Former NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. Dan is a respected philanthropist and businessman, and currently sits on the Advisory Council for both After the Impact Fund and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
Former NFL quarterback for the Packers, Broncos, Browns and Chargers. Don is a passionate advocate for former players and their families. He currently sits on the Advisory Council for both After the Impact Fund and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.
Jordan Joseph Payton
Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver from Santa Monica, California, Jordan Payton was a standout student-athlete at the University of California Los Angeles. Stemming from Oaks Christian High School, the California native went on to pioneer the resurgence of UCLA Football. Leaving as UCLA’s All-Time leading pass catcher and the only receiver to catch over 200 passes, Payton cemented his legacy in each of this last two seasons, while giving back to the community that he so dearly loves. In the 2016 draft, Payton was selected by the Cleveland Browns and in fall of 2016, he became one of few young players to sit on the Gridiron Greats Assistant Fund’s Advisory Board.
“I am extremely passionate about advancing the NFL for not only the current players but all of the Greats that paved the way for this amazing game before us. Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, is a trailblazing organization that tackles a lot of unfulfilled areas for our Greats post career and continues to find avenues to bridge the gaps for player longevity, health and overall wellbeing. I am ecstatic to be on the Advisory Board as young player, helping them carve out new opportunities and being an advocate for creating awareness.” Jordan looks to leave his mark on an historic league as both an outstanding player and respected philanthropist.
Neal Wilkinson is the V.P., Head of Institutional Sales, at ULLICO Investment Advisors. He has spent the last 25 years in the institutional investment industry. Prior to joining ULLICO, Neal was Founder and CEO at Sparta Asset Management, LLC. Neal has also demonstrated a passionate commitment to charitable works. He serves on the National Advisory Boards of After the Impact Fund, Inc., Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Good Sports, Inc., The Loveall Foundation for Children and the Western States Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Neal is a graduate of James Madison University and a 1988 NFL Draft pick as a Tight End for the Green Bay Packers. He resides in Elmhurst, IL with his wife Caroline, son Wyatt and daughter Mackenzie.
As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Rudolph Foods Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, Mark Singleton has accumulated diverse experience in sales, marketing and business development. Joining the company in 2003, Mark has helped to grow the Rudolph Foods brands, including Southern Recipe, Pepe’s and Lee’s pork rinds, as well as Gaslamp Popcorn. Preceding his position at Rudolph Foods, Mark served as the President of Cantrell International, adding 12 years to his total 25 years in the food industry. Through brand expansions, the introduction of new brands and the sometimes-volatile food industry, Singleton has helped the company to continue to grow – all while serving the consumer.
Most notably, he helped to pioneer National Pork Rind Appreciation Day by lobbying for the government to recognize the first Sunday in February as such. As a result of his work, Rudolph Foods partners with the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund annually to advocate for retired National Football League (NFL) players in dire need as well as for National Pork Rind Appreciation Day. This day speaks to both consumers and football fans on Super Bowl Sunday, bringing America’s love for “pigs skins” and pork rinds together for one day.
Most recently, Mark served as the Chairman of the Snack Food Association, drawing on his experience to create a larger platform for pork rind snacks as the food industry evolves. Reigning as Chairman allowed Singleton to be a voice for the snack food industry before the government and provide support to the association’s members through research, education and promotion.
Mark’s distinguished career began after graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1981, and he now resides in Trophy Club, Texas with his wife, Cheri, as a father of three and a grandfather of two. He is an avid football fan and a lover of all things involving hunting, fishing and outdoor life.
Katie Millar is a Principal of Hourglass Wealth Management as well as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Prior to Hourglass Wealth Management, Katie was a limited partner at Edward Jones. In 2012, Katie joined the independent channel of Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network (WFAFN). WFAFN is an affiliate of one of the largest financial institutions in the country, Wells Fargo & Company.
