Release the Fear

Leadership

Leadership

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

 
 
robert@releasethefear.org

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 is found in public, private, corporate, and healing centers around the world, including, Spielberg, the Royal Austrian and British Families. Miley was selected as one of 56 artist in the U.S.A.to represent Arizona in the America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA display in President's Park at the White House.

In 1996 Robert founded Release the Fear, Inc., working to instill the “Can-Do” Spirit within the youth of our communities and throughout the world. In 1989 Governor Joseph Ada named Robert Honorary Ambassador to Guam, for his community work there.

Robert@releasethefear.org 

 
 

 

Board of Directors

 

Honorary Chair

Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix

 

 
 
 
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Chairwoman

Sue Kotnik

 

 
 

 
 
 

Vice Chairman

Scott Tate

Scott has been a National Sales Trainer for over 15 years.  His training courses have educated thousands of sales professionals and 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, which keeps his audience involved and engaged which will make sure they remember and utilize the message his clients want delivered.

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

 
 

 
 
 

Secretary

Sara Greenwold

Sara expresses gratitude too many, but 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 want 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, and moved to Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Science Biology, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  Soon after graduation, she 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, a stepmother to a gorgeous sweet boy named Max, and a puppy Momma to two Yorkies, Penny and Asher.  She also loves quality time with her core group of college friends, feels blessed to get 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 VP, Finance for Tech Data (Avnet) where he is a key business partner helping to profitably grow the global computing components business while improving 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 has 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 and 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.  From there, Nick went on to attend Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated with cum laude honors and was a contributing member of the Moot Court Board and Student Bar Association, presented with the CALI Award of Excellence in his Legal Writing II course, and was awarded admission into the Order of Barristers in recognition of his achievements in oral advocacy, Nick resides in Phoenix, Arizona 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 partner in a in a Financial Planning firm and is responsible to build and train agents across the country. His experience came the hard way, having had his parents pass unexpectedly in 2008 without the plans in place. After a number of more surprises in life he ended up in finance building a practice based on personal planning. Having helped hundreds of clients and built a practice he left to pursue Business Planning with the goal of being able to help and serve more families than is possible one at a time.

In 2016 he began to seek ways to give back more to the community, build better relationships, and bring value to every life he touched. This is when he was invited to join the board of Release the Fear and its mission resonated with him.

 
 

 
 

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 has donated 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 homeless reenter the workforce. 

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

Angela attended Glendale High School and continued on to GCC.  She is actively involved in her 11 year old son’s sports leagues, traveling, volunteering and participating in local events.

 

 
 

Jeff Quincey 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 thought his personality and people skills would lend to a successful career in the mortgage industry. This, coupled with his passion of helping people achieve their goals, has progressed into over 15 years in the industry.

Additionally, 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 youth in his community led him to join the RTF Board in December of 2015.

 
 

 
 

Enabler Group

 
 

Debra Bateman
Margery Brown
Charles Flannagan
Peter Gold
Daniel Jones
 

Hank Marshall
Kathy Munson
Michael Patterson
Max Sanel
Cesar Verduzco

 
 

 
 

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
Paul Johnson

JoEllen Lynn
Hank Marshall
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