Our Staff

Kim Michelson

Executive Director

Erica Dorantes

Director of Operations & Development

Greg Taylor

Director of Student Recruiting & College Support

Akuoma Nwadike

Director of Academic Curriculum & Professional Development

Board of Directors

Elias Karras – Founder
Elias Karras, the owner of EFT Sports Performance Training, has had the privilege of training hundreds of athletes ranging from youth to professional athletes. As one of the most sought after Sports Performance Enhancement Specialists, Karras has built a reputation for developing speed, strength, and muscular power through the use of break-through training concepts. His desire to make athletes stronger, faster, and more explosive is the foundation for his continued success. Karras has been honored by the United States Olympic Committee with a Special Recognition Award, has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Sports Sciences Association, and was presented with the Professional Recognition Award from the IDEA – Health and Fitness Association. Karras also served as Operational Performance Enhancement Specialist to the Military’s Special Forces Personnel.
David Grumhaus – President
David D. Grumhaus, Jr., joined the Beyond Sports Foundation board at the beginning of 2012. He has spent his entire professional career in the financial services industry. He currently serves as a senior vice president and portfolio manager for Duff & Phelps Investment Management Company. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Grumhaus worked for 10 years as a partner and portfolio manager at Copia Capital, a long-short equity hedge fund based in Chicago and spent 11 years in investment banking with Goldman Sachs and William Blair. Grumhaus received his BA in history from Princeton University and his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was also a George F. Baker scholar. In addition to his professional career, Grumhaus served for six years as an alderman for the City of Lake Forest, including five years as chair of the City’s finance committee. He is on the board and executive committees of both PADS Lake County and the Lake Forest Country Day School. He is also on the Board and Investment Committee of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Grumhaus and his wife, Jennifer, have five children and reside in Lake Forest, IL. They have had the privilege of housing numerous Beyond Sports’ college athletes over the past three years and remain committed to helping the Beyond Sports Foundation and its athletes.
Sarah Alter
Sarah Alter joined the Beyond Sports Foundation board in 2015. She is an accomplished senior marketing executive who has global experience in building and rebuilding marketing teams and strategies. Alter has served in numerous executive roles for key brands, such Staples, Quill, Discover, and more recently for General Growth Properties where she served as their Chief Marketing Officer. Alter received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Alter has been very active in supporting not for profit organizations, such as Midwest Young Artists and as the Chair for the One Dream Chicago Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala for the past two years.
Doug Boersma
Doug Boersma joined the Beyond Sports Foundation Board of Directors in 2017. He is currently the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Northbrook Bank & Trust Company, a Wintrust Financial Corporation charter with assets in excess of $2 billion. Prior to joining Wintrust Financial, Boersma was the Co-Head of the Illinois Middle Market Commercial Banking team at JPMorgan Chase Bank, where is spent the initial 20 years of his professional career. Additional responsibilities at Wintrust Financial include leading the Capital Markets and Sponsor Finance groups. Doug earned his B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, from Miami University (Ohio) and has an MBA from University of Illinois – Chicago. Boersma also serves on the Board of Directors of mHub, Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing, as well as the Loyola Academy Hockey Club Board of Directors. He and his wife reside in Wilmette with their three sons.
Dean Ehrlich
Dean A. Ehrlich joined the Beyond Sports Foundation board in 2015. He has spent his entire professional career in the gaming industry in various executive roles with the latest being senior vice president of global gaming operations for Scientific Games. Prior to working for Scientific Games, he joined Anchor Gaming in 1994 and held several key management positions including general manager prior to being acquired by International Game Technology in 2001. Ehrlich relocated to the Chicagoland area in 2003, lives in Arlington Heights with his wife Darcy and his two children. He is originally from Southern California and a graduate of San Diego State University.
