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Our Rockstar Board

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Rich Alvarez, MPA- Founder & CEO and Chairman of the Board

Rich is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he received his BA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.  He moved to Clearwater, Florida in 2016 and received his MPA from the University of South Florida.  He is a retired and disabled police officer and has repurposed his life, after a dark period in his life following his retirement, to serving others again in the nonprofit world. He has run a nonprofit website called Comprehensive Reentry, served as an Account Executive with Abe Brown Ministries Ready4Work reentry program, and as the Director of Workforce Development for the Pinellas Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition, as well as the Director of STARS and St. Pete Works.  His passion for helping other first responders from experiencing the same suffering he endured spurred him to start this organization in 2019.  He thanks God and his Christian faith for being the driving force in his mission to serve others.

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Janice Alvarez, MBA- Trustee

Janice is Rich's wife, and they moved to Clearwater together in 2016.  She received her BA in Business Adminstration from the University of Phoenix and MBA from Capella University.  She understands what its like to live with someone with service-induced PTSD and has a passion for helping others.  Janice and Rich were both baptized in the CM&A church and have a strong Christian faith.

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Christa Remington, PhD- Trustee

Christa L. Remington is an assistant professor of public administration at the University of South Florida where she teaches emergency management and nonprofit leadership. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in public affairs from Florida International University in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on cultural competence, post-disaster response and recovery, and policies impacting first responders. Dr. Remington is also a nonprofit consultant and the Emergency Management Research Coordinator at the Center for Leadership Research and Action. 

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