Meet the Board

Meet the Board 2018-02-19T05:32:18+00:00

Kaitlyn Chana

Founder and President

Since Kaitlyn Chana was knee high she wanted to be a storyteller; she is a journalist that strives for purpose, brings truth, and helps others. Her passion for storytelling was cultivated after spending time with children with life-threatening illnesses in hospitals through her previous nonprofit organization, Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness, Inc. As a teenager, she traveled the country speaking about volunteerism as a Congressional Gold Medalist, a 2010 Winter Olympic Torchbearer, and as a spokesperson for the clothing store, Aeropostale. Upon college graduation, she planted her boots in Maine where she reported for two years for an NBC station; Kaitlyn researched, shot, wrote, edited, and anchored her daily stories. She traded in her snow boots for rain boots after taking a position in Florida at Action News Jax in December 2015. Kaitlyn founded Reel Stories. Real People., Inc., in hopes to share the positive work being done by others through storytelling. When Kaitlyn’s not volunteering or working, she enjoys snow skiing, working out, and spending time with family.

Kristopher Chana

Vice President

Kristopher Chana found his entrepreneurial spirit when he created his first company as a middle schooler mowing lawns. He built his lawn care service into a thriving business that he had until high school. Kristopher graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and Minor in Entrepreneurship. At 23, he opened Chelsea Place Assisted Living in 2011, a 12-bed facility in Port Charlotte. He started Chelsea Place Adult Day Care in 2017, which provides daytime activities for seniors in a fun social environment. Since childhood, he’s always loved being around airplanes; he achieved his pilot’s license as a high school senior. Previously, he had a nonprofit called Dream Wings, which provided scholarship opportunities to students who had the drive to fly, yet needed the financial support to make their dreams a reality. With his understanding of how to run businesses and nonprofits, he wanted to join Reel Stories. Real People., Inc. as vice president in hopes to further the success of their mission. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife, Chelsea, or daughter, Emily, you’ll find him out on the boat, barbecuing with friends, and playing fetch with their dog, Dallas.

Scott Arritt

Secretary

Scott Arritt knew from a young age that he wanted to devote himself to the service of others. Upon graduating high school, Scott joined the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 2006. After completing his service, Scott enrolled at the University of Maine to focus on his lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. He graduated with high honors and immediately began teaching English and Social Studies at a title-1 school in rural Maine. Scott was thrilled to join the board of directors as secretary, as he saw our mission as another way to serve the community. When not lesson planning, volunteering, or working with Reel Stories. Real People. Inc., you can find Scott playing golf, skiing, or lost in a good book.

Karen Chana

Treasurer

Karen Chana has an ardent love for children and has been involved in education for about three decades as a teacher and advocate for students. She is especially passionate about teaching deaf and hard of hearing students by helping them acquire the skills needed to be successful. Her interest in education sparked at an early age, after seeing she could make a profound difference in the lives of others. Karen was elated to join the board of directors as treasurer, after seeing the projects they’re taking on to enrich the lives of children through storytelling. She is very meticulous, well organized; Karen has been the treasurer in other nonprofits and volunteer organizations. Through her help, she believes Reel Stories. Real People., Inc. will be able to give kids an opportunity to learn in a dynamic way, so they fulfill their capacity to go conquer their dreams.

Becky Bangert

Director

Becky Bangert has spent more than a decade devoting her life to philanthropy work. She served as a local executive director for the Miss Florida organization, which is a scholarship pageant competition that sends a state representative to the Miss America pageant. Becky was inspired to assist young women earning scholarship opportunities to further their education and build upon their community work as they enhance their communication, interview, and presentation skills. She built lifelong friendships that evolved into a never-ending desire to open doors to empower women to achieve their dreams. Becky started three successful businesses from the grassroots and had a significant cliental base before entering retirement. Becky has found pleasure in being on the Reel Stories. Real People., Inc. board that promotes, encourages, and inspires people to make a difference in their communities.

Alejandra Sosa

Director

Alejandra Sosa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and minors in Finance and Medical Anthropology. She also received a Graduate Certification in Global Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Philanthropy, medicine, global health, and social issues have always been passions of hers. Alejandra also coaches high school volleyball and believes the importance on being a positive influence on young girls, showing them to be strong and true to themselves. Other than being involved with Reel Stories. Real People., Inc., Alejandra is heavily involved with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, an organization that provides free health care to individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 who do not have insurance. Alejandra is currently in the process of preparing to apply to medical school in order to become the compassionate and inspiring doctor she wishes to be.