Who We Are


 

 

 

BROOKE DICKHART
Founder/President

Brooke is the daughter of a former Navy SEAL who suffered from PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Brooke channeled her strong desire to help others like her dad and her frustration with the lack of treatment options available to veterans into creating The Joel Fund. Brooke brings her knowledge of entrepreneurship and personal experience to TJF in a effort to educate others about the hardships faced by our veterans. Brooke leads the TJF team and oversees fundraising, community involvement, and partnership development. Brooke is married and has three children. Brooke holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

Board of Directors


 

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JEFF LANTER
Board Member

If it were up to Jeff, his bio would read, “worked on lots of stuff with people you may have heard of.” Despite his attempt at modesty, in actuality Jeff’s rap sheet is quite impressive, and he knows it. He has a gift for figuring out the best way to tell a story, and each one is unique. He enjoys working with all of our talented people who like to push the boundaries.

Professional Summary: As President of Trailblazer Studios, Jeff oversees the daily operations of our four divisions: Entertainment, Production, Post, and Sound. Since joining the company in 2003, Jeff has helped develop relationships with cable networks and launch the move into original programming. Prior to his current role, Jeff headed up our Production team and before that, our Development team.
In another life, Jeff worked as a producer in the spot world, producing commercials for nation brands including Land’s End, State Farm, and Honda. He also spent time producing for The CBS Morning Show and PBS.

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MATT NEWTON
Treasurer

Matt is a CPA with over 30 years experience in public accounting, working closely with many non-profit organizations.  He has served on several Boards, and brings valuable insight and knowledge to The Joel Fund.  His wife Rebecca is also a CPA, and is currently serving on the Board of a large non-profit in the Chicago area.  They have two children, one at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and one at UNC.  Matt and Rebecca reside in Chapel Hill.

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DAN SANDEROFF
Board Member

After a unique childhood that included 5 sets of legal guardians, Dan knew the Military was the right path for him.  He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 through the delayed entry program.  In the Navy, Dan served on the FFG 27 USS M.S. Tisdale and the DDG 56 USS John Paul Jones.  He separated from the USN as a Gunner’s Mate 2nd class in 1999. After separation, Dan started working in the Security/Access Control industry as a construction assistant and after over 17 years with the same company, he manages the installation and service for the company’s regional markets. Dan find’s time to keep in touch with his fellow Navy alums.  Dan is excited to be involved in TJF and this is his first Board Member position of a charity.  He is a husband and proud father of two boys, loves the Redskins and his country.

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CYNTHIA WILSON
Secretary
Cynthia Wilson comes from a military family. Her father was career Air Force, and a Vietnam War veteran. Her husband, several uncles, and brothers served in the armed forces. Cynthia has spent her career working in the public and non-profit sectors. Her service includes public elementary school teacher, teacher for non-profit extended-care kindergarten, university instructor and researcher, and Director of Operations of a non-profit urban youth leadership-development program. She also served as the Outreach Director for her church in Kansas City. Cynthia’s passion is to serve and be a voice for under-served and vulnerable communities.
 
Cynthia earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from James Madison University. She earned a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on educational research and psychology, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
 
Cynthia lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and three teenage sons.