Coaches & Staff

Staff

Lynn Merrill, Managing Director
Lynn played lacrosse at Loyola Academy, then at the University of Illinois, where she earned degrees in Spanish and International Studies. Lynn is also the Assistant Varsity Coach at Northside College Prep High School,  a US Lacrosse certified official and the Vice President of the IL Chapter for US Lacrosse.

Michelle Sebastian, Partner and Director of Coaching
After playing Division 1 lacrosse at Vanderbilt University, Michelle coached Hinsdale Central High School—leading them to 3rd, 1st, 3rd and 3rd in State, respectively.  SHe moved on to coach at Montini Catholic.  Within 4 years, she and former Lakeshore Coach, Virginia Kosenkova, took the team to a State Championship, winning 2nd place in 2013.   Michelle is a founding member of the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association, a Partner of Lakeshore Lacrosse, and the mom of three beautiful girls.   Her oldest, Isabella is a memebr of the National Premier 2025 team.

Jennifer Devens, Director of Marketing
Jennifer comes to Lakeshore with a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois. Her career has centered around marketing, advertising and media. Jennifer has practiced her trade in Chicago, London and Boston, where she also worked in Public Relations.   Jennifer is thrilled to be involved in such an energetic organization that empowers and encourages girls to reach their full potential not only in lacrosse but in life. Jennifer is a native of Chicago and continues to call Chicago home, where she enjoys living with her  two children.

Gwen Tegart, Controller
Gwen grew up in Northbrook, IL and attended the University of Denver where she received her undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.  She worked for many years in public and private accounting before staying home to raise her children.  She and her husband currently reside in Wheaton, IL with their two teenage children.  

Kaitlin Sheridan, Director of Tournaments
Kaitlin is from Ellicott City, Maryland where she won 4 WCAC Championships  with Good Counsel High School in Olney .  She went on to play defense for Towson University in Maryland.  As a Tiger, she won 3 back-to-back CAA championships (2012-2014) and was named CAA tournament MVP in the spring of 2013.  Kaitlin was named team co-captain for the 2013-2014 season.  Towson competed in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons.  Since graduating in 2014 Kaitlin has coached high school and college camps and clinics and also for the Rebels Lacrosse Club in Maryland.

CarolLynn Ellison, Director of Officials
After growing up playing lacrosse in the Philadelphia area, CarolLynn moved to Chicago with her family in 1999 and has been involved in Illinois lacrosse ever since. A nationally rated official, she officiates NCAA throughout the country. She has seven beautiful children.

Bridget Olp, Founder of Lakeshore Lacrosse
Bridget founded Lakeshore Lacrosse in 2003 to promote girls’ and women’s lacrosse opportunities in the Chicagoland area. A nationally ranked official, she officiates NCAA lacrosse throughout the country. Bridget also founded the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (www.iglax.org) in 2006. 
COACHES
Christina Amato
Christina grew up in Seaford, New York, and has been playing since 2nd Grade. She helped start the girls Varsity program at her high school in 2000. She was 4 year Varsity Starter at Seaford High School and went on to play for a year at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. After recovering from an injury, she was a Varsity Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach at Seaford High School, coached 3 Middle School Teams and a Junior Varsity in Seaford, NY and East Meadow, NY. Christina has her Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts.  She moved to Illinois in 2013 and currently teaches Art at West Elementary in Crystal Lake, IL. Christina coaches with Lakeshore’s Indoor and National Travel programs.
Whitney Capps

Whitney has been coaching with Lakeshore Lacrosse and IGLA for several years. Prior to that, she worked with OPRF and Wheaton Warrenville as a specialist goalie/defensive coach and was the head coach of Oak Park’s off season club team. Whitney graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 after playing four years of D1 WWLL (Western Women’s Lacrosse League) lacrosse. She played defense, mid-fielder and goalie. Whitney works with Chicago Public School helping students to get themselves into college. She’s still an active athlete, playing rec frisbee and football. She also practices yoga and trapeze.  Whitney coaches with Lakeshore’s Indoor and Midwest Select programs.

