Mr. Will Glennon
Will is seen as the original pioneer of the Kindness Movement in the USA, being the founder of Random Acts of Kindness Foundation which was established in 1996. A lawyer by trade and successful book publisher, Will found himself becoming a voice for Kindness, representing the USA at the international table following a series of serendipitous events. In 2012 he served as a member of the International Council, having been one of the founding members of the World Kindnesss Movement in 1997. Since stepping down from his involvement with the global movement, he had been observing the energy and growth of the kindness community within the United States for some years with increasing optimism. It became very clear to him that the moment had arrived for the US kindness community to take the next step of evolution to organize in a way that will facilitate collaboration, innovation and the inclusion of all sectors. It is in that spirit that Will has re-entered the space to encourage a nation to join with World Kindness USA on a national platform of collaboration based on a foundation of kindness. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Michael Lloyd-White
Michael is an agent for positive change with an extensive background in strategic planning, having consulted on staffing strategies for the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Since 2011 Michael has been the Chair of the peak national body, World Kindness Australia and in 2012 at the London 7th General Assembly, became the first elected Secretary General to the prestigious peak international body, The World Kindness Movement, representing 27 nations. In this capacity , Michael secured former non-member nations’ participation in the global campaign for a kinder world delivering the Australian Prime Minister’s Message at the launch of World Kindness China in Hong Kong in 2013. Following chairing the 8th International Council Meeting in Paris, he met with the Minister of the Prime Minister of Thailand to discuss hosting the 1st World Leaders Kindness Summit in Bangkok. In 2017 he delivered the current Australian Prime Minister’s Message of Support in Seoul, & chaired the 9th General Assembly for the World Kindness Movement’s 20th Anniversary, where he successfully presented Australia’s City of Gold Coast bid to receive an international endorsement as a “World Kindness City.” Michael was presented with the President’s International Achievement Award to recognise his accomplishments on behalf of the movement during his 5 year term. He was later honored in Australia as “Most Inspiring Man of the Year 2018” for men’s mental health (Previous recipients include the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Australian Minsiter for Foriegn Affairs & Trade).
Since stepping down as Secretary General in Sept 2017, Michael has accepted the challenge to be the on the Board for World Kindness USA and CEO. He continues to deliver passionate keynote addresses to engage, inspire and influence leaders and people of influence, on how a kinder world can be realised in our lifetime. Email email@example.com
Treasurer World Kindness USA Board Business (Long Beach CA )
Mr Rodric David
Rodric, an entrepreneur with years of international private equity experience, is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Thunder Studios and Thunder Gaming. The first Corporate Founding Members of World Kindness USA., Thunder brings a tremendous value-add to the global campaign through its resources and networks positioning WKUSA to gain tremendous reach rarely afforded to Non Profits. Thunder is a fully integrated emerging digital media company operating in Los Angeles, California that is passionately pursuing opportunities at the intersection of the three categories in which millennial consumers spend 70% of their time on mobile devices; Gaming, Social Media and Entertainment. Thunder Studios, founded in 2013, provides studio and production services to the traditional entertainment industry (feature films, commercials, print advertising, and music videos to name a few), as well as producing original content from its 150,000 square foot production facility on six acres in Long Beach. Thunder Gaming, launched in January 2018, hosts, produces, and broadcasts live esports tournaments and gaming programing from the Thunder Esports Center, a 16,000 square foot permanent live broadcast arena and broadcast stage and is the location for World Kindness USA head office. Rodric attended the University of Southern California, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and is a sought-after guest speaker on the trends in digital and traditional media and has spoken at numerous conferences throughout the USA E firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lorraine Dickey MD MBA
