Bob Knotts, Founder and President: Author of 24 books, five plays and many poems, lyrics and nonfiction articles. He founded the Humanity Project in November 2005 to create practical applications that would help people based on ideas expressed in his writings. Mr. Knotts is among fewer than 50,000 Americans whose biographies appear in the prestigious Marquis “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World” reference books. A lifelong musician, he also creates and performs much of the Humanity Project’s original music including the Humanity Project Podcast theme. http://www.rsknotts.com
Dr. Laura Finley, Vice President: With a Ph.D. in sociology, she is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. Dr. Finley is also the author or co-author of 13 books as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her latest book is called, “School Violence.” Dr. Finley is actively involved in local, state and national efforts to promote peace, justice and human rights. In 2008, she started the Center for Living and Teaching Peace, which provides training and education related to the promotion of peace in all its forms. https://www.barry.edu/sociology-criminology/faculty/finley.html
Stephanie Wong, Vice President: As Program Director for TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center, Ms. Wong leads the federally funded program to provide one-on-one academic and career advising to communities that do not have a familial history in higher education. She is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business. For more information visit www.mdc.edu/trio-eoc or connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn.
Matt Corey, Vice President: CEO and President of Insight for the Blind, a long-established nonprofit that records books and magazines for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. He also oversees technical aspects of Insight’s recording, holding both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Applied Music from the University of Miami. Mr. Corey remains very active in the South Florida arts as a composer, sound designer and performing musician and has won the region’s highest theatrical award multiple times for best sound design. A bassoonist with the Boca Raton Symphonia, he teaches bassoon and music production at Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University. http://www.insightfortheblind.org/
Todd DeJesus, Vice President: Capital Projects and Grants Manager for Wilton Manors, Florida since November 2014. He manages many city-funded projects and seeks alternative funding sources for Wilton Manors and its partners. Mr. DeJesus has spent most of his career as an environmental planner and engineer, remaining active in various local environmental efforts. He has a bachelor's degree in geological engineering from Princeton University and a master's degree in geochemistry from the University of Virginia. He is an ACT and SAT prep tutor and an avid tennis and volleyball player. http://www.wiltonmanors.com
Piper Spencer, Vice President: As a veteran teacher at Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School, Ms. Spencer teaches space and earth science, coordinates the Science and Engineering Fair, coaches the Science Olympiad Team and advises the Builders Club (Kiwanis-sponsored, student-led Community Service Club). She is a Team Member of BOLD Justice, an interfaith justice organization working to solve critical community problems. Ms. Spencer is a graduate with distinction of the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven years as a Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Officer. A double bass player for the Broward Symphony Orchestra and New River Orchestra, she also leads and performs with a variety of local ensembles on ukulele, percussion, handchimes and as a vocalist. http://centralcampus.pinescharter.net
Bob LaMendola, Secretary/Treasurer: Community Affairs Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, Florida since October 2013. He helps create and maintain strong contacts with community organizations and the public, as well as conducting writing and speaking projects to educate the community about health issues. Previously Mr. LaMendola was a staff manager for the Broward County HIV Planning Council, a volunteer panel that oversees HIV-related spending and services. Prior to entering the health field, he spent 35 years as a daily journalist, including 25 years on health and local government beats for the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He is a longtime bass guitar player and currently leads his own jazz band called the Jazz Survivors. http://www.jazzsurvivors.com/