Wei Chenh

Wei Chenh is a Chicago native and played lacrosse at Lane Tech High School on the Varsity team all 4 years. Wei was the core of the team from 2001-2004 and earned MVP honors sophomore, junior and senior years. In 2003, Wei earned Second Team All-State honors. After high school, she was recruited to play lacrosse at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. where she was the highest scorer in 2005. Wei has since coached at Lane Tech High School and Robert Morris University, where she was part of the 2014 NWLL National Championship team. She currently coaches at Lincoln Way High School  as well as Lakeshore Indoor and Midwest Select Travel at the high school level.

Marissa Churchill

Marissa grew up in between Indianapolis, IN and Cincinnati, OH, and then went on to play club lacrosse at Indiana University. After graduating college, she moved to Chicago and works as a Graphic Designer in the city. Throughout her 10+ year lacrosse career, she has traveled all over the country playing the sport and looks forward to helping others learn the game that she loves.

Mikayla Clark

Mikayla grew up in Eden Prairie, MN where she played basketball, soccer and lacrosse at Eden Prairie High School. She went on to play Division 1 soccer at University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. After her freshmen year, she transferred to the University of Denver to play Division 1 lacrosse. Mikayla graduated with a degree in communications and marketing in 2013. After coaching and working in Minneapolis she relocated to Chicago and work in advertising.  Mikayla coaches with the Lakeshore National Premier program.

Beatrice Conley

Beatrice grew up in Rochester, NY where she played four years of varsity lacrosse, earning 2 All-American honors at Brighton High School. She then went on to play 4 years of Division 1 lacrosse at Northwestern University, being a part of 2 National Championship teams and earning 3 Academic All Big Ten studying Human Development & Psychological Services. In college, she found a passion for coaching as the Assistant Coach for Wildcat Elite. After college, she coached two years as the head coach of Wildcat Elite 2017 and joins the Lakeshore coaching staff eager to continue coaching and help grow the sport.

Michelle Dillon
Michelle attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, IL where she was a founding member on their first varsity lacrosse team. She fell in love with the sport and went on to play as a goalkeeper at McAuley as well as on the Lakeshore National Premier U19 Team. Michelle graduated from Beloit College, where she was captain of her team, with a degree in Business Economics. She currently coaches Lakeshore Chicago Stars and Indoor as well as at McAuley High School.
Lanie Dolan

Laine was a three-year letter winner in lacrosse at Loyola Academy. She was a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection as a junior and senior and an All-American honorable mention as senior. Laine helped her team to Illinois state titles each of her final three seasons. She was a four year player for Division I Marquette University.

Laura Finfrock

Laura started playing lacrosse at  Deerfield High School and went on to play at Adrian College in Michigan. In her senior year she finished 37th out of 200 goalies in DIII, had a .482 save percentage, and was named MVP. Laura earned a degree in biology. She is currently the head coach of Glenbard West High School and a goalie coach for Lakeshore National Premier.

Alex Gambacorta

Alex earned varsity letters in both girls lacrosse and basketball at Loyola Academy.  She helped the Ramblers to Illinois state titles as a junior and senior.  Alex also competed in the Brine National Tournament with the Illinois-Wisconsin National Team.  Alex was a 4 year player at Division I Marquette Unviersity She coaches National Travel program.

Lynn Gerbec

Lynn grew up in Chicago and began playing lacrosse at Northside College Prep High School. She went on to play Division III lacrosse at Oberlin College and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Lynn is the Head Varsity Coach at Northside College Prep High School and plays with the Lakeshore Women’s Adult Team. She recently obtained her Masters in Education.

Maddie Harman
Maddie began playing with IGLA and Lakeshore Lacrosse. She later moved on to play defense at Hinsdale Central High School. Her love for lacrosse carried over to college where she played defense at Miami of Ohio. She coaches Lakeshore Indoor, Chicago Stars and Midwest Select and loves sharing her passion for the game with her players!
Meghan Harte

Meghan is from Downers Grove, IL. She starting playing lacrosse as a freshman at Montini Catholic High School and played on the varsity team sophomore, junior and senior years.   As a junior, Meghan and her team made it to the state final and as a senior, she was named Second Team All State. She also played with Lakeshore throughout her high school years. Currently, she is a senior at John Carroll University where she is  captain of the lacrosse team.  During her freshman season she earned Second Team Ohio Athletic Conference honors.

