Laura graduated from the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration. From a young age she has been involved in non-profit organisations such as the Salvation Army and Rady Children’s Hospital. In college she held the position of Philanthropy Chair for her sorority and organized several fundraising campaigns for the Giving Tree in Tucson, AZ. Laura has worked at Union Bank since 2007 initially as a Financial Services Officer and currently as a Senior Priority Banking Relationship Manager. She is currently involved with the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and is a member of their international service committee. In 2010 Laura started and is currently leading the Young Professionals Auxiliary Unit for Rady Children’s Hospital.
Paula graduated with a BA in Business/Economics from Westmont College. Having raised three children, she now focuses her efforts on community development and volunteerism. Historically, Paula has served on local school boards and associated organisations. She has faithfully participated in Salvation Army activities for many years and has been an active member of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary for sixteen years. In 2009 she became involved with local foster homes in San Diego County expanding her passion for our world’s orphans.
Lori taught as a public school Kindergarten teacher for 25 years. She previously managed the nursery program at the Church at Rancho Bernardo and is currently managing their Midland Diego Junior League. She has a long standing history of nonprofit involvement, including work with Always Positive and Rady Children’s Hospital.
David is currently the pastor to Youth & Families at South Shores Church in Dana Point, California, with over 24 years of youth ministry experience. He has a BA in Religion from Azusa Pacific University, an MA in Christian Education from Talbot Seminary, and is in the process of getting his PhD in Christian Education from Talbot Seminary. In addition, he is the associate professor of Christian Ministries at Biola University and the Chaplain of the Orange County Fire Authority. David worked with Acres of Love Children’s homes in Johannesburg, South Africa for 4 years with a focus in fundraising and leading mission trips. In 2009 Dave and his wife Debbie adopted Mfundo from Lily of the Valley Children’s Village, located in Mpumalanga South Africa, 40 miles outside of Durban. They were the first American family to legally finalize an American adoption in South Africa under the new Hague guidelines.
Debbie has been a volunteer and mentor in youth ministries for over 22 years focusing on junior high, high school and college age students. In addition, she has served as the Youth Ministries Secretary at South Shores Church for the last three years. She is also a leader and mentor for the Lead 222 Wives of Youth Pastors. In 2009 Debbie and her husband Dave adopted Mfundo from Lily of the Valley Children’s Village, located in Mpumalanga South Africa, 40 miles outside of Durban. They were the first American family to legally finalize an American adoption in South Africa under the new Hague guidelines.