Our Leadership

Kyle McClellan

President/Chairman

Kyle played Major League Baseball for 12 years. While playing for his hometown team, he realized the importance of using his platform to better others and his community. While in the MLB, he was actively involved in the MLB Players union as a representative and contributed to many causes off the field. Upon his retirement from the MLB, Kyle had the inspiration to create a public non-profit to help youth locally and internationally. Brace for IMPACT 46 was then established.

Bridget McClellan

Executive Director

After earning her Business degree, Bridget started a career in advertising. She retired to take on the ever-changing baseball life with Kyle and raise their family. She’s always had a heart for serving and has spearheaded many fundraising events within Kyle’s career. Bridget owns a home-based business while she and Kyle manage Brace for IMPACT 46 and raise their two children, Olivia & Rhett together.

Estevenson Coleman

Program Manager

Estevenson, who was born in Haiti, lost his parents at an early age. He and his sister, Widelande, lived in an orphanage until 2009 when they were adopted and moved to St. Louis. Estevenson excelled in his new life in the U.S., receiving a high school education and making first team all-state in soccer his senior year. He went on to get his associate’s degree in international business from St. Charles Community College and his bachelor’s degree in non-profit administration from Lindenwood University.

Volunteering has been a huge part of Estevenson’s life: he interned for Ambassadors Football, where he continues to coach a team of 10- and 11-year-old boys; he taught kids internet safety and the dangers of bullying through his work with the Megan Meier Foundation; and he volunteered for Ronald McDonald House Charities as a translator for a Haitian family. Estevenson has been involved with Brace for Impact 46 for several years, and became a full-time program manager in January 2018. His dream for Brace for Impact 46 is to continue to see growth in the communities we serve. He is proud to help over 40 children receive shelter, food, clothing, education, and more, and loves to see the impact the organization has made for tens of thousands of people.

Jeanette Bax-Kurtz, CPA

Director

Jeanette is the Director of Not-for-Profit and Regulatory Services for Mueller Prost. She specializes in financing issues and tax credits in the non-profit and regulatory industries, and her experience includes bonds, HUD loans, federal and state grants, low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), new market tax credits, youth opportunity program credits (YOP), and neighborhood assistance programs (NAP). She frequently teaches courses for the AICPA, conducts seminars for Allinial Global, and is a guest lecturer at various universities and organizations. Jeanette is a past trustee and school board member for a local church and school. She also devotes a considerable amount of time to providing services and volunteering for a variety of charitable organizations.

Nick Burkhart

Director

Nick, as Board Member and General Counsel of Brace for IMPACT 46, is responsible for managing all of the foundation’s legal needs and providing strategic guidance to support the foundation’s initiatives. Nick is an attorney at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, a St. Louis-based law firm that focuses on real estate and corporate transactional legal matters. Outside the office, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and growing family exploring the great outdoors and traveling internationally. Nick is also an avid golfer and skier.

Brett Gilliland

Director

As one of the founding visionaries and current CEO of Visionary Wealth Advisors, Brett established and continues to drive the core values and culture within the company, creating a positive, energetic environment for clients, visionaries, and staff. Brett is an active member of the St. Louis Sports’ Commission and the Board of Directors for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Pharmacy. He hosts a weekly Circuit of Success podcast, which was rated as one of the top entrepreneur podcasts in 2017. Brett and his wife, Julie, also founded Swing Fore Hope, a charity that funds cancer research and provides financial assistance to cancer patients.

Dr. Mark F. Hilton, DDS

Director

Mark has practiced general dentistry in Florissant, Missouri since 1984. He and his wife Lisa run a very successful practice and have heart for giving back, including Evangelical Children’s Home, Bellefontaine Home for Handicapped Children, Fr. Dempseys Charities, Halfway House for Alcohol and Drug Addicted Teens, as well as providing dental treatment at no cost to many less fortunate people. In March of 2016, Mark and his two adult children traveled on a life-changing mission trip to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti with Kyle and Bridget. Mark is honored to be a part of the Board of Directors and knows that in twenty years we will still be able to see and enjoy the accomplishments of Brace for IMPACT 46.

Howard Richards

Director

Howard was born and raised in St. Louis, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication, with an emphasis in radio, television, and film, from MU. He played seven seasons in the National Football League. Following his retirement from football, he worked for 13 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served on the security staffs of four CIA directors, along with serving a tour of duty in Tel Aviv, Israel. Howard is a member of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and of the NFL Retired Players Association. He is a 2012 recipient of the College of Arts and Science’s Distinguished Alumni Award and a 2015 recipient of the MU Faculty–Alumni Awards. He also serves on the advisory council for the MU Department of Communication.

Tim Spihlman

Director

Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Bradley University and is current President of Vi-Jon. He brings years of experience directing financial and operation functions across a diverse group of industries to the Board of Directors for Brace for IMPACT 46.

Michael Brown

Treasurer

Michael has been helping clients plan for retirement and understand their finances for more than 20 years. Licensed to sell a variety of financial services products, Michael enjoys working with clients who might not understand the value of continuously reviewing their existing plans to find better opportunities and ensure that they are on the right path. Michael is currently the director of the St. Charles office and also serves on the Krilogy Athletic Advisory Group where he guides athletes through their entire professional and post-professional life cycle. Michael is dedicated to ensuring his community is just as strong as his clients’ finances. He gives back as a member of Morning Star Church and is a founding board member of Brace for IMPACT 46. Michael continues to be involved in the St. Charles community.

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