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Chris Nowinski, Founder & CEO of SLI
Chris Nowinski is a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine and the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. A former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, his career was ended by multiple concussions, which led him to write the book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis. He now serves on the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America, and was named a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow.
Shannon Shryne, VP Business Development MDA & Augie’s Quest
In her 18 years with MDA, Shannon Shryne’s track record of fundraising and relationship building has enabled her to steadily advance through the Association’s management to her role as its Vice President of Business Development. Her expertise in cultivating and recruiting sponsors and donors, budgeting, special event planning and program development makes her a central figure in maintaining many of the Association’s vital corporate relationships. Shannon played a vital role in creating Augie’s Quest, a fundraising program focused on ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and a resulting network of ALS special events that have generated substantial new income for MDA. She has also successfully recruited new corporate sponsorships and coordinated programs that have not only brought in millions of dollars, but have steadily increased each year. She received her BS from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Dabo Swinney, Head Coach Clemson University
Coach Dabo Swinney graduated from the University of Alabama. Dabo played football and was a member of the 1992 National Championship team. Dabo was a Graduate Assistant Coach while obtaining his MBA at Alabama. After obtaining his Masters degree, Dabo became the full time wide receiver coach for the Crimison Tide for 5 years. In 2003, he became the wide receiver for Clemson, followed by Assistant Head Coach, then Interim Head Coach. Dabo Swinney is currently the head coach at Clemson University.
Gene Stallings, Head Coach NFL & NCAA
Coach Gene Stallings played college football at Texas A&M University (1954–1956), where he was one of the "Junction Boys", and later served as the head coach at his alma mater from 1965 to 1971. Stallings was also the head coach of the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals of the NFL (1986–1989) and at the University of Alabama (1990–1996). Stalling's 1992 Alabama team completed a 13–0 season with a win in the Sugar Bowl over Miami and was named the consensus national champion. Stallings is currently a member of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010.
Ryan Dadd, Founder & CEO Revimage
Ryan Dadd has been an entrepreneur in the digital space for the past 12 years focusing on building companies that provide sales and marketing solutions for the entertainment industry. He has designed and built successful digital products and the infrastructure to support them worldwide, while creating partnerships with companies such as Live Nation, MTVN/Viacom, Universal Music Group, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, among many others.
Gary Hollingsworth played Quarterback at Alabama during Kevin Turner’s tenure. Originally from Hamilton, Al, Gary graduated from the University in 1991 and has been in the housing industry for the past 21 years. He is currently the General Manager for Cavalier Home Builders located in Addison, Al. He settled in Cullman, Al where he currently lives with his wife Sharyn and two children, Drake and Callie.
Dr. Ann McKee, Neurologist/Pathologist, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy
Dr. McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and fellowship training in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was Assistant Professor of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School from 1991-94, when she became Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2011, she was promoted to Professor of Neurology and Pathology. Dr. McKee directs the Neuropathology Service for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VISN-1) and the Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Framingham Heart Study, and Centenarian Study, which are all based at the Bedford VAMC. Dr. McKee is also the Chief Neuropathologist for the National VA ALS Brain Bank.
Kyle Turley, NFL Athlete & Recording Artist
Kyle was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football at San Diego State, and was recognized as an All-American. He was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints seventh overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Saints, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He was an All-Pro selection in 2000. Kyle currently works as a country music recording artist and fights for injured and retired NFL players.
Paul Ott Carruth, VP McCullough Oil
Paul Ott Carruth, a native of Summit, Miss., is vice president of McCullough Oil Company in Trussville, AL.Carruth played halfback in 1981 and 1982 on Coach Paul W. Bryant’s last two Alabama teams and, after being redshirted in 1983, was a star on Coach Ray Perkins’ 1984 Alabama squad. In his three-year career, Carruth rushed for 1,336 yards on 277 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. Following the 1985 Senior Bowl, where he earned Most Valuable Player honors, Carruth took his talents to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, where he played for three seasons.
Ray Perkins, Head Coach NFL & NCAA
Coach Ray Perkins is a former American football player and the head football coach for Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi. He played as a wide receiver for the University of Alabama and Baltimore Colts. He later worked as a football coach for 28 years, including stints as the head coach for the New York Giants, the University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University. Coach Perkins recruited Kevin to the University of Alabama to play for The Crimson Tide.
Ricky Davis attended The University of Alabama on a football scholarship where he played under Coach Paul Bryant. During his four years at Alabama, the football team won four SEC championships and one national championship. Following his senior season in 1974, Davis was elected as permanent co-captain by his Alabama teammates. Davis was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1975 and played four years in the National Football League. After his NFL career, Davis attended and graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is a member of the Florida and Alabama bars and a part of his practice over the last 25 years has been providing advice and counsel to college and professional coaches on career moves and negotiating their employment and endorsement agreements.
Greg Hyde, Attorney
For over 30 years, Greg's law practice has focused on estate planning and probate, with an emphasis on charitable planned giving. Greg is a past chairman and still active on the University of Alabama Planned Giving Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Professional Advisors Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Greg is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®" (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/Wright, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) and "Super Lawyers" in the areas of Trusts and Estates.
Catherina Chang Watters, Attorney
Catherina has been practicing law for 14 years and is licensed in both California and Florida. She received her BS from Santa Clara University and her JD from New York Law School. Catherina has dedicated her practice to handling injury and disability claims for former NFL players and assisting with post-retirement legal issues. She is also an NFLPA certified contract advisor and is passionate about educating young athletes on how to maximize their careers.
Ricky Watters, NFL Running Back
Ricky played in the NFL for 11 seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers where he won a SuperBowl Championship . He also won a National Championship at the University of Notre Dame where he was an All-American. He was a three time NFL All Pro, four time All-Madden and a five time Pro Bowler. Ricky currently spends his time training and coaching young athletes, advocating for former players’ rights and mentoring at-risk and foster youth. He is also a motivational speaker, author, songwriter and dedicated father of two sons.