Originally founded in 2011 by Anne Kubitsky as a public art project, the Look for the Good Project has transformed into a nonprofit organization to imprint life-long patterns of optimism in school children.
Since we launched our scientifically backed K - 6 school program in 2016, over 120,000 students in 30 states have written almost 2 million messages of gratitude to uplift their communities!
CEO + FOUNDER
Anne Kubitsky, is a biologist-turned-author/artist who originally started the Look for the Good Project as a public art project. For four years, 22,000 grateful messages poured into her PO Box from all over the world which helped her go through a lot of personal growth and healing. So many kids participated in the project that she finally founded our organization in 2014 to specifically serve schools. Anne is an international speaker, the author of the book, What Makes You Grateful, and a recipient of "The Points of Light Award," a service award originated out of the White House through President George HW Bush.
DAVID LUTIAN, VOLUNTEER
Dave Lutian is a consultant and engineer who helped transform the Look for the Good Project into a nonprofit organization. A key advisor to our CEO, his presence has made a significant impact on our strategic direction and our scalable school program. Prior to the LFTGP, Dave established "Sikorsky HeliVenture", a STEM education program that taught helicopter science to over 20,000 students. He is also a talented actor and musician who can be heard as the voice of "The Crab" in our educational material. You can read more about his contributions in our book Together We Rise.
ACE BARNES, VOLUNTEER
Based in Alabama, Ace serves as an advisor to LFTGP. Throughout his career at Sikorsky Aircraft, Ace has spearheaded the growth of several large-scale community service efforts. The reviver of the Sikorsky African American Forum, Ace was the face of a cultural shift at Sikorsky's CT location until his relation to Alabama. His technical expertise was crucial in developing Sikorsky HeliVenture strategy with Dave Lutian and their team's ability to reach over 20,000 students since 2012. Along with various community service awards and honors, Ace received the Sikorsky Aircraft President's Award in 2015 for Community Service. Here he is with Vice President Joe Biden!
BONNIE ETENSE, VOLUNTEER
Bonnie Etense is the Teacher Leader at Live Oaks Elementary School in Milford. She serves as the school’s Student Leadership Team Advisor, Safety Patrol Advisor, and School Climate Specialist. Always on the hunt for “something great” to bring to students and staff, Bonnie learned about the Look for the Good Project. At the annual CAS Elementary School Leadership Conference in early 2016 Bonnie met Look for the Good founder, Anne Kubitsky. Bonnie could see from the start that Look for the Good was something special and couldn’t wait to share with her staff and students. Under Bonnie’s guidance her students have participated in the Look for the Good Project for the past two years. She is now helping us organize Ambassadors in Connecticut and beyond.
JOHN DULAY, VOLUNTEER
John Dulay, MA., is helping us process our survey data with Angel Perdomo and others at the Positive Psychology Lab (PPL) at California State University Dominguez Hills. He is the Lead Research Psychologist for PPL Research. Prior to PPL, John was a research fellow at the Army Research Institute-Leader Development Research Unit at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has facilitated leader development workshops at Claremont McKenna College, University of Southern California, California State University-Dominguez Hills, as well as for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. At CSUDH, he was voted Professor of the Year (2017) by students, professors, and staff of the psychology department. We are so grateful for his help assessing the effectiveness of our program!
ANGEL PERDOMO, VOLUNTEER
Angel Perdomo is an experienced Research Analyst with a history of working in research and development in the social sciences, economics, and criminal justice. He is an Assistant Researcher for the Positive Psychology Laboratory (PPL) which is helping to process our data. He has been a part of several PPL projects that involve institutional research as well as evidenced based research. We are so excited to have Angel's expertise on our team!
DREW HESS, VOLUNTEER
After learning of the LFTGP in the fall of 2014, rocket scientist/photographer Drew Hess decided to use the LFTGP to add purpose to a world trip he had planned for early 2015. He spent over $20,000 of his own money to do this, giving up a spot on "The Bachelorette," so that he could photograph people in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, the salt flats of Bolivia, or atop a 19,000 foot mountain. You will find Drew’s work in the LFTGP book, Together We Rise, as well as in our video series on social media.
