Board of Directors
Ciara Johnson - Board Member
Elizabeth Pagliarini - Board Member
Ms. Pagliarini successfully broke the “glass ceiling” in her mid-twenties as chief executive officer and chairwoman of the board of an investment brokerage subsidiary of a public company in Beverly Hills, California. She also co-founded a boutique investment bank and registered broker-dealer. Ms. Pagliarini received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Valparaiso University where she was honored with their highest academic award, the Presidential Scholarship. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has studied law and forensic accounting at UCLA.
Ms. Pagliarini was named one of “20 Women to Watch” by OC Metro magazine and nominated for The Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. She has also been honored by Step Up Women’s Network as the recipient of their prestigious Commitment to Philanthropy Volunteer Award, and she is the proud recipient of The Forever Footprints’ 2014 Compassion Award. She resides in Orange County with her husband and daughter.
Elizabeth’s Story: Elizabeth and her husband, Robert, lost their son, Gavin Edward, when she was 8 months pregnant on December 31, 2004. She was so moved and inspired by the first OC Walk to Remember they attended, she knew she had to be involved in some way to help the thousands of parents that suffer a loss each year — especially following her negative experience in the hospital after her stillbirth. She is extremely proud to be a part of this amazing organization and is thrilled with its continued growth and extensive reach.
Catherine Steen - Board Member
Kristyn von Rotz - Cofounder
Chad Light - Board Member
Mark F. von Rotz, CPA - CPA and Advisory Committee Member
Chantal Kendall - Advisory Committee Member
Gena Divine - Advisory Committee Member
Kristy Cornell - Advisory Committee Member
Robert Diaz - Advisory Committee Member
Andrea Garcia-Miller - Advisory Committee Member
Kari C. Poucher - Advisory Committee Member
Robert Pagliarini - Advisory Committee Member
Brateil Aghasi - Executive Director
With over 13 years as a C-Suite Nonprofit Executive, Brateil brings her business sense to the non-profit community to make a positive impact for children and families. She’s dedicated her professional career to making an impact in the community, and the Board of Directors feel so fortunate to have Brateil as the newly named Executive Director to lead Forever Footprints towards sustainability and growth.
In Brateil’s tenure as Chief Operating Officer for WHW(Women Helping Women/Men2Work), she mainstreamed program operations and increased the number of clients by 60% while growing the budget from just $155,000 to $1.4Million. Most recently, as the Director of Programs & Corporate Sponsorships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire, the organization doubled the number of families served while tripling the budget to over 5Million thanks to new and innovative programming lead by Brateil.
Brateil is passionate about volunteering and loves to develop long lasting relationships for the betterment of the community. She was selected to serve as the Vice President for CSUF Alumni Association as well as Director of Philanthropy for The Elite OC, which is the largest young professionals group in Orange County. As if that didn’t keep her busy, she is also a dedicated volunteer for YES(Youth Employment Services) as well as The Second Harvest Food Bank. She has been nominated numerous times by the OC Business Journal for the Women In Business Award, honored as a agency member of the year by the National Association of Women Business Owner(NAWBO) as well as recognized by both UCI and CSUF for the Leadership & Community Engagement awards.
“I am honored to join the Forever Footprints family to bring hope and healing to the thousands of families who are grieving from the loss of a child. We will work together to make sure that our families are forever loved and forever remembered.”
Sarah Delgado - Licensed Clinical Therapist
Journey to Remember
Aracely Rodriguez - Journey to Remember Coordinator
She has 2 loving boys and for that reason she and her husband were so excited to receive the news in 2009 that she was expecting a long awaited little girl. At 22 weeks gestation, Aracely and her husband were told that their much wanted baby girl had a chromosome disorder which is considered incompatible with life. Their sweet little girl would not live. Emmery Star Rodriguez was born on November 3, 2009 and received her angel wings only 34 hours after she arrived, going to heaven on November 4, 2009. Aracely has actively been involved with Walk to Remember, Inland Empire since she first met the founders by chance at a local support group. Aracely has always said that the love and healing that the organization has provided her since the loss of Emmery is immense. She is honored to be a part of this amazing cause and feels privileged to get to do the same for other families.
Amanda Balderrama - Director of Journey to Remember
In 2004, Amanda and her husband discovered the son they were expecting had a birth defect that would not allow for him to live after birth. Fernando Michael Philip was born and went to heaven on August 24, 2004. With nowhere to turn to for support and being isolated in grief, Amanda grieved silently. Years later, learning that sharing is healing, Amanda co-founded Walk to Remember, Inland Empire. She has since completed training as a RTS Coordinator to support families who receive a life-limiting diagnosis in pregnancy. Amanda is a proud mother to two girls she holds in her arms and two babies she carries in her heart.