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.
Program Manager – Operation A.R.T.
Florence Hoy is a retired art teacher with 22 years experience. She began teaching art in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1988. She retired from full time teaching in 2010. She received her BFA from Bridgewater College, VA. She was certified in Art K-12 from James Madison University. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a Masters of Art. She attended Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. and the North Carolina State University for course work in Photography and computer graphics. She completed training in both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the Middle years Program. She taught Studio Art, IB art, B&W photography, Digital photography, Computer Graphics and Animation. She was a member of Fairfax Education Association (FEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). She served as Department Chair for over half of her teaching career. She wrote a grant proposal in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a project called “Bridging 2 Communities: Developing Friendship and Photographs. The initiative resulted in 56 inner city 4th grade and rural high school student’s work exhibited at the National Museum of Women the Arts. She is currently working as a substitute teacher for Wake County, NC and teaching Photography for The Joel Fund, a non-profit organization supporting Veterans. She is attending the Docent training at the North Carolina Museum of Art and hopes to be conducting tours there this fall. She resides in Raleigh, NC.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Tom has been trying cases in New York and North Carolina since 1983. In personal injury litigation, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in over 100 personal injury cases including medical malpractice, automobile, railroad, trucking, products liability and class action cases. Tom has represented and tried, to jury verdict, various commercial litigation matters including contract and fraud actions as well as represented contestants in various probate litigations.
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.