National Advisory Board

Kimberly Allen
School/District Improvement Facilitator
Comprehensive School Assistance Program
-Glendale, AZ
Doug Armstrong
KTVB News Group President & General Manager
NBC Affiliate
-Boise, ID
Dr. Neila Connors
Founder and President
N.A.C. Connections, Inc.
-Tallahassee, FL
John Deushane
President and General Manager
NBC Atlanta
-Atlanta, GA
Dr. Daniel Domenech
Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators
-Arlington, VA
Dr. Kristan "Kris" Enright
Executive Director
Professional Association of Colorado Educators
-Englewood, CO
David "Dave" Herr
Professor & Graduate Coordinator, Dept. of Exceptional Education
James Madison University
-Harrisonburg, VA
Marc Johnson
Superintendent of Sanger Unified School District
2011 Superintendent of the Year
-Sanger, CA
Virdie Montgomery
Commerce High School
-Commerce, TX
Dr. Elizabeth Morgan
Executive Director Grad Nation
2010 National Superintendent of the Year
-Hagerstown, MD
Deborah Phelps
Principal of Windsor Middle School
Author of "A Mother For All Seasons"
-Baltimore, MA
Larry Powell
Fresno County Schools
-Fresno, CA
Richard Ramsey
Nationally known, respected author and gifted speaker
Ramsey's Communications
-Macon, GA
Charles "Chuck" Saylors
National PTA
-Taylors, SC
Jim Tilmon
Vice Chairman of YourSuccessNetwork
Aviator, Broadcaster & Life Coach
-Phoenix, AZ
Nader Twal
Long Beach Smaller Learning Communities Coordinator
R.A. Milikan High School
-Long Beach, CA
Michael Valentine
Vice President News WFAA-ABC TV

-Dallas, TX

NAB Leadership Team

Gene Bedley
National Advisory Board
-Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Darrell & Sandy Scott
Founders, President and Vice President
Rachel's Challenge
-Littleton, CO
Rob Unger
Chief Executive Officer
Rachel's Challenge
-Littleton, CO
Dr. Gene Burton
Rachel's Challenge National Development Director
Rockwall ISD
-Rockwall, TX
Jeanette Phillips
Assistant Chair of NAB
California League of Middle Schools
-Polson, MT
Bob Mumford
Public Speaker
Author & Mentor
-Raleigh, NC
Paul Jackson
Project Manager
Rachel's Challenge
-Nashville, TN

        Board of Directors

Michael Cress
Michael Cress (Board Chairman) serves as Chairman and CEO of MD Cress & Associates, LLC, a national healthcare advisory firm. Prior to MD Cress & Associates he was an executive with national healthcare companies to include Cornerstone Healthcare Group and Kindred Healthcare. Mr. Cress is an advisor to several companies to include Linley Capital, an international private investment firm based in NYC and the Stiefel Nicolauss healthcare research group based in Baltimore MD and serves on several boards to include Rachel's Challenge, Lift Up America, KAS Consulting, Little Helping Hands, Texas CEO Magazine and Trusted Care Network. He is published and has been a national speaker on numerous healthcare business and clinical topics.
John Hixson
John Hixson, graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administrative degree in 1983 and Georgia State University with a Masters degree concentrating in financial planning in 1984. He was employed by Magnolia Financial Corporation. In 1988, he received the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. John is constantly sought after as a speaker and expert on many financial topics.
Ryan Hollingshead
Ryan Hollingshead earned a Master's Degree in Education and Administration from Adams State University where he was also captain of the football team. Ryan has been a teacher, coach, and dean of students at Thunder Ridge High School in Littleton, Colorado and is currently head football coach at Castle View High School.
Paul Leroue
Paul Leroue, former Board Chairman, currently the CEO of a marketing consulting group called Telocity has 25 years experience in the corporate world and assists in organizational development for several organizations. Leroue had been Rocky Mountain Clothing's president. Before that he worked as president and CEO of Reebok/CCS Fitness in Denver, director of marketing for Reebok International in Boston, and brand manager and regional director for Coors Brewing Co. in Golden.
Don McCandless
Don McCandless works as a Project Manager in Colorado. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. His goals are to spend as much time as he can with his wife Bethanee and son Brandon. He joined Rachel's Challenge because he feels that it is one way for him to honor Rachel and her family.
Phillip Slinkard
Phil Slinkard is a corporate lawyer in Austin, Texas with Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated. He represents growth-stage, as well as mature, companies as their outside general counsel and in connection with their significant transactions, and has been doing so for more than 20 years. Phil received his J.D. from University of Texas and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report. He has also served on the boards of directors for the Texas General Counsel Forum and the Austin affiliate of the American Heart Association.
Sandy Scott
Sandy Scott, Rachel's step mom has played a major role as co-founder of Rachel's Challenge, as well as contributing to its ongoing success . She has traveled around the world helping establish the school program, along with her husband Darrell. Sandy has functioned as accountant, office manager, event coordinator and now is in charge of personnel relationships.
Chuck & Gena Norris
Chuck and Gena Norris are known worldwide due to martial arts accomplishments, a successful movie career, authorship of books and news articles, and the Walker, Texas Ranger television series. They are the founders and directors of Kickstart, a program that helps children with character and confidence.

   Office and Operations Staff

(ordered by last name)
Jo Anne Allen
Bryan Boorujy
Media Director
Sarah Branion
Program Delivery
Denise Chavez
Accounting Manager
Andrew Cipolla
Program Development Director
John Corcoran
Sarah Demers
Program/Travel Coordinator
Julie Duffens
Jen Hollingshead
Accounting Clerk
Paul Jackson
Project Manager
Diane Kramer
Jeremy Kreft
IT Support
Vicki Leroue
Human Resources Manager
Jim May
Senior Researcher & Writer
Karissa McCoy
Office Manager/
Communications Coordinator
Tristan Mraz
Graphics Manager
Dana Scott
FOR Club Coach
Darrell Scott
Founder and President
Mike Scott
Logistics Coordinator
Sandy Scott
Relational Manager, Vice President and Co-Founder
Rob Unger
Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Zurek
Travel/Event Coordinator

   Marketing Team


Belinda Hollingshead

Territories - CO, MO, NM, NV, ND, OH, RI, SD, WY

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Tim Kiehne

Territories - OK, SC, TX

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Adam Kroneberger

Territories - AL, AR, FL, KS, LA, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, WI, WV

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Kevin Kroneberger

Territories - FL, MA, MN, MT, NH, VT

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Stacey Peacock

Territories - DE, GA, IN, ME, MD, PA, TN, VA

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Sage Robinson

Territories - CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, UT, VT

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Andrew Strait

Territories - AK, CA, CAN, HI, OR, WA

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Coby Thornton

Territories - AZ, ID, IL, IA, KY, NC

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Autumn Carton

Database Specialist

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Kristen Collie

Customer Care

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Kelly Shaida

Marketing Administrator

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Mary Claire Simmons

Office Manager


Cody Burch

Sales Manager

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Kasey Gilliam

Marketing Manager

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Scott Mayeux

National Director
of Business Development

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Pete Vargas

National Marketing Director

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