Leadership team


Elise Bigley (left) and Barbara Anthony (right)

About Elise Bigley:

I have been involved with sports in some capacity my entire life. I have seen and experienced firsthand the challenges faced by adult athletes to balance their work, family, and social lives while incorporating a positive outlet through sport. With my marketing background, my goal is to increase awareness about the various athletic opportunities available to women in Northeast Ohio and help organizations improve their recruitment, fundraising and sponsorship potential.

About Barb Anthony:

I am a professional, independently licensed social worker with a passion for building programs that make a positive impact in the community. Growing up in Youngstown and participating in sport through high school and college, I had many influential athletic role models. I believe that participation in an athletic experience holds greater value than the simple, final numerical outcome. My hope for the growth of NOWSA and our member organizations is to develop a stronger community-based presence for girls and women who are interested in sport. Sport fosters skills that can be used in everyday life; and athletes can be impactful leaders and members of their communities.

Executive Board

-Barb Anthony MSSA, LISW-S, Executive Director

-Elise Bigley, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach

-Dr. Laurel Beverley, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Co-Director of Sports Medicine, The MetroHealth System