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Building Hope Today Team

Matt Morgan

Interim CEO Idaho Falls, ID

Matt has built a multimillion-dollar construction company from the ground up. Starting in 1989 he was working for the Idaho Falls Fire Department and building things on his days off. Eventually he was doing more building than fire fighting and he resigned in 1995. Matt began his business Morgan Construction by building and designing homes in the early 1990s. Since he has taken himself from his first home to a multi state designer, builder and developer. Now the company focuses on business projects and developing.

He wanted to further serve the community and has previously served as Bonneville County Fire Commissioner in Idaho Falls, ID for two terms. Matt has several other business ventures that he is the managing partner. Matt’s professional success has allowed for profits to go toward helping victims of abuse through the nonprofit Building Hope Today. From the hard work of his own hands Matt has generated the funds necessary for this nonprofit to be established. As the scope and execution are taking traction it is imperative to him and Building Hope Today to be accountable to our Board and the foundations partners and donors. As Interim CEO Matt is committed to fracturing the cycle of sexual child abuse, lead a team, execute charter initiatives and that all donations and awarded grants are carefully vetted for where those dollars will be spent. Matt’s promise is to now and always be a very diligent steward of others generosity and passion in giving back to our communities through Building Hope Today’s Charter Initiatives, goals and objectives.

Steven Marten

Story Editor, IP Developer | Nashville, TN

Marten has developed many types of products in the entertain- ment industry, including video games, graphic novels, TV pilots and feature lms. Working largely behind the scenes on elements such as character, theme, and strength of story, past clients have included Alliance Atlantis, Beyoncé, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Animation, Ubisoft World Studios, and various producers, including: Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings), Bruce Hendricks (Pearl Harbor), Preston Holmes (Malcolm X), Al Edgington (Amazing Race), Doug Tennapel (Veggie Tales) and more Hope Today.

Alethea Cox

Chief Operations Officer | Idaho Falls, ID

Alethea Cox comes to us with decades of professional experience in corporation infrastructure and growth along with nonprofit background. She brings years of experience with fortune 500 companies holding responsibilities as EVP of sales and COO. Her professional experiences have been found invaluable in helping Building Hope Today get entrenched into making a difference in our community.

In addition to her strong background in organizational development she’s excelled in defining technology strategies, guiding development of new concepts, championing solicitation of organizational support for new concepts, managing vendor relationships, negotiating contracts, forecasted revenue associated to the project and overseeing deployment related activities. Implemented a 12-0-2 on sales team, cutting overhead costs by over $370K, and brought in 2.8 million in closed contracts. She successfully lead and contributed to growth of 19% in a 35% contracted market and increased profits by 173%.

As a young child Alethea experienced unfortunate acts that resulted into years of a second perpetrators violation. This sequence of events placed Alethea into the Foster Care System. With her trauma riddled past she was determined to find a path of healing and helping others. She has a career in helping others move forward in life with putting goals into plans and establishing breakthrough systems from belief to enhancing skill set. She has spent years learning aspects that help empower others to life changing results. Alethea uses her background in professional stage presence and is a public speaker. Her personal passion is hosting guests to an Inner Adventure Retreat using empowerment and healing modalities. In finding a divine connection with Building Hope Today she can further her reach in helping others.

LaVarr McBride

Expert Matter Consultant | Beaver, PA

LaVarr McBride is from Beaver, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh). He has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. He also has a Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Sociology and Economics. He currently is teaching at Pennsylvania State University in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Mr. McBride has worked in many different areas of state and federal law enforcement and the state and US Courts system, including the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC). He began his career 32 years ago at the Utah State Prison as a Correctional Officer. He then left the prison and was a state parole officer and worked on a task force in northern Utah dealing with drugs and other violent crime. Mr. McBride shifted from state to the federal system. He worked as a Senior Federal Probation Officer and Training Specialist in Utah prior to receiving a promotion as a Training Specialist in Washington DC. Mr. McBride finished his career with the government working as a Management Analyst for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington DC.

He is an expert in working with trauma associated with violent crime specifically in homicide and sexual assault and abuse cases. For the past 12 years, LaVarr has been helping in both death penalty and other violent crime cases nationally in supporting victims by finding answers to their questions, and offering them a unique way of support by providing an opportunity for the survivors to share with their offender how their lives have been effected by the crime they committed. In conjunction with Penn State University students, LaVarr is currently involved in a project with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections bringing crime victims into the prison for a 14 week program teaching inmates accountability and responsibility.

He is a published author. Mr. Eric Wicklund is the co-author, and LaVarr was his federal probation officer. The book titled, “Through a Convicts Eyes: An Overlooked View of the Criminal Justice System,” looks at crime and accountability through the eyes of an offender and a probation officer. He also is publishing his 2nd book this year about victims of crime and their triumph over their trauma. He speaks nationally at conferences on Violent Crime, death penalty, victim’s rights, and the effect of social media on violent crime. He also speaks nationally at high schools and universities on various issues involving sexual assault, bullying, suicide prevention and building self-esteem.

LaVarr was the host for, “Cold Case Beaver County.” This series highlighted several high profile homicide cases in western Pennsylvania that have never been resolved. This was a two and a half year project that involved 17 episodes.

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