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Van, a husband and father of two, has been involved with child advocacy for several years and has made child advocacy his life's purpose . Aside from being Executive Director of SpreadLoveABQ, he is also Co-Founder of Duke City Dream Lab (an organization that works to make the arts accessible to all children) has served on the board of directors for the New Mexico PTA for the last 3 years, is currently a curator for TEDxABQ as well as a coach and former speaker, and is an active volunteer in Albuquerque Public Schools. He spends his time walking his talk.

Van strives to ensure that children can envision a life not limited by circumstance, because Van shows up every day in creative and unexpected ways. He utilizes Community to support kids, puts time into truly knowing them, and inspires others to be more involved through his strength and consistency.