made the Air Academy JV Lacrosse Team on the Air Force Academy. Following graduation, he played three years for the Colorado State U. Rams, and served as the teams PR Director for two years. In 1995, he formed the Camp Lejeune Lacrosse Team at Marine Corps Base - Camp Lejeune, NC.
After departing the Marine Corps in 2000, and moving to the Washington, DC area - he founded the DC Lacrosse Club in 2001. This club has evolved into the largest and most inclusive lacrosse club in the Metro Washington, DC area - with over 150 active players participating on six men's and one women's teams in 2009.
For two years he served as the American U. Men's Lacrosse Club coach, and then served fours years as the Head Varsity Coach for the Einstein HS Boy's Lacrosse Team.
Currently, he is a senior consultant with Booz | Allen | Hamilton. Mark is also a certified lacrosse official and has been officiating youth, high school, college club, post-collegiate club, master's and grand-masters lacrosse games for 13 years. When on the field, he has played all positions, but prefers to stick with LSM and Close D.
He plays for the Tommy Joe’s Lacrosse Team (Bethesda, MD), DC Lacrosse Club's - Select Team (Bethesda, MD) and Brewer’s Hill Masters Team (Baltimore, MD).
He resides in Falls Church, VA.
Sue Heether came late to the game by today’s standards. It was the spring of her freshman year in high school before she picked up a lacrosse stick, but except for the next three years that found her in the Midwest at a school that sadly didn’t have a lacrosse program, she never put it down. At fourteen, Sue got her first glimpse of the US National Team in action. She made up her mind then and there that she would do everything in her power to make that team some day and despite cuts, setbacks, injury and ankle fusion, she did – thirteen times.
Sue played collegiate lacrosse at Loyola College in Maryland. A two-time All American, she broke and set records at Loyola that stand today.
Heether assisted at two Division 1 programs, Loyola College (’91) and Harvard University (’92) before arriving back at Notre Dame Preparatory School to assist their varsity program and head their junior varsity program. Feeling the need to coach at the collegiate level again, Heether took the reins at the Division III St. Mary’s College of Maryland for two seasons (’96 7-3, ’97 10-4) compiling a 17-7 record. After leaving the collegiate ranks, Heether has worked with the US Developmental program as well as some of the local recreation programs in the Baltimore area including the William Paca Elementary Team (The Pacas) in the inner city of Baltimore. Heether helped this young inner city program in an effort to develop the sport and add to the life experience of some of the city’s least privileged youth. But her Paca experiences have brought as much to her life as she had hoped to bring to theirs.
In 2005 she was chosen to coach the United States National Womens Lacrosse Team as they rebuilt and trained to win back the World Cup title they had lost to Australia that same year. She would go on to lead a young and talented team to a 2008 victory at the Prague Cup and in 2009 coached an undefeated team that once again brought the World Cup back to the United States.
No stranger to International play, Sue has toured as a player with the US team to Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Japan and Australia. She has competed in three World Cups, 1993 in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1997 in Edogawa, Japan and 2001 in High Wycombe, England.
Sue is a down to earth, determined and hard working team leader. Her teammates have noted her presence in the cage, her ability to both steady the defense and launch the offense as well as her support on and off the field. One of her teammates writes, “Sue has constantly made those around her better, pushing them to be their best.” She expects no less of herself. She is a loyal fan and a fierce competitor who is grateful for the opportunity and knowledge she has gained from her years as a part of the US National Team.
In 1997 she was a founding partner in Sports Her Way,
Kip is one of the founders of The South African Lacrosse Project. Although he doesn’t have an impressive lacrosse resume, Kip played for Kelly Post when he was younger and really enjoyed the game. Taking up competitive fencing caused lacrosse to take a back burner, but he remembers the basics and has helped teach SALP camp for the past six years. Kip earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, and is currently working towards a Ph.D. at Georgia Tech.
Harrison is Kip’s younger brother, and is co-founder of The South African Lacrosse Project. Harrison started playing lacrosse when he was four years old, and aside for playing in high school, he has played for both Kelly Post and Towsontowne lacrosse leagues. His favorite position is middie, but he plays wherever he is needed. Harrison is a senior at Towson University, where he studies photography and film. Harrison has gone to enough lacrosse camps and practices that he has had no problem spearheading the teaching efforts in South Africa!
Karen McJunkin is a Regional Partner with Elm Street Development, a privately held real estate development company with a thirty-eight year history operating in the Baltimore-Washington region. Elm Street focuses its efforts and capital on urban in-fill and redevelopment as well as suburban development in Priority Funding Areas.
Karen is responsible for directing all land acquisition, investment and development activities in Washington, DC, Anne Arundel County, Charles County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Karen currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Program and is a former Board member of the Scenic Rivers' Land Trust. She is an appointed member of the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council, a Board member of the University of Virginia Foundation, a Board member of the Baltimore Washington Regional Medical Center and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Karen received an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.