Board of Directors

 Mike Brown 

Mike Brown is the founder of the Brainzooming Group, which has worked with thousands of business people on strategic planning, branding, marketing and social media opportunities and challenges. He has been at the forefront of leading culture change in Fortune 500 companies, helping to align sales, marketing and communication strategies, and developing simplified tools for innovation.

  Stan Howard 

Stan Howard, Ph.D, is founder and President of the Law, Civics and Literacy Institute for Urban Males in Chicago, Illinois. The Institute’s mission is to decrease the drop-out rate and increase the high school graduation rate of urban males through community empowerment, including connecting communities with the natural world. Stan has been a political science professor and has worked with international students.

 Francisco Jara 

Francisco Jara is founder and CEO of The Mortgage Phoenix Group, a brokerage business with a new paradigm — one of always giving more, and always giving back —  called the  “Perpetual System of Giving.” His company’s goal is to put as many first time home buyers as possible on a sure path to prosperity by teaching them sound financial principles, not simply qualifying them for a mortgage. The Mortgage Phoenix Group is actively involved in building homes for disadvantaged families around the world. For every 4th mortgage they close, a home is built in Latin America and 25 trees are planted to offset the carbon footprint of the transaction. To complete the circle of generosity, these efforts are made in the client’s name.

 Scott Jeffrey 

As a strategic advisor and professional coach for over fifteen years, Scott Jeffrey has worked with a remarkable group of chief executives, thought leaders, and best-selling authors. He is also a managing partner at The Cult Branding Company, a business strategy firm that provides marketing strategies, consumer insights, and market research to major brands. He is the author of numerous books, including Creativity Revealed: Discovering the Source of Inspiration, and Journey to the Impossible: Designing an Extraordinary Life.

 Paul Johnson 

Paul Johnson owns Paul R. Johnson Insurance Agency and has over 20 years of experience as a business owner. He has served on many non-profit boards, including with the Special Olympics and as Nebraska Wesleyan University Alumni president.

  Marjorie Kostelnik 

Marjorie Kostelnik, Ph.D, is the Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She began her career with Head Start, and was on the faculty of Michigan State University for 22 years. She has served as vice president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and is currently a member of the board of directors for the Board on Human Sciences.

 Reginald Robinson  

Reginald Robinson is Senior Management Analyst (Deputy Director) with the Omaha Field Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Presently, he coordinates outreach activities and program delivery to HUD customers and communities throughout the state of Nebraska. He serves as liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations, stakeholders and customers and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of HUD programs and services to various communities and organizations.

 Mandy Smallwood  

Mandy Smallwood has enjoyed a career in public relations with a number of successful businesses, and now works as an international consultant who owns her own company. With a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with a concentration in Consciousness, Health and Healing, she works extensively in the area of personal growth and development.