Recognizing,  educating, and  promoting the  benefits of good  character to  students,  parents, and  communities.

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​Board of Directors

Michael Gibson- Chairman/Financial Officer

Claudio Reilsono-Board Member

Claudio Reilsono is the General Manager/ Professional Baseball Scout for the Global Scouting Bureau as well as the Head Baseball Coach at Carnegie Mellon University.   In 2005 Claudio was named Head Coach at Carnegie Mellon University and under his tenure the team has had its most successful seasons including 2 consecutive Conference Championships in 2015 & 2016.    

   As a Professional Scout, Claudio has assisted in professional player signings all over the world and was named General Manager of the Global Scouting Bureau in 2002.  Claudio is the Co-Host of “ Steel City Sports” TV show and the Host  of “ Ring Talk” Pittsburgh's only TV Boxing Show. He also serves as a color commentator in both baseball & boxing. Served as an radio analyst for Major League Baseball Post Season Show on WMBA Radio.    Reilsono has also been a writer for Boxing publications such as RealBoxing.com ( RI/ Mass.) Sports Review Magazine ( RI/Mass.) Kids Sports Magazine (Pittsburgh) & Pittsburgh Sports Report. From 2010-11      A documentary on Claudio will be aired in 2017. Reilsono also works with ManRay Media ( London based Company) on Movie & Documentary development.   

   In 2011 Claudio was voted in to the Carnegie Mellon University Baseball Hall of Fame and was given the “ Willie Stargell MVP Lifetime Achievement Award”.  2014 was voted in to the “ Steel City Sports” Hall of Fame and in 2016 was named “ Italian Coach of the Year” By the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame ( Pittsburgh Chapter) 

   Claudio is also a Motivational Speaker and is invited to participate in many Celebrity Golf outings and other events. In 2016, started a new Celebrity Placement Venture :  R*C Celebrity Sports & Entertainment.


He is married to Lynda ( 18 years) and the have one daughter Ida ( 16). They reside in Sewickley, PA.Type your paragraph here.

Michael Forgione- Board Member

Dave Rettig- Founder/Executive Director


David is the Founder of the National Character Education Foundation (NCEF).  He is a former international baseball player, and currently is a talent scout with the Pittsburgh Pirates. David is an authority on issues dealing with bullying, negative trends, and drug/alcohol use.  He has testified before members of the U.S. Senate on youth cultural issues and its effect on academic proficiency.  David presents two very powerful student assembly programs dealing with bullying and the potential dangers of illicit drug/alcohol use.


David's professional development presentation will equip your staff to deal with both the current youth culture and its potentially negative influence on academic proficiency in the classroom.

Mike is a graduate of the Denver College of Financial Planning. He has been the owner of several successful businesses, currently a business consulting and tax firm. He holds the position of Chairman on our board; as well as financial officer for our day to day operations. Mike has served as chairman on 2 non profits, and served on the board of 2 others. 

Mike is available to speak to schools, corporations, civic organizations and others on behalf of the NCEF dealing with workplace and tax issues, charitable giving, etc., as well as fundraising, corporate and  charitable tax savings strategies for individuals and businesses.