Founder & CEO
Kate Painter is an artist with a business mind, and most important in this chapter of her life is bringing sports to more women of all ages. Team sports are integral to her successes as a chef, restaurant owner, director of foodservice, director of operations and human resources, and manager of many. “Team sports school me about goals, passion, commitment, endurance, efficiency, communication, celebration, and the beauty of playing a game AND getting exercise!” Kate’s favorite word is YET. Added onto anything she hasn’t done, it makes everything seem possible. “I haven’t helped build the first women's sports campus in the world…YET!”
Kate earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Kenyon College, with a visiting student year at Harvard. Originally a heartland gal from Chicago, Kate moved at age 13 and soon started the first dog walking business in Boston's Back Bay, where she grew up. She and her family live in Newton, Massachusetts, where she learned to play soccer with her sons on Sunday mornings with a bunch of families in the neighborhood. While watching the 2015 Women's World Cup she was inspired to look for a team, and now manages Massave Attack and the marketing for Eastern Massachusetts Women's Soccer League.
Chief Financial Officer
Joe brings Sports for Women three decades of global financial leadership helping diverse venture capital and angel funded emerging businesses, from early stage start-ups to a $300M business within a Fortune 30 market leader. A trusted business advisor, he supports emerging to mid-sized enterprises with a range of services beyond traditional financial responsibilities. In all of his companies, he has driven consistent revenue and profit growth by providing key partnership in business strategy, business management and operations support, software contracts/licensing, key customer or vendor negotiations, and of course…fundraising, financial planning, analysis, and core controllership.
In addition to supporting SFW, Joe consults to technology and family run businesses through Richwood Associates LLC. In prior years Joe served as CFO and Vice President in a number of privately held companies such as WaveMark Inc., Marathon Technologies Corp., Syncra Systems, Inc., and in senior finance executive roles at Pegasystems, Inc., Compaq Digital Equipment Corporation, and Altavista. He also serves on non-profit boards in Massachusetts for Friends of Bedford Depot Park, and in North Carolina for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Mr. Impellizeri earned his MBA from the Columbia Business School, where his concentrations were in International Business, Marketing, and Finance, and his BSBA in Accounting and Finance at Boston University.
Chief of Staff
Kassie Rubico is a writer, a reader, and a runner—not necessarily in that order. In high school she was kicked off the boys’ cross country team because, according to her coach, “A girl on the team was bad for morale.” That didn’t stop her though. Since her days at Dracut High School, Kassie has logged thousands of training miles, has competed in several road races at varying distances, and is about to toe the line at her tenth marathon this November in New York City. Kassie appreciates the importance of Sports for Women, not only as a community builder, but also as an outlet from everyday life. “Being part of a running club allowed me to connect with other runners who shared my passion and had similar goals. Having this type of community was especially important when I was a stay-at-home mom for ten years. Running has always been my outlet.”
Kassie earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Rivier University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. Her critical thesis addressed the creative mind in motion, with specific focus on the correlation between running/walking and its inspiration on writing/writers. Kassie teaches English Composition at Northern Essex Community College and is a facilitator in the Changing Lives through Literature Program through the Lawrence District Court.
Director of Operations
Allyson is an innovative thinker with a love of technology and getting into the nuts and bolts of how things work and, when necessary, why they don’t. Her love of sports runs deep, from playing hockey, basketball, and baseball with her neighborhood friends, to finding her footing in gymnastics, competing, and later coaching for over fifteen years. She credits learning more about leadership from her students and coworkers than any book and uses that knowledge along with her broad skill set to help set up business systems for future growth. As an athlete, mom, manager and coach, Allyson knows and has witnessed how important the lessons that sports can teach. “The mission of SFW goes well beyond the field or court and is more valuable than medals. Teamwork, passion, attention to detail, lifelong fitness, and most of all, self-knowledge and confidence are all qualities applicable to both sports and life.”
A veteran of the start-up environment, Allyson was Program Director for Children’s Technology Workshop in Boston, and a member of the first cohort for the Learn Launch accelerator program where she helped to transition the business and location to what is now Empow Studios. More recently, she was the Senior Operations Manager at Zikani Therapeutics. Allyson graduated from Thayer Academy in Braintree, and fifteen years later returned to school to receive her degree in multimedia design. In between she traveled across the country in a VW bus, and not only learned that carburetors were supposed to be tuned differently in high altitude, but that the United States is full of diversity, stories, and collaborative communities. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors, camping, hiking, researching local history, and studying photography. An avid reader and lifelong learner, she spends her time looking forward to the next game.