Amplify’s Advisory Board is critical to our success, helping to guide our mission, spread our message, and provide critical fundraising support.
Richard is founder, president, and CEO of Lenz, Inc., an integrated marketing agency that uses advertising, public relations, graphic design, and web-based technology to help clients achieve their goals.
His most recent accomplishments include launching one of the most celebrated festivals in the country; producing a popular health care radio show; rebranding a major hospital system; designing and installing a 2,000-square foot museum exhibit; steering a $20 million fund raising campaign; and developing a website that helped improve cancer care across the country. He serves on multiple boards and has won industry awards for his graphic design, ad campaigns, writing, and photography, and is author of several popular non-fiction books.
Richard and his company have supported Amplify since our inception, and we are very grateful for all he does to further our mission.
Willie “Chuck” Shivers is the tour manager for the Grammy Award-winning gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Chuck is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Music Education and graduate work at Georgia State. He was an educator in the Atlanta Public School system for 12 years before embarking on his musical journey which led him to his current position with the Blind Boys of Alabama in 2004.
In his off time Chuck owns and operates Quality Sound Studio, and has produced artists such as Big Gip with Goodie Mob, Angie Stone, Young Joc, and Bobby Brown. On and off the road, Willie scouts talent, both conventional and non-conventional, for local and national venues and events. Chuck is known in the community as a strong family man and a good friend.
James is a nationally acclaimed film director, living in Los Angeles. His recent work includes The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now, and Smashed. He has also directed multiple episodes of the Netflix smash hit, Master of None, starring Aziz Ansar. Jamie grew up in Athens, Georgia and was among Amplify’s Founding Board Members.