Our Leadership Teams’ expertise in a broad range of disciplines, combined with passion for athlete safety, guides the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s pursuit of its mission of ending abuse in sport.
Executive Leadership Team
Jorge A. Fernandez
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Jorge A. Fernandez, CPA, has joined the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Jorge has been a business and nonprofit senior executive for 25 years, with extensive experience implementing operational strategies, executing corporate goals, and establishing and maintaining operating financial controls.
Prior to joining the Center, Jorge was chief financial officer at PROCHAMPS. He also lists upper management stints at First Choice Healthcare Solutions, International Space Station U.S. National Lab, Celsia Technologies Inc., Tiger Direct, PRG-Schultz Latin America Division, and Fiera Group on his resume. He began his career at Arthur Anderson.
Jorge, who is fluent in Spanish, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of Florida. Jorge, of Cuban descent, is originally from Miami. He now lives in Melbourne, Fla. with his wife and two daughters.
Vice President, Organizational Development & Compliance
Hannah Hinton is Vice President of Organizational Development & Compliance for the Center. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Hannah served as Associate Commissioner for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator at the newly created Mountain East Conference (MEC; NCAA Division II). Hannah created, developed, and refined the MEC’s compliance program with an emphasis on organizational transformation. In 2015 she was named the organization’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, in which role she provided strategic and programmatic leadership for the conference.
Hannah served on multiple Division II committees including its Management Council, Committee for Women’s Athletics, National Tennis Committee, and Membership Appeals Committee (which she chaired). She earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Cincinnati in 2007, where she played #1 in singles and doubles tennis and led the team as captain for two straight years. She earned a juris doctorate from the Boston University School of Law in 2010 and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2011.
General Counsel & Vice President of Response & Resolution
Jessica Perrill is General Counsel and the Vice President of Response and Resolution for the Center and brings fourteen years’ experience as a senior lawyer at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She served as managing attorney for one of the largest legal teams at the AG’s office, overseeing sixteen attorneys and five paralegals and guiding the litigation strategy for her department. Jessica began her career litigating cases involving child abuse, neglect, and the mistreatment of at-risk adults, on behalf of her client, the Colorado Department of Human Services. Jessica has extensive experience training and coaching attorneys and is skilled at finding practical solutions for complex legal issues and process-related concerns.
Jessica earned a B.A. from Connecticut College, where she played Division III soccer. She then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Warren Village, a local Denver non-profit organization that helps low-income, single parent families achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency. Jessica lives in Denver with her family and enjoys all that Colorado has to offer.
Vice President, Education & Research
Monica Rivera (she/her) is originally from the East Coast and has been working in the field of interpersonal violence advocacy and prevention education for over 17 years. Monica holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Syracuse University, and a graduate degree in Sociology from Colorado State University. Most of her professional career has been in higher education, where she served as director for a 24-hour interpersonal violence confidential crisis center on a large college campus. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Before joining the U.S.Center for SafeSport in 2023, she served as the Executive Director for Violence Free Colorado, the state’s interpersonal violence coalition. Monica’s honors include presenting a TedX Talk, and being a featured content expert on CBS Evening News Special Report, NPR, PBS, and in The Atlantic. Her published work includes Education Week’s “10 BIG Ideas Special Report,”and she served as chapter co-author in “New Directions for Student Services: Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.”
Martha Van Gelder
Vice President, Growth & Partnerships
Martha Van Gelder is Vice President of Growth & Partnerships overseeing marketing, strategic partnerships, online training customer success teams, and funds development. She joined the Center in 2018 with over 20 years of leadership experience at nonprofit, higher education, and consumer marketing companies. Martha’s higher education roles have included Executive Director of Commercialization for the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus’ Health and Wellness Center, and Director and Professor of Practice for the University of Arizona’s Center for Retailing and Consumer Analytics. She was responsible for strategic partnership development and new programming initiatives at both institutions.
Martha was Vice President International and Managing Director for Gaiam, and Executive Vice President, International at Sesame Workshop. Earlier management roles included Executive Director for Walt Disney’s Asian home entertainment division and Group Marketing Manager at L’Oréal’s Redken subsidiary. Martha earned a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and a master’s in business administration from the Thunderbird Global School of Management. Martha lived over 10 years overseas in Asia and Europe.
Senior Leadership Team
Senior Director, Finance
Monica Burgeson, CPA is Senior Director of Finance for the Center. From internal auditing for a Fortune 500 company to Big 4 public accounting to serving as a nonprofit executive for Colorado’s largest soccer clubs, she brings over 20 years of wide-ranging professional experience. Monica has also served as a contract CFO for Colorado Soccer Association and other charitable organizations. Her expertise centers around the evaluation of infrastructure and the implementation of strong financial processes. Monica earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (Wyoming, California-inactive).
Monica is a Marine Corps spouse and recipient of the Armed Forces Recreation Support Services “Behind the Scenes” Award. Community engagement is important in Monica’s personal and professional life. In addition to serving as Board Treasurer for her local area swim club, she serves on the Budget Committee for the City of Centennial, CO.
Senior Director, Communications & Media Relations
Hilary joined the U.S. Center for SafeSport as Senior Director of Communications in 2022, and leads the organization’s communications strategy aimed at engaging athletes, raising public awareness, and elevating the Center’s abuse prevention resources.
Prior to joining the Center, Hilary led a public-service-driven career working in local government in New York City and San Diego. She’s focused on gender equity and violence prevention and has developed a specialty in legal communications.
Hilary served as Director of Communications for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, where she implemented media strategies to educate the public about city services available to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking as well as other vulnerable populations.
Hilary earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from Northern Arizona University. She has been recognized as one of San Diego Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and has received an Outstanding Service Award from New York City-based St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victim’s Treatment Center.
Hilary resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and enjoys practicing yoga and hiking with her beloved mutts.
Deputy General Counsel
Kyle MacTaggart (he/him) is Deputy General Counsel and came to the Center following a career in public service by way of criminal prosecution and civil litigation. He earned a B.S. in Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, where he played basketball for four years and captained the team for his final two. Kyle obtained his J.D. at the Seattle University School of Law and went on to prosecute a wide array of criminal matters, which included sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence crimes in Washington State. After moving to Colorado, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the District of Colorado’s U.S. Attorney’s Office before joining the Center as an Associate Legal Counsel in 2021.
As Associate Legal Counsel, Kyle became proficient with the SafeSport Code, MAAPP, and Response & Resolution (R&R) processes, advised the R&R team at every stage of those processes, and represented the Center in hearings and arbitrations. He is a member of the bar in both Washington and Colorado, and currently lives in the Denver metro area with his family.
Deputy Vice President, Investigations
Eric Williams provides leadership, vision, and program management for the Center’s Investigations Division.
Prior to joining the Center, Eric served as Deputy Director of Denver’s Department of Public Safety where he facilitated collaboration and enhanced operational efficiency by coordinating activities among first responders within the city’s emergency response system. Additionally, he launched the Public Integrity Division, while overseeing workplace investigations, time-sensitive policy violation determinations, and budget management. Eric worked for more than a decade in various roles at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including as a Supervisory Special Agent in its Office of Congressional Affairs where he cultivated strategic partnerships and served as an advisor to FBI executive management. Throughout his career, he conducted high-priority civil rights and national security investigations. Before serving in the FBI, Eric worked as a Sexual Abuse Intervention case manager.
Eric is a licensed attorney and U.S. Navy veteran who earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, School of Law – Boulder, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Political Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver.