Directors

0004.jpegGeorge William Rogers, Jr., President

Bill Rogers, a.k.a. George William Rogers, Jr., was gifted the assets to begin the Serendipity Foundation, by his Father George William Rogers, Sr

He attended Woodberry Forest (prep) School in central Virginia, Centre College of Kentucky, the University of Missouri at Columbia, and The George Washington University, where he graduated with a B. A. in Political Science. Within a few short years, he enrolled in the Master of City Planning program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he completed all course work for a master of city planning degree.  This empowered him to work as a grant administrator for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), where he administered all commuter rail grants for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, as well as participated in numerous Intercity passenger rail proposals including high speed rail service to Las Vegas.

Following civil service, Bill had the honor to serve on the Energy and Transportation Task Force of President Clinton’s President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he originated, sponsored, and “ushered” two of the three approved major proposals, and many other smaller proposals.  One of the two larger proposals was the well-known, “Cash for Clunkers” on the national policy stage.

Bill continues to work toward making the world a better place for everyone as President of the Foundation.

 

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Michael Kasten, Vice President

Michael has a long history of involvement in the non-profit arena beginning in the mid 1980s in NYC with ACT-UP/GMHC and The PWAHealthGroup as an “on the ground activist” and also a “political change agent.” In the 1990’s he moved to Fort Lauderdale and became a board member of The GLBT Community Center, President of his local Civic Association, and President of The Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations, and also a Volunteer Police Officer. Leaving civics/politics behind, he became a board member of Seraphic Fire, South Florida’s premier vocal ensemble, and was the Vice President and then President of The World AIDS Museum here in Wilton Manors. Michael is also a graduate/alumnus of Fordham University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program. He also runs the Insight Meditation Sitting Group in Fort Lauderdale, was trained by The Prison Mindfulness Institute, certified by Transformation Meditation and the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, lectures all over the country, and teaches Mindfulness Meditation classes and seminars.

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Dr. Anjuli Pandavar, Board Trustee

British writer and social critic Dr Anjuli Pandavar lives in Shanghai with her wife, Belinda Allan, and teaches Cities and Urban Consciousness to students of English for Academic Purposes at NYU Shanghai. Anjuli’s has been a life of learning and adventure: Apartheid in South Africa, strange ships in Cape Town harbour, 1968-and-all-that, hippies, “Mekong Delta” and Soweto ’76 propelled her into an adulthood of acute global social awareness. Anjuli, who holds a BArch, BA, MPhil and a PhD, joined the Board of Directors of Serendipity Foundation in January 2015.

 

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