From a philanthropic standpoint, Katie has worked with the Bernie Mac Foundation, Aids Foundation Chicago, Walter Payton Foundation, Israel Idonje Foundation, Rotary International, and she serves on the advisory board for The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund that serves to help all veteran NFL players with their medical needs. She is also part of Business Networking International.
Craig Grabiner leads business development and marketing for Brown, Brown and Gomberg/CPS – one of the nation’s leading insurance and financial services brokerage general agencies. During his career, Craig has gained extensive experience developing sales, marketing and PR programs for some of the best-known brands in financial services, sports and technology.
Prior to his tenure at Brown, Brown and Gomberg/CPS, Craig served as an independent sales, marketing and communication consultant. Some of his notable clients included BMO Financial Group, Harris Bank, BNP Paribas, Eurex’s US Futures Exchange, The University of Oklahoma Athletic Department and Marqeta, a venture-backed financial technology startup.
Earlier in his career, Craig was Director of Corporate Communications and Broadcasting at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), one of the world’s largest financial exchanges. At the CBOT, he was responsible for corporate media relations and was regularly quoted on Exchange-related matters in national business publications. Craig was also a VP of Communications at JPMorgan Chase, where he led internal and external communications for the firm’s commercial banking business unit.
Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jade Thamasucharit currently is the principal and director at Envisionit Media. As a counselor, connector, and leader, Jade believes that the magic of business is all about people. His ability to see into the hearts of stakeholders has allowed him to affect positive change for two decades at enterprise organizations in executive finance and marketing roles.
Jade is currently a principal and director at a Chicago-based digital marketing firm where he helps to bring together the right players to solve problems for Fortune 1000 companies in a manner that is authentic, creative, and goal-oriented. True to his spirit of being “people first,” he also serves as a member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research Chicago Board of Directors.
Eric K. Schuller
Eric manages the Government and Community Affairs operations within Oasis. He is responsible for developing the legislative and regulatory direction of the firm. In addition he manages our community outreach programs such as MADD Illinois, and various Veterans organizations.
Prior to joining Oasis Legal Finance, Eric was the President and Executive Director for Operation Homefront Illinois, an organization that supports the members of the military and their families. He was previously the Chief of Staff for the Lt. Governor of Illinois. Eric served for 22 years in the United States Army and National Guard and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. His background was in Military Intelligence, Counter Intelligence and Military Police Operations. Eric has a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Business.
Dr. Kristine Clark
Dr. Kristine Setting Clark is an author and was a long-time feature writer for the San Francisco 49ers’ and Dallas Cowboys’ Gameday Magazine. She is a University of San Francisco graduate and a gifted athlete in her own right. She’s also known for being a physical education teacher, wife, mother, and later, a high school administrator and college professor. Kristine has never let anything stand in the way of her goals; not even a life threatening bout with Hodgkin’s Disease, blindness in both eyes for ten months, and the resulting partial blindness, at age 26. Her passion for life, her incredible optimism, and her drive to live life to the fullest has endeared her to her former students, friends and to those on whom she’s written, including her childhood football idol and close friend, Bob St. Clair of the San Francisco 49ers.
Besides Undefeated, Untied, and Uninvited: A Documentary of the 1951 University of San Francisco Dons’ Football Team, she has authored nine other books: Legends of the Hall: 1950s, St Clair: I’ll Take It Raw: The life of former San Francisco 49er and Hall of Fame member, Bob St. Clair (foreword by Gino Marchetti), Lilly: A Cowboy’s Story – The life of former Dallas Cowboys and Hall of Fame member, Bob Lilly (foreword by Roger Staubach), Title: Nothing Comes Easy – The life of former football great and Hall of Fame.
Mark Pinheiro has recently retired as Northern California District Manager with Miller Chemical and Fertilizer, LLC after serving 40 years with the company. Now retired, Mark is directing his energies towards his new position as an Advisory Board Representative of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund in order to help those gridiron players who helped make the game what it is today.