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Board of Directors

Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you. We believe in connections that create results for communities to grow and gain from shared resources.

Environment Awareness

Francois Portee is here teaching students the importance of being aware of their environmental surroundings. We applied critical thinking and mathematics to solve community concerns on waste management in Ghana in the city of Apam.

President and Founder of F.T.L.

Francois Portee

MED-Special Education

Mr. Portee is an educator/coach and entrepreneur. Mr. Portee grew up in the 4th District of Southeast San Diego. He was recently inducted in to the Hall of Champions at his former high school for outstanding athletic performance. As head wrestling coach for Lincoln High for the past 8 years.

Mr. Portee now has 15 years experience teaching students including those with learning disabilities and coaching varsity athletics in the San Diego Unified School District. 

His formal education started at San Diego State University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in the field of International Business in 1997 and earned his teaching credential in Special Education in 2006. Later, he received his Masters Degree in Education/Special Education and a "Specialist Certificate in Character Development" under professor Ed DeRoach from the University of San Diego. Mr. Portee was Department Head at Lincoln High School for Special Education.

Global Experience: Mr. Portee studied in both Mexico and Spain where he studied Spanish and the Latin American Culture. He attended "La Universidad De Salamnca and Colegio De Espana" in Salamanca Spain in the summer of 1993.

Mr. Portee is also member of "Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity" in San Diego Alumni Chapter. He has served as an officer within his chapter to make a difference with students in his community.

Executive Secretary/Chief Compliance Officer (COO)

Christopher White

Christopher White is an educator/practitioner and educational consultant with over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Mr. White is in an International Honor Society for Educators and holds credentials in English and Literacy.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Tommy Black

Tommy Black is currently a teacher for the San Diego Unified School District teaching music in the VAPA department.  He's had an extensive career teaching students of various grades.  Mr. Black has served in our military in Desert Storm and has served his country honorably.  Later he attended San Diego State University where he earned his BA degree in Music and Masters in Music and Educational Leadership. He's brought his experience of teaching and leadership to the board to broaden the scope of the organization's mission.