John Graham is the Director of Giraffe Heroes International and the Giraffe Heroes Project's principal speaker /workshop leader. He was a US diplomat for 15 years; his assignments included revolutionary Libya, Viet Nam, NATO, the US Mission to the UN, and a stint as foreign policy advisor to Senator John Glenn. Since leaving the Foreign Service and becoming a leader of the Giraffe Heroes Project, he's given talks and led workshops worldwide, helping individuals, organizations, institutions and communities successfully tackle the challenges of risk, change and how best to serve the common good. His degrees are from Harvard and Stanford, and his mountain climbing credits include the first direct ascent of the north wall of Mt. McKinley, a climb that’s never been repeated. He is the author of Outdoor Leadership, It’s Up to Us, Stick your Neck Out, Sit Down Young Stranger and On the Edge.
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Bob Patterson, Giraffe Board Co-chair, is available to train teachers in using Giraffe Heroes materials. He’s a born performer and brings to his trainings his experience as a rock band leader as well as his years of training teachers and students. He loves being “on.”
Bob’s been in the field of Health and Prevention Education for over three decades. He’s done extensive work with high-risk and incarcerated youth. Long a traveling trainer for the education programs of Discovery Communications Inc. (Discovery Channel), he continures to provide consults and trainings for youth organizations around Washington State.
Bob says he was attracted to the Project because he was raised in a family that put a high priority on community service and he immediately saw the power of the Giraffe approach to such service. He sees doing Giraffe in school as prevention of negative behaviors and promotion of excellent mental health.
Ann Medlock is Founder and Creative Director of the Giraffe Heroes Project. She's given major talks about courageous, compassionate service at colleges, conferences and events in the US, Beijing and Moscow. You can get an online look at a talk she gave to a women's gathering, and a TEDx talk (she's not wildly pleased with that one—it was her first no-notes talk).
She writes www.giraffe.org, the Project's email service "Heads Up," plus the Giraffe Heroes page on Facebook, and has written and/or edited all the materials in the Giraffe curriculum for K-12 classrooms.
Her background includes editing Viet Nam Presse in Saigon; chairing the Children’s Cultural Foundation in New York; freelance writing for magazines and corporations, and media consulting for Western Union, AT&T and the US Maritime Administration. She's been editor-in-chief of Children’s Express, a curriculum developer at Macmillan and Science Research Associates, and speechwriter to the Aga Khan.
As an English major, she earned a BA magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, and has published Arias, Riffs & Whispers, a book of poetry, and The Mermaid's Tale, a novel.
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