About Our Partners

The Lance and Aileen Porter Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities one family at a time. Established in 2017 with a goal to improve educational opportunities and access to healthcare for low income families and indigent communities. Too many individuals lack access to social services, healthcare, and housing. There is a direct correlation between inaccessibility and the increase in unemployment, crime, infant mortality, substance abuse and mental health issues. 


Jeff Stanzler, PhD. is the director of the Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) group, which creates and facilitates Web-based simulations and writing projects for a worldwide network of upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. Stanzler teaches several courses each year in which university students serve as mentors for ICS activities that explore, for example, contemporary North Africa or the Arab-Israeli conflict, and in which these university students immerse themselves in the subject of the activities, while exploring the pedagogical issues involved in supporting the work of the younger students.

Brian Edmiston, PhD. is a Professor of Drama in Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. His scholarship focuses on drama in literacy, language, and literature teaching, dramatic inquiry as a P-12 cross-curricular pedagogy, and drama as ethical education. He regularly teaches and conducts research in P-12 classrooms in central Ohio. He’s also conducted research, led workshops for teachers, and taught in classrooms in both England and Northern Ireland and authored over forty publications along with four books.