Leadership

Leadership

We believe there is no such thing as a bad kid – they just haven’t found their gifts...Yet!

 
 
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Founder/CEO

Robert J. Miley

Robert's personal mission is “to impact the world through an empathetic understanding of self and surroundings; to bridge healing and awakening humanity to a more peaceful place through my art."

Robert J. Miley, a well published Artist, Humanitarian, and Author uses his art as a healing tool.

He began his career owning his own award winning advertising agency with a Clio, to his credit. His work can be found in public, private, corporate, and healing centers around the world, including, Spielberg, the Royal Austrian and British Families. Mr. Miley was selected as one of 56 artists in the United States to represent Arizona in the America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA display in President's Park at the White House.

In 1996, Mr. Miley founded Release the Fear, Inc. His ultimate mission is to instill the “Can-Do” Spirit within the youth of our communities and throughout the world. In 1989, Governor of Guam, Joseph Ada, named Robert Honorary Ambassador for his outstanding and inspirational community work on the island.

Robert@releasethefear.org 

 
 

 

Board of Directors

 
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Honorary Chair

Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix

 

 
 
 
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Chairwoman

Sue Kotnik

Sue’s professional career is Vice President of Global Business Management at a Fortune 500 company. Ms. Kotnik has extensive experience designing and implementing business management systems, leading cross functional teams, and developing and nurturing strategic partnerships. Her career is focused on creating and implementing process improvements and tools, strategic plans, and managing large projects.

Sue joined the Release The Fear community in August of 2015 and currently serves as board chair. She believes very strongly in the mission of conquering one's fears and turning them into actions from which to grow in life and as a person. She has participated in and led teams in the pursuit of community services throughout the years.

Her proudest accomplishments to date are her sons, whom inspire her and make her proud every day. Sue is inspir

 

 
 

 
 
 

Vice Chairman

Scott Tate

Scott has been a National Sales Trainer for over 15 years. His training courses have educated thousands of sales professionals. Over the years, his experience has resulted in a motivational training style that has delivered proven results. Scott has created training programs for diverse industries such as consumer electronics, SEO, home entertainment, and golf brands, which has given him the ability to take complex ideas and make them easily relatable to sales teams. Scott's training style is one that is dynamic and motivational, keeping his audience involved and engaged while ensuring they remember and utilize the desired message to his clients.

Scott, a Phoenix native, has a passion for developing community.  His love of this community lead to a chance encounter with Robert Miley resulting in an opportunity to help serve the community. As a board member, Scott is able to give back to the city that has inspired him. His many talents help bring awareness to Release the Fear.

 
 

 
 
 

Secretary

Sara Greenwold

Sara expresses gratitude to many, especially to two strong women that helped shape her foundation. Her Mother, Faith, a Special Education Teacher, and her Grandmother, Adeline. Together they were examples of patience, kindness, service and acceptance. It is certain that this foundation is what drew Sara to join the Board for Release the Fear, with the hope she could help bring the opportunity of Character Education to children.

Sara grew up in North Dakota. She moved to Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Soon after graduation, Sara joined Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona as a wine sales representative. She instantly found her career home, and after 15 years of fun and growth with the company, she now is the General Sales Manager of the STARZ Division.

In her free time, Sara finds joy in being the better half to Scott. She is a stepmother to a gorgeous sweet boy named Max, and a puppy named Momma and two Yorkies, Penny and Asher. Sara also loves quality time with her core group of college friends, feels blessed when given the opportunity to travel, and, of course, finds happiness in food and fine wine.

 
 

 
 
 

Treasurer

Dan Gerelick

Dan has an extensive financial background with experience in business finance, financial planning & analysis, financial systems, and shared services. Dan is currently the Vice President of Finance for Tech Data (Avnet) where he is a key business partner helping to grow the global computing components business while improving the return on working capital. While at Tech Data (Avnet), he also helped to set up and grow a new strategic services division that was formed by 12 acquisitions. He came to Avnet from the Goodrich Corporation where he held roles of increasing responsibility. While at Goodrich, he helped implement a sales and operations planning process to measure and track business and financial performance from the product R&D cycle through the demand and supply plans. During his career he also worked at General Dynamics and Motorola. Dan is a CPA and holds a Bachelor’s of Accounting from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Arizona State University.

 
 

 
 

Nick Ashjian is an attorney at the law firm of Charles F. Myers, P.A. in Phoenix, Arizona. His practice focuses on representing clients in estate planning, trust administration and general corporate matters. 

