Development and Education Consultant
Throughout his career in collegiate athletics, Frank has supported development of student-athletes and enhancement of compliance at the conference and national levels.
While at the Conference USA, he directed the day-to-day operations of their athletics compliance program and served as the primary administrator to the campus directors of NCAA athletic compliance. He also supported the C-USA Student-Athlete Affairs and Life Skills administrators and was the primary sport administrator for men's tennis. In addition, Arredondo represented the Conference in the NCAA governance structure with an appointment to the Division I Amateurism Fact Finding, Division I Initial Eligibility International Waiver Committee and the NCAA Eligibility Center Advisory Committee. Arredondo played a key role in C-USA student-athlete development including being selected to represent the Conference as a facilitator for the NCAA Leadership Forum, the Career in Sports Forum, and the National Football League (NFL) and NCAA Athletic Professionals Workshop. Arredondo served as a liaison to the C-USA Student-Athlete Health and Safety subcommittee and was selected as a participant in the NCAA Leadership Institute for 2013-14.
Prior to joining C-USA, Arredondo spent over five years at the NCAA as an Academic and Membership Affairs representative responsible for providing the NCAA membership rules interpretations; serving as a lead in processing legislative relief and progress-toward degree waivers, presenting on various NCAA rule updates and programs; and facilitating the Division I athletics certification program in the areas of gender equity, diversity, student-athlete welfare, fiscal integrity, governance and rules compliance.
Arredondo is a native of Bryan, TX and is a 2003 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in English. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law in 2006. Frank and his wife Kristi have two sons, Ethan and Carter.
Walter Brock brings over ten years of higher education and sports business experience to Forward Progress. He has spent the past three years working at the University of California, Berkeley and currently serves as the Associate Director for Leadership Gifts in Los Angeles. In this role, he helps shape Berkeley's vision of raising philanthropic support for scholarships, endowments and capital projects in Southern California. During his time in Berkeley, Brock also served as a Director of Major Gifts and an account executive for premium seating for Cal Athletics.
Prior to his time at Berkeley, Brock worked in a business development role for the Oakland Raiders, where he created unique game day experience platforms for fans, businesses and non-profit organizations during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. As a member of the Conference USA staff from 2008 to 2012, he served as the Director of Sports Services, where he was responsible for overseeing the regular season management and championship operations for select sports. He also served as liaison to the Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Brock received his break into athletics administration when he received a post-graduate internship at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, IN. He was an Academic and Membership Affairs representative responsible for NCAA rules interpretations and processing legislative relief and progress-toward degree waivers. Brock also assisted with facilitating student-athlete development content for NCAA Leadership Conferences and aided in the management of the NCAA Final Four Hoop City zone.
Brock received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at St. Mary's College of California, and received a Master’s in Human Sport Performance from California State University, Sacramento. Brock was a four-year letter winner football student-athlete at both institutions. He currently serves as a member and mentor within the 100 Black Men, Los Angeles chapter. Brock is a guest lecturer and has facilitated student-athlete development and career transition content at the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sports Management Graduate Program, the University of California, Los Angeles’ Business of Sport Class, and NCAA Leadership Conferences.
Lindsey has spent her career in college athletics advocating for student-athletes through her work in NCAA Compliance and Student Services.
While at Northern Illinois University (NIU), as the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Services she directed the day-to-day operations of the Compliance and Student Services Office while also serving on the Executive Staff for Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition, Hicks monitored all NCAA, Mid American Conference (MAC) and NIU Athletic Department Policies and Procedures. She also spent time as the Sport Supervisor for the Women’s Soccer, Gymnastics and Wrestling teams. She served as the primary liaison to the Admissions Office, Office of Registration & Records, Student Financial Aid Office, NIU Orientation, Housing & Dinning and the NCAA Eligibility Center. Hicks also managed the APR & APP data for all sports. Hicks oversaw the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was an integral part in creating The Victors Student-Athlete Awards Show and redesigning the Student-Athlete Life Skills experience at NIU. During her time at NIU, Hicks also served as the Assistance Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services and as the Compliance Coordinator. In addition, she was also a member of the National Association of Athletic Compliance (NAAC) executive board overseeing the Communications Committee.
Prior to NIU, Hicks worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Compliance Office at the University of Central Florida. Her first full-time position was a Compliance Assistant at the University of Texas where she served as the primary liaison in monitoring daily operations for Personnel, Eligibility, Financial Aid and the Academic Performance Program. She also was the main point of contact for the Admissions Office and NCAA Eligibility Center regarding initial eligibility.
Hicks received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida where she was also a student-athlete on the Women’s Soccer team.
She earned her Master’s in Sport Business Management and MBA from the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. Lindsey and her husband Jeff have two daughters, Kenna & Kyla.