MEET THE CYPRESS INITIATIVE TEAM
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, MBA
President, Chief Executive Officer
Lead Business Trainer and Coach
813-662-6920 Ext. 102
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, MBA, is the President/CEO of The Cypress Initiative, Inc. – a 3 Principles based non-profit organization. She is the co-author of the S.P.A.R.K. (Speaking to the Potential, Ability and Resilience inside Kids) Mentoring Curriculum which is currently being taught to over 1,000 children in Tampa and around the world. Prior to her work with The Cypress Initiative, she was a national trainer for the Mendez Foundation’s nationally recognized Too Good for Drugs and Violence prevention programs. She also spent time as a business consultant and curriculum developer for Verizon and Learning.com.
Brooke knew she found her home with The Cypress Initiative after watching her husband come out of a deep depression with seemingly little effort. She now dedicates her work to creating sustainable change throughout all populations via mentoring, coaching and teaching an understanding of the mind. Brooke lives in Florida with her husband Will and their two daughters Jayda (12) and Gabriella (7).
Ashley Hunt is The Cypress Initiative’s Director of Program Development, Youth Mentor and Co-Creator of the S.P.A.R.K. Mentoring curricula (Speaking to the Potential, Ability and Resilience inside Kids). After seeing her personal relationships transform through an understanding of the mind in 2015, she left her 11-year corporate career in insurance to pursue her passion for educating youth.
She now works as an integral part of the development, coordination and implementation of S.P.A.R.K. curriculum and training events in our own community and around the world. Ashley brings an understanding of the mind to life with her natural ability to connect with the youth she mentors. Ashley lives in Tampa, FL with her husband Justin and two children, Sean (9) and Hailey (5).
Helen Neal-Ali is The Cypress Initiative’s Lead Community Educator. She has over 18 years’ experience in prevention education and training. In the past 18 years she has trained with Elsie Spittle, Dr. Jack Pransky, Jan and Chip Chipman, Judith Sedgeman, Sara Murre and Michael Neill. Through her experience and recovery from domestic violence, she opened a licensed consulting firm, Life Changing Consulting.
She has since developed and facilitated self-esteem, substance abuse and parenting programs to the clients of several, local nonprofit agencies (Alpha House, Mercy House, Faulkenburg & Orient Road Jails, The Spring of Tampa Bay, The Boys and Girls Club, Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan, Informed Families of Miami, DACCO, TUMC Academy Charter School, Good Will, Family Justice Center, Hillsborough Correctional Institution). Now as a full-time employee for Cypress, Helen leads the charge facilitating programs in our schools and communities.
Nicole Wilson is The Cypress Initiative’s Community Programs Coordinator and Youth Mentor. Nicole is responsible for organizing and planning with representatives and organizations in the community & mentoring the youth to further The Cypress Initiative’s mission.
Prior to her work here, Nicole was an Elementary School Student Aid for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Because she is passionate about working with youth, Nicole believes she is right where she belongs with sharing this understanding of the mind to children in her community.
TRAINERS & MENTORS
+ Jena Travise
+ Cally Bekhor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Cally Catania Bekhor, Esq.- Cally E. Catania, P.A., Hillsborough County
Treasurer: Bruce Mitchell, Retired from Risser Oil
Members: Adrian Lucas – Stryke Corporation & Ron McVety- FACTS Engineering