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Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors

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A dynamic group of industry leaders help to guide SLI and provide opportunities for students. Our board consists of:



Mark Hicks (VLS '06) – Associate Director of High School Review at NCAA and NCAA Eligibility Center. Mark leads a unique group that collects, reviews and conducts analysis on issues such as academic fraud, academic quality control and academic performance at the secondary level as they apply to NCAA legislation, general education standards and/or various federal and state statutes. He holds degrees from VLS and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Rob_Kaler(0).jpgRob Kaler (VLS '90) – Rob is the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of the U.S Soccer Foundation. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in professional sports, and an extensive background as legal counsel, Rob leads the day to day operations of one of the most successful sports philanthropy organizations in the country. Rob joined the Foundation after serving as General Counsel & Vice President for Legal Affairs of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). Prior to his tenure with WUSA, Rob was involved with litigation on behalf of the National Football League Players Association, including an antitrust action argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he previously served as Deputy General Counsel for the Continental Basketball Association and worked for Advantage International, Inc.

Rob is an Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University's Sports Industry Management Program and serves on the Board of Advisors of Marquette University's National Sports Law Institute. Rob received his Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Denison University.

Lopiano - Current.jpgDr. Donna Lopiano is the President and founder of Sports Management Resources (SMR). SMR is a consulting firm that focuses on bringing the knowledge of experienced, expert former athletics directors to assist scholastic and collegiate athletics departments in solving growth and development challenges.

Dr. Lopiano is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Sports Foundation (1992-2007) and was named one of "The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports" by Fox Sports. The Sporting News has also listed her as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Sports." The Institute for International Sport named Lopiano among the "100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America." She has been nationally and internationally recognized for her leadership as an athletics administrator and work advocating for gender equity in sports by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.



Edward Mattes (VLS' 83) – Chairman of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees and Co-Owner of the Ogden Raptors baseball club, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Connecticut Tigers, a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Mattes is also co-founder and CEO of Avant Garde Therapeutics and Technologies LLC. He holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('83) and the University of Pennsylvania, with studies at Cambridge University.




Jim Munsey (VLS' 84) – President of Munsey Sports Management, based in Palm Beach, Florida. He is a MLBPA certified agent whose clients include Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Fuld of the Tampa Bay Rays and other top Major League Baseball players. Munsey holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('84), University of New Hampshire and Stetson University.



Parker Riehle (VLS '92) Parker is president of Ski Vermont, the Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA), which represents the state's alpine and Nordic ski areas in governmental affairs, marketing and public affairs. A native of South Burlington, VT, Parker attended Hamilton College where he majored in creative writing and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After serving as Vermont Congressman Peter Smith's Legislative Correspondent in Washington, D.C., Parker attended Vermont Law School followed by several years of private practice in California and Vermont. In 1998, Parker joined VSAA as the Director of Governmental Affairs, and in 2003, Governor Douglas appointed him to his senior staff as Special Assistant to the Governor and Secretary of Civil & Military Affairs where he served as legal counsel, legislative liaison and policy advisor. After the Governor's first term, he returned to VSAA where he has been president since 2006. Parker served on the Governor's Commission on Climate Change from 2005 -2007, and currently serves on the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council and on the Act 250 District 4 Environmental Commission. Parker lives in South Burlington with his wife, Deidre, and their two children, Hunter and Ellie.



Kevin Ryan is Director of Education and Communication at the Vermont Bar Association. His many publications explore a wide range of topics, including constitutional law, legal theory, political theory, professionalism and legal ethics, and international law. Kevin has taught numerous continuing education courses on subjects ranging from ethics and professionalism, to e-filing, to management and technology. He currently serves as adjunct professor of political science at Norwich University where he teaches courses on constitutional law, American citizenship, and political theory. He is a past chair of the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section. Kevin has coached baseball and basketball for many years at the high school and college levels and is currently assistant baseball coach at Norwich University.



Andrew Weber (VLS '07) – Former General Manager of the Connecticut Tigers and Oneonta Tigers. As general manager, Weber ran the day-to-day operations of team and business. Has also worked in the wealth management field. He holds degrees from Vermont Law School ('07) and Lake Forrest College.