Board of Directors

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Dawn W. Brolin
Treasurer, Powerful Accounting

Dawn is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Member of Powerful Accounting, LLC – a nationally recognized accounting, tax and consulting firm.

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Gerald Alena

Gerald is a Regional Vice President at John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

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Dan Anderson

Dan is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He is a Darien, CT native where he lives with his wife and three children.

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Vincent Benevento

Vince Benevento is the Founder of Causeway Collaborative in Westport, CT and a Licensed Professional Counselor. His 10+ years of experience in supporting young adults is united by a single purpose: to help students, young professionals, and those who are struggling to plan for the future and to realize their potential.

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Dax Cummings

Dax Cummings is a Managing Director of the Kessler Group’s Strategic Partnership group. He joined Kessler in 2011 after spending the previous five years as a founder and COO of Revolution Money, a payments company that was sold to American Express.

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Robert Haines

Robert is Director of Partnership Development for Mastercard Advisors in North America, he is responsible for cultivating strategic relationships that allow both Mastercard and their partners to bring data products and capabilities to market. He has been involved and instrumental in several fundraising efforts over the years including: The Wounded Warriors Project, The Children’s Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association.

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Dr. Christopher Kukk

Dr. Kukk is Professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, a Fulbright Scholar, and founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation. He is the HarperCollins author of The Compassionate Achiever. He is also co-founder and CEO of InnovOwl LLC, a research and consulting firm that solves micro and macro problems through innovative education.

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Dr. Thomas Pruzinsky

Tom Pruzinsky, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Quinnipiac University. His areas of scholarship have focused on body image, disfigurement and reconstructive plastic surgery as well as secular approaches to compassion training.

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Lt General Martin R. Steele

Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele, USMC (Ret.), is the Associate Vice President for Veterans Research and Director of Military Partnerships while leading the University of South Florida’s Veterans Reintegration Initiative.

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Scarlett Lewis
Founder and Chief Movement Officer

Scarlett Lewis is the mother of Jesse Lewis and founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™. She is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness.

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Nick Ortner
CEO of “The Tapping Solution,”

Nicolas Ortner is the CEO of “The Tapping Solution,” and Creator and Executive Producer of the breakthrough documentary, “The Tapping Solution,” which explores EFT or “tapping”, a healing tool based on ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.