We established Commonwealth NIL in 2022 to provide Name, Image, and Likeness strategies to athletics programs across the Commonwealth of Virginia. CNIL specializes in diverse, inclusive, and innovative solutions that will reach an entire fan base. We are partnered with Gentry Locke Law Firm to ensure legal compliance with all NIL athlete agreements and investments.  As an organized collective, CNIL can be certain the proper steps are taken to maximize the value for the student-athletes. Our goal is to turn our athletes into stars and stars into our athletes while growing and maintaining the success of the athletic programs we serve.


Nick Rush


Nick was born and raised in Christiansburg, Virginia. Nick’s commitment to service began as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the elite 82nd Airborne Division. After his service in the military, he transitioned to serving the community in which he served on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisor, having been elected at the age of 23 as the youngest elected official. After 12 years on the Board, he was elected to represent the New River Valley in the Virginia House of Delegates and served as House Majority Whip from 2017-19. Nick has also had a successful career in the insurance industry, most recently ranked as one of the top 1% Life Insurance Agents in the country. Within the community, he has been recognized as NRVRC Champion of the Valley, commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and inducted into the 2021 Montgomery County Chamber Hall of Fame. Nick resides in Christiansburg, VA with his Hokie alum wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Lilly (and future HOKIE).

Forrest Rush

Director of Athlete Relations

Forrest was born and raised in Christiansburg, Virginia, where he developed a love for sports at a young age. After graduating from Christiansburg High School, Forrest attended Virginia Tech on a full Army-ROTC Scholarship. While at Virginia Tech, Forrest served on the Skipper Crew, firing the Skipper cannon at home football games, as well as held various leadership positions that he later continued in the United States Army. He also earned a Marketing Degree from the Pamplin College of Business. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Forrest served in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas where he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2017. Upon leaving the Army, Forrest made his way back to Southwest Virginia and created a successful career in medical device sales. Forrest and his wife and fellow Hokie, Marybeth, have been married since 2015. Forrest’s passions include watching Virginia Tech sports, spending time with his family, and hunting.

Judi Lynch, PhD

Event Coordinator & Athlete Scheduler

Dr. Judi M. Lynch joins our team with extensive event design and programming experience that includes a combination of campaign and legislative outreach (at the local, state, and national levels), higher education marketing and the founding of a small business that combines each (LynchPin Connections, LLC).  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Longwood University and a Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Virginia Tech, focusing on higher education, student affairs, and educational leadership.  While Judi is proud to call the mountains of Southwest Virginia “home,” she is always happy to make a little sand and salt-water escape.

Julie Phillips

Financial Manager

Julie Phillips joined Commonwealth NIL, Inc. in 2022, she provides support for the finances of Commonwealth NIL. She has over a decade of experience providing financial support for many types of businesses and agencies.

Julie grew up in southern Maryland and moved to the Commonwealth to attend Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Design. Julie is a resident of Radford, Virginia where she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason along with family and friends.


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