Sport Management Alumni Board

It is our pleasure to announce the incoming KU Sport Management Board of Directors. Our original group of 11 alumni provided invaluable insight to the program over the last 24 months. We could not be more excited to welcome twelve new Board members this fall. As our programs continue to grow at a steady pace, the thoughts and ideas of our alumni become even more important as we adapt in an ever-changing marketplace.

We have hundreds of incredible alumni and it was extremely difficult to pick just twelve for this new Board. Each of the members below are proud Jayhawks and have graciously agreed to serve a two-year term. Please take a few minutes to scroll down and learn more about the members of the second KU Sport Management Program Board of Directors.

Abbey Shea
University of Colorado Athletics

Abbey Shea is the Assistant Director of Compliance for the University of Colorado Athletics Department. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law and earned admission to the Colorado Bar Association in 2016. Abbey received her bachelor’s degree in Sports... more

Allie Wielansky
Director of External Affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Athletics

Allie Wielansky is currently the Director of External Affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Athletics. As the Director of External Affairs, she is responsible for the planning and oversight of all department special events and fundraising initiatives. In addition, Wielansky... more

Brandon Ramos
Kansas City Chiefs

Brandon Ramos is an Activation Manager in the Corporate Partnership Department for the Kansas City Chiefs. A native of Junction City, KS, Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business in 2016. In his role, Brandon oversees the partnership strategy, service,... more

Holdyn Halperin
University of Miami Athletics

A native of Olathe, KS., Holdyn Halperin graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in the Fall of 2016. In 2017, after holding temporary roles in the Ticket Office at Michigan State University and the University of Kansas,... more

Jason Booker
Kansas City Royals

Jason Booker serves as the Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships and Broadcast Sales for the Royals and has worked in Sports Marketing for the past 22 years. In his role he oversees the day to day functions of the corporate partnership sales and activation teams as well as the Royals Radio... more

Kayla Shirey
UCLA Athletics

Kayla Shirey started at UCLA Athletics in May of 2017 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Operations for UCLA Athletics. A native of San Diego, California, Kayla earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and minor in Political Science from San Diego State University in 2009,... more

Kelli Elmore
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Kelli Elmore has been the Assistant Commissioner for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference since 2015, serving as the conference sports information director, supervising all associated activities, and managing the various awards programs in the KCAC. She also functions as the event manager... more

Matt Gardner
St. Louis Blues

Matt Gardner is Vice President, Digital Media & Emerging Technology for the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center and Stifel Theatre. He is a 2001 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Matt has spent 18 years working in... more

Robel Melesse
Vice President of Operations at Sports in Action in Dallas

Robel Melesse is the Vice President of Operations at Sports in Action in Dallas, a company he has been with for seven years. He helps lead operations and sales at the company's subsidiary, Dave Campbell's Texas Football (DCTF), and as the marketing rights holder for the University... more

Rob Ramseyer
Friends University

Dr. Rob Ramseyer owns more than a decade of intercollegiate athletics experience as a coach and administrator. The Wichita native has served as Athletic Director at Friends University since July of 2018. In his first year, he helped lead the Falcons to the KCAC Commissioners Cup, given to the... more

Stephanie Silver
Paragon Marketing Group

Stephanie Silver currently creates, plans and manages youth sports programs for Gatorade's marketing agency. From Elite High School championship games, to NCAA sports camps and AAU tournaments, Stephanie is able to make an impact on the performance level of athletes and enhance the overall brand... more

Steve Fanelli
Vice President of Sales and Service, San Francisco Giants

Steve enters his second season with the San Francisco Giants after spending the previous 20 years with the Oakland Athletics in various business operations and development roles, most recently, Vice President of Sales and Service. In his current position, Steve leads Giants organizational... more

Zennon Black
Senior Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Zennon Black is currently a Ph.D. student at Harvard University, researching the various mechanisms that influence queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+) identified students-of-colors’ educational outcomes within higher education and the role higher education institutions play... more

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