Vision: Empowering one million of the next generation to discover their purpose, unlock their potential, and live with passion by 2025.

Mission: Equip the next generation for success by providing relevant life-skills training and character development resources.

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Quest of the Keys wishes to thank and acknowledge our growing list of corporate sponsors!

About the Quest of the Keys Organization

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Quest of the Keys is a nonprofit organization that provides character development resources to schools and other institutions. Our mission is to provide relevant character development resources to empower the next generation.

For over three years the Quest of the Keys Team has been building brand awareness through email campaigns to thousands of educators. We have also utilized search engine optimization, Facebook campaigns, articles, events, press releases, referrals, social media and an updated mobile compatible website.There are over 17,000 Quest of the Keys books in print, thousands of E books have been distributed and an audio book is available through Amazon. Approximately 25 schools over the United States are presently using the books and hundreds of educators have read Quest of the Keys in preparation for classroom use.

Why Character Education?

Character Education is a deliberate effort to help young people become responsible, caring, and contributing members of society. It is through character education that we hope to inspire youth to determine what is right and to act on what they believe is right.Character Education provides a variety of solutions and preventative tools to many of life’s obstacles that face so many of our youth today (such as bullying, peer pressure, suicide, school drop-out, etc.).Through the development of Positive Character Traits, youth cultivate the skills and aptitudes for a happy and productive life. It is our intent to help inspire a culture of character in which youth are given the tools they need to succeed and make healthy choices.

Programs

Quest of the Keys creates character education curriculum for schools, afterschool programs, and other youth development organizations. Partner organizations and their staff use the curriculum to implement educational experiences with groups of middle and high school participants.

Content

Quest of the Keys teaches Positive Character Traits through the use of reading and application to everyday life. Our aim is to develop character and encourage behavior that is consistent with leading a successful and meaningful life. Additionally the program is designed to develop social, emotional and personal awareness, and the ability to make better decisions.

  • Quest of the Keys uses inspirational messages to powerfully illustrate positive character in action. The curriculum for each identifies “hero” role models, examines how their actions demonstrate Positive Character Traits, and invites participants to consider the impact of the actions on the hero and those interactive activities put the lessons into practice. Character traits are examined, discussed and applied through carefully designed guided group discussions, individual and group activities, and thought-provoking writing projects.
  • The Quest of the Keys program incorporates character development and ethics curriculum, social and emotional learning, literacy and comprehensive teacher training.
  • Quest of the Keys makes use of a range of pedagogical strategies to teach and reinforce positive character. The program includes direct teaching, interactive participation activities such as peer discussions and role-playing and modeling positive behavior.

The timing is right for this venture. We have sold books to educators and students across the United States and globally. Price is a huge barrier into the school market, although transformational education is desperately needed. When properly funded we will be able to deliver Quest of the Keys books, Character Keys curriculum, English Language Arts curriculum and other teacher support resources. Also, schools can schedule assemblies with the Author and book characters or a “Meet the Author” Skype session.

GREAT NEWS! When you donate to Quest of the Keys we can immediately provide books and resources to thousands of students. Join our team as we strive to empower millions of the next generation…

 

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Through the ongoing efforts of our non-profit organization, Quest of the Keys is impacting lives in communities all across America – and you can join the Quest! Simply complete the contact form to the right and let’s discuss how Quest of the Keys can bring life-changing results to the important young lives in your community.

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Our Board of Directors

Blake Wheelis

Blake Wheelis

Chairman

Tim Cole

Tim Cole

Vice-Chairman

Roxann Brenforder

Roxann Brenforder

Secretary / Treasurer

Blake Wheelis owns a State Farm Agency in West Monroe, LA and has been successful in insurance for years being honored with the State Farm Chairman’s Circle Award, Central Vice President’s Award and Ambassador Travel Award. Blake is recognized for his community involvement and serves on many boards and committees locally and statewide.
Tim Cole is a leader, team builder, retired military officer, and passionate advocate for our nation’s military, veterans, and their families.

Tim served over 31 years with the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve, retiring at the rank of Colonel in May 2013. Following the 9/11 attacks against our nation, he served on active duty for ~7 years, at home and overseas earning numerous military decorations and awards.  Prior to 9/11, Tim worked with Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter in the aviation manufacturing sector. He currently serves as the Private Sector Liaison to citizens of FEMA Region VI – the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Tim is a graduate of Graceland University in Iowa (BA, Business Administration) and the Marine Corps Command & Staff College.  He benefits from 23 years business experience in contracting, supply chain and program management, as well as expertise building collaboration across diverse sectors.  Tim is married to Mary Anne Cole – a retired Texas educator. They are proud parents of five adult children (including 2 teachers) and three amazing grandchildren.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in mathematics and music, Roxann Brennfoerder worked at Ameritas Life Insurance Corp in Lincoln, NE as an actuary, manager and executive in the retirement plans and dental insurance lines of business.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and has provided executive leadership for large business units, including Customer Service.  She has served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the American Red Cross, the Board of Directors and as Secretary, Treasurer and Program Chair of Leadership Lincoln, an adult leadership education organization.  She has also served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary, Treasurer and President (2 separate terms) of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.  She currently is serving as the Chair of the Advisory Board to the University of Nebraska Actuarial Science program.

She and her husband recently moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex area to spend time with their daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.

Jeff Tasker

Jeff Tasker

Council

Scotty Sanders

Scotty Sanders

Executive Director

Kevin Lynam

Kevin Lynam

Board Member

Mr. Tasker has substantial experience in federal and state venues representing individuals and corporate entities in a variety of matters. He serves as General Counsel to numerous corporate entities and has served on the governing board of multiple companies and non-profit organizations. He is frequently called upon to design, negotiate and draft complex commercial agreements, and he has extensive experience in land-use regulations, real estate transactions, land development and investment design and analysis. Mr. Tasker is frequently retained to architect or analyze business investment opportunities for individual investors and companies seeking capital. He has worked closely with multinational clients to design and develop an EB-5 immigration program for foreign investors seeking immigration to the United States. He also handles a broad range of tort and complex business litigation on behalf of individuals and companies. Mr. Tasker has served as lead attorney in arbitrations, trials and appeals before state, federal and bankruptcy courts in Texas and Oklahoma. He is a qualified Mediator and has extensive experience in litigation and resolution strategy.

Scotty Sanders has been leading organizations for thirty years; first as CEO for a multi-million dollar company and then an executive non-profit organization with over 150 employees and 7,000 members.

Scotty has been recognized as Louisiana Entrepreneur of the year, Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, and noted in trade magazines for his success in the business world. He is also certified by Ritz Carlton on excellence in customer service.

Scotty is a sought after speaker who has traveled both nationally and internationally to a variety of venues—from Fortune 500 companies, school systems, hospitals, statewide organizations, large non-profits, and many churches. Scotty’s speaking is passionate, relevant, and challenging.

He is also an author who has written books, training materials and published articles. He and his wife Cindy live near Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Lynam has spent his entire career in the field of visual design for marketing communications, with project experience ranging from multinational advertising campaigns to logo development and packaging design for some of America’s leading brands. Kevin is creative director for the entire Quest of the Keys brand, and along with his daughter Addy, also served as story consultant throughout the entire development of the book. Kevin and his college sweetheart Erinn have been married 25 years. The couple live in a small community near Dallas near their daughter Addy and son Yisrael.

Team Members

Scotty Sanders

Scotty Sanders

Author, Quest of the Keys

Kevin Lynam

Kevin Lynam

Co-Writer and Creative Director

Addy Cook

Addy Cook

Target Market Consultant

Scotty Sanders has been leading organizations for thirty years; first as CEO for a multi-million dollar company and then an executive non-profit organization with over 150 employees and 7,000 members.

Scotty has been recognized as Louisiana Entrepreneur of the year, Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, and noted in trade magazines for his success in the business world. He is also certified by Ritz Carlton on excellence in customer service.

Scotty is a sought after speaker who has traveled both nationally and internationally to a variety of venues—from Fortune 500 companies, school systems, hospitals, statewide organizations, large non-profits, and many churches. Scotty’s speaking is passionate, relevant, and challenging.

He is also an author who has written books, training materials and published articles. He and his wife Cindy live near Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Lynam has spent his entire career in the field of visual design for marketing communications, with project experience ranging from multinational advertising campaigns to logo development and packaging design for some of America’s leading brands. Kevin is creative director for the entire Quest of the Keys brand, and along with his daughter Addy, also served as story consultant throughout the entire development of the book. Kevin and his college sweetheart Erinn have been married 25 years. The couple live in a small community near Dallas near their daughter Addy and son Yisrael.

Addy serves as a story consultant to the authors, and creative consultant to the marketing team, advising both from the perspective of the teenage / young-adult target market. Inspired by the process of writing Quest of the Keys, Addy will soon release her first children’s book and is working on her own fiction novel. Ms. Lynam has also penned several short stories and a growing body of poetry. She and her husband James reside in Lewisville, Texas with their faithful companion Willow.
Cheryl Ariaz Wicker

Cheryl Ariaz Wicker

Publicity and SEO

Paul Eckhardt

Paul Eckhardt

Video & Gaming Consultant

Cheryl Ariaz Wicker is the owner of Premier1 Studios, an entertainment media and marketing company offering branding, publicity and social media services with a specialty in faith-based movies and books. Wicker is also an award-winning producer, most recently producing the feature “Flag of My Father” starring John Schneider, GiGi Erneta and William Devane. She is also nationally known as a media personality, producing and hosting the video podcast Christian Movie Connect, writing for Examiner.com as the Christian Movies Examiner, and contributing to a number of other publications including Sonoma Christian Home, Christian Cinema and Christian Film Database.
Paul Eckhardt is an award winning film maker, and Alternate Reality Designer, crafting new worlds to excite, entertain and inspire. With a background in cinematic storytelling, visual effects production, and motion control game design, he’s taking on the virtual age head on. He explored film production with a degree in film production, and is an award winning filmmaker. Paul currently works on feature film visual effects as well as virtual reality development, and he is also project lead on a desktop motion capture / puppetry plugin for 3D artists.

