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Our Board Members

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Anthony Robles

Founder/ President

When Anthony Robles was born without a right leg, there was little hope that he would go on to live a normal life, much less one focused on pursuing success in a sport as demanding as wrestling when such a disadvantage would prove a challenge that is almost insurmountable. However, Robles proved to be unstoppable and went on to become the 2011 NCAA Division I Champion, a three-time All-American and NWCA Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament. Motivated and charismatic, Robles credits his ability to succeed in the face of overwhelming challenges to a belief instilled in him by his mother, that he could do anything and could overcome any obstacle that came his way. His remarkable story is in his book, "Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated" and has made him a sought-after inspirational speaker. 

A symbol of perseverance, Robles is a Nike athlete and motivational speaker sharing with audiences his philosophy that courage and the tenacity to never give up on your dream can make you unstoppable. Anthony has broken several Guinness World Records, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, is a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and is currently an NCAA wrestling analyst expert for Pac-12 and ESPN. Robles is also a proud recipient of the ESPY's Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

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Dr. Judith R. Robles 

Chief Executive Officer

Vice President

 

For over thirteen years, Dr. Judith Robles has supported underserved first-generation students and their families within Arizona and has provided students with direction, guidance, and mentorship on their pathway to higher education. Judith has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in English Literature at Arizona State University, a Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Robles is a mom of five children and is Nana to nine grandsons.

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Shawn Charles 

Chief Operating Officer

Coach Charles is currently the head coach of the Power Inferno Wrestling Academy in Arizona. He has an extensive coaching resume on the college level, as well as experience with USA Wrestling international teams.

Charles coached at the 2018 U23 World Championships in Romania. He has coached Pan American Championships teams at the Cadet, Junior, and Senior levels. He has been on the coaching staff at three Olympic Games and coached several U.S. international tour teams. During his career at the Div. I level, eight of his teams have placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. During his college coaching tenure, he coached 42 Div. I All-Americans and 5 Div. I NCAA Champs.
 

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Dr. Jennifer Murphy

Executive Secretary

Dr. Jennifer Murphy currently serves as the Arizona State University GEAR UP Project Director and as a faculty member within the University College. Jennifer has served as a conference presenter at both a local and national level including the 2019 Annual NCCEP Conference, 2018 National NACAC Conference, the 2018 National NPEA Conference, the 2018 Arizona ACT Conference, the 2017 National NCAN Conference, the 2017 ACT Conference, and the 2016 Arizona School Counselor's Association Conference. Jennifer has also been asked to serve as a keynote speaker for the Vermont VSAC/GEAR UP Conference in May 2018 based on her 2017 National NCAN Conference presentation.

Dr. Murphy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Counseling.

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Ashley Gates

Treasurer

Ashley is a young professional and an Arizona native. She attended Mesa High School as well as Arizona State University. She has had the pleasure of seeing our founder carry out the unstoppable mindset first hand since junior high and throughout his career. She took the role of wrestling manager for the duration of her years at Mesa High.  Within her professional career, she has excelled in multiple fields including property management, media, and of course, sports. She is recognized by colleagues as dedicated, trustworthy, hardworking, professional, and going above and beyond.

Ashley currently lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Jasmine.

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Board Member

Eric Middleton

Eric Middleton

Board Member

 

Eric Middleton has served in public education since 2005 helping students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to reach their goals. He began his coaching career over 20 years ago and continues to serve in different coaching capacities.  Eric has earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and  Master's degree in School Counseling and has a passion for supporting young people in their development.

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