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Board Members

Don Carlson

Don Carlson Board Chair

Don is from Cleveland, Ohio and has 48 years of business experience in the Cleveland area including 16+ years with Ernst & Young in the Cleveland office of which the last 4 years he served as Director of the Small Business Advisory Group.

Don proudly served his country in the 801st Combat Support Group, SAC, United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963. In 1968, he graduated from Kent State University with a BBA Accounting degree, a member of Beta Alpha Psi (National Accounting Honorary), a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as guest lecturer at several Ohioan universities and has lectured before the International Sales Group of Northwest Airlines, the National Rehabilitation Association Annual Meeting, and numerous occasions with the Cleveland Chapter of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In 2016 The Lake Erie Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded Don their highest honor, the “Silver Beaver Award.”  As Chairman of the Board, he has taken over the Finance Committee, and helps navigate the board through every decision.

Dan Springer

Dan Springer Board Member

Dan Springer is a healthcare executive who is passionate about organizational culture and leadership. He takes pride in helping people reconnect to the mission driven side of their life and serve with purpose. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of MultiCare Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, and while he has held many senior executive positions in his professional career, his most important and cherished title is that of a husband and father. He has been married to the love of his life since 2010, and they have four awesome kids.

While work in hospitals can be busy, Dan makes it a priority to be home for dinner with his kids every night. He has followed the Save the Kids journey from its early days with Collin’s discovery of a damaging social media environment into what the mission of the organization is still today. He admits that many of his own lessons learned in parenting were straight from Collin, and takes pride in the fact that his kids have never known what “screen time” means. Dan often describes himself as an idealist who, like Simon Sinek, believes in a world “in which the vast majority of people wake up every day inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work they do.”

Nick Sales

Nick Sales Board Member

Nick owns a video production company where he works with some of the top YouTubers and social media influencers in the world. In his career, he has seen how social media can bless and inspire others, but he has also seen it destroy lives. Seeing that the number of kids wanting to become YouTubers and Social media influencers is growing, Nick helps kids and teenagers with his inspriing keynote, “Likes vs. Legacy.” He’s proud to be a member of Save the Kids board and honored to speak on the very things Collin tried to teach about anxiety and depression that comes from smart phone, social media and video game use. 

Kordell Norton

Kordell Norton Board Member

As a member of the Board of the Save the Kids Foundation, and the father of 8 children and 15 grandchildren, Kordell is highly vested in the addictive nature of cell phones, social media, games and the negative impacts on the mental and physical health of today’s youth.

He is a Certified Speaking Professional member of the National Speakers Association, and has extensive marketing experience. The author of 7 books, he has been an adjunct faculty member to more than 17 universities, as well as a presenter to faculties, student groups, and parent groups across North America. As board member, he is one of our speakers and is helping with marketing.

Grace Therber

Grace Therber Board Member

Grace is our youngest member and having grown up in this new world of cell phone and social media, she knows firsthand how these things can affect a growing child.  She has a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and Master of Human Development and Social Policy from the University of Utah. She has guest lectured and was a teaching assistant during college and currently works for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Burn and Trauma Unit and Intestinal Rehab Service.  As board member, she’s actively recruiting speakers, believers in our mission among her peer and age group. Having this perspective is a true asset to our cause.