Board of Directors

Founder President Chairman
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Rebecca Douglas

Sally Read 

Rondell Hanson

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Amy Antonelli

Margaret Archibald


Mani Balu


Shawn Bradley


Annette Bradley


Teresa Claugus



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Bob Cowan


Mark Cronquist

Christine Cronquist


Ron Gunnell


Kaye Gunnell


Randy Guynn



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Robin Guynn


Joyce Hanson

David Harding


Steele Hendershot


Ann Herlin


Rich Herlin




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Ellen Morton


Hugh Morton


Brian & Louise Murphy


Bob Nilsen


Kathleen Nilsen


Kirk Peterson



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Brent Pratt


Meg Pratt


Keith Read

Randy Rigby


Sandra Rigby

Steve Samuelian


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Steve and Sharon Thompson


Philip Webb



Rebecca Douglas, Founder  & John Douglas, Legal Counsel

Becky Douglas and her husband, John, are the parents of ten biological and adopted children. Becky is motivated by the belief that every person deserves opportunity and a life of dignity. Her work has been featured in numerous national and international journals, books and in several TV series. She was the recipient of the John Houston Allen Humanitarian of the Year Award by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, was named as one of five annual “Classic Women” by Traditional Homes Magazine and was one of 25 Volunteer Heroes of Social Change, honored by Hands on Georgia. She is the subject of an hour-long PBS Documentary, Breaking The Curse, which won the Gracie Award for Best Full-Length Documentary of the Year in 2007. John Douglas is counsel for Davis Polk's Financial Institutions Group, heading the firm's bank and regulatory practice and also formerly served as General Counsel of the FDIC during the savings and loan crisis. Rising Star Outreach is thankkul for the benefit of his legal background and experience.


Ron and Joyce Hanson

Ron received his law degree from Berkeley in 1962 and has spent most of his professional career in development and management of various real estate projects. He has served as President of the Pacific Symphony, the Western Mobile Home Park Owners Association, the Emerald Bay Community Association, the local Stanford Alumni group, and in several leadership positions in their Church.

Joyce joined Rising Star Outreach in December of 2005. She met her husband Ron as undergraduates at Stanford and have been married for forty-five years.  Ron and Joyce have four married children and seventeen grandchildren.


Margaret Hafen Archibald

Margaret graduated cum laude from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Child Development.  She is co-author of the book, An Emotional First Aid Kit for Mothers, and has spoken at several seminars and conferences on raising children.  Margaret currently serves as a member of the International and Government Affairs Committee for her Church, the National Advisory Committee for the BYU Marriott School of Business, the President’s Leadership Council for BYU, and as a board member for Rising Star Outreach.


Dr. Mani Balu

Dr. Mani Balu practiced medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, and Queens Hospital Center in New York. He was also a member of the board in the Dickenson Wise Medical Association, chief of the pediatric department and head of the medical staff in Big Stone Gap, Virginia for eighteen years. He is now serving as chief of Pediatrics at Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Balu now donates a significant portion of his time every year working with the Rising Star clinic and visiting the various Leprosy colonies attending to their health needs.


Ellen and Hugh Morton

Ellen holds both a master's and a specialist's degree in educational media from Auburn University. Ellen is a retired media specialist who decorates model homes for her husband, Hugh's building company. A former banker, Hugh is owner and president of Peachtree Homes, Inc. a residential construction company located on the south side of Atlanta. Hugh and Ellen have hosted children from all over the world who have had serious medical needs. They both have been deeply inspired by the principles and the on-going work of Rising Star Outreach and they are deeply gratified to be able to support the services the organization provides to the leprosy affected.


Bob and Kathleen Nilsen

Bob is a graduate of the University of Utah and Harvard Business School. He sits on several advisory boards including American Indian Services and the Elliott Leadership Institute. Bob and his family currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah where they are the owners of Cafe Rio. Bob is a former President of Burger King and Chief Operating Officer for Taco Bell where he served on the world wide Partner's Council for YUM Brands. Bob joined the Rising Star Outreach board in 2006 after several years of humanitarian work abroad.

Kathleen is an alumnus of the University of Utah with degrees in Psychology, Anthropology and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. She serves on the board of Eye Care 4 Kids, various school advisory committees, and now works as a grief therapist for children. Kathleen and her family currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah where they are the owners of Cafe Rio. Kathleen also joined the Rising Star Outreach board in 2006 after several years of humanitarian work abroad with her husband. 


