Chairman of the Board
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Jim Siewertsen 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.
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Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Biology in 1975 and obtained an MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in 1980. He practiced as an orthopaedic spine surgeon in Orange County for 18 years, changing to full-time clinical research in 2006. He is currently the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Education and Research Institute of Southern California. Vance has been married to Carol (also a physician) since 1976. They have four grown children and live in Irvine, California.
Virginia has lent her skills to GCHope as a valued Board Member since 2009. She is the owner of Bella Dia Salon in Buena Park, CA. Virginia is truly dedicated to making this community a better place as a Buena Park City Council Member. Virginia brings 30 years experience working at Northrup Grumman Corporation as a Facilities Manager and Material Accounting. She also volunteers her time as a Board Member for the Buena Park Boys and Girls Club.Virginia and her husband of 21 years, Kenny live in Buena Park.
Mary Ellen Hicks has fostered student education through the titles of teacher and resource specialist over her 35-year teaching career. She has also been an active member of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Orange County, having served as both the vice-president and president.
Hicks earned her Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Biola University and Master of Science in special education from Pepperdine University.
Hicks is a lifelong resident of Buena Park, where she lives with her husband Fernando and raised their daughter Susannah. She is now retired and enjoys singing and songwriting for her church choir as well as gardening on her free time.