Beth Melillo - Chair Of The Board

Beth has been actively involved in the Ultimate Frisbee community since she joined the sport at The College of New Jersey in 2008. She is a founding member of the TCNJ’s women’s team, Anarchy, and has played club ultimate in New Jersey since 2010. Beth has competed at the highest of levels within USA Ultimate’s Coed Club Division. When she isn’t playing Ultimate she teaches 7th and 8th Grade Math and coaches the High School Ultimate team in Westfield, NJ. She began her coaching career with the Westfield Girls’ Team and is currently coaching the High School Boys’ B team, as well as various teams at the middle school level. Beth has been involved with the DEVYL program since 2015 by being a Field Manager for the Youth Club Championships in Minnesota. At YCCs, she has organized the behind-the-scenes logistics ensuring that all teams from the program have the resources they need to make the weekend successful. She looks forward to her first year in a non-profit organization by acting as the Chair of the Board.

Kevin Griffith - Vice Chair

Kevin Griffith – An ultimate parent since his family moved to New Jersey in 2012 and joined the Columbia HS family. The countless hours spent driving to events, watching from the sidelines and listening to people much wiser than him in ultimate…ultimately resulted in his current role(s) as an Assistant JV Coach and Middle School Travel Coach for Maplewood.

Kevin works in Finance for Compass Group industry leader in the contract catering food service market. When not working or stalking the sidelines coaching, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, competing in 5k’s and watching Wisconsin Badger basketball.

Michelle Jones - Treasurer

Michelle Kondracki first started playing Ultimate at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in 2007. Since then, she has been very active in the Ultimate community. Michelle coached various teams over the years, including the DEVYL U-19 boys team and the Rutger’s women’s team. Michelle was also the General Manager of the New York Rumble, a part of Major League Ultimate, for 3 seasons, where she took on financial, managerial, and operational duties for the team. Michelle has a Master’s degree in Accounting and worked for a Big Four accounting firm, specializing in pre-IPO and IPO audits in the technology and marketing space for about 4 years. Afterward, Michelle started her own business and discovered a passion for software engineering. She currently works as a software engineer and does accounting and finance work for various clients.

Sophie Kay - Secretary

Sophie caught the "Ultimate frisbee bug" in 2010 when she started playing for Anarchy, the women's Ultimate team at The College of New Jersey. She has played a variety of teams in the women's and mixed club divisions, including Encore, Expendables, Outbreak, Loveshack, M'Kay, and Ozone. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014 to pursue her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and used her last year of college eligibility playing with Georgia Tech's women's team, Wreck. While in Atlanta, she coached the Paideia girls' JV team for three years and the Georgia Tech women's B team for one season. After moving back northeast, Sophie was thrilled to join the DEVYL board in 2022 due to her passion for youth ultimate.

Valerie Jawor- Parent Representitive

Valerie Jawor is a newly elected DEVYL Board Parent Representative and resides in New Jersey. Her son is currently playing on the Westfield High School Ultimate Frisbee Team and U17 DEVYL Summer Team.

You can always find her on the sidelines cheering on her son and his teammates or looking to lend a hand in assisting with water or tents. Her background includes many years as a local school volunteer and also Swim Team Concessions Chair for the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA.

Team commitment, friendship, sportsmanship, and a sense of family are the continued goals not only for herself and her family but the entire community within and outside of DEVYL.

She currently works for SkyAuction as a Publishing Administrator and is also a mom to her other son Brandon who currently attends SCAD. Her other interests include working out, playing with her dog Phoebe, and cycling.

Jax Salustro - Board Member

Jax is from Warren Township, New Jersey and has been playing ultimate frisbee since her sophomore year of high school at Watchung Hills Regional High School. She graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and captained the women’s club ultimate team as well. Following graduation, she was the assistant coach to the girls’ team at Watchung Hills and the Devyl U-20 girls’ club team. Her ultimate resume continues further with playing with Jughandle, a mixed club team out of the Princeton area, and the Arizona Sidewinders, Arizona’s first professional ultimate frisbee team.

Jax brings a seasoned perspective and unwavering passion for youth ultimate outreach to the Devyl Board. Additionally, with her background in advertising and graphic design, Jax has been an integral part to the social media team, and continues to advise and aid the organization anywhere she can. She now resides in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, and enjoys her time hiking and traveling.

Chris McGlynn - Board Member

Chris started playing ultimate in 2010 in Westfield, NJ. He captained Westfield High School and played four seasons with DeVYL in the summers, captaining the team in 2014. He played four years with Syracuse Scooby Doom in college and played a two seasons with New Jersey's Garden State. Off the field, he writes for Ultiworld and runs The Ultimate Podcast. Chris is now the men's regional director for the Metro East and excited to be part of this new initiative with DeVYL.

Allison Friedman - Board Member

Allison’s ultimate career began in 2006 when she discovered the sport at the George Washington University. After graduating, Allison began playing mixed club ultimate when she returned in New Jersey. She currently teaches 6th grade science in Westfield and coaches with the Westfield middle school program. Additionally, she has coached with DEVYL indoor winter leagues and assisted with last year’s summer program. Allison is looking forward to getting back into ultimate after taking a year off while she was pregnant with her daughter.