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Task Force Members

Penny Allen-Cook

Allen-Cook is Commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and has worked for more than 30 years as a coach and administrator at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. She has championed women’s advancement in sports by teaching courses in the Coaching Advancement Program offered by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, committee involvement with the NCAA, facilitating women’s leadership programs and mentoring female athletic administrators. She is a member of American Volleyball Coaches Association, We Coach and Women Leaders in College Sports.

Dr. Ketra Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong is an associate dean, professor of sport management and faculty athletics representative at the University of Michigan. She is a former collegiate student-athlete, coach and administrator and served as president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

Kathy Beauregard

Beauregard has served as director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Michigan University for 22 years and is the longest-serving director in the country serving the same university. She is one of nine women directors out of 136 Division I Football Playing Institutions.

Keri Becker

Becker has spent her entire professional career in college athletics. She began as a softball and tennis student-athlete at Saginaw Valley State University and moved directly into a head softball coach position at Ferris State University for 15 years before becoming an associate athletic director/senior woman administrator at Grand Valley State University in 2011. Appointed in 2016, she is director of athletics at Grand Valley.

Lorin Cartwright

Cartwright is a retired athletic director and athletic trainer from Pioneer High School. She was the first president of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and is author of eight textbooks.

Carolyn Cassin

Cassin is president and CEO of Michigan Women Forward, a statewide origination that focuses on increasing access to capital for women, creating the next generation of young women leaders and creating measurable equity for women. She is also founder and general partner of the Belle Impact Fund, Michigan’s first venture fund made up of 57 women investors who invest solely in women-owned businesses.

Dr. Ramona Cox

Cox is an associate athletic director with the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) responsible for volleyball and softball programs for youth. She also oversees the “Girls Changing the Game” program that seeks to increase the number of girls that participate in sport and physical activity and the number of innovative quality programs for girls. Dr. Cox played on the women’s volleyball team at the University of Michigan and is head varsity volleyball coach at Cass Technical High School.

Cali Crawford

Crawford is director of athletics at Schoolcraft College. In her role as director, she handles day-to-day operations of student-athlete recruitment and retention, overall management of athletics and compliance. She also serves as at-large member on the Board of Regents for the Nation Junior College Athletic Association.

Joanne C. Gerstner

Gerstner is an award-winning author and multi-platform sports journalist for outlets such as the Detroit News, USA Today, ESPN and the New York Times. She is the sports journalist in residence at the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Jennifer Granger

Granger is an advocate for nonprofit and charitable causes, having served her communities for over 12 years as a volunteer, fundraiser and as a voice for families and children most in need. As a mother of two girls with the unique perspective of supporting the activities of professional sports teams in New York, California and Michigan, she is prepared to harness her experience for female athletes to expand leadership pathways for women in sports.

Mike Guswiler

Guswiler leads the West Michigan Sports Commission, a nonprofit that serves to promote health and wellness through sport and acts as an economic engine in the region by generating sport tourism. He also serves on the West Michigan Miracle League Board providing opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in sport and is a member of Pure Michigan Sports, a statewide destination marketing group made up of 14 Michigan cities.

Carol Hutchins

Hutchins has spent 35 years as head coach for softball at the University of Michigan and is the winningest coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association softball history.

Sam Mullet

Mullet was a three-sport athlete while attending high school at Bear Lake and now serves there as the offensive coordinator for the varsity football team. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, snowboarding, reading and taking in as many sporting events as possible.

Erika Swilley

Swilley is senior director of community and social responsibility for the Detroit Pistons. Previously, she spent time in community relations for the Chicago Sky/Sky Cares Foundation and Golden State Warriors. In her role, Swilley coordinates the philanthropic initiatives of the Pistons and their players.