Founder and Chief Kindness Officer
Laura Reiss has always believed in a world where people support and celebrate each other. In 2008, she harnessed this belief and started the first Kindness program at Sunrise Park Elementary in Boca Raton, FL, where her children were going to school. This kindness movement that began as a single club became The Kindness Matters 365 Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that educates and inspires children about being kind to themselves, others and throughout the world.
“I am committed to leaving this world better for having been here. KM365 has created what I believe is the answer to empowering people by giving them the tools necessary to powerfully navigate through life and give back, all while being the best versions of themselves.
I believe in a Kinder world and work towards this every day.”Read More
Karin Levy Gellen
Karin is a graduate of Emory University who dedicates her personal and professional life to being in community with others. She brings a depth of experience and knowledge to KM365 in the areas of startups, operations, management, customer service, board governance and talent acquisition. As Executive Director, Karin works passionately to strengthen operations, develop and manage programs and talent, cultivate and integrate the Foundation’s vision, develop curriculum, fundraise, and write/administer grants.
Karin began her involvement with KM365 as an Ambassador Club Leader when her two children were in Palm Beach County public schools; she has been passionately involved with everything KM365 ever since! Karin believes her work at KM365 is her calling – that the Kindness Curriculum is the “juice” that will help our kids discover their social and emotional well-being – and the result will be a better life for our children, and a kinder world for future generations.Read More
Shari is not only our longest running ambassador of Kindness Matters 365 programming, but she is also our go-to for in-school and after-school presentations on a variety of discussions including Gratitude, Compassion, Kindness, SEL Topics and Social Media. Additionally, as a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Shari has been working in the field of web design and software development for over 20 years. Shari is grateful for the opportunities that she has had to continue her learning and personal and professional growth through completion of the Landmark Curriculum for Living, Connection Coalition Trauma Informed Training and as a Certified E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor.
Julie began her professional career as a high school teacher and chair of the Social Studies Department. She also worked in e-commerce and the tech industry as a resource administrator. Julie is proudest of her family.
Julie joined Kindness Matters 365 in December of 2018 as Ambassador Coordinator. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that fosters the well-being of children.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Liz is an accomplished video producer with over 20 years of experience in branding and marketing, primarily in television production.
Liz is the Office Manager as well as overseeing video production for Kindness Matters 365 since October 2019. She hopes that through her contribution and dedication to KM365 our children’s social and emotional well-being will one day be taught in schools with the same importance as reading, writing and arithmetic.
Liz’s favorite quote is, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”Read More
Mallory is a longtime communications specialist who brings a wealth of experience managing media relations and marketing for various clients and industries. A seasoned PR pro with a versatile skill set, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in English and began her career at a boutique agency in the Philadelphia market. Upon relocating to South Florida, she quickly secured a position with a Boca Raton-based PR agency, followed by six years with a boutique Fort Lauderdale-based firm.
As Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Mallory oversees all branding and communication needs on behalf of KM365, from social media management to annual marketing strategy, content and collateral creation, and provision of promotional support to the organization and its various departments and initiatives. She is thrilled to lend her longtime experience to the KM365 Team, an organization whose values and mission she holds near and dear to her heart.
Lori began her professional career as a social worker upon earning her master’s degree from Florida State University, working primarily with families and individuals with medical issues. She made the switch to being a children’s librarian in 2004, first for Broward County, and then Palm Beach County. Her favorite part of being a librarian was giving people the resources and information they needed to grow and flourish.
Lori is proud to be a member of the Kindness Matters 365 Family, whose mission is to spread compassion, kindness and gratitude, and to help children strive and thrive to live happy, healthy, and full lives. As Ambassador Coordinator, she is eager to help all those who wish to serve as KM365 Ambassadors achieve their certification, grow the KM365 Ambassador base, and further the message and mission of the organization to masses.
Stephanie holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she brings a wealth of experience in the analytical finance planning, management, and accounting sector to the KM365 team. As Finance Director, Stephanie oversees all fiscal activities on behalf of KM365, from annual budgeting and forecasting processes, to management of funds across departments, programs, grants, and donor segments, implementation of effective financial processes, and effective communication of financial status to the executive director and board of directors.
As a mother, Stephanie is thrilled to apply her longtime expertise to an organization whose mission is to help the wellbeing of our kids and teens. She currently resides in Boca Raton, FL with her husband, Patrick and daughter, Sophia.