THE TEAM

Crista Samaras

Founder & CEO  

A graduate of Princeton University, Crista was selected Rookie of the Year, was a three-time All American, three-time All Ivy League pick, two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, and still holds the record for number of career points at Princeton. Crista was on the US Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1995-2007 and competed in both the 2001 and 2005 World Cup Games winning gold and silver medals. In 2005, she was twice named Player of the Match (vs. Canada and England).

 Crista coached at Yale University before she started her own lacrosse companies in 2004, which focused on empowering female players. In the next ten years, Crista coached thousands of junior women before she sold her teams in 2014. In 2012, she was the interim Head Coach at the University of Richmond and led the team from a #33 national ranking to a #13 national ranking in just three months. Her work with these players convinced her of the need for Bravery Training, not just for young women, but for everyone.

Katie Carroll

Research Analyst

Katie graduated from Georgetown University in 2009, and from The George Washington University in 2016 with a Masters in Public Health. A D1 athlete at Georgetown, she has coached high school lacrosse for the past 6 years. She came to BRAVE after witnessing the character programming as a coach and experiencing the impact in her own professional and personal life. Katie examines the data generated in the live sessions to monitor, evaluate, and influence the growth of BRAVE’s programming.

Jasmine Docal

Programs Manager

Jasmine Docal graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with a degree in Human Development and Psychological Services. She was actively involved in the Wildcat community, as she played on the D1 lacrosse team and graduated with a certificate in Leadership. She enjoys working with kids, especially when it helps them to realize their own potential. Jasmine is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She is passionate, has an incredible work ethic, and wakes up every day ready to CRUSH IT.

Annie Zhai

Multimedia Designer

Annie is a multidisciplinary designer from China. She came to New York City to pursue her master's degree in Communication Design.  She pours her creativity into Brave to help the materials match the energetic programming.

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