Catch the Vision
Our mission is to educate, motivate and activate people to record their highest priority legacy stories before they are lost forever. We do this by providing world class legacy-building tools, products, programs and a secure repository where this valuable personal and family history can be stored and discriminately shared.
We are a for-profit, socially conscious enterprise uniting families, community organizations and businesses with a common cause to save the living history of our time for the benefit of humanity.
Our team is comprised of top experts representing industries where legacy stories are at the greatest risk of extinction.
We are more than mere colleagues. We are family!
Tom Cormier, Co-Founder and CEO
Tom developed the Living Legacy Project, the International Assoc. of StoryKeepers (I-ASK) and LegacyStories.org. 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.
Tom is former CEO and radio talk show host of "Let's Talk America," airing on over 450 stations in the U.S. and Canada, espousing the message of personal development and achievement.
Dennis Stack, Co-Founder and Chairman
Dennis is founder of Project StoryKeeper, a 501c3 non-profit, which created the Family StoryKeeper Course in 2003 and the basis of the Legacy Stories Reminiscence Program. The 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.
Dennis is also former Senior VP-Business Development for Paine Webber, bringing with him a unique perspective as to how estate planners and wealth managers can offer both the valuables and values side of holistic estate planning.
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).
Jose Lacal, Chief Technology Officer
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.
Annie Payne, CLA
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 Ociania.
Pat White, CLA, CLP
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 PostersAsTherapy.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, CLP
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 vast benefits of legacy planning to families, communities and funeral homes throughout North America.
Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, PhD., PLA
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 brings decades of experience in assisting technology firms and entrepreneurs in developing and executing profitable go-to-market strategies and plans. He has spent the past 25 years in a range of marketing, product management, sales, and business development roles with firms ranging from startup to Fortune-level.
Larry hosts Legacy Labs for Legacy Stories, a program designed to assist soloprenuers and legacy-related business owners with building profitable revenue streams in the legacy space.
Kathy Larsen, CLA
Kathy is a Certified Legacy Advisor and Founding Ambassador of the International Association of StoryKeepers. She has been on the LegacyStories.org Development Team since 2007. Kathy is a Photo Scanning Specialist, Family History Instructor, local FamilySearch® Indexing Director and FamilySearch® Family Tree Consultant.
Trained in all aspects of the Living Legacy Project, Kathy is actively involved in the Legacy Stories Reminiscence Program for Senior Care Facilities, Faith Legacy Projects and community awareness programs.
Ruthanne is Founder of Capture the Journey, helping families and communities connect generations through the stories of their lives. Through her workshop “Lasting Legacy: Your Words of Wisdom, Values and Love”, she guides people to create meaningful expressions of their core values, wisdom, gratitude and love that become a priceless gift now and lasting legacy for future generations.
Ruthanne develops legacy-relevant workshops for LegacyStories and I-ASK, such as her Legacy Letters Workshop and self-help program. She is a Certified Legacy Planner through I-ASK and a Certified Guided Autobiography Instructor through the Birren Center for Autobiography and Life Review.