About our Team

Sam Rutigliano

Sam Rutigliano

Dr. Gregory Collins

Dr. Gregory Collins

Coach Sam Rutigliano, a lifelong educator and former coach of the Cleveland Browns, possesses an enduring passion for helping individuals overcome obstacles.

Coach Sam teamed up with Dr. Gregory Collins, Staff Psychiatrist, Behavioral Health Department, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, NC., formerly with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, to form the Inner Circle Foundation. Initially created to assist his NFL players maintain healthy drug-free lifestyles. The Brown’s Inner Circle serves as a template for all NFL teams today.

Today, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation has expanded to give elementary students the opportunity for greater lifetime success through our program Aiming Higher. The goal of this multi-faceted program is to aid in the development of a well-rounded child by developing the necessary skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Board of Trustees

Board Officers
Chairman: Sam Rutigliano
Board President: Bruce Jones, Esq.
Vice President, Business Development: Kerry Rutigliano
Vice President, Governance & Administration: Brian Akers
Vice President, Academic Affairs: Myra Stone                                                                                                                                      Vice President, Compliance: Aaron Bulloff, Esq.
Treasurer: Gregory Dostal, Esq.
Secretary: Kai Jones
Executive Director: Ori Akrish
President Emeritus: Dr. Gregory Collins

Board Members:
Brian Akers, The Honorable Dick Ambrose, Dr. Linda Bradley, Barry Doyle, Esq. Edward Eckart, Scott Friedman, Steve Friedman, Helene Gelb, Anna Greenfield, Shawn Kennedy, Heather Fechko, Sam Tidmore, Shannon Weiland,

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