About Us

Our Mission

To help where help is needed by providing resources for various charitable organizations, to effect positive change in our communities.

Why Start a Foundation?

It’s important for me to use my notoriety as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles to bring attention to community causes and give back, both in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, as well as my home state of Michigan,” said Herremans. “I believe that it’s our responsibility to not only go out on play our best on the field, but to help those around us that aren’t as fortunate as I have been in my life and career.”  Starting a Foundation builds upon a history of supporting a wide range of charitable efforts dating back to his time growing up in Michigan and reflects Herremans desire to be able to help different organizations based on need and circumstances.

Our Leadership

  • Todd Herremans

    Todd Herremans
    Founder

  • Marilee Herremans

    Marilee Herremans
    Executive Director

  • Traci Coulter

    Traci Coulter
    Board of Directors

  • Lori Evon

    Lori Evon
    Board of Directors

  • Jim Keim
    Board of Directors

  • Michelle Martino

    Michelle Martino
    Treasurer

  • Dennis Shea

    Dennis Shea
    Board of Directors

  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith
    Board of Directors

  • Donna Tavoso

    Donna Tavoso
    Board of Directors

Todd Herremans

Todd was born October,13, 1982.  He grew up in the small farming community of Ravenna, Michigan. Playing in three sports; football, basketball, and baseball all four years at Ravenna High School, he also earned a varsity letter in track his senior year.  Todd received all-state honors in football.

Beginning with his freshman year, he became a starter on the offensive line at Saginaw Valley State University.  In 2004 Todd was named to the AFCA All-American First Team and in 2005 was selected to participate in the Cactus Bowl (Division II All-Star game).

Selected in the fourth round of the 2005 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Todd has become a staple on the offensive line.  He has played left tackle, left guard, and right tackle.  November 2, 2008 against the Seattle Seahawks he caught his first NFL touchdown on a tackle eligible play.  It was the first touchdown by an Eagle lineman since 1934.  He has signed a contract extension to remain an Eagle through 2016.

Todd lives in Center City Philadelphia with his two bulldogs, Zeus and Hades, and has been involved with many charitable events in the area.

Marilee Herremans

Marilee is a lifelong resident of Michigan currently living in Ravenna, with her husband, Paul, of 35 years. She is the mother of three sons, Todd, John and Scott.

A graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in biology and elementary education. Marilee was a teacher for 25 years. In addition, she was a leader in her school district in various capacities: district gifted and talented coordinator; district science chairperson; and the building science leader. Marilee was a Michigan regional director for Odyssey of the Mind as well as a coach for this in three different school districts. Being involved in education made her realize the importance of being a life long learner and encourages others to continue their learning.

Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, Marilee has been a leader in various organizations: a past board member of her church, initiated a Home and School Committee, which she was president for 6 years, served on the school board for 7 years and appointed to her townships zoning board.

Community involvement has always been important to the Herremans' family. She is thrilled that Todd is continuing to give back in meaningful ways, "to help where help is needed."

Traci Coulter

Traci Coulter brings more than thirteen years of public relations and communications experience to the Todd Herremans Foundation.  Along with the work that she has done with global brands, she has created and executed media campaigns for such charity organizations as the Leary Firefighters Foundation, Common Ground Foundation, Movember, and more.

Lori Evon

I have been employed by JL Sports for 6 years, working with our NFL Clients for all aspects of marketing. Arranging appearances, product endorsement and foundation management as well as daily office operations. I have an extensive background working with not for profit organizations, corporate sponsorship and event planning. A member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation for over 10 years and a member of the Board of Governors.

Jim Keim

Jim Keim is a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a degree in Business (99).  Over the past 14 years, he’s worked for Bloomberg Financial, and with Ameriprise Financial.  Over the last 13 years Jim has built his Financial Planning practice specializing in the NFL, NHL and working with corporate executives and clients of all back grounds and needs. 

The Herremans Foundation gives back to the community that Jim has grown up in and loves.  Helping Todd build a charity that thrives and grows has become a mission that he’s dedicated his time and energy to build into the future.  Building and helping a charity with a leader in the community like Todd, provides and outlet for Jim to help those in need.

In Jim’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie, and playing golf.  He also helps with other charities throughout the community and region.

Michelle Martino

Michelle Martino is a Consumer Market Manager for Bank of America.  She is responsible for 14 banking centers in the Southeast Pennsylvania Market.  Michelle grew up in West Deptford, NJ and still resides there with her husband Joe and their new son Joey.  She has always been committed to giving back to the community and has given her time volunteering, planning fundraising events, serving on boards and committees for Variety-The Children’s Charity, The Nicky Brandemarti Memorial Golf Classic, Kisses for Kyle Cancer Foundation and David Akers Kicks for Kids benefiting Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.  Michelle loves to spend summers at the shore, watch sports and spend time with her family.

Dennis Shea

Dennis has over 25 years of direct sales, sales management and fundraising experience that has ranged across numerous vertical industries, specializing in sports, music entertainment and promotions, but also including information technology sales of both software and hardware solutions.

