Monthly Archives: May 2010


Mimi Box

Vice President, JBJ Soul Foundation

Mimi Box was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Soul Foundation. Her relationship with other members of the Soul Foundation’s Board began through her position with the Philadelphia Soul. Mimi was responsible for overseeing all business and financial aspects of the Arena Football team. After achieving her goal of establishing the overall financial direction of the team to ensure stability for the AFL in the Philadelphia market, she worked with ownership to select her successor in that position.

Prior to her involvement with the Soul, Mimi spent sixteen seasons in the front office of the Philadelphia Eagles. She first joined the Eagles in 1983 and advanced through numerous positions with added responsibilities ending her NFL career as Senior Vice President/CFO in March of 1999.  Mimi was one of the few financial officers in the NFL to have served under three ownerships.

Mimi served as treasurer of The Eagles Charitable Foundation, Inc. (Eagles Youth Partnership), the Eagles’ highly acclaimed non-profit, charitable wing from its inception in 1995 through 2009.  Mimi also served for many years on the board of The Corporate Alliance for Drug Education (“CADE”), a not-for-profit corporation reaching out to young children while still in elementary school helping them to build the skills needed to make decisions to resist drug use.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Mimi worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division. During this time she was selected for the position of Federal Women’s Program Coordinator, an Equal Employment Opportunity advisory position. During the next three years, she served in two managerial roles in the IRS Mid-Atlantic Regional Office and the Wilmington District Office.

Mimi lives with her husband, Bob, in the West Chester, PA and has two children, Lauren and Dan.



Leo Carlin

President, JBJ Soul Foundation

Leo Carlin is currently the principal of three independent Insurance Agencies with five locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Company has over 30 employees specializing in personal, business, life and health insurance.

Carlin is responsible for business development and sales with 24 years of experience driving bottom line performance in challenging markets using comprehensive operating strategies. His other responsibilities also include maintaining/increasing volume, revenues, profits, corporate goals, risk management, growth strategies, long-term sustainability, new sales forces, organizational expansion, recruiting, training, and cost reduction.

In his 24 years with T.W. Cooper Insurance, Carlin, along with his two partners, has grown the company from one office with $2,000,000 in annual premium to five offices with premium volume of over $25,000,0000.

Carlin has been advocate for the less fortunate in our country for over 25 years. His passion and advocacy for the homeless and the hungry is endless as he believes that we can end poverty and homelessness across all generations by providing the right opportunities and tools that empower and inspire people to take that first step towards independence.

Carlin is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Covenant House PA in Philadelphia and is currently the President of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which establishes programs and partnerships that aim to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through innovative community efforts. Carlin also chairs the Children and Youth Services of Delaware County Citizens Advisory Committee as well as being a former Trustee on the Board of The Country Day School of The Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

A graduate of The College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Economics, Carlin currently resides in Drexel Hill, PA with his beautiful wife, Suzanne, and their four beautiful children: Karleigh, Leo III, Keenan and Margo.




Jon Bon Jovi

Board Chairman

Musically and philanthropically, Jon Bon Jovi’s work honors the spirit of America and salutes the principles that define our nation. Self-reliance, optimism and community are key concepts he embodies, in his music and his charitable efforts. These common threads have resulted in heightened awareness on issues that adversely impact our society and millions of dollars raised

He is the frontman of the iconic, Grammy Award winning band Bon Jovi, who have set the bar for over three decades as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Globally, they have sold more than 130 million albums, performed more than 2,900 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans.

Mr. Bon Jovi is also the Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one SOUL at a time.” The Soul Foundation focuses on solutions with programs and partnerships targeted at breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. To date, Jon Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided funding for affordable housing for thousands of low-income individuals and families throughout the country.

The Soul Foundation funds partnerships that address the issues of food and shelter, benefiting temporary shelters, transitional housing for teens, permanent supportive housing including housing for vets and special needs populations, as well as home ownership opportunities. In October 2011, the Foundation opened the first JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to address issues of food insecurity, and has since served over 60,000 meals. The community kitchen serves nutritious, culinary dishes in a restaurant atmosphere where diners contribute either volunteer hours or a minimum donation for their meals. In May 2016, the Foundation, along with the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ) opened the B.E.A.T. Center (Bring Everyone All Together). The community hub allows families and individuals in need to access food, job training and other resources in Ocean County, N.J.  The B.E.A.T. Center houses the second JBJ Soul Kitchen.

Staying true to Bon Jovi’s roots, the Foundation aided in local recovery efforts in the days following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  The following year, Jon Bon Jovi donating $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

As the Foundation continues to expand, the goal is to assist with rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community – one SOUL at a time.


Craig A. Spencer

Vice-Chairman, JBJ Soul Foundation

Chairman & CEO of Arden Group

Arden Group, founded in 1989 by Craig, is headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in New York and Miami.  Since its inception Arden Group has purchased and developed more than $3 billion of commercial real estate including office buildings, hotels and high-rise condominiums.  Arden Group formed its fund management business, Arden Real Estate Partners, L.P. in 2012 and through its discretionary real estate funds acquires value-add full-service hotels and class A office properties in major U.S. markets.  Arden Group also recently formed Arden Credit Fund, L.P.,  its mezzanine debt business.  Arden Group’s asset management division has managed more than $5 billion of real estate assets for its own account and third party owners.

Craig along with Jon Bon Jovi co-founded and serves as Co-Chairman of the JBJ Soul Charitable Foundation, which provides free housing, education, and meals to men, women, families and veterans in need.  To date the Soul Foundation has built more than 500 housing units and served over 60,000 meals through its Soul Kitchens.


Sara Peters

Sara Peters

Secretary, JBJ Soul Foundation

Secretary Sara Peters was first tapped to be the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation’s first Assistant Treasurer. In this capacity, Sara worked closely with the Treasurer and the entire Board of Directors. She was responsible for setting up and maintaining accounts payable and receivable, financial reporting, while also working with the board to establish this foundation during its early years. As Secretary, she currently is responsible for recording of minutes during the board meetings and assisting the Foundation with programs and events.

Sara is currently the Event Operations Manager at the Philadelphia Eagles. She began her career at the Philadelphia Soul 2006, before joining the Eagles in 2009.

She is a 2006 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in management and resides in Philadelphia.