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About Mom's House

for Children

Our Organization

We know to better the world for future generations, our responsibility is to love, nurture and guide children in need. Transformation begins with our youth. We believe when we love the children, we unite the world. When you align with Mom's House, you align with a global community that believes every child deserves a loving, nurturing and safe environment. We are dedicated to providing child care facilities, clean water, emergency supplies and enrichment programs in rural regions of South Africa and South America. Mom's House is a family of heart-centered, soul-driven and talented individuals who desire to improve the lives of children in remote, rural regions.

 

Our mission is simple: to love, care, nourish and guide these children as an extension of our own families. To spread joy to their lives by ensuring the basic needs and essentials are provided while teaching how to create sustainable projects within the various regions we work. Every child deserves to be loved and cared for. We build structures that are cocoons of healing and of igniting the human potential in each and every child. Every soul matters to us.

Our Team

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VICTOR LAZZARO

Co-Founder and Advisor

Victor is a born problem solver.  He has spent the past 30 years inventing, designing and engineering products in a variety of areas.  His products in the consumer, medical and technology spaces have helped millions live better lives around the world.  Victor brings innovative ideas and concepts to our projects, from development through implementation. Victor is a writer, video blogger and speaker on design, creativity and personal development.  He brings a wealth of unique and diverse set of skills to the Mom’s House For Children team.

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LOTUS KHOZA

Regional Director, South Africa

Lotus has spent his life serving.  As one of 9 children in his family, this brought Lotus into the realm of hard work, commitment, leadership and entrepreneurship.  Emigrating from Mozambique during the civil war to South Africa in 1985, hardship and challenges motivated Lotus to assist his siblings and parents in their survival. Through volunteering, Lotus was recruited into the Africa Foundation, where he spent over a decade and a half managing the Mpumalanga region. Lotus is a loving father and husband, son, brother to many, inspirational leader, mentor, teacher and friend. His wealth of experience, knowledge and deeply ingrained community relationships continue to benefit the long term growth and future development of Mom's House.

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JESSICA WAHL

Co-Founder and Legal Counsel

Jessica thrives at pursuing justice, helping others and being of service.  She is a formidable person who is clear and concise in her critical thinking, which has served her well in the legal field. Jessica has the biggest heart for children and those in need.  She is a cheerleader for the underdog and knew she must join the Mom’s House family.  Jessica brings counsel to its founder, her own mother, in the quest to support the most underserved children:  the orphaned and vulnerable in remote locations globally. In addition to Mom's House, Jessica is an associate in the Walnut Creek office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice.

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THERESA VIGARINO

Founder and Executive Director

Theresa founded Mom’s House For Children as an extension from her own heart for the children of the world.  A born mother that has raised two children of her own, while becoming a second mom to many, her love of motherhood is now extending to the most vulnerable children in developing countries. A world-traveler, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Theresa has dedicated her life to be of service to others. Her heart’s mission is now to embrace the orphaned and most vulnerable children of the world. She believes that to make any lasting profound change, we start with the children.

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DR. DAVID KRUEGER

Board Member

David Krueger, MD, Executive Mentor Coach, has uniquely integrated psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics and quantum physics with strategic coaching into a proven system for measurable improvements of productivity and performance. Clients learn how to apply human dynamics, psychology and neuroscience to create essential transformations of their life, money, career, relationship and wellness stories that will make a difference for the rest of their lives.

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STEVEN BEELAR

Co-Founder and Fundraising

Inspired by his mother, Theresa Vigarino, Steven's passion to help the children of the world began at an early age. He's a recent grad of UC Berkeley and brings a wealth of connections to Mom's House.

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NANCY LUPE ORTH

Regional Director, South America

Nancy owns Lakshmi Ecolodge and Holistic Spa as well as is the founder of Flower of Life Ayahuasca Healing Retreat Center. Nancy was born and raised in Lima, Peru. In 2014 she purchased 150 acres of land alongside the beautiful Marañon river in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with a purpose in her heart. The creation of this sacred space fulfilled her lifelong dream of building a healing center, one that was in mother nature’s Amazon Jungle. Nancy’s spiritual guidance and intuitive nature led her to create and design her lodge in a magnificent sacred geometric manner. Nancy is now a life coach therapist, practitioner of hypnotherapy, pranic healer and a medicinal plant maestra. Doing what she loves everyday helping others and with the support of her children are what makes her dreams feel like a reality. It’s with this knowledge of the spirit and of the Amazon that she brings the qualifications to help lead the way as our regional manager in South America.

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LAURA STOKER

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Laura Stoker is an entrepreneur.  She is passionate about empowering others, particularly women, to achieve financial independence. She is a leader in doTERRA, with a team of over 150K people that spans the globe. Laura enjoys hiking, running, and being active.  She is a certified yoga teacher and stars in her own DVD, Essential Yoga.  She has been featured on her local TV station in Utah, sharing her yoga and some of her favorite healthy recipes. She also loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and their blended family of 9 kids and one sweet grandson.