Our Legacy Team
TOM CORMIER- CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Tom co-founded the Living Legacy Project, the International Assoc. of StoryKeepers (I ASK), and built the LegacyStories.org archive. This endeavor follows his preservation of a vintage mountain village in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains while recording the oral histories of its elder residents.
As a serial entrepreneur, Tom was founder and host of Let’s Talk America, which aired on over 450 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, espousing the message of personal achievement.
He pioneered the legacy industry, produced the groundbreaking Legacy Café podcast, developed the Legacy Talk Digest, the Family Story System and more.
A Marine Corps Viet Nam veteran, Tom has been married to the most patient wife ever for 49 years. Aside from his radio experience, Tom possesses a wealth of expertise in web design, marketing, coaching, technology, product and business development, oral, written and video biographies, and more.
DENNIS STACK- CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Dennis is a former Senior VP-Branch Manager for UBS/PaineWebber. Over a career spanning nearly 20 years, Dennis worked with a network of professionals in Estate Planning, Accounting, Insurance among other disciplines focused on complex intergenerational wealth planning.
Recognizing the failure rate of Succession Planning had more to do with human nature faults than structural / organizational defects, he co-founded the Living Legacy Project to seek a solution to passing on family values.
He created the StoryKeeper Guidebook and the Family StoryKeeper Course in 2003. His course has been used in over 800 Hospices, Home Care, Assisted Living and Veterans communities. He trained more than 5,000 volunteers and students to perform the role of StoryKeepers in their respective niches. This work was the genesis of the Living Legacy Project today.
ROBB LUCY- THE LEGACY COACH
Robb is founder of Create My Legacy, and author of the breakthrough book, How Will You Be Remembered? The definitive guide to creating and sharing your life stories!
He is also co-founder and host of the groundbreaking Legacy Café Podcast, a weekly series of conversations with acclaimed authors, experts, and thought leaders about all things legacy. The podcast is an outreach initiative of the Living Legacy Project.
Robb was a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation before forming his own company, producing mixed media for corporations and governments around the world.
Robb spent 25 years on the local, national and international boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and continues to help develop non-profits for cancer awareness.
JEFF ROGERS- STEWARDSHIP LEGACY COACH
Jeff Rogers is the founder and chairman of Stewardship Legacy Coaching, LLC. In this role he assists financially blessed individuals, families & business owners in transferring both “Wisdom & Wealth” to their children and grandchildren as part of building a strong & lasting Family Legacy.
With over 30 years of experience in legacy coaching, estate planning, and wealth management, Jeff is a Certified Estate Planner™ and Certified Kingdom Advisor™. One of his greatest joys is guiding individuals to become intentional about establishing a family legacy of lasting, eternal significance.
GOLDEN ADAMS- CLP, AG
Golden is an Accredited Genealogist® for Mid-South and Gulf South Regions. A member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and National Genealogical Society (NGS), he owns and operates Adams Genealogical and Legacy Services and is a FamilySearch® Indexing Specialist and FamilySearch FamilyTree® Consultant.
Golden is also a Certified Legacy Planner, a former career middle school science educator and a Founding Ambassador of the International Association of StoryKeepers (I-ASK).
KATANA ABBOTT, CFP
Katana is a Certified Senior Advisor, founder of the Designated Caregiver™ Program, and produced an educational series called, The Life You Lead is the Legacy You’ll Leave™.
She is founder of the non-profit, Smart Women’s Empowerment™, a resource center focused on helping women unlock their financial power, where she hosts the Smart Women Talk Show™ with over 1 million subscribers.
She has written several books, produced a financial literacy course, and is a highly sought after speaker. Katana has been honored by the NAWBO as one of Detroit’s Top 10 Business Women, receiving the Breakthrough Award.
ANNIE PAYNE- PERSONAL HISTORIAN
One of Australia’s most experienced personal historians, Annie started collecting family legacy stories in 1988 as part of Australia’s Bi-Centennial Project and never stopped.
Her passion for helping others capture and record their stories is typified in the name of her business- “History from the Heart”.
Annie is spearheading our drive to launch the Living Legacy Project not only in Australia and New Zealand but throughout SE Asia and Oceania.
PAT WHITE, CLP CLA
Pat is a Certified Legacy Planner and has served as a Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the Association of Personal Historians. By profession a music educator and court reporter, Pat’s interest in personal history began after her mother died from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Pat now specializes in photo reminiscence therapy for people with cognitive challenges working with families whose loved ones are in assisted living, hospice, or passed on. Pat developed memoriesfrommylife.com, a unique use of photo posters with captions to tell a mini life story. Pat is a top leader of the Living Legacy Project and Founding Ambassador of I-ASK.
ROGER BARTLEY, CLA, CFP
Roger is owner and Funeral Director for Bartley Funeral Homes in Minerva and Malvern, Ohio. His family has served the community for over 150 years with all aspects of funeral services from pre-need through after care.
Roger is an innovator, having been the first in his state to offer Legacy Planning services after earning a Certified Legacy Advisor and Planner designation.
As a Living Legacy Project Ambassador to the funeral industry, Roger is exposing the enormous benefits of legacy planning to families, communities and funeral homes throughout North America.
ELLEN FERNANDEZ-SACCO- PhD.
Dr. Fernandez-Sacco is President of the Cal. Genealogical Society, bringing her skill and talent to LegacyStories.Org. She is also Visiting Scholar with the Office for the History of Science and Technology at U.C. Berkeley. Co-Founder of Sociedad Ancestros Mocanos, Puerto Rican Genealogical Society.
Her passion for preserving cultural legacies is unmatched as is her knowledge of genealogical research methods.
LARRY WARNICK- BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Larry brings decades of experience in assisting technology firms and entrepreneurs in developing profitable go-to-market strategies and plans. He has spent the past 25 years in a range of marketing, product management, and business development firms ranging from start-up to Fortune-level.
Larry developed our Legacy Labs video tutorial series, a program designed to assist solo-preneurs and legacy-related business owners with building profitable revenue streams in the legacy space.
JOSE LACAL- DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
Jose is a data geek with a passion to make technology usable. He served 10 years at multinational companies (Siemens, Motorola) in deeply technical roles, and built four startups in between, starting at age 22.
Jose’s role at LegacyStories is to build a global platform to collect, store, analyze and distribute human wisdom. Leveraging his deep technical background, Jose combines both the structure and rigorous processes of large firms with the agility and speed of an entrepreneur.