Staff

ADMINISTRATION
Andrew So
Executive Director

Carlos Bhanji
Director of Programs and Recruitment
Mario Biancamano
Director of Operations



PROGRAM LEADERSHIP
Eric Saito
Education Director
Tom DeMaio
Director of College Placement and Alumni

Brendan Davis
Legal Services Coordinator

Bridget Mahon
Youth Development Counselor

Kimani Calnek
Soccer Coordinator

PROGRAMMING AND SUPPORT
Rosalyn Valdez
Volunteer Coordinator & Team Mentor

Alfred Yeboah
Volunteer Coordinator

Delmy Del Cid
Team Mentor & Soccer Coach

Jeff Asare
Team Mentor & Soccer Coach

Daniel Oduro
Soccer Coach

Tenzin Yeshay
Team Mentor

Lucinda Dass
Development and Communications Associate

Jvon Alexander
Team Mentor & Soccer Coach

George Nantwi
Travel Soccer Coordinator
Ajani Clunie
CITC Program Coordinator

   

Andrew So Executive Director and Co-Founder
South Bronx United merges Andrew's passions for soccer, education, and community development. He co-founded South Bronx United in 2009 with his wife Steph while teaching mathematics and special education at New Day Academy, a public secondary school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. He has also served as a math instructional coach in New York City public schools and worked with Bronx youth in the other capacities from a camp counselor to athletic coach to special education administrator. Andrew holds a “D” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and coached South Bronx United travel soccer teams until 2014. He received his Bachelor’s of Science from Stanford University and earned a Masters of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. He is an alumnus of the We Are The Bronx Fellowship, a partnership between the Jewish Community Relations Council's Cause-NY, Hostos Community College, and the Bronx Borough President's Office. He is a former trustee of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and chair of the Bronx Nonprofit Coalition.
andrew@southbronxunited.org

Carlos Bhanji Director of Programs and Recruitment
Carlos joined South Bronx United in 2011, to oversee programs and operations and to supervise volunteer recruitment. He previously worked at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and received his J.D. from University of California at Davis School of Law. Carlos also earned a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.
carlos@southbronxunited.org

Mario Biancamano Director of Operations
Mario joined South Bronx United full-time in 2016, after volunteering as a coach in the Recreational Program. Mario most recently served as Operations Manager at a Redwood Capital Management. He has served as Center Director at Score, an after school educational center in Queens, and lived abroad to run a modeling agency, Trinity Talent Qatar. Mario earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics and International Studies. He also holds a US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License.
mario@southbronxunited.org

Eric Saito Education Director
Eric joined South Bronx United in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining SBU, Eric interned with Grassroots Soccer in Kimberley, South Africa and taught high school chemistry and biology at Don Bosco Technical Institute in East Los Angeles. He is passionate about youth development, mentoring, coaching, and tutoring with various youth organizations since high school. Soccer has never been far from his mind as he has played competitively and recreationally since age 5. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Eric earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in teaching from Loyola Marymount University. He holds a Science Teaching Credential in the state of California.
eric@southbronxunited.org

Tom DeMaio Director of College Placement and Alumni
Tom joined South Bronx United in 2014. Previously, he spent three years working with MTN Football Scholar, a Nigerian-based program that uses soccer to help students realize their educational aspirations of studying in the United States. Tom first became interested in the concept of sport as a tool for development when he travelled to Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa with his college soccer team to spearhead the creation of the Chris Campbell Memorial Field. Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College, where he earned a B.A. in History and Government.
tom@southbronxunited.org

Brendan Davis Legal Services Coordinator
Brendan joined the staff in 2014, although he has been volunteering with SBU since 2012. He is a passionate about working with New York's diverse immigrant communities, and most recently was a volunteer coordinator with the Arab American Association of New York. Born and raised in Australia, Brendan received degrees in Business Management and Law from the University of Queensland.
brendan@southbronxunited.org

Bridget Mahon Youth Development Counselor
Bridget joined South Bronx United in 2015 as a Youth Development Counselor. Bridget earned a B.S. from the George Washington University, where she played Division I soccer as a goalkeeper. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston University, with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Prior to South Bronx United, she served as a Clinical Liaison at Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, MA, and as a Staff Therapist at the South Bay Mental Health Center in Malden, MA.
bridget@southbronxunited.org

Kimani Calnek Soccer Coordinator
A lifelong New Yorker, Kimani has been coaching with South Bronx United since 2011. He has previously coached at Touchmasters Inc., the United Nations International School, and Riverdale Country Day School. Kimani graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Political Science where he played NCAA Div. III Football and was a member of the 2010 Div. II National Champion Claremont Men's Rugby team. He has also spent time overseas as a student-athlete in Brazil and Japan. In addition to SBU, Kimani works at Opta Sports as a live game statistical analyst covering the MLS, LigaMX, CONCACAF Champions League, Gold Cup, Copa America, and other international tournaments. Kimani currently holds a USSF 'E' coaches license.
kimani@southbronxunited.org

