Executive Team

Mike Peters – Founder, Board Member

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Mike Peters is a two times cancer survivor and co-founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation. He is also frontman of internationally respected Welsh band The Alarm and more recently as guest vocalist for celt-rockers Big Country.

 

Mike has successfully fought The Big C on two occasions; once in 1995 when he battled Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and more recently in 2006 when he was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocyte Leukemia (CLL). Throughout a six month spell of high dose chemotherapy, Mike Peters continued to play and perform with his band The Alarm, taking to the stage each time in his trademark ‘green’ combat fatigues (which has become our symbol of hope after a faith healer gave him the revelation that ‘green’ was the healing color in his life).

 

Mike Peters has played acoustic guitar all his musical life and and the sound of the instrument has been at the core of all his work from the very beginnings of The Alarm to the present day with Love Hope Strength. In the UK alone his songwriting skills have fostered 16 UK hit singles and a host of successful albums in the USA with over 5 million sales worldwide. Mike Peters has appeared with or been joined on stage by such rock and roll luminaries as U2, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

 

When Mike was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995, quitting music wasn’t an option and although he continues to receive regular treatment for Leukaemia, he is still challenging himself and his audience through music and the outreach of his charitable actions. In his own words and from the title of one of his own songs “Never give it up without a fight”.

 

To see more about Mike Peters and the birth of Love Hope Strength Foundation watch this insightful documentary ‘The Song That Changed My Life

James Chippendale – Founder, Board Member

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James Chippendale is a survivor of leukemia and bone marrow transplant recipient. Inspired by his long battle with cancer and search for a bone marrow donor Chippendale wanted to make sure all people, everywhere, had access to quality cancer care and a bone marrow donor.  So in 2006 he joined fellow leukemia survivor, Mike Peters of the Welsh rock band, and launched the Love Hope Strength Foundation.

 

A 25 year insurance executive and owner of Ascend Insurance Brokerage  Ascend is one of the countries leading music insurance brokerage firms placing coverage for leading concert promoters (Bowery Presents, C3 Presents), music festivals (Life is Beautiful, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits), touring artists, live music venues and thousands of special events.   Chippendale’s media background includes hosting the twice- Emmy-nominated lifestyle segment, Last Call with James Chippendale his philanthropy endeavors led him to  produce the non-profit  award-winning documentary “More to Live For.”  Recently, Chippendale has joined Jim Digby (Production Manager/Director of Touring for Linkin Park) to help form the Event Safety Alliance, a revolutionary non-profit organization within the entertainment industry, comprised of top industry professionals serving to improve safety at live events around the world.

 

James has become a national figure as a leukemia spokesperson and survivor. James has made over 350 media appearances, including ABC, Fox News, CNN, USA TODAY, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Good Morning America, American Way, The New York Times, and The Howard Stern Radio and TV shows.

Alex Coletti – Board Member

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Alex is award winning tv producer/director from Brooklyn, NY. As a staff producer at MTV, he produced the highly acclaimed music series MTV Unplugged, as well as 5 MTV Video Music Award Shows, 2 Super Bowl Halftime shows for CBS, and the concert series Live from the 10 spot.

Coletti formed ACP is 2007 and has produced and directed 3 National Christmas Tree Lighting broadcasts, the Teen Nick Halo Awards, VH1 Storytellers, The Robin Hood Gala in NY, the music series Spectacle with Elvis Costello.

Alex first met Mike Peters while a college intern at WNEW-FM, then again in 1990 at the Alarm rehearsal for MTV Unplugged. Alex’s involvement in LHS is a direct result of their years long friendship.

Coletti produced and directed the documentary film Everest Rocks, following the first LHS trek to base camp at Mt Everest. His father, Roger Coletti died of cancer in Aug, 2011.

Tom Flanagan – Board Member

TomAs a marketer, Tom has extensive experience in the sports, music and film industries. He has also launched digital divisions of global companies, and created start-ups focused on mobile products and technology consulting.

 
Tom has worked with many of the world’s leading brands, celebrities, athletes and entertainers. He has won numerous awards including a Cannes Gold Lion for Branded Content, and more importantly, he is a board member for the Love Hope Strength Foundation.

Richard Rees – Board Member

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Richard Rees is COO of Business Ventures Corp. an Austin based Special Situations Venture Capital company and Richard has over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial organization, restructuring and operations.
 
In 1984, he was the co-founder of one of the first commercial alternative rock radio stations in America, KCGL-FM in Salt Lake City. He went on to found KJQN-FM, Salt Lake City and in 1991 purchased KNNC-FM(K€NACK,) Austin, Texas and KENZ-FM (The End,) Salt Lake City in 1995.  Richard sold his radio stations in 1997.
 
Richard was one of the owners of Rainmaker Records, which developed artist on a regional level eventually signing them a major record labels. including Soak (Interscope,) The Nixons (MCA,)  Deep Blue Something (Interscope,) and Sugarbomb (RCA.)
 
Psychobaby Records/Rio Bravo Entertainment was formed in 1997 as a full service record label and label management company. Psychobaby release highlights include ³Daniel Ash,² tracks of which received placement in numerous TV shows, Love and Rockets ³So Alive,² Gary Numan ³Mutate² and Future Sound of London ³The Isness & The Otherness.²
In May 2005, he formed Digital Music Group, Inc. (DMGI) by merging his company, Psychobaby Digital with Digital Music Works, Inc. DMGI went public in February 2006, through a simultaneous merger of Psychobaby/Rio Bravo and Digital Music Works, raising $38 million.
Mr. Rees serves on the Board of Directors of The Joint- The Chiropractic place ® and Gluten-Free Superfoods.  

George Devanney – Board Member

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George W. Devanney is a partner at Keywood Strategies after 27 years of experience in the public sector with a long and vast career of understanding how to get things done at all levels of government. Mr. Devanney was Union County’s longest serving County Manager after nearly 10 years in the position. Federal, State, County or Municipal issues, George can quickly navigate the mechanics of government to maximize its impact on private and non-profit entities.

 

Prior to joining the County, Mr. Devanney also helped launch the Jersey Gardens Mall, while he served as the chief economic development adviser as the Director of Policy and Planning for Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage. Devanney was appointed County Manager in 2002, following a four-year tenure as Deputy County Manager. Devanney previously served as a member of the Elizabeth Development Company Board of Trustees, Executive Director of the NJ Democratic State Committee, under powerful State Senator, Raymond J. Lesniak, who served as the Chairman of the NJDSC, Special Assistant to the NJ Senate President, and Chief Legislative Aide for the 20th Legislative District Office.

 

He is a Board member of the Love Hope Strength Foundation and has also served on the Board of the Union County Alliance, Runnells Hospital Foundation and Union County Performing Arts Center. A graduate of Rutgers University, Devanney earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.

Jules Jones Peters – Board Member

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