Beth Devine, Executive Director
Beth Devine was named the Executive Director of PYSC in May, 2016. Devine has an extensive background in sports-based youth programming, most recently having founded Philly Girls in Motion, an organization that delivers physical activity and sports programs for girls in schools and communities throughout Philadelphia. Beth started the organization with the help of then Councilman, now Mayor Jim Kenney, who asked her to build a basketball program in South Philadelphia in partnership with the six Division I women’s basketball programs located in Philadelphia. Beth went on to serve on Mayor Kenney’s Transition Team as the Co-Chair of the Community and Culture Committee, focusing on programming for youth in our schools and Parks and Recreation facilities.
Previously, Beth gathered knowledge in relationship building, marketing, fundraising, and event planning through her work at great organizations like the American Cancer Society, The Philadelphia Big 5, and O’Neill Properties Group.
Becca Fagan, Program and Evaluation Manager
Becca Fagan joined PYSC as the Program & Evaluation Manager in April 2019. After 5 years with the City of Philadelphia, with both the Philadelphia Water Dept. and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, she is glad to bring her extensive experience in community relations and communications to the programming sector of PYSC. A native Philadelphian, and a former high school and collegiate athlete, she is thrilled to move back into the world of athletics and youth development. Having grown up within the Philadelphia rec system, she recognizes the importance of access and equity in programming and is excited to contribute to the work being done at PYSC.
Becca holds a BBA in Sport & Event Management from The George Washington University. During her time at GW she was an active member of the GW Crew team, as well as Captain of GW Women’s Rugby. She maintains a foothold in the Philadelphia sports community as the current Captain of Philadelphia Women’s Rugby Football Club.
Jamiliyah Foster, Director of Development
Jamiliyah "Jay" Foster has 5 years of experience in initiating, cultivating and maintaining professional relationships with both corporations and foundations to acquire funding for non-profit children’s programs. Her passion for serving the needs of Philadelphia’s underserved children led her to join the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative team. Jamiliyah most recently served as Program Director for St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, where she helped set the strategic direction of programs, built and managed a program team, and developed strong
relationships with non-profit and corporate partners.
Jamiliyah, a native of Philadelphia, has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Criminology from St. Joseph’s University.
Mike Barsotti, Member Services and Outreach Manager
Mike joined PYSC as the Member Services and Outreach Manager in May 2019. In this role, Mike supports and develops valuable programming for PYSC member organizations and leads the effort for outreach and recruitment of new members. Mike began his career in Independent Minor League Baseball, pitching for the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League. After retiring from baseball, Mike spent several years in Pennsylvania government and politics, serving as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration, and holding senior staff roles on Katie McGinty’s campaigns for US Senate and PA Governor. Following the 2016 campaign cycle, he joined Militia Hill Ventures as an associate, leading operations for the firm. In 2018 Mike co-founded and was chosen by the board to serve as Executive Director for PhillyBio, a new 501(c)(6) devoted to developing Philadelphia’s life science ecosystem.
Mike was born and raised in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in Government with a concentration in American Politics from Wesleyan University. While at Wesleyan, he was captain of the varsity baseball team and a social chair for his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon.