Board of Directors for Let's Give Them a Shot (LGTS)
Board President, Let's Give Them a Shot.
Bill Bergstrom is the Board President and brings over 20 years of public relations and non -profit experience to the Lets Give Them A Shot initiative. He is the Founder of VettedMedia - a public relations software & service that has helped physicians and business leaders across the United States improve their patient and customer engagement via video messaging/technology. As a former NCAA Division I athlete, he is acutely aware of the academic opportunities provided through sports. As a result, he has a long history in youth athletics and has helped lead several non-profit organizations including serving as the Executive Director for Kids in Sports- Los Angeles and as a Board Member for the Hollywood/ Wilshire YMCA... where he helped finance and develop physical education programing in local school communities. His public relations experience extends to politics where he served as a former White House political appointee and he has helped manage numerous political campaigns and public causes including the school based reform of the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.E.A.R.N).
Chris, Jaime Kellan and Tanner Rochon
After hearing rave reviews of Coach Derek's youth sports program, Jaime and Chris were ecstatic when their first son turned two and was able to participate.
Chris Rochon is a Managing Partner for Creative Air Mechanical LLC, an HVAC provider, specializing in commercial properties. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Jaime Rochon is the Director of Human Resources for Causeway Capital Management LLC, an investment adviser, where she has worked since 2003. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California.
After hearing rave reviews of Coach Derek's youth sports program, Jaime and Chris were ecstatic when their first son turned two and was able to participate. Since then, Coach Derek Inc. has become an integral component of their two sons' social, emotional and physical development. Upon learning about "Let's Give Them A Shot," they were confident in Derek's vision, fueled by his enthusiasm and inspired by his passion. They are honored to be part of the organization.
Director of Education for Let's Give Them a Shot.
Simran Kaur graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Information Systems. She then began her career in consulting working predominantly in the Health and Public Services Sector.
During college, Simran was heavily involved in programs focused in assisting students from lower income and minority backgrounds in achieving higher education. She was a mentor through various University programs dedicated to recruiting first generation and students of color to attend four year colleges. She has brought this passion alongside her experience in consulting to help expand Let’s Give Them a Shot's mission in helping Los Angeles high school students pursue higher education.
Paul has over 20 years of experience in leveraging big data, analytics and technology to help marketers improve their return on investment. From product management to consulting to sales, Paul has a wide range of functional skills and leadership especially in start-up environments such as BizRate.com, MarketShare and Convertro. Paul enjoys travel, tennis and volunteering for organizations to help others.
I’m a creative consultant, currently supporting the marketing activities at XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions.
With 20 years of creative marketing and publicity experience, I’ve gained a wealth of work and life experiences, and have worn many hats – with each leading to a common core purpose – my passion for creativity and service. That’s what I love, and love to do.
The highlight for me at XPRIZE has been co-creating and overseeing youth programs focused on introducing and developing S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) skills to kids through creative, incentivized competitions. I have also built mentorship programs, connecting kids with leaders in their areas of interest. You can see what I'm currently working on at: xprizechallenge.org
I’m thrilled to be part of LetsGiveThemAShot.org, and look forward to helping kids discover the creative power they hold, to own who they are, and to receive the respect that rightfully comes with that.
Nate serves as Sr. Vice President of Retirement Strategies for MEA Wealth Advisors, an independent financial Advisory firm. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Social Work degree from California State University Long Beach. Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina as a dean’s list student and member of the ACC Honor Roll, Nate played in the National Football League for six years. During his career in the NFL, he was a member of the St. Louis Rams, helping his team secure a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. While in the NFL, Nate volunteered for many community programs. Some of these programs included: serving as a crisis and suicide intervention counselor in Indianapolis, a home mentor and Honorary Chairman for the Evangelical Children's Home in St. Louis, a spinal cord injury counselor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and a life skills and youth camp organizer.
Nate currently resides in El Segundo, CA with his wife Kelsey, and their two children, Jack and Addison. Both of Nate’s Children have been coached by Coach Derek and that is where his love of Let’s Give Them a shot began. Nate’s believes strongly that every kid should have an opportunity to feel the love and support of Coach Derek and his outstanding team of coaches.
Vice President of the Board of Directors
Hello, my name is Jerson Ramirez and I am the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Let’s Give Them a Shot. I was born in Managua, Nicaragua and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I’m the first male of my family to graduate High School and attend College. I’m attending Cerritos College in the process of obtaining my AA in Kinesiology and plan to transfer to a four year college. Derek Locklear and Let’s Give Them a Shot gave me a shot during my junior year in high school by inviting me to become a part of this unique program that honestly turned my life around. Through Let’s Give Them a Shot I found educational guidance that I otherwise would not have received at my high school. Also I found it amazing that I could teach kids sports, something that I love and get paid for it, which helped me get through my senior year. Now into my third year of working for Coach Derek Inc., I have become a member of the Board and I’m excited to be working alongside this bright group of individuals. Coming from a community full of minorities I’m excited to go back to that community and create bonds with teens so that they are motivated to go to college. I want to be able to give back what was given to me.
Tim has worked at Canon Business Solutions for the past twenty years in Marketing and Sales of document technology in the National Account division. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and understands the value of mentorship as he was encouraged by others to continue the pursuit of his degree.
Tim has volunteered at the Boys and Girls club and has participated in several other fund raising events for non- Profits and other charitable causes. Every summer he has also volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. He also participates in Vertical Cure which raises money for the Scleroderma foundation./p>
Tim has been friends with Coach Derek for over 15 years and has seen firsthand the passion that Derek has for helping children get excited about participating in team sports. After learning more about LGTS and the services that the organization provides, Tim asked how he could help. He’s very excited to be a part of this organization.
Manan Shah is vice president of strategy and planning for the Commercial & Specialty Business Division of Anthem Inc, which serves over 29 million medical members across the country. In this role, Manan is responsible for the long term and annual strategic planning processes, as well as guiding investment prioritization and allocation activities across the division. Manan has been with Anthem for over 10 years, with previous experience in a variety of roles supporting business leadership teams, leading strategic initiatives, and exploring innovative market partnerships for the company. He has a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Duke University. Manan lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 6-year-old twins.
Manan has known the leadership of LGTS for over 5 years, and is truly excited about the opportunity to impact children’s lives through passion for sport. With the right foundation and support, there’s no limit to what we can do!