Since 1952, we have been a faith-based organization continuing to keep Louis' torch aflame. 

 

OUR FOUNDER

LOUIS ZAMPERINI

 Louis Zamperini holding the Olympic torch he carried in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Louis Zamperini holding the Olympic torch he carried in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Louis Zamperini (1917 - 2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. During the war, his B-24 crashed at sea, leaving him and two other survivors lost at sea aboard a life raft for 47 days. Louis was found by the Japanese, where he was imprisoned and severely tortured for 2 1/2 years. After the war, he returned to the United States to found Victory Boys Camp, a charitable organization for at-risk youth. Louis is the hero of the major motion picture Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, as well as Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling publication of the same name. Louis has authored two books with co-author David Rensin, 2003's Devil at My Heels and a posthumous publication in 2014, entitled Don't Give Up, Don't Give In.


Board of directors

 

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LUKE ZAMPERINI, President & CEO 

Luke Zamperini is the only son of our founder, Louis Zamperini. As a child, Luke accompanied his father on Victory Boys Camp retreats, giving him the knowledge and wisdom to keep Victory Boys Camp true to its original mission.  Luke continues to make himself available for public speaking events where he tells his father’s story and share’s unique perspective on what made Louis the man he was. Luke currently holds the position of  Chief Inspector for the City of Los Angeles Department of                                              Building and Safety.

Lisa Zamperini, Executive Director

Lisa Zamperini is Luke’s wife. Lisa traveled around the world accompanying Louis on his speaking engagements, witnessing the effect he has on people, and alongside Luke, kept Victory Boys Camp alive during Louis’ later years.

 

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 Clay Zamperini, Board Member

Clay is Louis' only grandchild, and served as Executive Director of The Louis Zamperini Foundation from 2014 - 2016. He had the pleasure of traveling extensively with his grandfather, sharing his message of hope and forgiveness with countless listeners.

 

 

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DRAKE MORTON, Director

Drake Morton is the CEO and Founder of Drake Morton and Associates, a highly respected marketing and advertising agency serving clients across varied industries. His past and present clients include American Honda, Ducati Motors, GNC Nutrition, Kawai Musical Instruments and Opus One Winery, among others. Drake has a long history of working with nonprofit organizations, having served as Committee Chairman on the Bay Harbor Hospital Board of Directors, and as chaplain of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department.

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Scott Anderholt, board member

Scott Anderholt is Vice-President of Hudson Financial Services, creating and implementing wealth strategies for a prosperous retirement for his clients. Scott and his wife Vicki have shared a Bible Study with Luke and Lisa Zamperini for over 12 years and counting.  He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics and Political Science, and then earned his Master of Business Administration in International Finance from the University of Southern California.  Scott has an extensive corporate background and has traveled and lived overseas for more than 10 years in four different countries.  Scott lives in Calabasas with his wife.  They have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  

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KEVIN L. STARK, PHD, Strategy and Operations

Kevin L. Stark, PhD is a seasoned business executive in biotechnology research & development, global strategy & operations, and mergers & acquisitions.  He received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Molecular Pharmacology and began a 15-year career in basic research, followed by positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen, Inc until 2007.  Subsequently, he was a co-founder and COO of a start-up biotechnology company that raised a $20M initial investment.  In 2011, Kevin had a traumatic spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia.  It was his relationship with the Lord that provided hope during some of the darkest days.  Kevin knows firsthand that the Lord ‘saves the crushed in spirit’ (Psalm 34:18) and granted an amazing recovery.  Today, Kevin and his wife Jamie, have dedicated themselves to being of service to the disadvantaged and disabled community.

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Timothy Philen, Advisory Board Member

After graduating cum laude from Loyola University of Los Angeles, Timothy Philen went on to a 38-year career in the arts as an advertising creative director, author and songwriter. He also served for 15 years as a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church in America. Today Mr. Philen is President of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation, which has awarded private college and university scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underserved communities in                                                     Southern California since 1951.

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Jacob Matchak, advisory board member

Jacob Matchak has worked in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Division of Juvenile Justice (CDCR-DJJ) for the past 17 years. As a pastor, Jacob is employed full-time as a State Chaplain at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, CA which houses a population of 200 youthful offenders in state custody. Jacob’s pastoral approach to correctional chaplaincy has allowed him to build meaningful relationships with both youth and correctional staff and to establish a thriving chapel program that partners with churches, para-church organizations, Christian colleges and universities, and seminaries from all over the Southern California region. One of the highlights of Jacob’s chaplaincy is seeing the outside church connect with the youth on the inside that are seeking to know God and have a genuine walk of faith with Him. Jacob has had the privilege of seeing the lives of many youthful offenders be transformed by the power of the Gospel as they receive new hope in Christ Jesus for the future. Jacob is married to his wife Dena and they have one daughter, Gia.