Sally Roberts - FOUNDER and Executive Director

Sally is a former elite wrestler, a former combat veteran and sport psychology consultant who founded Wrestle Like A Girl™ on the premise that girls can do anything and that through sport, they can realize their full potential.

She is living proof that girls can indeed do anything as she was the youngest of three children growing up and the first in her family to graduate high school, graduate college and earn an advanced degree. Sally was a resident at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center for eight years during which time she was a 3-time national champion, 2003 World Cup Champion, 2003 & 2005 World Bronze Medalist and a 2008 Olympic Alternate. She served six years in the Army as a Special Operations soldier where she volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan. She was also a member of the Army’s prestigious World Class Athlete Program and represented both the U.S. Army and Team USA in elite athletic competitions. 

Sally received the 2016 Women in Sport Award on behalf of United World Wrestling and the International Olympic Committee. She is a board member of USA Wrestling, the United States Olympic Committee Youth Development Working Group and the Association for Applied Sports Psychology. She is an athlete ambassador for TrueSport, the grassroots organization for the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Sally and Wrestle Like A Girl were recently featured on Megyn Kelly’s Today show.  

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and a Master of Arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of the Rockies. She has a certification in nutrition from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. When she is not flying around the country for Wrestle Like A Girl, Sally calls Colorado Springs, CO home and in her spare time she likes to hang out with her husband Dennis and their two pups.   

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David has decades of sports administration experience specifically in the disabled athlete realm. Over the course of his career, David has held positions at Disabled Sports, USA; the International Paralympic Committee and Glasgow 2014 Limited, the organizing committee for that year’s Commonwealth Games held in Scotland. A former competitive wrestler, he has also served as a coach, athlete agent, team administrator, consultant and Board member.

He is currently the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the organization responsible for the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and many other initiatives. David earned his Master of Science degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business from Springfield College. David resides in London, England with his wife and their two children.

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Tela’s passion is helping people develop a positive relationship with food and exercise and empowering all athletes and non athletes to be the best version of themselves. Raised by a single mother in Homer, Alaska, Tela grew up in the woods living from and close to the wild Alaskan wilderness. She found wrestling at Homer Middle School where she had to fight the school board to join the wrestling team. She went on to be the second female to place at the Alaska State Championships and she earn a spot on the first ever Women's Wrestling Olympic team in 2004. She is also a 2003 National Champion and 3x National Team Member.

Tela is currently the TRAILS Coordinator and Education Specialist at Independent Living Center, providing services to seniors and people and families living with disabilities. She earned her undergraduate in Psychology from Trinity College and her certification in Mind Body Eating Certification from the Institute for The Psychology of Eating. Tela homesteads in Homer, Alaska with her husband and their 3 children.

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Jameela is committed to empowering women and girls – through policy, education, and sports – to exercise their voices and choices. She is a pioneer in the field of impact investing and has worked with public pension funds, university endowments, and private foundations to align their investments with their mission and incorporate environmental, social, and governance issues into investment decision making.

She is currently an Executive Director at Perella Weinberg Partners and co-leads the Mission Aligned Investment efforts of the firm. Previously she served as the first Vice President of Sustainable Investing at Harvard Management Company responsible for leading Harvard’s sustainable investing strategy. Jameela earned an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, an MSc from the University of Amsterdam, and a B.A. from Antioch University. Jameela lives in New York City..

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Amanda grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada where she was an avid soccer player. She is committed to helping people live healthier lives by bringing together the sport, physical education, health and wellness communities in a comprehensive way. A highly published author and curriculum writer, Amanda has led projects on behalf of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the International Olympic Committee, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, United World Wrestling, NFL Play 60 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to name a few. She is no stranger to hard work as she is a Boston Marathon (2014) and Ironman Coeur D'Alene (2015) finisher.

She is currently the Owner, Principal Consultant of Move Live Learn which provides contract services in research, curriculum writing, speaking, workshop development and facilitation. She earned her undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University, her Master of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband Jim (who wrestled for Cornell University and was an All-American in 2001) and they are proud parents of three girls: ages 1, 6 and 8. The older girls wrestle for their dad and are excited that Missouri just announced girls wrestling at high school level!