our team 


gillian fealy

founder + president

Gillian Fealy is an attorney who represents abused and neglected children at the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian. 

Gillian started Live Grit SOARS in 2017 with the goal to help Chicago’s youth accomplish seemingly impossible 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