Our Team

Our Team

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Laura Reiss

Founder and President

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.

Through extraordinary programs nourished with Gratitude, Compassion and Kindness, Kindness Matters 365 equips kids and teens with knowledge and skills for their social and emotional well-being. We empower their exploration and discovery in caring for themselves and each other, today and for the future.

“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.”

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Karin Levy Gellen

Executive Director  

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.

Outside of KM365, she is a Mom to Dani and Andrew, consultant to HopeGel®,  on the Advisory Board of Wish A Book, Board President of Bucks for Buddy, and President at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Karin was formerly a partner for an international talent acquisition firm, a human resources professional and recruiter, and a successful small business owner.

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 attain social and emotional well-being – and the result will be a better life for our children, and a kinder world for future generations.

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Shari Kline

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.

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Angela Samay

Angela holds a Business degree in Finance from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. She brings her wealth of experience in the finance, consulting and systems world, having previously worked for one of the Big Four accounting firms, to the KM365 team. As Finance Director, Angela is responsible for budgeting and forecasting, bookkeeping, reporting and maintaining the KM365 constituent management system. Angela believes strongly in the benefits of KM365 to people of all ages and is inspired daily by her husband, Bob, and their two children, Helen and Bo.

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Julie Rios

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.

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Liz Wein

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.

A New York native living in South Florida for 10 years.  She is inspired and supported daily by her husband, 2 teenage sons, 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Liz’s favorite quote is, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

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Ellen Van Olden

Ellen van Olden is a mentor, trainer, entrepreneur, and community activist passionate about educating, inspiring, and empowering individuals so they can thrive in the world.  With 25+ years in the training industry, Ellen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as the KM365 Volunteer Coordinator.

Initially, Ellen became involved with KM365 as an Ambassador Club Leader helping her daughter start the first club at her school. She knew becoming the KM365 Volunteer Coordinator was a great fit because it aligned with her belief that “education is the most powerful means we can use to change the world.”

Nothing brings Ellen greater joy than her daughters, Annabelle and Colette, and knowing she is making an impact in the world through her organization, Empower the Girls, and her contribution to KM365.

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