The All-star Team

Natalie Hummel

Founder & Executive Director

Executive Director, Natalie Hummel is also one of the founders of KIDS in the GAME.

She is super passionate about giving all kids the same opportunities to play sports that she had growing up. Imagining a world without kids in sports drives her passion for launching KIDS in the GAME higher.   

Natalie brings more than 25 years experience of coaching, leading, and consulting a wide-spectrum of CEOs and Senior Executives ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups to her work here at KIDS in the GAME. For several years she has served on many different nonprofit organization boards, including the Working Wonders Children’s Museum.

As an athlete from childhood into her adult life, Natalie loves sports of all kinds. She played volleyball through college and played competitive and not-so-competitive softball for years. She brings leadership, technology design, compassion, and team spirit to KIDS in the GAME.

Natalie is the mother of two beautiful kids and wife to her amazing husband Steve. She has coached her son’s soccer team for several years, leads Girl Scout Trips with her daughter and in her free time enjoys cooking, gardening, kickboxing, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her family. 

I remember…

I Remember When...
I remember trying out for the new volleyball coach that had moved to Denver, CO. He was starting a new program; at the time, Denver didn’t have any club teams. He was looking for 15 and under girls who wanted to play. I had just turned 16 and he turned me away. I showed up every day for practice. I offered to help coach, I offered to find other 16-year-olds that could play in a 17 and under division. I offered to find another coach to help. I just kept showing up. He finally let me stay. It changed my life! I loved volleyball, I wanted to learn how to play at a higher level. We ended up going to Junior Nationals in LA and placing fifth. We went to Junior Olympics in Chicago and placed in the top 10. I would have never played in college without those experiences. I was the team captain and recruited the best girls throughout the state to play with us. He was a tough coach that was never satisfied, but we rose to the occasion and played our hearts out. Some of my best memories come from that team and the trips we took.

Executive Director, Natalie Hummel is also one of the founders of KIDS in the GAME.

She is super passionate about giving all kids the same opportunities to play sports that she had growing up. Imagining a world without kids in sports drives her passion for launching KIDS in the GAME higher.   

Natalie brings more than 25 years experience of coaching, leading, and consulting a wide-spectrum of CEOs and Senior Executives ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups to her work here at KIDS in the GAME. For several years she has served on many different nonprofit organization boards, including the Working Wonders Children’s Museum.

As an athlete from childhood into her adult life, Natalie loves sports of all kinds. She played volleyball through college and played competitive and not-so-competitive softball for years. She brings leadership, technology design, compassion, and team spirit to KIDS in the GAME.

Natalie is the mother of two beautiful kids and wife to her amazing husband Steve. She has coached her son’s soccer team for several years, leads Girl Scout Trips with her daughter and in her free time enjoys cooking, gardening, kickboxing, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her family. 

I remember trying out for the new volleyball coach that had moved to Denver, CO. He was starting a new program; at the time, Denver didn’t have any club teams. He was looking for 15 and under girls who wanted to play. I had just turned 16 and he turned me away. I showed up every day for practice. I offered to help coach, I offered to find other 16-year-olds that could play in a 17 and under division. I offered to find another coach to help. I just kept showing up. He finally let me stay. It changed my life! I loved volleyball, I wanted to learn how to play at a higher level. We ended up going to Junior Nationals in LA and placing fifth. We went to Junior Olympics in Chicago and placed in the top 10. I would have never played in college without those experiences. I was the team captain and recruited the best girls throughout the state to play with us. He was a tough coach that was never satisfied, but we rose to the occasion and played our hearts out. Some of my best memories come from that team and the trips we took.

Bob Trygg

Strategic Initiatives

Bob oversees Kids in the Games Strategic Initiatives,

Bob has a special focus on developing relationships with companies and organizations that share KIDS in the GAME’s passion for ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to participate in the physical activities that are critical to a healthy life.

Professionally, Bob has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry, primarily as a program manager for some of the industry leaders in computer hardware and software. He eventually transitioned to the nonprofit sector, where he has spent the last decade focused on programs aiding at-risk and homeless youth.

Growing up in what eventually became Silicon Valley, Bob enjoyed all types of sports. In high school he was on his school tennis, golf and cross-country running teams, and continues to have a passion for all types of outdoor activities, especially golf, skiing and mountain biking.

Bob and his wife Trudi call Bend, Oregon home and enjoy all the great outdoors activities available in the area.

