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.
Ricky Starck, VP of Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Ricky Starck joins Honest Game with a deep knowledge of youth, high school and collegiate sports. He is passionate about consultative selling, creating meaningful solutions that support his clients in sustainable ways. His driving force in life are people and relationships.
Ricky comes to Honest Game from Sportsengine, an NBC Sports company in the SaaS space. Starting as a Market Development Representative (MDR), Ricky was the fastest promoted MDR in company history. Ricky was promoted to a Senior Sales Representative role, and finally to an Executive Sales Representative. Ricky made President’s Club for many years and served as the company’s top performer in both recognized revenue and percent to quota attainment.
Ricky was a multi-sport high school athlete at Champlin Park High School in Minnesota. He went on to play collegiate football at University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where he holds a B.A in Marketing Communications, with a minor in Communication Ethics.
Becky Marinaro, VP of Client Operations
Becky Marinaro joins Honest Game with nearly 20 years of experience in the marketing and technology sectors. Her career has been dedicated to employing technical solutions to tackle some of life’s largest complexities.
Becky has spent the past 20 years collaborating with digital agencies in the SaaS ecosystem, supporting them through large scale growth and acquisition. Professionally, Becky’s results-driven leadership style has helped many clients meet their sales goals and position them for achievable, scalable and sustainable growth.
Becky brings her experience, compassion and collaborative style to Honest Game, leading the company through operational development, product management and client success. Becky is proud to be making an impact at an organization that leverages the power of sport with education to deliver meaningful human impact. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and is a Certified Scrum Master.