COC Team

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Champion of Choices empowers students to make positive choices and has presented the popular “Choices” production at more than 2000 schools worldwide to more than 1 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 

Marc and Dar hope

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 

 

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.

Michael Henty — Executive Director 

 

Michael has been involved in the non-profit world for over 35 years having founded Champions for Life in 1983 and Ministro Ministries. The mission of both these organizations parallel the purpose of Champion of Choices so his passion runs deep to serve as the executive director in helping our youth make positive choices. He was a past member of the United States Junior Olympic coaching staff producing state, regional and national champions. He was also the founder of the first home in the country where gymnasts lived and trained away from home called GymNest. He is presently a certified tennis teaching professional for the USPTA. The author of two books: Go For God’s Gold(Developing your spiritual strength through sports) and a children’s book on bullying called Meeting Someone Special.

Lisa Dutton— Director of Operations / Event Coordinator

Ryan Scott — Tech Support / Video Production / Creative Lead 

 

Ryan 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.

Manny Gonzalez– Production Director 

Board of Directors

Michelle Stephens — Board of Directors

Dave Anderson — Chairman, Board of Directors 

Mitch Bozeman — Board of Directors

Jennifer Cooper — Board of Directors