The One World Literacy Foundation believes that Leadership is important because it provides inspirational figures to lead groups of people towards great accomplishments. Leadership can provide a foundation for ideas and excellence, showing others that anything is possible.
TITLE: Executive Director
BIO: Mr. Carabet brings a tremendously successful business history to One World Literacy. Over the last 14 years Mr. Carabet has owned and operated two companies with a focus on literacy for children. His current role is as CEO of ClickN KIDS, Inc. (www.clicknkids.com). Mr. Carabet was key in bringing together a team focused on providing research-based online reading tools to the globe though the power of the Internet.
Mr. Carabet has a deep understanding of how to get content around the globe and in the hands of those who need it the most. Motivating his decision to form O.W.L. was his passion, desire and dream to ensure that every adult & child is able to read.
Mr. Carabet has supported several Los Angeles based charities with time, money and contacts. Mr. Carabet is one of three founders of the One World Literacy Foundation.
TITLE: Chief Development Officer
BIO: Mr. Niño is widely considered one of the most influential Hispanic Businessmen in the United States. Mr. Niño currently is sitting on the Board of Directors for the U.S.- Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Council of International Relations. He has also sat on the Board of Advisors and is Co-Chairman for the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute (HAPI) and formerly served as the President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC).
Mr. Niño served as the Hispanic Business Advisor to President George H. Bush and is currently the President of El Niño Group in Washington, DC. Mr. Niño has also served on the Federal Reserve Board of Chicago on its Small Business Advisory Board. Mr. Niño also is no stranger to helping others. He has volunteered his own time and money to countless support groups and sits on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, the Guardian Angels and the Basilica de Guadalupe Foundation. Mr. Niño is one of three founders of the One World Literacy Foundation.
TITLE: Director of Finance
BIO: Mr. Highfill is also one of three founders of the One World Literacy Foundation. Mr. Highfill’s primary skills are in finding the means for enabling expansion of business with an emphasis toward building client relationships with organizations that could benefit with alignment of the organizations core competencies to the mission and vision of O.W.L..
Currently Mr. Highfill is COO at ClickN KIDS, Inc., and is also on the Board of Directors for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Champion Fund (TCF), where he actively participates in raising funds, directing investment and planning TCF strategy and Board recruiting efforts.
Mr. Highfill looks at the use of technology in supporting sales, operations and brings his skills in strategy, finance, governance and operations to O.W.L. Mr. Highfill holds both Bachelors of Science in Finance, Banking and Management and Masters of Business Administration degrees.
TITLE: Dir. Of Marketing & Communications
BIO: Donald Plehn Jr's futuristic and conceptual thinking is proceeded by 10 years of marketing & Communications experience. Donald started his career with BMC Management where for 5 consecutive he was awarded years with the 5 STAR Presidential Award of Excellence. His efforts resulted in more than 10 Fortune 500 relationships such as IBM, Wal-Mart, Sears & Sprint.
Mr. Plehn Co-Founded The Chapter Group, Inc. a nationwide online corporate filing service which assisted in the entity formation and filing of Non-profit Organizations. Donald's strategic marketing & communication efforts resulted in year over year growth of more than 1,000% and helped form more than 5,000 new business entities in the United States.
Donald has also held successful positions working with My Instant Guru, Inc. as the Managed Technology Marketing Director & the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where Donald managed & co-developed the Go-To Market strategy for Nsight's international marketing program "Innovation". O.W.L. is proud to have Donald Plehn join the organization and looks forward to using his experience and expertise to expand O.W.L.’s reach and awareness for childhood illiteracy.
TITLE: Development Officer
BIO: Mr. Scalone brings 20 years of Fortune 100 corporate tenure as well as 5 years start-up venture consulting into O.W.L.. Mr. Scalone began his professional career in 1979 as a software programmer for Honeywell Corporation's Process Control computer division in Phoenix, Arizona developing software systems that control paper mills, oil refineries and electric utility plants.
Mr. Scalone completed his tenure with Honeywell 10 years later as a Senior Systems Engineer for the division's elite global post sales technical support group. He then took on the task of establishing and managing the hardware and software manufacturing quality assurance departments for Hypercom, Inc. which led to the successful launch and market penetration of Hypercom's Point of Sale credit card transaction processing product line.
Most recently, Mr. Scalone has been involved with various aspects of Business Development, including working with the ABA, IBM, and other corporations, both domestic and foreign to expand distribution and opportunities for businesses. O.W.L, feels that his expertise can be harnessed to help solve the illiteracy programs on a global basis with his contacts, knowledge and leadership.
TITLE: Network Administrator
BIO: Mr. Cooley graduated from DeVry University's Computer Information Systems program. During his education at DeVry, he was Project Manager of Team Thirteen Thirty-Seven, which took first place and the Dean's Award for best CIS Project. Mr. Cooley has been trained over a wide range of disciplines, from web design to database management.
Mr Cooley now brings this expertise to the One World Literacy Foundation, developing and maintaining new and ongoing projects.
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