Rosalyn Valdez Volunteer Coordinator & Team Mentor
Rosalyn Valdez was born and raised in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University. Before pursuing her goal of becoming an immigration attorney, she has decided to take time to give back to the community that granted her many gifts and great experiences. She is a Volunteer Coordinator through the NYC Civic Corps program and Team Mentor for the U19 girls team. She says this has been one of her most rewarding experiences in her professional career so far.
rosalyn@southbronxunited.org

Alfred Yeboah Volunteer Coordinator of Soccer Program
Alfred was born in Ghana and moved to New York in 2002. Alfred strongly believes that soccer is more than just a game; that it is about learning valuable lessons. Soccer taught him leadership, perseverance, hardwork, teamwork, and to strive to be the best. Alfred played soccer for John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx and then attended the College of Staten Island, where he also played for the soccer team. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History, with a minor in Cinema and Computer Science. He works with South Bronx United through the NYC Civic Corps program as a Volunteer Coordinator, Soccer Coordinator, and College Prep mentor.
alfred@southbronxunited.org

Delmy Del Cid Team Mentor & Soccer Coach
In 2016, Delmy became the first South Bronx United alumnus to join the full-time staff. She was part of the girls high school SBU Rising Stars from 2011-2012. As an AmeriCorps Coach Across America member, she is a team mentor and coach for the U14 Girls team. Delmy attended Bryant & Stratton College in Syracuse, NY where she played NJCAA D1 Soccer and received her Associates degree in Accounting. She recently received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at The Metropolitan College of New York. Delmy was born in Guatemala and raised in the Bronx.
delmy@southbronxunited.org

Jeff Asare Team Mentor & Soccer Coach
Jeff joined South Bronx United in 2010 as part of the first Under 19 boys travel team, where he was a team captain and MVP. He began volunteering as a Recreation Soccer program coach in 2014. Jeff is currently the head coach for Boys U12 select team and U20 travel team, and a Team Mentor. He also coaches in South Bronx United's afterschool Recreational Soccer and City in the Community programs. He also holds a NCAA Advanced Diploma, and a USSF E License, as well as a grade 6 and 7 referee license. Jeff recently received a scholarship to complete his Bachelor's degree at Southern New Hampshire University.
asare@southbronxunited.org

Daniel Oduro Soccer Coach
Daniel joined South Bronx United in 2010 to play for the organization's first Under 19 boys team, and became the first graduate to attend college on an athletic scholarship. He played two years of NJCAA Division 1 soccer for the ASA College in Brooklyn before transferring to Bloomfield College, where he played for their NCAA Division 2 team. Daniel holds an associates degree in Medical Assistance and is working on finishing his Bachelor's degree in Biology. He is currently a member of the AmeriCorps Up2Us Coach Across America program, on staff as a coach for the U11 boys select team, a SBU Academy team mentor for Boys U16, and an afterschool coach in the Recreational Soccer and City in the Community programs.
oduro@southbronxunited.org

Tenzin Yeshay Team Mentor
Tenzin joined South Bronx United in the Fall of 2009 and has been a coach with the Under 19 boys since they were 14 years old. Tenzin holds a B.S Degree in Biology with a background in Mathematics from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Currently, he studies in a graduate program in the Behavioral Neurosciences Department of the City College of New York, doing research relating to memory and cognition. He is of Tibetan Descent and grew up in India before moving to the Bronx in 2007. He has lived in the Bronx ever since.
tenzin@southbronxunited.org

George Nantwi Travel Soccer Coordinator, Boys Coach
George joined South Bronx United in 2009 as a travel soccer coach. While coaching SBU 98 boys team, he also assists with coordination of the Travel Soccer Program. He is a graduate of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he majored in political science. He works as a researcher at the EdLab at Columbia University Teacher’s College currently focusing on Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, a multi million dollar grant aimed at teaching the federal budget, national debt and deficit to junior and high school students.
george@southbronxunited.org

Ajani Clunie CITC Program Coordinator
ajani@southbronxunited.org
Ajani joined South Bronx United in 2011 as the boys U11 travel coach and now coaches the girls U19 travel team in addition to coordinating the City in the Community Program. Previously, Ajani worked with several other youth development organizations including the Fresh Air Fund, Urban Dove, and Wellness in the Schools. He is currently an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at John Jay College and holds a B.A in Broadcasting and Communications from Oswego State University and a M.B.A from Brooklyn College in Sport Management.