Laura George
Laura George joined the Beyond Sports Foundation board in 2016. She runs her own college and graduate school admissions consulting and tutoring firm, Laura George Consulting, LLC. She also serves as a senior consultant for Inside MBA Admissions. Prior to her work in admissions, George earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Duke University, where she contributed to the student newspaper, the Chronicle, as a reporter. She then worked as a copywriter and account manager at Burks/Butler, a multicultural advertising agency based in Denver. After receiving her MBA from Kellogg, George joined the brand management team at Kimberly-Clark and later served as the retail marketing manager for Saputo Inc., an international food products corporation. Throughout her career, she has accumulated extensive writing and marketing experience and has developed focused expertise in the admissions process. George lives in Kildeer with her husband Gregg, and their four sons. She actively supports her sons’ independent school, Quest Academy. George served as a Co-Chair for Quest’s annual Night of All Nights Auction and Gala for two years and is currently starting her second two-year term as a member of the Parent School Association Board.
Brian Lantz
Brian Lantz is Vice President – Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. He joined the company in June 2011, just prior to its spin-off from Fortune Brands, Inc. and is a key partner as they create long-term value for shareholders. Prior to joining Fortune Brands, Brian served as Vice President, Investor Relations and IMO for Hanesbrands since the company’s spin-off from Sara Lee in mid-2006. Prior to that, Brian served in various roles with Sara Lee Branded apparel and managed large customer teams in both finance and sales.  He also worked in the Sara Lee Investor Relations group in Chicago and served as Vice President of the Transition Team that led the spin-off efforts for Branded Apparel. Brian graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in finance, and received his MBA from the University of Tampa. He lives in Glencoe with his wife Darcie and son Clayton where he is also involved with the local Boy Scout troop.
Mitchell Melamed
Mitchell J. Melamed is a partner at Aronberg Goldgehn, a law firm comprised of more than 40 attorneys located in Chicago. As an advisor and attorney to corporations, he devotes a substantial part of his practice to representing third party administrators, consultants, self-funded health benefit plans, managed group underwriters, physicians, and medical and dental practices. Melamed received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1968 and his Masters of Law in Health Law from DePaul University in Chicago in 1996. Melamed currently resides in Glencoe, Illinois and has been actively involved with the Beyond Sports Foundation since its inception.
Brad Slattery
Brad Slattery joined the Beyond Sports Foundation board in June 2016. Originally from Australia, Brad has spent his professional career working in international tax for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Having spent the early part of his career in Australia, Brad and his family moved to the U.S. in 2008 and were based in New York. In 2011 Bradrelocated to Asia where he and his wife and two children lived in Singapore. During their time in Singapore, Bradwas admitted to the PwC Partnership where he led the Value Chain Transformation practice for PwC Singapore. Brad returned to the U.S, in 2015 and is based in Chicago where he is a Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Brad graduated from Australia’s Monash University in 2001 with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Business Management. He was a member of the Golden Key Society for academic excellence in economics. Brad completed his Masters of Law (intellectual property) from The University of Melbourne in 2008. As a student, Brad captained his high school track and filed team, leading his school to the conference championship and was a member of the record breaking 4x400m relay team. Brad also represented his state in Rugby Union in his Senior year. Brad and his wife, Danielle, live in Wilmette with their two children, Alice and Archer.