Dennis is President of Valhalla Ventures LLC (www.valhallaventureslloc.com) which he formed in order to channel his success in aligning entertainment, sports celebrities and corporate leaders with his networking, fundraising and sales expertise into creating a specialized athlete consulting company.  Valhalla’s main focus is making the transition of a professional athlete into the Philadelphia culture a successful one by making sure they have all the tools for immediate and long-term success in their sport. We provide them an umbrella of support and services to take care of their every need and eliminate distractions that can affect their performance. His network provides trust, stability and security.  Valhalla has established an expert team of business advisor partners across a wide array of professional backgrounds to help establish and guide the athletes in branding themselves into their own personal CEO in order to achieve their professional and financial goals.  Valhalla is a “connect the dots” consulting firm with deep expertise in the sports and entertainment industries. His work reflects his years of expertise in business networking from developing an effective business strategy to advising musical entrepreneurs to innovative cost recovery efforts (electricity, credit cards, telecom, logistics, pension, healthcare and tax reform options, etc.).

Dennis was formerly Director of Sponsorship Sales for the Philadelphia Market for Live Nation Entertainment, the world's leading live entertainment and eCommerce company.  Live Nation is comprised of: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network.  He was responsible for all advertising and sponsorship sales for Susquehanna Bank Center, Festival Pier, Great Plaza, Theater of Living Arts (TLA) and the Tower Theater.

Prior to Live Nation, Dennis was Vice President of Premium Seating for Comcast Spectacor’s Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers teams from 1999-2008.  In his role he was responsible for managing a premium seating (luxury suites & club box seating) budget in excess of 35M and a staff of 20+ employees.  Dennis’ tenure at Comcast Spectacor developed and solidified his dynamic and charismatic personality that enables him to immediately assess and bring to market powerful and highly profitable media events and productions.

He was the Co-Executive Producer for the movie “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn” (formerly named “GOAT”) staring Armand Assante, William Demo, Cathy Moriarty and Ice-T which was released in 2013.  http://www.goat-the-movie.com/.  Watch movie trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbx5OF6AV78. He was responsible for securing over 1/3 of direct funding for movie production.

Dennis graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, ME with B.A. Speech Communication and Public Relations (cum laude) and a minor in English.  He was an officer with Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity and worked for the National Office at Assistant Executive Director in Valley Forge, PA upon graduating from college. He resides in Springfield, PA with wife and five daughters.

Andrew Smith

Andrew is a graduate of Seton Hall University (B.S in accounting) and Widener University School of Law (JD, 96). Over the past 17 years Andrew has practiced primarily in the the courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he has been called upon to represent clients Nationwide in multiple courts and forums. Andrew has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, an award given out to only the top 5% of attorneys as voted on by their peers and judges. Andrew has set national precedent in areas of employment, excessive use of force and contract law and has been appointed as a prosecutor in multiple towns in New Jersey. Andrew was invited to attend the American Board of Trial Advocacy's Trial academy in Reno, Nevada where his trial team was the first in the academy's 10 year history to return a plaintiff's verdict. His cases have garnered local, regional and national attention from all media outlets including NJ Law Journal, Legal Intelligencer, Employee Advocate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News, Courier Post, Bloombergs, ABC News, NJ 101.5, Fox News and Comcast. Andrew specializes in litigating matters for high profile, high net worth individuals and professional athletes and his law firm Smithbridge, LLP operates offices in Philadelphia and southern N.J.

Andrew provides legal advice to various charitable organizations and actively participates in fund raising for cancer research and children with disabilities.

Andrew resides outside Philadelphia with his wife Tanya and 4 children, Jake, Kaleb, Tristan and Ravella.

Donna Tavoso

Tavoso is a Branding & Marketing Consultant with more than 15 years in the industry at high-profile companies & brands including Condé Nast, Country America and Playboy Enterprises.  She focuses on developing creative brand strategies that will maximize a company’s revenue potential by combining traditional marketing methods with new media technologies, including social media and emerging digital platforms. 

Currently Tavoso operates her own consulting business working with clients such as The Wall Street Journal, Links & Laces Golf Tour, Outward Bound, Ladies Home Journal, The Country Music Association, The Happiness Series, ReadyMade/Ikea and The Black Eyed Peas on marketing, branding and event strategies.

Prior to going out on her own, Tavoso was DVP, Creative Services and Special Projects at Playboy where she was responsible for marketing and promotional efforts for Playboy magazine, Playboy.com and Playboy TV, as well as the Company’s cross-divisional marketing activities.  She also managed large scale events including Playboy’s Super Bowl party, Kentucky Derby event and Playboy’s star-studded 50th Anniversary black-tie gala. 

Tavoso joined Playboy in 2000 as the creative services director. Before Playboy, she worked at Country America magazine as the publication’s marketing director and the former McCall’s magazine as its promotions director. She began her career at House & Garden magazine.

Tavoso received her bachelor’s degree in marketing management and fashion merchandising from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is based in New York City.