Board of Directors

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Shari

Acho

Secretary

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Shari has 30 years as an academic and career counselor for collegiate athletes. She spent 8 years with the University of Michigan’s Athletic Department creating and growing M-PACT, Michigan’s Professional and Career Transition Program for student-athletes. Acho was also an instrumental part of the football recruiting process at Michigan and spent countless hours with parents and recruits discussing collegiate academics and athletics. 

In recognition of her exemplary contributions to the University of Michigan’s Athletic Department, she became an Honorary Letterwinner in 2012. Prior to being the Director of M-PACT, Shari spent 12 years as the Assistant Director of the Academic Success Program and a Football Academic Counselor for the University of Michigan. 

Acho came to Michigan after serving at Michigan State University (1994-2000) as the Assistant Director of Student Athlete Support Services and Football Academic Counselor. Prior to working at Michigan State, Acho was a Learning Disabilities teacher and Athletic Director at Deerfield Beach High School (1990-1994) in South Florida. Acho served two years as a Member of the NFL/NCAA Summit (2012, 2013); and an NCAA Leadership Facilitator (2012). Shari is an advisory board member for Athleta-Ed, LLC.

Acho earned her bachelor’s degree in Exceptional student education at Florida Atlantic University (1990) and holds a master’s degree in Athletic Administration (1995).

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Fredrick
Jones

Treasurer

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Frederick Jones is the Director of Finance at Tuerk House. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Business Management from Towson University. He has served as controller, vice president of accounting, and director of financial operations. His career consists of experience working at for-profit and non-profit organizations, most notably the Maryland Food Bank.

Mr. Jones’ current responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of finance for Tuerk House, with an emphasis on short-term and long-term strategic planning, audit and budget preparation, financial statements, cash management, and cultivating business relationships. He is passionate about Tuerk House’s mission of healing and hope. In his spare time, he volunteers in various community-building projects. 

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Nicole

Tate

Board Member

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Nicole serves as OMBI Group’s Business & Engagement Consultant.  She is responsible for engaging OMBI Group with key markets as well as promoting company events and highlighting client accomplishments.  In addition, Nicole is instrumental in partnering with like-minded corporations whose strategies align with OMBI Group especially in the area of Philanthropy.

 

No stranger to consulting, Nicole is Founder and CEO of NBT Consulting Group, LLC, which is a solutions-based consulting firm that provides advice to clients in the areas of business growth and process improvement.  Additionally, she is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a BA in Material and Logistics Management.

 

She has worked 15+ years in Corporate America where she held many roles including Purchasing, Customer Service (Subject Matter Expert/Lead), Materials Management, Product Marketing Specialist and Supply Chain Specialist.  

 

Nicole grew up watching and playing sports and feels strongly that ALL children should have the opportunity to become part of a team.  Tate is a member of and has served as the Regional Technology Chair/National Technology Committee for the MidWestern Region of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Nicole's love of sports and philanthropy provided a win-win situation at OMBI Group. It is the intersection where “PASSION collided with PURPOSE” and the rest is “Her-story

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Danielle

Berman

Board Member

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Danielle Berman has dedicated her career to helping athletes understand their full potential. She believes that athletes should be supported as individuals with unique skills, passions and interests rather than a cog in the sports industry machine.

 

That's why she founded Tackle What’s Next, where she serves as CEO, to provide athletes with the structure, community and accountability they need to be successful in all aspects of life after the game. Tackle What’s Next aims to provide athletes with a safe space to discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with transitioning out of sport, plus share important resources that can help. Danielle is a super connector and finds so much joy in connecting people to the contacts and resources they need to reach their goals.

 

Athletes also do so much great work in the community, and it inspires her to see the good that so many athletes continue to create. Danielle works to further educate athletes and nonprofits on the best ways to work together to create social impact. Rather than recreating the wheel or competing against like-minded initiatives, she encourages athletes and nonprofits to work together and bridge the gap between sports and philanthropy to create sustainable community impact.

 

Danielle has worked with both current and former college and pro athletes for nearly a decade and is passionate about helping every one of them achieve their goals outside of sport.

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Ashley
Zapata, PsyD

Board Member

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Dr. Zapata was born in Panama City, Panama and credits her Afro-Caribbean roots as the foundation for her values and worldview. She grew up in Newport News, Virginia having learned the art of adapting and flexibility early as a military dependent. Throughout her lived experiences she has identified strengths related to resiliency, resourcefulness, and sheer will and motivation.

As a first-generation college student Dr. Zapata earned a BA from Marymount University, her first graduate degree from the George Washington University, and continued to earn a MA and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA.

She has provided mental health and sport performance services to Division I collegiate athletes, elite and professional athletes, and has curated training programs for teams, coaches, and affinity groups such as injured athletes, LGBTQIA+ and athletes of color.

Dr. Zapata currently serves as a co-coordinator of the Diversity in Sport SIG for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).