I have always had a passion for helping people. I began a career as a social worker, helping teens navigate their various hardships and lending a compassionate ear and empathetic heart. When Rachel was born, I joked that I reduced my client list to one. I spent 11 years as a stay at home mommy, which will forever be my favorite job. When Rachel passed away, I had a hole in my heart so great that I needed to find a positive way to channel my grief. Scatter Sunshine began as a way of honoring my daughter and keeping her spirit alive. I find strength in helping amazing kids explore Rachel’s love of horses. I am currently employed as a school social worker and serve on my local school board. I will forever be a child advocate and feel blessed that I am able to work in special education. I love sunflowers, the ocean and being a baseball mom.
I proudly served as a US Air Force Officer for twenty-three years. I have traveled the world as a tanker pilot, and still enjoy traveling for pleasure. After retirement from active duty, I was fortunate to receive a position as an Air Force civilian employee working with the Air Force Auxiliary. My family is my number one priority and above everything else I love spending time with them. I have a passion for sports, especially the Los Angeles Dodgers. I also enjoy coaching youth sports, watching movies and all things flying. There is nothing greater than the bond between father and daughter. I always referred to Rachel as “Sunshine” because her smile lit up a room. When Rachel gained her wings, I knew that I had to find a way to continue her legacy and Scatter Sunshine is the perfect way to share her love of horseback riding with others
Nothing makes me more proud than being called “Auntie.” A marketer by day, I love spending my spare time honoring Rachel’s legacy through Scatter Sunshine. In addition to playing an active role in the Scatter Sunshine organization and serving on its board, I enjoy advancing our mission by giving 100% of the proceeds from hand-crafted “Antiqueies” necklaces — made from broken costume jewelry and old keys — to help Scatter Sunshine get extraordinary kids on horses.
As a quality compliance officer in telecommunications, I’m all business from 9-5, but off the clock, I’m just one of the kids. My family and friends say the only thing bigger than my appetite is my heart. I love being out in the community, sharing Scatter Sunshine’s mission – my dream is to one day become the “Sunshine” mascot to draw the most possible attention to the cause.
I enjoy playing baseball and I am avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I love exercise, healthy eating and I have completed several Spartan Races. I am always pushing myself to achieve higher goals. I volunteer at Enable Sports and Fitness, a program that provides athletic and fitness opportunities for youth and young adults that need additional support. I am member of Club Unify, a Special Olympics education and sports-based program that promotes respect through sports. My passion and involvement in programs that encourage youth with challenges stems from the special relationship I had with my sister. Rachel taught me to never give up, face my challenges head-on and always appreciate the little things in life
I enjoy playing baseball and wrestling. I am a fan of an eclectic list of sports teams including the Philadelphia Phillies, The Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Golden Knights. I enjoy music of all genres. Rachel and I had a very special relationship. I was her baby brother — she nick-named me “Emma”. We always liked to laugh together and her sense of humor was very similar to mine. Whenever we were together we joked and played. Today, I honor her memory by helping with Scatter Sunshine fundraisers and spreading laughter and joy.
I am a pediatric critical care nurse. I became a nurse because of my passion to help others. This passion to serve others was instilled in me when I met Rachel at Riding High Farm when I was a young teenager. For four years I was blessed to have spent every Saturday morning learning from Rachel. Rachel taught me to be patient, be determined, smile, and most importantly jump in rain puddles! Scatter Sunshine has been an awesome way to share Rachel’s love for helping others and share her love of horses. In my free time I love spending time with my horse Bam Bam and going to the beach
I have always had a passion for working with special needs children. My love and desire to help children acquire the skills they need to have a successful life began at a young age for me. I have worked for Burlington County Special Services School District for 20 years. Throughout those years no-one stole my heart the way Rachel did. She quickly became my student, my niece and my best friend. I continue to honor her characteristics, personality and smile by sharing stories with my two sons and taking part in Scatter Sunshine fundraisers. Aside from sharing memories of my favorite little girl, I love turtles, the beach and most of all my family.
About the Logo
The logo for Scatter Sunshine was created with love. Rachel’s brother, Drew (6 at the time) illustrated the Sunshine. He made sure to carefully include her glasses and freckles across her nose. Rachel’s brother, Adam (9 at the time) wrote the words, “Scatter Sunshine.” The “U” in sunshine is a horseshoe, representing Rachel’s love of horses and the mission of the Foundation in her honor–helping special kids ride horses. The handprint behind the sun is Rachel’s ACTUAL handprint, just hours before she went to heaven. The white ‘paint’ is messy, just the way Rachel liked things. The yellow color is bright and cheerful the way Rachel always was!
What We’ve Been Doing
Adam and Drew had an incredible opportunity to participate in a training session with Joe Flacco. Joe Flacco, Superbowl MVP 2013, works out a gym in Cherry Hill. He heard that Drew and Adam were big sports fans, and agreed to meet them. They had a fabulous workout...read more
Rachel loved her weekend mornings at Riding High Farm. The funds from Scatter Sunshine's first fundraiser was used to update the Family Room to make a comfortable place for families to relax while their children had their lessons. An incredible mural was painted by...read more