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Corinne A. Gregory
Corinne A. Gregory
President and Founder

Ms. Gregory is the President and Founder of The PoliteChild®, based in Bellevue, Washington with a second regional center in the greater New York/New Jersey metro area. The PoliteChild program was born from Corinne’s belief that our children – indeed our society – would benefit strongly from knowing and using the rules of and reasons for proper behavior. Corinne, like many others certainly, felt that something had to change in order to stem the erosion of decency and civility in our world. But, instead of simply commiserating with others about the decline in values and behavior, Corinne felt compelled to do something about it. She developed The PoliteChild in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of the children and families who participate in the program by giving them the tools to help them truly succeed in life – the gift of good social skills. She is on a personal and professional crusade to help re-civilize our young people, our schools and our communities and help reform our ailing educational system.

Before starting The PoliteChild, Corinne was deeply involved in the areas of technology and business, where she founded The HartGregory Group which served the technology and business world through writing, editing, professional speaking, and consulting. From 1997 to 1999, Corinne was Vice President of Product Marketing at a publicly-held software product and professional services company, where she was responsible for strategic planning, marketing and sales of the company’s products, and was the company’s primary spokesperson overall during her tenure.

Corinne is an author, frequent speaker, advisor, and spokesperson on business and family-development topics, and her media appearances include The Today Show, CNN, Time Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Parents Magazine, and more. Besides her previously published technology and business-focused books, she is working on several books related to SocialSmarts program, parenting, and education reform.

An active member of Rotary International she believes strongly in serving and giving back to the communities in which she lives and works. She has been a member of the Northshore YMCA Board of Managers; the Board of Directors for the Coachella Valley Symphony, and Buddy Rogers Youth Orchestra are among the other groups with which she has been involved.

But, regardless of her business accomplishments, her family is her favorite audience, and her most cherished title is “Mommy.”

Jill Schmidt
Creative Director

After juggling a career in advertising design with raising two fabulous kids, she decided it was time for something completely different. Jill always liked to draw so she worked to become an illustrator. Spending time with her kids, the Frog Princess and X-man, showed her how important art was in their lives. They spent lots of time looking at pictures in their favorite books. Their favorite pictures were either of something whimsical or magical. Jill always has some humor, action, or fantasy in her drawings so kids will want to pay attention to the subject matter they illustrate. Having sent both kids off to college, she now has time to work on illustrations for several books. In her spare time she serves as an Arts Commissioner for the city of Redmond, WA.

Our Business Advisory Board

Jay Fiske
Business Advisory Board Member

Mr. Fiske is the founder of Northwest Benefit Auctions, Inc. and co-founder and president of MaestroSoft, Inc. (link), creators of AuctionMaestro Pro® and GolfMaestro Pro®, specialty software for managing benefit auctions and golf tournaments. As a specialist in benefit auctions, Mr. Fiske has provided auction consulting and auctioning services for organizations such as The March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Traveler's Aid, Assistance League, LifeNet Foundation, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Children’s Hospital, Association of Unity Churches, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Cystic Fibrosis Society, and celebrity golf tournaments including the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, the Parasol Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic, St. Jude’s Golf Classic, Super Bowl week’s Pro Kids Golf Celebrity Golf Classic, and the Keyshawn Johnson Celebrity Golf Classic. One of the premier benefit auction consultants in the country, Mr. Fiske is regularly called upon to train both national organizations and local auction committees in techniques that increase auction yields while maintaining the fun-filled environment required for a successful benefit auction.

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Thomas R. Clark
Business Advisory Board Member
Dr. Tona McGuire
Business Advisory Board Member
Jay Fiske
Business Advisory Board Member
Lisa Scattaregia
Business Advisory Board Member
Darlene Dolan
Business Advisory Board Member
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