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Jennifer Burney

Jennifer Burney - President

After a long career as a soccer goalkeeper, Jen started playing Ultimate on Friday mornings at Gan Sacher, when she was living in Jerusalem in 2000. The next year, as a graduate student at Stanford, she quickly found a new home on the field and has been hooked ever since. She loves that Spirit of the Game weaves mutual and self- respect into the fabric of the sport, and that the Ultimate community holds itself to the highest standards of both competition and sportsmanship....

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Dennis Karlinsky

Dennis Karlinsky - Vice President

Dennis lives and works in the Emerald City (Seattle). He caught the college Ultimate bug as a freshman at UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!), joining a team that went on to win the College National Championship. Dennis has been fortunate to be part of exciting teams like Double Happiness, Jam, Sockeye, Throwback, and GTB; while picking up two more National Championship’s and some World Championship medals. Dennis has coached at the college level (UCSC) and in the Women’s Division (Riot)....

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Joe Gara

Joe Gara - Treasurer

Joe Gara has been a Ultimate Peace coach in the Middle East every summer since 2010.  He caught the Ultimate bug in 1994, started the team at Salisbury University making Nationals twice.  Joe lives with his UP coach wife, Becca Tucker, their 3 year old daughter, 6 goats and 120 chickens on a farm in New York near one of the best disc golf courses in the country. He knows a good disc golf course when he sees one,...

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David Barkan

David Barkan - Chief Executive Officer

David lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He also volunteers year-round for Ultimate Peace, and is the Director of Camp UP in Acco Israel every summer.  David has led many Ultimate teams over the course of his thirty-year career to compete at the highest national and international levels of the sport.  He has coached youth Ultimate for over 30 years on 4 continents, won a world championship as a player in 1995, and was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2010....

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Linda Sidorsky

Linda Sidorsky - Chief Operating Officer

Linda lives in rural western Massachusetts in the small town of Shelburne Falls. She is one of the co-founders of Ultimate Peace along with David Barkan and Dori Yaniv. As an unpaid volunteer she devotes her time and energy all year to Ultimate Peace as the organization’s COO. She is also the Director of Operations and oversees “Measurements...

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Dan Weiss

Dan Weiss

Dan finds his way to Ultimate Peace from sharing a love of Ultimate Frisbee with David Barkan, with whom he battled for years on the field of competition. Dan has been out of the sport for many years, and unfortunately cannot play anymore due to deteriorating knees. While a player, he was fortunate to be a part of excellent teams, and has the honor of being a 6 time US and World Champion. He is also an inductee in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and...

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Debbie Greiff

Debbie Greiff

Debbie Greiff has dedicated herself to helping solve big social problems with practical approaches. By nature and training, she is a boundary-spanner and connector between people, ideas, sectors and systems to improve the lives of youth and families in low-income communities. Debbie brings more than 20 years of experience consulting to and advising intermediaries and foundations focused on evidence-based community and systems change efforts in the areas of education, housing and community economic...

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Eric Rait

Eric Rait

Eric Rait was born and raised in the US and started playing ultimate in high school in the 1970s, when there were even fewer rules governing the game. He played for a couple years on the Tufts team and then moved to Israel, where he initially focused on growing tomatoes, cucumbers and dates at Kibbutz Lotan. The next time he tried to play ultimate was at Cornell in the early 1990s and the game had changed (so had he apparently) – fouls had specific names, and the game was a bit less laid back...

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Jesus Loreto

Jesus Loreto

Disc sports changed my life many years ago, for me the concept of SOTG is a life style that has to be applied in and off the field and in all sports. I had been involved with Disc sports for 34 years and counting....

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Jim Levine

Jim Levine

I began playing in the late 1970’s at Tufts University. In the early 80’s seven members of the Tufts team joined with players from other teams to form the Hostages, a Nationals level club team that played together for four years and was regarded as a team that was way more than the sum of its quirky parts. In the late 80’s I played on the University of Michigan’s college national team, and then bounced around playing for ever more low key teams, winding up in the Mercer...

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Joe Seidler

Joe Seidler

I met David Barkan when my son began playing on the Matza Balls Ultimate team in the SF Bay Area that David founded, and I have proudly supported David’s Ultimate Peace efforts ever since. I have never played Ultimate, but when our son began playing at U.C. Santa Barbara in 1992, my wife and I went to a few tournaments and were hooked on the sport. I became a USA Ultimate (previously the UPA) board member from 2002-2004 (first non-player...

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Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

Tom’s involvement in Ultimate Peace came about as a result of his love of the sport of Ultimate and his long term relationship with David. Tom and David began competing on the Ultimate field more than 35 years ago. Once he became aware of the inspirational work David was doing in the Middle East, using Ultimate to bridge cultural gaps, his commitment was cemented. Tom was the founder and first Director of the...

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  • Theory of Change

Volunteer Engagement Workstream

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