Israel Idonije, Founder
Israel Idonije is a defensive end for the NY Giants, the founder of the Israel Idonije Foundation, and an entrepreneur. A defensive lineman in the National Football League since 2003, Israel Idonije's talent on the field is augmented by his intellect, business acumen, and passion for service. He leads several successful business ventures including Blessed Communion, the industry leader in pre-filled communion cups, and Athlitacomics, a boutique publishing company creating and developing content and properties in the merged niche market of comics and sports.Awards and Honors
Hunter Biden, Board of Directors
Hunter Biden earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a founding member of the law firm Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP. Mr. Biden was appointed by President Clinton to serve as ED of E- Commerce Policy Coordination under Secretary of Commerce William Daley, and was SVP at MBNA America Bank. He is director on a number of Boards (Friends of World Food Program, USA, Zero- The Project to End Prostate Cancer and Nativity Miguel Network of Schools. Mr. Biden servesas counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a New York based-law firm, and also Co-Chairman of Rosemont Seneca Partners.
Dr. Johnny Griggs, Board of Directors
Dr. Johnny R. Griggs graduated from Oklahoma University, attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed his Pediatric Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care with 27 years experience in his profession. He is the former Chairman of the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics and current Medical Director of the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institue. Dr. Griggs leads the Integris team of doctors that participate in IIF Project Africa.
William Heard, Board of Directors
William Heard is a Marquette University College of Business Administration 2005 Graduate. Prior to Heard Capital LLC, he was a Special Situations Analyst for Stark Investments, a global alternative investment firm. A strong proponent of higher education, Mr. Heard gives motivational speeches to high school and college students about leadership, globalism, and the nature of competition.
Barbara Hoffman M.P.A, Board of Directors
Barbara Hoffman serves as the Vice President for Development at the Ounce of Prevention Fund where she provides leadership and strategic direction to efforts to build partnerships and secure funding that advance the organization's program, training, research, policy and communications priorities. Barbara holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree with distinction in urban studies from the University of Michigan.
Olu Jolaoso, Board of Directors
Olu Jolaoso is currently Director of Corporate Development at Dover Artificial Lift is a proven leader in the oil and gas industry, dedicated to solving the world’s toughest oil and gas production challenges through manufacturing artificial lift and surface production and control equipment. He is a co-founder and Director of CoolSpring Energy Group, which is focused on bringing sustainable energy solutions to people in Africa, thereby helping to put an end to energy insecurity across the African continent. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree from Queens College. In addition, he is also CPA.
Tom O'Toole, Board of Directors
Tom O’Toole graduated from Cleveland State University. Before joining United Airlines, O’Toole was Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer for Global Hyatt Corporation, where he spent nearly 14 years.
Liz Pham, Board of Directors
Liz Pham graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy and Economics. In addition to existing on our Board of Directors, she serves as the Director of Communications at Priority Restoration Services Ltd. in Manitoba, Canada
Derrius Quarles, Board of Directors
Born and raised on the south-side of Chicago, Derrius is an author and entrepreneur. A 2013 cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, Derrius gained over 1.1 million dollars in scholarships before embarking for college and used this expertise to author the education bestseller, Million Dollar Scholar: Winning The Scholarship Race. He is currently the CEO of Million Dollar Scholar, a socially focused education technology venture that helps students fund their college education as well as a partner at Gentlemen Ventures. His vision for Million Dollar Scholar is to utilize a for-profit business model as a catalyst to increasing economic access to higher education and his work has been featured on CNN, MTV, and Time.
Sagar Sheth, Board of Directors
Sagar Sheth is currently Managing Director and Head of Chicago for MKM Partners. He is responsible for overseeing the office and expanding MKM’s Institutional Research, Sales, and Trading product offerings in the Midwest Region. He has a broad background in business development and has built a vast network of executives that stretches across the globe.Read more
Kelley Speck, Board of Directors
Kelley Speck currently serves as CEO at blessed Communion, and she is proficient in consulting. She manages a diverse portfolio in the hospitality, manufacturing, real estate and entertainment industries.
Dr. Stephanie Whyte
Dr. Stephanie Whyte received her Bachelor Degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University, a medical degree from The Chicago Med School, and residency training at Louisiana State Medical Center in New Orleans. She spends time oversees working on critical student health programs within CPS and collaborate with the Chicago Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) on the “Healthy CPS” component of the citywide Healthy Chicago initiatives. Prior to, she was the Medical Director of Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation, where she spent over a decade caring for children with asthma in the Chicago Public School system via a mobile medical platform.