Board of Directors



Drawing on his three decades of experience on Capitol Hill, in philanthropy and the private sector, Kirk works to shape public policy in a way that expands individual freedom, protects our spectacular natural treasures and creates a more just and humane society. He is passionate about creating innovative ways to provide impoverished kids with the hope, self-confidence and education to succeed. He is passionate about creating change.

Kirk understands that government works in both predictable and unexpected ways. He knows how to craft and execute a strategy for a big policy win and he understands that, sometimes, quiet, incremental changes can produce equally important outcomes. Read more. 


Mr. Dewey currently serves as a Managing Director of Ceros Financial Services, Inc., the Placement Agent in this Offering.  He was a Founder and President of The Cannon Group Inc, a/k/a Cannon Films, the first independent film company to finance, produce and distribute motion pictures worldwide. Cannon became a public company in 1972 and was thereafter sold.  He was a Partner and Institutional Sales Manager of high yield corporate bonds at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., from 1980 to 1990.  In 1990 he joined Scully Brothers & Foss/The Marion Group, L.P. as Managing Partner where he remained until 1994. Read more


Mr. Field is the immediate past chairman of The Everglades Foundation Board of Directors. He is the fifth generation of a Chicago family whose activities have included merchandising, real estate, publishing, communications, and civic affairs. He is Chairman of the Board of The Field Corporation and President of The Old Mountain Company, Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has served as publisher of the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Daily news. Mr. Field was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute from 1965 to 2012 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center since 1970. Read more. 


Jon Mills is Dean Emeritus and Professor of the University of Florida College of Law and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.  He is counsel to the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner.

In public service, Jon served ten years in the Florida House of Representatives and was Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. He was a prime sponsor of The Wetlands Protection Act, Water Quality Assurance Act, and the Growth Management Act. He received environmental awards from Audubon, the Sierra Club, and the Nature Conservancy.  He also served on Florida’s 1998 Constitution Revision Commission and was selected its most valuable member. Read more


Robert Parks is partner in the Miami, Florida, law firm of Robert L. Parks, P.L. Mr. Parks is one of the nation’s premier trial lawyers specializing in personal injury and commercial litigation, focusing in the areas of wrongful death, products liability, aviation law, and class-action litigation. Read more


Bruce Rauner served as the 42nd Governor of the State of Illinois from 2015-2019, striving to reform the state’s culture of deficit spending and corruption. Governor Rauner achieved equal funding for charter schools, created an historic tuition scholarship tax credit program, negotiated an 1115 Medicaid waiver making the state a national leader in mental health services, reformed the criminal justice system reducing recidivism rates by 22%, formed the Competitiveness Council to eliminate burdensome regulations, and created the state’s first Department of Information Technology, making Illinois a national leader in streamlining and digitizing government services. At the outset of his term, Governor Rauner sued AFCSME in a case decided by the U.S Supreme Court in 2018, eliminating the forced collection of union dues in the public sector and enabling state and local governments and public schools in the U.S. to become Right-to-Work. Read more.


Ken Russell is Acting Chairman of the City of Miami Commission. Prior to entering politics, Ken was a surfboard salesman and before that, a professional yo-yo player! Playing yo-yo, Ken traveled to 50 countries and learned five languages, selling over 20 million yo-yos. As the founder of a Watersports company, he serviced 100 surf shops around the country, kite-surfed across the Bermuda Triangle, and organized Paddleboard races that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a kitesurfing instructor, Ken spent eight hours a day on Biscayne Bay, making his living and enjoying the life of a waterman. Read more.