Cade Pinalto - Founder, President
Cade is the founder of Sidelined Chicago. He was sidelined at the age of 12 and became inspired to start Sidelined Chicago at age 15. 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 grow as a business owner through his classes and mentorship through Entrenuity. 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 Chicago, 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 in the public school system until she became a mother and worked from home on various part-time jobs as she raised her young children. Her volunteer work includes Youth Mentor and Children’s Ministry Director at her church. In 2009, she followed her dream beginning a photography career and launching her own business, Christine Kay Photography, where she worked for the past 8 years. Christine recently shifted to full-time volunteer work with Sidelined Chicago and now devotes herself fully to promoting, funding, and managing the organization.
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.
Tunde Oshinowo is an entrepreneur, engineer, public speaker, and mentor based in Chicago, IL. In high school, he excelled in football and track & field, garnering offers from more than 20 Division I schools. He attended Stanford University where he was named one of the best defensive lineman in the Pac-12 while completing one of the most challenging academic programs at the school. Drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Tunde also played with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.
Tunde firmly believes in the transformational power of mentorship and sports in the lives of young people. He has served with GRIP Outreach For Youth planning and directing sport related activities for hundreds of youth and adult volunteers weekly since 2008 and has also spent the past 7 years working at NCSA (Next College Student Athlete) as the Lead Digital Product Designer building the tools hundreds of thousands of student-athletes have used to educate themselves and pursue their dreams of playing sports in college. Tunde holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and is currently an MBA Candidate at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
Jenny Vincent has been a Chicago Public School teacher for the last 14 years. Jenny became involved with Sidelined after a series of conversations with Cade Pinalto, a former student, and knowing how deeply affected he was when he was sidelined. Watching Cade find a way to serve his fellow human and seeing his vision and dream come to fruition has been an incredible gift.
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University, both in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to working with Sidelined, Jenny is involved with the AthLife Foundation. Jenny has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Frieda Reilly Excellence in Teaching Award, Women Who Jam Excellent Teacher, DePaul University's Alumni of the Year, and an honorable mention winner of Alpha Sigma Alpha's Advisor of the Year. Finally, she is a three-time nominee for the Golden Apple Teaching Award, nominated by former students & peers.