Lorraine is a physician with 30 years in health care as a board certified physician in Neonatology and Palliative Medicine. She is also a patient for17 years in the US healthcare system after catastrophic ski accident in 2001 including head injury and living with breast cancer since 2013. Her passion is improving the experience of receiving and providing health care for patients, family members and staff. Lorraine has made it he mission and founded The Narrative Initiative, LLC, to provide opportunities for professionals and the public to share short personal stories in a safe, facilitated narrative fashion demonstrated by research to immediately improve critical listening and communication skills, enhance resilience, improve team cohesion, and validate difficult experiences. Committed to research that advances the fields of narrative work and narrative medicine. In April 2018 The Narrative Initiative, LLC became a Founding member of World Kindness USA and Lorraine was invited to sit on the WKUSA National Advisory Board. The Narrative Kindness Project: gives handmade Japanese origami cranes to recognize authentic kind acts –performed through words, actions, or kind acts of omission — to promote KINDFULNESS, the intentional and mindful expression of kindness. email@example.com
Dr Stephen G. Post, Ph.D
Stephen is the best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House). He has been quoted in more than 4000 national and international newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Parade Magazine, “O” Magazine, The US News & World Report, and Psychology Today. He has been interviewed on numerous television shows including Nightline, The Daily Show, and John Stossel. Dr Post has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2008-), where he is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics (designated as a special strength of the Stony Brook School of Medicine by the LCME visiting committee 2011). He is an elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London. Post served as a Becket Research Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. His research had been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Human Genome Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as by numerous private foundations. Dr Post addressed the U.S. Congress on volunteerism and public health, and received the Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement. He was selected as the Public Member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Composite Committee (2000-2005), and reappointed for “greatly appreciated contributions.” In 2012, Dr Post received the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in HealthCare from the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. He received the Kama Book Award in Medical Humanities from World Literacy Canada in 2008, and the “top notch” public speaking award from the Ohio Endowment for the Humanities. We welcome Stephen to the team and look forward to collaborating on the strategic plan to create a kinder world. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Nancy Klueter – Variety Chair of the North American Regional Council.
Variety International became WUSA’s first founding Member in 2018 resolving the motion unanimously at their global summit in South Australia where they underwent signing the Declaration of Support. With a network of 22 offices throughout the nation celebrating 90 years of operation, Variety is providing a unique opportunity to catapult the campaign across the nation with boots on the ground. Nancy joined The Walt Disney Company as a marketing coordinator, rising to Vice President, Exhibitor Relations in 6 years and working there for more than 24 years. In this capacity she developed new strategic marketing campaigns with key stakeholders to drive box-office success – from trailer programming to build-your-own grass roots marketing resulting in 90% participation in many of the programs. Joined 2656 Marketing – a boutique marketing firm – after leaving Disney becoming partner in 18 months. While beginning her career at Disney she was asked to join the board of Variety – the Children’s Charity of So. California to help rebuild the organization. Nancy became an Ambassador for Variety International in 2004, board member of Variety International in 2007 where she continues to serve as Chairman of the North American Regional Council. Nancy also serves as Director for the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneer Foundation. Nancy has been appointed to the WKUSA National Advisory Board to ensure Variety maximises its value add to the global campaign for a kinder world. email@example.com
Ms Veronic Mollica – The Kindness Solution.
Veronica heads up Strategic Partnerships at Cyber Security Network, CyberSN Staffing Partner Program, creating alliances with cyber security boutique search firms across the US. Veronica is a Founding Member of World Kindness, USA, which we officially launched in July 2018! This was a natural evolution from a grassroots Kindness Movement she started in 2012, The Kindness Solution, whose mission is to promote radical kindness toward ourselves, all living beings, & our earth. Kindness Solutions does this by creating cultures of kindness at home, schools, work, online, & in our communities by promoting proactive kindness, stewardship, and helping people understand their true value and ability to make a difference in the life of another person. We are thrilled to have Veronica on the team asas she brings her extensive business network and strategic mind to the table to bring about a shift in our nations attitutude to seek the kinder option in all our business dealings. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Christian Bishop- CEO Thunder Gaming.
