Eric Bleier is a Coordinator with the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation and his duties with Foundation have evolved since 2005 to include presentations and public speaking, website and database management, communication on behalf of the Foundation to mentors and all other contacts, and management of the TEAMmates loyalty program for mentors.
Born in Atlanta, Eric quickly developed roots in Memphis by attending grade school and junior high here. After high school in Plano, Texas, Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Trinity University in San Antonio.
After dabbling in careers in school education and outdoor education, Eric started with the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation as an intern in 2005 and became Coordinator the next year. Eric lives, works and plays in Downtown Memphis and hobbies include backpacking, canoeing, spelunking and other forms of outdoors recreation. He has nearly given up listening to music, preferring talk radio, podcasts and e-books.
Joel Katz has served the Memphis community since December 2010. He joined the Grizzlies Foundation as an AmeriCorps VISTA and later hired as a full-time Program Coordinator to implement, manage, and grow Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring, a team centric and school-based mentoring program that matches 3 volunteer mentors with 9 middle school students. Under Joel’s leadership, the program has doubled in size twice and now operates in 4 Memphis public charter schools serving 160+ students and 50+ volunteer mentors.
A native of Southern California, Joel completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of California Santa Barbara in Geography and Sport Management. He created the official website for the UCSB Recreational Sports Department while serving as Online Marketing Manager and Managing Editor of Rec Sports News. Joel additionally played four years of goalkeeper for UCSB Club Soccer, led the team as President and Captain for a season, and was part of the 2007 National Championship squad.
Joel is currently the Goalkeeper Coach for the Germantown Legends Soccer Club and previously coached the Memphis JCC soccer team who won Gold in Israel at the 2011 Maccabi Games. Also an avid runner, Katz completed 3 full marathons in 2012 and always enjoys running the weekend 5K race.
Tiffani C. Morrow is a North Carolina native who has been a lover of sport all her life. Growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina she not only developed an early interest in competitive athletics, but also experienced firsthand how influential sport can be in our local communities.
As a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Tiffani focused on Exercise and Sport Science, obtaining a Teaching Licensure in Physical Education & Health Sciences. Her increased interest in Sport Business lead her to St. John’s University, where Tiffani earned a Master of Professional Studies in Sport Management.
Tiffani’s studies allowed her opportunities to experience sport business in various places around the U.S. as has held positions at the NASCAR Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, IMG Headquarters in New York City, New York, The New York Jets in New Rutherford, New Jersey, and at the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tiffani has joined our team in Memphis as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance in which she assists in coordinating the Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring Program.
A native of Memphis, TN, Desiree’ received Bachelors and Masters of Art in Sociology from the University of Memphis and enjoys teaching college part-time. Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world” and she believes that her life is a direct reflection of this quote as she have been a volunteer in the community for over 20 years. This passion for the community has led to over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit community. Desiree’ is married to her husband George and has one teenage daughter Jaclyn.
Born and raised in Indiana, Kaila has always been involved in athletics and had a passion for making an impact on her community through sport.
Kaila attended The Ohio State University where she played Varsity Women’s Volleyball, earned her Bachelors of Science in Sport and Leisure Studies and minored in Business. Prior to joining the Memphis Grizzlies, Kaila completed her Masters in Sports Administration at Ohio University where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the College of Business Alumni and Development Office. She has previous sports experience interning in various areas of the industry including sales with the Columbus Blue Jackets and marketing and promotions with the Columbus Crew.
Kaila is in her first year with the Grizzlies Foundation as the Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring Specialist. In this role, she will be responsible for assisting with the development and coordination of the Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring program.