ABOUT US

FOUNDERS

Dan Dorsett

Cofounder, Executive Director

Our executive director is responsible for oversight, development, image protection, and brand awareness with the organization. Some of his duties includes managing committees and staff as well as developing marketing plans, setting goals and objectives for the Board of Directors to consider. Increasing multiple markets including government, state, and school district contracts. In essence, the board requires our executive director to report and update monthly on the progress of the foundation and any and all new improvements. Other key duties include fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. When Mr. Dorsett is not working on the foundation he is found with his two children who are very active in youth performance sports. Mr. Dorsett resides in Northern California.

Sean Sharkey

Cofounder, Program Director

Our program director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, marketing, and controlling program activities. He develops new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization. Advancing and implementing long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program. Building teams, and preparing curriculums and training guides. Developing an annual budget and operating plan to support the program. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. When Mr. Sharkey is not working on the foundation he operates Fightkore MMA and Boxing which manages pro athletes in Mix Martial Arts. Mr. Sharkey resides in Northern California with his wife Kristy.

Brandon Kregel

Cofounder, Managing Director

Our Managing Director is responsible for growth. Ensuring all employees, volunteer, contractors, buy into the company vision. Help scale the Feet First Foundation and oversee operations and drive the organization to be a national program. To insure all employee matters and issues are handled with understanding and care, provide oversight on all Feet First operations. Establish the company’s direct vision and leads all aspects of the company’s expansion. Directs the company’s strategic direction, development and future growth. Works in joint with executive team, such as marketing, production and operations as an advisor of scalability, corporate sponsors, contracts, that may improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Provide leadership that supports the company’s culture, mission and values. Advisory on all research and data collecting. Assist and direct with real estate matters and community partners. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. When Mr. Kregel is not working on the foundation he is knee deep into new entrepreneurship opportunities. Mr. Kregel resides in Texas.

Zach Micheletti

Cofounder, Merchandising Director

Total oversight all merchandise and distribution channels for Feet First Foundation. All importing and exporting of goods, materials, and brands. Works in joint with Cofounders and develops ideas to expand the brand with executive team. Duties include developing marketing ideas, box team, gloves, mitts, shirts, any and all apparel. Deliver high quality products on time and within budget making sure to stay on h and expansion. First recruiting and building teams and departments for the organization. track with profit margin. In addition, keeping track of all inventory and working in joint with Technology Director for online store. He manages vendor contracts, and negotiate contracts on behalf of Feet First. Handling all packaging, packaging decisions to market the program to schools and perspective organizations. Manage Facility and Operations of all distribution. The position reports directly to Board of Directors. When Mr. Micheletti is not working on the foundation he resides in Northern California with his wife Chelsea.

Founders, Sean Sharkey, Daniel Dorsett, of Feet First Foundation identified how trauma can be healed using the theory of textbook boxing, and teamed up soon after with Brandon Kregel to create a 501c3 non-profit program as an alternative therapy solution to cope with depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsivity, and anger. The team met with long time trainer of the Fightkore kids program, Dr. Jaromy Bell, and set out to improve the attitudes, behavior, and overall feeling about life in the Martinez, CA community using boxing as a starting point (Feet First). With the help of close friend and member of Fightkore gym, Steve Peterson, Feet First began extending the program to other children, beginning partnerships with Martinez Unified School District and Mt. Diablo Unified School District. After a few years of research using qualitative and quantitative measures, the science of boxing is proving to be an alternative therapy for individuals with trauma to prevent youth violence in schools. There is consistency among the top researchers and psychologists that combining recurring physical activity with a mental/emotional component leads to overcoming trauma.

The longer the trauma continues or goes unaddressed, the more extreme of a program is needed to minimize its effects. Studies on neurobiology of PTSD, found that traumatic stress affects the hippocampus, amygdale and prefrontal cortex of the brain. These are areas of the brain responsible for emotions, memory and complex cognitive behavior, decision making and social behavior. When these areas of the brain are not functioning properly, then it becomes difficult for the traumatized person to control their emotions and impulses and they will have difficulty relating to others in socially acceptable ways. This leads to various types of youth violence including, but not limited to, bullying, substance abuse, suicide, and harming others.

Our assessment testing platform is based on APA and CDC questions relating to depression, anger, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies all to create better character with students and make campuses safe. The CDC has identified indicators for youth violence that include, but are not limited to, impulsivity, aggression, social competence, conflict resolution, safety, and empathy. The effect of trauma is that it creates or increases the severity of emotional and/or behavioral issues. These indicators are what are being tracked through the assessments at Feet First Foundation. The operations of the foundation is divided four ways, Dan Dorsett handles brand awareness, Sean Sharkey oversees program curriculum, Brandon Kregel manages operations and licensing, and the technology and assessment platform is handled by Feet First's team of engineers. The three have created a ground breaking program with an incredible board of directors.

OUR MISSION

FEET FIRST FOUNDATION USES THE SCIENCE OF BOXING TO EMPOWER AT-RISK CHILDREN
AND WOMEN. OUR MISSION IS TO STOP BULLYING IN SCHOOLS, COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING,
AND PROVIDE MINORS WITH THE CONFIDENCE AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS NEEDED TO SUCCEED.

"We improve mental health through group discussion and boxing exercise"

Feet First Foundation

“Your character will be what
you yourself choose to make it”

John Lubbock

“Hardship often prepares ordinary
people for extraordinary destiny”

C.S. Lewis

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