Amanda Kammes

Amanda Kammes most recently served as the Director of Sales, Girls Events for NXT Sports in Philadelphia, PA. Here, she started the Girls Lacrosse Events division and grew it to 12 events over a two year period. During this time she also served as the Head Coach at Abington High School for two years (’15-’17) and Owen J Roberts for one year (’17-’18). While at Abington, she led the team to an undefeated conference championship, and two of the best regular season records in school history. Additionally, Kammes led the team in a run in the State tournament for the first time in a decade and produced 2 USL All-Americans and 7 Division I and II recruits.  Prior to her tenure at NXT, Kammes served as the UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse Program’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator from 2012-2015. Prior to going to UC Davis, Kammes served as defensive coordinator at Garnet Valley High School and won 2 State Championships while there. Before joining the lacrosse scene, she was an Assistant Basketball Coach at D1 University of Pennsylvania (2008-2009) and American University (2005-2007). Kammes is a Chicago native. She also received her BS in Nursing in 2009 and Masters in Nursing Education in 2016.

Sarah Jonathan
A Clayton, CA, native, Sarah started played lacrosse her sophomore year at Clayton Valley High School and was Captain of the varsity team her senior year. She attended Lake Forest College, where she helped establish the women’s club lacrosse team and served as co-captain for four years. She was named Second Team All-American during her junior and senior years and was a three time Academic All American. Sarah has coached with IGLA and Lakeshore as well as at the collegiate level for Lake Forest College.
Jacqueline Kelly

Jacqueline started playing lacrosse with IGLA in 6th grade.  She fell in love with the sport and went on to play Lakeshore Travel. She played her freshman year of high school at Lyons Township on varsity before transferring to Montini Catholic and playing there.  Junior year, she received both All State and All American honors.  Jacqueline plays at Division l UC Davis in California.  Jacqueline enjoys the competitive aspect of the game and loves to help young players discover their potential.

Kaley LaForce

Kaley is from East Aurora, NY.  She graduated from John Carroll University where she was a member of the inaugural women’s intercollegiate lacrosse team in 2014.  She was team captain for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She earned First Team Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) honors, and Second Team IWCLA All Region in 2015. In 2016, she earned First Team All OAC and First Team All-Region.  Kaley coaches with the National Preimer program.

Francesca LoVerde

Francesca grew up on the Southside of Chicago in Beverly. She started playing lacrosse when she was a freshman at Mother McAuley and her senior year transferred to Montini Catholic High School. During her high school career, she was a member of the US Lacrosse National Team for Chicago Metro and the Under Armour Midwest Underclass Elite Star team. She went on to play Division I lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire as a defender and graduated in 2017. Francesca coaches with the National Premier program.

Kendall Santulli Maloney

Kendall grew up in Hinsdale, IL.  She was a four year varsity member at Hinsdale Central High School.  She was a member of the 2007 State Championship team.  Sheearned All-American honors her junior and senior years and was co-MVP with her twin sister Samantha. She continued her lacrosse career at Division I for Northwestern University. She was a part of the 2008 and 2009 National Championship teams, won 3 ALC Championships and received All Academic Big Ten honors. She currently lives in Bucktown with her husband and runs business development for ACE USA, a property/casualty insurance company.

Molly Marciniak

Molly earned three letters in girls lacrosse at Montini Catholic High School.  She served as team captain as a senior in 2014, where she totaled 45 goals and 88 draw controls.  Molly helped Montini to a state runner-up finish as a junior in 2013, a season in which the squad also captured regional, sectional and supersectional titles.  Competed with the Illinois-Wisconsin National Team in 2013 and the Lakeshore Lacrosse National Team from 2012-14.

