For WildArk founder Mark Hutchinson, living in and protecting nature isn’t just his job but his way of life. Before founding WildArk, Hutchinson was born and raised in Australia living amongst wildlife in the Australian countryside. He spent holidays with his family on farms and the Outback. After high school he lived as a jackaroo, living off of the land in Northern Australia before driving across the entire length of Africa. He was inspired by his time traveling the countryside, and after earning a degree in Economics from a University in Sydney he decided to start UNTAMED, an adventure company. He wanted people to reconnect with nature who normally spent time away from it in luxury holiday spots. He even met his wife, Sophie, in those early days. Over time UNTAMED grew into a new company called Avana, which focused on ecotourism and training business. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/
After Avana was sold into a public company Hutchinson decided to step out of the corporate world. His ultimate desire to connect people to nature was realized with his company WildArk. WildArk accomplishes the dual purposes of inspiring people to appreciate nature while preserving fragile ecosystems throughout the world. He wanted to focus more on preserving and protecting nature with WildArk than he did with his previous company. Part of their dream is to acquire land and rehabilitate it. They also want to re-establish wildlife corridors around National Parks. Learn more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/good-weekend/save-the-elephants-how-we-turned-a-corner-on-the-ivory-trade-20170516-gw5so2.html
Hutchinson has gone back to school multiple times to grow his understanding of business and conservation in order to improve his work. He has a family now and raises them living part of their life in the wild and growing an appreciation for it. He constantly connects with and learns from people more skilled than he is in different trades and skills connected to conservation. Though he runs a business, he likes to spend as much time as possible outside and in the Bush. He strives to be open to new ideas and trying new things. He knows listening to all ideas and relying on the strengths of his team is important to the success of his company. Learn more: http://wildark.com/blog/mark-hutchinson-for-the-wild/
A philanthropist is someone who has given of their time and/or money in a desire to help promote the welfare of others. One person that comes to mind when I think of great contributors is Betsy Devos. I learned about Mrs. Devos as a young mother when my kids became school aged. I’ve always read and studied who was contributing to change with their generosity, so naturally my curiosity in philanthropy sent me on a quest to see who was making an effort to affect change in education one of the most important building blocks for children.
Betsy Devos was born in Holland Michigan, in 1958. Her mother was a public school teacher which might have been a contributing factor to her early interest in Education. Mrs. Devos earned her bachelor of Arts degreee from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is married to Dick Devos a successful business owner and community activist. She has been involved in many charity works but there were three in particular that caught my attention: Potter House Christian School, Children First America an
d American Federation for Children.
Potter House Christian School is a school that was funded in 1981 by a young group of college graduates. Betsy Devos visited this school when her kids became school-aged. She continued to visit and learn about the culture of the school and the kids that attended there. After a few visits Betsy Devos decided to financially support individual students in a effort to ease the burden of those parents who sent their kids there even though the tuition payments were a great sacrifice for their mid-income house hold budgets. Her contribution grew overtime and she now supports the school on a significant level.
Children First America
Children First America funds 88 programs across the United States to enable low-income youth to attend private schools and religious schools. This is paramount to giving children and parents of limited resources more choices. During the 1990s Mrs.Devos served on the board of this organization.
American Federation for Children
American Federation for Children is focused on breaking boundaries regardless of where you may reside. For years America has been following zone schooling which is a system that might have worked well in the past but can benefit from been upgraded. AFC focuses on allowing children to attend a quality school, in a zip code other than theirs. Mrs. Devos also served on the board on this institution. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table
Betsy Devos is what I like to refer to as a philanthropist with a reformist heart. She is not only a huge financial contributor in our society but also a person seeking change within one of the most important building blocks of society and our American legacy, education.
Dr. Richard A. Shinto is the CEO and president of InnovaCare Health and currently sits on the Board of Directors. InnovaCare Health is a provider of Medicare Advantage plans and physician practice services. Shinto has 20 plus years of experience in healthcare management, as he has worked for several companies in executive positions in this field including Aveta Inc, NAMM California, and Medpartners.
Dr. Shitno is the writer of several articles on medical care and clinical treatments, He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Irvine, his medical degree from the state of University of NY at Stony Brook, and an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands.
Dr. Shinto has been the winner of numerous awards for his outstanding work in his field such as the Access to Caring Award, an award given to a person who has been innovative in finding ways to making healthcare available to the less fortunate.
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Another individual who sits alongside Dr. Shinto on the Board of Directors is Penelope Kokkinides. On July 28,2016 InnovaCare annouced 4 new members to their leadership team. Kokkinides was one of those 4. Serving in several executive positions prior to coming to InnovaCare, she is well qualifed to fill the position she was assigned.Penelope is currently is the Chief Administrative officer at InnovaCare. Prior to InnovaCare, Penelope Kokkinides worked for Aveta Inc. as the Cheif Operating Officer and Vice President of Clinical Operations. Her experience in the health care field surpasses 20 years making her seasoned veteran in her profession.
In an interview with IdeaMensch.com in December, Kokkinides speaks on a variety of random subjects pertaining to her life such as, her typical work day, trends that excite her, and influences on her way of thinking. This interview steps away from her life as the CAO of InnovaCare and into her personal life.
During Kokkinides’s and Shinto’s current tenure with InnovaCare the company has joined the HHS initiative LAN(Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network). LAN is a partnership that looks to change healthcare payment models from being focused on quantity and instead focused on quality. Read more about her interview on Ideamensch