Our Team

Linda Rheinstein

Founder

Global sports, entertainment, special effects, and technology entrepreneur and visionary; multiple award winning producer; emerging technology integrator, and holder of various trademarks and patents. Linda grew up playing, living, and working inside the JPL and NASA Space Programs and is deeply passionate about space, technology, sports, broadcasting, and education. She is also the founder of the iDoggiebag Foundation, which spearheaded the movement to bring FDA regulation to the pet food industry and resulted in the Food Borne Illness Act in 2013. Linda is a cancer survivor and has worked on live sporting events for all of the major broadcast networks for over 30 years.

Read More and see videos of Linda’s Induction to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Board of Directors

Brad Hamilton

Brad Hamilton

Brad Hamilton comes to SGF with more than 25 years experience as a professional investor and entrepreneur. He currently operates his private equity firm, Hamilton LP, which actively invests and advises companies in early to late stages of development. Brad was one of the original founding members of SGF.

Sandra Mays

Executive management of entertainment-related growth companies, including CFO, Human Resources, and Investor Relations; experience in M+A and product launches for major biopharmaceutical companies. All-around sports fanatic whose earliest memory is the first moonwalk. One of the Original founding members of SGF

Advisory Board

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Multiple Emmy award-winning executive and sports producer; veteran of 9 Olympics, 3 World Cups, and over 30 major sporting events including the Super Bowl, World Series, and Indy 500. Helped launch the first X Games and a founding executive at Major League Soccer’s Soccer United Marketing. One of the Original founding members of SGF

Vern Fotheringham

Vern Fotheringham

Vern’s professional career has been dedicated to bringing the benefits of true broadband communications services to the global population. He continue to be a catalyst for change and progress in driving this evolution forward.

Jerry Gepner

Jerry Gepner

Experienced business leader and technologist with several Emmy Awards for his work on major sporting events such as Olympics Games,World Series, NFL and the like. He was part of the founding team and COO of Sportvision, a silicon-valley company that was responsible for the creation of products that are now ubiquitous in sports television. One of the Original founding members of SGF.

Nora Gilholy

Nora Gilholy

Nora has worked with some of the largest global corporations, governmental agencies, and municipal authorities on equity and debt issuances, corporate restructurings, and M&A advisory mandates. She also has extensive experience advising start-up companies on their venture, Series A, and Series B capital raises in the digital media, entertainment, and consumer products sectors.

Lisa Gillette

Lisa Gillette

Millennium Coaching & Consulting. Previously; Marketing executive for FOX Sports Media Group; provided on air strategy and operational support to FSN Regional networks, FOX International Channels, FOX Sports Asia, FOX Sports Brazil, FOX Sports Premier Group Australia, and FOX Sports Eredivisie. One of the Original founding members of SGF.

Nicole Hoier

Nikki grew up in an active family of athletes, all swimmers and winners of Jr. Olympic medals. She earned graduate degrees in science and engineering, while working in many levels of education for the last 30 years. Nikki has a unique gift that sets her apart from others; she can view global problems from many perspectives and her approach is both linear and visually multi-dimensional. Her ability to teach complex content and reach anyone at any age is unparalleled.

Michael Pearl

Michael Pearl

Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most accomplished and creative producers in sports television; Mr. Pearl has held senior positions at ABC Sports/ESPN and CBS Sports; he is a 16-time Emmy Award winner, has produced some of the highest-rated sporting events. One of the Original founding members of SGF.

Sue Simone

Sue Simone

20 years business development, strategic alliance and cause marketing executive, connecting evolving technologies and great causes with great entertainment and educational partners, such as: COSMOS and Warner Bros. Passionate about beneficial collaborations inspiring a cooperative future for all One of the Original founding members of SGF.

Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague

Marshall has appeared in over 37 feature films, 100 TV shows, several soap operas, commercials, voice overs& theater. Marshall is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Chuck Norris KickStart Kids Foundation N. Texas and a Celebrity Lifestyle Ambassador for The Outdoor Group Inc.

Kelly Walker

Kelly is one of the original founding members of SGF. She’s an Australian filmmaker and actress. Kelly was drawn to Space Games Federation for it’s creative, limitless concept and future possibilities. She holds a seat on the SGF Advisory Board.

Patti Wheeler

One of the original founding members of SGF. Organizer and producer for a broad array of sports and entertainment productions, including The Post Group, David Hill, and NASCAR.

Astroletes / Spacecasters

Van Koo

Intergalactic Media Director

Van is addicted to emerging technologies and innovative solutions. She has harbored a lifelong love affair with the Internet and all things digital, and is passionate about harnessing these channels to cultivate brand-centric communities. As a huge space geek and cosmos aficionado, she is thrilled by the prospect of exploring space, and hopes to make the kessel run in less than eleven parsecs.

Brock Vereen

Brock graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Communications and spent his 4 years there on the football team. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears and went on to spend time with the Vikings and Patriots. With a passion for sports and media, Brock has contributed in the past to Sports Illustrated and best-selling book Elevate Beyond as well as in-studio hosting at NFL Network. With a firm grasp on the current climate of sports and competition, he is eager to merge his experience with the wonders of space and zero gravity.

In Memoriam

Gene Cernan

Apollo 17 Astronaut

Gene was one of the original founding members of SGF, and the childhood and adult inspiration for our founder. A retired United States Naval Officer and Naval Aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, and NASA astronaut. He launched into space three times: as Pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966, as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969, and as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing.

On Apollo 17, Cernan became the eleventh person to walk on the Moon and the last man on the Moon since he was the last to re-enter the Lunar Module Challenger after the mission’s third and final extravehicular activity (EVA). Cernan was also a backup crew member for the Gemini 12, Apollo 7 and Apollo 14 space missions.

Gone But Never Forgotten