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Meet the individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our community through mentoring


Founding Executive Director, UIF

John is the founding director of the Uncommon Individual Foundation. Prior to starting the foundation with Richard Caruso in 1986, he was superintendent of schools for twenty years in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, Peabody College of Vanderbilt, and Teachers College, Columbia University.

He continues to run the Corporate Mentoring Program by designing curriculum, training mentors/mentees, and evaluating the mentoring process for corporations, schools, government, and multiple entities. His research shows that spontaneous or natural mentoring almost always works; structured mentoring is an attempt to create the most fertile environment for natural mentoring to occur.

John’s book Built to Help Each Other: Mentoring in the Life of Richard Crusoe: An Uncommon Man (2019) shares the three cutting-edge systems of mentoring developed by his partner Caruso and how he started Integra LifeSciences, the groundbreaking medical company that produced the first artificial (real) skin for burn victims. More importantly, readers learn how mentoring really works and how to truly value both structured and natural mentoring to help themselves and others lead lives of meaning and purpose. For over three decades, with passion and perseverance, John has done what Richard asked of him: “Do for others what others have done for us."