Board of Directors

Ken Braid

Ken is a University of Illinois graduate, the captain of the football team, and, in 2008, received the University of Illinois Humanitarian of the Year Award. He was a successful entrepreneur during his 20 year business career with an emphasis on overseas manufacturing. Since Kyle's death in 1994, Ken has devoted his life to helping teenagers.

Larry Gerdes

Larry's career began at HBO and Company, a leader in healthcare IT. Later, he began a partnership, Gerdes Huff Investments. An early investment was Transcend Services, a company that Larry later served as CEO. Larry is on the board of Monmouth College, Indiana University Kelly School of Buisness and the Chicago Merchantile Exchange.

Tom Palka

Tom earned his BS Degree at Seton Hall University in 1964 and served as an officer in the Army Corp. of Engineers. Tom is a retired tech executive, who specialized in successfully managing, structuring, and scaling worldwide sales and service organizations for both Fortune 500 companies and technology start-ups. Tom is currently an industry consultant and private investor.

Joe Clayton

Joseph is the President and CEO of DISH and serves on the company's Board. Prior to joining DISH in 2011, Joe was CEO of Serius Satellite Radio, Inc. from 2001 through 2004, then Chairman until 2008. Before his time at Sirius, Joe served as President of Global Crossing North America, President and CEO of Frontier Corporation, and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the American and Asia of Thompson S.A. Joe is a Trustee for Bellarmine University in Kentucky, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Business Administration. He earned his Master of Business Administration In Marketing and Management from Indiana University, where he sits on the Dean's Advisory Board for the Indiana School of Business.

Todd Oas

Todd is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a BS degree in physical Education. Currenly the Athletic Director at Eau Gallie High School (EGHS) in Melbourne, Forida, this Spring marks the completion of his 26th year in public education; teaching math, science and physical education.