Reginald Wynns


Sole Proprietor of the Rising Stars Recruiting program. After graduating from Pontiac Northern High School, Reg earned a BA in Business Management from Northwood University.

Reg attends New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Southfield, MI.  Reg has been working in the metro Detroit area since 2008 promoting college advancement and encouraging young athletes to participate in various football competitions.

Through the years, the Rising Stars Recruiting program has helped over one thousand student athletes earn football scholarships.  In addition, we have educated and assisted parents with the recruiting and financial aid process, provided tutoring and ACT/SAT prep, and mapped out student athletes’ core classes in order to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

Reg understands the reality that sports are a pathway to success in life.  He works to develop the discipline, accountability, and academic success necessary for athletes to excel beyond the playing field.

“Through my Son’s foundation,” says Reg,  “I hope to expand our support of student athletes from jersey to ties.”


Danielle Wynns

Vice President

Married to Reginald Wynns, Administrator of the Rising Stars Recruiting program.  Out of this union were born Eric Brandon and Dominque Nichole.

After graduating from Cass Technical High School, Danielle earned a BA in Marketing Management from Northwood University.  Danielle works as an IT Project Manager for Ford Motor Company.

Danielle attends New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Southfield, MI, where she serves as a choir member and Secretary for the Music Ministry.

After the passing of their Son Eric on August 10, 2015, Reggie and Danielle made a heartfelt decision to turn their loss into a blessing for the next student athlete.

“As co-founder of the Eric Wynns Living the Legacy Foundation,” says Danielle, “I hope to inspire breakthroughs in the lives of talented student athletes while helping them to further achieve their goals and dreams in education and sports.”

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required”
Luke 12:48


Nate Neal


Treasurer of the Eric Wynns Living the Legacy Foundation and Godfather of Eric Wynns. Nate has known the Wynns family for over 30 years and was honored when offered the opportunity to serve as Treasurer.

He has worked in the Telecommunication Industry for over 25 years. Nate possesses the creative and analytical traits necessary to effectively serve the Foundation. “Education is invaluable asserts Nate. “Everyone should have access to high quality post-secondary education.”

When not enjoying his other diversions – music production, carpentry, travel, and volunteering – Nate also fulfills his Director duties for his wife’s foundation – Empowered Voices.

Nate has been married to his wife Judy for over 20 years.


Judy A. Neal


Secretary of the Eric Wynns Living the Legacy Foundation and Godmother of Eric Wynns.  Judy is passionate about educating and motivating others to see the value of their voice.  As a social justice advocate, she believes it is her responsibility to motivate those being impacted.

She is the founder and Executive Director of Empowered Voices, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing participation of underrepresented groups, including unmarried women, people of color, and people under 30, in the democratic process.  She is both a board member and volunteer for several local and national organizations focused on civic engagement.

Judy boasts over 17 years of service with Ford Motor Company, where she’s held various positions that require interaction and collaboration with teams domestically and globally to ensure deliverables are met.

She holds a Master of Social Justice Degree from Marygrove College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Detroit Mercy, Associate’s Degrees in Banking and Finance from Northwood University, and is a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit

Judy has been married for over 20 years to Nate Neal, Eric’s Godfather and a foundation Board member.


Dominque Wynns


Dominque is in charge of Foundation Promotions and Communications and is Eric’s sister.  She plans to graduate from Western Michigan University with a BA in Fashion Product Design in 2019.  She is an active member of Western’s RSO YBBW “You Beautiful Black Woman”, an organization that supports, uplifts, and empowers the minds of women of color. In addition, Dominque is an active member of MODA, WMU’s Merchandising Opportunities and Design Association.

After graduating, Dominque plans to pursue a career in Fashion Product Development.  She attends New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Southfield, MI, where she served as a Steward for Children’s Church, Liturgical Dance Ministry, and the Christian Debutante program.  Dominque volunteered many hours in preparing canned goods for the homeless and performed in dance recitals at nursing homes and homeless shelters.

As Eric’s devoted little sister, Dominque has pledged to “be my Brother’s Keeper by ensuring Eric’s life and legacy are fulfilled through the Foundation.”