Founder and Chairman of the Board
Outside Linebacker, San Diego Chargers. Selected 16th overall in 2009 NFL draft, Larry English currently plays the Outside Linebacker position for the San Diego Chargers.
English completed his rookie year with 16 appearances (2 starts). He recorded 36 tackles (26 solo) with one forced fumble and 2 sacks. In the 2010 season Larry English completed 17 tackles and 3 sacks in 8 games played (2 starts).
In high school, Larry was named the varsity football team co-captain and MVP at Marmion Academy, a private all male catholic academy in Aurora, Illinois. As a senior, he totaled 98 tackles and 6 sacks from his inside linebacker position and rushed for 312 yards on 38 carries (8.2 avg) as a fullback.
In 2004, English made his collegiate debut at Northern Illinois University. As a freshman in 2005, English started nine games for the Huskies, leading the defensive line with 78 tackles. In 2006, Larry started all 13 games and tied the school record with 12 sacks. He was a first team All-MAC selection and ranked second in the MAC and tied 10th nationally with .88 sacks per game. He established the school record with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss while adding forced fumble and fumble recovery in nine tackle efforts vs. Temple (10-21). In 2007 and 2008, English was named to the Bronko Nagurski preseason watch list and also became a two-time winner of the Vern Smith Leadership Award, given to the MAC’s top player as voted on by league coaches. English is the first defensive player to win the award twice and one of only two Huskies to be named first team All-MAC three times (2006, 2007, 2008). In 2007, Larry earned the MAC’s Vern Smith Leadership Award (league MVP), becoming the second consecutive Huskie to win this award, and was a consensus first team All-MAC choice. Larry was the first defensive player to win the Vern Smith Award since the first year of the award in 1982. In 2008, MAC News, Media Association and Sporting News named Larry the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was the nation’s career leader in sacks (31.5), sack yardage (220) and tackles for loss yards (283), ranks second in tackles for loss (63). Larry broke the NIU career record for quarterback sacks with two in the Kent State game. He was named MAC Player of the week two times in one year. He closed out his collegiate career as one of the school’s all-time great defensive players with a record 31.5 sacks. He is the highest NFL draft pick in NIU history.
At a very young age and with the continued support of his mother Susan English, Larry made the commitment to achieve in the classroom as well as in sports. Throughout his collegiate career at NIU, Larry embodied the true meaning of a student-athlete. He maintained a 3.0 GPA as a Liberal Arts & Sciences major and was named a Huskie Scholar. Larry was also one of 30 candidates nominated to receive the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which was presented for excellence in Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
Recognizing the importance of academics in his preparation for success, Larry and Susan launched The Larry English L.E.A.D. (Leading Education to Athletes for Their Dreams) Foundation in 2010 with hopes of spreading this message to youth in the Chicago and San Diego communities and his fans all over the world. The organization’s mission is to create opportunities that broaden the mindset of youth athletes by empowering them with advanced programming in education, professional development and mentoring, preparing them for future goals on and off the field.
Larry has been a featured speaker to various youth audiences and he and the L.E.A.D Foundation have supported and sponsored numerous community efforts including the "Community Corner" at San Diego Chargers home games which is a donated ticket section for student athletes, free football clinics for low income youth, the "One Book, One San Diego" Reading Moment, the 2010 Jimmy Johnson Chevrolet Holiday Event for the Homeless, and Larry was elected to serve as organization’s Honorary Chair for the 2011 Fight for Air Climb.
Susan English is a former corporate sales representative, community advocate, and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the areas of sales, education, Entrepreneurial ventures and humanitarian causes.
As a sales representative with over 30 years of experience, Susan worked across many industries for Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. Through her strong relationship building skills, drive, and commitment to success she was able to build top performing territories in each of her corporate roles.
In 2010 after several years of success in the corporate sector, Susan decided to lead the philanthropic efforts of her son’s foundation providing vision support and overall direction of the foundations day to day activities and annual fundraising goals. As the Founder and President of The Larry English L.E.A.D. Foundation, Susan is a tireless advocate and fundraiser for educational and health initiatives. The Larry English L.E.A.D. Foundation is committed to creating opportunities to broaden the mindset of youth athletes by empowering them with advanced programming in education and personal development to help them achieve their dreams.
