Empathy is an active response to the suffering of others.
In other words, choosing empathy is choosing to walk in someone else’s shoes.
With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to the iEmpathize team,
each of whom strive to walk in the shoes of others each day.
To contact our team, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder and President
Brad’s years spent traveling and living among diverse cultures and people has shaped his perspective and continually guides his methodology. In 2006, Brad visited SE Asia to explore potential partnerships with anti-trafficking efforts. His encounters with child victims and survivors of sexual exploitation, in addition to many years of empowering inner city youth, had a profound impact. His passion for empathy and action was ignited, leading him and a small group of friends to start iEmpathize in 2009. He believes that a multi-sector approach is key to social transformation. He is a sought-after speaker and inspires people to empathize and engage issues of injustice.
Brad serves as the executive producer of iEmpathize documentaries, curricula, campaigns, and exhibits. He is a board member and the media director for Truckers Against Trafficking. He is the founder of i.e. media serving clients with impact media strategies and production.
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Pastimes: Brad likes collecting old records and listening to them on his vintage console.
Office and Executive Administrator
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter (#5-7)
Little known fact: Terell is related to Johnny Appleseed (yes, he was a real person!)
Favorite Movie: Anne of Green Gables
Favorite Pastimes: Mark loves throwing any kind of ball or disc shaped object to his kids.
Favorite Book: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Favorite Pastime: Candace enjoys DIY home projects, reading, and performing in and attending the theatre.
Southern California Office
Favorite Movie: Rocky
Little known fact: He can pop and tick (before break dancing came out), and would compete in some “one-on-one pop offs” in middle school. For a small fee, Guido will bust a move for social gatherings.
iEmpathize has many collaborators and volunteers that dramatically strengthen our impact. We wish we could credit them on our team page but there would not be enough room! We are very grateful for all of you.
Chairman of the Board
As Chairman of the iE Board Dan Fortune reviews organizational strategy, weighs in on financial and fundraising decisions, and represents the organization at events around the world. Dan was invited to join the board after volunteering for the organization by hosting house events, advocating at small groups and other community events, and doing research on trafficking. He supports iE because after researching organizations that are bringing freedom and opportunity to the defenseless he believes that iE has the best staff, strategies, and passion to make a dent in the challenge of human trafficking! Dan is an investor, Realtor, published author of Cash Flow Engine, business owner, and mentor. He founded and runs one of the top Real Estate teams in Colorado, and is a founding member of the investment group Level 5 Ventures. Dan’s additional experience includes engineering management at Lockheed Martin for satellite ground stations, served seven years as an Officer in the US Air Force in both satellite operations and acquisitions. His educational background includes an MBA from CU and a degree in economics from the Air Force Academy.
Favorite book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Little know fact: Only person to ever lose their pilot qualification boxing at the AF Academy. Zigged when he should have zagged.
Secretary & Treasurer
As the Secretary of the Board, Scott fosters organizational diligence through proper management and utilization of important records. Scott is an entrepreneurial executive with more than twenty years of experience in strategic planning, business development, product management and operations. Scott is currently the President/CEO of First Choice Technology, Inc., a nationwide telecommunications provider. As a founder of the company, Scott has led First Choice to year over year growth for the past ten years. Prior to First Choice, Scott worked as the Director of Planning & Development with NUI Telecom adding more than $15 million in annual revenues through strategic acquisitions. In addition, Scott has held a variety of senior management positions within the telecommunications industry. Scott actively serves as a board member and mentor with Orlando based Central Care Mission, a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment center for men. Scott received his BA in Bible and Theology from Toccoa Falls College.
Book: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Favorite Pastimes: Having cigars with good friends
Pete Gibson has been a part of iEmpathize from the very beginning. It was through his friendship with founder Brad Riley that he first learned of the issue. From the very early stages Pete served in an advisory role helping to shape the vision and media policy. Through the years he has continued to share his skills and talents as a photographer, storyteller and imaging specialist to help iEmpathize continue to improve how we communicate this important message. Pete, who is based in New York City, has over 15 years experience as an imaging specialist in both the editorial and advertising world. He currently works as a Senior Retoucher for Droga5.
Favorite pastime: Reading, looking at good photography or wandering the streets with camera in hand.
Little known fact: Has appeared in Seventeen Magazine twice.