Advisory Board

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
 John Holmes
Liza O’Connor-Stroud, JD

"​ Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
Kofi Annan
 Liza O’Connor-Stroud comes to Education Unbound with 25 years of international fundraising experience, focusing primarily on gaining resources for educational institutions and academic pursuits. She has had a passion for helping students from under-resourced communities since her days as an undergraduate student volunteering in Bronx public schools. Ms. O’Connor-Stroud is currently the Vice President of Advancement for the American University of Iraq Sulaimani....

LOU E. PELTON (Ph.D., University of Mississippi) is NextGen Senior Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas. Dr. Pelton’s principal research interests include marketing channels, relationship marketing, and international distribution. 

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Klyne Smith, PH.D​​
One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that"

Joseph Campbell
"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."
John Bunyan
Dr. Klyne Smith is a senior executive with 25+ years experience in the IT software and telecom industries. He specializes in strategic leadership, business strategies, project management, risk management and service delivery. Dr. Klyne is currently the Regional Manager of the Americas at TRT and a lecturer at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.    
WEEDA HAMDAN  is a painter and graphic designer born in Liberia to Lebanese parents. Exposed to a mix of cultures and traditions throughout her childhood, Weeda’s work reflects the complex texture of life as well as its richness.​
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Nicole Dominique Le Maire

Matteson, Ray

"​ There's so many kids in the world who are told, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' Those are all put-downs. I'm all about pick-ups. You have to pick people up and pay it forward."
Nate Robinson
 Ray Matteson is an experienced executive with success improving business results by conceiving and executing effective workforce development solutions. He has a broad background in operations, sales, contract management and supply chain, and brings practical experience to the design of solutions that are sustainable, measurable and directly linked to business requirements and goals. He is currently President of NTX Learning Advisors LLC, which he founded in 2016 to help growing businesses improve their performance, giving practical advice and support that drives workforce readiness through cost-effective learning solutions.
Nicole Le Maire is a highly valued leader within the Global HR industry with 20 years of experience in people operations management. Remote working and distributed teams are her “thing” (- long before it became “a thing.”)
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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Winston Churchill
"You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran​
 JOSEPH  HAJJAR is a seasoned entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an activist and nature junky born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The last time Joe called anyone "boss," he was 22 years old and the job only lasted 10 months. 

MAAN (MARK) HAMDAN began his career with great zeal and vision, in spite of his limited financial resources. The encouragement of his family and the generosity of donors who funded grants and scholarships gave him the opportunities and the foundation of security to thrive.
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