Chad & Vanessa Cole founded the AddyPres Corporation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity in 2014 with great passion to support thriving, happy children and the education & family resources needed to achieve this success. Their decision came through the experience of the pressures they began to see & feel in their own children, living in the climate of today's fast paced world. To them, this pace felt like it was outrunning their children's natural human development and becoming a source of negative impact for their family's dynamics, their children's education and the JOY of their LIFE.
This prompted them to seek the root causes & find solutions. Their fateful journey, the world challenges that illuminated through their quest, the questions they continue to ask and the answers they seek are shared through the work they do with the AddyPresFoundation and here on AddyPresLifeStyle, an online resource established in 2016 with the goal to connect families, educators & communities to resources that work.
Both creatives, Chad & Vanessa's experiences of life guide their journey. Chad has had a successful career in high fashion and commercial acting for over 20 years, working with some of the largest brands & personalities in the world. His work has gained him knowledge in world cultures, marketing, photography, media & advertising. Prior to this work, Chad was a college athlete and had the opportunity to work in hospitality management with the San Diego Chargers, volunteer with preschoolers through San Diego State University and studied criminal justice, gaining an interest in civil leadership. He is from California's central valley and has great interest in contributing to solutions rooted in agriculture that can contribute to solving the environmental crisis.
Vanessa, raised by a single mother and one of 5 children knows that life requires perseverance. Our founding president traveled the world, as a model right after high school, not believing college to be in her cards, even though she had always been more of an intellectual type. It was her husband, Chad that introduced her to the opportunities that college would gain her, and encouraged her to attend. Vanessa graduated a Consumer Sciences Major with emphasis in Political Science, volunteered in college leadership on a graduation planning committee, interned for a State Senator, then followed a gut instinct to work for a design firm for 5 years after graduating--- never losing sight of her civic and social passions while she indulged in creativity. It was when her children entered public school that she re-visited all that life's experiences had guided her into and civic leadership called her again, to create the AddyPres Foundation, offering the opportunity to participate in improving two social challenges she believes passionately can change the world, education and environmentalism.
Chad & Vanessa's ideal world would have families, communities and educators working in unison to encourage thriving children who have compassion for all living beings, love their neighbors and embrace & contribute to the beauty of a healthy planet & it's people. Their every day is centered in supporting the realization of this dream. Read more about our founders, Chad & Vanessa.