Board of Directors

Duane Morrow | Chairman

Duane is the Executive Vice President of Field Marketing for Primerica.  While living and working in England, Duane, an avid rugby player, broke his neck during a match in 2004.  He was paralyzed from the chest down but life didn’t end there. As Duane would say his life simply changed and he adapted.  He is a competitive racer ranking the fastest in the US – second in the world.  He plays rugby, golf, tennis, water skis, snow skis and dives just for fun!   Duane rehabilitated at the Shepherd Center with relentlessness and pushed the envelope with Shepherd Center to try an extreme therapy program.  Duane’s passion and positivity is contagious and rubs off on everyone he meets including Shepherd patients that he takes time to meet with regularly.  Mr. Morrow currently serves on the Shepherd Center Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  He is a native of Georgia and lives north of Atlanta with his wife and five children.

Steve Frederick | Vice Chairman

Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments. Former naval aviator with 22 years of military service in the U.S. Navy. Steve and his family have participated in BlazeSports programs since the inception of the organization in 1996. He is a parent of an elite athlete with a physical disability.

Daniel J. Holland | Treasurer

Former Chief Operating Officer for Hewitt Associates, the world leader in HR pioneering, breakthrough ideas, services and products for clients that include more than half the FORTUNE 500® and more than a third of the FORTUNE Global 500® companies. He is a sports enthusiast and father of an athlete with a physical disability.

Andrew McNeil, Esq. | Secretary

Andy is an attorney specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Practices.  Mr. McNeil enjoys his role as part-time instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches “Public Policy Mock Trial,” a trial advocacy survey course, and is an assistant coach to the Georgia Tech Mock Trial Team.

Alex Armas

Alex is an aerospace engineer by training, working in the field since 1999. He is currently aviation engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration.  Most importantly Alex and his wife live in Villa Rica, Georgia, and are parents to three great boys Zachary, Ethan and Samuel.  Zachary and Samuel were both born with spina bifida and participate in BlazeSports programs in Georgia.  Alex is a passionate parent and an advocate for the disability sport movement and BlazeSports. He walks the talk. 

Bert Burns

Bert Burns is renowned throughout the healthcare field as the founder of UroMed, an industry-leading catheter supply company that assists thousands of people nationwide with various physical disabilities.  After retiring from UroMEd, his work now centers around UroMed’s non-profit, educational program, Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), a motivational program that takes place in rehabilitation hospitals and other locations to positively influence youth and adults who have recently learned they will be using a wheelchair. LASCI has more than 18,000 members worldwide.

When Bert was in his 20s he suffered a life-changing injury after being thrown from his car during an accident. Facing the future as a quadriplegic however was not the end but the just the beginning for Bert. His injury was a blessing in disguise and enabled him to realize dreams that he never would have had before being injured. Founding UroMed was one of those dreams along with meeting his wife, Joy, in 1995, with whom he raises two children. “Having Joy and our twins, William and Emma, makes me the luckiest guy in the world,” Burns says. “I truly have an amazing life.” Read more»

Scott Pederson

Scott has spent over 30 years of his career marketing some of the most high profile events, corporations and celebrities in the world. He has staged a World Series, helped develop the National Football League’s most high profile event property (Punt, Pass & Kick), and negotiated endorsement contracts for professional athletes.  He has consulted with each of the four major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NASCAR and NBA) and with many sports franchises. He has also designed numerous programs enabling clients to leverage their sponsorship investments at retail, including Miller Brewing Company, Gatorade, Pillsbury and General Mills.

Prior to founding Universal Marketing Associates in 1990 and before merging his company with Leader Enterprises, Inc., in 2000, he was director of Marketing at Oklahoma State, Director of Marketing for the Kansas City Royals, and Regional Manager for Miller Brewing Co. Sports. Read more»

Bill Scott 

Bill is a retired partner from Hewitt Associates, a global provider of Human Capital and Management Consulting services with over 500 offices in 120 countries providing HR Consulting and Outsourcing services. Bill was the managing partner for Canada (Toronto), Europe (Paris) as well as the Mid-Atlantic (Washington D.C) region. He serves on other Boards in both Canada and the United States. An avid sports participant, he now resides in Naples, Florida and Toronto, Canada.

Tim Willis, Esq.

Inducted into the Georgia Southern University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, Tim was the first totally blind student-athlete to compete in NCAA Division I cross-country. A few of his athletic achievements include World Record holder in the 10,000 meter track event, Silver Medalist in 10,000 meters at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and Bronze Medalist 10,000 meters at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.  Tim is an attorney by profession.  Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO.

Bert’s path to success however started with one person, a recreation therapist during his rehabilitation, and introduced him to wheelchair sports. Reluctantly he gave it a try and ended up competing as a wheelchair athlete on a global scale for 15 years, winning numerous international events including a gold medal at the 1992 Paralympics.  

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Under his ownership/leadership of Leader Enterprises, the company grew to a $12 million agency with clients such as Nike, Motorola, TaylorMade, DirecTV, Vizio and General Mills to name a few. Leader’s marketing and public relations plan for Lance Armstrong’s “LiveStrong” yellow wrist band programs is considered one of the most successful cause-marketing campaigns in history.

Scott sold his interest in Leader Enterprises five years ago and started Celebrate Positive, LLC so that he could focus his efforts on the marketing and development of a program called Positive Athlete. With the help of Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, the Positive High School Athlete Awards were created in Pittsburgh ( where over $30,000 in scholarships will be given away to student-athletes who have overcome obstacles, given back to their communities, and been a positive influence in their schools.  In 2014, Positive Athlete Georgia was launched with the help of current and former professional athletes from the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Dream, UGA and Georgia Tech.

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