2016 Board Members

President and Founder

Sylvester Flores, President of Board

Founder and President of Future Without Poverty (FWOP), Syl’s passion to create opportunities for a future without poverty, has been described as a “fire burning within.” This fire has led him to personally organized an international network that has helped thousands of people reduce the impact of poverty in their lives.

A former Director of the both the Latino and Multicultural Center for Community Development Northern Kentucky University and The Center for US/Mexico Alliances for Community Renewal at the University of North Texas, he knows what it takes to bring communities together. He is a distinguished professor that has received the various awards including the School of Community Service Hiram Friedsam Distinguished Faculty Award and the University of North Texas Honor Professor, Outstanding University of North Texas Alumni, University of North Texas Professor of Color , University of North Texas Hispanics in Higher Education Professor of the Year.



Stan Ingman, Vice President of Board

Dr. Ingman is a Professor of Applied Gerontology and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Applied Gerontology at the University of North Texas (UNT) , where he was the also the Director of the Center for Public Service, Director of the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative for some 13 years. He is founding editor of Sustainable Communities Review.

He has his doctoral degree in medical sociology from University of Pittsburgh (1971), master’s degree in rural sociology from Ohio State University, and bachelor’s degree in botany from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Before moving to UNT in 1990 he taught at UMC-School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri and at UCONN- Health Science Center in Farmington, Connecticut.



Tom Benjamin, Secretary/Treasurer of Board

Thomas Benjamin has worked for and consulted with non-profit organizations and government agencies around the world for the past 30 years. He was the first Certified Fund Raising Executive recognized by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in 1982 and has raised over $50,000,000 for small non-profit organizations. He has designed, built and managed economically based sustainable development projects in some of the poorest countries in the world.

He has a degree in International Resource Management and Environmental Education. He has created programs that have received awards from the United Nations, World Conservation Fund, US Presidents and The Kennedy School for Government Studies at Harvard University.


Iftekar Amin, Board Member






Iftekhar Amin

Dr. Amin is a social gerontologist with expertise in interdisciplinary research on aging, sustainable community building, and developing countries. He is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology, University of North Texas at Dallas. Dr. Amin believes that the global aging and the increase of length of life throughout the world are together a new demographic reality, and that we need rigorous research to better understand the broad social changes to close gaps in our knowledge and develop evidence-based programs and policies for older adults. Some recurrent themes in his research are: sexuality in later life, transnational caregiving, & retirement migration.

His work has appeared in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Cross-Cultural GerontologyEducational GerontologyMen and MasculinitiesJournal of Family History, and Journal of Aging in Emerging Economies. Dr. Amin has served as PI and Co-PI on several grants and funded projects. He was the recipient of Endowed Professorship of Gerontology at University of Louisiana at Monroe, and was appointed as a member of Louisiana Governor’s Encore Commission. Dr. Amin is Associate Editor of the Journal Sustainable Community Review, serves on several editorial, and executive boards. Courses that he teaches include Social Gerontology, Longterm Care Case Management for Elderly, Sociology of Mass Communication, Minority aging, Perspectives of Aging, Public Policy, and Images of Aging in Films. Dr. Amin is the Coordinator of Applied Gerontology Certificate, UNT Dallas.


Kendall Brune

Kendall Brune, PhD

Dr. Brune has been on the leading edge of culture change in the healthcare delivery system for the elderly in America. His credentials include his designation as a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Administrators, his doctorate in healthcare administration and his authorship of two practical healthcare books for the senior care industry. He participated in the culture change phenomenon of “Eden Alternative” as a researcher in its infancy, through implementing it in Missouri’s first affiliated facility, to further developing the vision as a licensed administrator for over 20 years. His practical experience has allowed him to deliver “resident-centered care” improvements to all continuum of care levels, from independent senior housing, through assisted care and skilled nursing facilities, to a hospital sub-acute facility.

Dr. Brune has applied these philosophies of care in the development and operation of 20 Senior Communities and all of them are operating successfully today. He is currently the President of Future Focus Communities, Inc. based in St. Louis Missouri. In addition to his PhD degree in Health Care Administration he has MBA and MHA- Health Administration.


Dr. Pankaj Jain

Dr. Pankaj Jain

Dr. Pankaj Jain is the author of Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses on religions, cultures, ecologies, and films of India and Asia. He has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He has also contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, Times of India’s Speaking Tree, and Patheos. He has received the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellowship in 2012 and the Wenner-Gren Grant in 2014. He is also the director of the Eco-Dharma and Bhumi-Seva Project and is working with the Hindu and Jain temples in North America for their “greening” efforts. Currently, he is editing a volume on Indian philosophical theories for anthropology and is writing his next books on Jain Philosophy and Dharma and Science in India: Experiments with Sustainability.



2015 Advisory Board

Isidor Wallimann

Dr. Wallimann holds an MA in economics and agriculture from Kansas State and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University. He recently retired from his positions at the University of Applied Sciences Northwest Switzerland and from the University of Freiburg in Switzerland. He has published numerous books in English and German, such as GENOCIDE AND THE MODERN AGE (translated into Korean) and ON THE EDGE OF SCARCITY (translated into German). As a visiting professor, he has been invited to universities in the United States, China, and Taiwan. He has lectured worldwide and served the Swiss National Science Foundation as an expert for social policy research programs. Dr. Wallimann is president of the Social Economy Association and Network Cooperative Basel, Switzerland. The Social Economy Basel is committed to local, social and ecological sustainability in the region of Basel where it also manages an alternative currency. More info under www.viavia.ch/netzbon

Carl B. Westmoreland

A leader in urban revitalization and preservation, from the grassroots community level to national and international arenas. Westmoreland’s simultaneous interest in preservation as a part of renovation in the neighborhood garnered him much attention, and in the mid ‘70s he became the first African-American Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His association with the National Trust also gave him international prominence, leading him to travel the world working in diverse countries on preservation issues, even serving at one point as part of a six-person delegation to the People’s Republic of China. It was Westmoreland’s understanding of these issues and his interest in African-American history that spurred him to his next big project – the creation of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. . His vast experience with complicated issues of neighborhood politics, race relations, preservation, and revitalization makes him one of the most valuable resources and leaders in historic preservation in the country, and he continues to inspire young preservationists of all races to this day.

Linda J. Niles

Linda is a prominent leader in the not for profit healthcare industry with over 30 years as a Registered Nurse.  Linda, as an RN, MBA has held various leadership positions including the role as Hospital Chief Executive Office leading a financial turnaround, the successful replacement and relocation of the hospital as well as oversight of the building project of a dialysis center in southern Ohio.  In 2006 Ms. Niles was awarded Ohio’s Distinguished Rural Hospital Administrator of the Year by the Statewide Rural Health Coalition and the Ohio Department of Health.   Linda is the Founder of the Adams County Healthcare Foundation, and President of LJN Group, a healthcare consulting company.