OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Specter

Licensed Therapist & School Counselor

Amy is a licensed marriage and family therapist and credentialed school counselor. She is currently the educational mental health counselor at Vicente High School in Martinez and has over a decade of experience working in school-based mental health with at-risk youth. She is a passionate advocate for youth development and loves the supporting the mission of Feet First Foundation. Bag sprints are her favorite form of self care!

Dr. Jaromy Bell

Dr. Bell’s goal is to help rehabilitate people from injuries as soon as possible so that they can do the things they love. He uses in his treatments chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique (muscle work combined with stretching), and rehabilitation to teach them how to prevent the problem from returning. Dr. Bell graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic with his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree as well as a Masters in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Bell has had advanced training in treating muscle and joint injuries, sports injuries, TMJ, and musculoskeletal pains in pregnancy. Dr. Bells focus with Feet First Foundation is making sure the kids and survivors are structurally fit and not injured for the workout, and he also serves as a trainer for the kids program.

Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar

Mauricio Sulaiman is the President of the World Boxing Council, and born in Mexico City, Federal District. Mauricio graduated in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico, whose academic achievements include two more specialties, in finance and another in High Responsibility Management by the Association of Presidents from America. He was President and CEO of Controles Graficos Enterprise, a manufacturing company with three business divisions: printing, security and digital solutions. In 1992 the WBC appointed him Director of Public Relations and in 1994 he was elected Vice President of the North American Boxing Federation. Five years after being elected WBC President, Mauricio has developed various initiatives, such as amateur and professional tournaments, active participation in social and reintegration programs, women’s boxing advancement with the organization of three Conventions, monitoring boxers in need, creation of special belts to commemorate great fights, seminars for judges and referees around the world. Mauricio is passionate about social contribution, serving children in search of a better future, regardless of religion, race or color, through sports. Mauricio is passionate about music and sports, who from his childhood, followed the footsteps of his father, the man who taught him to serve others. During his time as the head of the organization, Mauricio has worked, guided by the values that his father instilled in him in more than 38 years as the head of the WBC, focusing on same values with the Feet First Foundation character discussion on honesty, responsibility, respect, solidarity, loyalty and friendship. Another important aspect during Mauricio`s leadership is the work with the Pope Francis foundation, Scholas Occurrentes. He also worked hard to get Jack Johnson´s pardon. Justice for the first African American heavyweight champion.

Yasmin Vanegas

Yasmin is a single mother and Bay Area resident started her involvement with Feet First Foundation when she heard about how the organization could help her teenage son. After her son’s enrollment in the program it wasn’t much longer that her twin daughters wanted to join as well. Witnessing the positive results and empowerment of her own children made her an advocate for the Feet First program. When Yasmin is not working as a Children’s Ministry leader, a volunteer coordinator, and event coordinator at her church, she is finding ways to help and serve within her community. As a single parent, Yasmin is passionate about partnering with parents to help their kids thrive and find their purpose. As such, she leads a single moms group to expand her community reach and fulfill her passion. Yasmin is a hope pusher, and enjoys being able to build up leaders. She spends her free time as a makeup artist, volunteering, having fun with her kids, and going on hikes. “I believe in being the change we desperately need to see, in the world we are living. Our future resides within our children and youth, and we are called to build them up to be men and women of excellent character and integrity.”

John Martin

Works with local union leaders helps Feet First Foundation with fundraising. In addition to this works with Sean regarding guest speakers and special events. John is a long time member and friend of Sean Sharkey and has been a strong supporter of the amateur and pro boxers at Fightkore Gym in Martinez. John brings a lot of influence to the organization.

Steven M. Peterson LCSW #23821, CADCIII

Steven has been a clinical social worker since 1986. Steve has extensive experience with treating family members of addicts and alcoholics. He specializes in treating clients with co-existing mental health and substance abuse disorders. He also works extensively with individuals coping with separation and divorce. Currently, Steve teaches courses in Relapse Prevention, Dual Disorders, Group Facilitation, Motivational Interviewing and Ethics at Diablo Valley College in the Addiction Studies. He worked as an Ad Hoc professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee for ten years and served as the lead research therapist at the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steve believes firmly in evidence-based practice for the treatment of co-occurring disorders and involved in several large research projects combining medications for alcohol craving with psycho-social therapies. His empathetic and solutions-oriented approach has helped a significant number of clients. Steve’s therapeutic orientation comes from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy; Solutions Focused Therapy and the Family Systems approach. Steve believes that treatment for craving management is an essential key to success with substance abuse clients as well as early intervention.

Kevin Murray, MBA

Kevin has worked closely with Sean and Dan in developing marketing strategies and financial planning for the Feet First program. As owner of Web4Homes, Kevin has been a Bay Area real estate professional for over 25 years. Kevin grew up in the Bay Area attending Acalanes High, DVC, and graduating from Cal Berkeley with a degree in business management. He earned his MBA at Notre Dame in 1993, after working with Ernst & Young Public Accountants as an auditor and as a CFO for entrepreneurial organizations. Since high school Kevin has been involved in youth coaching and volunteer groups, and serves or has served on boards for six non-profit organizations.

Justin Kinder

President and CEO of Kinder’s BBQ

Justin has oversight in the planning and development of the Fighters Against Human Trafficking campaign and works closely with Sean and the youth program. Justin grew up in Martinez, CA and attended Alhambra High School, he has developed considerable knowledge of the at-risk youth and human trafficking world which encouraged him to get involved with Feet First Foundation, his purpose is to help the community by empowering the youth through the Feet First Boxing program. He is proud to continue his family’s legacy of contributing time and resources to the communities in which Kinder’s operates