CEO & Co-FounderJack Rolfe
The School of Life Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Jack & Lexie Rolfe. The Straight “A's” in Life formula was developed and written from the Rolfe's life experiences. Mr. Rolfe had 2 objects (basketball and wheelchair) that helped to shape his life. The wheelchair represents more than 28 years of working as a physical therapist with the elderly in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and their own homes. The basketball represents 20 years of coaching girls' basketball in little leagues, middle school, high school, college, and WNBA camps. Many life lessons were learned while working with the senior population and the young people simultaneously. Lexie is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for at-risk youth. In May 2013 Jack received his Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. & Mrs. Rolfe have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
Chair, Education Advisory BoardLindsey Christensen
Lindsey has always had a passion for helping students reach their goals. For the past 8 years she has been working for Dixie State University where she started with Community Education directing an after-school program that helped at-risk children with homework and subject enjoyment. For the most recent 3 years she has been the Internship Coordinator for DSU with the responsibility of being the liaison for students and employers with the goal of helping students transition into the “real world”. Lindsey is from Huntsville, Utah and is married to Anthony Christensen of St. George, Utah with a beautiful little girl. She loves travelling, outdoor activities, and candy!
Director of Training ServicesKip Kint
The School of Life Foundation has contracted with Mr. Kint’s organization Kint Enterprises to manage the Training Services Division of the organization. Kip has more than 20 years of business and leadership experience, having worked in leadership positions for large, successful companies such as WordPerfect, Novell, FranklinCovey and BNI. Kip has been an Executive Trainer and Success Coach for over 20 years. He is a Certified FranklinCovey Coach, an effectiveness expert, and has extensive experience as a Success Coach, Trainer, and Keynote Speaker. Clients of note have come from prominent organizations such as the U.S. Department of Justice, The United Nations, Allied Waste/Republic Services, The New York Stock Exchange, Disney, Microsoft, BNI and many others.
Chief Motivational OfficerMichelle Orton
Michelle is the Owner/Publisher of Southern Utah Neighbors, a professional magazine with a mission to inspire, motivate and impact people lives for good. To show that there is much to be grateful for and the best is yet to come. Michelle is the CEO of New Leaf Coaching and Speaking, an organization that guides individuals to attain complete success. In 2011 Michelle received the Entrepreneurial Woman of Achievement from the Utah Business Woman Organization.
Chief Research AnalystJohn Baggaley
John attended the University of Utah, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics. In August 2005, John began teaching math at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, Utah, as well as helping with coaching and statistics in the Girl’s Basketball, Volleyball, and Tennis programs. In 2012, he returned to the University of Utah, finishing a second Bachelors degree in Economics and is now enrolled in their Masters of Statistics program. John is a Data Analyst in the Orem, Utah satellite office of Neustar. John served a two year church mission in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Chief Happiness OfficerConnie Zdunich
Connie is a retired leadership business executive. She is working with current and former Elementary School teachers in the creation of a School of Life Foundation series of coloring/activity books. These books will be used in an expansion of the School of Life program into a younger outreach.
Education Advisory Board
Darryl graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in Business Management/Marketing. He has since enjoyed a sales career with Sumitomo Corporation of America, Nabisco Brands, Allstate Insurance and UnitedHealthcare. His current position is with UnitedHealthcare in the Medicare and Retirement Division. He has a passion for serving the youth of his community while raising four sons. He coached Little League Baseball, National Junior Basketball, has been a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and was a volunteer high school religious instructor. He has been involved in fundraising for 15 years while helping such organizations as the Clark County Law Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, the Marty Barrett Little League and numerous elementary school, middle school, high school and college sports and academic programs. Darryl is excited to be involved in the School of Life Foundation and the difference it will make.
Roy Phillips was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was an at risk student himself, which is why he took such an interest in The School of Life Foundation. He left Las Vegas and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is married and has 6 children. Roy is an owner of Petro West Incorporated, an international petroleum company. He has help many organizations including: youth correction facilities, homeless shelters, and Universities. He loves to be involved in the community and spend time with his family.
