The Ann Children's Fund (a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization)
assists adoptive families of children with special medical needs in three ways:
Helping Hands Resource Center which helps families find the right
organization to assist their children and families.
The Ann Fund which provides meaningful, quantifiable assistance to adoptive families struggling to care for the unique needs of their children.
Ann's Clearinghouse which is the only one-stop location to provide data on local and state medical benefits for parents of special needs and seriously ill children, as well as information on the various children's medical specialists parents need for their families.
Lori Roman, Founder and President of The Ann Children’s Fund, is an experienced chief executive with a record of successful leadership in government, non-profit, corporate, and academic sectors.
Her diverse career exemplifies her expertise in management, public policy, strategic planning, public relations, and government affairs. She is the former President of the Salt Institute, an industry trade association. She is also the former Executive Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a public policy organization of state legislators, and members of U.S. Congress and British and European Parliaments. Formerly, she served as the Deputy Director/Chief of Staff of the White House Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education, where she was responsible for strategic planning and management of resources to achieve the goals outlined in the President's Management Agenda. She also served as the Director of School Choice and Senior Advisor on Family Educational Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
An accomplished speaker and writer, Lori has been featured in many major radio and television outlets, as well as magazines and newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Administration.
The Ann Children’s Fund is a labor of love and legacy. When I was a child, my mom, Ann Stillwagon, modeled care and compassion in many ways, but most memorably by taking me with her as she performed Girl Scout Troop leader duties for girls with Down Syndrome. My early memories also include a braille typewriter permanently sitting at the end of our dining room table. In the days before computers, Mom translated children’s books into braille for local children who were visually impaired. Her faith and character led her to a simple life motto—"Do your best to make the world a better place."
As I have gotten older and combined professional life, volunteer work, and small acts of kindness, Mom has been my guiding light, even after her passing. Always in the back of my mind I thought someday there would be an opportunity to do more—something beyond my work in education and public policy, and beyond donations. Something more tangible.
First, the opportunity came to help my son adopt and care for twin boys, rescuing them from life in foster care. Second the opportunity came to help a friend and colleague navigate the adoption of three children with special needs (See Laura’s Ann Story). And most recently, as I tossed and turned one night worrying about my friend losing her health insurance, I realized that it was time to do EVEN MORE. That night, while praying for Laura and her family, I realized there are so many people like Laura who adopt children or wish to adopt children with special needs, but who sometimes need a helping hand. There is a need for people to come along side them and say there is hope and help! You are not alone!
That night the name 'The Ann Children’s Fund' came to me. And as it did, I thought of
Mom’s words when the Girl Scouts with Down Syndrome showered me with attention that I found overwhelming. She said, “Isn’t it wonderful how they love everyone. We could learn a lot from them.”
Yes, Mom. We could. And with The Ann Children’s Fund we are going to do our best to show love to families and children who have special needs. Your love and your legacy live on.
Michael has more than twenty-five years of state legislative and policy experience. He has successfully run non-profit policy organizations, professionally managed political state campaigns, consulted and ran Federal and state Political Action Committees and served as a Legislative Director in the California Assembly and Senate. Michael is a strong defender of federalism, a champion for free markets and a crusader to protect individual liberty. Michael and his wife Sarah have two grown children and enjoy traveling and visiting with good friends.
Ron Miller is an educator, commentator, and author. He was a political appointee of the Bush Administration, serving at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has also served as a senior technology and strategy executive in the private sector and with the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC, and was the president of his own business consulting firm.
Lori Roman is the Founder and President of Ann Children's Fund. Her passion for children and successful track record leading corporations and non profit organizations provide the perfect combination of attributes to assist families in need.
Julia Harris, M.D., family medicine physician, earned her Medical Degree at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California. She completed her Family Practice residency at the Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Harris is board certified in Family Medicine. She is a professional member of the Southwest Florida Physicians Association, and the Collier County Medical Society.
Ryan Higgins, founder of The Tempus Collaborative, lives at the intersection of faith and politics. Raised a pastor’s kid meant being in church every time the doors were open. This combined with his vast and varied experience in multiple political campaigns and events both at the grassroots and national levels, have given Ryan keen insight into two cultural sects that are typically impossible to conjoin. Starting with Bush 04’ in the Florida Panhandle, Ryan has taken part in the last five presidential elections, culminating to his recent position as Dr. Ben Carson’s National Director of Faith Engagement. Ryan is known as “the guy who makes things happen.” His global events have broken world records, drawn millions of attendees, and raised millions of dollars for humanitarian works. Ryan lives in Tampa with his beautiful wife and three children.
Dr. Alveda C. King is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King. Dr. King is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, serving as Pastoral Associate for Civil Rights for The Unborn, Priests for Life. She is a former college professor, holding a Masters of Arts degree in Business Management. A successful author, her inspirational collection of Christian testimonies is used at conferences and workshops around the world. She has served on the boards and committees of numerous organizations, including the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Coalition Of African American Pastors, and the Judeo-Christian Coalition For Constitutional Restoration. She also served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She received her Doctorate of Laws, conferred by Saint Anslem College. Alveda says "Faith in God, and the commitment to fulfill His will for our lives -- not faith in government bureaucracy - is the key to positive action. Have faith in God!" This is the message that Alveda carries to the world.
Paul Teller has spent two decades as a leader and organizer in the political arena. After spending 16 years on Capitol Hill he most recently served as a White House liaison to the House and Senate.
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