Cade Pinalto - Founder, President
Cade is the founder of Sidelined. He was sidelined at the age of 12 and became inspired to start Sidelined Chicago at age 15. Two years later, Cade and his team launched Sidelined's national branch: Sidelined USA. Cade currently attends Lane Tech College Prep and is enrolled in the Honors Program. Upon graduation, he plans to study Business in college.
Cade is an entrepreneur at heart and plans to develop as a business owner through his experience growing his nonprofit. He loves working with Sidelined and is passionate about changing the lives of sidelined athletes. Cade lives his life by the quote made famous by Winston Churchill, "Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."
Christine Pinalto, CO-Founder, Executive director
Christine Pinalto, Cade’s mom and co-founder of Sidelined, manages the organization. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Science Teaching, graduating Summe Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University. She taught middle school in the public school system. Her volunteer work includes Youth Mentor and Children’s Ministry Director. In 2009, she followed her dream beginning a photography career and launching her business, Christine Kay Photography, where she worked through 2017. Christine now devotes her energy full time to promoting, directing, and fundraising for Sidelined USA.
Being a self-starter with a high work ethic, Christine prides herself in continuously building her skillset and mastering the next challenge. She is inspired by Cade's fearlessness and tenacity for social impact in an under-resourced community and is passionate about helping sidelined athletes find new hope.
Garrett Ponder is a senior marketing manager at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., where he is responsible for strategic partnerships and sponsorships. He graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Orfalea College of Business in 2006 with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics. Garrett started his career in the mobile industry as an intern at Qualcomm in 2004 and has been with the company for 13 years. During his tenure, he has served in a variety of business areas including Finance, Investor Relations, Industry Analyst Relations, Public Relations/US Media Relations, and now Corporate Marketing.
Jordan is an athletic trainer at New Trier Township High School in Northfield, IL. Jordan holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and Masters in Athletic Training. His collegiate experience include his work as a graduate assistant for ISU’s Division I FCS football team, president of the student athletic training club, and an internship with Northwestern University’s football team. Jordan currently serves as the Vice President of Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA).
As a three sport athlete in high school who suffered more than one significant time-loss injury, Jordan understands the importance of having a community of support during tough incidents. Jordan was drawn to Sidelined USA because of its many outlets of support for permanently-sidelined athletes. Jordan recognizes the profound significance of mental health awareness in athletes and serves as a presenter on mental health in the athletic community. Jordan is looking forward to growing Sidelined USA and helping athletes across the country find their place and cope with their new reality.
Julia works as the Program Coordinator for the Principal Gifts team at Northwestern University, where she assists with all gifts over $5 million. Julia graduated summa cum laude and With Distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Italian, and recently graduated at the top of her class with an M.A. in Sports Administration from Northwestern University. In addition to her professional career in development, Julia has also coached numerous sports at a variety of levels, ranging from youth to collegiate lacrosse, as well as USA Swimming, and currently coaches for Team One Lacrosse. She also founded the Field Hockey program at Evanston Township High School in 2016.
She has been a multi sport athlete her entire life, and continues to compete in lacrosse, swimming, and CrossFit. She has suffered multiple significant time-loss injuries throughout her athletic career, and deeply understands the difficult challenges athletes face when they have to step away from their sport for medical reasons. She was drawn to Sidelined USA because of the opportunity to help sidelined athletes find ways to continue to participate in the sport they love, without being on the field or court.