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    Side-Out Staff

  • Rick Dunetz

    Founder and Executive Director

    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.

  • Bryant Dunetz

    Chief Operations Officer

    Mr. Dunetz’s professional and executive career, of more than 40 years, spans multiple fields of R&D, engineering and procurement in business and government. As a team member of Side-Out he has forged relationships across the spectrum of leading breast cancer researchers and organizations. This allowed Side-Out to responsibly invest and conduct translational clinical trials and be recognized as pioneers in the field of “Targeted Therapy” in metastatic breast cancer. The sponsorship and funding of these trials go directly to delivering the most advanced FDA treatment to Stage lV breast cancer patients. As a Board member to the George Mason University, College of Science he has established a Side-Out Foundation “one of a kind” on line system to share results of metastatic breast cancer in the future.

    He was a charter member of the US Government’s Senior Executive Service during the Carter and Reagan administrations where he was responsible for collaborative programs. Bryant is a graduate engineer. He served in the US Army and attended advanced executive programs at Wharton Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and the Defense University. Mr.Dunetz has 3 sons and lives in Bluemont, Virginia.

  • Janice Kruger

    Vice President of Programs

    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.

  • Tim Anderson

    Senior Team Support Representative and Sponsorship Director

    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.

  • Joshua Bryant

    Director of Marketing & Merchandise

    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.

  • Eleanor Kent

    Director of Operations, Team Support Representative

    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.

  • Adam Obringer

    Director of Communications

    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.

  • Sydney Cannice

    Team Support Representative

    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.

  • Esther Hon

    New Opportunities Manager

    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!

  • Carmen Pickard

    Marketing & Communications 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.

  • Leia Pequignet

    Marketing & Communications Assistant

    Leia is an international student from Paris who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication at George Mason University. Concentrating in public relations, Leia has been involved in a lot of creative projects and campaigns such as the 2019 Drive Like You Work Here National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign for the Virginia Department of Transportation. She is also currently assisting the PR and Design department of George Mason’s Student Media Office, and volunteering as a PR staff for the literary magazine on campus. Growing up, Leia has always been dedicated to helping others and is glad to be able to work for a meaningful nonprofit that seeks to make a difference in the lives of those living with stage IV breast cancer. Outside of school, Leia sings, plays piano, and enjoys writing songs.

  • Anna Bertino

    Marketing & Communications Assistant

    Originally from Richmond, VA, Anna Bertino is a Marketing and Communications Assistant with Side-Out. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and English at George Mason University. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and traveling to new places.

  • Board of Directors

  • Cecile Reynaud

    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

    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.

  • Sinjin Smith

    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.

  • Charlene Cariou, MHS, CHES

    Charlene Cariou has worked predominantly in the field of health promotion and disease prevention with a primary focus on implementing federally funded comprehensive cancer control initiatives at both the community and state level. Her comprehensive cancer control work focuses on increasing preventive and screening behaviors through policy, systems and environmental change strategies as well as addressing quality of life for cancer survivors through education and partnerships. Charlene received her Master of Health Science degree, with an emphasis in Health Promotion, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership from Boise State University.

  • Scientific Advisers

  • Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., F.A.C.P.

    Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., F.A.C.P. is currently Physician in Chief, Distinguished Professor Translational Research Division at TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for Scottsdale Healthcare’s Clinical Research Institute and is the Medical Director of Research at McKesson Specialty Health and the Scientific Medical Officer for US Oncology Research. He holds an appointment as Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Von Hoff’s major interest is in the development of new anticancer agents, both in the clinic and in the laboratory. He and his colleagues were involved in the beginning of the development of many of the agents we now use routinely, including: mitoxantrone, fludarabine, paclitaxel, docetaxel, gemcitabine, irinotecan, nelarabine, capecitabine, lapatinib, vismodegib and others. At present, he and his colleagues are concentrating on the development of molecularly targeted therapies particularly for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Dr. Von Hoff has published more than 648 papers, 138 book chapters and over 1085 abstracts. Dr. Von Hoff received the 2010 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for his outstanding contributions to cancer research leading to significant improvement in patient care. Dr. Von Hoff was appointed to President Bush’s National Cancer Advisory Board in 2004-2010. Dr. Von Hoff is the past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (the world’s largest cancer research organization), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member and past board member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a founder of ILEX™ Oncology, Inc. (acquired by Genzyme after Ilex had 2 agents, alemtuzumab and clofarabine approved by the FDA for patients with leukemia). Dr. Von Hoff is founder and the Editor Emeritus of Investigational New Drugs – The Journal of New Anticancer Agents; and, past Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. He is a co-founder of the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop to train young clinical investigators. He is also proud to have been a mentor and teacher for multiple medical students, medical oncology fellows, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

  • Nicolas Robert, MD

    Medical Director, Health Informatics & HEOR, McKesson & The US Oncology Network

    Nicholas J. Robert, M.D., is a graduate of the McGill Medical School in Montreal. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital and went on to complete a second residency in Anatomic Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Robert continued his training during fellowships in Hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Robert is a member of several organizations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the US Oncology Research Network. Highly interested in advancing oncology research, Dr. Robert also serves as chairman of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Community Research Forum. Dr. Robert has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Washingtonian magazine for more then fifteen years. He has also been listed as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor with the distinct honor of being named one of the top 1% of oncologists in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Robert is the author of over 100 publications with major research interests in breast cancer and primary brain tumors. He is a reviewer for several medical journals as well as the recipient of numerous research grants. Previously the Clinical Director of Medical Oncology at Tufts University – New England Medical Center, he currently works with Virginia Cancer Specialists in Northern Virginia. He has also served as Chairman of the Cancer Committee and Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Robert takes great pleasure in developing close relationships with his patients and discussing the most cutting-edge breast cancer therapies with them so that they can understand all their options. In this video, he emphasizes the importance of patient involvement in his/her own treatment.

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