DIANA LYN COTE,
After hearing our Founder speak passionately in December of 2011, Diana decided to embark on a year-long gratitude journey. Starting on January 1st, 2012, Diana painted 366 grateful moments on postcards - one per day for the entire leap year. She called the collection her “Leap of Faith” and is now selling the postcards to benefit LFTGP. She has donated thousands of hours to the project over the years as well as money, supplies, and materials.
ELIZABETH VANDERMARK HUFFMAN, VOLUNTEER
Since 2014, Elizabeth has donated thousands of hours to the project - interviewing people about gratitude, hope, and resilience. Elizabeth has found the project to be personally healing as she has been in recovery for 5 years. She writes, “When you are grateful, it frees your soul and allows you to be truly authentic.” You will find Elizabeth’s work in all of our books. Here she is interviewing David Knapp, a 90+ year old gay rights activist, famous for helping to change the policies in the Boy Scouts of America.
MAKI TORRES FERNANDEZ, VOLUNTEER
Based in Patagonia, Maki is our international photographer and Spanish translator. She helped Drew with many of the interviews you will see featured in our new book. She writes, "I found the Look for the Good Project in one of the most beautiful and special moments of my life, while traveling the world and seeing the wonders it has to offer. Then it helped me go through the tough moments, to see gratitude everywhere, and focus my life into positiveness."
JEN GUERIN, VOLUNTEER
Jennifer, a 5th grade teacher at Doolittle Elementary School in Cheshire, was inspired by the Look for the Good Project and worked with the PTA to bring it to her school. To be an effective teacher, Jennifer felt that she needed to not only appeal to the academic well being of her students, but also to their emotional health. "I love being a teacher at Doolittle Elementary School. This project enhanced an already amazing academic program and improved the school climate. Practicing gratitude also helped students and staff cope with the tragic loss of a young student who had a profound impact on the student body and me, personally."
MARY STROUT, VOLUNTEER
As a teacher at Griswold Elementary School, Mary seeks to enhance her classroom instruction and parent communications with video and photography. She helped create a video about the Look for the Good Project for her school community which we have used in our official video content. "Griswold School has become my home, and it will always be my goal to focus on the positive in every situation. The Look for the Good Project truly aligns with our community goals and it was uplifting to work with the children while making this video project."
MIKE CICARELLA, STUDENT
Mike Cicarella got involved in the Look for the Good Project after participating in a Gratitude Campaign at Pond Hill School. He has since become our official child actor for numerous educational videos, which impact thousands of children. "I got involved in the project because a few years ago my mom had a stroke and I'm just grateful she's still alive. This project has helped me look for the good and I want to help other kids do that too." Learn more about Mike here >>
ZOE SCHWAB, STUDENT
Since participating in the project at Doolittle School, Zoe has become a contributing editor for one of our books, raised over $800 for the Look for the Good Hero Award, and been featured on two newscasts about the Look for the Good Project. At 13 years old, Zoe is also the youngest member of our scholarship committee, and worked with many respected adults to select the 2016 Look for the Good Hero.
CECILIA DEL CID-LICCARDI, VOLUNTEER TRANSLATOR
Cecilia Del Cid-Liccardi has signiﬁcant experience working on community development initiatives in Berkshire County, MA as well as conducting scientific research related to tropical forest management and restoration and natural resources conservation in Latin America. Originally from Guatemala, Ceci is a native Spanish speaker and has helped us with many Spanish translations, including "Tu Importas" a workbook used in bilingual schools.
ANNE KUBITSKY, PRESIDENT
Founder & CEO, Look for the Good Project
DAVID LUTIAN, TREASURER
Consultant, ACS Groups
KELLY CHAPMAN, SECRETARY
Former Director of Membership Services,
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Former Director of Student Activities
CT Association of Schools
EVP, Edelman PR
Wallingford Board of Education
Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft
STEM Program HeliVenture
The EdTech Fund
VP of Products
Network for Good
COO and Co-Founder, BarkBox
Manager of Public Funding & Grants, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Co-founder CEO CyberChrome & CyberResearch
National Federation of High Schools
Youth Gratitude Project