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Board of Directors

Jeff DennisonJeff Dennison

Jeff received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting with Marketing minor from Athens State University in August 2016. Jeff's "Why" for education was not developed until later in life. He wants to supplement existing education systems with experiential education that will propel children to desire to be their best.


The math curriculum BestHope4US uses is excellent. Jeff's oldest son was on the program very early, and scored a 35 of 36 on the math part of the ACT exam. Two of his children went from hating Math to being self-taught within a two-year span.









Charlie DavisCharlie Davis

BS in Project Management from Colorado Technical University


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, certification from Purdue University


United States Marine Corps - November 1985 - May 1994











Gary MathisGary Mathis

Gary is a retired Air Force veteran and currently works for a Department of Defense contractor as a Program Management analyst. Gary is the Founder, President and Executive Director of Alliance for Opportunity and Development (AOD), a 501(c)3 organization seeking to fight generational poverty through education. Gary has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of South Florida and a Masters of Science in Systems Management from the College of Notre Dame (since renamed to Notre Dame de Namur University).










Anthony RussellAnthony Russell

Tony is a retired Air Force veteran and currently works for the Department of Defense as a Contracting Officer. He is  a certified Acquisition Professional at Level III in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement  Act (DAWIA), and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. Tony has obtained the following degrees:


  • Master of Ministry, Huntsville Bible College
  • Master of Business Administration, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Master of Science Acquisition and Contract Management, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science Management, Park University, Parkville, Missouri
  • Associates of Arts in Science, Contracts Management, Community College of the Air Force





Mike GarberMike Garber

Mike is the owner of Building Applications LLC, a website building and hosting company. He has experience running a school with experiential-based learning, and has had students graduate from Harvard and other presigious universities.


Mike is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a double Masters in Elementary Education and School Administration.


He worked in education for 20 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Along with his wife Emma he founded and established The American School System of Veracruz known as Colegio Bilingue Juan Enrique Pestalozzi and later Colegio Americano de Veracruz.


Mike has two grown children Michael and Valerie who graduated from Auburn University and The University of Alabama respectively. They have gone on to very successful careers.



Patrice SimmonsPatrice Simmons

Welcome to Patrice, our newest Board Member!


Patrice began her studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in the area of Finance. After 3 ½ years of successful achievement, Patrice was forced to leave UAH due to an economic hardship. In 2004, after a year of study, she earned a B.S. In Organizational Management at Oakwood University, graduating with honors.


In 2009, she joined an elite group when she graduated from the National Automotive Dealers Association – Dealer Academy. She has been employed in the automotive industry for 28 years, beginning her career in 1989. Patrice has been a part of the Woody Anderson Ford family since July 1994.