- Jeff BryanCo-Founder and Executive Director
Jeff BryanCo-Founder and Executive Director
Jeff Bryan is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Positivity Project. A 2004 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served in the Army for five years, to include two tours in Iraq. In 2006, Jeff was a platoon leader in Saba al Bour and in 2008-09, he was an engagements officer in southern Baghdad. After leaving the military, Jeff earned a master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He was subsequently a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in Washington and Jerusalem with the U.S. Department of State. A native of Niskayuna, New York, Jeff developed a passion for sports at an early age, leading him to serve as a lacrosse team captain and earn all-America honors twice while at West Point. He and his wife, Patti and their two daughters live in Niskayuna, NY.
- Tiffany HendrickCommunications Director
Tiffany HendrickCommunications Director
Tiffany Hendrick is a proud active duty Marine Corps spouse and seasoned communications professional. Her career has spanned across industries including military, healthcare, local government, and startups, all of which have one common thread - building strong, authentic, and trustworthy relationships. A quote that Tiffany strives to live out daily is, “when you have everything you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.” With that as her north star, she has used her big personality to help businesses creatively amplify the heart of their organization to their ideal audience. Tiffany holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in English from Radford University as well as a Digital Media and Marketing Certificate from Duke University. When she’s not working, you can find her teaching yoga, volunteering in her community, shark tooth hunting with her family, walking the stacks of a used book store or searching for the best fried pickles in town.
- Frank AdamoEd Tech Coordinator
Frank AdamoEd Tech Coordinator
Frank Adamo has been a public school teacher in Niskayuna, NY since 2001. He earned a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the University at Albany, and has earned National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards in Early Adolescent English-Language Arts. Frank has worked with middle school English students throughout his career to build strong reading, writing and communication skills. He has developed curriculum to help students build an understanding of social media and the role that each of us takes in creating and maintaining our own digital footprint. Frank has presented to parents, students and teachers and administrators on the benefits of using technology in the classroom as well as the opportunities and drawbacks of social media in the digital age. He lives in Glenville, NY with his wife and two children.
- Melissa KillingbeckMichigan State Leader
Melissa KillingbeckMichigan State Leader
Melissa Killingbeck is the P2 Curriculum Manager. Prior to retiring from public education in 2019, Melissa proudly served as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and principal in the Flushing school district for 25 years. Melissa is passionate about P2, and as an elementary principal, helped lead her staff and students in its successful implementation. She has witnessed firsthand the power of P2 and is “Fired Up” and honored to have the opportunity to help grow and support this powerful movement throughout the Mitten State. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan-Flint, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Marygrove College, and a Certificate of K-12 Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Melissa resides in Hubbard Lake, Michigan with her husband Casey, also a retired P2 principal, and their two children, Molly & Jack, both of whom attend Michigan State University - Go Green!
- Mike ErwinCo-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mike ErwinCo-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mike Erwin is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of The Positivity Project. A 2002 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served in the Army on Active Duty for 13 years, to include three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. In 2010, Mike founded Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a non-profit organization that enriches veterans’ lives by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. He serves as on the Board for the organization, now 198 chapters and 114,000 members strong. Mike earned his master’s degree in positive psychology and leadership, under the tutelage of Chris Peterson, from the University of Michigan — and taught leadership at West Point. He is the co-author of Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude. Mike and his wife, Genevieve, live in the Village of Pinehurst, NC, with their five children.
- Christina SmytheSocial Media Manager
Christina SmytheSocial Media Manager
Christina Smythe is the espresso fueled Social Media Manager for P2 and an experienced brand professional with a distinct passion for helping others. Having spent the past 10 years working with leading mission-driven organizations and some of the industries leading brands and companies, she quickly learned that it meant something more to her to have the opportunity to make a lasting positive impact while cultivating authentic relationships. Smythe was raised in a military family as her father served as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps for 27 years and shared military values of integrity, courage, and respect for those who serve with her from a young age. Christina was voted the Joint Base San Antonio Army Military Spouse of the Year 2020 and is a proud Army Active Duty Spouse, mother of 3, and an enneagram 2/3. She also holds degrees in Business and Digital Marketing from Cornell University and Huntingdon College with a minor in Media Studies. When she is not working you will most likely find her spending time with her children and fur babies snuggled up together watching a Disney classic, or out exploring on an eclectic coffee adventure, drafting her manuscript, or gratitude journaling in her hammock swing. She aspires to one day be a published author, and the founder of a military spouse and veteran supported media company and to open a women’s center.