Nick joined the Release the Fear Board of Directors in the spring of 2016 and believes strongly in the mission, values and exciting momentum of Release the Fear. 

Nick graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Nick continued his education attending Seattle University's School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was a contributing member of the Moot Court Board and Student Bar Association. He was presented with the CALI Award of Excellence in his Legal Writing II course, and was awarded admission into the Order of Barristers in recognition for his achievements in oral advocacy. Nick resides in Phoenix and has been a past volunteer with a variety of philanthropic organizations focused on improving the lives of local community members through programs centered around the arts, sports and education. 

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Eric Elam Is 30 years old has a beautiful wife and 3 children that keep him busy. Family will always be his greatest achievement.

In his professional life, Eric is a partner in a Financial Planning firm. He is responsible for training agents across the country. His experience came the hard way when his parents unexpectedly passed away in 2008, without a family emergency plan in place. Not wanting others to go through what he experienced 2008, Eric pursued the field of finance; specifically a practice based on personal planning. Although he enjoyed success helping individuals, he decided to enter the world of Business Planning with the goal of being able to help and serve multiple families.

In 2016, he began to seek ways to give back more to the community, build better relationships, and bring value to every life he touches. He was soon invited to join the Release the Fear Board of Directors.

 
 

 
 

Larry Johnson is a 5th generation Arizonan whose family roots in education and community involvement go back to 1884 when his great, great, grandfather built the first school house near Dudleyville, AZ.

Today, Larry is Director of Business Development for Kool Air Manufacturing LLC, which is the Arizona distributor and fabricator of the energy saving, carbon net zero HVAC ductwork system, KoolDuct. Larry has previously held leadership and marketing positions with agri-business, advertising and education companies, as well as, co-founding the educational app development company, Mobile Learning Services. 

Prior to joining the board of Release the Fear, Mr. Johnson donated his time and resources to various non-profit groups, including the National Association of Black School Educators, Gospel Rescue Mission of Tucson, ICAN, and several agencies devoted to helping the homeless reenter the workforce. 

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Angela Lowery is a Business Development Manager serving the Southwest for a National Insurance company, an industry she has had a career in for over 20 years. Angela has a community service background working with various charitable organizations, volunteering her time, while sponsoring and attended several fund raising events for multiple causes. Many of the causes are focused on education, others on the community. She has a strong interest in working with at-risk youth stemming from her own personal experiences growing up here in the valley. Angela has served on the Board of Release the Fear since 2016.

Angela attended Glendale High School continuing her post-secondary education at Glendale Community College. She is actively involved with her 11 year old son’s sports leagues, traveling, volunteering and participating in local events.

 

 
 

Jeff Quincey was born and raised in South Dakota. Jeff moved to the Phoenix area in 2002 after studying Accounting at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. Soon after arriving in the valley, he was recruited by a mortgage company who believed his personality and outstanding people skills would lead to a successful career in the mortgage industry. Jeff has worked in the mortgage industry helping people achieve their dreams for over 15 years.

Jeff is an entrepreneur at heart. He currently owns two other businesses in the Valley and, in his spare time, volunteers as a basketball coach at the YMCA.

Jeff’s passion to help the young people in his community led him to join the RTF Board in December of 2015.

 
 

 
 

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Hank Marshall (Chairman)

Margery Brown
Charles Flannagan
Daniel Jones
Debra Bateman

 

Cesar Verduzco
Kathy Munson
Michael Patterson

 

 
 

 
 

National Advisory Committee

Dino De Concini
David Gonzales
Nancy Hendich
Rev. Rebecca McClain
Kellianne P Miley, M.Ed.

 

 
 

 
 

Advisory Committee

 
 

Dr. Francisco J. Alatorre
Rich Bauer
Kirk Baxter
Miguel Berstegui
Steve Church
Gina Clark
Heidi Fogelsong
Terry Goddard
Hon. Phil Gordon
Paul A. Gosar
Billie Jo Herberger
David Howell
Scott Jacobson
 

JoEllen Lynn
Kathy Munson
Bridget Pettis
Dr. Derrick Platt
RJ Shannon
Tom Simplot
Brenda Sperduti
Meredithe Stefanowitz, M.Ed
Kim Sterling-Heflin
Thelda Williams
Gerald Richard, III
Daniel Valenzuela