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
Our Leaders
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 professional.

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."

Director, Jeff Musgrove, PhD, MA HR, MA MGT

Jeff has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University, Masters degrees in Human Resource Development and Management from Webster University, an undergraduate degree in Management with minors in Education and Sociology from the University of Maryland University College. He is also a twenty-year Air Force veteran, He is currently the regional director for Columbia College and manages 8 extended college campuses in the Southeast including Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He has received recognition for outstanding volunteer service. He has coached boys and girls basketball is a founding board member of Parents Assisting Youths (PAY) - a mentoring program for parents and has taught relationship enhancement seminars.

"US prisons and juvenile facilities are filled with young men and boys who may be looking at a brighter future had a mentor been part of their influential years. Research indicates that kids who have good relationships with their mentors have higher chances of attaining academic
success, and have lower chances of experiencing drugs and alcohol. A mentor not only invests in a kid’s life through regular time spent with them but also helps them establish an action plan, present outlets for new chances and challenges, and provide them the inspiration to realize their dreams and goals. I am proof that mentors make a difference. I’m from a single parent home, and I have had mentors from my early years, during my military career, my academic career as well and still today mentors are a part of my life. I want to experience the satisfaction of assisting and guiding young men to grow, advance, and attain their goals."
"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
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