Team

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Champion of Choices empowers students to make positive choices and has presented the popular “Choices” production at more than 1600 schools worldwide to more than half-a-million people. Serious issues such as bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and suicide are presented in a way that touches listeners at a “heart level.” Students are inspired to treat themselves and others with respect, dream big, achieve goals, and cherish relationships. Champion of Choices’ compelling message evokes personal reflection, laughter and tears, and also instills HOPE. Students and faculty describe the “Choices” presentation as life changing.

 

 

 

Meet Our Team

Marc Mero — Meet Our Founder 

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From his early days growing up in a single-parent home in Buffalo, NY, Marc dreamed big and set lofty goals. Despite many obstacles, Marc found success with hockey, football and boxing and then achieved fame as a WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion.  For 14 years, Marc entertained audiences worldwide as “Johnny B. Badd,” “Wildman” Marc Mero and “Marvelous” Marc Mero. Now as an Inspirational Speaker and Author, Marc has been changing the lives of students and people of all ages — for almost a decade — with his powerful message of HOPE. Marc is married to the beautiful Darlene Spezzi-Mero, who co-founded Champion of Choices. He enjoys spending time with family and his two dogs, Rocco and Maui.

Michele Hudson — Director of Partnerships 

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Michele is grateful to support the Champion of Choices mission and to have worked alongside Marc since 2010. Currently, she serves as the “community contact” for Champion of Choices, answering the many inquiries that come in on a daily basis.  She works to schedule as many events as possible by strategically coordinating Tours and accommodating requests for our program.  She also assists with Donor Relations.  Michele is passionate about family, health, writing / performing songs, and sharing Christ’s love. As a Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, she is currently writing a book about her journey back to health in order to educate, encourage, and inspire others.

Danielle Beeson — Director of Operations / Event Coordinator

FillerDanielle wears a lot of hats at Champion of Choices and we are blessed to have her on the Team!  She efficiently handles the daily activities of running our nonprofit organization. From accounting and grant applications to merchandise inventory and travel logistics, Danielle makes sure things are running smoothly.  As our Event Coordinator, she works to make sure all elements of each event are arranged and that every detail is noted. Danielle is married to Ryan and together they own 2 carpet & tile cleaning franchises in Lake and Orange County, FL. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, fishing and being with family.

Jared Boop – Production Director 

FillerBorn and raised in Orlando, Fla., Jared joined Champion of Choices in August 2015. As Production Director, Jared travels with Marc and handles the technical set-up and audio-visual requirements for each presentation. He also take lots of pictures and video during shows and “meet and greets.” Jared’s job involves extensive travel and he drives Marc to and from the many airports and venues during Tours. When he’s not on the road, Jared enjoys playing golf, surfing, and fishing. His true passion is playing drums, which he has been doing since age four.

Ryan Scott — Tech Support / Video Production / Creative Lead 

FillerRyan is an integral part of the Champion of Choices Team. He provides tech support, graphic arts, social media, and video production services to our organization and others.  Prior to forming his own company called 3 Arrows Creative, Ryan worked in many capacities at Champion of Choices and helped develop systems for operation efficiency using technology.  He previously spend much time on the road with Marc as Production Director.  Ryan is a worship leader, talented musician, family man, and father of three sons.

Dave Anderson — Chairman, Board of Directors 

FillerDave has been a supporter of Champion of Choices for more than five years, serving as a faithful and active Board Member.  A native Floridian, Dave is blessed to be an alumni of the University of Notre Dame and the proud father of daughter Shaina, now living her dream in San Francisco. Dave serves as a 6 year Grief Facilitator with New Hope for Kids which supports grieving children. Dave also serves as a long time Director and past President for the Notre Dame Club of Greater Orlando. We are grateful for Dave’s “heart for service” and his experience which helps guide Champion of Choices.

Mitch Bozeman — Board of Directors

FillerMitch served in the United States Navy, is a marketing professional, and brings his wealth of experience to Champion of Choices. In 2013, Mitch saw the impact of Marc’s presentation at a school and realized he wanted to help COC present in as many schools as possible.  He has served on the Board for almost two years.  As Mitch got to know Marc and the rest of the team on a personal level, his faith in God was resurrected.  “I realized that helping others was far more important than helping myself.”  Mitch enjoys going fishing and scalloping and relaxing by the water with his wife, daughter and son.

Jennifer Cooper — Board of Directors 

FillerA native Floridian, Jennifer has worked as a registered nurse for the past 33 years. She is passionate about motivating individuals (young and old) to reach their highest potential spiritually, mentally, and physically through healthy lifestyle choices. She is actively involved in church as a teacher of the youth class and with health ministries.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, her dogs, and relaxing at the beach. Jennifer has been a board member for over two years and “feels honored to be part of a meaning mission to spread the word to young people, that by making the right choices, we can become Champions!”

Michelle Stephens — Board of Directors

FillerMichelle is a busy mom of two boys who play lots of sports, and she enjoys supporting many non-profit organizations. Michelle is a Florida native and has lived in Central Florida since 1990. She handles community relations for two Orlando TV stations, and has a strong back ground in PR/Marketing. Michelle became a Board Member in 2014 to become part of the solution – providing students with hope and strength during the challenges of life. “I was so inspired by Marc’s message and how it impacted students! They were not on their cell phones.  They listened to every word of Marc’s talk!”

Howard Walker — Board Member Consultant 

 

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