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.
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. 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 in 35 countries. He has held positions as a Structural Aviation Engineer, Systems Analyst, Assistant Director of a leading national laboratory and project manager of large and complex technology projects in the US and abroad. His achievements as an executive in sensitive international negotiations have brought him numerous awards and recognition from the US and foreign governments. In 1990, Mr. Dunetz founded CICAT Networks to deliver telecommunications access to global companies. In 1996 he founded Telco Exchange, the first web portal to price and order voice and data services nationwide. In 2000 he founded Rivermine Software, providing enterprise level telecommunications management software to Fortune 1000 companies. Today Mr. Dunetz is retired from the companies he has founded after closing several rounds of venture capital successfully and recruiting the best talent in the technology and software sectors to run these companies.
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. He is active in the Northern Virginia technology community, a respected business leader among the major national carriers and co-author of one of the first books on high-speed Internet access. He has also published a number of technical papers and is a frequent author in professional high tech journals. Mr.Dunetz has 3 sons and lives in Bluemont, Virginia. His hobbies include tennis, horseback riding and surf fishing.
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs
Janice Kruger coached college volleyball for thirty years, from 1977 to 2007. She began at Platte Technical Community College in Columbus, Neb., spent nine years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and enjoyed twenty years as the head coach of the University of Maryland Terrapins. In her thirty years of coaching, she led four teams into the Division II National Championship, won 10 career conference titles, and was recognized six times for Conference and Region Coach of the Year honors. Twice she was voted as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (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. To honor her, the University of Maryland established an endowed scholarship in her name, the first of its kind for Maryland volleyball. The scholarship is a symbol of her lifetime of accomplishments in the sport of volleyball and will serve as a reminder of greatness to which future coaches will aspire.
Senior Team Support Representative (Midwest Region) and Sponsorship Coordinator
Tim joined The Side-Out Foundation team in March of 2011. He oversees the Midwest Region and is also Side-Out’s Sponsorship Director. Tim brings many years of sponsorship experience to Side-Out. While living in Los Angeles, he worked for two non-profit organizations as well as in athletic development at Long Beach State where he earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management.
Prior to his time in Los Angeles, he coached at the middle and high school levels in Nebraska. Now back in Nebraska, Tim coaches and officiates club volleyball. He is a registered official with the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Tim received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Nebraska and resides in Omaha.
Director of Content & Social Media
Julie Matthews is one of only three Side-Out employees who is not a volleyball coach! Nevertheless, her writing skills and her constant desire to learn about the sport make her a valuable member of the team. She also happens to be a cancer survivor (acute myelogenous leukemia) which gives her a unique perspective when writing for the Side-Out Blog or communicating with breast cancer patients.
Despite the fact that her undergraduate and graduate degrees (from the University of Virginia and American University, respectively) are both related to Spanish and Latin American Studies, she realized post-cancer experience that writing (in English!) was what truly inspired her. She enjoys spending time with family (to include, of course, her dogs Jameson and Guinness and cat Bella!) and friends, and she racewalked her first full marathon in the fall of 2010 with Team in Training, the endurance training/fundraising arm of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). In 2011, she competed in the National Capital Area’s LLS Man & Woman of the Year campaign, and she was named second runner up, raising almost $40,000! She was also chosen for the mission award. After a brief hiatus from fundraising, she got back out on the trails and completed the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, the 2015 Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and the 2016 Philly Half Marathon!
Director of Marketing & Merchandise
Joshua Bryant is originally from Richmond, Virginia and recently graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Sport Management. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Mason 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. Though he does not have much experience with the sport of volleyball, he is looking forward to learning all he can about the volleyball community.
Throughout his life, Josh has been involved with non-profit work through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and he has raised money on a yearly basis. 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.
Team Support Representative
Eleanor is originally from Winchester, VA and is a recent 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 as she was a member of the club volleyball team at JMU and has been involved with the sport from a young age. 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.
As a new resident to Fairfax, VA, Eleanor enjoys getting to know city life, cooking, and traveling. She is a Green Bay Packer fan and owner, and enjoys visiting her alma mater any chance she gets.
Marketing Assistant Intern
Betsy Chilcoat was born and raised in Mechanicsville,Va. She is currently a junior at George Mason University studying Advertising with minors in Communication and Graphic Design. Volleyball has always been a part of her life since she was a baby. Her older brother played and her mom coached, which led her to follow in their footsteps and play at Richmond Volleyball Club (RVC) for three years before making the switch to track and field in high school. She was a thrower (shot put, discus and hammer) for nine years.
Outside of The Side-Out Foundation, Betsy is a part of Freedom Connections: Against Human Trafficking at Mason to educate others about human trafficking in the DC area. She is also a member of George Mason’s chapter of Spoon University, where she shares her passion for food with others.
Marketing Assistant Intern
Kyle Williamson is a little bit south of us, down in Woodbridge, VA. He is currently a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in IT with a minor in web design. Although he has only minute experience in the world of volleyball, he has played sports of many different calibers, from cross country all the way to hockey. Now he is on to ultimate frisbee, playing for the men’s team at Mason.
Outside his internship with us, Kyle really has a burning passion for technology. Having grown up with some the original tech like the floppy disk, he has experienced a range of new tech throughout the years. Now he has channeled that passion into web design, where he constructs sites from scratch, and creates his own unique designs. Kyle also started his own business, Total Recall Technology, where he concentrates on his web design skills, to better himself in the ever-growing world of technology.
Marketing Assistant Intern
Megan Hia was born and raised in Herndon, Virginia and is currently a senior at George Mason University where she is studying to receive her Bachelors of Science in marketing. While Megan has no previous experience playing volleyball, she rowed crew in high school and understands what it means to be part of a team as well as being involved in the community. She is a supporter of funding for breast cancer research and believes it is important to work towards finding new treatments and medicine to give those affected a chance to live long and happy lives.
Outside of school and work, Megan enjoys watching films and television shows as well as reading, writing, and drawing in her spare time.
Marketing Assistant Intern
Marygrace is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She is currently a junior at George Mason University and studying advertising and entrepreneurship. She’s always loved working and volunteering for non-profits and is happy to have this opportunity to intern for The Side-Out Foundation. She is excited to learn the ins and outs of a non-profit organization because once she graduates she aspires to have a career in fundraising and advertising for a nonprofit similar to Side-Out.