Rick Dunetz is the founder and executive director of The Side-Out foundation. His passion for volleyball and his role as a coach led him to create the foundation in honor of his mother, Gloria, who lived with breast cancer for six years. Side-Out has grown from one small team to a national organization that partners with the volleyball community to inspire science and hope in the match against breast cancer. Side-Out is the only charity using the power and teamwork of the volleyball community to beat cancer.
Rick has coached volleyball in his local community for 13 years. Currently, he is the head coach of the Oakton girls freshman volleyball team and assistant coach for the girls varsity volleyball team in Vienna, Virginia. He is also active in the club volleyball community as the southern region director of Metro American Volleyball Club. He has numerous coaching certifications which include Gold Medal Squared, Sports Performance and CAP I.
Prior to establishing his presence in the sport of volleyball, Rick worked in the technology industry where he mastered the art of data mining. He is dedicated to utilizing his skills to make a difference for breast cancer patients and their families.
Dr. Cecile Reynaud is a faculty member in Sport Management with an interest in coaching, athletic administration, recruiting, personnel and event management. She was the head volleyball coach for 26 years at FSU and has experience with numerous sport governing bodies and international competition. She is an author, television analyst, national speaker and clinician. She received her B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from FSU. Dr. Reynaud is a Board Member and served as President of the Board for the Refuge House in Tallahassee as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Richard Adler is CEO/Managing Director of Philadelphia Triathlon LLC. Richard is a sports industry veteran who, during his 25 year career, has worked with some of the most prestigious and recognizable brands in the sports event marketplace, including the Olympics, World Cup Soccer, the Harlem Globetrotters, the ATP and WTA Tours, and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
Kay Rogness, Executive Director of Front Range since 1994, manages one of the largest National Qualifiers in the country – Colorado Crossroads. She has grown the tournament from 128 teams to just over 950 teams in 2009. She has also guided Front Range Volleyball Club to the position as one of the Top Ten clubs in the nation, as measured by success in national tournaments. Kay was the Chair of the USA Volleyball Youth and Junior Olympics Division Ethics & Eligibility Committee, and an Associate Vice President on the Administrative Council of the YJOV for nine years. She was also a member of the corporate USAV Ethics & Eligibility Committee.
For three years Kay served on the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Advisory Panel. She also spent three years as a member of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Customer Advisory Board. Earlier, she served on the RMR Board of Directors for five years as the Junior Girls’ Rep. Currently Kay is a member of the advisory board for the US Youth Volleyball Leagues. Kay attended Ohio University as an undergraduate and the University of Denver School of Law. Prior to moving to Colorado permanently in 1994, she practiced law in Chicago as a civil litigator. Kay resides in Parker, CO. She has two daughters and three grandchildren.
International Hall of Famer, world champion, Olympian and NCAA champion and MVP, Sinjin Smith is the most successful beach volleyball player of all time. He helped put the sport of beach volleyball on the map by helping start the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and acting as its president while winning the most open victories. Sinjin also helped start the World Tour for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and acted as its president while also working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to get the sport of beach volleyball into the Olympics. Not only the greatest beach volleyball player of all time, but also one of the great indoor players at UCLA with two NCAA championships where they inducted him into their Hall of Fame and retired his number. He also represented the USA indoor volleyball team as a national team member. Sinjin is still involved in the sport he loves at all levels with businesses associated with facilities, camps, clinics, clubs and college recruiting.
Daniel S. Ehrman, Jr. was vice president of Planning and Development at Gannett Co., Inc. from 1997 until his retirement in November, 2011. He also held various positions in finance and accounting. Ehrman was one of the original founders of USA Digital Radio in 1991, and was responsible for managing the partnership in the early years. Prior to joining Gannett, Daniel Ehrman was an auditor at Price Waterhouse and a systems engineer at IBM. Daniel Ehrman earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.