Meet our Team!

Get to know the Volo Kids Leadership Team! We asked, “What does play mean to you?”

Nayla Bautista

Favorite Sport: All the sports!
“Play provides a fun and engaging way for people of all ages to learn, grow, and connect. In addition to experiencing the physical and mental benefits of being active, we learn how to support others, compete respectfully, and be on a team- the benefits of which continue long after the play session has ended.”

Jen Rifkin

National Program Director
Favortie Sport: Football!
“Play is so powerful for children because it gives them the opportunity to practice invaluable skills in a structured environment that they will carry with them through the rest of their lives, both on and off the sports field.”

Roberta Plantak

Development Director
Favortie Sport: Hiking
“Every child deserves an opportunity to play! Play is more than just fun, it’s learning life skills and empowering kids one game at a time. Kids are able to master leadership skills, learn teamwork, create healthy habits, build self-esteem, make friends, and more! The power of play lasts a lifetime.

Dave Lukas

NYC Youth Program Coordinator
Favorite Sport: Running
“The fields and courts on which kids play may be measured by boundaries, but the space sports provide kids to express themselves, reflect, learn, discover, and grow stretches far beyond those lines. The power of play is infinite.”

Nick Votta

Baltimore Youth Program Coordinator
Favorite Sport: Basketball
“Play is so powerful because it allows kids to practice life skills that they will carry on as they grow older. Play gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and build relationships that could last forever.”