Board of Directors
Founder & Chairman
John Ditty is the Founder & Chairman of Giving Children Hope. John was born and raised in California. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Fullerton Junior College. He spent time in the U.S. Air Force as a precision measuring and equipment specialist before returning to school to earn a degree and a teaching credential in Industrial Arts from Humboldt State University. He also acquired an electrical contractor’s license and started his own business. John has four children, three of whom he adopted internationally.
As John underwent the process of adopting his children, he was deeply affected by the poor treatment of children in orphanages. After adopting his fourth child from Russia in 1992, he became active in the distribution of humanitarian aid and founded Global Operations and Development/Giving Children Hope. John began the organization’s first projects with his own money, using his garage as a distribution center. It has grown to produce and distribute $30 million worth of aid out of a 43,000 square ft. facility.
“God birthed this place, and God has grown it,” says John of the organization’s success. “It has all been a miracle. It is exciting to see what He is going to do next.”
Bill worked at GCHope as a consultant to the CEO in the areas of operations, container shipping, partner relations, and the capital campaign initiative. He is from Ohio originally and went on to the US Military Academy at West Point where he was elected Class Treasurer and MVP of the Army football team. He retired as an Army Lt. Col with combat experience in Vietnam, and duty in Korea, France, and Germany. He ended his career in the Pentagon as a Plans Director in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army where he received the Legion of Merit award. He obtained his Master’s in Systems Management at USC and after retirement worked in the President’s Office at World Vision Int’l as the Senior Executive Assistant before taking a job as VP Operations at International Aid Inc, a large relief ministry in Michigan.
Rob Burns joined the Giving Children Hope Board of Directors in 2007 and currently chairs the Finance Committee. He is proud of the time he spends with Teri, his wife of 26 years, their four children, his Financial Services practice with Thrivent Financial, Habitat for Humanity, and Giving Children Hope.
Rob received his Business degree from California State University, Fullerton, and has several designations including Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFc®). He feels it is an honor and privilege to be associated with the outstanding Giving Children Hope staff and volunteers that dedicate their time to assist thousands locally and across the globe.
Patricia’s volunteer work ranges from organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County to Working Wardrobes. Her heart for her community stems from her belief that everyone deserves nutritious food and affordable health care. Patricia works in human resources at U.S. Bank, enjoys traveling and leading a book group, and is passionate about the environment.
William Darlin was born 1930 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His education includes Chagrin Falls High School, Miami University, Oxford Ohio, Ohio State University and University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of Delta Upsilon, American Legion and St. Johns Lutheran Church Orange. After four years in the Korean War and college we was the west coast Sales Manager for Alcon Pharmaceuticals. After, he spent 37 years as a State Farm Agent in the Anaheim area. He is now retired, has two grandchildren and live with his lovely wife, Arlene in her childhood home in North Tustin. He feels it is an honor and privilege to be associated with Giving Children Hope.
Former Virginia Squires center Rick Darnell is a true sports enthusiast. He has worked with numerous athletic-related organizations– he’s the president of the NBA Retired Players Association’s Los Angeles chapter, and has been involved with Athletes Against Autism, United Martial Arts for Christ, and LA Legends of Basketball, to name a few. He is the founder and president of Athletes ‘n Education. Rick attended San Jose State University, Indiana State University and Cypress College. He enjoys swimming and playing basketball and tennis.
When Michael moved to America as a child, his family was practically penniless. Now, he’s a business owner, running Brookhurst Tow in Anaheim and giving back to kids in need whenever he can. Besides becoming a Giving Children Hope board member in April 2013, Michael has been involved in bettering the Orange County community by working with Anaheim Family Justice Center programs and the Buena Park Police Gang Prevention Intervention program, and he currently serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park.
Robert has extensive experience with charities, having worked as a coach for nonprofits through the organization EC of OC. He is the retired president of North Star Co., Inc., and has been involved in the Lutheran church on many levels, including as a member of district’s board of directors, as the president of his district’s youth organization, and as member of the Lutheran Hospital Society Board. His passions include choral music and competitive volleyball.
Jack is the director of our partner program We’ve Got Your Back San Diego, which was launched in 2011. There, he does everything from managing volunteers to organizing food drives and fundraisers, and has a passion for increasing local awareness about the program. Jack has extensive leadership experience– he has helped plant 35 churches around the country, and is the owner of the company Phantom Screens. He was born and raised in California, earned his bachelor’s from Azusa Pacific University, and now lives in San Marcos with his wife.
Associate Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Sierra University
Victor has a heart for children in need, having worked with both the Buena Park Boys and Girls Club and Global Orphan Project, so it’s no wonder he developed a strong affinity for our We’ve Got Your Back program. He volunteered with WGYB before becoming a board member in April 2013. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UC Irvine and his MBA from USC– and he remains a passionate Trojans football fan. He’s now the president of Lee and Perrin Real Estate.
Kathy Ramos joined the Giving Children Hope Board of Directors in 2008. She is currently a contract employed therapist for Orange County Adoptions and has a private practice as a licensed Marriage Family therapist, serving the ocmmunity, schools, and Medi-Cal patients in Diamond Bar, CA.
Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and received a Master of Science degree in Counseling for California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has over 20 years of providing service such as counseling through the vocational/workers’ compensation arena, private insurance companies, and through community-based hospital programs.
Kathy served the mentally ill while employed in Fullerton Theological Seminary and was a Soroptimist from 1994-19996. Currently, she coordinates fundraisers with the Catalyst Community Group at Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda.
Kathy lives in Placentia and has two grown daughters. Her oldest daughter is a Masters degree level teacher for the Anaheim School District and her youngest daughter is in the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Megan Richardson recently joined the Giving Children Hope’s Board of Directors. She is the Senior Marketing Manager for Los Cerritos Center, a super-regional shopping center in Cerritos, CA, where she oversees all events, programming, community relations, retailer marketing support and guest services efforts for the center.
As an active member of her community, Megan serves on the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and Board of Directors. She has participated with a number of nonprofit agencies over the last 14 years ranging from Pathways Volunteer Hospice to the Cerritos College Foundation to Habitat for Humanity.
Megan earned her bachelor of arts degree in communications from Biola University. Her passion is public speaking and discovering ways to help people find and understand their true worth and value. She lives in Seal Beach, CA.
Jim Siewertsen recently joined Giving Children Hope’s Board of Directors. He is currently the Vice President of Nutrilite’s Operations. He oversees supply chain activities at Nutrilite facilities in Buena Park and Lakeview, Calif., USA, as well as operations at Nutrilite’s agribusiness facilities at Trout Lake Farms in Washington state, Tiangu, Ceara in Brazil, and Rancho El Petacal in Mexico.
Siewertsen earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Jeff White joined Giving Children Hope’s Board in 2008. He is currently the Vice President and National Accounts Manager at Franklin Bank SSB. He is also the owner and award-winning wine maker of Ovene Winery, Inc.
Jeff has his MBA in Management from Pepperdine University and his BS in Business Marketing from San Diego State University.
Jeff has been an active member for 19 years at the Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Club. Other volunteer committees he is involved include the Elks Club, Yorba Linda Friends Church, Stephens Ministry and Door of Faith Orphanage.
Jeff currently lives in Yorba Linda with his wife of 19 years and three daughters.