Meet Our Advisors

Ray Madaghiele

Advisory Board Member


When I entered high school in 10th grade, I was branded a troublemaker by most of my teachers. Up to that point, I had barely skated by in my classes, skipping an average of 20 days of school a year. Then, I received the dreaded F in social studies and had to go to summer school. My social studies teacher that summer was Ms. Mauro. She made social studies fun, interesting, and engaging. More than that, she saw untapped potential in me that few teachers had seen up to that point. Ms. Mauro changed the trajectory of my life by showing me what was possible if I just applied myself. She cared enough to invest precious time and attention to inspire hope and awaken the greatness in me. She made more of a difference in my life than she probably knows. During the past 35 years, the purpose of my company has been to Inspire Hope and Awaken Greatness in those I serve.

Ray Madaghiele is Chief Inspiration Officer for Business EnergizersT™. His passion is helping leaders like you to get everyone on the same page, moving in the same direction, toward the same common goals, resulting in greater productivity, profitability, and fulfillment.

He uses a balanced, well-engineered, heartfelt approach to help you Strengthen Your C.O.A.R.™, guiding you to:

  • Clarify focus
  • Organize and prioritize commitments
  • Act with conviction
  • Realize success and fulfillment

Ray is a master facilitator, trainer, coach, and dynamic speaker who has 35 years of experience. His special gifts and talents are:

  • Facilitating strategic planning
  • Facilitating leadership retreats
  • Designing and instructing customized leadership training
  • Coaching leaders to be efficient and effective
  • Speaking to groups on inspiring, timely business topics


Ray is the author of Energize Your Business: Engage Your Employees with an Inspiring Strategic Planning Process, in which he shares insights into building a more collaborative, high-performing organizational culture and a more profitable business.

Ray is also the author of, Ray of Hope: Inspiring Peace – Insights on Chaos and Consciousness while Bicycling Across America. This inspiring book chronicles his 3,369 mile, 70-day bicycle ride from Phoenix, AZ, to Ground Zero, NYC, in the aftermath of the 9-11-01 events. In it, he shares timeless principles for achieving greater peace and happiness in our lives, our communities, and the world.

Ivan Hannel

Advisory Board Member


My favorite teacher was my 6th grade social studies teacher. He taught me to learn both sides of every issue and be able to know the opposing argument as well as your own.

General Counsel for ZOE HOLDING COMPANY with subsidiaries focused on health care, construction, and legal staffing.

Ivan is an author and public speaker, known for his discussions on “A Pedagogy of Questioning.”

He has led 1500+ APOQ workshops for public and private K-12 schools throughout the US and Asia.

Volunteer experience that sets Ivan apart are: 

  • Volunteer, Advisory Committee Million Dollar Teacher Project (4/2023)
  • Volunteer, Judge, Student Trial Advocacy Competition, AAJ (3/2023)
  • Volunteer, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics UAPIOC Legal Policy Group (11/2022)
  • Volunteer Co-Chair, Association of Corporate Counsel, Litigation Network, Program Committee, Legal Quick Hits (11/2022)

Breauna Wall

Advisory Board Member


Ms. Martineau, with her unique blend of kindness and discipline, made our fifth-grade year at Earl Brown Elementary not just educational, but unforgettable. Her ability to teach with both care and clarity won her a special place in our hearts. In her classroom, we found a balance of learning and laughter, rules, and respect, which made every day a valuable and enjoyable journey. Her smile is a vivid memory everlasting in my mind.

  1. John Banquil: Ling and Louies 

  2. Nate Maruca: Thew Elementary School

  3. Robert Morse: Educational Services Inc.

  4. Stacy O’Rourke: Madrid Neighborhood School

  5. Bailey Prutch: Phoenix Rising Football Club

  6. Joey Palomarez: The Spaghetti Shack

  7. Karen Parker: retired teacher

  8. Rhonda Stenseth: Ziggi’s Coffee – Tempe

  9. Jonathan Temple: Arizona Financial Credit Union

  10. Michelle Watson: Michelle’s Mobile Massage

  1. Kat Valdivia: Phoenix College
  2. Tiffany Nieto: Phoenix College
  3. Ildi Laczko-Kerr: Ribbit Learning
  4. Shalmeka Sweet: South Mountain Community College
  5. Alexandra Fallon: Million Dollar Teacher Project
  6. Rhonda Bowman: Million Dollar Teacher Project

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Growing the Tree

Million Dollar Teacher Tree was first developed in a classroom by students in a program called, Next Generation Service Corps at Arizona State University in December of 2017. These students were tasked by Lloyd Hopkins, founder of Million Dollar Teacher project with developing a project that can potentially become an integral part in helping MDTP achieve its mission. The group eventually developed the original prototype for Million Dollar Teacher Tree—a cutout dollar sign that would be placed in surrounding businesses near the partner school. The idea was pitched to staff members of MDTP during the last of their class, and the project was picked up by MDTP as a new pilot program for the organization. After many months of planning, the prototype was eventually revamped into what it is today, Million Dollar Teacher Tree.

Golden Apple

These apples are intended to provide any sort of Professional Development which, in turn, gifts them with key knowledge to add to their personal skill-set to better work with their students.

As educators, teachers are constantly looking to continually grow in their profession to not only learn how to better connect with their students, but to also make the learning experience much more exciting.

Suggested donation amount range: $10 – $100

Red Apple

These apples are designed to provide the typical day-to-day items in the classroom. Teachers spend can spend upwards of $1,000 out of pocket to have enough supplies yearlong for their students– to alleviate this, the Red Apples were created.

Everyday school supplies include; pencils, notebooks, crayons, hand sanitizer, etc.

Green Apple

These apples are intended to provide a big-ticket item for the teachers. These supplies are typically something that the teachers can use for more than one school year.

Examples include; a class-set of computers or new furniture for the classroom.

Suggested donation amount: $500+