Meet Our Board

Scott Smalstig

Vice President/Fund Development
Meridian Services

Scott is the Vice President of Development for Meridian Health Services. He began his career at Eli Lilly as part of the Lilly Select Products division. Smalstig left Lilly for entrepreneurial ventures, leading a media sales firm for 14 years before becoming a partner in Joseph David Advertising, where he served as President and Director of New Business Development. His C-level consultation centers on developing relevant Vision, Mission and Values statements for corporations and translating those core ideologies to ongoing marketing messaging. Scott’s passion is youth sports, and understands the role coaches and teams have in developing character. In addition to serving on the L.A.C.E.S. Board since its inception, he has served on the board for College Mentors for Kids, and is a 24 year Rotarian.

Drew Wolff

Treasurer
Starbucks

As treasurer for Starbucks, Drew is responsible for global cash management, liquidity, debt issuance, and capital markets activities. His experience includes over 15 years in senior financial and strategic planning roles in large retail banks with operations in the US, Europe, and Africa. He has been very active in community service as a member of the board of directors or the finance committee for organizations in the UK and US.

Jennifer Elwood

Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Fundraising
The American Red Cross

In her current role, Jennifer develops strategies and implements programs to maximize Individual Giving at the American Red Cross. Through online and offline channels the team seeks to acquire new donors, deepen relationships with existing donors and optimize long-term donor value. The team is also responsible for supporting organization-wide marketing campaigns, brand & product licensing for fundraising, and disaster relief fundraising. Jennifer joined the American Red Cross in 2009, and prior to that spent nearly a decade at American Express in Marketing and Business Development. Based in New York, London, Frankfurt, and Singapore, Jennifer managed teams globally to drive results in new product development, payment technology innovation, and luxury travel.

Steven Alley

President
Alley Company, LLC

Steven Alley is the President of Alley Company, LLC and has investment experience dating back to 1983. He founded the firm in 1998 after a 12-year career with Morgan Stanley, including five years as Managing Director of Private Client Services and the Institutional Equity Department in Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a student in the Applied Securities Analysis Program. Steven played hockey on the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 1976 and in the NHL. Steven is actively involved in the Athlete Ambassador Program with World Sports Chicago, a legacy organization of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid which promotes sports activities in Chicago.

Dann Thomasson

Principal Owner
GT Partners

At GT Partners, Dann is responsible for acquisitions, investor relations and asset management. Prior to forming GT Partners, he was Managing Director at LaSalle Investment Management. At LaSalle he was responsible for the overall investment performance for the North American Development/Joint Venture industrial real estate portfolio of CalEast. Recently he was a member of the board of the Clapham Institute where also he also served as Chairman.

Seren Fryatt

Founder and Executive Director
L.A.C.E.S.

Seren Fryatt is the founder and executive director of L.A.C.E.S. which stands for Life And Change Experienced thru Sports. In 2006 Seren played soccer professionally in Liberia, West Africa just a few years after a brutal 14- year civil war had ended. Through the relationships she built with fellow teammates Seren realized the impact sports can have in providing social rehabilitation and an avenue for moving forward. In partnership with local Liberian staff together they have built a successful model that empowers communities, parents, and churches to rise up positive role models through the avenue of sports and provides them with the tools to make lasting change. Seren was named one of fifty “Most Inspirational People in Sport” by Beyond Sport. She shares this honor with First Lady Michelle Obama, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, and 46 others who are pushing the boundaries to change lives through sports.