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Advisory Council

 

Colonel Patricia Collins, USA (Retired)

A 24 year Army Veteran, lower limb amputee, and member of the 2016 US Paralympic Team, Patty is the sole proprietor of Patty S Collins Services, LLC.  She is passionate about care for our Veterans and their families and the role of sports in rehabilitation and recovery.  She is on the Board of the Vigilant Torch Association and is involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Sylvia Mackey

Sylvia Mackey, widow of NFL Hall of Famer and Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey, is a powerful advocate for former players and their families. 
Sylvia successfully advocated for the creation of the “88 Plan” to provide financial support to the families of former NFL players to pay for care expenses related to dementia. 

 

 

Phil Mcconkey

Following careers in the military (USNA graduate; Naval Aviator) and the National Football League (Giants, Packers, Cardinals & Chargers), Mr. McConkey embarked on a financial services career that has spanned over two decades. Currently the President of Academy Securities, Mr. McConkey has experience in the fields of asset management, trading, alternative investment strategies, and investment banking.

Mike Lucci

Mike Lucci, former Detroit Lions Middle Linebacker and successful businessman has been a longtime advocate for former players and also sits on the Gridiron Greats Advisory Council. Mike has been friends with Coach Mike Ditka for over 50 years and was inducted into Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame and named Gridiron Man of the Year in 2014 for all his efforts.

 

 

Joe Rosen

Mr. Rosen was a principal with Larus Capital Partners and has worked for his family's business, which has invested over $1.5B in real estate and holds ownership interests in over 2.5M square feet of property in six states.

Jeff Smith

Currently Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Industry Solutions, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Jeff Smith is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in technology and professional services leadership roles

 

 

Neal Wilkinson

Mr. Wilkinson is the V.P., Head of Institutional Sales, at ULLICO Investment Advisors. He has spent the last 25 years in the institutional investment industry.

 

 

Marily Gardner

Ms. Gardner is currently the National Director of Strategic Partnerships at Bethesda, a national non-profit that provides homes and other services to people with intellectual disabilities. She and her family were personally affected by mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). She is passionate about helping organizations make a difference and giving a voice to those who need it.

 

 

Dan Pastorini

Former NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders is a respected philanthropist and businessman. Dan currently sits on the Advisory Council for both After the Impact Fund and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. 

Don Horn

Former NFL quarterback for the Packers, Broncos, Browns and Chargers. Don is a passionate advocate for former players and their families and currently sits on the Advisory Council for both After the Impact Fund and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. 

 

 

Brenda A. Bushell

Brenda has supported the efforts for many NFL teams to maximize revenue and engage sponsor engagement. She currently resides in St. Augustine, FL.

Eric SChuller

Eric manages the Government and Community Affairs operations within Oasis Financial. He was previously the President and Executive Director for Operation Homefront Illinois, an organization that supports the members of the military and their families. Previously, he worked in Illinois State Government in the Executive branch. Eric served for 22 years in the United States Army and National Guard. His background was in Military Intelligence, Counter Intelligence and Military Police Operations.

 

 

Jordan Payton

Current NFL player for the Cleveland Browns, Jordan Payton looks to leave his mark as an outstanding player and respected philanthropist. Currently serving as an Advisor to Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and After The Impact Fund based on his concern for the wellbeing of his fellow players past, present and future.

Michelle Obeso-Theus 

Michelle started working with non-profits in 2009 when she assisted Matt Barnes with Athletes vs Cancer (AVC.org) in his aggressive efforts to find a cure for cancer. From 2011 through the end of 2014, Michelle worked alongside Kobe Bryant and his charitable efforts with The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF.org). More recently, She partnered with UCLA and their Kidney research department to help bring awareness to the under appreciated world of Kidney Transplants and overall health.

 

 

Kandace De Angelo-Stolz

Kandace De Angelo-Stolz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Regenerative Stem Cell and Wellness Centers, Venation IV Vitamin Therapy, and the Regenerative Wellness Foundation. Her passion is driven by offering medical solutions to athletes and military personnel suffering from debilitating injuries, autoimmune deficiencies, and neurological disorders. She is on the Advisory Councils for both Gridiron Greats, Dignity After Hockey, and After the Impact Fund.

 

NAZ JONES

Naz Jones was drafted in 2017 by the Seattle Seahawks. Losing the ability to walk in High School, doctors finally diagnosed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The defensive tackle had to relearn to walk before earning a spot with UNC Tar Heels.

 

 

Brad hopkins

Brad Hopkins was a first round draft pick and 13 year All Pro offensive tackle with the Oilers/Titans organization, Brad now hosts several radio programs from his homebase in Nashville, TN.   

Lemanski Hall

Lemanski Hall is a current defensive analyst for National Champion Clemson Tigers, Hall played nine years in the NFL.