The NBWA’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB) includes leaders and advocates from the National Basketball Association, National Basketball Retired Players Association, National Basketball Players Association as well as the financial, legal, educational and public relations sectors. The PAB representation brings innovative thought leadership and robust industry perspectives to the Executive Board for the purpose of offering and enhancing strategic and tactical consultation related to organizational operations, decision making, philanthropic endeavors, social activism and community involvement. Together, members of the PAB discuss challenges and engage in social stewardship to encourage the NBWA’s ecosystem of service and commitment to our youth, communities, families and women around the world.
Cheryl R. Washington Esq.
Dr. Joey-Lynn Bialkowski
John J. Clay
Cheryl R. Washington Esq.
Cheryl Washington is the owner and Attorney in the law firm of CR Washington Law Co., L.P.A. Areas of practice include business law, sports and entertainment law and civil litigation.
Erin Miller is the Senior Vice President of Operations & Special Events for the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), a 501c3 non-profit organization comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters.
Erin joined in the NBRPA in 2012 and is the lead event manager for all NBRPA events, including the NBA All-Star Weekend and the NBRPA’s annual conference, the Legends World Sports Conference. As the event and operations lead for the NBRPA, Erin manages all details of the event planning process, including procuring venues, event conceptualization, programming, budget tracking, venue and vendor management, speaker recruitment, attendee registration, sponsor relations and on-site execution. She also helps activate and fulfill sponsor/donor obligations as lead customer-service representative, ensuring all contracts are fulfilled as leader of proactive customer-service plan.
Prior to joining the NBRPA, Erin gained management experience as a case processor in one of Chicago’s largest bankruptcy/foreclosure law firms. Erin attended the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Masters in Political Studies. Erin is originally from the South West suburbs of Chicago and currently resides in the city.
Dr. Joey-Lynn Bialkowski
Dr. Joey-Lynn Bialkowski, is the Program Chair and Director for the Sport & Entertainment Business and Hospitality & Event Management programs (undergraduate/graduate) in the School of Business Administration at Concordia University at both the Michigan and Wisconsin campuses. Professor Bialkowski holds a Bachelors in Sport Management from Brock University in Ontario Canada, a MBA in Sport Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo New York, and currently completing her doctoral degree in Leadership Administration from Concordia University Chicago in Chicago Illinois.
Her passion for empowering and creating professional opportunities for students to develop, both in and out of the classroom, as tomorrow’s industry leaders is immense. Most recently, Professor Bialkowski has procured experiential learning opportunities and partnerships with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), ESPN Wisconsin Sport Awards, Prime Sport, Forbes Five Star Forum at Destination Kohler, COPA America Centenario, College World Series, and Grizzly Sport & Entertainment at the NCAA Final Four (to name a few).
On a personal note, Joey-Lynn’s interests include volunteering for community events such as Christian Women’s Leadership Institute and with Special Olympics, interior design projects, attending sport/entertainment events/festivals,
international travel, wine tasting, and hosting family and friends. Joey-Lynn lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Brad Peterson.
John J. Clay
Chrysa Chin was named Executive Vice President, Strategy and Development for the National Basketball Players Association in December 2014.
Chin directs the strategic implementation of player initiatives and innovative programs designed to foster relationships between players and businesses. She works alongside the Executive Director and the Executive Committee to rebuild and restructure the union with a strong focus on player engagement and development.
An accomplished advisor, mentor and trailblazer, Chin has crafted a distinguished career supporting the personal and professional development of basketball players for over 20 years. Guided by the principles of “Empower, Enlighten and Uplift,” she has played an active role in assisting players to reach their maximum potential on and off the court.
Chin served on the steering committee of the Athlete Development Summit, where development specialists share successful techniques and methodologies to enhance their skills, and several advisory boards.
Chin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from William Smith College. She resides in New York City and Atlanta. Chin is the proud bonus mom for Joel and Ian.
A seasoned corporate relations executive, Mary Stutts is the Head of Communications and PR for Stanford Health Care, recognized as one of the world’s leading healthcare organizations. She has provided global leadership in biotechnology, healthcare, media and technology industries including Genentech, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bayer, Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealth Group and Comcast NBCUniversal.
An accomplished author, her book, “The Missing Mentor: Women Advising Women on Power, Progress and Priorities”, is regularly listed among the top sellers on women in leadership and achieving career success. Her first book, Ten Keys to Overcoming Disappointment, is in its second printing.
Mary is on the Board of the Global Women’s Funding Network – the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls. She is also on the Advisory Board of WorldWideWomen, a social enterprise startup company that is a global resource center dedicated to building a global movement for women’s and girls’ equality through technology, philanthropy and advocacy.
Her passion for supporting, nurturing and developing diverse youth, entrepreneurs and professionals aspiring to leadership positions led her to found The Excellent Life Center – a 501c3 STEAM organization. A graduate in Communications Management at the University of Louisiana, Mary earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Southern California. Mary is also a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program on Strategy and Organization.
Alexys Feaster moved from her hometown of Washington, D.C. to New York City in 2014, to serve as the Director of Player Development at the National Basketball Association (NBA). Passionate about creating opportunities for personal and professional growth; Alexys supports all NBA players throughout their careers by creating innovative programs and initiatives to feed their off-the-court development and personal interests.
Well-known for her ability to build authentic and lasting relationships, Alexys is a pioneer for player and family engagement strategy at the NBA. An intuitive leader working with high-profile athletes, Alexys often shares that there is no “one size fits all” approach to being an influential figure in the lives of professional athletes. Vital components to her success, Alexys thoughtfully applies her previous experiences working within politics, the entertainment industry and as an entrepreneur, to make an impact.
