Jeff Stever, Co-Founder of Scholar-Athlete Advantage
Jeff Stever is the co-founder of Scholar-Athlete Advantage. He is a native of Philadelphia, and a former collegiate athlete who graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. He has extensive experience working with families in both academics and athletics. Jeff has 28 years of experience officiating basketball, soccer, and men’s lacrosse, working at the high school and collegiate levels. He also spent 14 years coaching soccer at various elite clubs, select teams, as well as his alma mater, Lasalle College High School. Over the past 14 years, he has been working with at-risk youth and their families in the City of Philadelphia. Jeff is a proud father of a daughter who is currently enrolled in a Graduate School program.
“Upon my daughter entering her junior year of high school, we began the arduous process of investigating which college would be the right fit for her to continue her education. We visited 15 colleges from Connecticut, down through the state of Maryland. Kerri and I had a list of questions that we came up with to ask admissions counselors at the various institutions. Time after time, parents would walk up to us and say that they never thought of asking such questions. It led me to believe that other families need support in being educated in the pursuit of choosing the ideal academic institution. By combining my personal experiences as a parent along with the years of experience working in athletics, I feel as though Scholar-Athlete Advantage can help countless students realize their dream of being a high school or college athlete and a future college graduate.”
Christopher Jones, Co-Founder of Scholar-Athlete Advantage
Chris has a diverse background in both Athletics and Education. For the past six years he has served as the Dean of Students, Principles of Athletic Training Teacher, and Head Track and Field Coach at Samuel Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia, PA. Chris is also the Philadelphia Public League Boys’ Soccer Commissioner and a NISOA/NCAA soccer official and officials’ assignor.
Prior to his professional career Chris played collegiate soccer at Holy Family University, where he was a three-year starter and served as team captain during his Junior and Senior years. In addition, he earned the prestigious NCAA Academic All-American Honors during his senior year. Chris graduated from Holy Family in 2006 with a Bachelors in Communications and subsequently earned his Masters Degree in Education from Eastern University in 2010. Chris is a proud graduate of the William Penn Charter School and he and his teammates who won the 1998 Inter-Ac Soccer Championship were inducted into the Penn Charter Hall of Fame in 2014.
Away from teaching and coaching Chris enjoys spending his free time on the beach with his wife Kim, and his children, Tellus, Chris Jr., Bailey, and Jackson. Chris also dedicates a large part of his time to serve as the Founder and President of the Shane Kelly Memorial Fund. The SKMF annually raises funds and awards college scholarships to local student-athletes.
Ed.D. Educational Leadership – Arcadia University
M.Ed. Counseling Psychology – Temple University
B.S. Rehabilitation Services – The Pennsylvania State University
Currently Ray is the Supervisor of Counseling, Holistic Support & K-12 Testing in the Cheltenham School District. In this role, his primary responsibilities include working with the district’s K-12 school counselors in aligning the school counseling program to American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, leading the district in its pursuit of a Social and Emotional learning curriculum and coordinating all standardized testing, district-wide. Prior to coming to Cheltenham, Ray spent almost 10 years in the Philadelphia School District as the Guidance Director at Samuel Fels High School. In that capacity, he was responsible for coordinating all college-related activities and events. Ray’s personal mission was to enhance college readiness for all students by creating and maintaining a college-going culture. By far, working at Samuel Fels High School was one of the most rewarding experiences Ray has ever had.
“Now a member of the Scholar-Athlete Advantage organization, I intend to bring the same passion and zeal in helping our clients prepare for the college process. A few examples include: coordinating with local college admission representatives, offering student and parent workshops related to NCAA eligibility requirements, financial aid and academic eligibility throughout college, and helping middle school students prepare for the academic rigor and social responsibilities associated with high school.”
When Ray is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley, his daughter Gianna and his twin boys, Michael and Zachary.
