Meet The Team

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Author and Founder of The Third Option and The Third Option Similarity, Miles is a unifier who makes the hope of the gospel real, relevant, and accessible, to empower people to make a difference in the world.

His recent mission field has been to face the racial division in America by providing a Third Option to the Us vs. Them culture.

His book The Third Option has now developed into The Third Option Similarity Training where Miles aims to unite our country and heal the racial divide.

MILES MCPHERSON
Founder 

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Haley is Director of Operations Services on our team and is responsible for the operations and execution of our initiative.
She was the first employee here at Similarity and wears many hats but loves them all!

With a degree in Sociology from Cal State San Marcos, her passion is people and making the world a more inclusive and loving place for all. After interning at a Drug Rehabilitation Center in college and working for a couple of churches in San Diego, she has combined her love for people and the need to show grace towards others with her conviction to be part of the solution to heal the racial tension.

HALEY BENNETT
Director of Operations 

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On January 4, 2021, Michael Brunker retired from the YMCA to reFIRE as the first Chief Executive Officer at The Third Option City.  Michael served as the Executive Director of San Diego’s “inner-city” Jackie Robinson Family YMCA for twenty-two years, then in April of 2019, the YMCA of San Diego County announced he had been promoted to a new role as Vice-President for Mission Advancement to help the Y better serve all communities throughout San Diego County.  

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan; he graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Political Science before embarking on a 13 year basketball coaching career with stints at his alma mater and the NBA Detroit Pistons.  After working 6 years with ESPN’s Dick Vitale in Detroit, he joined Smokey Gaines at San Diego State in 1980.


Visit https://michaelbrunker.net or linkedin.com/in/mbsandiego to learn more about Michael 

Michael Brunker 
CEO

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Wendy's background in design, operations, and people has given her a unique perspective in how to better serve our vision and product. Wendy supports The Third Option by enhancing our systems, people connectivity, and like the rest of the team, wears multiple hats. 

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Administrative Assistant 

Justin J. Grooms is a business consultant and corporate trainer who holds a Masters Degree in Occupational Safety and Health, as well as, a PHR (Professional in Human Resources) 

certification. Justin's experience in getting employees through high level training for corporate clients and his ability to work with people from all different backgrounds, has made him a perfect fit for The Third Option Similarity Training in his role as Chief Training Officer. In Justin's words, "I get a front row seat to some of the struggles that organizations face in trying to navigate business while overcoming the increasing social challenges that we face as a society; seeing firsthand how frustrating it can be to get people all on the same page. As an HR professional, I know the importance of employee morale and the impact that empathy and compassion can have, not only on your workforce, but on the greater community as a whole. I am extremely proud of the work that we are doing here and the impact we are making".

Justin focuses on giving back on various levels, from his involvement on non-profit boards in the community, to writing and publishing several books on discovery of purpose and interpersonal skills development. 

Justin Grooms
Chief Training Officer