Junior Board

Jamie Rotter, President – Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Occupational Therapy

Jordain Brown – Vail Solutions, Product Support Specialist

Matt Burel – Ayco Private Wealth Management, Vice President

Steve Filer – Strata Decision Technology, Technical Consultant

Ethan Jaeger – PwC, Senior Associate

Melissa Larson

Brian McWeeney – CBRE Group, Senior Financial Analyst

Colin Moore – Kellogg School of Management, Student

Keith Otis – LLOYD Agencies/American Income Life, Supervising Agent

Eddie Pryce – Catherine Cook School, Assistant to the Head of Middle School

Steven Spinell – JLL, Associate Broker

Advisory Council

Joyce Anderson – Evanston Township High School, College Bound Student Athlete Advisor
As the College Bound Student Athlete Advisor at Evanston Township High School (“ETHS”), Anderson guides student-athletes through the eligibility and recruiting process. At ETHS, she is also the AP Recruitment & Retention Coordinator and the Girls Tennis Head Coach. In 2016, she was awarded IHSTCA Regional Coach of the Year. Anderson serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Play Sports, a non-profit dedicated to fostering leadership and confidence in girls through their participation in a wide variety of sports. Anderson was a 4 year NCAA DI starter for the Columbia University Women’s Tennis. She was a two time Captain, two time All-Ivy Honoree and team MVP. Anderson earned her J.D. at University of Wisconsin – Madison and went on to practice litigation at Sidley Austin in Chicago. At Sidley Austin, Anderson took on a number of pro bono cases including fair housing, asylum and death penalty appeal. Her experiences as a DI athlete and working with pro bono clients at Sidley inspired her to switch gears and help high school student-athletes reach their athletic and academic goals. Anderson and her husband reside in Evanston with their three sons.
Dionne Miller – ABC 7 Eyewitness News Sports Team, Anchor & Reporter

Dionne Miller joined the ABC 7 Eyewitness News Sports team as weekend sports anchor and reporter in October, 2014.

Vice President and News Director Jennifer Graves commented about Miller’s expertise in the sport arena, “During her time here in Chicago, Dionne Miller has built a stellar reputation as an aggressive reporter who tells great stories and connects with viewers. She has a passion for sports and it shows. We are thrilled she’s joining us and know she’ll be a terrific addition to the ABC 7 sports team.”

When Miller first started reporting sports in Chicago, she hit the ground running. She was assigned to cover opening day at Wrigley Field and simultaneously fell in love with the city and its fans. She’s since covered it all, from the Bears, to the Bulls, the Hawks to high school sports. Most recently, Miller was at Fox Chicago where she worked as a sports anchor and reporter since 2012. Prior to that, she served as host for Fox Sports Ohio, primarily covering pre and post- game shows for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010-12. In addition, she served as college football sideline reporter for the Big Ten Network. She was the main anchor of the “Columbus Sports Network” (WCSN, Columbus, OH), after reporting sports in Sarasota, Florida; San Diego, California and the New England area.

Miller began her career at KSVI/KHMT in Billings, Montana, serving as sports reporter before moving on to WPTZ in Burlington, Vermont as weekend sports anchor. Miller is a true sports fan. She jokes, “When not working, I enjoy watching sports, I know, shocking!” She also loves family, friends and good food. Miller is an Ohio native. She and her husband have two young children and enjoy calling Chicago home.

Jacob Nudelman – Senior Budget Analyst for the City of Chicago

Jacob Nudelman currently works as a Senior Budget Analyst for the City of Chicago. As an advocate of National Service and AmeriCorps in Illinois, Nudelman supports Beyond Sports Foundation through grant development and as an Advisory Board member. Prior to his current role, Nudelman worked as Development Coordinator for the Serve Illinois Commission helping to create the Illinois Disaster Corps, a statewide disaster response team made up of AmeriCorps members.

As a North Shore native, Nudelman aims to support and advocate for other members of his community in their pursuit of college and higher education through the Beyond Sports Foundation. In his free time, Nudelman enjoys running along Lake Michigan or enjoying a game in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

Gary Scheier – CEO at Social Qnect and Co-Founder of QuietAgent

Scheier is the co-founder of QuietAgent. Scheier was responsible for raising the equity and debt capital for the company as well as managing the company’s government programs and strategic partnerships. On October 1, 2012, QuietAgent merged its two operating subsidiaries with three divisions of First Advantage Corp. to form Findly Talent, LLC. Findly is majority owned by the Symphony Technology Group, a private equity group based in Palo Alto, CA. QuietAgent formed a new subsidiary, Social Qnect, in November 2012 and is focusing on building social mobile applications. Its application, SmartMom, launched in the Apple Store in February, 2014.

