The Founding Project..
…Our team is staffed by volunteers from across the United States.
The most crucial individuals with our cause are
our talented writers/creative contributors
and our savvy social media team,
whose names and faces you may see on a regular basis, as they help bring information to you via technology, social media and our Page and website. The Founding Project is comprised solely of VOLUNTEERS,
people giving of their time and talents for a chance to DO something for our children and grandchildren.
Behind the scenes, The Founding Project is managed by professionals dedicated to our cause, who handle daily operations:
Maggie Dine ~ President…comes to The Founding Project bringing a background in human resources, business management, and business development, along with experience with newspapers in her early career. The mother of four and “Grammie” of two also founded a nonprofit arts organization in 1989, which served thousands during its run through 2012. The Founding Project team knows Maggie as the one who can handle juggling many priorities at once. She calls it craziness, but we call it “multi-tasking”. Maggie currently manages her own business, serves on the board of a local foundation and has been part of her church’s mnusic ministry since 1987.
Dominic Godinez ~ Vice President…brings years of project management, business management and political campaign experience to The Founding Project. He works as a stationary engineer and also manages a business with his wife. Our staff considers Dom to be crucial to keeping our efforts on track, organizing social media content, keeping fellow members sane, and he’s also known as our beer connoisseur, but the varying talents do not seem to be connected…or so we think. Dominic is the father of three and recently also served as the county campaign co-chair for a national political campaign.
Peter Jergens ~ Vice President…lends his decades of education, computer/technology and business experience to The Founding Project with his main operations being the programming and maintenance of our website and other technical needs, along with lending education insight. Peter is also the president of a charitable foundation and has been a musician with his church’s contemporary ensemble for many years. When he isn’t making puns to the point of threats from The Founding Project team, Peter is most often found behind a computer or behind a golf club and is more than willing to taste test any beer our VP, Dom, recommends. A father of four and also a grandfather, Peter recently left education to pursue an analytical-technical career and also assists with managing his family’s business.
The Founding Project benefits from the experience of several Advisors and Contributors, who donate their professional skills to TFP:
Annette Kocka ~ Social Media Advisor…spent most of her career as a nurse, until an injury resulted in disability and thus inspired her to embrace volunteer efforts in the political and education arenas with vast involvement managing social media. Annette is known as The Founding Project’s sweetheart and social media guru and we are convinced she routinely brings her laptop up to smoking point for the TFP cause. Besides being married to her high school beau for 30+ years and the mom of one grown son, Annette has worked on a presidential campaign and her current efforts are focused on education activism.
Kim S. Anderson ~ Civics For All Ages Video Host…is a professional with over 15 years of corporate experience and more than 10 years of entrepreneurial success. Her background includes a unique blend of Community Relations, Public Relations, Event Planning and Production, Educational and School Administration, Corporate Support and Resource Administration, Training, Mentoring, Coaching and even co-hosting a radio show. Her bubbly personality make civics ages enjoyable and even fun for the TFP audience.
Chris Watkins ~ Accountant…Every organization should have someone, like Chris. She keeps our reporting up-to-date and our numbers crunched and balanced. When TFP isn’t keeping her challenged, her busy accounting practice has her more than busy. Chris studied accounting at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX and has over 35 years in the accounting field working in various industries with 13 of those years in public accounting. We’re all glad her professional path happened to cross paths with TFP.
Tony Wyman ~ Reporting and Media Advisor…Tony is also a writer for TFP and his bio is included with his written contributions to our website. He also makes our president laugh…a lot.
Cheryl Borland ~ Nonprofit Specialist and Attorney…Cheryl is the managing partner for the Ohio office of a medium-sized law firm based in Pennsylvania and is known for always having a solution.
Dan Neiferd ~ Graphic Designer/Artist…Dan donated his talents to TFP in the varying versions of our logo. Dan was previously employed as an artist with Walt Disney Studios and currently works as a graphic designer for a printing enterprise in Florida. He made the design process easier and enjoyable.
The Founding Project is also joined by several other Advisors and Gifted Writers, whose bios can be found with their written contributions, and include our researchers and guest writers.
We would be remiss if we did not also mention our profound appreciation for Ann Stokes, our Facebook Moderators, our Social Media Team Captains and their loyal teams for their efforts to expand TFP’s outreach and form the heart of “Taking Civics To Citizens”.
The Co-Founders of The Founding Project:
Dominic Godinez, Peter Jergens, Annette Kocka and Maggie Dine
Call this small band of dreamers, crazy, if you must, but it was this small team that first discussed the needs, goals and strategies of The Founding Project, battened down our beginnings and motto, “Freedom through Knowledge. Together.”, and came up with our name and logo together. Perhaps we are a bit bonkers to take on this kind of endeavor and we locked heads, debated, pondered and also laughed–a lot, but we determined that trying to do something for our country, for unity, for freedom and posterity was a worthy goal. We knew we had to try.