Board of Directors

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Dr. Robert A. Petterson – Co-Founder and President

Dr. Robert A. Petterson, Dr. Bob, has become known as the “Amazing Storyteller” for his unique ability to unwrap the untold stories behind seminal people and events. He has been pastor at some of America’s leading churches; served as East Coast president of Mastermedia International, the world’s largest ministry to film and television executives; and hosts numerous inspirational pilgrimages. He regularly partners with non-profit organizations in fundraising, and has raised over $75 million. He is in demand worldwide as a speaker and has addressed audiences of more than two million in 30 countries. Dr. Bob earned his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves on various non-profit boards. 

Dr. Bob’s The One Year Book of Amazing Stories: 365 Days of Seeing God’s Hand in Unlikely Places, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of its 10 “Top Picks,” is now in its third printing, and was recently ranked by the Christian Book Association as one of the top five devotionals of 2020. His other books include: the newly released 101 Amazing Stories of Hope and Faith, featuring the best of Dr. Petterson’s acclaimed One Year Book of Amazing Stories, in an easy-to-give-and-carry size;  Desert Crossings; Theater of Angels; Pilgrim Chronicles; Home for Christmas; and The 90-Day Book of Amazing Stories, in the top 10 percent of all book sales in its category in 2017.

Dr. Bob resides with his wife Joyce in Naples, Florida, and is the proud father of daughter Rachael, son-in-law Joe, and granddaughters, Mae and Mira.


Barbara Zaiser

Barbara brings a strong and committed record of board leadership and involvement to the Legacy Imperative. As a degreed clinical dietician, with five years in the field, Barbara served on the Citizen Advisory Board for Digestive Diseases, Medical College of Wisconsin, as chairman and now, as a chairman emeritus. She has also served as president of Friends of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. 

Barbara is active in the National Society, Colonial Dames of America, and is on the Wisconsin Society and Naples Town Committees of that organization, which furnishes and administers museum houses from early American history. She was a founding member of Fox River Congregational Church in Wisconsin and is on its organizing board. Barbara and  her husband Gary have also been active members of Covenant Church of Naples for a decade. They have three children and 10 grandchildren. Barbara feels strongly that as a society, “We need to communicate values to the next generation, with a focus on faith, family and freedom. To do so, a knowledge of new technology is mandatory.” 


Joshua Custer

Joshua works for Ronald Blue Trust as a financial planner, serving the company’s Naples-area client base. Ronald Blue Trust is unique in providing wealth management strategies and trust services based on biblical principles to help clients make wise financial decisions, live generously and leave a lasting legacy. 

A true Floridian, Joshua started his life out in Ft. Lauderdale and moved to Naples, Florida, in 2001. He attended John Carroll University, where he also played football. 

Joshua is active in his local church and volunteers at Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Florida. As the next generation, he believes God is calling him to impact the world he will inherit. His life verse is Joshua 1:9. 

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Tricia Felice

Tricia Felice is President and founder of the enterprise consulting firm RedMark Group.  RedMark sets strategy, builds brands, and assists new ventures; supporting company growth and profitability.  Tricia is passionate about bringing together the worlds of story and strategy.  Her career path from creative design for movies and television in Hollywood to a business MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business mirrors her passion for that intersection.  Seeing opportunities through the realm of story and design, she’s executed projects for organizations spanning from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including brands such as PepsiCo, Disney and HBO/Time Warner.  She’s led companies to awards including “Chicago’s 50 Best Startups”, multiple Key Art Awards and Hollywood Reporter’s Best Campaign.  

Currently residing in Chicago, IL, Tricia is an active member in her community and her church.  She was named Forte Fellow by the Forte Foundation for leadership and scholarship and is an associate professor at Northern Seminary, focused on ministry leadership in the marketplace.  Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for a community focused foundation fund through the Columbus Foundation.

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Brian Hunter

Brian is school operations manager, Naples Classical Academy, overseeing non-academic staff, facilities and programs, including transportation, food service and facilities.

He was formerly managing director, Legacy Imperative. Prior to that, he served as vice president at Place of Hope in Haiti, a non-profit organization, whose primary focus is caring for 60 orphaned and abandoned children, and providing the community of St. Jean, Haiti, with community-focused programs.

Previously, Brian managed the customer support division of Uptown Network for national accounts in 100+ locations across the United States. 

At Living Word Family Church, Brian held the position of Operations Manager and Personal assistant to the Senior Pastor. He oversaw building maintenance, materials management, and project management, as well as provided support to the pastor through scheduling, task management and communications. 

Brian also worked for Nortel Networks, a worldwide telecommunications company. He held various leadership roles in installation, test and verification, and network engineering.

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Rev. Dr. Daniel Mercaldo

Dr. Daniel Mercaldo is the founder of Gateway Church on Staten Island, New York, which he served as the Senior Pastor for over 50 years. It is also is the home of the Gateway Academy, founded by Dr. Mercaldo in 1994, serving children from birth through High School.

Dr. Mercaldo traveled to over 50 nations, representing the church’s world outreach ministry. He is the author of “Six Qualities of Successful Families”, bringing hope and health to marriages and families. His soon-to-be-released “Discover Your Design”, is aimed at helping Christians to discover, develop, and deploy their God-given spiritual gifts and special abilities in the church and the world.

Dr. Mercaldo served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals for over forty-five years and on its Executive Committee. He also founded and served as President of the Correll Missionary Ministries, a ministry to African Refugees in Lisbon, Portugal, for over thirty years. For his service to the Staten Island community, he was awarded the prestigious Lewis R. Miller Business Leadership Award. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and has written articles in many leading magazines and journals. He is presently an adjunct professor at the King’s Evangelical Divinity School (KEDS) in Kent, England.

Dr. Mercaldo received his BA in Religious Education at Central Bible College (now Evangel University), studied at Western Seminary, and holds a Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree. He has been married to Evangeline (Spencer) Mercaldo for over sixty years, and has six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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