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 Engagement Officer
Like any great adventure, Anna’s journey to SFW includes lots of unexpected side trips, all of which led to a desire to use sports to make the world a better place: for herself, for women, for the community, for everyone. Fueled by a belief in equality, the power of sports to unify and inspire, and a pure love of the game, she brings a unique set of personal and professional tools to our team. Anna comes to SFW from a career in the non-profit sector, primarily working in museums and public service organizations. With that experience comes an ability to see broad strategic opportunities, then develop the tactical and logistical needs to turn vision into reality. She’s both a dreamer and endlessly pragmatic, willing to do anything to help Sports for Women succeed.
Anna earned a B.A. in History from Yale University, and a M.A. in Museology from the University of Washington, with a combined academic background in American social history and everyday material culture. Originally from Seattle, Anna’s wanderlust to see and experience the world is real, but her current home is on Boston’s North Shore with her family. When not dreaming of soccer advocacy, she’s busy running the midfield with anyone willing to share the pitch.
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.