OUR FOUNDER

LOUIS ZAMPERINI

Louis Zamperini (1917 - 2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. During the war, his B-24 crashed at sea, leaving him and two other survivors lost at sea aboard a life raft for 47 days. Louis was found by the Japanese, where he was imprisoned and severely tortured for 2 1/2 years. After the war, he returned to the United States to found Victory Boys Camp, a charitable organization for at-risk youth. Louis is the hero of the major motion picture Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, as well as Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling publication of the same name. Louis has authored two books with co-author David Rensin, 2003's Devil at My Heels and a posthumous publication in 2014, entitled Don't Give Up, Don't Give In.

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Board of Directors

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LUKE ZAMPERINI, President & CEO 

Luke Zamperini is the only son of our founder, Louis Zamperini. As a child, Luke accompanied his father on Victory Boys Camp retreats, giving him the knowledge and wisdom to keep Victory Boys Camp true to its original mission.  Luke continues to make himself available for public speaking events where he tells his father’s story and share’s unique perspective on what made Louis the man he was. Luke is the President and CEO of The Louis Zamperini Foundation.

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Lisa Zamperini, Executive Director

Lisa Zamperini is the Executive Director of The Louis Zamperini Foundation. She works closely with her husband Luke Zamperini overseeing all aspects of the foundation. Lisa traveled around the world accompanying Louis on his speaking engagements, witnessing the effect he has on people, and alongside Luke, kept Victory Boys Camp alive during Louis’ later years.

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Sheila Carlson, Ed.D., Board Member

Dr. Sheila Carlson is a former principal and Director of Staff Development and Grants with the Conejo Valley Unified School District, and Vice-President of the Conejo Schools Foundation. Sheila earned her doctorate at UCLA in Administration, Curriculum, and Teaching Studies, with a specialization in Entrepreneurship Education. Now semi-retired, she continues to pursue her passion of teaching others effective educational practices leading to success for all through work with the University of La Verne Teacher Education program and CVUSD. A published author in research-based journals and texts, Sheila has served as a national consultant in the areas of research, educational leadership, curriculum writing, grants, standards, assessments, and program development for many agencies, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and American College Testing. She has created programs for the national dissemination of research-based curricula and conducted staff development in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. Sheila and her husband, Brent, are active members of Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks, California.

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KEVIN L. STARK, PHD, Board member

Kevin L. Stark, PhD is a seasoned business executive in biotechnology research & development, global strategy & operations, and mergers & acquisitions.  He received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Molecular Pharmacology and began a 15-year career in basic research, followed by positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen, Inc until 2007.  Subsequently, he was a co-founder and COO of a start-up biotechnology company that raised a $20M initial investment.  In 2011, Kevin had a traumatic spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia.  It was his relationship with the Lord that provided hope during some of the darkest days.  Kevin knows firsthand that the Lord ‘saves the crushed in spirit’ (Psalm 34:18) and granted an amazing recovery.  Today, Kevin and his wife Jamie, have dedicated themselves to being of service to the disadvantaged and disabled community.

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DRAKE MORTON, Director, Board Member

Drake Morton is the CEO and Founder of Drake Morton and Associates, a highly respected marketing and advertising agency serving clients across varied industries. His past and present clients include American Honda, Ducati Motors, GNC Nutrition, Kawai Musical Instruments and Opus One Winery, among others. Drake has a long history of working with nonprofit organizations, having served as Committee Chairman on the Bay Harbor Hospital Board of Directors, and as chaplain of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department.

 

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Scott Anderholt, board member

Scott Anderholt is Vice-President of Hudson Financial Services, creating and implementing wealth strategies for a prosperous retirement for his clients. Scott and his wife Vicki have shared a Bible Study with Luke and Lisa Zamperini for over 12 years and counting.  He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics and Political Science, and then earned his Master of Business Administration in International Finance from the University of Southern California.  Scott has an extensive corporate background and has traveled and lived overseas for more than 10 years in four different countries.  Scott lives in Calabasas with his wife.  They have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  

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Heather Fuller, Advisory Board Member

Heather Fuller is an innovative high school educator who encourages each students to think creatively and maintain a solution-oriented environment, while finding their own "voice."    After nearly a decade in education, Heather knows that empowered students, with a globalized perspective, are world-changers.

Heather's 9th grade World Geography projects have been highlighted by school district leaders while attending the Buck Institute for Education's , "Project Based Learning World,"  and presented to the Texas Metroplex Social Studies Supervisor's Association (MSSSA). Due to her extensive and immersive classroom environment, Heather has twice been awarded, Granbury Independent School District,  "Teacher of the Month," as well as "Teacher of the Year.,"  for the 2013-14 school year.

Heather is currently collaborating with theThe Louis Zamperini Foundation on an immersive and character-based curriculum which utilizes the  which coincides with the Young Adult Adaptation of the Louis Zamperini biography,Edition  of Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive, by Laura Hillenbrand.  This curriculum unit stems from Heather's Unbroken unitcurriculum, which she designed and has has implemented in her own classroom since 2014.  Heather dreams of one day creating a charter school with character-driven curriculum, service-based learning, and oracy-focused student collaboration.  

Heather holds a BS in Radio-TV-Film and a concentration in U.S. Latino & Latin American Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.