Don Hooton, President, Taylor Hooton Foundation
Don serves as President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors. He founded the Taylor Hooton Foundation in 2004, the year following the loss of his youngest son, Taylor. Since founding this organization, Don has become the leading national spokesman on the issue of appearance and performance enhancing drug use (anabolic steroids, dietary supplements, hGH, etc.) by our nation’s youth. He and his team have spoken directly to over 1 million people across the country, he has appeared as an expert witness before Congress on three occasions, regularly meets with Federal Government officials, has met with several governors, and spoken to multiple state legislatures. Additionally, he has appeared on a number of national and international TV and radio programs to discuss this important topic.
Don recently became a member of the advisory board of Digital Citizens Alliance, a consumer-oriented coalition focused on educating the public and policy makers on the threats that consumers face on the Internet and the importance for Internet stakeholders – individuals, government and industry – to make the Web a safer place.
For his work in the field, Don was named Texas Sports Personality of the Year by the Dallas Morning News and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sports. Most recently, he was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award by the United States Sports Academy.
Prior to forming the foundation, Don had a successful 33-year career in the telecommunications software business. Don and his wife, Gwen, live in McKinney, TX, have been married for 41 years, and are the proud parents of three children, Mackenzie, Donald and Taylor (deceased). They also have two grandchildren: Aidan and Avery.
Donald Hooton, Jr., Vice President, Education Programs
Donald serves as the VP of Education Programs for the Taylor Hooton Foundation. In this capacity, Donald leads the effort to drive our education programs into high schools, middle schools, and universities across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Also, he helps ensure that our messages are current and relevant to today’s young people and their adult influencers.
He, along with his father and other family members, founded the charity in 2004 just one year after the loss of his brother. He is committed to eradicating appearance and performance enhancing drug use among teens/young adults and serving as a spokesperson and role model as we fight this dangerous issue. As a graduate (with honors) of Gwynedd-Mercy College with emphasis in Business Administration, Donald’s professional experience includes a successful career in the Real Estate and Mortgage industry.
Brian Parker, Director of Education
Brian’s role with the Foundation is to lead and manage the development, promotion, and delivery of Hoot’s Chalk Talk programs throughout North America (US and Canada) – to high schools, middle schools, universities, professional associations and other venues. Prior to joining the Taylor Hooton Foundation, Brian worked in Minor League Baseball with the Atlanta Braves organization as well as the Durham Bulls.
As a lifelong fan of sports, Brian is committed to ensuring the education of the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs. Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Elon University and currently resides in Charlotte, NC.
Tavis Piattoly, Education Program Manager
Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN is the Sports Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant for Tulane University’s Athletic Department, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine’s NFLPlayers Association Brain and Body program, Fairchild Sports Performance in Houston, Traction Center for Sports Excellence, and Covington Orthopedics. He was the Sports Dietitian for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-2013 and New Orleans Pelicans from 2008-2013. He has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to design the nutrition programs for boxing champions Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. along with working with a long list of Olympic, NFL, MLB, and NBA athletes to various college and high school programs.
He is also the co-founder and Director of Sports Nutrition education for My Sports Dietitian (www.mysportsdconnect.com ), an online sports nutrition education company that helps athletes of all levels improve their eating habits to enhance performance, recovery, and health through the guidance of a Licensed Sports Dietitian. He is also the co-founder of My Sports Dietitian University, an online Sports Nutrition Mentorship program for students interested in becoming more competent in the field of sports nutrition. www.mysportsduniversity.com
He is a 13 year veteran Sports Dietitian who also has worked with Dietary supplement companies on product formulation and education. He is a regular presenter and lecturer at local, state, and national conferences and Universities on the topics of Dietary Supplement Use in Young Athletes, Dietary Supplement Safety for High School, College and Professional Athletes, and Sports Nutrition Principles for Athletes.
Amy Wagner, Director of Development
As the Director of Development, Amy will oversee all of the Foundation’s Fundraising Initiatives, Events and All Me League. In addition she will serve as our liaison with Corporate and Individual Sponsors and Donors.
Amy brings to the Foundation both a corporate and non-profit background. During her almost 20 year career in the Insurance Industry she has held leadership roles in Marketing and Sales both on the Carrier and Independent Agency side of the business with Utica National Insurance Group, The Republic Group and most recently BevCap Management, LLC. Amy’s Non-Profit experience includes serving as the President of Chamberlain Performing Arts, the Signature gala Chair for Chamberlain Performing Arts, the American Cancer Society’s Silver Dollar Ball gala Chair, Women of Faith Group Leader at Stonebriar Community Church, Stonebriar’s Women’s Ministries Leadership Committee Member, STAR Children’s Charity Volunteer, Boot Campaign supporter and being named one of the Top Women in Collin County.
Amy and her husband, Dave are the proud parents of 2 University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, Molly and Luke!