Tracey Leinen – Founder & Executive Director
Tracey holds extensive knowledge of the sports travel and hospitality industry with 20+ years of travel and event management experience. After contributing for more than 15 years to the Philadelphia Eagles as their Director of Travel Operations, Tracey created TEAM Management, a meetings and special event company which currently supports the National Football League as a Super Bowl team liaison and coordinates the NFL Travel Directors Meetings.
Her areas of expertise include event coordination, event management and community relations. Tracey uses her expertise to help goal-oriented individuals and organizations strategicaly plan and coordinate benefits for various charities. Through her proven history of success, Tracey has earned respect and trust from colleagues in and outside of the NFL, helping clients maximize their charitable potential. Her methods emphasize client satisfaction.
She parlayed TEAM Management with her commitment to making a difference and create a foundation to show support for others.
Tracey serves as Chairperson for the North Penn Alumni Association, her high school alma mater.
Katie Zackon – Executive Vice President
Ms. Zackon is an accomplished professional with a track record for driving revenue and cultivating strong partner relationships. She brings to the foundation more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment and sports industries. Most recently, she was Vice President of Strategic Development & Operations for Rose Park Productions, a content production and distribution company specializing in sports, music and urban film content. Before joining Rose Park Productions, she was Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Philadelphia Eagles for six years where she managed and negotiated corporate sponsorships for the team that was consistently ranked among the elite NFL teams for business.
An alumnus of Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland where she was a dean’s list student and captain of the Division I women’s soccer team while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business, Katie began her professional career as an Account Executive with Beasley Broadcast Group (WXTU/WRDW radio stations) in Philadelphia.
Ms. Zackon currently serves as an advisory board member for the US Airways Education Foundation and board of visitors for the Mount St. Mary’s University Bolte School of Business. She is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania and resides with her family in Bucks County, PA.
Patrick Brown – President
Pat is currently a Global Accounts Sales Training Manager at UPS (NYSE:UPS). He has 27 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, all with UPS. In addition to his sales training background, he has held various managerial positions at UPS in the functional areas of customer service, sales and sales support.
Pat resides with his family in Bel Air, Maryland.
Jason Vavra - Treasurer
As managing member of VCM Wealth, Mr. Vavra has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His vision was to create a client focused company that provides personalized investment management, retirement plan, financial planning, consulting and insurance services to institutional and individual clients. Mr. Vavra is also the portfolio manager of the VCM Balanced ETF and VCM Growth ETF strategies.
Mr. Vavra holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Bloomsburg University. In addition to being a Registered Investment Advisor, Mr. Vavra is also a Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist and registered Life/Health Insurance Agent. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Superior Credit Union, Treasurer of the Griffin Gives Foundation and a member of the Bloomsburg University Foundation investment committee. In 2015, he was named a 5-Star Wealth Manager in Philadelphia Magazine.
Amy Klein – Secretary
Amy Klein is the current Director of Sales Solutions and Support for Marriott International. Her experience includes more than 25 years in the hotel and hospitality industry.
Amy resides in Maryland.
Mark is highly respected as a former athlete and philanthropist dedicating his post football career to giving back to those we support. An 8-year veteran of the NFL, he played Cornerback from 1992-1999 for the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49’ers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and most notably the Philadelphia Eagles. Mark is a graduate of Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California and is a University of Alabama alumni “Roll Tide”. He led the NFL in interception yards in 1997 with 274 and holds the interception touchdown record at Alabama and Kansas City. He was selected to the All Madden 1997 team and is a member of the Glendale College Hall of Fame. He has been nicknamed Mighty Mouse, because of his 5-7 height and high vertical leap.
In addition to his work with the Griffin Gives Foundation, Mark is currently the Defensive Backs Coach for Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, Head Coach of the West Team for the Blue Gray All-American Bowl and Founder of Camp 29. When off the field, Mark is the host of Hard Hittin’ Radio.
Mark resides in Chandler, Arizona with his family. His passion is to cook which led him to create the slogan “Grillin With McMillian” in hopes to take his skills on the road for charity events and special appearances.
Cheldin Barlatt Rumer
Cheldin, Brand Consultant & Executive Producer at i-g creative, has spent over a decade creating, managing and executing strategic grass roots marketing campaigns for clients within an array of various lifestyle industries. As a seasoned marketing executive, Rumer is committed to communicating on behalf of her clients while aggressively motivating them to share their own enthusiasm for the products and services they represent and/or own.
With the use of strategic planning and aggressive communication methods and materials, she has helped countless clients achieve their marketing goals while also aiding large and small businesses in finding their marketing voice.
Whether her clients have limited resources or a multimillion dollar budget, Rumer creates effective marketing programs that deliver measurable results. Through This is it TV and her other This is it… brands (Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Washington DC), Rumer connects, shares and promotes newsworthy content through creative and engaging online videos and interesting editorial.
In addition to her roles within i-g creative and This is it TV, Rumer is also an Adjunct Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia where she instructs undergraduate students in the art of Interactive Media and Advertising.
Upon graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Business, James has spent the bulk of his career in financial services. Currently he is a manager and ETF wholesaler at Northern Trust and he recently relocated from Chicago, IL to Scottsdale, AZ.
James also serves as a United Way Ambassador at Northern Trust and his wife of 8 years, Maggie served as a Chairperson for the United Way at her former firm.
James is an avid golfer and spends his free time with his family, including his 2 young sons, Jackson and Maxwell.
Board of Directors Business Development Consultants
Tom brings a depth of sales, marketing and business development experience and industry contacts from technology companies and large enterprises in North America and internationally. Tom has over 25 years of experience with large corporations and start-up organizations setting sales strategy and negotiating and closing revenue and strategic partner opportunities in the Internet, e-commerce, and mobile industries.
In addition to working for several start up companies, Tom has worked for well-known Silicon Valley companies such as Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, and EBay/PayPal. Tom has a particular interest in working with charities focused on animals, children and military causes, leveraging his technology experience and networks of contacts to help these organizations optimize efficiency and fund raising potential.