Joe Hos, NSCA-CPT, Director of Athletic Development & Conditioning
Joe is a former United States Navy Corpsman, since leaving the military 20 years ago I have completed courses for my Health and Physical Education degree as well as being involved in the sports performance and fitness industry becoming Nationally Certified by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and have completed the required amount of credits needed through seminars, conferences, quizzes, and webinars.
Joe has over 18 years of experience and knowledge gained through my time working and learning from some of the top performance specialists in the world.
He brings knowledge and passion from my wide-range of work. In 2003-05, Joe was the assistant strength coach for the Archbishop Wood Football Team . In 2005, he interned at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, FL, training some of the top ranked junior tennis players. In 2007, Joe became the athletic development & conditioning coach for Father Judge Soccer. From 2007-2015, the Father Judge Soccer team won 3 PCL, 3 City Championships and 1 State Title. He also served as the sports performance consultant at Extra Innings-Bensalem. In 2009, Joe joined the Joe Hand Boxing Gym where he trained top ranked boxers as well as players from the NFL, MLB and NBA. From 2012-2015, he worked at Total Soccer Academy, as the Head Athletic Development Coach, working with teams, small groups, and individual soccer players. I am currently the Performance and Wellness Coach at the George School, in Newtown, PA.
Joe has created programs for hundreds of student-athletes as well as weekend warriors, specializing in post-rehabilitation and helping them reach their full physical potential. He has ensured quality training by instructing and educating my clients and staff on the prevention of injuries through proper athletic development.
Danielle Burge, Registered Dietitian
Danielle is a Registered Dietitian accredited with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. She has her Master’s degree in Exercise Science along with being a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is Certified in Speed and Explosion. Danielle completed her undergraduate education and dietetic internship at La Salle University, while being a Division I volleyball player. Being an athlete her entire life, she truly understands how hard work translates into success. This is the mentality that she applies with her clients to help them identify their goals, motivate them to challenge themselves to be better and maintain healthy lifestyle changes for life.
Danielle has been helping her clients to improve their health for the past five years while working as a Registered Dietitian. She has worked in a variety of different settings such as clinical dietitian in a hospital, outpatient therapy in a doctor’s office, weight management and wellness counseling in a gym and corporate setting. Her true passion is to help improve the health of her clients by providing nutrition counseling that will increase their energy levels, prevent chronic disease and be the best version of him/her self. She understands that life can be hectic so her strength is providing an individualized plan that makes healthy eating easy and attainable for her clients. Her main focus is weight management, weight loss, sports nutrition and optimal health. However, she is also well versed in working with clients who have various medical conditions consisting of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Celiac’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, etc.
Her goal is to provide her patients with enough education, motivation and inspiration that they will be able to make healthy lifestyle changes not just for today, but for the rest of their lives. Danielle is credentialed with Independence Blue Cross, Aetna, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare.
John Rickards, Registered Dietitian
John has a passion to educate and inspire people to live a healthy and balanced life through eating mindfully and being active. John is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed through the state of PA. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and has his Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
John is a native to the Philadelphia area and grew up in Chalfont located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, where he studied Nutrition while being a division 1 athlete during his undergraduate studies. While in Graduate School for Education, John was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach working with a number of different Division 1 teams and athletes. He applies many of the skills he developed through his experience of coaching to his counseling sessions.
John has been counseling people through a variety of health concerns for over 8 years in a various settings. He has experience in counseling thousands of clients, male and female, athletes and non-athletes, ages 8 to 85 years old. John is extremely passionate about wellness and tries to be a great example for his clients. He has been running for over 10 years, bikes, and lives a very active lifestyle.
“When counseling, I really try to be as down to earth as possible. I do not expect that someone is going to change overnight nor should they. I want my clients to understand that we ARE going to hit challenges along the way… This is all part of the process. I also want them to understand that while we work together, they WILL develop the tools necessary to get through those challenges. People are busy and live busy lifestyles. As a Dietitian, it is my job to simplify eating right. Food is fun and enjoyable. Let’s keep it this way.”