The Infinite Kindness project is a national public-private partnership of the pandemic frontline, mental health and wellness, and hospitality and tourism industries. Incorporated in Maine in 2021, the cornerstone program is the Registered Nurse Rest & Recovery or “RNRnR” program. Today the RNRnR pilot is being designed and will soon be tested in Maine. Our vision is to take the evidence-based model for post-pandemic healing, growth, and recovery to the entire frontline and across the US. Our mission is to create a new paradigm for healing, recovery, and growth that can benefit communities across the country, and potentially the world.
A seed of an idea by Dr. Adrian Cerezo, took hold in 2020 when he created the RNRnR/Infinite Kindness Project’s founding team of five. Our cornerstone program is the RNRnR, Registered Nurse Rest and Recovery—helping the pandemic frontline recover from the extreme caregiving during the ongoing crisis. RNRnR says to frontline nurses, “You were there for us, let us be there for you.”
RNRnR is a model that begins with nurses but weaves in support for frontline workers of the hospitality industry and service industries in order to provide recovery and growth to all. The program is an evidence-based suite of interventions for dealing with trauma and burnout, oriented toward post traumatic growth. In the end, we envision a society with a stronger frontline that is rested and restored.
Our transdisciplinary expertise spans the fields of medical and social research, nursing, integrated health, mental wellbeing, global environmental policy, philanthropy, corporate citizenship, community development, cause marketing, hospitality, tourism and outdoor education.
The Infinite Kindness Project Team
Eliza Jane Adams, M.Ed, MA – Co-Founder, Board Member
Eliza Jane Adams has more than 35 years in public education as a counselor and teacher. With an M.Ed in School Counseling and M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is a trainer in suicide prevention, mental health, and addiction prevention. Eliza is a former Health Education Ambassador with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and trained with CADCA, and developed a curriculum that was nationally recognized by the American Association of Health Education. For years, she was a registered Maine Guide in whitewater rafting and sea kayaking, and is a lifelong skier, sailor, and Maine adventurer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chebeague Recreation Center.
Eliza was instrumental as Covid Coordinator for Chebeague Island’s Covid-19 response, spearheading the CARES ACT funding to keep the island safe. She is also an AirBnB Superhost, with more than 200 stellar reviews with a direct understanding and nuance of the service and hospitality industry in Maine. Eliza is currently building a second yurt on Chebeague Island. Eliza is a native of Maine, long-time islander and married to Rockland Helpin and has three adult children.
Adrian Cerezo, PhD, MESc – Co-Founder, President of the Board
Dr. Adrián Cerezo is a social ecology, early childhood development (ECD), and environmental policy scholar. His transdisciplinary work reflects the growing understanding about the fundamental role of ECD policies in successfully achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Cerezo holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, where he is also a visiting researcher at the Zigler Center for Early Childhood and Social Policy.
He serves as global sustainable development and translational policy consultant for UNICEF; Senior Social Ecology Research Fellow at City as Living Laboratory, and; Senior Knowledge Platform and Visualization Design Fellow for the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN). His transdisciplinary and innovative approaches to research and sustainable development are undertaken in collaboration with a national and international network of scholars and leaders. A native of Spain and Puerto Rico, he currently resides on Chebeague Island, Maine.
Howard Fulton, M.Ed – Co-Founder, Treasurer of the Board
Howard Fulton spent 30 years with American Express, and was an executive at the company for 20 of those years. He began his executive experience working for the Office of the Presidents, designing strategies to assist multiple divisions of the company to market together to meet the needs of small business owners throughout the US. Howard then spent 11 years as VP & GM of the Southern Region for the Merchant Services division. During his tenure his teams received multiple awards for marketing and sales excellence. He championed multiple cause-related marketing programs with State and Local entities focused in the hospitality community, and has formed long lasting friendships with leaders of Restaurant and Lodging Associations at Local, State and National levels.
In 2010 Howard moved to the Global Business Travel division where he lled the Eastern Region Sales and Client Management organizations, achieving the #1 organization for The Americas for four out of five years leading this team. He then managed the National Account team for the United States, effectively managing over 65% of the revenues of the Middle Market organization. During his tenure at GBT, Howard created new strategies and revenue streams that derived millions annually in incremental net profit to the company.
Howard “retired” in 2018 in Florida, where he joined SCORE as a volunteer to support small business owners develop and grow their businesses. In August of 2020 Howard became Marketing Chairman of the SCORE Broward, FL Chapter. Howard has an M.ED. from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from the University of Redlands.
Erika Gabrielsen Neumann – Co-Founder, Secretary of the Board
Erika Gabrielsen Neumann is the founder of The EGGroup (www.theeggroup.com), a strategic communications consulting firm based in Maine, specializing in transparency and engagement for purpose-driven companies. Neumann has 25 years of unique national multi-sector expertise. She has worked from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, national nonprofits to neighborhood grassroots organizations, global philanthropy and government. Most recently, she has served on the Chebeague Island and Yarmouth Community Covid Task forces and is working on vaccine equity for the State of Maine. She co-led ( with Eliza Jane Adams) an island-based mental wellness and suicide prevention program, and is trained in NAMI’s Mental Health First Aid.
Prior to moving to Maine, Erika worked tech and biotech in the San Francisco Bay Area. She co-founded a Corporate Social Responsibility practice for a global PR agency and founded and led the Genentech Foundation while running corporate community affairs. Erika is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and lives on Chebeague Island with her family.
Erin K. Stratton, PhD, RN – Co-Founder, Chair of the R&D Committee
Erin Stratton began her nursing career after graduating with an ADN from Darton College in Albany, Georgia in 1998. She continued her education by earning a BSN and then MS from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and a PhD in Nursing from Oklahoma City University in 2016.
Erin’s clinical nursing experience has been in the operating room, the adult intensive care unit, and hospital-based education. Her research interest continues to be the phenomenon of moral distress in the academic setting. She has teaching experience in a wide range of nursing courses and simulation. She currently teaches as a part-time lecturer of nursing at the University of Maine Augusta. Erin serves on the board of the Organization for Maine Nursing Leaders.
Abigail Gray – Board Member
Abigail Gray grew up in Maine and returned to the state with dual Master’s degrees in International Education Management and Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Abigail’s professional experiences range from serving as an Innovate for Maine Fellow with the University of Maine to supporting students through the Bowdoin College Upward Bound TRIO program for disadvantaged Maine students. Following her work with startups in the education sector in Maine and internationally, Abigail currently serves as an International Trade Specialist. In that position, Abigail coordinates educational programming and research for Maine businesses with the Maine International Trade Center. Abigail currently lives in South Portland.
Our Advisory Team
Amy L. Dulac, Bereavement Coordinator, Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice
Morgan Moores, RN, MSN, Practice Manager, Mid Coast Medical Group
Barbara Gavin, Bereavement Volunteer, Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice
Valli Geiger, RN, Maine State Representative
Greg Marley, MS, LCSW National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine
Jon Larssen, MidCoast Healthcare, Chaplain
Maddy Bennett, Graphic Artist
RNRnR is a program of the Infinite Kindness Project
wellbeing, recovery and growth for the frontline
Contact us: email@example.com
PO Box 52, Chebeague Island, Maine 04017
Infinite Kindness Project is incorporated in Maine and fiscally sponsored by The Bath Area Family YMCA, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization