USA City Games™ Team Members
Home Office Team
Billy Frank, Executive Chairman
Billy Frank is a 2013 Fast Pitch Olympian and Silver Medalist at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He is also a successful entertainment CEO & Executive Producer, and has provided exemplary work with major brands, studios and corporations for over 20 years. Billy’s tenacious, iron-willed drive to deliver excellence has become his brand; and has earned recognition, appreciation and respect for his rich experience and superior skills in marketing, advertising, television, sports and event production. Billy, in partnership with Bank of America, produced a multi-faceted, multi-award winning traveling program for the 2000 Olympic Games which eventually inspired him to spur a company-wide objective of focusing on and delivering more transformational content – “projects with heart.” This led to his company’s (Make it Happen Productions) evolution and recent acquisition of USA City Games (USACG), formerly known as the “LA Watts Summer Games.” Billy’s personal values of honor and integrity, his executive expertise, creativity, passion for sports and helping others have come full circle. With this latest endeavor, Billy’s meritorious leadership, his hands-on work ethic, and his heartfelt desire to give back to the community, have been called into play full force.
Don Janklow, President
Don Janklow has a brutally honest yet endearing business style and is an unstoppable force in creating and executing corporate marketing strategies and developing sponsorship activation programs. Janklow’s company spearheaded marketing and sales for the L.A. Marathon for 20 years. Additionally, he has created successful marketing programs for events such as the Indy 500 and NASCAR. Making quality and corporate level opportunities available to any sized business has become his signature. Fearless and visionary, Don is a reckoning force to motivate decision makers, drive sales and elevate project potentials. His ahead-of-his-time thinking has created significant success stories (e.g. finding and managing the legendary comedian Andy Kaufman, working with and promoting Joe Namath, the Bee Gees, Vera Wang and other high profile celebrities and companies). Don’s newest quest is leveraging sports through the USA City Games to help youth improve their lives.
Carla S. Jones, Executive Director
Carla is a Director, Manager, Coordinator and Motivator who successfully organized, developed, promoted and maintained a thriving service as a health and fitness professional. She operated her business for over 20 years, and worked with more than 500 individuals. Carla has extensive experience as a business administrator covering multiple industries including health and fitness, non-profit, entertainment, and insurance. She has a proven track record for developing innovative solutions in meeting defined business goals, and her key strengths include office, vendor and asset management, strategic planning, advanced written and verbal communications, contract administration, research & development and the ability to foster cohesive relationships at all levels of an organization, while sustaining an efficient, productive and harmonious environment.
Nick Davidson, USACG Sports Co-Chair
Nick has a rich history of working with youth in sports. He reunites with The Games to share the benefits of his wisdom, direction and love of sports and his desire to develop strength of character, leadership qualities and integrity among youth. He previously performed as Chair of the L.A. Watts Summer Games for two years, including the last year of The Games in 2013. He has more than 23 years experience tutoring, teaching, and coaching youth. Nick is Athletic Director for Locke High School, which was the first site of The Games. Two mottoes have influenced his development as a leader: “Play hard, play smart, stay focused and have fun!”, John Wooden; and The Games Credo, “I will play fair, respect my opponent, win with integrity, lose with dignity, above all, pursue the game with honor.”
Ryland Huyghue, USACG Sports Co-Chair
Ryland is a pioneer in the exciting game of lacrosse. He has been influential in the notable development of America’s fastest-growing sport, and he joins The Games with a vast amount of knowledge and experience as a long-time lacrosse player. From 2011 forward, Ryland served as Lacrosse Chair in the LA Watts Summer Games. Additionally, he has been Head Coach of Lacrosse at UC Irvine, Pepperdine University, Cal State Fullerton, USC and numerous high schools. His knowledge of high school sports competitions adds tremendous value to the logistics of executing all sports in The Games. Ryland has been honored by President Obama for his excellence and exceptional contributions to the sport, and he’s been inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse 2016 Hall of Fame. Ryland is committed to the expansion and development of lacrosse and youth sports nationwide.
Scott Charness, MSW, Marketing Communications Coordinator
Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work. His dedication and commitment to the USA City Games come from a background of clinical and administrative social service. Through many years of helping communities, families, and children, Scott is an organizational asset in philanthropic and community outreach.
Ginger Campbell, Event Producer
Ginger founded SNAP Productions over 20 years ago to provide purposeful and social good integrated communications and event management services. By focusing SNAP’s efforts on outcomes and her client’s “why”, she has developed creative and successful campaigns for companies both nationally and internationally. She enjoys working with businesses that enhance the human condition. To that end, she focuses on developing social good/social impact programs and campaigns that make our planet a better place to live. Ginger specializes in taking businesses to the next level through integrated communications (new and traditional media), event production, and branding/positioning to raise awareness and revenues for her clients. Ginger holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Marketing and International Business. She serves on the board of the Kellogg Los Angeles Alumni Club and volunteers for a variety of organizations who need to take their message and purpose to the forefront of the news cycle.
