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Ron Kauffman, Founder


1966 Long Island University C.W. Post College - BA

1967 St. John’s University School of Business - MBA

Over 45-years of business experience in retail & high technology including 25-years at the executive levels of Vice President, CEO and Principal in public, private and nonprofit corporations

Author of 2-books, newspaper columnist and live talk-radio show host

Founder of 2-nonprofits, the first in Florida and the NC Sentinel Patriot Club

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Sharon Hanson

Vice President/Treasurer

1967 Michigan State University - BA

More than 25 years as a Casework Supervisor and Administrator with the Michigan Department of Social Services

Vice Chair of the Michigan StateEmployees Association, Liaison for DSS and Michigan Employment Security Commission, loaned executive on the local FEMA Disaster and Response Team, Red Cross Board Chair and CPR Instructor, Emergency Shelter Coordinator and on-call Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator for The Healing Place


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Kelsey Lyon

Secretary and Director of Social Media

2013 Central Connecticut State University - BA

10 years working in graphic and information design and is the owner of Kelsey Lynn Designs 

Experienced in management of social media, layout design, product and name recognition design

Held positions including Pre-Press designer at AlphaGraphics, Graphic designer for Paddy's Beach Club and Feast Sandwich Co.

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John Beaumont, Board Member

1995 – B.S. - Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture

Project Architect / General Contractor

Contract residential design & construction professional with extensive fabrication modeling and construction experience.

USPTO registered web-filer for US Patents & Trademarks, CNC ready CAD/CAM modeling of architectural interiors and custom tradeshow fabrications. Laser & Resin print modeling & fabrication. 

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Kelee Flannery, Board Member 

1982 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Kelee Flannery graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1982, after studying Administration of Justice with a specialization in paralegal investigation.  She has spent most of her working life involved in managing real estate assets all over the United States and in the United Kingdom.

In 2011 she became the manager of the Historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. After 5 ½ years of making this already beautiful building an economic success, the property interests were finally able to be sold by Duke Energy to a new caretaker.

Kelee remained with her company, Tessier Associates, and is now charged with new business development for the company, as well as, acting as a Senior Property Manager for both commercial and residential properties. 

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Tim Grutzius, Board Member

1986 University of Illinois at Chicago – BA (Criminal Justice)

1999 Moraine Valley Community College – AAS (Fire Science)

After a 25-year career with the Alsip (Illinois) Fire Department, Tim retired at the rank of Lieutenant/Paramedic in 2019.  He and his wife (Judy) of 24 years relocated to the Flat Rock area in June of 2020.  In addition to Stand T.A.L.L., Tim does volunteer work with Illinois Firefighter Peer Support, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.  Additionally, he is a personal trainer, health coach, Reiki Master practitioner, and a yoga teacher candidate (starting June of 2021).  He looks forward to furthering the mission of Stand T.A.L.L. as well as exploring all that the State of North Carolina has to offer.

Kurt Becker

Kurt Becker, Board Member

Over 30-years of business experience in fire, security and alarm systems technology at the executive levels of Vice President, CEO and Principal in private corporations as well as having served as a certified fire instructor. Kurt has a strong background in strategic business planning and contract negotiations.  He will be heading up our Corporate Donor program.