Honest Game Team and Advisors

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.

Courtney Rickard

Senior Manager, College Success

Courtney Rickard joins Honest Game with over 20 years of experience in college athletics, all of which centered around the academic success of collegiate student-athletes. Her passion and expertise for guiding student-athletes toward graduation, coupled with her collaboration with coaches, athletic administrators, and university officials helped to propel her position within athletics administration. She comes to Honest Game from Stony Brook University, where most recently she was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development and Life Skills/Senior Woman Administrator. In her time at both Stony Brook University and Seton Hall University, she developed and implemented Academic Success programs and Career Development Curriculum which increased student-athlete GPAs and graduation rates, while preparing student-athletes for life after college. Having met with thousands of prospective collegiate student-athletes in her time, Courtney is excited to join Honest Game and extend this reach. She holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Secondary Education both from Seton Hall University.

OUR ADVISORS

THADDEUS YOUNG

Thaddeus Young is a 13 year NBA veteran currently with the Chicago Bulls. He has played for 5 teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, and now the Chicago Bulls. He has a passion for philanthropy, business, real estate, and technology. His Young for Youth Foundation has helped over 100 student athletes receive scholarships through his travel basketball and leadership programs. He began investing in technology in 2015 and started his own venture capital firm, Reform Ventures, that invests in start-up companies ranging from early to late stage. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied business for one year before becoming the 12th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. While playing, he has managed to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership online from Union Institute & University. Thad is a serial entrepreneur in business and investing. His portfolio includes over 40 companies, in several different sectors within the tech and start up space. His portfolio is very diverse with investments in real estate and in highly coveted start-up companies like: Airbnb, Lyft, Pinterest, Flexport, Epic Games, Turo, Carbon 3D,Tonal, Lime, and Draft Kings.

JON SCHEYER

Jon is the Associate Head Basketball Coach at Duke University, where he has served on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since the 2013-14 season. As a player, he led the Blue Devils to two ACC championships and the 2010 NCAA title, in addition to the 2015 National Championship plus two ACC Tournament crowns as a member of the coaching staff. Jon remains one of the most versatile players in Duke history, concluding his playing career as an All-American and the only player in school history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 three-point field goals and 200 steals. He averaged 14.4 points per game while scoring in double figures 114 times (sixth-most in Duke history). As a two-time team captain, Jon scored 2,077-career points, and still ranks 10th on Duke’s all-time scoring list. He ranks third in Duke history in free throws made (608), fourth in free throw percentage (.861) and three-point field goals made (297), and sixth in free throw attempts (706). He played in 144 consecutive games, a tie for the second-longest streak in Duke history. Jon was a two-time Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year in high school, and named to the 100 Legends of Illinois Basketball in 2007. Following his graduation from Duke University in 2010, Jon played professionally with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D League as well as overseas with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Gran Canaria.

AMY HUCHTHAUSEN

Amy is her tenth year as the Commissioner of the America East Conference, where she has increased the conference’s profile through expansive media partnerships, a robust social and digital media strategy and a progressive approach to the student-athlete experience. Under Amy’s leadership, the conference secured an 11-year agreement with ESPN to provide a digital streaming home for a majority of its live content. Her presence in the sports technology and media communities has brought the league to the forefront of digital and social media partnerships with emerging technologies, strengthening the America East brand. Under her direction, America East unveiled a comprehensive rebranding initiative that positioned the conference brand on “Building the Complete Student-Athlete.” She launched transformational initiatives, such as the #3Pillars Academy, Alumni Network, Academic Consortium and the conference’s Health & Safety initiative with a focus on mental health awareness. Additionally, Amy has driven the league’s leadership in diversity and inclusion by being the first Division I conference partner of the You Can Play Project, first conference member of the LGBT SportSafe Founders Club and through the league’s partnership with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Previously, Amy worked at the NCAA, America East, ACC, Missouri Valley and Big East. In 2016, Amy was recognized as a 2016 Forty Under 40 honoree by the Sports Business Journal after being honored as a 2015 GameChanger by the same publication. Amy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Cross, where she played softball. In 2018, Amy received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the Class of 2018’s Best & Brightest Executive MBAs in the country.

ADRIENNE SCHERENZEL-CURRY

Adrienne serves as the Senior Director of Community Relations with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. In her capacity, Adrienne oversees community relations and philanthropic outreach for the organization. She ensures the Bulls’ community partnerships focus on: youth health and wellness, youth development, first responders, veterans and violence prevention are creating an impact in the Chicagoland area. Prior to joining the Chicago Bulls, Adrienne served as the Chief Program and Chief Operating Officer for After School Matters, the largest after-school provider for teenagers in the country. Adrienne has experience working as an administrator for the Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia. Adrienne graduated from Syracuse University as the captain of the Women’s Track and Field Team. After her undergraduate studies, Adrienne completed her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

TYRRE BURKS

As a former professional and lifelong athlete, Tyrre has dedicated his life to making a positive impact on amateur sports. As the Founder/CEO of Player’s Health, Tyrre has become a recognized sports entrepreneur. Tyrre’s passion for impact sports drove him to create one of the most influential companies in amateur sports, working with more than 2,000 sports organizations with over 200,000 coaches and 3 million athletes. Tyrre’s mission in life is to make the world of youth sports a better, safer, more secure place.

GENE CROSS

Gene serves as the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Gene leads scouts in both the preparation and evaluation of NBA prospects, draft workouts, NBA draft, two-way & Exhibit 10 potentials, development projects, summer league, and background gathering toward building a championship caliber franchise. Prior to this role, Gene served as Head Coach of the Rayos de Hermosillo, a Mexican professional basketball club based in Hermosillo, Senora. Gene led Rayos de Hermosillo to the CIBACOPA Finals and was named the CIBACOPA Coach of the Year in 2017. Gene played college basketball at the University of Illinois under head coach Lou Henson. He holds an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Sports Management from The Ohio State University.

DORRI MCWHORTER

Dorri is CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, a social enterprise focused on eliminating racism and empowering women. A socially-conscious business leader, Dorri was previously a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S., and currently serves on the Board of Directors for William Blair Funds, Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway), and numerous civic and social impact organizations. Dorri lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune and was a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame. Dorri received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.

SHEAU-MING ROSS

Sheau-ming serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ModelOp, an early-stage technology company that helps its clients scale and govern AI initiatives with its enterprise-class software solution. Prior to joining ModelOp, Sheau-ming held CFO positions with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Mattersight Corporation (previously NASDAQ:MATR), EPAY Systems, Silver Chalice, WGN-TV, WGN Radio, WGN America and CLTV. She also worked in strategy, corporate development and venture capital at Tribune Company and Credit Suisse Group. Sheau-ming holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

NAVIN GOYAL, MD

Navin serves as CEO of LOUD Capital and drives the company vision on how venture capital can be a vehicle toward education, empowerment, and investment in businesses that have a positive impact. Prior to co-founding LOUD Capital, Navin practiced anesthesia in a large hospital-based practice and was Medical Director for several years in a community hospital that incorporated growth, efficiency, and customer service. His first entrepreneurial venture was co-founding SmileMD, a mobile anesthesia company that provides access to care currently servicing patients in Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky. Navin received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and trained in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

KAYNE GRAU

Kayne Grau currently serves as President of Uptake, where he’s responsible for refining the company’s products, expanding its global footprint, go-to-market plans, and leading internal operations. Previously, he served in various senior executive roles with KAR Global (NYSE: KAR), the acquirer of DRIVIN, a company he co-founded and served as CEO until April 2017. Prior to KAR, he held various senior executive positions within Apartments.com, Cars.com, Allstate, DIRECTV, and eToys.com. When not in the office, he serves on various boards, advises local start-ups, and invests in technology-based companies across the US.

AMY LITTLETON

Amy is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of KemperLesnik, a public relations, sports marketing, events and content marketing agency. Amy is a PR strategist and business leader who is focused on delivering powerful communication and integrated brand activation programs to the agency’s corporate, consumer and sports clients. Amy’s goal is to combine storytelling with technology to connect brands and people in meaningful ways. Amy holds a MBA from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business and a BS from Florida State University. She is past president of the Public Relations Society of America Chicago, sits on the board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, chairs the Marketing and Communications Forum at the Executive’s Club of Chicago and is founder and president of the non-profit Friends of Catherine and Channel Lakes.

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