A graduate of California State University-Northridge and passionate lifelong gamer, Christian is committed to building the E-sport community at Thunder Gaming which sits with the Thunder Group which became WKUSA’s first Corporate Founding Member. Christian also starred on the Bachelorette and as a frequent presenter on TV he is no stranger to the spotlight. He believes, “Gamers as a group, are natural introverts and traditional pop culture outsiders, but stepping into that star-gamer spotlight can be a heady experience, and it’s easy to become arrogant and forget your roots when you’re finally sitting at the cool kids’ table.” Christian is considered an authority on this growing industry which is about to surpass all sports events in volume around the globe both from a participants and spectators perspective. He recognises with growth comes the burden of managing a culture and many of his industry’s business leaders in charge of prominent platforms, events and corporate sponsors seem ready to pursue “gated-community”. Inclusivity is a favourite subject of his but a challenge for the industry which sees a growing culture of trolls, bullying and sexual discrimination online. Thunder and Christian are on the front foot of addressing this and we will learn how as the community at Thunder events is thriving and inclusive. Christian was quoted “It’s in no one’s best interest to allow e-sports to evolve into an industry myopically focused on superstar players with little opportunity for talented, but unknown gamers, or our industry leaders to focus on short-term profits and at the expense of a culture and a community. These trends and practices will not be healthy for our industry.” Christian provides the perfect conduit for his generation to the message World Kindness USA hopes to reach. email@example.com
Ms Shadi Pourkashef
Mrs. Shirley Zink
Shirley has received several honors including: “Volunteer of the year in Orange County in 2003” ”Woman of Significance” with Soroptimists in 2009, “Molina Healthcare Award” in 2010, Bank of America “Local Hero Award” in 2010, “National Anti-Bullying Award”, presented by the National School Safety Council in 2014 and the “Citizen of the Year” presented by the Corona Chamber of Commerce in 2017. She also sits on the board of her church. She taught junior high school students before starting her family. Shirley and her husband started a business in 1989, West Coast Fund Raising. In 1988 their son Steven, tragically, took his life on his 19th birthday as a result of bullying which led to depression. This led Shirley on a quest to make sure that the bullying Steve had experienced would not happen to other families. She became a New Hope crisis counselor, taught suicide prevention dn intervention for 14 year and was a member of the American Society for Suicidology. She founded Simple Acts of Care & Kindness, Inc., a non-profit with a mission to make our world a kinder place which became a founding member of World Kindness USA in 2018. Shirley directed a “Care & Kindness” conference for her church which led her to the belief that “care and kindness” needs to begin with children. It was great leading, inspiring and educating adults on how to care for others, but she believed that there needed to be a venue that spoke directly to children.
In 2004 the first World Kindness Youth Conference was held. It was small but it was a good beginning. Each year it has grown and now there are over 4000 4th graders attending each year.
Ms Grace Foxwell Murdock
Grace Foxwell Murdock is a native of the eastern shore of Maryland in the USA. As a 38 year educator, Grace’s love of teaching and community beckoned her to stay involved with both after retiring in 2011. The tragedy at Sandy Hook, CT, where children and educators were lost in a school shooting, led her to create Kindness Bracelet, the original. The bracelet helps people remember to give kindness, receive kindness and acknowledge kindness. Beads are moved along the cord to count 12 kind acts a day. With Grace’s sales she has donated Buddy Benches to area elementary schools in Somerset and Wicomico counties. Books about kindness accompany every bench as teachers’ resources to help students learn how to be kind. Grace has raised funds to bring kindness speakers to schools and also organized the worldwide Life Vest Inside’s Dance for Kindness for 2016, 2017, and will again in 2018. Through her work with the Wicomico County Public Schools under her “Wicomico Grows Kindness” initiative, is a Founding Member and in 2018 was appointed by the city as the Secretary of Kindness the same year. she was awarded the Friend of Education award. Grace now has her heart set on her city, Salisbury, MD, becoming a World Kindness USA City. She wants citizens and visitors to experience her tagline, “May kindness find you every day” in her city of Salisbury.. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Jennifer A. Smith M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Joy, Love and Laughter are the words that come to mind when you meet this dynamic young woman. Jennifer is known as someone who, when she sets her mind to do something, there is no stopping this force of nature. Her approach to life comes with her unique sense of good humour which lights up any room she enters. Jennifer is a successful business owner and mother of two with a passion for helping others. Founder of Behavioral Consulting Services, Inc., a therapy practice (est 2008), providing in-home therapy to children with autism spectrum disorders. In 2017, she founded The Kindness Republic, a company that sells ethically-sourced items promoting kindness, which donates profits to empathy education in the USA. Inspired by her daughter Claire who advocated for a kindness club in her elementary school Jennifer joined WKUSA to encourage adults in her community to heal current cultural divisions with kindness. While primarily helping those with special needs, she is excited to marry the science of behavior analysis to the application of kindness in communities. Knowing this we connected her with another one of our Founding Members, Kindness.org to be a “Citizen Scientist” collaborating on the first school study of staff kindness perceptions in schools. Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Special Education/Severe Disabilities (2010) at Johns Hopkins University. Jenn received a B.S. in Psychology from George Mason University (2004) and obtained a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University (2009). Jennifer has been practicing in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2001 and is a licensed behavior analyst in Virginia. Begnning her career as an ABA therapist she became a board certified associate behavior analyst (BCaBA) in 2007. Jennifer received her certification as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2011. Whether practicing in her field, or seeking to inspire others, she believes kindness is essential to human happiness and survival. Favorite Quote “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama. Its an absolute pleasure to have Jennifer and her businesses on board as Founding Members to World Kindness USA, which are already providing a tremendous value add to the national campaign and to the Kindness Brains Trust. email email@example.com
Ms ShaRon Rea
ShaRon Rea is a champion for outstanding family relationships, as owner, author and communication specialist with The Whole Family Coaching . Her joy and purpose is to educate and inspire parents, children and adults to live together with love, respect and cooperation. ShaRon is a dynamic facilitator, teaching tools to achieve “family wholeness” by combining evidence-based curriculum with real life effective relationship and communication
skills. The magic happens for everyone when they learn to process information differently, making it possible to find understanding between what someone said, what was heard and what was really meant. Families can now triumph because everyone has the opportunity to be accepted for exactly who they are. ShaRon has a strong business background that encompasses more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of communication, education, childcare, government and public service. A sampling where her leadership talents drove success are: lobbyist representing clients before the New York State Legislature; communications director and event manager with a NY law firm; project manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Arizona and executive board member for a variety of non-profit organizations. She is founder of the global movement No Judgment Just Love whose mission is to inspire humanity to live together with unconditional love…one courageous action at a time. No Judgment Just Love shifts negativity, smooths discourse and brings peace to every soul. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Cher Cruz
Cher has worked in the field of finance for the last 25 years. She has expertise in lending and international equity sales trading and has worked in New York, Hong Kong, Europe, Latin America and currently resides in Lakewood, Colorado. Cher is a connector who loves to learn, share, and inspire to ignite meaningful conversation. She believes we can bring individuals and businesses together to become opportunity makers to foster collaboration that is impactful for the greater good of community. She is a leader in business and the service community. As the Chairperson of the Lakewood Services Organization Coalition and President of South Jeffco Rotary, Cher is passionate about supporting programs that focus on literacy, peace and the environment. Cher founded the Lakewood Bully Awareness Project, and is President of Hog Haven Farm, an animal rescue. She believes kindness bridges all divides and loves to mentor and work with all members of society. Cher has been married for 29 years and has twin boys who are 19. World Kindness USA welcomed her as a Founding Member in April 2018 and Cher hit the ground running providing a tremendous value add with the introduction to the school district and city. email@example.com
Ms Tristaca McRay
