David Good – Executive Director
David Good is the founder and executive director of The Good Project. David attended East Stroudsburg University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology. A member of the Yanomami tribe, his village is situated deep in the Amazon rain forest in southeast Venezuela. His ambition is to play a role in preserving and documenting the knowledge and culture of remote native groups as they continue to endure increased Western contact. David is also the program director of a service learning program that takes university students to the Cabecar territory of Costa Rica. David looks forward to returning to his indigenous home to continue learning the language and ways of his people, not as a nabuh or outsider, but as brother and a son.
James Burke – President
James Burke serves as President of the Board of Directors for The Good Project. He is familiar with management and governance principles through his work as founder and CEO of Umbrella Fish, LLC. He has given presentations and spoken at conferences about leadership and business management. Mr. Burke has worked with non-profits in the past, including higher education organizations and technology startups. Mr. Burke’s leadership and dedication are an asset to the Good Project.
Jonathan Weber – Treasurer
Jonathan Weber is a member of the Board of Directors, and serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for The Good Project. Mr. Weber is the founder and CEO of Marathon Studios, Inc. a web startup headquartered in East Stroudsburg, PA. Marathon Studios develops websites and apps used by millions of people around the world. He is the first place winner of the 2014 GVTA Business Plan Competition, and the 2012 PASSHE Business Plan Competition.
Erika Erdmann – Secretary
Erika Erdmann is a member of the Board of Directors, and serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Good Project. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in May of 2014, with a bachelor’s in Communications/Public Relations. She expertise includes business marketing and social media management. Ms. Erdmann has been an integral part of The Good Project since its inception. As secretary, she has proven her dedication and strong sensibility for business and marketing.
Kenneth Good, Ph.D. – Director
Kenneth Good is a member of the Board of Directors and an authority on South American indigenous cultures. A recognized expert on the Yanomami of Venezuela, Mr. Good received his PhD from the University of Florida. Among his other professional accomplishments, Mr. Good was invited to work for two years at the Max Planck Institute of Munich with Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz, and is a Fulbright Scholar. His book Into the Heart, concerning his life and work in the Amazon of Venezuela among the Yanomami, was the subject of an award-winning film by National Geographic, and is required reading for Peace Corps Volunteers. He is widely published in national and international journals.
Ryan Daly – Director
Ryan Daly is a member of the Board of Directors and also a Teacher of Social Studies at Westfield High School in Westfield, NJ. He graduated from Montclair State University with a bachelor’s in History in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Administration at Kean University. Ryan was teaching a unit on indigenous cultures when he saw David’s story on CBS Sunday Morning and invited him to speak at Westfield High School. David spoke to over three hundred students in a meaningful and engaging presentation. Many students easily connected with David’s personal struggle as an adolescent and were fascinated with his indigenous culture and heritage. Teachers and students left the presentation inspired to help support the Good Project, and ultimately raised over $2,000.00 by hosting the first ever “Give 4 Good” charity fundraiser. Ryan’s experience as an educator and organizer will support the mission of The Good Project.