FUTURE’s Founders, Joan and Fareed Betros, began their humanitarian mission years prior to starting the organization. With a solid core as visionary thinkers – Joan and Fareed were determined to share the FUTURE Organizational Model as a result of service and experience garnered while living and working in Iraq since 2003.


With over 35 years of reach back within the broadcasting and entertainment field, Joan is fluid in television, radio, network news, live production, documentary, and motion picture fields. Specializing in educational and family programming, she has served as a Director of Women and Children's Family Television Programming for the Iraq Media Network.


Fareed a Colonel (Retired) in the US Army Reserves, has provided effective service support for the United States Military in support of Iraq and as a Senior Middle East Advisor aiding Iraqi reconstruction. With their business and personal endeavors leading Joan and Fareed to many cultural exchanges throughout the world, the creation of FUTURE was a natural evolution. Comprised of volunteers both in the United States and overseas – there are many daily contributors to the team of talent that delivers FUTURE to ladies around the globe instilling a brighter future for them and their families.




A native of Salt Lake City, Jan received a B.A. in English at BYU and is currently studying Music at the University of Utah. Jan is a principal founder of Foundation Escalera which has provided over 300 scholarships to indigenous Mexican youth to attend the prestigious private high school in Mexico City Benemérito de las Americas. An arm of that effort has initiated a humanitourism business that builds schools in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Locally, Jan is Chairman of the Education Committee for Communities for Decency, Communications Director for United Families Utah, and sits on the board of the Salt Lake Choral Artists. Jan’s involvement with Families United Toward Universal Respect (F.U.T.U.R.E.) took her to Sulaimaniya, Iraq in 2008 where she taught classes on an organization model for women from Kurdistan and Baghdad as a member of Women for F.U.T.U.R.E.� Iraq. She and her husband Bryson Garbett have 8 children.

Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli began her 23-year career in government on Capitol Hill in 1978, serving most recently as Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor.


Previously, Mrs. Ponticelli was the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues; Senior Advisor for State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Director of Human Rights in State’s Bureau for International Organization Affairs; Congressional Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Director of Congressional Correspondence in the Legislative Affairs Office of the White House. She has also served as Commissioner Assistant at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.






In the private sector, Mrs. Ponticelli has been Program Director for the Eastern European Division of the International Republican Institute, Director of Media Relations at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and Director of Lectures and Seminars at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.


Charlie Ponticelli is an energetic public speaker who has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, leading and/or participating in U.S. Government delegations to Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland (UN agencies in Geneva), Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam.


In recognition of her international contributions, Mrs. Ponticelli has received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award, performance awards from USAID, the Veritas Award from Albertus Magnus College, and the Outstanding Young Alumna Award from her alma mater, Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Most recently, she received the "Inspiration Award" from the Foreign Investment Network and Global Trusted Alliances and the "Afghan-American Sisterhood Award" from Ariana Outreach.


Mrs. Ponticelli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish literature from Hood College and her Master of Arts degree through New York University’s program in Madrid. She also completed two years of doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is married to Anthony M. Ponticelli and has two sons, Michael and John Paul.

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