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Rosalind Russell is Founder/CEO of R Star Foundation

R Star bw-2“Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal”; an ordained minister 1991, graduate of Santa Anita Church Ministerial School; a humanitarian; a prison ministry supporting inmates to prepare them for release for successful, productive lives, now over 35 years; her love of cats especially but all animals, brought her into working with the Southern California Abyssinian Rescue group to assist in fostering, rescuing furry companions; a peace activist, providing peace classes in the school, Top of the World-Nepal, R Star built and runs in Nepal; she is proactive regarding her health and exercise, enjoying hiking and swimming and kayaking which keep her ready for the rigors of traveling and living in Nepal; hobbies include writing snail-mail posts on her own greeting card line; painting, she refers to as whimsical; photography; has loved traveling all her life beginning with short bus trips alone as an 8 year old going to an aunt’s home in Bakersfield.

When asked what drives Rosalind this is what she states:

“I have to ask myself, what am I here to do? What am I passionate about? What is my heart’s desire and then have the courage of my convictions?  I choose in favor of my passion every time to every change presented”!

Additionally Rosalind is active beyond her own organization with: Laguna Beach InterFaith Group; Laguna Beach Beautification Society, the view and tree committee; is partnered with the Advisory Board of One Global Family Foundation, Manav Sadhna, both are partnered in building homes for earthquake victims in Nepal with R Star; Laguna Beach Prison Coalition which supports inmates and paroles and creating court changes; is a member of S.A.R.A.H., a group of interfaith women directed to world peace; Southern California Abyssinian Rescue.  Rosalind has served on boards and committees since the 1980’s.

Rosalind has 8 adopted children from Nepal, Rabindra, Radha, Saraswati and Santosh all from the same family who adopted her including their parents, with papers; and now 8 grandchildren who call her ‘Granny-Mother’.

 

Kim DeBroux, President

Kim DeBroux is R Star’s President.  Her background has been serving most of her life in service through Rotary International.  She is currently involved writing grants for young girls in Central Oregon as well as for R Star. Kim is also the Fundraising Chair for Boy Scouts Pack 18 in Oregon.
 
Prior to her retirement Kim was a Dental Hygienist following college.  Her father was a dentist which influenced her choice of professions.  
 
Later Kim followed her heart in the financial world with Tax and Financial consulting which she continues to this day in her home in Bend, OR. 
 
Kim frequently comes to CA to support her interests here while attending our fundraisers. 
 
While a young woman, Kim was a life guard.  Swimming remains one of her keen interests.  
 
Kim brings much to the Board with her grant writing, money understanding and enthusiasm for life with her frequent laughter.
 
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Sandra L. Ramsey, MA, LMFT, LPC, FAPA, FAC-FEI, Secretary

(Sandy) holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also a licensed inprofessional counseling, marriage, family therapy, and has an emergency management certification from the State of Nebraska. Sandy has been providing disaster response for nearly two decades. For 10 years she taught college psychology courses while also operatinga private practice, specializing in trauma. She has responded to disasters, first as a mental health worker  and  then as a responder, allover the United States  and in foreign countries.  Sandy also presents at international disaster conferences. In 2011 Cambridge Who’sWho recognized Sandy as a VIP of the Year for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in trauma therapy.  There is no doubt about Sandy’s abilities and how well she compliments our Board!

(Sandy) holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also a licensed inprofessional counseling, marriage, family therapy, and has an emergency management certification from the State of Nebraska. Sandy has been providing disaster response for nearly two decades. For 10 years she taught college psychology courses while also operatinga private practice, specializing in trauma. She has responded to disasters, first as a mental health worker  and  then as a responder, allover the United States  and in foreign countries.  Sandy also presents at international disaster conferences. In 2011 Cambridge Who’sWho recognized Sandy as a VIP of the Year for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in trauma therapy.  There is no doubt about Sandy’s abilities and how well she compliments our Board!

 

Linda Torena -Treasurer

I worked as a Graphic Designer for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems until I injured my wrists; I am Credentialed in CA & NC as a teacher in Art Education, K-12, now retired. Always I’ve been BIO Linda Toren photoa volunteer in schools, churches and a few charities as being in service keeps me vital.  Helping create community has been one of my long term goals. Because I knew Rosalind Russell personally since 1980, I got involved in R Star Foundation from its beginning doing graphic work, organizing, advising, gifting original water colors to sell at auctions to raise funds for the projects; gave a small fundraiser in October 2014 for R Star.  I have continued over the years to volunteer in whatever capacity appropriate based on my knowledge and skills for this wonderful organization. I believe R Star is a very worthwhile organization as it adheres to its purpose of helping women with trainings to develop skills, teaching women’s literacy classes, teaching them self worth and value’ , and educating children by building and running a school which add to the future growth of the people in Wojethar village. The current focus is to build homes to protect the villagers since the earthquakes beginning April devastated all R Star’s 48 villages.  Rosalind with her adopted son Rabin are creating collaborations to do just that.  I like being connected to winners, and this organization is all that.

 
 
 

Dilli Silwal “Siddhartha”, M.A., Board Member

Siddhartha is how I am known.  I became acquainted with the R Star Foundation when I met Rosalind, ”Auntie”, in 2003 on her first working trip to Nepal. Both my wife Gita and I liked the project with the goats for the village women very much as we understood how the project would lift the women. We are both from the rural area of Kavre which remains one of the poorest Districts of Nepal.

My wife and I legally immigrated to the USA in 2007. In 2014 we were granted our green cards.  Auntie has remained in contact with us through the years as well as participated in some of the ‘road’ shows I work to promote the imports I manufacture in Nepal.

We have supported R Star ever since we arrived with a percentage of our sales; introductions to Nepali dignitaries, supplying clothing to be sold at events R Star has a presence.

When I was asked to join the Board in 2009, I was honored but was not available to do so until this year because of growing my business and raising my two sons with my beautiful wife.  It pleases me to be part of the continuing and broadening works for the village women which I directly know about as my Mother remains in our village of Methinkot, one of the villages which benefitted from the first project, the goats. We know exactly how the programs work and witnessed the changes in the lives of many, many women and their families as well as beyond our village home.

I know I will complement the ongoing work of R Star because of my direct rural village life heritage, especially the Kavre District. I can guide by knowledge regarding the pulse of what is needed to bring the most good for those we serve in Nepal.  My Nepali community here in the USA will further benefit the goals of R Star.  I am excited to be part of a selfless group as R Star is!

 
 

Michael Porto-Gathright, Board Member

Michael Porto-Gathright is a sales professional and entrepreneur with a passion for non-profit initiatives. Armed with over 25 years of extensive experience in management, Michael has a relentless drive to improve his community, and he’s brought his talents to both small-scale and global non-profit organizations and public companies in a wide variety of industries. Michael is dedicated to using his skills and knowledge to empower the people around him, and this has driven him to spend hundreds of hours volunteering for a wide range of faith-based and humanitarian relief initiatives.

As a proud father and husband, Michael is a firm believer in the value of corporate responsibility, and he champions the unique role that companies play in the communities where they do business. He’s been networking for over twenty years through various tradeshows and organizations—including BNI and Chamber of Commerce, —and his combination of business sense and communication skills have allowed him to build thriving, long-lasting relationships throughout the industry.

Michael is proud to serve as a member of R Star’s Board, one of his favorite passions, where he has dedicated himself to develop strategies for achieving tangible fundraising outcomes.

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