Hannah Elisabeth Dougherty

Founder and President


Hannah Elisabeth Dougherty is a coach, former collegiate athlete and the Founder of GenUp Sports. Hannah graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Science in Education and Sport Administration and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University. 

Hannah’s experience as an athlete and her understanding of the immense positive impact health education and youth sports provide to individuals and communities was the motivating factor behind the development of GenUp Sports—a program that provides accessible fitness, health/wellness classes and sports to underserved and at-risk youth in North Texas. 


Mai Nguyen

Vice President


Mai Nguyen was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States as a young child. After completing her education, she began working with Keller Williams and found a passion in real estate investment. As a real estate professional a majority of her time is spent connecting investors with real estate opportunities for long term growth. She also works with families and individuals to find their dreams homes. 

Growing up in a single-family home she understands the need to support young people as they find their way to success. Mai would like to make a difference by utilizing her skills of bringing both organizations and people contribute to the mission of GenUp sports. 

As Vice President of GenUp Sports the most important part of her role will be to leave a legacy of supporting young people of today become leaders of tomorrow

Stephen Howard

Leadership Expert & Treasurer



Stephen Howard is an award-winning speaker, leadership expert, author, ESPN college basketball analyst and former NBA player. Stephen graduated from DePaul University, achieving the title of Academic All-American during his years as a collegiate athlete. Stephen has been leading, inspiring and overcoming adversity his entire life. Through his speaking, he shares his personal stories, skills and leadership curriculum for the purpose of motivating, empowering and inspiring the next generation. 


Olivia Auld



Olivia Auld acquired her MSc Environment, Culture and Society Degree from the University of Edinburgh. Olivia dedicated her time and experience to Conservation International where she strived to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all. Olivia also acquired her MA in Documentary Film, not only winning awards but utilizing her passion and work to facilitate a different perspective in all who view her content.  Olivia's dedication, passion and determination to make this world a better place translated into her acceptance and work with GenUp Sports. 

Zelda Buck

Grant Coordinator


Zelda Buck presently works as a Fund Development Manager at the Matt Talbot Center, a recovery program and treatment center for addicted, homeless and mentally ill individuals. Buck previously spent her time working as a project coordinator for StolenYouth and interned for (BEST) Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking; an organization that was created to keep children and vulnerable people safe from human traffickers.

Buck graduated from Occidental College with a degree in Politics and received a grant writing certificate from the University of Notre Dame-Mendoza College of Business.

Samantha Azzato

Health/Wellness Coach



Samantha Azzato graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences/ Nutrition & Fitness and a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Samantha was part of the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society and a member of the Developmental Team for Wishmakers on campus—an organization that helps to fufill the wishes of ill children. Samantha has volunteered with the Special Olympics and coached children with disabilities the fundamentals of gymnastics.