About Us

Friend2Friend Book Project was founded on the idea of helping courageous kids and their families battling life-threatening illnesses and injuries.  Through literature that inspires courage, ignites laughter and strengthens families we want to help ease the hopelessness and loneliness that many families face during long term medical challenges.

We can't do this job alone.  We are grateful for the guidance and encouragement that our volunteer board members bring to the table.  We believe in surrounding ourselves with individuals that love kids without measure; have career experiences that enable them to help us accomplish our goal with excellence; and believe literature is a powerful force to positively affect the lives of kids and families.

Officers

Bill R. Todd, President

V.P., Director of School Partnerships

Sunflower Seeds Press, Franklin, TN

E-mail: bill@Friend2FriendBookProject.org

Phone: 615-969-2740

Ronda Friend Todd

Author and Founder, Sunflower Seeds Press

Franklin, TN.  615-319-4416

RondaFriend@RondaFriend.com

Board Members

Bob Beard, Director of Alumni Relations, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. 

Bob's background includes experience in curriculum development and grant writing. Bob has worked as Development Executive at the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Tulsa, Vice President of Training and Development at American Airlines and Principal at Metro Christian Academy Middle School in Tulsa. Bob recognizes the potential in students to become more than they are and education is a significant tool to make that occur in their lives.   Bob enjoys traveling and has had the opportunity of leading over 20 student groups to enhance their education through hands on service and experiences both nation-wide and internationally. "You can't replace seeing a student receive that enlightning, changing moment when a book comes to life in their minds",  that is why I believe in the Friend2Friend project.

Lucy Jones, President, Woodruff Property Management Co., Columbus, GA.

Woodruff corporate business development & marketing which includes branding, marketing, real estate both commercial & residential, development designs & lifestyle creators. Along with my team we are charged to be the eyes & ears for all departments under the Woodruff umbrella to make sure we are separated from the pack. This opportunity stretches us beyond our norm & puts us in the company of great people like Ronda Friend that inspire us to inspire others. Lucy served as "Literature Live" Chairman for her children's school. Under her direction the students experienced an awesome three day author visit program. One of their projects was presenting a special "Sunshine Basket" to one of the area's Ft. Benning wounded warriors and his family.



Maria Lee, Educator, Nashville, TN

She has taught elementary school for 16 years and has worked with children and young people for over 21 years.  Working with the student ambassador organization - People to People - Maria organized several overseas trips for middle school students.  "People to People" was started by President Eisenhower with the focus on understanding other cultures.  Maria has a keen understanding of youth culture and a servant's heart for children in need. Maria also volunteers with Salama Urban Ministries working with their extended learning programs for inner city children.

 

"I have seen Ronda, first hand, bring joy and smiles to my own niece who was dealing with a chronic illness.  Through her books and interaction she let her know someone cares and brought 'pages of smiles' to my own courageous loved one. Her heart for kids comes through in her books."



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