HG’s People Make the Difference

We are a team that is driven to push the boundaries of what is possible for our customers. We are committed to creating a clear pathway to academic eligibility for all student-athletes, while supporting high school administrators by saving them time, solving and measuring some of their most challenging problems.

Kim Michelson

Co-founder and CEO

Kim Michelson’s communications career has been a 25-year journey, learning the focus, storytelling and collaborative work necessary when working in leadership roles with companies like PepsiCo and Shell Oil Company. Most recently, Kim was the Executive Director of Beyond Sports Foundation (“BSF”), a unique non-profit that works with high school student athletes from underserved communities to transform their athletic ability into life opportunity. In her five years as Executive Director, Kim grew BSF from one to three tutoring centers, transformed the brand, diversified funding streams, modernized board governance, procured an Americorps grant and tripled the annual budget. During her tenure, 89% of BSF students matriculated to four year universities on athletic scholarships.

Kim serves on the Advisory Council of the Loyola University Chicago Baumhart Center, a business leadership hub comprised of the foremost leaders in social impact, enterprise and responsibility in Chicago.

In 1987, Kim was the first female student-athlete in California to play on male varsity athletic teams, basketball and baseball. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an M.A. in Global Strategic Communications from Georgetown University.

Joyce Anderson

Co-founder and COO

Joyce Anderson has extensive experience working with high school student athletes, college coaches and the NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers.

She is the College Bound Student Athlete Advisor at Evanston Township High School just north of Chicago. In that capacity, she has advised over 1,000 high school student athletes on academic eligibility and recruiting.

She also serves on the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Advisory Board and is President of the Board of Directors for Girls Play Sports, a non-profit dedicated to fostering leadership skills and confidence in girls through the participation in multiple sports.

Previously, Joyce was the Director of Business Development at Girls Play Sports and was an associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago.

Joyce was a two time Captain of the Columbia University Women’s Tennis team, where she competed for four years and earned All-Ivy honors. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Brian Pautsch

CTO

Brian is a highly skilled and motivated software architect and developer with over 20 years of experience. He has designed and developed hundreds of web and mobile projects for businesses ranging from small start-ups to large enterprises in every industry. He has organized and executed all phases of SDLC including discovery, estimating, planning, proposals/bidding, business analysis, change management, architecture, creative design & user experience, development, quality assurance, hosting and maintenance.

During and briefly after college, Brian worked for IBM Global Services where he consulted on several enterprise level client projects including Allstate Insurance. He then started his own business and worked as an independent consultant for over 8 years. Clients included The United States Air Force, Thomson Corporation, eNom.com, Register.com, Eaton Corporation and many more. In 2007, he co-founded KeyLimeTie, LLC. Within the first four years, he grew the company from two employees to over 40 while earning several awards and accolades. In 2015, he sold his ownership in KeyLimeTie and co-founded Wavoto, a new online platform which enables businesses of any size to build and market themselves online with state-of-the-art tools, including drag-and-drop web building, ecommerce, CRM, tagging, funnels, autoresponders, scheduling/calendars, and much more. The entire solution runs in a secure, PCI compliant, and highly available configuration which Brian designed and built in the Amazon Cloud (AWS).

Brian holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University and a Minor in Business. He is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD).