Staff & Board | Helping Athlete Causes & Sports Philanthropy

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Advisory Board

Clerc Bertrand

Executive Director, McNeese Athletic Foundation

Clerc is a Louisiana native. In her current role, she manages a portfolio of fundraising partners and corporate sponsors. She focuses on crafting and implementing strategies to advance community cultivation and university engagement through the lens of athletics. While at Lamar University, Clerc won 13 conference titles and earned 2 NCAA championship births.  As a former collegiate runner, she is passionate about helping athletes realize the platform each person has to give back and to act on that opportunity to make a positive impact.

Shari Ciapka

Chief of Staff, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Charitable Giving, Cigna

For over 12 years, Shari has been a leader at Cigna, a global health service company, and currently serves as the chief of staff to the vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Charitable Giving, and President of Cigna Foundation.  As a trusted advisor to the executive leadership team, corporate board of directors, and Cigna Foundation board members, Shari consistently strives to move the needle on corporate responsibility. She earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia. She is completing an Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from The George Washington University School of Business.  As an adult competitive athlete, Shari strives to inspire others by demonstrating what can be possible at all ages.  She competes in multi-event fitness and physique competitions, Spartan obstacle course races, tower climbing, 5Ks, and fitness fundraisers. Shari resides in Central New Jersey with her husband Mark and has two teenage sons.

John Dragelin

Vice President, Jones Lang Lasalle IP, Inc.

John B. Dragelin is a native of the Washington, DC metro area. As a lifelong athlete, he is a major believer in the power of sports, teamwork and physical activity. John swam competitively at Columbia University and currently resides in Washington, DC, working at real estate services firm, JLL.

Nicholas Freeman

Carl M. Freeman Companies

Nicholas Freeman is Director of Commercial Operations at Carl M. Freeman Companies, a family owned real estate firm based in Rockville, MD. Nick is responsible for the company’s management and acquisition of retail opportunities in the Delmarva region. He currently serves as a board member for the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and the Landon School, his alma mater.

Thomas “Tommy” Goodman

Managing Director, TRG Strategies

Tommy currently leads TRG Strategies, a boutique consulting firm representing and advising companies, sports organizations, and nonprofits on matters involving international affairs, regulatory and policy issues, philanthropy & social impact, and business development – and how to navigate these interconnected topics in the global marketplace. 

He previously served as Executive Director of the Caribbean Educational and Baseball Foundation, a nonprofit using baseball to build bridges between the U.S. and Caribbean. He has also worked as an international business consultant at The Cohen Group; an attorney at a top global law firm and within the U.S. government; and a middle school teacher in Costa Rica. 

Tommy is dedicated to various charitable causes and philanthropic endeavors and serves as a board member of Give2Cuba and the Schwechheimer Family Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with the Wichita Wind Surge (Minor League Baseball team).

Tommy received a J.D. and B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate from The George Washington University. He has traveled and worked in over 50 countries and is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.     

Rachel McNair

Athlete & Mental Health Advocate

Rachel is a native of the suburbs in New York. She is a former Division I Women’s Basketball player from George Mason University. She is passionate about sports, athletes, and mental health. She has worked at sports networks such as ESPN and CBS Sports. She is a 2-Time Emmy award winner for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (Outstanding Playoff Coverage) and NFL on CBS (Outstanding Live Sports Series). For the NCAA Men’s tournament, she produced One Shining Moment and for NFL on CBS she was one of the graphics producers on a top NFL crew. Currently she resides in West Palm Beach, FL and enjoys helping people around her. Sports changed her life and she wants to give back in any capacity that can impact the future.

Max Meltzer, CFP®

Senior Vice President, Wealthspire Advisors

In his role as an advisor, Max delivers customized financial solutions to high net worth clients and select institutions. Max also plays an instrumental role in the business development efforts of the firm. He finds it particularly rewarding to work with charitably inclined families as well as individuals that represent the second generation of family owned and operated businesses.

Korey Neal

President, K. Neal Truck & Bus Center

Korey Neal serves as President of K. Neal Truck & Bus Center (K. Neal). Under his leadership, K. Neal has been named a 2018 Top 100 MBE® winner by the Capital Region, and has received numerous other accolades.

Korey is a proud serving board member for First National Bank-Washington Regional, Vehicles for Change, Excel Automotive Institute, Catholic Charities Task Force, and Eastern Michigan University’s Athletic Department.

During his time at Eastern, Korey was a four-year letter winner, co-captain of the Football team, and selected as an all- conference scholar athlete. Following his collegiate career, Neal attended two NFL training camps.

Brandon Sanchez

Senior Manager of Social Impact, Mountain Philanthropies

Brandon Sanchez is the Senior Manager of Social Impact at Mountain Philanthropies, a philanthropic initiative that elevates issues of equity, social justice, sustainability, and other matters affecting society and the planet. Brandon is responsible for carrying out a range of functions related to the social impact of Mountain Philanthropies’ philanthropic efforts. Prior to this role, Brandon was the Program Manager at Athletes for Hope. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a Master’s of Sports Management from Georgetown University.

Brandon was a four-year letter winner, co-captain of the basketball team at UCSC. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Brigitte and daughter Ryan.

Awvee Storey

Director of Player Development, Connecticut Sun

Awvee Storey is a former professional basketball player who played for four seasons in the NBA and for eight seasons in Europe and Asia. After his pro career ended, Awvee learned about on-court development and video editing skills with the Washington Wizards, which led to jobs with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Chicago Sky. After a leadership position with the NBA’s G-League Capital City Go-Go, Awvee accepted his current role as the Director of Player Development with the Connecticut Sun.

Awvee collaborated with AFH in 2014 to start the Power Up! Program with a DC area charter school which has evolved into our current AFH Fit program. He is also a father, friend, and passionate AFH ambassador of our work in the community.

Tyler Rudy

Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

Tyler Rudy is an Olney, Maryland native currently working within Deloitte Consulting’s Government & Public Services practice focusing on Operations and IT Modernization. He is a former collegiate and professional soccer player, graduating from Georgetown University and spending time with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution and North American Soccer League’s Puerto Rico Football Club.

Tyler is passionate about helping athletes realize their potential to use their respective sport as a vehicle to drive positive change in communities. Tyler is also a proud father, husband, brother, and son and is excited to continue his role as an AFH ambassador.