Meet Our Team

Rick Dunetz

Rick Dunetz

Founder

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. Over the last eleven 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. 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.

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Eleanor Kent

Director of Operations

Eleanor is originally from Winchester, VA and is a Graduate of James Madison University. At JMU she received her Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management with minors in General Business and Coaching. Eleanor has a passion for volleyball having been involved with the sport from a young age and throughout high school and college. She enjoys playing, as well as coaching and is pursuing opportunities to help with volleyball in the area.

Eleanor also has a passion for helping the breast cancer community. Her mother battled both breast and stomach cancer. Her mother’s strength and resilience in the face of this terrible disease has inspired Eleanor to use her greatest passion to help others affected by breast cancer.

When she’s not at work, Eleanor enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, and traveling. She is a Green Bay Packer fan and owner, and enjoys visiting her Alma Mater any chance she gets.

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Program Support Team

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Sydney Cannice

Program Support Team Lead

Sydney is originally from Sterling, VA but soon moved to Fairfax, VA where she attended George Mason University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Psychology.

Following her education, she moved to rural Malawi where she served as a community health advisor with the Peace Corps. She soon found herself back in Fairfax as a team support representative with the foundation in June 2018.

Sydney grew up playing club volleyball and continued in her passion by coaching middle school youth in her local community. She stayed connected to the game as she played and refereed intramurals in college. Outside of the office, you can find Sydney traveling, spending time with her nephews, or hiking in Shenandoah National Park.

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Tim Anderson

Program Support Specialist

Tim joined The Side-Out Foundation team in March of 2011. He oversees the Midwest, Southwest and Far West regions and also oversees partnerships. Tim brings many years of fundraising experience to Side-Out. While living in Los Angeles, he worked for two nonprofit organizations as well as in athletic development at Long Beach State where he earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management.

Tim’s involvement in volleyball has included, playing and coaching at the club, middle and high school levels. He is now a certified volleyball official with the Nebraska School Activities Association and can usually be found near a volleyball court in some capacity. He is a native Nebraskan and resides in Omaha.

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Gabby Huff

Southeast Program Support Specialist

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Tim Anderson

Program Support Specialist

Eleanor is originally from Winchester, VA and is a Graduate of James Madison University. At JMU she received her Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management with minors in General Business and Coaching. Eleanor has a passion for volleyball having been involved with the sport from a young age and throughout high school and college. She enjoys playing, as well as coaching and is pursuing opportunities to help with volleyball in the area.

Eleanor also has a passion for helping the breast cancer community. Her mother battled both breast and stomach cancer. Her mother’s strength and resilience in the face of this terrible disease has inspired Eleanor to use her greatest passion to help others affected by breast cancer.

When she’s not at work, Eleanor enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, and traveling. She is a Green Bay Packer fan and owner, and enjoys visiting her Alma Mater any chance she gets.

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Development Team

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Esther Hon

Development Team Lead

Inspired by the mission of The Side-Out Foundation, Esther is excited to join the team as the New Opportunities Manager! She is personally motivated to help further the cause and the importance of “tomorrows matter”, as her mother battled metastatic breast cancer for fourteen years.

Esther played collegiate volleyball for the UC Davis Women’s Volleyball program as a libero and graduated in 2011 with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Communications. She continued on to earn a Master’s Degree in Sports Management, with an emphasis on Program Administration and Coaching. Esther has over fifteen years of coaching experience with both school and club teams, and is currently entering her ninth season with the UC Davis Men’s Volleyball club program, as Head Coach.

She currently resides with her dog, Koda, in her hometown of San Francisco. In her spare time, Esther enjoys spending time with family and friends, being out in nature, and going on new adventures!

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Janice Kruger

Development Specialist

Janice Kruger coached college volleyball for thirty years. She began coaching at the Community College level for 1 year, then spent 9 years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha NCAA Division II level and finished her collegiate coaching career as the head coach of the University of Maryland Terrapins Division I program for 20 years. In her thirty years of collegiate coaching, she led 4 teams into the Division II National Championship, won 10 career conference titles, and was recognized 6 times both for Conference and Region Coach of the Year honors. Her peers honored her success in coaching by voting her twice as the NCAA Division II American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year.

Janice belongs to the 700 AVCA-Tachikara Victory Club with 756 career victories. She retired as the all-time winningest Maryland and ACC Volleyball coach with 381 Terrapin wins.

Janice began her volleyball playing career in Nebraska and became 1 of 5 first-ever volleyball scholarships athletes for the University of Nebraska Cornhusker volleyball team. She continues to coach as a club coach and also is the Co-Director of the East Coast Elite Volleyball Club in Maryland.

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Marketing & Communications Team

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Joshua Bryant

Marketing & Communications Team Lead

Josh Bryant is originally from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and a masters degree in Recreation Administration. Josh was a three-sport athlete growing up (football, basketball, and soccer), and his passion for sports is the reason behind wanting to be involved with athletics as a career.

Throughout his life, Josh has been involved with non-profit work through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and raises money for CFF annually through Great Strides. As a person with cystic fibrosis, he has seen firsthand what fundraising can do to help scientific research when fighting a disease.

While currently residing in Fairfax County with his wife Olivia, he loves being with his friends, watching sports, and going to his family’s river house on the Potomac during the summer.

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Adam Obringer

Communications Specialist

Adam joined The Side-Out Foundation in July of 2017 after earning a Master of Arts in New Media Studies from DePaul University and working with the DePaul volleyball team for two years as its Sports Information Director. He has over seven years of experience working in the communications field.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Slippery Rock University where he also worked in the Athletics Communications office as a student worker and radio play-by-play person. He was awarded the SRU Sport Management Student of The Year Award in 2014 and graduated summa cum laude. After graduating from SRU, Adam spent time working in athletics communications at Xavier University, ASUN Conference, and DePaul University before landing at The Side-Out Foundation.

Adam currently lives in Fairfax with his wife, Ellie. He enjoys walking and running the trails around Northern Virginia, rooting on Pittsburgh sports teams, and writing about/watching esports events.

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Carmen Pickard

Marketing Assistant

Carmen is a student at George Mason University pursuing a degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations and Media Studies. Carmen loves art and horseback riding.

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Adam Obringer

Communications Specialist

Adam joined The Side-Out Foundation in July of 2017 after earning a Master of Arts in New Media Studies from DePaul University and working with the DePaul volleyball team for two years as its Sports Information Director. He has over seven years of experience working in the communications field.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Slippery Rock University where he also worked in the Athletics Communications office as a student worker and radio play-by-play person. He was awarded the SRU Sport Management Student of The Year Award in 2014 and graduated summa cum laude. After graduating from SRU, Adam spent time working in athletics communications at Xavier University, ASUN Conference, and DePaul University before landing at The Side-Out Foundation.

Adam currently lives in Fairfax with his wife, Ellie. He enjoys walking and running the trails around Northern Virginia, rooting on Pittsburgh sports teams, and writing about/watching esports events.

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