Skateistan has approximately 40 staff worldwide, and dozens more volunteers. You can find out information about our international staff here.

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Skateistan South Africa

Ayanda Mnyandu
Operations Officer

Ayanda grew up in Troyeville, Johannesburg, where he first rode a skateboard at the age of six. He since received his Bachelors of Commerce in Economics from the University of Pretoria followed by a supplementary year of Statistics. Ayanda was drawn to Skateistan because it combines all of his passions- skateboarding, education, and development. He is excited to begin his new role as Operations Officer and Skateistan South Africa's first staff member.

Ayanda can be contacted at

Kelly Murray
Sports Coordinator

Kelly Murray was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has been skating for 8 years. She has extensive experience in sports education, having worked in schools as a teaching assistant and sports coach, and as a sports coach at a gym. She also taught Djembe drumming to young children, and volunteered at a children’s home. She received her diploma in sports management from ETA College and plans to put her knowledge and skills to good use in her new role as Sports Coordinator with Skateistan South Africa.

Kelly can be contacted at

Brandon Gomez
Operations Director

Brandon Gomez started skateboarding when he was 14 years old. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he earned a B.S. in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and recently obtained his Masters in Media Studies from Syracuse University. He has also worked with children of all ages for years. Since June 2011 he has been pushing the students in the skatepark and providing operations direction in Afghanistan and Cambodia.
Brandon can be contacted at
Chris Ray Chris Ray
Operations Manager 

Chris comes from Northern California and joined Skateistan as a volunteer in June of 2014.  After graduating from California Polytechnic in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture, Chris was hired by Site Design Group + California Skateparks, working on skatepark projects all over the United States.  He has studied landscape architecture abroad in Italy and Mexico, and has been skateboarding for over 10 years.

Chris can be contacted at
Carolien Greyling Carolien Greyling
Education Coordinator 

Carolien has a BA degree in Art History and South African History as well as a Hons Degree in African and African American History. She is currently writing a MA thesis in South African history. Since graduating from her Hons degree she has travelled and worked in East Asia and South East Asia. She has also worked on various social research projects and Historical publications in Johannesburg South Africa. She briefly skateboarded as a teenager growing up in Troyeville Johannesburg, but has since gotten back on a board for the first time in 11 years.

Carolien can be contacted at