Board of Directors

Founding Volunteer (FV):
Jeffrey “J” Prothero

Founding Volunteer (FV): Jeffrey “J” Prothero

Born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, I was blessed to have a dad who required of my having a hard work ethic and the know-how to do things right. On this foundation, my summers were spent working my way through college painting houses. From fall through spring, I studied Finance for the sole purpose of knowing what to do with my paycheck once I entered ‘the real world’. After dabbling in post-graduate studies in MIS and Computer Science, I became bored and restless. It was time for me to go to work and find a company whose opportunities matched my career objectives.

Five years of boot camp with AT&T in hardware sales prepared me for having my own business again, coincidentally in the Finance space. Some 25 years later, I left that company so I could explore my longing to teach and work with kids. By then, it was late 2014 and finding myself perfectly situated at Roswell High School as a parent volunteer in their new Construction Technology program. It was here that I fell in love with the opportunity to be a part of something truly great which had the potential to impact hundreds of kids, many of whom lacked a ‘personal connection’ to public school. So, here I am… never before happier… and a member of an awesome team of Toolbox volunteers who pour themselves into the lives of elementary and middle school kids, so that they might discover more about who they actually are when they get to build with their hands. It is my belief that all the while they are building with their hands, so too are they building that ‘personal connection’ and so too are they building confidence and pride, two things that are imperative to our overarching hope for all children. And, that hope is for them to simply be happy.

Chief Volunteer of Strategy (CVS):
Rusty Gordon

Chief Volunteer of Strategy (CVS): Rusty Gordon

Rusty is an Atlanta technology entrepreneur and executive having led numerous successful
Atlanta High Tech startups and turnarounds. Rusty is also an active mentor of entrepreneurs, as
the founding Director of the Ambassador Leadership Program that prepares high potential rising
leaders in the technology field with the passion and skills to integrate their faith in the workplace
and community.

As an unrelenting advocate for youth, Rusty developed and led a senior high Sunday school
program called Senior Experience for over 20 years as well as coached numerous major league
baseball players He has been married to his college sweetheart, Ann, for 41 years and has three
adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Rusty states “My experience has taught me that boys and girls usually learn much more through
active experience than any other way. Experiencing new woodworking skills, along with new
life skills such as true teamwork is a clear investment in their future. They walk the path of
success from I can to I will through I have done.

Life is a hands-on sport and ToolBox does it the best.

Chief Volunteer of Relations for  The Home Depot (CVR):
John Gordon

John Gordon

Chief Volunteer of Relations for The Home Depot (CVR): John Gordon

In my personal and professional lives, I love to solve problems and to help other people solve problems especially Home Improvement problems. That has been the driving force behind the radio show I have hosted for more than 26 years. For me, to be able to have a young person engaged and interested in Home Improvement skills and to watch their mind work out solutions is a most rewarding experience. This is the beauty of the Toolbox Program and why I want to support it.