DeVry University Announces Roster of Team DeVry Athletes Competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

44 DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management Students and Alumni named to the Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team

Naperville, Ill. – July 23, 2021 – DeVry University today announced the roster of 44 Team DeVry athletes who will compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Ready to represent Team USA, these U.S. Olympians and Paralympians have graduated or are continuing their education at DeVry University or its Keller School of Management.

DeVry University is an official education provider of Team USA. Since 2011, more than 650 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls have enrolled at DeVry University to pursue a certificate, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program. To date, 215 are now graduates and are prepared to start their professional careers when they transition from their athletic pursuits.

The Team DeVry athletes, their sport and degree programs are as follows:


Undergraduate Sport Degree Program Hometown
Brian Bell Wheelchair Basketball Business Administration Birmingham, Alabama
Tia Edwards Sitting Volleyball Business Administration Skiatook, Oklahoma
Kaleo Maclay Sitting Volleyball Business Administration Honolulu, Hawaii
Oksana Masters Para-Cycling Management Louisville, Kentucky
Javianne Oliver Track & Field Technical Management Monroe, Georgia
Pedro Pascual Sailing Business Administration Miami, Florida
Justin Phongsavanh Para Track & Field Business Administration Des Moines, Iowa
Nia Toliver Rugby Business Administration Los Angeles, California
Stephen Tomasin Rugby Management Santa Rosa, California
Kaylin Whitney Track & Field Healthcare Administration Clermont, Florida



Graduate Sport Degree Program Hometown
John Boie Wheelchair Basketball Certificate in Accounting Milton, Wisconsin
Nina Cutro-Kelly Judo Business Administration Selma, Texas
Amanda Dennis Goalball Business Administration Peachtree City, Georgia
Kendall Ellis Track & Field Business Administration North Hollywood, Calif
Tori Franklin Track & Field Business Administration Chicago, Illinois
Brittni Mason Para Track & Field Business Administration Richmond Heights, OH
Cody Melphy Rugby Business Administration Littleton, Colorado
Eric Newby Wheelchair Rugby Business Administration Bailey, Colorado
Krysta Palmer Diving Business Administration Gardnerville, Nevada
Nefeli Papadakis Judo Business Administration Gurnee, Illinois
Jorge Sanchez Wheelchair Basketball Business Administration Oakland, California
Molly Seidel Track & Field Business Administration Boston, Massachusetts
Ben Stevenson Water Polo Accounting & Financial Mgmt Reno, Nevada
Alys Williams Water Polo Business Administration Huntington Beach, Calif.
Kristen Thomas Rugby Business Administration Philadelphia, Penn.
Brett Thompson Rugby Business Administration Tempe, Arizona 
Sandra Uptagrafft Shooting Networking & Communications Phenix City, Alabama
Kendell Williams Track & Field Project Management Kennesaw, Georgia
Colleen Young Para swimming Business Administration St. Louis, Missouri


Alumni Sport Degree Program Hometown
Femita Ayanbeku Para Track & Field Business Administration (‘19) Boston, Massachusetts
Samantha Bosco Para-Cycling Accounting & Fin Mgmt (‘20) Claremont, California
Ally Carda Softball Business Administration (’19) Elk Grove, California
Heather Erickson Sitting Volleyball Technical Management (‘19) Fayetteville, NC
McKenna Geer Para Shooting Technical Management (‘17)
Business Administration (‘20)
Arlington, Washington
Jacob Gibb Volleyball Education (‘18) Fremont, Ohio
Adeline Gray Wrestling Technical Management (‘16) Denver, Colorado
Vincent Hancock Shooting Technical Management (‘21) Eatonton, Georgia
Sophia Herzog Para Swimming Communications (‘19) Fairplay, Colorado
Ilona Maher Rugby Health Services Mgmt (‘20) Burlington, Vermont
Ryan Neiswender Wheelchair Basketball Business Administration (‘20) Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Brittney Reese Track & Field Business Administration (‘19) Gulfport, Mississippi
Samantha Schultz Modern Pentathlon Business Administration (‘18) Denver, Colorado
David Smith Volleyball Project Management (‘20) Saugus, California
Kara Winger Track & Field MBA; Accounting (‘16) Vancouver, Washington


“We are incredibly proud of our student and alumni athletes who have persevered during a global pandemic to remain focused and steadfast in their training, earning this auspicious honor to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. We will be cheering on Team DeVry every step of the way,” said Tom Monahan, president and CEO at DeVry University. “Our partnership with Team USA is grounded in the fact that the characteristics our student and alumni athletes have - discipline, focus, passion, and the ability to adapt to the unforeseen - are shared with all of our students,” added Monahan. “Whether a student is a Team USA athlete going for gold in Tokyo or a busy parent taking online classes to go for gold at work, DeVry will prepare them to thrive in a world of constant technological change.”


About DeVry University  

DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931 by Dr. Herman DeVry, the university offers online and hybrid undergraduate and graduate programs in academic disciplines that prepare students to thrive in the digital economy. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, To learn more, visit

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Hessy Fernandez

Director of Public Relations