I AM PROOF® is a 501(c)3 non profit organization which offers a unique mentoring program geared towards boys ages 11
through 18. It is structured to give pre-teens and young men the opportunity to discover a sense of self through education, training
and volunteerism, while developing future leaders.
There is no cost for the program to any of the students. The costs for facilities, supplies and company expenses are provided by
donations and grants. Volunteers are used to help monitor the classrooms and strong relationships with parents, teachers and
family members, serve to keep overhead and expenses as low as possible.
Copyright 2013 - I AM PROOF® is a 501(c)3 non profit organization - All Rights Reserved
Jacqueline Chandler, MA HR, MA PA
Jacqueline Chandler is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of I AM
PROOF®. She has an undergraduate degree in business and sociology
from University of Maryland and holds master's degrees in Human Resource
Development and Public Administration from Webster University. She is
also a twenty three year Air Force veteran, participating in a plethora of
community activities involving families and youth programs. She is a mother,
grandmother, sister, spouse, daughter and a confident business
Jacqueline became very interested in mentoring programs because she
witnessed in her community how confused boys and young men were of their
own self concept; not familiar with self determination, self confidence as well
as what they have to offer to their communities, places of worship or even
their position in their own families. Jacqueline has also seen young men
being turned over to other people who were not even aware of their own
direction in life and not competent or skilled to provide a frame of reference
or even useful life skills to their wards.
"Some of the people we leave our boys with give them back to us a troubled soul, without a vision for where they are
headed; it is so easy to lose your way. So many young boys and young men are waiting for a direction. I believe that
inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.I AM PROOF® will take them there. All young people require
is motivation, inspiration and someone or something greater than themselves to help prove their self worth. I AM PROOF®
will provide life skills needed to build character and self determination. We are here to start something!"
Director - Vice President, Cecelia Hambrick-Mariaca, MBA
Cecelia works as Training specialist and curriculum developer for Defense Equal
Opportunity Management Institute. Retired Army with a tour to Desert Storm Desert
Shield and a tour to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was an instructor at
DEOMI (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute) on the MTT (Mobile Training
Team) for DEOMI and as the Disability Program manager.
She has completed Airborne school, Instructor training, Sexual Assault Response
Coordinator and combat lifesaver course, Equal Opportunity Advisor course and
Mediation course. She completed her Associate Degree in General Education from
Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC). Completed her Bachelors of Science
in Psychology from Fayetteville State University (FSU) and completed her Masters in
Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and
Development from American Intercontinental University (AIU).
Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Patrick Air Force base
volunteer of the year and Brevard volunteer of the year. Active volunteer with Patrick Air Force youth center, Brevard and
Orlando school. Active member and participant in MS foundation, March of Dimes and breast cancer walks.
Director - Community Relations & Outreach, Terrance R. Sims, MA HR, MA MGT
Terrance Sims is a 23-year retired U.S. Navy Veteran with over 12 years of facilitation
and training expertise in federal mediation, conflict management, and alternate dispute
resolution. Additionally, he is owner and founder of Training Readiness Systems, a
results-driven, full-service provider of executive training programs, and educational
products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, and preventing harassing and
discriminatory behaviors. He has earned an undergraduate degree in Organizational
Management from Ashford University, and a dual master’s degree in Human Resource
Management and Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Previously a people-focused adviser, trainer, and coach of young men and women
across the armed services, his current mission is to influence and empower young men
to reach deep within themselves to see their incredible value and worth in a world full of
distractions. Utilizing experiential learning foundations, his teaching experience has
expanded to a wide-variety of human relations topics including: positive self-identity,
personal vision, life skills, social and emotional skills, moral character, work ethic, and commitment to lifelong learning.
“It’s time to teach young boys how to become young men! There are some basic elements of respect missing from the
homes, schools, and communities where our young folks are born and being raised. It’s never too late. Some young folks
just need a little outside help, wisdom, and guidance to grow. I believe each young person requires an outlet which they
can explore new information, learn about themselves, and interact with others in a safe and trusting environment. I AM
PROOF can assist in building strong, confident, and focused leaders of the future. Our innovative group mentoring
program produces incredible results!”
Please Support I AM PROOF®
The Program is Free For All Students. All supplies and
expenses are covered by donations.
Your Tax Deductible Donation Will Allow this Program to
Help Our Students To Reach For The Stars.
Director, Ronald Martin, MA HR, MA LDRSHP
Ron Martin is a 25 year retired U.S. Navy Submariner, with over 20 years of facilitation and
instructor experience. He is currently one of the Training Managers for the Leadership,
Development and Performance Department for the Ford Motor Company Customer Service Call
Center. Certified Instructor and Facilitator in topics including Mediation, Arbitration, Equal
Opportunity, Equal Employment Opportunity, Conflict Analysis, Organizational Conflict, and
Organizational Assessment. He volunteers for the Eighteenth Judicial Court System as a Circuit
Civil Mediator. He is an Executive Board member on several non-profit organizations. He holds a
Bachelors of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois
University, two Masters of Arts degrees from Webster University in Human Resources
Development and Human Resources Management and Leadership and currently pursuing a
Doctoral degree in Conflict, Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.
Director - Treasurer, Marie Martin, BA MGT
Marie Martin is a licensed mortgage professional and got her license in February 2002.
She began her mortgage career as the assistant to the President of the Beacon Financial
Group, Inc. In less than a year, she became a full-fledged originator. Prior to 2002 she
worked in the accounting field. She has been involved with the Florida Association of
Mortgage Professionals since 2003 and has served as the President and Treasurer of the
Space Coast Chapter. Marie has also served as a state director for the FAMP Board of
Directors since 2004.
Marie relocated to Florida in 1997 from London, England. After moving every three years
as a military spouse, she loves the sun and warmth of Florida and is not planning to leave.
Marie has a degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, London.
Director - Administration & Operational Management, Lori Larson, MA MGT
Lori Larson has more than 30 years of international business experience in marketing, public
relations and advertising in the United States, Canada and Europe, including Toronto,
Philadelphia, New York City, Atlanta, London, and Paris. A diversified and well-rounded
business background includes extensive corporate and employee communications, as well as
international consulting and training. She received her BA with a double major in Organizational
Communication and Business Management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and
a Masters in Business Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Lori is the President of Arion Ventures, Inc. a consulting company, established in 2005 to
evaluate and develop business potential and create strategies and training that will lead small
businesses to growth and financial success. Her consulting experience has encompassed an international client base in a
wide variety of industries and include intensive financial and business analysis, strategic development of business and
marketing plans, training, implementation, and web design.
"I'm excited to be able to help bring this much needed program to Brevard. What an amazing opportunity to give back to
our community and make a difference - one life at a time."
"The young men of today deal with conflict on many different levels on a daily basis. They must be taught how to manage the
stressors of adolescence during this tumultuous time. IAMPROOF™ provides their young men some of the essential life
skills essential to handling conflict in a productive and peaceful manner."
campus. She has served as the Secretary and Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Diamond Community School, a
private school for “at risk children.” Marie is currently serving on a committee to help the homeless children of Brevard
County through the Space Coast Board of Realtors