Sports Leadership Team
Rod Dixon, VP Youth Development
Rod Dixon is a four times Olympian, Olympic medalist, Olympic Coach, World Champion and Record-holder, and winner of the 1983 New York City Marathon. Rod is The Olympian Coach and Advisor to the USA City Games, connecting with the sports coaches, educating athletes and students. As Director of Coaching and Training for the USA City Games 3K Family Run/Walk, Rod’s mission is for Students, friends and their Families to participate en masse bringing the message of Healthy Activity, Wellness and Nutrition. He is also the founder/creator of the Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON Foundation which is an advocacy program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, Michele Obama – Let’s Move, Let’s Go 5-2-1-0, (Eat Healthy – Get Active) and Partnership for a Healthier America.
Tracy Sundlun, Olympic Track & Field Chair
Tracy Sundlun is the Olympic Track & Field Chair of the USA City Games. He has decades of experience in the sport including involvement in nine Olympics. Tracy was Head Manager of the USA Men’s Track & Field Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. His work in track & field has consisted of everything from coaching to sports administration, leading to many advancements and innovations in the evolution of the sport. Tracy’s work with the USA City Games stems from his beliefs that track & field involves athletes of all ages and should impact all of society.
Tony Lawson, Soccer Chair
Tony has coached soccer since completing his playing days for the Men’s Soccer Team at UCLA in 2003. His time as a Bruin student-athlete, former team captain and member of the 2002 NCAA Champs inspired the dedication of his life to uplifting Los Angeles youth. Tony has 13 years of experience as a classroom educator and is currently a US History teacher and soccer coach at Locke High School, a coach for FRAM Soccer Club in South Bay and he serves on the board of directors for Juggle the World Soccer Club in Compton. He founded The Leysól Foundation to promote positive social change through providing top class athletic and academic services. Tony understands the mission of the LA Watts Summer Games due to their historic beginnings at Locke High School – his boys soccer team participated in the event during his tenure. The mission of the USA City Games to “foster aspiring athletes and students, while providing a health and athletic pathway for them to strive for excellence” speaks to the core of Tony’s being and is reflective of the work in which he has dedicated his life.
Henry Bell, Football Chair
At the age of 23, Henry built one of the most successful grassroots marketing firms in the country. He’s the creator of the “Invitation Only” and 7v7 camps that dramatically changed high school football events, recruiting and off-season training. As a result of Henry’s vision and leadership, millions of high school football players now have access to top notch training, recruiting exposure and elite events — all originated from the business model he created in 2000. Henry is now sharing his passion, expertise and relationships with the USA City Games in providing the student-athletes of Los Angeles with a signature event for many years to come.
Raquel Tomasino, Director – Multi-Cultural Outreach
Raquel is a strategic, innovative thinker with GM & multi-ethnic, multi-cultural marketing experience. With over 30+ years of experience, she is committed to providing the best in multi-strategic planning and media services. Raquel is a member of the USA City Games Advisory Board.
Tom Hebert, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
Tom is the former President of The LA Junior Chamber of Commerce – who owned The LA Watts Summer Games until it was acquired by MIHP. Currently, Tom is Board Chair of LA Junior Charity Foundation.
Vicki Israel, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
Vicki is Assistant General Manager, Partnership and Revenue Branch, for the Los Angeles Recreation & Parks. She was instrumental in bringing in middle school athletes ages 12-15 (7th and 8th graders), and the LA Rec and Parks as a venue for the USA City Games qualifiers.
Michael Goldman, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
Michael S. Goldman is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as the Leader of its Commercial Banking practice. He is also Men’s Fast Pitch (Softball) Chairman for the Maccabi(ah) games – the third-largest sporting event in the world, with 9,000 athletes competing on behalf of 78 countries.
Scott Lange, Strategic Consultant – Marketing Partnerships & Event Production
Scott is accomplished at raising millions of dollars in marketing partnerships to fund and produce live televised events. His experience encompasses co-producing 9 New York City Marathons as EVP/CMO of the New York Road Runners, landing a 5-year Ford entitlement of the Ford New York City Triathlon on behalf of the NY Olympic Bid Committee, and securing partnerships for the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational and the American Century Championship as VP of SFX Sports. Scott has served in business development and executive leadership positions at New York Road Runners, SFX Sports, Havas Impact, Active Network and Moss Sports. Scott serves on board of directors of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts and Advisory Board of the USA City Games™. He resides in New York, NY.
Helen Sanchez, Arevalo Sanchez, PR
Arévalo Sanchez is a full service public relations firm with public and private sector experience in both the Latin and general markets. The firm’s principals, Helen Sanchez and Jania Palacios have implemented highly successful communications efforts on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations, high profile government agencies, private foundations, community based and civil rights organizations, and politicians. Helen Sanchez, a partner, has a unique blend of media, community relations/advocacy, corporate communications and social marketing experience in both the Latino and general markets. She has spearheaded a variety of general and Latino market strategic communications, which include management and implementation of media relations for the Los Angeles Mayor’s office (media training, message and press materials development, brand implementation, crisis communications), community relations/grant giving, government relations and collateral development.