Our Advisory Board is dedicated to making Lake Tahoe a world class sports destination by running amazing sports events that inspire people from all over the world.
Founder, Head Coach & President
Leon is the Founder and CEO of Tahoe Training Camps, a high performance sports camp in California that incorporates a mental skills program into the development of its players. Leon was a High School Academic All-American, played Division I college soccer as a student-athlete at The University of San Diego and The University of Denver before playing professional soccer with the Los Angeles Blues. in Germany, Bolivia & United States.
Leon holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Organizational Leadership from California Lutheran University. He has used his experience and business acumen to start six companies that are largely driven by the mission of growing and improving both the physical and mental skills of youth athletes.
One of those companies is Juggle the World, whose mission is to use soccer as a vehicle to get underserved youth into college, Leon founded the non-profit which is a competitive soccer club in Compton, CA —>
The club started with one team, and has now grown to over fifteen teams helping youth in Los Angeles.
Leon is currently the head boy’s soccer coach at his alma mater, South Tahoe High School where he oversees both the varsity and junior varsity teams. The program stresses mental skills as a program-wide discipline, and part of their training is to consider the mental factors that contribute to success on and off the field. He is also an adjunct professor at Sierra Nevada College in their Business Department.
He is happily married to Kristen Abravanel (the TSO Secretary).
Event Specialist & Secretary
Kristen Abravanel brings to Tahoe Sports Organization a strong background in event planning and marketing. In particular, Kristen has spent the last 4 years working for ZPower, LLC as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She specializes in both direct-to-business and direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns, tradeshow coordination, media placement and consultant management. Prior to her marketing roles at ZPower, Kristen worked in various positions in the Hospitality Industry and gained diverse experience in management, customer service, and event planning.
CPA & Treasurer
A native Californian in his early 20’s, Scott began working part time with his family run nonprofit for at-risk youth in Central California. During this time he was also traveling many regions of Central and South America learning Spanish, Salsa, and volunteering at various nonprofits along the way. His appreciation for non-profits grew when he finished traveling to work full time with at-risk youth and to finish his Business degree at California State University Fresno. Shortly after he obtained his CPA license while working in public accounting. He currently operates as the Tax Manager of the South lake Tahoe and Los Angeles offices, which works out great because he loves Beach Volleyball and Snowboarding. Scott understands the power of giving back and looks forward to being a part fulfilling the mission of Tahoe Training Camps.
Marketing Expert & Board Member
Mark is the Principal and co-founder of Sparkcell, a multidisciplinary marketing agency that works with some of the world’s leading brands and brightest startups. Current clients include Intel, HP, PayPal, Nokia, SDG&E, Arm, Plex and Norton. Mark has over 15 years experience as an internal and agency marketing professional in the U.S. and Canada. He has managed global teams, implemented multi-million dollar marketing programs and developed a reputation as a creative and results-focused leader. He studied at the University of Toronto. He lives in South Lake Tahoe where he’s actively involved in coaching and developing youth hockey players.
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