Dr. Karen A. Stout, Achieving the Dream President and CEO, Appointed to National Junior College Athletic Association Foundation Board

Foundation to create new opportunities for nearly 60,000 student-athletes across the country

SILVER SPRING, MD (March 7, 2019) – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the governing body of two-year college athletics based in Charlotte, NC, announced today the creation of the NJCAA Foundation to support the mission and endeavors of the association. As the fundraising entity of the association, the Foundation will enable additional opportunities for student-athletes and member colleges through scholarships, community service projects and new initiatives.

The Foundation Board of Directors comprises 30 members who will serve a vital role in the financial support of the Foundation and its long-term planning, oversight and direction. Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, a national network helping colleges develop and sustain institutional change to improve success for all students, was appointed to the Foundation Board.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Stout join the NJCAA Foundation Board for many reasons, some of which include her extensive leadership at the two-year college level, her past experience as a student-athlete, and her desire to help showcase and support the NJCAA overall,” says Dr. Christopher Parker, President & CEO of NJCAA. “She is a true leader and ambassador of the two-year college student and her role with the Foundation board will be outstanding!”

Dr. Stout understands first-hand—as a student-athlete, a community college coach, and a community college president— the influence of athletics in creating a strong sense of belonging for students as well as a peer support system that helps with retaining them from semester to semester.

“My time as a member of the NJCAA board enabled me to see the collective energy of those leading the development, design ,and delivery of intercollegiate programs on campuses across the country, and I’m looking forward to connecting again with this important work,” says Dr. Stout.

Dr. Stout says she is “eager to help make connections between equitable funding of programs for men and women in NJCAA-sponsored athletics and the connections between athletic participation and access and academic success. We often don’t think of athletics as being student success programs. I want to raise awareness of how essential these co-curricular opportunities are for student-athlete entry into our colleges as well as persistence and engagement.”

“The NJCAA Foundation is a significant endeavor that will create new opportunities for our nearly 60,000 student-athletes and over 500-member colleges across the country,” says Dr. Parker. “This is a monumental addition to the NJCAA and the leaders that have chosen to join the Foundation will be making history for two-year collegiate athletics in the United States.”

NJCAA Foundation Board Members:

Don Becker, Vice President Prepaid Card Partnerships, Commerce Bank
Robert W. Betler II, Market President, BB&T
Timothy Britt (Board Chair), Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Gary Broadhurst, Associate Dean Athletics, Mohawk Valley Community College
Carolina Panthers
Mona Lita Carr, Development Officer, WFAE
J. Kevin Cobb, CPA, Partner, Cobb PLLC
Sean Connors, CEO, eTeamSponsor
Christine DeBiase, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Brighthouse Financial
Dr. Jim Forkum, Former Community College Athletic Director, Retired
Richard Giannini, Principal, Giannini Sports Consultants
Tracey Hill, Director of Treasury Services, First Reliance Bank
Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
Donna Julian, Senior Vice President of Arena & Operations/General Manager, Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Arena
Christopher LaPata, Client Leader, BHDP
Brooks Luquire, Senior Vice President/Director of Client Service, LGA
Joel Matthews, Financial Advisor, Bank of America – Merrill Lynch
Mick McDaniel - Ex-Officio, NJCAA Board of Regents Chair, NJCAA
Brian Middleton, Vice President, Atrium Health
John Noonan, Director of Group Sales, Hilton Charlotte University Place
Mary Ann O'Connor, Director of Accounting, Marburger Automotive Group
Izach Porter, Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager/Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Marvin Price, Vice President for Economic Development, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Dan Rajkowski, Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Knights
Eric Reichard, Chief Operations Officer, Rodgers Builders
Brian Rozelle, Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation
Kristerpher Smith, Vice President Middle Market Banking, JPMorgan Chase
Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Dr. Kathy Turpin, President, K. Turpin Consulting, LLC
Rob Yowell, President, Gemini Sports Group

The Foundation board members will convene for their first official meeting in March to adopt the by-laws and objectives of the Foundation moving forward.


Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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