Tristaca McCray is the Founder of NERDS RULE INC, a leading humanitarian organization that gives communities, schools, partners in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and become effective leaders. In 2011 her first year the helm of NERDS RULE INC., Tristaca deployed a bold strategic framework to guide and grow her hometown humanitarian organization’s impact for youth, teens and young adults dealing with Bullying, Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention by 2020 through scale and innovation. As a respected and nationally recognized leader in the community and nonprofit sector, her organisation NERDS RULE INC is now a Founding Member of the World Kindness USA. Tristaca is is the recipient of San Diego’s Most Influential Person In The Community Award and in 2016 the White House Award for Nonprofit Global “Change Maker” by The First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama— United State Of Women. We welcome NERDS RULE to the campaign for a kinder world look forward to working with Tristaca as a WKUSA Goodwill Ambassador for the City of San Diego. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Lizette Restrepo
Liz is a former MTV Host, originally from Queens, New York, she lived in Colombia exploring her roots and in Mexico establishing her NFP. Her rich tapestry of life lived experiences inspired her dedication for kindness after experiencing abuse, violence, emotional abandonment and neglect first hand as a child. As a result Lizette wears many hats as a community minded business women, life coach, and founder of two Non Profits, I AM BENEVOLENCE and Help and Happiness Foundation. I AM BENEVOLENCE is a global movement designed to inspire people of all ages, race, color, religion, and gender to come together as one human family by performing guided kindness through random acts of kindness for their neighbors and community. Her Help and Happiness Foundation, provides hospice to severely ill. Personally, she has opened the doors of her home to people in distress due to life’s hardships. As a life coach, Liz’ focuses on those struggling with depression, divorce, career and major life transitions, family counseling, at-risk teens and teen pregnancy. Despite her hectic schedule she finds time to volunteer as a guardian for foster children. Her story is currently being chronicled in her memoirs, set to be published in 2019. We welcome liz to the team and are greatful for her authentic representation as an emissary of kindness email email@example.com
Ms Victoria St.John
Victoria is known as A “ballsy” city girl, Having made her mark with bold concepts and an intrepid desire to find and/or create the next big idea. She raised over $2million in funding, branded 50+ businesses, served on several Chamber Boards and was featured on 20/20. At 40, diagnosed with ADD her career focus shifted, she spent 9 years working to better understand ADD and related disorders, identifying critical social & economic problems in the process. Advocating for Neurodiversity, looking to empower other adults who sit in the state of confusion she once knew only to well, Victoria sees global collaboration as imperative when the world is divided by Politics, Hierarchy, Racism, and Religion. As co founder of Sexy Genius she has built a social platform for the Neurodiverse community and felt it was the perfect timing to become a Founding Corporate Member and add value World Kindness USA’s big picture supporting the global platform to challenge the stigma associated with Spectrum Disorders and promote awareness, acceptance and intrigue around the Neurodivergent mind. Her personal philosophy, “We are leaders, risk takers and big thinkers. We embrace our fears and accept our failures. We do not stand in judgment of others, we accept everyone for exactly who they are, and where they are in their own journey.We are so grateful to have Victoria’s amazing mind join with others in our quest to create a national platform for collaboration based on a foundation of kindness. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Karen Palmer
Karen is President and CEO of Eco-Angel Enterprise; a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing environmental education, compassion, kindness, and mindfulness to schools and in April 2018 became a founding member of World Kindness USA. . She is the Founder of her local Earth Day and creator of “Let’s Save Our Earth” a board game to empower children. She believes in being a #voiceforthevoiceless and helps many other non-profit organizations and animal rescue. Karen is also a professional public and motivational speaker hosting several several popular online shows. She was Event Director for “Global Women’s Summit” and currently Director of Marketing for “Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative. Karen is a successful non-profit business leader, Best-Selling Author, Game Designer, with a strong social media presence, An Angel to many, Karen is also an award-winning singer and songwriter and will be going on tour for “The Spirit of Love” in 2018 teaching self-love, kindness, and cooperation through concerts, workshops, and community events . email email@example.com