Prior to the NBA, Alexys enthusiastically supported President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, moving to campaign headquarters in Chicago for the role of National Regional Surrogate Director for Obama 2012. Among the most rewarding experiences of her life, Alexys led the high-profile athlete, entertainer and African-American surrogate outreach and strategy; enlisting over 500 influencers, from Jay Z to Jon Bon Jovi, to speak and perform nationally. Inspired by the mission and with an innate creative spirit, Alexys was also the mastermind behind the content creation for NFL: “Gotta Vote,” Alicia Keys: “We are a Powerful Force,” NBA: “The Greatest” and Jay Z: “The Power of Our Voice” digital campaigns that reached over 5 million viewers.
Alexys’ earlier professional endeavors were focused in the entertainment industries while living for eight years in Los Angeles, CA. Soon after graduating college, Alexys arrived in Los Angeles to participate in the prestigious NBC Page Program, noted by the Business Insider as a “quirky job harder to get into than the Navy SEALs or Harvard.” Although completely unfashionable, Alexys donned the signature wool suit with peacock badge, made infamous on the show “30 Rock,” with pride.
After working multiple roles at NBCUniversal and as A&R at Interscope Records, Alexys tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit by founding Q&A Productions. As a pun on Q&A – you’ve got the questions, we have the answers; Alexys and her team consulted with athletes and entertainers around brand development, community engagement and event production.
Marrying her love of music with her desire to be a servant, Alexys took on the role of Vice President of Business and Community Development for a multi-million dollar recording studio. A firm believer that most people want to be of service to others, Alexys crafted strategic partnerships with some of the biggest names in the music industry and founded a musical exchange program for Los Angeles County Foster Care youth. Award-winning artists came to Alexys for the intimate studio vibe she created, but were quickly approached about using their creative blessings to nurture communities. Sharing tips of their craft and keys to success with underprivileged youth and youth at-risk for gang involvement, impacted artists and youth alike.
Alexys is currently an appointee as an NBA Global Innovation Champion; a Professional Advisory Board Member for the National Basketball Wives Association; a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium and has been recognized by the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) on the list of 100 Influential Women Leaders.
Alexys holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from James Madison University and a minor in Spanish language from the Universidad de Salamanca. In 2017, Alexys earned a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy from HBX – Harvard Business School.
For more than 20 years, Natalia Sol has devoted her time to raising millions of dollars for high-profile non- profit organizations. Natalia is a passionate advocate for children and is dedicated to closing the global opportunity gap. She is also committed to creating lasting, meaningful and authentic partnerships.
Sol has worked in a variety of industries ranging from higher education, healthcare, wine and spirits, and celebrity foundations. Cultivating strong connections in the community and building strategic partnerships with corporations, foundations, individuals, government agencies and the media to advance the mission of worthy causes. She is now the founder and CEO of Sol Strategy Partners, continuing to connect brands, influencers and non-profits.
Most recently, Natalia raised over $5M for After-School All-Stars as the National Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s foundation, that helps 90,000 kids across the country. ASAS is a platinum-rated five-star charity considered to be one of the best in the country.
Natalia has enjoyed a long and successful track record in external relations, corporate partnerships and development—having an extensive background in non-profit fundraising as well as sales and business development in the for-profit sector. Natalia has led corporate philanthropy as well as event fundraising for South Florida’s preeminent healthcare system, Baptist Health—raising over $4M and producing the 50th Anniversary Gala and a private charity concert with Celine Dion and Audemars Piguet. She also helped to manage and develop Diageo’s corporate social responsibility program, “Learning For Life,” which offers at-risk
youth training for jobs and life skills, giving them the opportunity to find permanent jobs in hospitality. This award-winning program fuses private and public sector resources to impact over 20,000 students every year in 30 countries. She helped grow this gold-standard regional program into a global program operating on several continents.
Natalia holds an Executive MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad in Communications & Marketing from Spring Hill College, both with honors. Together with her husband, Fernando, who is a tennis pro and a year-round sports enthusiast, they are raising their two beautiful daughters.
Jefferey Kominsky is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice and General Liability Practice. Mr.Kominsky is experienced handling commercial disputes and business conflicts including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and civil theft. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kominsky honed his legal skills while interning for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and the Civil Rights Section of the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.
From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Kominskyinterned with the Minnesota Vikings, reporting directly to former Vikings owner, Red McCombs. Mr. Kominsky’sinterest in sports law/business continued into his studies at law school as the Founder & Chair of the Inaugural Sports Law Symposium at The Ohio State University. He currently serves as South Florida’s Chapter President of the Sports Business & Leadership Association (“SBLA”). SBLA’s charitable goal is to provide children with unique sports experiences and has chapters in Tampa, Denver, Miami, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Washington, D.C., and Nashville. Jeff is also Regional Captain for the Sports Lawyers Association’s Outreach Committee. He received his undergraduate degree in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan.
In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Mr.Kominsky was recognized as a “Florida Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Kominsky is licensed by the Florida bar and has represented and/or counseled athletes, retired athletes, team executives, team general counsels and league commissioners. Mr. Kominsky currently resides near Miami, FL with his wife and two daughters.
Debra Russell (DebraRussellCoaching.com) is an elite Certified Business Coach, Keynote Speaker and Professional Development Trainer, and holds a Master level Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP. With 18 years of experience as a business coach, she specializes in working with professionals in the Arts & Entertainment Industry, Professional Athletes and small business owners who are pursuing their passion as a business. She brings the business savvy to your passion business.
As a speaker, Debra has presented professional development keynotes, bootcamps and workshops across the US, as well as in Europe and Australia. Debra has spoken at industry conferences including SXSW (interactive) and the TAXI Road Rally (music), for private organizations and companies including the Zero Balancing Association, Pacific Sculpture Association and Romance Writers of America, and for Universities including Syracuse University, University of Florida and St. Joseph’s University.