Who We Are

Elizabeth A. Mac Donald
President & Founder

Elizabeth began her genuine and true love of caring for children with medical challenges as early as high school, where she was involved with the fight against muscular dystrophy and “Jerry’s Kid’s.” She continued her work with children battling serious illness volunteering at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. During this time she found her calling and founded the Elizabeth A. Mac Donald Charitable Foundation. As founder and leader, she has built a team of like-minded individuals and is determined to seek out those corporations, individuals, and other organizations that share her dream of making the world a kinder and better place.

Tom Burke
Executive Director

Tom Burke, after serving three years as EAMF Board Vice President he was the natural choice to fill the position of Executive Director.

Elizabeth says, “I have known Tom for 25 years and cannot imagine embarking on this journey without his participation. His experience as a successful business and non-profit owner and founder is invaluable to me. I trust his intuition, business acumen, and his straightforward approach to problem solving. His genuine kindness and desire to improve the lives of people who face life challenges is evident in his every action.”

Board of Directors

Our Directors bring diverse backgrounds and expertise to the board, and all share the desire to change people’s lives.

Each board member has extensive experience in their field of specialty. This experience helps EAMF make the best decisions on how to administer our programs, improve our efforts, and expand our reach.
Kimberly Willess

Due to her genuine love for children, Kimberly is personally and professionally impacted by the plight of young children going through the family court system having served as a family court monitor, as well as having been a child who experienced the family court system herself.

Elizabeth says, "Kimberly is one of the most trustworthy, considerate, charming and loyal young women I know. Kimberly has extraordinary focus, organization and time-management strengths, and knows how to vision and achieve her goals. Our shared love for children and people in need of help cements us in our friendship and partnership in the Foundation.”
Ashami Kerr

Ashami has worked as a crime scene investigator and DNA analyst for seventeen years. Her managerial skills and higher education have been instrumental in her promotion within the department and these attractive qualities were another reason for her selection as an officer of the Foundation. 

Elizabeth says, "Her intellect, balanced with her sense of humor is infectious. Ashami represents a strong, well-educated, opinionated woman who thinks strategically - finding solutions to challenges and presenting these clearly and concisely. I find her strengths invaluable in moving the Foundation forward.”
Fran Mac Donald

Fran’s strengths as a professional executive assistant are extremely valuable. Her attention to detail, efficiency, and the ability to meet deadlines are an immense asset to the Foundation.

Elizabeth says, “If you need an answer to a question, if you need a fact regarding anything…ask Fran! Fran’s research ability and organizational skills are undoubtedly the most important gift she is offering the Foundation. Her extensive corporate experience has armed her with amazing phone skills, computer wizardry, budgeting and finance acumen, and an understanding of how to create and run a successful business. Fran will play a significant role in the Foundation’s future success.”
Carola Mendez

No one understands the journey of a parent with a very sick child as well as Carola does. Her years of experience as a Child Life Specialist with direct patient and parent contact guides the Foundation in our work with our programs.

Elizabeth says, “I met Carola when she was assigned to be my supervisor when I began my volunteer work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles years ago. She soon became my friend. Carola is unique in her approach to life. She is the most energetic, optimistic, positive person I know. She can always find the rainbow in the storm. Our organization is lucky to have Carola as a member of our board.”
Pamela Marie Hobby

Pamela Marie Hobby is a childhood cancer survivor.  She was diagnosed with ALL leukemia at age 2 and because of her dedicated family she entered remission at age 5.  Today Pamela is not only a talented actress but also serves as an EAMF Supporter in the Choose When 2 Lose Program.

Elizabeth says, "Pamela is the definition of all things sunny.  She is articulate, positive, intelligent and witty. Families feel comfortable in her presence, as her smile is constant and contagious.  Pamela came to EAMF as a volunteer and was so dedicated to our mission that she quickly earned a place as a Director on our Board. Pamela’s first hand experience with cancer as a childhood leukemia survivor brings a unique and personal level of compassion and understanding to our families."


Advisory Board

Jamie Allen Black
Non-Profit Foundation Consultant

Elizabeth says, “Jamie's expertise lies in organization, fundraising and board development. Her intelligence and vast experience in working with  large non-profits will be instrumental in guiding EAMF to greater success. Her cheerful personality, patience and insight are highly valued by our entire board."
Ricardo Ayala
IT Advisor

Elizabeth says, “Ricardo is a triple threat. He is a highly skilled website manager, a creative designer and a consummate professional. His attention to detail, willingness to take direction and his insight into useful ideas and solutions makes him an ideal and valued member of our EAMF team."
Debbie Ripley

Elizabeth says, “Debbie is a force to be reckoned with. She is an active member of every community she touches.  Her many years of experience in the serving on boards and involvement with non-profit organizations make her guidance, advice and suggestions invaluable."

In Memoriam

Patricia MacDonald

Elizabeth says, “Pat had a long and successful professional career as well as raising four successful children and four grandchildren. Her attitude about life gained from her many life’s experiences made her an absolute joy to have in the Foundation. As an organization that helps parents and children, who better than a knowledgeable and wise parent to bring insight into our mission.  Her spirit and dedication will live on through the Patricia Mac Donald Family Legacy Scholarship, an award created in her honor.”