Keeley McCarthy

Keeley grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She played lacrosse all four years at St. Ignatius College Prep.  She received All-State honors her senior year. During high school she also played with the Lakeshore Lacrosse National Travel program. She then went on to play lacrosse for the Indiana University Women’s Lacrosse Club. While at Indiana, she was the team captain her sophomore through senior years and team president her junior and senior years. She currently coaches the junior varsity team lacrosse at St. Ignatius.  She also plays on the Lakeshore Adult team. Keeley is a Special Education Classroom assistant for Chicago Public Schools.

Devin McCue

Devin grew up in Chicago and attended Loyola Academy, where she was a founding member of the lacrosse program. After playing Division lll at Allegheny College, she returned to Chicago for her Master’s Degree in Education. She is currently a coach at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois.

Fran Meyer

Fran played lacrosse at Montini Catholic High School.  She helped her team earn a berth in the State Championship in 2013.  Fran went on to play at Division I Marquette University.  Fran coaches with the National Premier program.

Sarah Milligan
Born and raised in Vernon Hills, IL, Sarah played lacrosse for VHHS and was a captain her senior year. She played for the Lake Forest College club lacrosse team, where, as a senior, she served as co-captain and earned Second Team All-American. Sarah has coaches for IGLA and Lakeshore Indoor and National Premier programs.
Kristen Murray

Kristen was an All-American and All-Ivy defender at Brown University, where she was also an All-Ivy field hockey player.  She was inducted into Brown’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.  She was a High School All-American at Friends School of Baltimore and is also a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.  Kristen has 19 years of coaching experience at the high school and youth level in Illinois and Ohio. She has been the assistant coach at New Trier High School since 2005.  Prior to New Trier, she coached for eight years at Shaker Heights HS in Ohio.  During her high school coaching career, she has coached 24 All-American Players, three state champion teams and 8 state runner-up teams.  Kristen helped start the youth lacrosse program in Wilmette in 2006 and has coached IGLA teams in Wilmette since 2010.  She is also on the IGLA Board of Directors.  Nationally, Kristen serves on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and has served on the USL rules committee since 2011.  She has been a Master Trainer for USL’s Coaching Education Program since 2005 and conducts coaching training clinics throughout the country.  Kristen and her husband Todd live in Wilmette and have three children.

Sarah Piazza

Sarah is from Maryland where she played lacrosse for NEMS club team and C.W. Milton Wright High School where she helped lead the team to four State Championships. For two of those years (2012 &2013) she was a team captain. In 2021 she was named to the ESPNHS watchlist. Also, while in Maryland she played on Baltimore Metro Team 1 and the Under Armour Baltimore Team. After high school Sarah went on to play Division I lacrosse at Penn State University. After graduating Sarah moved to Chicago area. Sarah coaches with the National Premier program.

Nicole Pullano

Nicole grew up in Glenview, IL. She started playing lacrosse at Glenbrook South High School. There she was named First Team All-American her senior year, Team MVP in 2011, All-State in 2011, and All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. Nicole also played on Lakeshore’s National Premier Travel team in 2010 and 2011.  She went on to play at Division I San Diego State University as a defender. Nicole moved back home to Chicago after graduation and coaches with the National Premier program.

Ifat Ribon
Ifat grew up in Ann Arbor and played at the University of Michigan. After graduating with a BBA and minor in Spanish, Ifat moved to Chicago, where she began coaching for IGLA and plain g with the Lakeshore Adult team. She is now president of Lakeshore Adult, organizing games and tournament teams for post-collegiate players in Chicago.
Colleen Savell

Colleen played lacrosse at Wheaton Warrenville South and was on the Varsity team for four years. She then played lacrosse at University of Illinois. At University of Illinois, she was the President of the team her senior year. Colleen coaches at Benet Academy as the Assistant Varsity Coach.  She coaches with the Chicago Stars and Indoor programs.