Brent and Meg Pratt

Brent is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and is a principal with Foulger-Pratt Companies, a commercial real estate construction and development group. Brent has served on the board of Associated Builders and Contractors for the Metro D.C area and currently serves on the board of Delta-GE, an alternative energy company.  Brent has served in numerous leadership positions in his church. As grandparents of two children with cystic fibrosis, Brent and his wife, Meg, have been dedicated to fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Meg is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has devoted her life to raising eight children and serving in her church.  She serves on the board of the Family Leader Foundation, an organization that seeks to promote family values in public policy. As grandparents of two children with cystic fibrosis, Meg and her husband, Brent, have been dedicated to fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Randy and Sandra Rigby

Randy is the current President of the Utah Jazz/Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group of Companies. Rigby came to the Jazz from CFS Financial Corp., where he worked for three years as senior vice president. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1979, earning a degree in business management with a special emphasis in finance and marketing. Rigby serves on the Huntsman Cancer Institute Fundraising Executive Board and as an Alternative on the NBA Board of Governors.  He has also served as a board member and past president of the Utah Broadcasters Association as well as the NBA Broadcasting Advisory Board. 


David Harding

David Harding is a business executive in the Medical Devices and Diagnostics industry. David received a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California followed by an MBA degree from the University of Pennsyvalia’s Warton School. He worked as an engineer on the Space Shuttle program, at a Japanese automotive components manufacturer and later became an associate/partner at McKinsey & Company. David then joined Cytyc Corporation, where he served as the VP of Marketing and the President of the International business. David now leads the company's Interventional Breast Solutions division.


Keith Ray Read and Sally Gardner Read

Keith received his B.S. degree and his Masters degree in Accountancy from the University of Utah. He worked at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where he was a member of the U.S. Management Committee.  Keith is currently a Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management.

Sally graduated with a B.S. in Education from Brigham Young University and received a Masters of Education from the University of Utah.  She has taught in a Gifted and Talented Program in Utah and at the Browning School in New York CIty.  She is a community activist, church volunteer, and a full-time mother. 


Randall & Robin Guynn

Randall is the Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Davis Polk & Wardell.  He received a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1981 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984.  Prior to joining Davis Polk, he was a law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Randall has also provided legal advice to Our Courts, a non-profit organization established by former U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Robin received a B.S. from Brigham Young University in 1980 from the College of Family Life.  She has taught high school and served in a variety of leadership positions in her community. Robin and her husband are co-founders of the Constitutional Sources Project.


Ronald C. Gunnell

Ron graduated with a degree in PUblic Relations and Psychology from BYU in 1978.  He co-founded The Paradigm Group in 1999 and currently serves on a number of Boards, including Hale Center Theatre, University of Utah School of Music, Founding Trustee - Operation Kids, The President’s National Advisory Board Utah Valley State University, National Advisory Board Best of State, and International Advisory Board Chairman for Enterprise Mentors International.  Ronald is also Assistant to the President for Special Projects for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 


Kirk Peterson

Kirk is owner and president of Peterson enterprises Inc.  Prior to this, Kirk was involved in a co-founding and operating chain of retail clothing stores in Idaho and Utah.  He has also been a Board Member for the Red Cross, the Idaho Falls Downtown Redevelopment Committee, the Rotary Club, and assisted with an organization helping battered women and children.


Bob Cowan

Bob is a landscape contractor with extensive public work experience.


Amy Antonelli

Currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Harvard Kennedy School, Amy was the first Executive Director of Rising Star Outreach. She found and designed the layout of the original campus, established the Peery School for Rising Stars and was the architect of our volunteer program. She has served as the spokesperson for Apple's executive officers, including CEO Steve Jobs, and was instrumental in building PowerSchool, Inc. She received her B.A. in American Studies from the Kennedy School at Brigham Young University and continued on to be a 2007 Center for Social Innovation Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Amy also sits on the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation Board, was named a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and an Ambassador for Brigham Young University, Idaho.


Teressa Claugus

Teressa teaches English to immigrants at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church with the program Moda Real.  She is also a board member of the non-profit organization Growth Through Learning.

Philip Webb

Philip is serving as the Executive Director of Operation Kids Foundation. Prior to Operation Kids, he managed a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth in southern Utah. He completed his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and received his MPA in nonprofit management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Micaela, are the proud parents of five children.


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