Board Members

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Sally Roberts
Executive Director

Sally Roberts, a 2x World Bronze Medalist and 3X National Champion founded Wrestle Like A Girl. Her aspirations are to help empower other girls through the sport of wrestling and provide opportunities for them to live up their full human potential. She earned her B.A. in psychology from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, a M.. in Sport Psychology from University of the Rockies and is a certified nutritionist from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. 


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KATHERINE SHAI
TREASURER

Katherine was raised in a wrestling family and got support from her family. Her father was a wrestling 2x Olympian,  her mother who was a successful gymnastics coach and her sister, a fellow women’s wrestling National Team member. Katherine has been a women’s wrestling National Team member for over 9 years and wants to dedicate her life to empowering youth. She earned her undergraduate degree from Menlo College in California in business management. She founded an educational  blog platform for girls and women in sport called LuchaFIT. She has a strong passion for developing women’s wrestling and highlighting the capabilities all female athletes exude. 


TELA O'DONNELL
Secretary

2004 Olympian, and 3X National Team Member for Team USA’s Women’s Wrestling Team. She earned her undergraduate in psychology from Trinity College and her certification in nutrition from Institute For The Psychology Of Eating. Her passion is helping develop the whole person as they explore athletics and empower all athletes to be the best version of themselves possible. Tela now homesteads back in Homer, Alaska with her husband and their 3 children.


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Emma Randall
Chair Person

A current member of Team USA’s coaching staff. Emma earned her undergraduate and M.S. in sports psychology from Lock Haven University. She is the Developmental National Team coach for USA Wrestling in the cadet and junior age divisions, and was a coach for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She is dedicated to the growth and development of female wrestling in the United States. In 2016, she earned USA Wrestling Gold level coaching certification. She is one of 68 coaches to hold that certification and the only woman. 


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Chad shilson
co-chairperson

As the MN USA Wrestling/MN STORM Girls' and Women's Director & Coach, Chad is all in when it comes to increasing opportunities for our female wrestlers.  He's no stranger to hard work as he has completed over 100 marathons and ultra marathons.  Chad wrestled collegiately for NCAA DIII Augsburg College where he also earned his undergraduate degree.  He has been a financial advisor for the past two decades and is a Senior Vice President with RBC Wealth Management.  Chad has been married to Margaret Shilson for more than 20 years.  Their son and daughter are very active in wrestling as well.


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amy zirneklis
deputy Director

Amy brings her decade of sports management experience developed in the world of professional bicycle racing to Wrestle Like a Girl, and supports the organization in strategy and development. Amy’s passion for empowering youth and increasing opportunities for women in sport has grown organically from her collegiate Division I volleyball experience and throughout her professional experience of assisting in managing the U.S. Women’s National Road Cycling Team. Amy is currently a Manager of Athlete Relations at USANA Health Sciences, earned her MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and is the happy mother of son Kintaro.