Taylor Sopron

Taylor is from LaGrange, IL and has been playing lacrosse for 13 years.  In high school, she was a 3-year varsity goalie for Lyons Township High School earning All-West Suburban League honors twice and Defensive MVP.  Taylor went on to play Division III lacrosse for Carthage College.  She was a 2-year captain and received  CCIW Defensive MVP and First Team All-Regional honors two years in a row.  She graduated from Carthage with a degree in Physical Education, Health Education, and Adapted Studies. Taylor has coached lacrosse from the kindergarten level to the collegiate level since 2011.  She currently teaches physical education,  is the head varsity coach of the Downers Grove Co-Op team and coaches with the National Premier program.

Megan Sullivan

Megan grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts and was a three sport athlete at Winchester High. In 2008, Winchester won its first lacrosse state championship and Megan was named Boston Globe’s Player of the Year. She was also a two time First Team All American (2007, 2008). At Notre Dame, Megan was elected Team Captain of the 2012 team that finished with a 13-5 record. She was voted Team MVP and received Notre Dame’s Leader of Distinction Award at the end of the season. Megan was also named to the All BIG EAST Second Team and IWLCA West/Midwest All Region First Team in 2012. She was part of the 2009 Notre Dame BIG EAST Championship Team and earned a Notre Dame Monogram four years in a row.  Megan and her younger sister, Lauren, were the ninth set of sisters to play lacrosse together at Notre Dame.

Emma Tomlinson

Emma recently graduated from New Trier High School where she played on the varsity team for three years.  As a junior and senior, she earned All Conference and All State honors.  She will be a sophomore at Division II Tufts University.  After playing Lakeshore National Premier, she is excited to have the opportunity to now coach for Lakeshore after coaching summer camps at New Trier where she began to love working with younger girls and teaching the game.

Martha Venchus

Martha started playing  lacrosse in sixth grade.   Martha attended Montini Catholic High School were she played varsity lacrosse for her three years before transferring to Glenbard East High School.  She played both Chicago Stars Travel and National Premier Travel  with Lakeshore through her senior year of high school. While there, she was the assistant coach for the Downers Grove North/South High School team. Martha attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa were she started as a freshmen, received all academic, and second team all conference, and led the team in caused turnovers.  She continues her education at Illinois State University.  Martha coaches Lakeshore Indoor, Chicago Stars and Midwest Select.

Kendall Vail

Kendall began playing lacrosse in Massachusetts in 1982. She played 4 years varsity in high school as well as at Ohio Wesleyan University.  She was team captain her senior year. Kendall moved to Chicago after graduation and continued to play for Lakeshore Adult.  She began coaching for IGLA in 2006 and Lakeshore Regional Travel in 2010.  Kendall coaches with the Midwest Select program.

Lizz Vargas

Lizz is a Chicago native. She began her lacrosse career at Lane Tech High School, where she played on the varsity team all four years. She went on to to play at Robert Morris University, where she was part of the 2014 NWLL National Championship team. She coached at the collegiate level for Robert Morris and University of Chicago.  She coaches for IGLA, Lakeshore Indoor and Chicago Stars.

 
Maggie Zentgraf

Maggie hails from Charlottesville, Virginia where she graduated from Charlottesville High School earning First-Team All-American honors her senior year in 2006. Maggie attended Notre Dame from 2006-2010, earning 3 NCAA tournament bids, 1 sweet sixteen appearance, a Big East Championship and was named Captain her senior year.  After graduation she served as defensive coordinator at Western Albemarle High School in 2013, earning District and Regional Champions, earned a bid to the state final four and was honored with Regional Coach of the Year.   In 2014, Maggie was the assistant coach at Beloit College, leading the 2nd year team from 4-7 to 10-7. As the Head Coach in 2015, Beloit College went 9-8, first-time bid to the conference tournament; 4 First-Team All-Conference players, 1 Second-Team All-Conference player, Defensive Player of the Year and one 2nd Team All-Regional awards. Maggie currently coaches at Hinsdale Central High School where she led the varsity team to the Inaugural IHSA State Championship title.  She currently works for the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago and is a Lakeshore National Premier Coach.