Board of Directors

Charles Seymour, Founder / President

cseymour@giveamericahope.org

Education and Licensure

Charlie attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland in 1978 where he majored in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Business. He holds real estate broker licenses in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Career

Charlie learned the construction and development trade at an early age. He began his professional career in the field of finance at the age of 21 while working with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith in Washington, D.C. In 1988, he founded Turning Point Enterprises Inc., a management company focusing on restaurants, real estate investment, development, and consulting. Charlie is the founder and president of seven Maryland businesses and divides his time between his business ventures and his commitments to serving the community and area nonprofits. He sits on the metro board of directors of the local YMCA and chairs the YMCA advisory board. In addition, he is the capital campaign co-chair, a 22-million-dollar project to build a new YMCA. Charlie currently consults with numerous for-profit and non-profit boards in many strategic capacities. He was a founding member and hosts the local Rotary Club, and previously was a member of the board of business and industry for Frederick Memorial Hospital.  Charlie also served on the board of associates for the Hood College, the advisory board for Sandy Spring Bank, and served as treasurer for Senator David Brinkley.

Give America Hope  

Charlie is the founder and president of Give America HOPE, LLC, a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to develop and distribute timely, free, innovative, educational platforms to reduce the prevailing heroin and opioid crisis as well as other critical, possibly related, health issues that face our nation. Charlie’s main focus is helping children, families, organizations, and governments create and facilitate rapid and long-term heroin-opioid addiction awareness training and information platforms to create a universal message with a consistent, effective approach.


Matt Mossburg, Director of Strategic Development

mmossburg@giveamericahope.org

Legislative Accomplishments

Matt Mossburg is no stranger to advocating for the rights and perspectives of people and families in need. As a former business owner and member of the Maryland State Legislature, Matt understands first-hand the challenges and opportunities faced by citizens, communities and businesses. From 1995-99, former Del. Mossburg worked across the aisle to assist families in paying for college, reducing income taxes, and creating a better environment for business in Maryland.

Mr. Mossburg served a number of committees, including the Economic Matters Committee, the Appropriations Committee, the Commerce and Government Matters Committee, and the Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development. His crowning legislative success was partnering with colleagues in both political parties to establish the Maryland Pre-Paid Tuition Savings Program, the now very successful and popular 529 College Savings Programs.

Fighting Opioid Abuse 

Mr. Mossburg is a nationally-recognized policy expert in the area of addiction recovery, being featured by numerous media including WBAL radio, The Washington Post, Daily Caller, American Thinker, The National Review, LifeZette, and Maryland Matters. He is currently working with Maryland state officials to develop and implement peer-to-peer addiction recovery programs. He also provided critical testimony during the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly, ensuring passage of Governor Larry Hogan’s package of bills to combat the opioid crisis.

It is Matt’s personal experiences that have fueled his desire to establish real recovery solutions in various states by leveraging his political network. After struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, he is passionate about changing the narrative that surrounds addiction, and making practical, effective treatment options available to the millions affected by the opioid crisis.

Professional/Personal Experience

Following his tenure in the Legislature, Mr. Mossburg worked as a Senior Director for the National Association of Manufacturers, passionately advocating for the backbone of American industry. Matt has also worked as a contract Lobbyist in the healthcare industry, representing several prestigious hospital systems and community-based non-profit organizations, working to expand programs and services to the underserved and indigent.

Matt stays active in addiction recovery and has volunteered at the Frederick Rescue Mission, a faith-centered residential recovery program that provides clothing, practical assistance and hope to those who face poverty, chemical addiction, and homelessness. He is also an active member and volunteer for Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program with groups nationwide.  Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Georgetown University.


Duane Clemons, Advisory Board

Biography 

At the age of four years old, I remember one of the happiest days of my life was racing my stepdad on a prison track during a weekend conjugal visit. This was one of the few times I could remember that my dad wasn’t high, drunk, or beating my mother and me. My dad’s heroin addiction left me vulnerable and alone on most days for 12 to 18 hours while my mother worked multiple jobs. I was experiencing and experimenting with sex, alcohol, and violence because I had no scene of self-worth and I was defenseless against adults who knew my situation. This environment shaped my adolescence and my adult understanding of the complex layers of issues for drug addicts and their loved ones. This is why Give America Hope is necessary; for kids who live through the cycle of drug abuse to have a way up and out.


Doug Stone, Advisory Board

Biography 

Doug Stone brings a wealth of leadership, knowledge and innovation in courseware development and training systems design utilizing eLearning, mobile learning, blended-learning, instructor-led training, learning management systems, and web-based mobile Apps. Mr. Stone specializes in identifying the strategic learning needs for organizations and developing large-scale custom performance-based training solutions for private industry, non-profits and the Federal government. Mr. Stone oversees training departments in the areas of instructional design, project management, and media production. Mr. Stone helped start up three large-scale distance learning networks for Convergent Media Systems, Xerox Document University, and Sylvan Learning’s Caliber Learning Network. Mr. Stone is Vice President of MetaMedia Training International and currently serves as the Principal Investigator/Program Director for MetaMedia’s Small Business Innovative Research grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was instrumental in conceiving the technical design and creative approach for a comprehensive smartphone mobile health (mHealth) app. Mr. Stone has garnered over 20 national awards for the design and development of distance learning platforms and advanced training programs, including the Golden Cine Award.


Donna Lynn, Advisory Board

Biography 

Donna Lynn is a successful entrepreneur and CEO who has co-founded, built, and sold multiple businesses over thirty years. She became a senior executive at a multibillion dollar U.K. information conglomerate which acquired her pioneering information technology company. As co-founder of an innovative eCommerce firm, she led the early-stage capital-raise and facilitated a merger for the company. She has been an investor in and advisor to early- and mid-stage companies. She is currently a partner in Owner Transitions, LLC and is president and owner of her consulting firm, Synergia Global, Inc. Ms. Lynn continues a personal mission to support and serve nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She served as a board and executive team member of Healthy Teen Network, a 501(c)(3) national membership nonprofit located in Baltimore, MD. She continues to support the organization, including obtaining grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partnerships to develop and disseminate mobile health (mHealth) applications that empower adolescent youth to make healthy life decisions. She serves as board member and treasurer of a local economic development 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Florida, which is an accredited Florida Main Street program (a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation).