President and CEO of Kinder’s BBQ. Justin has oversight in the planning and development of the Fighters Against Human Trafficking campaign and works closely with Sean and the youth program. Justin grew up in Martinez, CA and attended Alhambra High School, he has developed considerable knowledge of the at-risk youth and human trafficking world which encouraged him to get involved with Feet First Foundation, his purpose is to help the community by empowering the youth through the Feet First Boxing program. He is proud to continue his family’s legacy of contributing time and resources to the communities in which Kinder’s operates.
Dr. Jaromy Bell
Dr. Bell’s goal is to help rehabilitate people from injuries as soon as possible so that they can do the things they love. He uses in his treatments chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique (muscle work combined with stretching), and rehabilitation to teach them how to prevent the problem from returning. Dr. Bell graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic with his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree as well as a Masters in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Bell has had advanced training in treating muscle and joint injuries, sports injuries, TMJ, and musculoskeletal pains in pregnancy. Dr. Bells focus with Feet First Foundation is making sure the kids and survivors are structurally fit and not injured for the workout, and he also serves as a trainer for the kids program.
Brandon is an entrepreneur who built an overarching platform to connect the athletic world through reciprocal “shoutout” posts (www.aethos.pro). Brandon has been around athletics nearly his entire life, playing baseball at Harvard and graduating with an A.B. in Economics. Given his background in athletics, and past experience with several other startups, Brandon provides value to Feet First Foundation acting as a strategic advisor focusing on the vision, brand, and various other business development objectives.
Zach is the CEO of Shield Corps Security. As a Marine Corps Veteran of 6 years, Zach has over 10 years of experience in the security field and manages Shield Corps’ operations. Zach has taken Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence courses from Henley Putnam University. Zach’s prior experience spans physical security, business management, logistics and real estate. He owns several businesses and is a silent partner in several technology startups including a Body Armor Company and Defense Technology Company. Zach heads the Fighters Against Trafficking campaign and works close with Sean and Justin to promote Fighters Against Human Trafficking.
Yasmin is a single mother and Bay Area resident started her involvement with Feet First Foundation when she heard about how the organization could help her teenage son. After her son’s enrollment in the program it wasn’t much longer that her twin daughters wanted to join as well. Witnessing the positive results and empowerment of her own children made her an advocate for the Feet First program. When Yasmin is not working as a Children’s Ministry leader, a volunteer coordinator, and event coordinator at her church, she is finding ways to help and serve within her community. As a single parent, Yasmin is passionate about partnering with parents to help their kids thrive and find their purpose. As such, she leads a single moms group to expand her community reach and fulfill her passion. Yasmin is a hope pusher, and enjoys being able to build up leaders. She spends her free time as a makeup artist, volunteering, having fun with her kids, and going on hikes. “I believe in being the change we desperately need to see, in the world we are living. Our future resides within our children and youth, and we are called to build them up to be men and women of excellent character and integrity.”
Works with local union leaders helps Feet First Foundation with fundraising. In addition to this works with Sean regarding guest speakers and special events. John is a long time member and friend of Sean Sharkey and has been a strong supporter of the amateur and pro boxers at Fightkore Gym in Martinez. John brings a lot of influence to the organization.
Steven M. Peterson LCSW #23821, CADCIII
Steven has been a clinical social worker since 1986. Steve has extensive experience with treating family members of addicts and alcoholics. He specializes in treating clients with co-existing mental health and substance abuse disorders. He also works extensively with individuals coping with separation and divorce. Currently, Steve teaches courses in Relapse Prevention, Dual Disorders, Group Facilitation, Motivational Interviewing and Ethics at Diablo Valley College in the Addiction Studies. He worked as an Ad Hoc professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee for ten years and served as the lead research therapist at the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steve believes firmly in evidence-based practice for the treatment of co-occurring disorders and involved in several large research projects combining medications for alcohol craving with psycho-social therapies. His empathetic and solutions-oriented approach has helped a significant number of clients. Steve’s therapeutic orientation comes from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy; Solutions Focused Therapy and the Family Systems approach. Steve believes that treatment for craving management is an essential key to success with substance abuse clients as well as early intervention.
Lisa has been with Feet First Foundation for almost a year, her Board of Director involvement is based on her long tenure working with law enforcement agencies locally and the Northern California Region. Her commitment and passion to help the community aligns with the mission that Feet First and its founders have. Lisa helps the foundation by being an adviser to the founders and a drop in role model for all young girls and women who are challenged with life and peer pressure. Lisa has volunteered her time coming to the program and talking to the students and participants. Her willingness to help the foundation by introducing our program to the law enforcement agencies is one reason Feet First is attracting schools and principals. Lisa currently helps its members prepare for incidents of terrorism in order to protect critical infrastructure through heightened vigilance and other risk reduction measures. Lisa is very experienced law enforcement official working with human trafficking, and extreme life threatening police matters.
Lucas “Lukie” Ketelle has been covering boxing for several years and has an expertise for Northern California boxing where Lucas resides. Lucas has been featured on multiple media outlets and is regular personality on multiple podcasts including ThaBoxingVoice. Lucas is the man who provides Feet First with insight on how boxing helps students facing depression, anger, anxiety, Lucas understands after school program and recognizes Feet First being a leading program. His work in the sport of boxing is a great deal and he has the education to go along with it. Lucas has his PhD in Education which he provides complete guidance on written plans for Feet First. Lucas has been a long time friend of Sean Sharkey, with strong ties to Fightkore MMA and Boxing in Martinez, CA and it only made sense to ask Lucas to be a part of Feet First Foundation and help get fighters on board with the Feet First program. Lucas brings a wealth of information to this organization. You can check Lucas out at ITRBoxing.com.