I remember…

I Remember When...
I remember my favorite times in elementary school were the endless hours spent after school on the playground, playing all kinds of sports with my friends. Whether it was baseball, basketball, kickball, flag football…you name it, we played every day until our parents would come tell us it was time for dinner.

Bob oversees Kids in the Games Strategic Initiatives,

Bob has a special focus on developing relationships with companies and organizations that share KIDS in the GAME’s passion for ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to participate in the physical activities that are critical to a healthy life.

Professionally, Bob has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry, primarily as a program manager for some of the industry leaders in computer hardware and software. He eventually transitioned to the nonprofit sector, where he has spent the last decade focused on programs aiding at-risk and homeless youth.

Growing up in what eventually became Silicon Valley, Bob enjoyed all types of sports. In high school he was on his school tennis, golf and cross-country running teams, and continues to have a passion for all types of outdoor activities, especially golf, skiing and mountain biking.

Bob and his wife Trudi call Bend, Oregon home and enjoy all the great outdoors activities available in the area.

I remember…

 

I remember my favorite times in elementary school were the endless hours spent after school on the playground, playing all kinds of sports with my friends. Whether it was baseball, basketball, kickball, flag football…you name it, we played every day until our parents would come tell us it was time for dinner.

Donna Skemp

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Joining KIDS in the GAME cultivates Donna’s past experience with her passion.

Donna has 35 years of experience in finance and accounting.
In 2015, Donna joined the Peace Corps, where she helped the children’s orphanage in Botswana. She became attached to Botswana through her work and when she met her rescued pups, Naledi, meaning Star in Tswana, and Ema, which is the verb – to wait; just as she told Ema to wait for her.
Donna’s time was cut short in Botswana due to a back infection forcing her to move back to the states, allowing herself to heal. She decided to move to a place she’s always dreamed of living, Central Oregon; where she found KIDS in the GAME and knew she had to be a part of the team.
Donna’s always been active; at 16 years-old Donna biked the entire TransAmerica Bikecentennial Trail from Oregon to Virginia. Donna loves to hike, especially when her adult kids come to visit from California with their dogs! Hiking has helped her heal from the back infection. 
In addition to KIDS in the GAME, Donna continues her passion for animals through dedicating her weekends at the Humane Society Thrift Store, raising money for the Central Oregon Human Society. Any free time Donna has you can find her hiking the trails and exploring Oregon.

I remember…

I Remember When...
I remember when I discovered the joy of swimming at the local YMCA. I was 6 years old and  I loved the feeling and energy of racing through the cool water. I was never the fastest swimmer, but I was dedicated and coveted those colorful prize ribbons at the swim meets.

Joining KIDS in the GAME cultivates Donna’s past experience with her passion.

Donna has 35 years of experience in finance and accounting.
In 2015, Donna joined the Peace Corps, where she helped the children’s orphanage in Botswana. She became attached to Botswana through her work and when she met her rescued pups, Naledi, meaning Star in Tswana, and Ema, which is the verb – to wait; just as she told Ema to wait for her.
Donna’s time was cut short in Botswana due to a back infection forcing her to move back to the states, allowing herself to heal. She decided to move to a place she’s always dreamed of living, Central Oregon; where she found KIDS in the GAME and knew she had to be a part of the team.
Donna’s always been active; at 16 years-old Donna biked the entire TransAmerica Bikecentennial Trail from Oregon to Virginia. Donna loves to hike, especially when her adult kids come to visit from California with their dogs! Hiking has helped her heal from the back infection. 
In addition to KIDS in the GAME, Donna continues her passion for animals through dedicating her weekends at the Humane Society Thrift Store, raising money for the Central Oregon Human Society. Any free time Donna has you can find her hiking the trails and exploring Oregon.

I REMEMBER…

I remember when I discovered the joy of swimming at the local YMCA. I was 6 years old and  I loved the feeling and energy of racing through the cool water. I was never the fastest swimmer, but I was dedicated and coveted those colorful prize ribbons at the swim meet.

Eleana Fanaika

Program Administrator

Eleana is the Program Administrator for AMPED

Eleana has 11 years of experience in Retail Management with specialty sporting goods. When the west coast retailer went under in 2016, Eleana decided to leave retail and focus on using her degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Physical Education.

Eleana has coached youth volleyball and soccer, for schools and club teams. She has experience within the YMCA where she had the opportunity to teach PE for schools who had to cut their funding. She helped implement the first P.L.A.Y. program in San Diego County. Eleana developed the first-ever fitness lesson into the P.L.A.Y. curriculum. Focusing on the Fitness Gram and ultimately, improving students scores. Eleana also participated in creating a H.S. Basketball League for schools who didn’t have the required elements for an official CA State High School League.

