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KATHERINE STARR

Founder & President

Katherine Starr (formally known as Annabelle Cripps)

Katherine is a 2 time Olympian 1984 and 1988 (Great Britain) In 1986 she won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Katherine experienced success at the collegiate level: swimming for the University of Texas, participating on three NCAA championship teams and being a 14-time All-American.

By applying the lessons learned through competitive swimming, Katherine's professional career blossomed, alongside her athletic achievements. Katherine gained a prestigious and solid business background in the corporate world working with Softbank/Mobius Venture Capitalist (original investor in Yahoo!), AOL Time Warner, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Honeywell, among others.

The world of swimming created another unexpected area of interest for Katherine: it sparked her passion for film and television production. As a successful Olympic swimmer, she made many television appearances and spoke with the press throughout various stages of competition, giving her a taste for media.

Since speaking up about abuse in sports, Katherine has been interviewed by the NBC Sports, NY Times with the Takeaway, CBS Sports Radio, Take Part Five as well other nationally recognized media outlets in sports. (please review our news section for the latest interview or in the news)

Katherine also works with lawyers across the country as a consultant and expert witness with ATHLETES FIRST CONSULTING on abuse in sports. See also our legal page for more information. 

Currently Katherine travels around the country educating the athletic community about the Safe4Athletes program that offers policies and procedures for local sports programs to adopt which are designed to prevent sexual abuse, bully and harassment and provide and safe and positive environment for the athlete. 

Our goal is to provide athletes with "a voice" and help parents make an informed decision about whom they have entrusted their child-athlete with.

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CAROLE OGLESBY

Carole Oglesby has been in the professoriate for more than forty years; 27 of them at Temple University.  She earned a PhD in Kinesiology at Purdue University in 1969 and a PhD in Counseling at Temple University in 1999.  She was a department chair at Temple from 1992-1995 and has served as Chairperson at California State University, Northridge 2003-2009.

Carole’s scholarly career has been devoted to growth and development in two areas; women’s/gender studies in sport and sport psychology.  She has held major leadership positions in virtually all academic and advocacy organizations in these areas.  She was the inaugural president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, president National Association of Girls and Women’s Sport, Trustee of the Women’s Sport Foundation, President of Women Sport International, Senior International Advisor for International Working Group for Women in Sport, Executive Board of the U.S. Collegiate Sports Council, U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, Association for Applied Sports Psychology Health Psychology Chair and Executive Board member. 

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TIFFANY COHEN

Tiffany Cohen is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She won the 400 and 800 Freestyle swimming events in the 1984 Olympics. She is a member of the University of Texas Hall of Honor and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Tiffany attended University of Texas where she and her teammates won the National Championship and she was voted NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1985.

Tiffany has been a National recognized public speaker on Eating Disorders, bringing awareness to issue in sports.

Currently, Tiffany enjoys a successful career in Business Development and Marketing in the Healthcare field.

 

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SUSAN HEON PRESTON

 I teach 4th Grade at Encinal Elementary School in the Menlo Park City School District. The small community of Menlo Park is located on the San Francisco Peninsula near Stanford University.  I have been a resident of Menlo Park since 1996 and began teaching in Menlo Park in 1997.

As a child, I grew up in Pennsylvania and began swimming competitively when I was 10 years old and realized that I really enjoyed competing and training.  At the 1979 National Junior Olympics, I broke two national records and qualified for the 1980 Olympics Trails.  This prompted a move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I attended Shaler Area High School.  After high school, I attended the University of Pittsburgh until 1983 and then took a year off from school to train for the 1984 Olympic Trails.  At the 1984 Olympic Trials, I qualified for the United States Olympic Team in the 400 I.M. and placed fourth in the 1984 Olympic Games which were held in Los Angeles.  I returned to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1984 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication in 1985.  After college, I entered the business world as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Boehringer Igelheim Pharmaceuticals in Chicago, Illinois.  In July 1990, I moved to Kobe, Japan and worked as a sports consultant for Tokyu Sports Oasis until December 1993.  After returning from Japan, I entered Notre Dame de Namur University where I earned my professional clear multiple subject teaching credential.  I later went on to earn my Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD) in 2000.  This is my eighteenth year teaching in Menlo Park. Even though my Olympic days are behind me, I am still actively competing in swimming although in the open water only.  In addition to teaching and swimming, I am currently involved with Swim Across America, Safe4Athelets and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California as well as Nor Cal Soccer.

 

 

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