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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.

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Darlene Dolan
Business Advisory Board Member

Ms. Dolan began her career in education in 1972 after raising her own three children. Always active in the community, she continued to serve a variety of children’s charity organizations in the Southern California area.

Following her 14 years in the classroom as a teacher and Reading Specialist, Ms. Dolan began her administrative career as a middle school assistant principal. In 1987, she moved to Moreno Valley where she was the principal of two elementary schools as well as Principal of the Year. During her time in Moreno Valley she chaired the United Way Board and served on the Moreno Valley City Redevelopment Committee, and later on the Moreno Valley School Board.

Ms. Dolan always wanted to live in the desert, so in 1997 she found her way to the Desert Sands Unified School District, where she served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment under Superintendent Dr. Doris Wilson.

Passionate about quality education for all children, Ms. Dolan and her team of specialists worked to implement the President’s No Child Left Behind mandates. In 2004, she was invited to the Office of Education in Washington D.D. to present the work that Desert Sands had done to implement choice throughout the District. She was instrumental in securing three choice grants for the schools: the K-12 International Baccalaureate program in La Quinta, the K-12 science program in Palm Desert and, recently, the pre-medicine, Pre-law and Communication Arts program in Indio.

Ms. Dolan has always had a love for the arts, so with the support of the School Board and District staff she dedicated herself to ensuring that students had a strong arts program to enhance their academics. Programs started during her tenure were the restoration of the 4th-5th grade band program, implementation of a beginning string program, after-school dance, art, mariachis and steel drums for students throughout the District.

Following her retirement in June, 2004 she continued to serve the community in a variety of ways. She serves on the Board of the Women’s Leaders Forum, Valley Partnership and Tools for Tomorrow and is a member of the Coachella Valley Symphony, West Coast Opera, Rancho Mirage Republican Women, Indio Women’s Club and a Member Emeritus of the Association of California Administrators. Past president and current Board member of the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance, she has dedicated herself to a variety of student-centered activities as a volunteer. Most recently, she chaired the Coachella Valley Tournament of Roses Committee assisting the Desert Sands Unified School District steel drum band with their dream of performing in the 2005 Rose Parade where their float received an award for “Most Beautiful Non-Commercial Float.” She was also a volunteer with the Virginia Waring Piano Competition. When not involved with a community activity, Ms. Dolan enjoys visiting her children in Virginia and Washington State.

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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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