Bob Knotts,         Founder & President

Bob Knotts,         Founder & President

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

Dr. Laura Finley, Vice President

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

Simone Finnis, Vice President

Simone Finnis, Vice President: A licensed marriage and family therapist, owner and clinical director of Simple Therapy Now. At two private practice locations, Ms. Finnis specializes in issues related to stress, depression, anxiety, self-image, relationships, grief and loss, career and personal growth. She also works with adolescents and adults who suffer from substance abuse and other mental health disorders. Ms. Finnis is a Certified Leader in the nationally recognized Active Parenting Program in addition to being a Certified Facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, a leading relationship skill building program for married and pre-marital couples. Formerly, she was Director of Ministry and Family Services at a large non-denominational Christian church in Fort Lauderdale and served as a financial advisor at a Fortune 500 Company. www.simpletherapynow.com

Natalia Finnis-Smart, Vice President

Natalia Finnis-Smart, Vice President: Second student elected to the Humanity Project Board of Directors. A high school senior, Ms. Finnis-Smart serves as teen presenter at many of the Humanity Project I Care Live teen driver safety workshops. She also has interned at the Urban League of Broward County. In addition, Ms. Finnis-Smart volunteers with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. horse rescue ranch and helps feed the homeless at Jubilee Center of South Broward. An enthusiastic dancer, baker and writer of short stories, she is a member of Game Changers Youth Advisory Council. www.dennisproject.org/highlights.html

Matt Corey,           Vice President

Matt Corey,           Vice President

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/  

Piper Spencer,     Vice President

Piper Spencer,     Vice President

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 and Treasurer

Bob LaMendola,         Secretary and Treasurer

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