Lead. Believe. Create.

Lead, Don’t Follow. Believe In Yourself. Create Opportunities.

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What Drives Us

Fuel the Drive is devoted to helping kids fuel their drive and personal growth through sport and education by providing support and guidance to make the previously impossible possible and to break down traditional barriers to entry for those in financial need.

Our short term goal is to sponsor a local junior golf team, including registration fees, equipment, and other team support. Our long term mission is to expand to other areas, including youth tennis, soccer, basketball, and baseball, and other support such as free clinics.

We strive to encourage advancement, betterment, and self-confidence in kids through sport and education. We pledge to advance the Lead.Believe.Create. philosophy by taking the Lead in fostering an environment where kids can Believe in themselves and Create opportunities now and into the future.

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Board of Directors

Terry A. Aikin, Founder & President of Fuel the Drive
Terry A. Aikin, Founder & President

Terry serves as a Managing Director for Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Company, a private mortgage insurance company, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. He has more than 30 years of risk management experience with the last 20 years focused on mortgage lending. He is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) and maintains that designation with less than 1100 individuals in the US. Terry is married to Michelle, lives in Colorado and has two adult children residing in Michigan. He is passionate about golf, health, and helping others become the best they can be. He and Michelle founded Fuel The Drive to help young people find their voice, their passion, and their confidence through sport as others have helped them throughout their youth.

Michelle L. Alamo, Founder & Vice President of Fuel the Drive
Michelle L. Alamo, Founder & Vice President

Michelle is a lifelong “social” athlete, from her early days of Pee Wee Football Cheerleading, Ponytail Softball, and Youth Recreational Basketball, to her high school years with the swim, basketball, and softball teams. Always looking for new challenges and experiences, her passion for sports and fitness led her to take up tennis, golf, cycling, running, and yoga in recent years, including five Ironman® Triathlons. When she is not exploring new limits on the court or the course, Michelle applies much of what she has gained from sports throughout the years – such as teamwork, confidence, leadership, preparation, relentlessness, and resiliency – in the courtroom as an accomplished litigator. Michelle’s motto, “Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.”

John Benson
John Benson

John is a native Coloradan with deep roots in youth sports. He is a Colorado Tennis Hall of Famer and was named Colorado High School Athlete of the Year for his tennis accomplishments. In college, he was a three-time All American, NCAA Player of the Year, and nationally recognized for his sportsmanship. He played Grand Slam-level tennis while on the ATP Tour and won several doubles titles around the world. John coached nationally ranked men’s and women’s Division I tennis programs and was named Developmental Coach of the Year by the US Olympic Committee for his work with the US National Team. His family’s eponymous summer tennis camps served more than 7,500 junior tennis players over a span of 15 years. After earning an MBA in his early-40s, he changed professional direction and served in senior roles at major Wall Street firms for 15 years before retiring in 2019. In retirement, John seeks ways to continue to help Colorado youth and is an avid golfer, drummer, investor, and aspiring writer.

Erin Addesso
Erin Addesso

Erin Addesso, CEO & Founder of Triple Threat Success Coaching & Marketing, is a speaker, coach, and consultant. She works with the mortgage industry and their real estate partners to develop powerful relationships and brand presence. Erin’s expertise results in more closings, referrals, and profits through automation so her clients have more time to enjoy life!

Yemane Gebre-Michael
Yemane Gebre-Michael

With over 25 years of sales and leadership experience, Yemane and his business partner started a management and consulting firm called OGx consulting in 2014. He has held a number of leadership roles in a variety of leading companies ranging from telecom, private equity, finance and government services. Yemane is currently a partner at OGX Consulting, driving the sales and development and the direction of the company through strategic planning, creating a culture of success, goal achievement and strong customer relationships.

Yemane is also very active and pationate about being involved in the community. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and is very involved in the local chapter in Denver as the co-chair for the GEH Endowment fund, which gives back to the community by providing up to 8 scholarships yearly for underrepresented young men in the community seeking to advance in academics.

Jason Sasena
Jason Sasena

Jason Sasena is the Chief Lending Officer at Denver-based Westerra Credit Union. In this role, he leads mortgage lending, consumer lending, commercial lending, business banking, servicing, the digital experience and innovation. In his career, Sasena has held leadership roles with Lake Michigan Credit Union, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, JP Morgan Chase, GMAC Residential Capital and ditech.com. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Midland, Michigan-based Northwood University supplemented with a Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing from Orlando, Florida-based Full Sail University. Jason is a Residential Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB®) with the Mortgage Bankers Association, serves on the ACUMA Board of Directors and is a member of the Cardwell Group 306/2 Leadership Symposium.

Jason is a contributing author of ‘The Mortgage Professional’s Handbook’, a comprehensive multi-volume resource since the meltdown on every aspect of the mortgage business where 100% of royalties go to benefit charity.

Steve Stratton
Steve Stratton

Steve serves as the CFO of The Redstone Group, one of the leading manufacturer’s sales organizations in the commercial foodservice industry. He has more than 25 years of accounting experience, with more than 7 years of that in the non-profit world. Steve is married to Kelly. Both are native to Colorado, where they are raising two teenage daughters. Steve played baseball in college and then fell in love with the game of golf after he graduated. While working for a Christian high school, he served as the girls golf coach and the assistant to the boys program. He is very passionate about athletics and how they shape and grow young individuals with teamwork, ethics and morals, to name a few.

Fuel The Drive Foundation
7890 Vallagio Lane
Englewood, CO 80112
248-895-5390
info@fuelthedrive.org
*A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization