Quest of the Keys Board of Directors

Blake Wheelis

Blake Wheelis

Chairman

Tim Cole

Tim Cole

Vice-Chairman

Roxann Brennfoerder

Roxann Brennfoerder

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

Counsel

Scotty Sanders

Scotty Sanders

Author, Quest of the Keys

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.

Jeff Bruinsma

Jeff Bruinsma

Board Member

Jacob Sanders

Jacob Sanders

Secretary

Karen Nelsen

Karen Nelsen

Board Member

Jeff Bruinsma is Vice-President for Talent Acquisition for L3 Sensor Systems.  He has implemented the Staffing Shared Services center supporting all Staffing requirements across the Sensors Systems Segment.  He has over 30 years of experience in senior Finance and HR positions with over 15 years in the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Jeff’s background and experience provide him the tools to serve as an HR executive supporting operations with a strong business acumen.  Before joining L3 in 2017, Jeff spent the previous 16 years in the Aerospace and Defense industry with Raytheon and DynCorp International.  During this time, Jeff lead nearly all HR functions within these large, publicly traded, international organizations to include: Staffing, Compensation, Benefits, HRIS, International HR, Training & Development, Talent Management, Compliance and Labor Relations.  Prior to Raytheon, Jeff had a 14-year career in Finance where he was a licenses Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer for 2 nonprofit organizations.  Using his experience in Finance and HR, Jeff has supported numerous large Business Development capture efforts as well as the due diligence on merger and acquisition initiatives.

Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for two separate nonprofit organizations.  He is certified from Raytheon as a Six Sigma Specialist and is a graduate of the Raytheon Leadership Development Program and the DynCorp International Growth Catalyst Program for Senior Executives.

Jeff holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Calvin College.

Early in his career, Jacob Sanders developed a passion for helping organizations identify innovative ways to leverage technology so they can increase efficiency and generate more revenue. He currently serves as the Sales Director of Prototype IT, the largest privately owned IT solutions provider in the DFW metroplex. Jacob also gained expertise in technology consulting for public schools and libraries while working for SkyRider Communications. He resides in Flower Mound, Texas.

Karen Nelsen taught for 36 years.  First in Dallas ISD and then in Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch ISD.  She has taught all elementary grades and completed her teaching career at the Middle School level.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Elementary Education and Psychology and a Master’s degree from Texas A&M/Commerce in Bilingual Education.  She has a love of education and curriculum writing.

Besides her work in education, she is active in her community.  Presently she is Secretary for Support Our Troops, Inc. and Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Texas.

She presently lives in Denton, TX with her husband.  She has 2 grown children: one is a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy, while the other is a middle school math teacher.

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.
Jenny Lobello

Jenny Lobello

QOTK School Coordinator

Margaret McKoin

Margaret McKoin

Publicist

Emily Mollenkof

Emily Mollenkof

Grant Writer & Consultant

Jenny LoBello lives in the Dallas area with her police officer husband and two daughters.  Jenny has always had a passion for reaching the next generation.  After receiving her education degree, she worked as a teacher, as a child advocate and most recently serving teens in the DFW area.  Jenny is our Quest of the Keys School Coordinator. She works with local schools and businesses to merge a partnership to provide Quest of the Keys in middle schools in the DFW area.

Margaret McKoin is President and Chief Marketing Officer of The Time Group – a faith based marketing, advertising and public relations firm she founded in 2000.  The company specializes in assisting organizations with their marketing strategy, public relations, social media, digital marketing and traditional advertising. The Time Group provides clients with marketing boosts and sometimes extreme makeovers in highly competitive environments.  The company supports both for-profit and non-profit clients. The Time Group has offices in both Texas and Hawaii and utilizes staff working remotely from all over the US.

Prior to starting The Time Group Ms. McKoin had a successful 18-year career in the telecommunications industry.  She held executive positions as VP of Sales and Marketing at five major telecommunication companies: including CenturyTel (now CenturyLink), AT&T, McCaw Communications, Palmer Wireless and Excel Corporate US and Canada.  Margaret’s education includes a degree in Communications from the University of South Florida and graduate studies in Global Marketing from California Coast University.

Margaret’s is a board of trustee member for both the Texas Restaurant and Hawaii Restaurant Association Education Foundations. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Visitors and Convention Bureau.  She and her team work closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Hawaii Food Bank, Toys for Tots, The American Red Cross, The Lone Survivor Foundation, and Union Gospel Mission. Over the past 15 years, The Time Group has supported over 30 non-profits with ongoing digital marketing, public relations and fundraising programs.

Margaret and husband Bob live in Flower Mound, Texas with their energetic adopted 9-year-old daughter Mackenzie.

Emily has a degree in Community Development from Covenant College. With six years of experience in the nonprofit and grant writing world, she writes and manages grants for Quest of the Keys. Emily lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her husband and two cats.

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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