We are Honored and blessed to have had Mrs. Miriam Nelson-Meyers on our Board. She is the mother of one son, grandmother of three, and great-grandmother of one. She has been an actress and dancer in many Hollywood films and a Professional Choreographer for many others. She is one of the original seven founding members of S.H.A.R.E. Inc. (Share Happily and Reap Endlessly), which was featured on an episode of the “I Love Lucy” show. www. share4children.org. It appeared to be an average afternoon in early 1953 when seven women met for lunch. Unbeknown to the casual passerby, these women had an agenda and a mission: they had decided to passionately commit to raise money and help organize programs to better the lives of the developmentally disabled and the abused. What no one could have imagined, however, was how wildly successful that mission would eventually be. It is now 54 years and a hard earned $42 million later, there are now 97 SHARE ladies, dedicated to carrying on that early mission. This team of women is still as emotionally and financially committed as ever to helping the developmentally disabled and the abused, as well as supporting research, prevention, vocational training and independent living skills programs for the developmentally disabled. She is such a wealth of knowledge to our organization.
Mrs. Sherry Scott is the mother, and grandmother, and has served Ventura County residents for many years. Mrs. Scott started serving County residents in the banking industry. Her true compassion for others was made very clear when she purchased the Ted M. Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura from the original owners, Mr. And Mrs. Ted and Helen Mayr. She has always given of herself and tired to make very difficult times of Ventura County residents less stressful with all of her knowledge, Compassion and professionalism. She is a strong link between families, doctors and clergy members at a family’s time of need. She was instrumental in starting one of Ventura County’s first Grief Recovery groups for the Families that she had served. Under her Management, Ted M. Mayr Funeral home was awarded the 2008 Kipp-Brant Drummond Circle of Excellence award for outstanding service in the Funeral Industry. She is a member of the Silver Handshake Partners, an organization dedicated to providing a positive place for Ventura’s youth, a member of the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, a member of Ventura Rotary Club, PEO, and Assistance league of Ventura.
Mr. Bill Formanek is a father of two sons, who he has adopted out of the foster care system. After the adoption of his first child who was 3 and a half, he spent the following 13 years with a psychologist who taught him to work with children that were suffering with reactive attachment disorder and rage reduction therapy. He as cared for 58 individual children, who at no fault of their own, are in the Foster Care System. His family has owned and operated a coin laundry, Plant nursery, plumbing company and a Hallmark store in Ventura, selling each business to move onto the next endeavor. When he was 18 years old, after graduating from Ventura College with an Associates Arts degree in business, he became an apprentice at Ted M. Mayr Funeral Home. During the two-year apprentice program, he served many families of Ventura County. He attended Cypress College where he received his certificate in the funeral profession and went on to pass the California State Board and National Board exams for the funeral industry. In 1989, following in his father’s entrepreneurial footsteps, he and his father purchased Fosso’s Upholstery from the original owner. He has successfully operated and managed the company for 32 years. He has a good business sense combined with the trait of compassionate caring for others. He has recently been hired by Channel Islands Social Services, as a peer partner educator. He will be helping new foster families navigate the system, and how to accommodate some if the children's specific needs to make sure placements are successful.
Being a smaller Foundation allows us to make sure that every dollar donated goes to make children's lives better. No Administrative Costs !!