In only one year Susan has brokered foundation partnerships with San Diego State University, Palomar Pomerado Health, the American Lung Association in California, KPBS Public Broadcasting, the Board of the San Diego Sports Commission, and Jimmy Johnson Chevrolet. Susan has also built a strong board of directors and extensive community support both in San Diego, California where Larry English plays professional football and in Chicagoland area where he grew up.
With a profound interest in supporting youth development and community initiatives along with her tremendous ability to touch people’s lives Susan has put her dedication to work as a volunteer in a number of community organizations. She was instrumental in creating the Palace Street Historic District, an effort to stabilize and preserve a declining middle-class, multi-ethnic neighborhood in Aurora IL. The success of this on-going effort has been due in-part to Susan’s efforts to secure funding from multiple sources including solicitation of over 70% of homeowners in the community.
Susan has served on the Board of Directors for Rosary Catholic High School, the Aurora Historical Commission, and she also provided fundraising direction for Northern Illinois University’s Football Booster endowment. She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, served as a mentor to young women in the National Big Sisters organization, and she has been an active member in her local church.
In addition to Susan’s accomplishments in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, she has raised two great children. Originally from Aurora, Illinois Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Southern Illinois University.
Francisco Carrera, Information Technology Director
Francisco is a 29 year veteran of the Illinois State Police. He retired in 2010 at the rank of Sergeant from the Division of Forensic Services’ Forensic Diagramming and Animation (FDA) section.
Francisco is an expert in a variety of computer 2D and 3D graphic software application including: 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D animation, digital editing and compositing, and DVD authoring.
In his position, Francisco produced 2D and 3D diagrams and animations of crime and traffic crash scenes for use as demonstrative evidence in criminal trials. Francisco implemented the Animation Section for the Illinois State Police and developed the FDA Animation Training Course in which he provided 2D and 3D animation training to the entire FDA section.
Francisco’s work has been featured in various media and publications such as the reality crime program Snapped on the Oxygen Channel, Fox Chicago News, The Chicago Tribune, Aurora Beacon News, and Law Enforcement Technology Magazine.
In 2003, Francisco founded Carrera Animated Evidence, Inc. His company specializes in producing Demonstrative Evidence for civil litigation.
Francisco is married and a graduate of the Illinois State Police Academy.
Veronica Martinelli, Operations Manager
Veronica Martinelli is our Operations Manager and joined the Larry English Foundation in December of 2013. Veronica has extensive experience in operations management and has spent the last seven years as a Program Administrator in higher education. In her current role at California State University San Marcos, she has been responsible for the planning, development and management of nearly ten new specialized degree programs. Additionally, Veronica develops trust and communication among University and Community partners.
Veronica is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at California State University San Marcos. As a sociology student, she is advancing her education and advocacy skills. Through L.E.A.D., Veronica is able to empower young athletes to do the same.
Ismael Vallejo., P.R.O Program Director / Grant Administrator
Terrence Griffin, Director of Corporate Development
Terrence Griffin is our Director of Corporate Development. Griffin is responsible for researching and identifying corporate partners to support The L.E.A.D Foundation. As the Director of Corporate Development, he works to cultivate and maintain personal contacts and relationships with key business and community partners. He also tutors for the foundations PRO Program at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, Ca. Where he is the Varsity Running Backs coach.
Additionally he currently serves as a Business Manager for NFL Player, Larry English. Griffin successfully manages the day-to-day business endeavors of Larry English to ensure the functionality and future success of the Larry English brand.
Griffin is a proud and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Organizational/Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University where he was also scholar student athlete on the Huskies football team from 2004-2009. He comes to us from the financial industry from one of the top Fortune 100 top rated companies New York Life Insurance Company.
Monica Jacinto, Foundation Assistant
Monica English provides administrative support for The Larry English L.E.A.D. Foundation. English is currently enrolled at The California College of San Diego for Respiratory Therapy. Her professional goal is to continue her studies in the medical field and have a career in forensic science. She is currently a Student Ambassador for The California College of San Diego and is a candidate for graduation in 2012.
THE LARRY ENGLISH LEAD FOUNDATION IS A 501(C)3 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION.
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