Jennifer Wallace, known as the “TIP Lady”, is the Outreach Manager for Financial Aid for the Michigan Education Trust. She has received many awards and honors because of the service she give students and parents each year. Jennifer has been as supporter of The School of Life Foundation from the beginning. She has been on many boards including the Alumni Board of Directors for Michigan State University College of Social Science and the Board for MSU Black Alumni. She loves giving of her time to those who need it. “We are on the planet to make a difference, and we just have to make that difference one day at a time, one kid at a time, one family at a time.”
Born and raised in Farmington Utah, Erik has been in the marketing and advertising field since 1998. While attending Brigham Young University, Erik began his career in advertising starting as the Classified Ad Director for the Daily Herald Newspaper. After graduation, Erik worked with many companies and organizations around the world to increase his experience and love for marketing and eventually opened his own marketing firm in 2003. In 2005, Erik became an instrument rated pilot and to this day enjoys flying to visit with various local and regional clients. In 2009, Erik formed Sorenson Advertising and has achieved over 900% growth since the first year in business. Erik has served on various community boards, charitable foundations and organizations including the School of Life Foundation and the Booyah Foundation. In 2012, Erik took eleven trips to Haiti, beginning immediately after the earthquake to help in the relief effort. Erik enjoys flying, the outdoors, family, sports and competing in Ironman and Marathon endurance events. Erik is a very active member of the community. Erik considers being a father, husband, Eagle Scout, an active member of the community, service and being a business owner, his greatest accomplishments.
Justin Keate is currently the Assistant Principal over student services at Desert Hills High School in St. George, UT. Justin has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students and has been involved in education as a teacher/administrator for 13 years. At Desert Hills High School, Justin collaborated with Jack Rolfe to bring the School of Life program into schools as a positive alternative to traditional restitution programs. The impact was immediate and after seeing results with students in improved attitude, GPA, and graduation rates he shared this program and supporting data with other colleagues and School of Life is currently in all St. George high schools and spreading quickly through the state. Justin has a passionate about education and improving educational practices through positive behavior reinforcement. Justin has a BA degree in German/History and Masters in Educational Leadership. Justin has a beautiful wife Jennifer and 6 kids and loves spending quality time with them.
Michael C. Dunn
Michael C. Dunn attended Brigham Young University and received a Bachelor’s degree in English in 2000. He then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He graduated Cum Laude in 2003. Michael practiced law in Las Vegas for 2 years before moving to St. George to practice law with his father. Michael’s brother and sister later joined the Firm. Their law practice focuses on Estate Planning, Tax, Business Structuring and Civil Litigation. Michael is licensed to practice law in Utah and Nevada, and is admitted to the United States Tax Court. He teaches Estate Planning at the Institute of Continued Learning at Dixie State College and is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, Michael loves outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, climbing, canyoneering, scuba diving, and cycling. He is married to Lindsay Dunn, and is the proud father of two children.
Deven is an entrepreneur and local Chick-fil-A business owner with a passion for helping young people today to develop critical life skills. After learning about the purpose and mission of the School of Life, Deven eagerly sought to promote and demonstrate the principles of the program into his activities working with youth in his business and community and church programs where he is active. He graduated in Marketing and Business Management from BYU. Deven lives in St. George with his wife, Brittany and their four children.
Mr. Nielson is a member of his firm’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law, title insurance issues, corporate disputes, and real estate litigation. Mr. Nielson is the President of the Clark County Law Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic at UNLV. He has been a frequent instructor at Continuing Legal Education seminars in the areas of evidence, expert witnesses and general litigation. Mr. Nielson holds a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He is admitted to practice in state and federal court in Nevada. He is a member of the Clark County Bar Association.
Adam Nilssen was born is Washington, and has lived in Norway and Hawaii before finally ending up in Utah at the age of 13. He was originally introduced to the School of Life program as a senior in high school when the program was first being introduced to Southern Utah. Adam is a highly dedicated student of Dixie State University, and is currently attending school to become an elementary teacher. His hobbies include longboarding, hiking, reading, and studying Spanish, among other things. Adams goal in life is to do all he can to help the future generations of the world as an elementary teacher, and to become fluent in multiple languages so that he may one day travel the world teaching. Adam is a proud member of The School of Life team, and hopes that he can help this program improve the lives of students.
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The School of Life Foundation saved society $17,812,000 during the 2013/2014 school year!
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