Meet the Board
Erin is a founding Board member of A Channel of Peace (ACOP), a practicing attorney and certified health care compliance professional.
In her day, job Erin works with health care providers and other businesses in the health care sector to advising them on business, legal and operations matters and helping them to ensure that their operations are compliant with law.
She also advises clients on conflict resolution in the workplace, alternative dispute resolution and transformational conflict resolution, and she has served as Executive Director for the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association for a number of years.
Erin is also a founding board member of The Center for Integrated Spiritual Health, a non-profit with the mission of supporting integration of spiritual care into all aspects of health and mental health care in all settings.
In May of 2021 Erin completed a yearlong program to earn an innerMBA certificate of completion through New York University’s MindfulNYU program, and Erin is also studying to receive a mindfulness meditation teacher certification. Erin has studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and she is a proponent of conscious awareness and mindfulness in the workplace.
Outside of her professional and volunteer activities, Erin enjoys spending time with her two children, Coen (12) and Eliza (9), and her husband, Nate, who is an officer in the Army National Guard, and their numerous dogs, cats and chickens, along with engaging in spiritual studies and mindfulness practices, exploring the hills behind their house, hiking, rafting, paddle boarding, skiing, and traveling.
"The work of this organization feeds the soul. I could not be more grateful to have the privilege to work with all who produce and support its programs. The goal of being an organizational example of a channel of peace beats in the heart of every project, and that uplifts and inspires me every day!"
Edward "Jake" Defort
Edward “Jake” Defort is an award-winning journalist/author/videographer by day and a music/sports/film fan pretty much all of the time.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Seton Hall University, Jake launched his career as a journalist, beginning as a reporter, covering local, county and state governments for daily and weekly newspapers.
After being elected to the City Council of his hometown of South Amboy, NJ, serving a four-year term, Jake changed his professional focus, becoming a business journalist, covering a wide-range of professional and financial industries and services.
Since 2010, he has been the editorial director for the National Funeral Directors Association, the world’s leading, largest and most trusted association to support funeral professionals. He oversees the writing and production of the industry’s leading monthly magazine, The Director, and its weekly newsletter, the Memorial Business Journal.
When he is not writing, Jake enjoys going to concerts (he can brag about seeing Bruce Springsteen perform more than 100 times) and to various sporting events – particularly baseball and college basketball (he’s a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Seton Hall University Pirates Men’s Basketball team).
A lifelong New Jersey resident, Jake and his wife Alyson currently reside in central New Jersey.
"To be a part an organization whose goal is to deliver entertainment and tell stories with uplifting, positive messaging is very fulfilling personally and professionally. I was humbled and honored to be asked to be a part of A Channel of Peace."
Daniel Roebuck was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, A fan of movies and television from a very early age he was immediately drawn to the actors and comedians.
At the age of 10, he started performing in talent shows doing impressions of movie stars he loved. He joined a local circus two years later and made his debut as one of the youngest clowns in the country. It was only a matter of time before Roebuck discovered the theater and from that point he never looked back.
Now, more than 35 years later, Roebuck has amassed a substantial resume as an actor, writer and director building an impressive resume chuck full of blockbuster films (THE FUGITIVE), kids movies (AGENT CODY BANKS), horror movies (HALLOWEEN 2), faith movies (DEAD MAN RISING), TV movies (NEW YORK PRISON BREAK: THE SEDUCTION OF JOYCE MITCHELL), video games (STAR WARS: JEDI FALLEN ORDER) and television series (MATLOCK, LOST).
In fact, Roebuck has been in the business for so long that he stars, currently, on a medium that didn’t even exist when he became an actor, the internet (MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE)!
He has portrayed hundreds of people, including a couple of famous ones like Jay Leno (THE LATE SHIFT) and Garry Marshall (BEHIND THE CAMERA; THE UNTOLD STORY OF MORK AND MINDY).
Daniel Roebuck has also produced and directed many documentaries and films including, CHRISTMAS IS HERE AGAIN, A TIMELESS LOVE and GIVE TILL IT HURTS. In 2018 he made his first feature film GETTING GRACE, a film he directed, co-wrote, produced and in which he stars.
He is married to Tammy Roebuck, who collaborates with him on film projects through their company Magic Bean Entertainment. He has two children, Grace (25) and Buster (23) and two step-children, Veronica (25) and Julia (19).
"I believe that every blessing that I've enjoyed in my professional life has led me to this very moment and this very mission of making faith-filled family entertainment for believers and non-believers to enjoy."
Tammy began her career in broadcasting during an internship in her senior year of high school. She became part of the first “radio with pictures” program in the country when she produced and directed the Ace award-winning program, QZOO Tube, which was a joint effort between Jones Intercable and WRBQ-FM Q105 radio station. Featured in the Broadcast Hall of Fame, QZOO Tube aired from 1987 to 1993 and paved the way for radio shows to appear on television, including Howard Stern and Imus in the Morning.
Tammy continued to cultivate her career by spearheading the debut of broadcasting high school football games and other sporting events in the Hillsborough County School District. She also produced Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer games for Sports Channel Florida and a nightly greyhound racing recap show for Derby Lane and Tampa Greyhound Track.Tammy produced a plethora of TV commercials for Tampa Bay area businesses and was the first cable access channel manager in the United States to transform her station into a profit-making venture. Her vision for creating new revenue streams for the cable company and the success of exclusive contracts for televising high school sports led to the creation of Bright House Sports Network.
From 2002-2009 Tammy worked at Hillsborough Television (HTV22), the Hillsborough County Government’s 24-hour station, first as a Senior Producer and then ascended to Station Manager. In her first year as station manager, she implemented a new vision - changing the format of government programming and tripling the number of programs on the station. Under Tammy’s guidance, HTV 22 was named the nation’s Best Government Television Station in 2004.
In the end of 2009 she opened up her own production company, Bean Productions, producing TV commercials and web content for an array of clients across the nation, including the Florida Department of Transportation, UCLA Emergency Management, Tennessee Healthcare Association and Florida Cancer Specialists.
"As a person who launched my career through the opportunity of an internship program, I am especially proud that our non-profit gives students the chance to gain invaluable experience on the set of a real Hollywood production."
Joe M. Teston is a Florida-licensed Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of experience in taxation, accounting, auditing, and advisory.
Joe is a graduate University of South Florida, where he received a Master of Accountancy degree in 1988.
He is Principal Managing Partner of Joe Teston CPA Advisors, a Tampa-based CPA, specializing in Taxation, Audit, IRS Representation, CFO Outsource Services, & Business Advisory.
In 2018 Joe joined the University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting.
Joe is a native Floridian, which is very rare because of the number of northern transplants.
When Joe is not crunching numbers, he is a saxophone players that you may see performing around the Bay Area, after tax season, of course.
He is a member of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’Yago and the Gauchos of Tampa which you will always see throwing out beads during Tampa’s famous Gasparilla Parade every January.
He is married to his wife Mellissa since 2016. Combined, they have 5 children.
"A Channel of Peace is such a perfect fit for me because it focuses on the three areas that are near and dear to my heart... Education, Entertainment and Community Service."