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Our team



Charlie Cutler

Founder, Executive Director and Board President

Charlie comes to BYTE with a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco in International Studies and Human Rights. Charlie taught BYTE’s first tennis classes in 2015 while conducting masters research in detention centers that hold refugee asylum applicants. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Charlie competed professionally, achieving an ATP world singles ranking of #1420.

Charlie has coached all levels professionally during his 10-yr career and is dedicated to using his passions for sports and advocacy to provide opportunities to kids. Most recently Charlie taught as an associate tennis pro at the California tennis club, as assistant coach for the University of San Francisco Men’s Tennis program, and as a regional coach for the Northern California section.


Jacksubeli Gonzalez

BYTE Academic Director

A native of Nogales, Sonora (MX), Jacksubeli has a broad range of experience working with non-governmental organizations that promote the arts, culture and education in her community. Jacksubeli helped facilitate the creation of the Municipal System to Prevent, Attend, Punish and Eradicate Violence Against Women and has been active in many municipal initiatives to empower women in Northern Mexico

Jacksubeli is trained as an intercultural educator and her personal mission is to design and propose strategies that help to improve her community.


Hugo Gonzolalez Platt

BYTE Assistant Acidemic Instructor

Hugo González Platt is a licensed psychologist, teaching at the University of Sonora. He has participated in a diverse range of organizations and events that benefit vulnerable groups and develop youth leaders. Specifically, Hugo has worked as part of Circle K International, UNISON, Rompiendo Fronteras (Breaking Borders) and as a Sonoran Citizen Observer of Human Rights.

Hugo’s objectives are to educate university students on ethics and compromise, using his work in psychology to improve the quality of life for children and young adults. He also hopes to help fortify the presence of young professionals and leaders in the border region.


Carolina Iniquez

Assistant Academic Instructor

Carolina Iniquez is trained in psychology from Universidad de Sonora, where she has taught classes in guitar, photography and created a cinematography & culture club. Her work promoting art & culture at UNISON led her to a passion and career in teaching, which she has continued at La Universidad del Desarrollo Profesional (UNIDEP). She currently teaches ethics.

Outside of her teaching career Carolina is a community activist and volunteer with humanitarian and human rights organizations that focus on border issues. She has worked extensively with the the organizations Kino Border Initiative, No More Deaths, and the Network for Victims of Border Patrol. Much of her work has focused on documenting violations of the human rights of migrants, for which she received a 2016 Municipal Youth Award in the category of Human Rights.

Board of Directors


Stefanie Tanenhaus

Stefanie Tanenhaus is co-founder of Border Youth Tennis Exchange as well as an experienced energy professional, currently working at E3: Energy and Environmental Economics in San Francisco, CA. She has extensive technical and policy knowledge of the clean energy sector and a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to E3 Stefanie worked as a Renewable Energy Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States.


Christopher Teal

Christopher is a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department. Recently serving as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico, he oversaw programs on bilateral security, economic and trade promotion and cross-border exchanges between the United States and Mexico in the Sonora-Arizona region.

Christopher is currently on a faculty assignment at the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. He teaches graduate level classes to senior level Latin American officials on diplomacy, military/civilian relations; and defense/security policy development.


Gail Emrick

Gail is the Executive Director of the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), a health workforce development agency serving rural and underserved communities and health service agencies in three border counties of Arizona. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty of the University of Arizona, College of Public Health.

Gail has dedicated her professional life to promote the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in Central America and the U.S.-Mexico border regions.

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Megan Pickett

Megan is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. After graduating with dual degrees in English Literature and French from Mount Holyoke College, She spent 10 years as a magazine editor for a variety of lifestyle publications including Hong Kong Tatler, CS, Angeleno, and Bel-Air Magazine.

In 2008, she chose to focus on non-profit organizations, and developed a passion for childhood literacy. While she was Chair of the Board at Montessori Children's House, she established a writing workshop for elementary-age children, and partnered with local schools to improve policies for children with food allergies.


Melody Buckner Ph.D

Melody is the Interim Dean of the University of Arizona South. She is also the Director of Digital Learning and Online Education at the University of Arizona. In this role she oversees instructional design, graphic design, video production and quality assurance for the UA Online Campus. She came to UA eight years ago as an Instructional Designer to help faculty create online courses that reach out and engage students in an online UA experience. Before coming to the University, she served as an Instructional Designer in Professional Development and as an adjunct faculty for Pima Community College.



Alma Cota De Yanez

Alma is the Executive Director of Fundacion del Empresariado Sonorense (FESAC). A graduate of the Global Women’s Leadership Network program in 2005, she leads a Mexican community foundation that provides critical social services for poor families living in the border towns of Nogales, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona. Since 2006, she and a team of community leaders have provided training programs, nutritional services, self-employment guidance and support for people with disabilities, often working with migrant workers and their families. These experiences and the management skills she acquired enabled Alma to develop a strong collaborative network that includes academic, business and government partnerships. Under her leadership, FESAC also formed an endowment fund to support dozens of local non-profit organizations.


Jerry Haas

Advisory Board Member

Jerry is the current Executive Director and Board Chair of the Border Community Alliance. After ordination in the United Methodist Church, Jerry served as pastor of congregations in California and Arizona for twenty-five years.


Orlando Bravo

Advisory Board Member

Orlando is a Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo and is responsible for the firm’s investments, operations and strategy. He has been with Thoma Bravo since 1998. Over the past 15 years, Orlando has overseen approximately 145 software and technology-enabled services acquisitions completed by the firm representing about $35 billion in enterprise value. Under his leadership, Thoma Bravo has consistently produced strong returns for the hundreds of limited partners in its funds, and it has grown to become one of the leading private equity firms in the technology sector.

Orlando received an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a law degree from Stanford Law School and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from Brown University.


Tony Sedgwick

Advisory Board Member

Tony is the President of the Board of the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, which supports over twenty non-profit organizations and projects that operate locally in Santa Cruz County, AZ. Although his efforts are diverse, they concentrate on youth development and are committed to preserving and conserving the natural beauty and life of southern Arizona. Prior to his work with the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, Tony received a JD from the University of Arizona and had an illustrious career in both criminal and international business law.