Eleana moved to Central Oregon and started working at KIDS in the GAME in 2017.

Eleana has two young daughters, with her husband, Drew. With two little ones, she enjoys biking the girls around town, taking them on short hikes, playing at the park, teaching them about the outdoors, playing Kan Jam, going to OrangeTheory, and remodeling their home. 

I remember…

I Remember When...
Our soccer team wanted to go to The Rainbow Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. In order to go, my sister and I had to raise the money! So we got to work... We sold hundreds of boxes of candy and put in countless hours at car washes! When we sold candy, we were at the top of our game! We greeted EVERY customer before they entered the store, we asked their names, told them our names, our goal, and how they could help. When shoppers came out, we reconnected and closed the sale; if they needed more convincing, we would walk them to their cars, explaining the tournament details and our love of playing soccer! We loaded groceries, closed car doors, and gave info about future fundraising opportunities we were hosting. We were determined little 10 &11-year-olds! We ran those Grocery Store parking lots like we owned the place.  We spent months selling and washing cars; ultimately, we paid our share to get to Hawaii. All in the name of SOCCER!

Eleana is the Program Administrator for AMPED

Eleana has 11 years of experience in Retail Management with specialty sporting goods. When the west coast retailer went under in 2016, Eleana decided to leave retail and focus on using her degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Physical Education.

Eleana has coached youth volleyball and soccer, for schools and club teams. She has experience within the YMCA where she had the opportunity to teach PE for schools who had to cut their funding. She helped implement the first P.L.A.Y. program in San Diego County. Eleana developed the first-ever fitness lesson into the P.L.A.Y. curriculum. Focusing on the Fitness Gram and ultimately, improving students scores. Eleana also participated in creating a H.S. Basketball League for schools who didn’t have the required elements for an official CA State High School League.

Eleana moved to Central Oregon and started working at KIDS in the GAME in 2017.

Eleana has two young daughters, with her husband, Drew. With two little ones, she enjoys biking the girls around town, taking them on short hikes, playing at the park, teaching them about the outdoors, playing Kan Jam, going to OrangeTheory, and remodeling their home. 

I REMEMBER…

My soccer team wanted to go to The Rainbow Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. In order to go, my sister and I had to raise the money! We sold hundreds of boxes of candy and put in countless hours at car washes! When we sold candy, we were at the top of our game! We greeted EVERY customer before they entered the store, we asked their names, told them our names, our goal, and how they could help. When shoppers came out, we reconnected and closed the sale; if they needed more convincing, we would walk them to their cars, explaining the tournament details and our love of playing soccer! We loaded groceries, closed car doors, and gave info about future fundraising opportunities we were hosting. We were determined! We ran those Grocery Store parking lots like we owned them. We spent months selling and washing cars; ultimately, we paid our share to get to Hawaii. All in the name of SOCCER!

Amanda Conde

Program Administrator

Amanda Conde recently joined KIDS in the GAME as a Program Administrator.  

 She is an advocate for keeping girls in sports and has promoted girls and women athleticism through her work as a freelance photographer and founder of the nonprofit, Soul Sister Cycling.   

An outdoor enthusiast, Amanda is an avid mountain biker and nordic skier and has completed several adventure races.  She considers herself a late-bloomer as far as athletics go but realized her life changed when she discovered sports and now serves as a volunteer for Bend Endurance Academy and Meissner Nordic Community Trails.    

Amanda enjoys watching her two kids’ ski racing and lacrosse games and spending time with her husband on the mountain bike trails in Bend.

I remember…

I Remember When...
I remember when I started mountain biking. I felt my seven-year-old self, flying down the hills in my hometown on my little green Schwinn, fearless and free.

Amanda Conde recently joined KIDS in the GAME as a Program Administrator.  

 She is an advocate for keeping girls in sports and has promoted girls and women athleticism through her work as a freelance photographer and founder of the nonprofit, Soul Sister Cycling.   

An outdoor enthusiast, Amanda is an avid mountain biker and nordic skier and has completed several adventure races.  She considers herself a late-bloomer as far as athletics go but realized her life changed when she discovered sports and now serves as a volunteer for Bend Endurance Academy and Meissner Nordic Community Trails.    

Amanda enjoys watching her two kids’ ski racing and lacrosse games and spending time with her husband on the mountain bike trails in Bend.

I remember…

I remember when I started mountain biking. I felt my seven-year-old self, flying down the hills in my hometown on my little green Schwinn, fearless and free.