Advisory Team

Andrew Osakue

Andrew Osakue

Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley

Dr. Frank Hoffman

Dr. Frank Hoffman

Andrew Osakue is a Pastor, Motivational Speaker and Author. Andrew accepted his call to Knoxville in spring of 2014 as the Director of Community Outreach. His current role involves unifying the local church and community for maximum Kingdom impact. Andrew is a native of New Orleans where he started his first ministry from his very own patio. He relocated to Memphis, TN in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Andrew uses his story to empower and inspire audiences of all kinds. Andrew’s motto is “if it’s not about souls, it’s not about much.” His heart beat is to see the world blanketed with the love of Christ and disciples multiplying all over the globe. Andrew enjoys traveling, learning new things, playing basketball, and meeting new people. Most of all Andrew enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Ashley.
Bill Bradley is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CenturyLink. During his 30-year tenure with the company, he has led the global IT organization through numerous successful integrations and large system conversions, driving synergies and supporting innovation throughout the company.

As CenturyLink’s Chief Information Officer, Bradley is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing information systems and solutions that support customers and employees. He leads a global workforce to ensure application development and support resources are available around the clock to address company priorities and meet customer needs.

Bradley has held numerous leadership roles, evolving the IT organization as the company has transformed from a rural telephone provider to a global leader in advanced IP-enabled network, cloud/hosting, and IT services. Bradley has a passion for innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, illustrated by his efforts to establish CenturyTel as an Internet Service Provider in 1997. He has continued this theme of innovation in his roles as Chief Technical Officer and Chief Information Officer for more than a decade.

Bradley was instrumental in CenturyTel’s acquisition of Embarq in 2009, creating CenturyLink, successfully integrating hundreds of applications, converting millions of customers to a single consumer billing system and tripling the scale of the IT organization. Building on this experience, he also contributed to CenturyLink’s acquisition of Qwest in 2011, doubling the scale of the IT organization to support millions of customers and more than 45,000 employees. Bradley’s focus on creating a “one company” mindset, following these acquisitions, helped set the foundation for the technological and cultural transformation at CenturyLink.

Bradley serves on several boards focused on promoting the growth of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and developing collaborative relationships between industry and academic organizations. He believes the foundation of a well-balanced and productive life is to follow your passion, work hard and give back to your community.

Frank Hoffmann serves most of western Ouachita Parish as State Representative in District 15, now serving his third term.  He has served as Vice Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of Education, and also has served on Ways and Means and Retirement committees, as well as the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family, and on the Board of the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education.

Frank is married to Susan Hoffmann, Market President for J P Morgan Chase Bank.  They have two sons, Matthew, a Medical Doctor serving his residency in dermatology, and Drew, a lawyer in Baton Rouge.  Susan and Frank have two grandsons, Thomas and Foster.   

Susan Hoffman

Susan Hoffman

Corie Williams

Corie Williams

Susan G. Hoffmann is a banker, consultant, business owner and community leader.  She served as Market President for JPMorgan Chase in Northeast Louisiana for five years  and a Senior Commercial Lender for 20 years having achieved the top ranking lender for JPMorgan Chase in the South Region for several years.  She currently serves as a Business Consultant and Community Leader .

She is the Chairman of the St. Francis Medical Center Board of Directors, the largest medical center in northeast Louisiana and the largest Louisiana Hospital System.  She is Chairman-elect of the ULM Foundation whose purpose is to provide support to the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

She previously served as Chairman of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of United Way and numerous other community organizations.

She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe,BBA, MBA, a graduate of The School of Banking of the South at LSU and the Graduate School of Commercial Lending University of Oklahoma.

Susan is married to State Representative Frank Hoffmann.

As the Educational Director, Corie works directly with recruiting and training certified teachers and paraprofessionals who tutor 400+ students four days a week at 5 different schools within the district.  She is responsible for curriculum development and implementation as well as continuing professional development for this special group of teachers who work all day in a traditional school setting and then pour themselves into the lives of the Broaden Horizons’ students after the regular school day ends.

She is a wife, mother, sister, daughter-in-law, and a good friend.  Her husband, J.,  and her children Curtis and Elisabeth live on an 11 acre farm with lots of four-legged family members.  She loves her piece of the country life and is an avid outdoors enthusiast.  Additionally, Corie is an active member of First West and serves as a Young Adult Life Group teacher, Student Ministry volunteer and Praise Team / Adoration Choir member.

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