Brandon McCladdie

Executive Director, Football

Brandon McCladdie serves as the Executive Director of Happy Valley United, where he leads the football division and oversees all aspects of name, image, and likeness (NIL). In this role, he manages a growing team with a primary focus on fundraising and corporate development, empowering student-athletes at Penn State University to maximize their NIL.

McCladdie joins Happy Valley United after most recently serving as the Assistant Director of Athletics/Director of Athletic Development at Davidson College. In this role, he was responsible for leading fundraising efforts for athletics, which, under his leadership, achieved a new fundraising high mark in fiscal year 2022, raising over $23.1 million in support of scholarships, operations, and capital projects. Prior to his time at Davidson, he worked in athletic development at Oregon State University and the University of Virginia. He began his professional career as a post-graduate intern with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). 

McCladdie holds a bachelor's degree and an MBA from The Citadel. During his time at The Citadel, he served as a two-time team captain and leadership council member on the football team.

Pat Flannery

General Manager, Basketball

Pat Flannery serves as the General Manager, Basketball for Happy Valley United. In this role, Pat focuses on revenue generation and creating impactful NIL opportunities for Nittany Lion hoopers.

Pat joins Happy Valley United after a successful career in various roles in college athletics. Most recently, Pat completed a 15-year tenure as Senior Development Officer at Bucknell University, where he partnered with major gift, principal gift and annual fund staffs towards university fundraising goals and alumni relations efforts, including a recent $500M campus-wide campaign. Prior to his time in development, Pat was a 15-year head coach for Bucknell Men’s Basketball, enjoying a 329-221 overall record, winning the Patriot League Coach of the Year four times, and defeating No. 3-seed Kansas in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. He also won a Division III national championship at the helm of Lebanon Valley College in 1994.

Pat holds a bachelor’s degree and a master's in education from Bucknell. He has deep professional and personal ties throughout Pennsylvania

Brad Dillman

Director of Alumni Relations

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Brad Dillman is a Penn State alumnus who comes to Happy Valley United with more than 30 years of successful sales experience in developing new territories and loyal customers. As Happy Valley United’s Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships, Brad combines his intense passion for forging authentic, long-lasting relationships and his love of all things Nittany Lion. He has managed and led corporate healthcare teams in the US, New Zealand and Australia and has proven over and over again that his unwavering commitment to work ethic, personal growth and success has been a winning combination, both personally and professionally. Brad looks forward to leveraging his vast Penn State network and winning sales strategies as he helps build NIL opportunities for Nittany Lion student-athletes through Happy Valley United.

Jen Ferrang

General Manager of Development and Corporate Partnerships

As a former Penn State lacrosse player and Lifetime Member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Jennifer Ferrang brings a wealth of Penn State pride to her role as Happy Valley United’s General Manager of Development and Corporate Partnerships. With more than 30 years in the healthcare sales and general management, Jennifer also brings significant experience as a successful executive leading commercial teams, having held various leadership roles at Cardinal Health, Quest Diagnostics, Aetna and Kaiser Permanente. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Penn State and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic University. She is passionate about helping women advance their careers, serving as Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Initiative Network for the North Chapter at Cardinal Health. Jennifer is a past member of AWE (Advancing Women Executives) and a current member of Women Business Leaders (WBL) in Health Care and active in supporting students enrolled in Penn State’s Health Policy and Administration master’s program.

Sara Jackson

Director of Events & Athlete Engagement

As Director of Events & Athlete Engagement, Sara is responsible for managing athlete deliverables under the terms of their contracts with the collective. She also engages with corporate and community organizations with the collective to provide athletes with opportunities aligned with their interests and aspirations.Sara is a Penn State alum (‘16 PGA Golf Managment; Recreation, Parks, & Tourism) and received her master’s degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (University of Manchester).

Alexis Yoder

Director of Communications

Alexis Yoder graduated from Penn State University with a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism and minors in business and sports studies with a sports journalism certificate. A lifelong Nittany Lion, Alexis worked as a reporter covering Penn State football, men’s and women’s basketball and other sports prior to joining Happy Valley United. She channels her passion for Penn State into her work with student-athletes and helping them maximize their NIL opportunities.

Rich Stankewicz

Director of Operations

Rich Stankewicz is a proud Penn State Letterman who joins Happy Valley United with a distinguished career spanning 20 years in software development and product management. As the company's Director of Operations, Rich leverages his passion for fostering high-performing teams and his love of everything Penn State. He has overseen and guided teams across the United States, Canada, India, and Vietnam, consistently demonstrating his relentless commitment to operational efficiency, product innovation, and professional success. His track record is a testament to his innovative approach to software development and adeptness in managing large-scale projects. Rich eagerly anticipates harnessing his extensive Penn State network and his strategic management techniques to contribute to the cultivation of NIL opportunities for Nittany Lion student-athletes through Happy Valley United.

Wendy Hoover

Director of External Relations

For more than two decades, Wendy Hoover has been a well-regarded counselor to a Pennsylvania governor, high-ranking state lawmakers, and leaders of business and industry. A passionate supporter of Penn State football, she’s now putting her vast experience to work for Happy Valley United.

Wendy has represented Fortune 500 companies, health care providers, nonprofits, colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and statewide organizations. While working in the Pennsylvania Senate, she helped build critically needed grassroots support to secure new stadiums for professional sports franchises in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as Penn State’s baseball stadium, considered one of the finest in college baseball.

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