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.
KATHERINE SHAI - Secretary
Katherine brings her strong passion for developing women’s wrestling with highlighting the capabilities all female athletes exude to WLAG. She was raised in a wrestling family in Half Moon Bay, CA. Her father, Lee Allen, was a 3x Olympian in wrestling, her mother a successful gymnastics coach, and her sister a fellow National Team member. Katherine is a 2x WCWA National Champion, 5x National Team member, 2x 3rd-place finisher at the Olympic Trials, 2008 University World Champion, and multi-time Senior National finalist.
After completing her competitive athletic career, Katherine founded the educational sport platform LuchaFIT for girls and women. Katherine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Menlo College and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She currently resides in Denver, CO with her husband and son.
TELA Bacher - board member
Tela’s passion is helping develop the whole person as they explore athletics and empower all athletes to be the best version of themselves possible. She began her sporting career at Homer High School in Alaska, where she lettered in football and volleyball. In her junior season, she officially joined the high school wrestling team and went on to set her own record as the second female wrestler to ever place in the state wrestling tournament. She is a 2004 Olympian 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 nutrition from the Institute for The Psychology of Eating. Tela homesteads in Homer, AK with her husband and their 3 children.
Emma Randall - Board Member
Emma is currently the National Women's Freestyle Assistant Coach and was also in the corner for our ladies at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She is also the Developmental National Team coach for USA Wrestling in the Cadet and Junior age divisions. In 2016 she earned her USA Wrestling Gold level coaching certification; the only woman to hold that distinction out of a total of 68 coaches.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Administration with a minor in Sport Psychology and Coaching from Lock Haven University and went on to also earn her Master’s degree in sport science with a concentration in sports psychology. She currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO.
Chad shilson - board member
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 also no stranger to hard work as he has completed over 100 marathons and ultra-marathons and is a 15x National Champion in the USA Wrestling Veterans Division. He has been a financial advisor for the past two decades.
Chad is currently a Senior Vice President with RBC Wealth Management. He earned his undergraduate degree from Augsburg College where he also wrestled. Chad currently resides in Maple Grove, MN and has been married to his wife Margaret for more than 20 years. Their son and daughter are very active in wrestling as well; Tyler competes for the University of Wisconsin and Emily was a silver medalist at the 2017 Women’s World Cadet Championships in Athens, Greece; she was also the first female wrestler to qualify for the MN State Wrestling Tournament AAA.
Rick Gillit - Treasurer
Rick is happy to utilize his finance and banking background for WLAG. He is dedicated to his community which he shows this through his multiple roles on various non-profit boards including the Atlas Prep School, Citizen Soldiers Connection, Regional Building Department and others. If there is work growing the community and developing youth, Rick can be found there.
Rick is currently the Director of Sales at D2Xchange. Prior to that Rick held Vice President of Business and Consumer Banking positions at both JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. He earned his MBA and undergraduate degree from Lee University. In his free time, he enjoys developing his knowledge on cigars. Rick currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his family.