Meet The Team

Kelly Brooks

Managing partner

Kelly Brooks founded The Brooks Element in 2019. He has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education and athletics. Kelly is passionate about facilitating…

Will Baggett

Director of Custom Experiences / Executive Image Evolve Speaker

Widely regarded as a rising star in college athletics, Will Baggett is the bestselling author of The Blueprint for a Successful Career: A Foundation for Developing Young…

Wes Maas

Director of Academic Strategy

Wes Maas has over 18 years of experience in Higher Education. Wes is an Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Student-Athlete…

Rebecca Fink

Director of REACT

Rebecca Fink, a former Youngstown State University (YSU) Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete, serves as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at her alma mater… 

Franqua "Q" Bedell

Director of Personal & Professional Growth

Franqua Bedell is an accomplished college basketball coach, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, author and Founder of the Off The Bench Coaches Program…

Donyale Canada

REACT Consultant

Donyale Canada has over twenty years of broad intercollegiate athletics administration experience at the NCAA Division I conference and campus levels…

Eric Smith

Money Skills Evolve Speaker

Eric Smith is the founder of The EKS Group, LLC, and creator of The Financial Literacy Coach and The Money Game Literacy Program. With nearly 30 years of success in the financial industry…

Dr. Jodi Merriday

Diversity & Inclusion/Title IX Evolve Speaker

Dr. Jodi Merriday is an engaging, charismatic and innovative Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX and Multiculturalism subject matter expert, speaker and facilitator…

Nico Darras

Gender Violence Prevention Evolve Speaker

Nico Darras was a high school All-American baseball player and collegiate standout. While attending the University of Connecticut on a baseball scholarship, Nico majored in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies…