Vinicius Tinoco – Founder / President
Vinicius Tinoco aka Vina was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and at the age of 12 started skateboarding and still loves it. Vina believes that every single child deserve a chance to learn that we all should be successful in our lives. No matter where you were born, no matter your skin color or if you are rich or poor, Vina believes that through the use of sports and leisure activities we can drastically minimize street violence, drugs use, poverty and hunger because of his own experience of being born in a very impoverished neighborhood. Vina has worked for the Foundation for the Well Being of Minors in Sao Paulo, Brazil also known as Casa Foundation, which is an institution for kids under the age of 18 who has committed a crime. He was a volunteer teaching the kids how to skate and also to apply all the attributes that they learn from skateboarding to their lives!
Andre Genovesi – Vice-President
Andre was born in Sao Paulo Brazil in 1980, he started skateboarding at the age of 7 and fell in love with his board. In 1998, after many years of skating in Brazil, Andre had a chance to come to California for skateboarding. In 2004 he turned pro and has been living the “whole nine yards” since then. Andre has the vision and a proven track record to help youth at risk. In 1996 he started a similar program for the foundation for Well Being of Minors in Sao Paulo, and this program is still running very successfully after so many years, and many young people’s lives have been changed. Andre believes that if you give someone a little opportunity, it is enough to change someones entire life. Andre is the perfect candidate for public relations with his connections with people in the industry and all over the world.
Austin – Secretary
Information about Austin coming soon!
Lisa Timmons – Treasure
Lisa Timmons has over 20 years experience in project management. She has worked with a wide range of clients in numerous capacities to create finished works. Her attention to detail and organizational skills will support many responsibilities within the Next Up Foundation.