Meet our board and dedicated volunteer staff working to transform communities and empower students in Tacoma, Los Angeles and Guam.
Zach Banner, President
USC All-American and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle, Zach Banner is the President and founder of the B3 Foundation.
Born and raised in Tacoma, WA by a close-knit family, Zach learned at a young age to value education, community and generosity. As his football career accelerated, he maintained his focus on giving back to the community that raised him. When he was drafted in 2017, Zach’s first priority was to form a nonprofit focused on mentorship and education for students in Tacoma, Los Angeles, and Guam. Since its founding, the B3 Foundation has provided over 2,000 filled backpacks for students in need, launched a growing mentorship program in Zach’s hometown and a scholarship fund to support greater access to higher education for students of color.
Sarah Bergstrom, Vice President
Sarah Bergstrom is the Vice President and current Executive Director of the B3 Foundation.
Raised in Portland, Oregon and an active athlete in her youth, Sarah developed a love of sports, recognizing the platform and connectedness made possible to transform the lives of many. After graduating from USC in 2015, Sarah worked in sports media for several years – first in the USC Athletic Department, then at the NFL and finally at The Players’ Tribune. In time, her passion for civic engagement led her to return to USC where she completed a Masters of Education. She is currently a kindergarten teacher at KIPP Pueblo Unido, dedicated to supporting students and families in their pursuit of an excellent education.
Sarah was part of the founding Board of Directors for the B3 Foundation and continues to help shape the growth of the foundation through partnerships, programming and fundraising. She believes every child deserves a quality education, a committed and supportive community and opportunities to lead lives of choice.
Ryan Stern, Senior Board Member – Fundraising Chair
Dr. Ryan Stern has focused on helping people for most of his life. He grew up in Northern California before going East to attend Johns Hopkins, where he met his wife Jamie. Ryan started focusing on public health and harm reduction during his time in New York, at NYU Med. He later focused more on access to care issues, specifically for less privileged hearing impaired children, while earning his Public Health degree at University of Washington. Since finishing residency, Dr. Stern has remained on clinical faculty at the UW and settled in Seattle. Over the years he has focused philanthropy work on childhood education and social justice causes. As a member of the B3 Foundation Board, Dr. Stern serves as Fundraising Committee Chair. Jamie and Ryan Stern have lived in Seattle for the last twenty years with their three kids Ilana (17), Ravi (11), and Miriam (4), and their dog Maggie.
Laura Okmin, Senior Board Member – Communications Chair
For nearly 30 years Laura Okmin has been covering the biggest names in sports on the biggest stages. But what Laura is most known for, and most proud of, is the connections she has cultivated over two decades of building relationships … not sources. Trust has been the foundation of every interview she conducts, the content she creates with her production company – and now her company leading the next generation of women sports broadcasters.
Laura is the founder of GALVANIZE, a nonprofit organization created to empower and support women in sports. The third-longest tenured sideline reporter in NFL history, Okmin is also the founder of LO Productions where she produces powerful profiles on the NFL’s biggest names. An outspoken advocate for justice and equality in sports, Laura joined the B3 Foundation Board because the mission resonated with her own purpose.
Heather Masciotti, Senior Board Member – Finance Chair
Marty Schafer, Founding Board Member
Daniel Davis, Tacoma Programming Director
Matt Weiner, Matt Weiner – Communications Intern
Matt has been blessed to see what happens when athletes and celebrities use their influence and power to positively impact the world. An athlete in his younger days, Matt is now focused on helping athletes use their platforms to educate and raise awareness to issues affecting their communities.
Matt graduated from Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California in 2019 and is currently studying mass media communications at Santa Ana Community College. He spent three years doing color commentary for his high school’s football games and orchestrating sports and hip hop related interviews and cover pieces into podcasts. Now he’s transferring his creative energy into philanthropy. Matt is honored to join the B3 Foundation team in helping younger generations of Tacoma, Los Angeles, and Guam discover their purpose and find success.
Ilana Stern, Ilana Stern – Programming Intern
Ilana Stern is a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, WA and a current intern for the B3 Foundation. She is passionate about Environmental Science and rowing crew, as well as social justice. Her interest in social justice and youth activism has inspired her family and community in their involvement with a variety of causes. Ilana is honored to join the B3 Team as a youth leader striving for change within her community.