The Advisory Board oversees the work of the Foundation. Our Board help to shapes the Foundation’s direction through its outreach, strategy and counsel which ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances are in place to facilitate the Foundation’s vision; and monitors and improves the performance of the organization. The Board meets formally three times each year, as well as between the regular meetings as needed to conduct the Foundation’s business.
Allen L. EllisonAdvisory Board Member
Allen was born in Avon Park, Florida on November 21, 1980 to a minister and a special needs instructor, both of who taught him the importance of service to ones fellow man. Known for his vision and perspective, he was raised in the agricultural based, rural city of Wauchula, Florida. After graduating from Hardee Senior High School in 1999, Allen went on to received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Business Administration from Florida Southern College where he was elected Treasurer of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, FSC Chapter and soon thereafter, became the organization’s first African-American President. During this time, he was actively involved in community organizing initiatives. These efforts led to the creation of The Community Economic Council, Inc. in which he served as Treasurer and later serving as the organization’s advocate in Washington. The CEC was created to educate and inspire members of the community on the issues surrounding business ownership, trade and commerce. During his tenure at the CEC, Allen would host community forums, town hall meetings and events that were designed to strengthen the communities in the areas of business and home ownership, public-private partnerships, government contracting, financial literacy, trade and commerce. Allen founded the Center for Economic & Policy Development, Inc. (The Center) to facilitate economic growth throughout Central Florida and rural parts of the country. His vision, core philosophies and strong principles are igniting young future leaders from around the country through The Emerging Leaders Initiative, a project placed under The Center. This initiative facilitates his vision of pairing young bright minds with current leaders in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, law, policy and politics.
Lynne ScheinderAdvisory Board Member
Ms. Schneider has extensive experience in the defense industry and as an international strategy consultant in public/private sector economic development. She served as the principal policy advisor (Highly Qualified Expert) to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army on matters affecting Army Stability Operations. She currently supports strategy development at NRO for Xcelerate Solutions. She spent 15 years in the Pentagon and was key in designing the first Chief Management Officer Act, Information Technology Management Reform Act and Government Performance and Results Act. Ms. Schneider started her own independent consulting firm in 1998 and is currently CEO of Entovation International applying innovation strategies to position clients for emerging markets. She has traveled extensively overseas and has international business partners and contacts in Europe and the Middle East. She has served in the US Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs officer for 25 years, deploying to twice to Iraq and supporting various missions in EUCOM. Ms. Schneider volunteers on the Board for the Orphan Foundation of America, One World Medical Relief, TAPS and ISOA. She is co-author of six books including: Non-traditional Warfare: 21st Century Threats and Responses; Knowledge Economics; and The Future of Innovation, as well as numerous articles.
Joel CoulterAdvisory Board Member
Joel Coulter has successfully launched two UAS companies EchoStorm Worldwide, LLC and KSI Data Sciences. While with EchoStorm, Joel captured business with DHS NOC, Defense, First Responder, and Border and Port Security clients addressing their ability to integrate Unmanned Systems situational awareness capabilities with their other fixed security/surveillance systems. He was a Board member of DC-Chapter AUVSI and National Defense University’s Star-Tides Committee, and led Counter-Terrorism, Humanitarian Assistance, and Stability UAS exercise and training programs involving U.S. and global partners with next gen ICT/ISR and Unmanned Systems innovations. Joel worked with a team to set up a UAS Consortium and led a team with UAVPRO that enabled Fort Pickett to become a National Guard UAS Center of Excellence. During the grant proposal process, Joel worked with Gary Haines now in Oregon to gather over $4.5M in “In-Kind” Unmanned Systems contributions that could be matched by Virginia’s Tobacco Commission grant. Over the last two years Joel has been working to form the Secure Chain and the DVA-Consortiums ability to capture global Border, Port, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Logistics and Supply, Agriculture and Energy business involving UAS. Joel’s most recent work to advance Non-DoD UAS business can be seen at www.ksivideo.com.