Scheier founded Social Qnect (SQ) in November 2012 to provide native mobile Q&A applications to affinity groups. In 2013 Founder Equity Fund, an early stage technology fund headquartered in Chicago, purchased 60% of SQ. After successfully launching SmartMom into the market in 2014, SQ is focusing on providing to the market native mobile white-label engagement solutions for Affinity Groups. In December 2016, SQ launched VetQnect for Illinois Joining Forces to provide a Q&A platform for the 720,000 veterans in IL. St.RitaQnect and CampChiQnect will be launched in early 2017.

Laury Scheyer

As a mother and youth advocate, Laury Scheyer has dedicated the past 30 years to helping young people navigate life’s challenges and achieve their dreams.

Through her experiences with her three children (Jenifer, University of Michigan, ‘04; Brooke, University of Texas, ‘06; and Jonathan, Duke University, ‘10), as well as their friends and teammates, she has an in-depth understanding of the college application process, having advised numerous students on their career paths and tackling all the academic, athletic, and social challenges that arise along the way.

Her insight into high school, collegiate, and professional athletics comes from personal experience, as her son Jon played basketball at Glenbrook North High School, Duke University, and on several professional teams in the United States and abroad before becoming an assistant coach at Duke University. A crucial part of his basketball journey, Scheyer knows the many challenges facing student athletes and their families first hand. She has an acute understanding for the recruitment process, the pressures to perform, the challenge of balancing academics and athletics, and more.

She serves on the board for the Glenbrook North Feeder Basketball program and, following her son’s career-ending eye injury, advocates for eye health and safety as a advisory board member for the Duke Eye Center.

A lifelong athlete, Scheyer enjoys tennis, hiking, and playing with her grandchildren.

Robert Zmudka – GATX Corporation, Vice President and Group Executive – North American Sales and Marketing
North American Sales Senior executive with 27 years experience in large ticket rail equipment leasing and marketing. Responsible for sales and marketing team that watches over nearly one billion dollars of annual lease revenue on 130,000 + diverse North American railcar portfolio. Extensive large scale, sales leadership experience and compensation plan development. Broad experience in contemporary marketing practices and strategy. Interested in positive culture creation and developing and energizing high performing sales and marketing teams to creatively drive and capture demand. Senior relationships with many Fortune 100 and 500 companies and extensive experience with Canadian and Mexican client base. Zmudka is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board. The purpose of the Hall of Fame Advisory Board is to expand the outreach by increasing the locations and frequency of the Pro Football Hall of Fame special events, private events, and in certain situations traveling exhibits delineating the history of the sport around the country.

Non-Profit Partners

Beyond Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization in the business of creating change for the student-athletes we serve. On occasion, the student-athletes and families we serve are faced with issues/problems that fall out of our mission area. Therefore, we have partnered with a range of local non-profit organizations with reduced and/or sliding scale rates to meet the needs of the families we serve. The list of our partner organizations is below:

Fenix Family Health


Fenix is a high-quality, comprehensive family healthcare facility that provides services primarily to low-income families. The primary focus of Fenix is to provide respectful care by meeting the needs of the patients with flexible hours, 24 hour emergency availability, and the integration of mental health services whenever needed.

The Josselyn Center


Josselyn offers mental health services to primarily to low-income families at the point of crisis, during the darkest moments, and for the loved ones who walk with their clients.

Joint & Spine Rehabilitation of Northern Illinois


Joint & Spine Rehabilitation serves primarily low-income families with pain related to injury, adjustments and manipulations, and therapeutic exercise.

Family Dentistry of Highwood


Family Dentistry of Highwood serves primarily low-income families for comprehensive dental needs.

Ladder UP


Ladder Up provides low-income families with free tax preparation, financial literacy education, and submission of the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

PADS Lake County


PADS Lake County is a homeless shelter in Lake County, IL.

Mothers Trust Foundation


Mothers Trust Foundation provides immediate financial relief to families in Lake County. Service Requests must be submitted by social workers, psychologists, court officers, or non-profits serving the families.