Meet The Board


Board Chair

Joneen Mackenzie

Joneen is the president / founder of the Center for Relationship Education which houses the Healthy Marriage Project in Denver, Colorado. She is also the lead author of the nationally-used REAL Essentials curriculum. Joneen is also a popular national speaker and trainer. 


Board Member

Patty Howell

Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C. President, Healthy Relationships California. Patty has been with Healthy Relationships California (HRC) since its founding in 2005. With graduate degrees from Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis, Patty has taught relationship skills, health promotion, and other psychosocial education programs in 15 countries around the world. 


Board Member

Ana Morante

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Richard Albertson

Richard Albertson is the Founding President and CEO of Live the Life, a statewide organization in Florida with offices in Lakeland and Tallahassee. Live the Life was founded in 1998 with a mission to strengthen marriages. Since then, the divorce rate in Leon County has dropped 44% and is now at its lowest level in 20 years.


Board Member

Carl Caton

Carl Caton is the President of the San Antonio Marriage Initiative. He is passionate about strengthening families through partnership with the local church. Carl advocates for "upstream" efforts with a focus on marriage, parenting, and fatherhood.


Board Member

Jacqui Thomas

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Board Member

Alan Hawkins

Alan J. Hawkins is a Professor and current Director of the School of Family Life at Brigham University in Provo, Utah. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Professor Hawkins has taught and conducted research and outreach at Brigham Young University since 1990.

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Board Member

Dennis Stoica

Dennis Stoica is one of the most highly-respected and nationally-recognized leaders in the Relationship and Marriage Education (RME) field. He is the Founding President of Healthy Relationships California, the largest federally funded Relationship and Marriage Education
provider in America. Dennis is also the Founding Chairman of the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME).  Dennis graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Board Member

Julie Baumgardner

For more than twenty years, Julie has equipped people with the tools they need to grow healthy, thriving relationships in every season of life.  She impacts hundreds of thousands of people each week through her Chattanooga Times Free Press family column and as host of JulieB TV, a talk show that focuses on all things relational.


Board Member

Lisa May

Lisa May serves as Executive Director of Live the Life South Florida with a mission of strengthening marriages and families through healthy relationship education beginning in middle school through senior adults. She has been involved in the non-profit communities since 1996. Her background has been fund development  with an emphasis on marriage and family, foster care, and pregnancy centers but her life for the past 18 years, as a widow and single parent, has increased her passion for emotionally healthy, intact families with both Mom and Dad in the home.