Mike Peters
Co-Founder, Board Chair

Mike Peters is a two times cancer survivor and co-founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation. He is also frontman of internationally respected Welsh band The Alarm.

Mike has successfully fought cancer on two occasions; in 1995 when he battled Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and then in 2006 when he was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocyte Leukemia (CLL). Throughout six months of high dose chemotherapy, Mike continued to play with The Alarm, taking to the stage each time in his trademark ‘green’ combat fatigues (which has become our symbol of hope after a faith healer gave him the revelation that ‘green’ was the healing color in his life).

Mike has played acoustic guitar all his musical life and and the sound of the instrument has been at the core of all his work from the very beginnings of The Alarm to the present day with Love Hope Strength. In the UK alone his songwriting skills have fostered 16 UK hit singles and a host of successful albums in the USA with over 5 million sales worldwide. Mike Peters has appeared with or been joined on stage by such rock and roll luminaries as U2, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

When Mike was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995, quitting music wasn’t an option and although he continues to receive regular treatment for Leukaemia, he is still challenging himself and his audience through music and the outreach of his charitable actions. In his own words and from the title of one of his own songs “Never give it up without a fight”.

To see more about Mike Peters and the birth of Love Hope Strength Foundation watch this insightful documentary ‘The Song That Changed My Life

James Chippendale
Co-Founder, Board Member

James Chippendale is a survivor of leukemia and bone marrow transplant recipient. Inspired by his long battle with cancer and search for a bone marrow donor Chippendale wanted to make sure all people, everywhere, had access to quality cancer care and a bone marrow donor.  So in 2006 he joined fellow leukemia survivor, Mike Peters of the Welsh rock band, and launched the Love Hope Strength Foundation.

A 25 year insurance executive and owner of Ascend Insurance Brokerage  Ascend is one of the countries leading music insurance brokerage firms placing coverage for leading concert promoters (Bowery Presents, C3 Presents), music festivals (Life is Beautiful, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits), touring artists, live music venues and thousands of special events.   Chippendale’s media background includes hosting the twice- Emmy-nominated lifestyle segment, Last Call with James Chippendale his philanthropy endeavors led him to  produce the non-profit  award-winning documentary “More to Live For.”  Recently, Chippendale has joined Jim Digby (Production Manager/Director of Touring for Linkin Park) to help form the Event Safety Alliance, a revolutionary non-profit organization within the entertainment industry, comprised of top industry professionals serving to improve safety at live events around the world.

James has become a national figure as a leukemia spokesperson and survivor. James has made over 350 media appearances, including ABC, Fox News, CNN, USA TODAY, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Good Morning America, American Way, The New York Times, and The Howard Stern Radio and TV shows.

Jules Peters
Board Member
Alex Coletti
Board Member

Alex Coletti was an executive producer and director for MTV Networks and is now an independent producer. A Brooklyn native and graduate of Brooklyn College, he produced MTV's Unplugged series, was a five-time producer of the VMAs and served as a producer for the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime show. These shows included many iconic moments such as the Britney Spears/Madonna kiss, the 500 Eminems, and Britney's carrying of a yellow python.

He has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for his work with Unplugged.

Coletti has been named executive producer of the 2007 Brick Awards, the first televised award show for people changing the world. In 2009 his production company, Alex Coletti Productions, was responsible for the Sundance Channel show "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...", and several specials, including the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes" and "The National Christmas Tree Lighting."

Coletti was also in charge of filming Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart at the Powerscourt Estate in Ireland in summer 2009. Alex Coletti Productions worked with Brennus Productions and Windmill Lane Post Production Studios in Ireland to film and edit the show for PBS and Celtic Woman.

Elliot Berke
Board Member

Elliot S. Berke serves as Managing Partner of Berke Farah LLP. Prior to founding Berke Farah LLP, Elliot served as a partner and as practice group co-chair at McGuireWoods LLP.  He has been named by Chambers USA as a "Nationwide Best Lawyer" and by Washingtonian as one of "Washington's Best Lawyers."  His diverse client base consists of federal and state elected and appointed officials, campaign committees, political parties, PACs, corporations, small businesses, trade associations, lobbying firms, public relations firms, nonprofits and individuals.