Our Board of Directors is like our North Star. Their collective genius on business,
humanitarian work, and life keep us heading in the right direction.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Dr. Lumina Albert is an Associate Professor of Management and a Daniels Ethics Fellow in the College of Business at Colorado State University. Her research seeks to extend knowledge of social justice, ethical behavior, and interpersonal relationships in the business world. She has an MBA (with a dual specialization in Marketing and Human Resource Management) and a PhD in Business Management. In 2007, she received the AAUW International Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her research at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University and at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. In 2012, she was honored with the ‘Best Teacher of CSU Award’, which is given to outstanding educators at CSU by the CSU Alumni Association and Student Alumni Connection. Her research has been published in scholarly journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management Review, and Group & Organizations Management. She has served as a consultant with organizations such as Procter & Gamble, International Justice Mission and Child Relief & You (CRY) on issues ranging from strategic public relations to organizing social marketing campaigns.
Lieutenant General Mick Kicklighter served in the military for over 35 years. Following his retirement as a Commander of the United States Army Western Command in 1991, he became the Inspector General of the Department of Defense. He also served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for International Affairs, and in 2001, was honored with a nomination by the President to become the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs. During his time as a public servant, Mick also served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity International and held the Chairman position for three years. He currently serves as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, a research organization through the George Mason University School of Law.
St. Louis, Missouri
Founder of Michael Messner Consulting, Inc. and The Mobius Group, LLC, Michael Messner provides leadership coaching as well as strategic organizational and team development. Mike focuses his efforts with visionary leaders by teaching through experiential learning and innovative tools that deliver tangible results both personally and professionally. Mike earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the renowned Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on global leadership and strategy development. With over three decades of experience in organizational leadership, Mike’s passion is serving others through self-enlightenment, empowerment, and development.
Mike is licensed by The Paterson Center to conduct the strategic operations planning system referred to as StratOpTM and Executive Life Planning call LifePlanTM. Today, Mike lives with his wife Sandi in Springfield, Missouri and operates a consultancy company that specializes in domestic and international nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities. Together, they enjoy spending time serving their community and being grandparents to their three grandkids.
Betsy Miller lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Don and their dog, Lucy. She builds web platforms for creatives and small businesses, and consults for StoryBrand, a startup that helps brands revolutionize their marketing, connect with customers, and grow their companies. Previously, Betsy worked in business development at New Target, Inc., a web design and development firm in Washington, D.C. and as a fundraising consultant for nonprofits and associations. Her contributions have been for clients such as the Washington National Cathedral, the Cleveland Clinic, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Martha Patterson began her legal career specializing in estate planning and administration, but has recently focused on issues dealing with the startup, maintenance, and sale of technology companies. She is co-author of Law For Business (18th ed.). Martha lives with her husband and son in Dallas, Texas.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Nancy Richardson is President of the OtterCares Foundation, the charitable arm of the protective case manufacturer, OtterBox based in Fort Collins, Colorado. As President, she developed the foundation’s vision of educating and empowering youth toward positive growth. Nancy led OtterCares in keeping alive the Pack2School program, which provides school supplies to needy children in the Poudre School District, when the program’s funding was cut in 2011. In 2012, she and the OtterCares Foundation were honored with the Lamplighter Award from TEAM Fort Collins, recognizing the organization’s positive impact on the lives of local youth. Nancy is a graduate of Colorado State University’s interior design program.
Jeremy Vallerand serves as the President and CEO of Rescue:Freedom International. In 2012, Jeremy founded Rescue:Freedom and opened their headquarters in Kirkland, Washington. Since then, Rescue:Freedom and its global network of Local Partners has impacted the lives of more than 49,000 women and children across the world. Jeremy has been featured in Forbes as a leading social entrepreneur and has a diverse background working with corporations, government leaders, and global NGOs. He also worked in Washington, D.C. to coordinate the National Prayer Breakfast, serving as a liaison to the United States Congress, the White House, and foreign dignitaries.
Jeremy was a featured TEDx speaker delivering a TEDx talk titled, “Using your Passions to Fight Injustice.” Jeremy has a graduate degree in Diplomacy from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in Business from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. In 2016, he received Trinity Western University’s Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his global humanitarian work. Jeremy lives in Kirkland, Washington with his wife, Maren and their three children.