IRVINE, Calif. (October 31, 2018) – Lion’s Heart – Teen Volunteers and Leaders announced today that its Board of Directors has welcomed two new members! These esteemed business and community leaders join the organization’s existing board in governing through functions that include strategic planning, policy development, and fiduciary oversight.

Jan Kerchner founded The College Blueprint, LLC nearly 20 years ago with a vision and mission to assist students with finding the right collegiate fit. With educational consultants in California, Seattle and Virginia, she and her experienced and well credentialed team have supported thousands of students in achieving their collegiate dreams. In addition to private college counseling, The College Blueprint, LLC also offers Test Prep, Tutoring and Academic Coaching. Jan has evaluated hundreds of university campuses across the country. She and her team have conducted over 600 campus visits and she is frequently sought after to present her insights on the State of College Admissions. Jan consults with private schools and public school districts and teaches a course in counseling students for the University of California, San Diego Extension. She has served on the faculty of the Independent Educational Consultants Association Summer Training Institute, an institute for counselors entering the profession of educational consulting.

Jan is very active in her community, serving on various Boards for PTAs, Booster Clubs and sports teams. She served as the President of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation and as the President of the Assistance League of Irvine.

Neeraj Sharma is an award-winning technology executive with experience in building and scaling world-class technology groups. He is a visionary leader who sees technology as a business differentiator and helps organizations to optimize the business outcomes using technology and innovation. Neeraj specializes in technology strategy and solutions for the healthcare and life sciences sector. He held leadership positions with various Fortune 500 organizations and lead global teams in four countries (US, Canada, India, and Philippines). He is a recipient of multiple global corporate awards.

Neeraj firmly believes in giving back to the community beyond mere financial aids and donations. In particular, he is passionate about education and youth development. In addition to Lion’s Heart, he serves on the board of Boys and Girls Club and school PTA.

“We are so proud to welcome Jan and Neeraj to Lion’s Heart,” said Becca Tankersley, Executive Director.  “They are joining us at an exciting time where we are exploring expansions to our service leadership programs and partnership opportunities. This will open the door for us to connect more teens from all walks of life to important causes in their communities, enabling them to take action, build important life-skills, and impact positive change.”

View the complete listing of Lion’s Heart – Teen Volunteers and Leaders board members via


About Lion’s Heart

We are Lion’s Heart: teens dedicated to positive social impact. We are a national nonprofit that connects 6th-12th grade students with local service opportunities that help them build a strong community service portfolio. Teens can track hours, earn leadership awards, and export their service portfolio to use on scholarship, college, and career applications. We are nearly 10,000 members strong with new chapters forming every day across the United States!  To form a chapter in your neighborhood, become a Member, request volunteers for your cause, or become a corporate partner, visit Plus, listen to our weekly podcast, TOBY Talk, on your favorite podcast platform!

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