Founding Executive Director
Bobby is a native of Bethlehem, PA. He grew up in the city's "West Side" neighborhood in a blue-collar family. Football was always his passion and playing at the Division I level was his dream. Having grown up watching the likes of Michael Stonebreaker and Ned Bolcar play for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, he always envisioned himself running out onto the hallowed grounds of South Bend. Admittedly, he was never the fastest athlete on the football field or the quickest on the basketball court but he possessed the intangibles, an unfathomable "will" and unmatched work ethic that would lead to his successes on and off the playing field. As a result of his academic and athletic success at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, PA, he was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to attend the United States Naval Academy, earn a degree in engineering, serve his country, and play football at the Division I level. Prior to attending the Naval Academy, he spent two years at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI where he was initiated to the "Brotherhood" which serves as the cornerstone of Navy Football. Following his stint at NAPS, he went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a key contributor to Navy's football resurgence under Paul Johnson. While starting at middle linebacker for the Midshipmen, he was the recipient of many accolades to include the 2002 Admiral Mack Award, 2004 Roger Staubach Award, 2004 College Football News All-Bowl Team among others. However, the most rewarding accomplishment in his years while at Navy was making a decision with all his brothers to commit themselves to the "never outworked, selfless" mentality as they took a football program from 0-11 in his freshman year to Emerald Bowl Champs in his senior year posting a 10-2 record.
Upon graduation from the Academy in May of 2005, he married the love of his life Kate in June. After tying the knot with Kate, they headed to Newport, RI. Bobby was selected by Navy's coaching staff as one of four players from their graduating class to coach at NAPS for the first six months of his military obligation. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, for he knew coaching, inspiring, and mentoring was his "True North." Following NAPS, Bobby held a wide array of leadership roles as an officer in the United States Navy and Civil Engineer Corps to include surface warfare officer, ordnance officer, visit, board, search, and seizure officer, and lead construction project manager. After serving his five year obligation, Bobby and Kate elected to move back to the Lehigh Valley and raise a family. Today, they are proud parents of three beautiful children, Lilah, Elizabeth ("Biddy"), and Tommy. In 2014, Bobby earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management from Moravian College. Bobby is currently employed by St. Luke's University Health Network where he serves as a Community Ambassador and Sports Performance Coach for Sports Medicine Relations. He is also a licensed insurance agent for Serratelli Financial Group. Bobby's love for football and passion for physical fitness as a NASE Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist inspired him to form Five Star Heart Training, LLC in 2014. Establishing The Five Star Heart Project is his latest endeavor, an endeavor in which he hopes to affect the lives of many in a positive way.
As the Founding Executive Director, Bobby manages the day-to-day business of the organization which includes the following but not limited to administrative functions, website design, marketing and media relations, clinic coordination and leadership, coaching, event planning, and fund raising implementation.
Board of Directors
Dean Donaher, President
Dean Donaher is a volunteer officer. Dean has earned four degrees over a lifetime dedicated to shaping the lives of our youth. He holds a MED in Secondary Education from Lehigh University and Ed.D in Organizational and Educational Leadership from The University of Pennsylvania. Dean was a long-time administrator for the Bethlehem Area School District and recently retired as the Director of Student Services. Currently, Dean serves as a board member for the Bethlehem Area School District.
Jim Wills, Vice President
Jim Wills is a volunteer officer. Jim Wills earned a degree Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University. Jim is a well-respected middle school teacher and coach in the Bethlehem Area School District for 20+ years. He is also regarded as one of the Lehigh Valley’s top speed and conditioning specialists who possesses a genuine care for his athletes on and off the field of competition.
Chris Wills, Treasurer
Chris Wills is a volunteer officer. Chris is a local sports enthusiast who will serve as the organization’s treasurer. Chris is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for MillerSearles LLC.
Joe Petrucci, Sercretary
Joe Petrucci is a volunteer officer. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 2014 where he co-captained the varsity lacrosse team to its first Ivy League Championship in 24 years. He began his career at Structuretone, a large, Manhattan-based general contractor, and then spent one year with a Boston real estate investment company, Paradigm Properties. Currently, Joe is a Project Manager at Iron Hill Construction Management, a Bethlehem-based Design/Build firm.
Matt Evancho, Voting Board Member
Matt Evancho is a volunteer officer. Matt was and is a high school football, track & field, and lacrosse coach at various schools in the Lehigh Valley and currently at Saucon Valley High School. He earned his degree in secondary education from Pennsylvania State University where he was a member of the Nittany Lion football team. Matt has been working in education for over 20 years helping develop young students into productive members of society. He has also earned a masters' degree in education from Wilkes University and is working on a second masters' degree from Aurora University.
John Shigo, Voting Board Member
John Shigo is a volunteer officer. John Shigo is a well-known figure in the Lehigh Valley. After graduating from Freedom High School in 1979, John went on to become a three-time All-American linebacker for Lehigh University from 1981 to 1983. He transpired his love for the game to officiating in which he was selected to officiate the 1999 PIAA State Championship Game, the Big 33 Game, and the D1-AA National Championship Game in 2012. John has been serving as the General Manager for Hub City Distributing Company for 36 years.
Buddy Green, Non-Voting Ambassador
Buddy Green is a volunteer officer. Buddy Green recently retired from coaching college football having served as The United States Naval Academy's Defensive Coordinator for 15 years. Alike his tenure at Navy, Coach Green earned the respect across the college football landscape by his uncanny ability to turn a program's defense around. Before his tenure in Annapolis, Coach Green took over one of the worst defenses in the country at NC State, and they were among the top in every major defensive category by the time he departed. Coach Green's uncanny ability to get the best out of his players is what set him apart from others in the profession. As Bobby can attest, his famous choice of words "FINISH" echoes in the minds of those players who had the opportunity to run to the ball for Coach Buddy Green, a man who gave his ALL for those who played for him.