BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Olivia Hudson Foundation's Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Their individual experiences and talents bring an exceptional base for continued growth for OHF.
Rachel Hudson is one of the Founders of the Olivia Hudson Foundation. She started the Foundation after losing her daughter, Olivia Rae Hudson, to childhood cancer. Rachel’s personal commitment is seeing the Olivia Hudson Foundation through to success and helping kids who battle the same type of cancer that took Olivia’s life. Her goal is to help further the research that could save another child’s life.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has experience in business management. Formerly a Store Manager and Manager Coach Mentor with Starbucks, Rachel is currently a Quality Assurance Officer for Wyndham
Co-founder Ken Hudson has been in the education field for over thirty years, with experience at every level from children of preschool age to teaching adult classes. For twenty-three years, he taught, coached, and traveled the world for the Department of Defense Dependent School System. During this period Ken lived in Korea, Italy, Spain, and Japan while traveling to many other countries world-wide. During his career, Ken has served as athletic director, interim principal/administrator, Director of Christian Education and Dean of Education. All these experiences brought him to the doorstep of The Olivia Hudson Foundation.
Otha Wade has been the Owner/CEO of Tommy Wade Insurance and Financial Services for the past twenty-two years. During this time, Otha has received numerous corporate awards for service, sales and profitability. Since receiving his degree in business administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, he has worked in banking as well as retail management for Pier One and Blockbuster Video. Otha is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a past Board member of the Nebraska Boy Scouts of America. He also served many years as a Volunteer for the Special Olympics.
Ryan Dillon brings a wealth of experience and entrepreneurial skills to the foundation. A former basketball standout at Cal State Fullerton and Azusa Pacific University, while majoring in business administration/sociology, have all helped Ryan develop his people skills. Ryan spent three years as the assistant basketball coach at San Diego Christian College before being promoted to Associate Athletic Director of the school. He served in this position and directed the athletic programs to the best over-all success in school history. Since leaving this position in 2013, Ryan and his partners started Teras Marketing LLC where he is the Vice President of Business Development. Ryan has already been instrumental in bringing thousands of dollars to the foundation and he is looking forward to future endeavors as a board member.
Santiago Ruiz brings a diverse background to the Olivia Hudson Foundation. An energetic self-starter, over the past 12 years Santiago has been responsible for over $1B in school facilities construction for various K-14 school districts. As an entrepreneur, Santiago has owned and operated Es Dee Apparel, a screen printing, embroidery and digital graphics company for the past ten years. Additionally, in 2017, he and his wife Rebecca founded Cornerstone Behavioral Health Specialists which serves the special needs community by providing training and resources to schools, communities and families of children with special needs. As a Board Member, Santiago is dedicated to spreading the message of hope that the Olivia Hudson Foundation represents and to develop and foster positive working relationships with the community, businesses and others who support our mission. Santiago holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the University of Redlands. Santiago and his wife Rebecca have been married since 2010 and the two have a son named Ezra. They enjoy attending and serving at the Rock Church City Heights and spending time with their two dogs.
Nancy Castro is a creative video producer at Entravision Communications (Univision San Diego, Telemundo33, Unimás, MundoFox, LATV, and MyTV13). During football season, she takes on an additional role at the station: Sports reporter for the official Spanish language show of the N.F.L.’s San Diego Chargers, En Contacto con los Chargers. Nancy is well known not only among Chargers fans, but also throughout San Diego County for her propensity to give back to the community. She has made many appearances as a guest speaker at schools and organizations.
Nancy shares her personal experiences on such topics as culture, education, adversity, and her career in television. She epitomizes and therefore encourages faith, hard work, professionalism, and respect. Nancy has a passion for helping others and has a positive outlook derived from a strong faith and intimate relationship with God. Nancy's goal as a board member in the Olivia Hudson foundation is to help save as many lives as possible.
Rel has lived in California most of his life, and came to San Diego for college. The city has since held a special place in his heart.
Working in the defense industry, he spends his days leading teams in the diligent work of keeping America and it's brave soldiers safe from harm. He combines his technical experience with the Foundation's social media framework to promote the Olivia Hudson vision.
Rel wants to help families coping with pediatric brain cancer and give them hope for the future.
Nancy moved to California from Chicago in 1965 and never looked back. Retired from the Gas Company in the position of Data Security Specialist in 2001, she has since spent her time volunteering for community projects such as Neighborhood Watch, her homeowners association, and as a volunteer hospital chaplain. Nancy is the U.S. representative for Harvest Time Ministries whose missionaries are serving the Aboriginals in the Outback of Australia. She wants to use her communications and organizational skills to further the work of the Foundation, to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. Nancy’s heart is to minister to, and encourage, the families whose children are in this fight.
Rebecca has over ten years of experience in the special needs industry and specializes in inclusion programming and curriculum development. Rebecca received her Bachelors Degree from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism from San Diego State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Rebecca founded Cornerstone Behavioral Health Specialists in 2017 with a desire to positively impact children with special needs and to support their families and extended communities. In her spare time, Rebecca serves on the Board of Miracle 139 International, a non-profit organization that provides training and other special-needs resources to third-world countries. Rebecca is also an adjunct professor at Pt. Loma Nazarene University teaching in the Special Education department. She also currently serves as the interim director for the children's ministry (Rock Kids) at the City Heights Campus of the Rock Church in San Diego.