Prior to Beyond Sports, Kim Michelson managed Summer Programs for the Schuler Scholar Program. In her role, Michelson worked with ten Schuler partner high schools to ensure all scholars attended academic summer programs on college campuses in both their sophomore and junior years. Michelson has held leadership roles at other nonprofits as well. She was the Director of Corporate Partnerships for The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, a national nonprofit with a mission to rebuild the lives of wounded soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Michelson was responsible for launching a new partnership model, generating in excess of $1 million in support from organizations including Kellogg’s, GlaxoSmithKline, NASCAR, Anheuser Busch, Nestle Waters, and Welch’s.
Michelson has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, including management roles at both Pepsi Cola and Shell Oil. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has written for both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Crain’s Chicago Business. Michelson has been with the Beyond Sports Foundation since January 2014.
Director of Operations & Development
Erica Dorantes oversees the daily operations and development related activities of the Beyond Sports Foundation. Prior to joining the Beyond Sports team, Dorantes was the Manager of Events and Marketing at LYDIA Home Association, a 100 year old nonprofit in Chicago. In her role, she worked with hundreds of volunteers annually, and executed events raising $50,000-$300,000 per event, and oversaw marketing and communications for the agency. Before working at LYDIA, Dorantes was a Senior Account Manager at Valtera Corporation, managing projects for Fortune 500 clients.
Dorantes has more than 13 years of development, event planning, and project management experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Fort Lewis College where she studied Business Administration and Marketing. After earning her degree, Dorantes did mission work in Germany, South America, and Africa. Dorantes has been working at Beyond Sports since August 2016.
Director of Student Recruiting & College Support
Greg Taylor drives and delivers all of the athletic training and support plans for the Beyond Sports Foundation student-athletes in consult with EFT Sports Performance Training. In addition, Taylor is charged with developing and delivering meaningful support and programming to the Beyond Sports Foundation student-athletes in college.
Taylor has a decade of experience coaching youth and high school football and basketball in the Chicago Area. Greg volunteered his time coaching in the F.A.A.M. (Fellowship of African American Men) youth basketball program for several years and has been coaching football and basketball at Loyola Academy for the past six seasons. In addition to coaching, Greg has worked in the Dean’s Office at Loyola Academy for the past three years as well. Greg has developed a reputation for being dedicated to helping students to reach their full potential, both academically and athletically. He has a passion to serve as a mentor, coach and advocate for student-athletes in the Beyond Sports Foundation.
Greg was a two-sport athlete throughout high school career, playing football and basketball at Loyola Academy. He was a two-year varsity basketball player and a three-year starter on the football team. Greg finished his high school playing career as a Co-MVP and All-Conference Running back on the 1993 6A State Championship football team. From there, Taylor went on to play football at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Taylor has been with the Beyond Sports Foundation since June 2016.
Director of Academic Curriculum & Professional Development
To complement working for Beyond Sports Foundation, Akuoma Nwadike is completing a Ph.D. program in Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy, with a concentration in Sport Management, at the University of Connecticut. Her work focuses on designing and implementing sport-centric and culturally relevant academic programming for student-athletes, especially those from underserved communities and/or who identify as people of color.
Prior to joining the Beyond Sports Foundation team, Nwadike worked as a football academic advisor for Kennesaw State University, providing academic, career, and life skills advising, and functioning as the learning and writing specialist while supervising undergraduate academic assistants. This followed her two years as a high school English teacher in the Atlanta Metro Area, curating a curriculum for over 150 students annually, and one year as an Introduction to College seminar instructor at Georgia Tech for their incoming student-athletes, while also providing them with reading and writing assistance, homework help, and study skills development.
Nwadike has completed a Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University. She has been with Beyond Sports Foundation since December 2017.