Administrative Team

Lindsay
Sundberg

Lindsay Sundberg has worked in various roles in the student services athletic departments of Kansas State University, North Carolina State University, Stony Brook University and most recently at Georgia Institute of Technology. Lindsay has worked with a wide variety of sports including, but not limited to; football, basketball, track and field, volleyball, golf, baseball, wrestling, swimming and diving. 

As an academic advisor for Power 5 student athletes, she knows the rigors and challenges of the college athlete. Academic preparation before college can make all the difference. She has taken her mission of 'unleashing the athletes potential in the academic arena' to high school athletes. Lindsay works directly with athletes, parents and coaches to ensure success at the collegiate level.

Sundberg received a bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) and a master's degree in Academic Advising at Kansas State University (K-State). She was a collegiate basketball player at USCA and was named to the conference all-academic team. She played in the most games in program history, was a team captain and a member of the only PeachBelt Conference Championship team.  

Founder & Academic Coach 
Julie
McDermott

Julie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Consumer Studies from the University of Connecticut.   She spent the first two years of her college career at Plymouth State College and played Division 3 Field Hockey and Lacrosse.  Julie has over 20 years of business to business client services, sales, and sales management experience. She is well versed in the recruiting process as all three of her children continued their athletic careers at the college level.

Julie continues to enjoy the "sporting life". She has run the Boston Marathon and multiple half marathons.  Cycled twice in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 100-mile bike ride for cancer research, and participated in many Sprint Triathlons. Her mainstay is Hatha Yoga, which she has practiced for over 18 years.

Client & Partner Manager
Joseph Baratta

Joseph Baratta is a dedicated and passionate educator and student-athlete development professional. In 2005 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in International Business. IN 2007 Joseph received his M.A. in Education, Teaching Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College. He recently received his Certificate in Education Leadership from the College of St. Rose in 2015. 

 

Joseph has based his life’s work on the principle of positive youth development through sport. He has spent the last ten years creating programs that develop student-athletes personally, academically, and socially. He recently completed a term on the Leadership Council for Laureus Sport for Good NYC. 

 

Joseph has also worked as an academic tutor since his college days. He has developed a comprehensive SAT prep curriculum and is well-versed in strategies designed to help students succeed. 

Programs & Workshops Manager 
Jack
Sundberg

Jack is considered "the swiss army knife" in his role as the Business Manager for AC4SA. One of Jack's primary roles is finding sports organizations and schools (public/private) with similar academic philosophies and objectives to prepare the student-athletes to thrive at the collegiate level.

Over a span of 20 years, Jack has experienced much of what a parent and family can experience through the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of his children's student-athlete journeys from middle school to high school, prep school, college, and even professional sports. On top of that, Jack also coached and managed travel and AAU girls/boys basketball and baseball teams and coached 4 years of high school football. One of those proud coaching memories includes working as an assistant football coach at an underserved high school football team that made the state playoffs.

Combining his family's student-athlete experiences with club and high school sports and then running his own business has resulted in a unique perspective for giving advice and console to high school student-athletes, families, stakeholders, and partners.

All four of Jack and Kathleen's children were collegiate student-athletes on athletic scholarships, played all four years in college, and were their respective team captains.  His three daughters went on to get their masters, and the Washington Nationals drafted their son in 2016. Jack's wife, Kathleen, played Division 1 basketball and was an excellent college student.  She received her undergraduate degree in Math and went on to earn her Master's in Secondary Education.

Jack himself played 2 sports at a division 3 level but he performed below-average academically in high school and felt underprepared for college academics. While that did not stop him from receiving a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, the feeling that he was underprepared academically has played a large part in his decision to join our team and help student-athletes reach their full potential.

Business 
Manager