Nanci became a Founding member of World Kindness USA in April 2018 and as a writer, speaker, and conscious lifestyle engagement specialist it seemed a natural progression to join the USA’s first national platform for collaboration based on a foundation of kindness. Nanci meets her clients where they are in the present and help guide them along their journey towards remembering that empowered living is our natural state. She is the founder of Go Kindly and has been working in this space for 10years. As a new mom, the mission to create a kinder world for our children to inherit is just as important as when she wrote her first book. Nanci says, “Go Kindly is empowered living through conscious decision-making and practical spirituality. It’s not a “random” act; it’s a conscious Kindness lifestyle.”Whether you want to relate better with coworkers, employees, family members, romantic partners, strangers on the street, customers, or to yourself and to your own body, kindness is the key to improved interactions. Naci’s Go Kindly philosophy is made up of three components. You may choose to engage me for one, two, or all three, depending upon your desired results. 1) Work Kindly 2) Live Kindly 3) Move Kindly. We welcome Nanci’s contribution to the team and have no doubt her wealth of experience in this space will add incredible value. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Lori Myren-Manbeck
Lori is a licensed clinical psychologist, having earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. Her dissertation involved talking with parents about communication in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. After earning her Ph.D., Lori worked with children and adults who had experienced trauma, many of whom were living in conditions of poverty. Noting an increase in prejudice, divisiveness, and exclusion in recent years, Lori decided it was time for her to use her passion and intelligence to fulfill a broader mission. To achieve this goal, she moved into the corporate sector, opening a company that creates beautiful wearable art and donates profits and time to organizations involved in making the world a better and kinder place. Social justice and kindness are Lori’s passions and she feels fortunate to have found a way to combine these passions with her career, first through being a psychologist and more recently by creating a company focused on taking care of the earth and her inhabitants. Lori attributes her compassion and desire to help others to being raised by people who live active and intentional lives of compassion. Since starting Inclusivi-tee, Lori has discovered that she appreciates the challenge of creating a company, as well as the excitement of finding community partners with whom she can share her vision. She is looking forward to directing Inclusivi-tee’s growth as the company finds its place as a leader in the social enterprise movement. email email@example.com
Ms Cherryl Galezewski
Cherryl has learned that joy is there in all our circumstances, we just have to look for it. She shares that as we go through life’s problems, we heal by using our gifts and giving. Having been diagnosed with a life-altering illness, followed by a severe car accident that left her totally disabled, she began painting bright colored bouquets of flowers which lifted the darkness she felt. As she gave them away, she felt actual joy. This profound awareness caused her to create PassAlong Gifts. Reproducing her paintings as over-sized cards that can stand on a flat surface or hang on a wall, they are meant to be enjoyed, and then later re-gifted to someone else recording on the back who, when, and why the gift is being given. An online tracking feature allows everyone to follow along. The mission of PassAlong Gifts is to inspire kindness and unleash the power of giving. Not only is a single gift re-gifted multiple times, but a percentage of each sale is given to charity. Each person can follow along the unique journey of stories and build connection in a powerful way. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking roles models in sports, whether its be Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Baseball,bFootball. Soccer, or our Olympians to ensure that the way we conduct ourselves on the sports field inspires our youth to be the best they can be. We are looking for leaders in ithis space to be emisaries of kindness encouraging the nation to join in the campaign for a kinder world by plaingy a lead role to assist others in their sector become involved and collaborate on developing a culture of kindness within a US Sport’s sector so what happens on tour is something we are proud to share on Facebook. email@example.com
As more Not for Profits join the campaign for a kinder world we are seeking nominations for individuals who would like to take a lead role to assist others in their sector become involved and collaborate on developing a culture of kindness within their local community groups, whether it be a Sports Club, Youth Group, Non Profit, Charities or religous institutions, we welcome your involvement. email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Media is an influential sector on the nation’s cultural mindset and as more journalists join the campaign for a kinder world we are seeking nominations for industry professionals and journalists who would like to play a lead role to assist others in their sector become involved and collaborate on developing a culture of kindness within an industry which too often can become compromised by the headlines. email