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our team 


gillian fealy

founder + president

Gillian started Live Grit SOARS in 2017 with the goal to help Chicago’s youth accomplish their big goals, like a triathlon or going to college, and giving them a community who are here to support them along the way.

board of directors

Gillian Fealy

Founder + President​​

Jacob Graham

Intellectual Property Counsel

The Dow Chemical Company


Barret Mueller

Project Leader

Boston Consulting Group

Jason Patera

Head of School

The Chicago Academy for the Arts​

Sharon Walbert

VP of Global Innovation



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