board of directors
John & Anna Basanese
John is a Bay Area native who played Football and Soccer collegiately at Azusa Pacific University and serves as the Chairman of the Called Up Board. Anna was raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon and played collegiate basketball at Santa Clara University. John and Anna married in 2009 and have 2 daughters, Indiana (5) and Christy (3). After their playing careers Anna and John both spent time coaching - Anna at Santa Clara University and then Valley Christian HS Varsity, and John at Valley Christian HS - Men's Varsity Soccer. The Basanese's attend Westgate Church.Faith and athletics are central to the Basanese's and Called Up brings the message of God's love to athletic departments and leaders. John and Anna joined the board to support the team in delivering on this vision.
Gary was born and raised in Los Altos, CA. He is married to Betsy where they are the parents of four beautiful young ladies. He is the Founder and President of Golden State Communications whose base is right here in the Bay Area.
Gary is one of the founding Board members of Called Up and was a part of Clay’s original Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board that began in September of 1999 as well as one of his stalwart volunteers for the First Baptist Church of Los Altos youth group. He is a former standout athlete at Homestead High School and coached the highly successful female volleyball team at the same school for many years winning many league championships and beyond.
Greg was born and raised in York, PA and moved to the Bay Area in 1995 via a job opportunity in high tech. Soon after the move to CA he met and married his wife Marilou, and they are raising two boys: Michael and Mark. As a life long athlete, he realized the importance of sports and how it teaches life lessons, so he started using his talents and passion to coach youth sports. Since 2005 Greg has been coaching baseball, basketball and football in the community of Almaden influencing the lives of hundreds of youth. In 2013 he began praying that God would use him to make a difference for the Kingdom through sports. Soon after, he met Clay and the two formed a youth football camp at San Jose State that lasted 5 years. Since then Greg has joined the board of Called Up and is looking forward to continuing his mission of mentoring and preparing kids for life through sports as well as supporting Called Up with his time, talent and treasure.
Travis was born and raised in the Bay Area. He attended the Kings Academy in Sunnyvale and then went to college at San Jose State, where he played football. Over his four years there, he helped the program move from 1 win his sophomore year, to winning the Military Bowl and being ranked top 25 in the country his senior year. Throughout his time at SJSU, he was involved with FCA and enjoyed many family dinners along the way. He married his high school sweetheart Hannah after graduating college and they now have 2 little girls; McKenzie (4) Naomi (3).
He has joined the Called Up Board, to be a part of how God is going to impact the next generation of athletes.
Guy McIntyre is in the director of alumni relations for the SF 49ers. He was a 3rd-round pick (73rd overall) in the 1984 NFL Draft by San Francisco, and played with them for 10 seasons. A three-time Super Bowl champion (1984, 1988-89), Guy earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in five consecutive seasons (1989-93) throughout his time with the 49ers.Guy is married to his wife, Kimberly, and has five children, Dejon, Mallory, Arial, Alexa and Bailey, and two grandchildren.
He has joined the Called Up Board to reach the lost for Christ through athletics.
JACK & CINDY
Jack was born and raised in northern California, attending and playing football for Los Altos High School. He became a Christian at the age of 17 due to the influence of friends. He went on to play football and tennis in college and has has coached a few high school teams. Jack still plays a lot of tennis, has taken up pickleball and is a huge sports fan. Jack met Cindy in college and they have been married for 41 years. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Jack feels that reaching students through Called Up, sports and Christian coaching is the absolute best way. He has known Clay Elliott since high school and has been on the Board since the beginning. Jack and Cindy are excited to be a part of what Called Up is doing in the lives of students.
"I believe that a student’s time in college is probably the most influential time in their lives. Called Up is one of the greatest evangelistic organizations for reaching these students for Christ. I am glad to be a part of what God is doing through this ministry."
RAY & RAELENE
Ray and Raelene were both born in SoCal and brought to the Bay Area for college at SJSU, which is where they met. Ray played on a football scholarship and was part of the 2013 Military Bowl championship team which is how he became involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. At various times throughout college, both Ray and Raelene have lived with the Elliott family, and you could call them “Kelly’s adopted children.” Ray and Raelene married in 2014 and believe that the work God did in their lives during college strengthened their relationship with Him and each other, and ignited a calling to continue serving with Called Up. Their baby girl, Norah Rae, was born in January 2021.