Director of Operations & Development
Director of Student Recruiting & College Support
Director of Academic Curriculum & Professional Development
Board of Directors
Elias Karras – Founder
David Grumhaus – President
Joyce Anderson – Evanston Township High School, College Bound Student Athlete Advisor
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.
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
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 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.