Background

The Team

Andrew and Christina Bachelor at an early age were taught the importance of giving back and the saying of "To Whom much is given, much is required". When both of their grandparents died within 11 months of each other they wanted to do something to honor their name, thus the formal launch of the RuJohn Foundation.

Foundation Staff

ANDREW BACHELOR

Andrew Bachelor, born in Toronto, Canada, attended Coral Springs Charter for both his Middle and High School Experience. It was at Coral Springs Charter that he started his philanthropic endeavors. He was Vice President of the Human Relations Club, where he was instrumental in taking a group of his peers to Jamaica on a charity trip. He later went on to become the CEO of The RuJohn Foundation.

Andrew love for Sports took him to one of the leading division I college in the United States. There he consistently ranked in the top 15 High Jumpers in NCAA and had his personal best jump of 7 feet 2.5 inches. He participated in many sports including swimming, soccer, table tennis and basketball to name a few. He graduated from Florida State University, College Of Business in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science and later moved to California to pursue a career in Acting and filmmaking. He is currently a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.

In 2003, Andrew and his Sister formed the RuJohn Foundation to honor their grandparents and to give back to Jamaica. In his role as the CEO of the Foundation he is responsible for Media Relations and the filming and photographing of the Foundations events. Andrew is also responsible for putting together presentations to help raise money for the Foundation. He used his passion for sports to help further the mission of the Foundation.

CHRISTINA BACHELOR

Christina Bachelor attended Coral Springs Charter High School where she graduated in 2007. She moved on to University of Florida where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor Of Science Degree from Fisher School of Accounting. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Accounting and will graduate in May 2012 from The University of Southern California. Christina will launch her professional career in August 2012 at the prestigious firm of Deloitte Touche Tohamatsu, Ltd. She hopes to continue in her mother's footstep of being a great Certified Public Accountant.

At an early age, Christina learned the importance of giving back by volunteering at her Church and various clubs at both her High School and College. In High School she was the treasurer for the National Honors Society while in College she not only served as their treasurer but was also actively involved in planning various charity events. She is currently the President of the Foundation and is responsible for the day-to-day operations along with securing funds for the projects and all needed supplies for our partner schools. Christina is also very active in the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., where she has worked on many fundraising activities and served as the treasurer for one year.

Christina served as secretary for 4 years in The National Association for Black accountants and served as Treasurer and Programming Chair for Mu Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. In addition to those positions, while in college she served in a leadership position in Caribbean Student Association, Caribbean Gator Aid, Student Government and was the Director of Productions for Multicultural showcase.

DAVID PERRIN

David Perrin is a humanitarian where much of his accomplishments center on giving back to his community. He has held many organizational positions to accomplish his mission to give. In High School, he was an active member of the NAACP Youth Council of Okaloosa County. He participated in many events to raise awareness of their cause for a better tomorrow. In college he became the youngest member of the Pan-African Student Association to become President of the organization. That year under his leadership, the organization was able to be the first minority organization to win organization of the year award. His junior year he went on to help charter the first African American fraternity on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.

His family raised him to be perseverant. He graduated high school with both his Associate of Arts degree as well as his High School Diploma. In College, he graduated with his Bachelor in the Art of Accounting and is currently finishing his Masters in Accounting.

He has been a strong advocate of the RuJohn Foundation for several years now and will continue the Foundation’s work abroad. He hopes to make the foundation a beacon of light to reflect hope and charity for all who are in need.

PETA-GAYE SIMPSON

Peta-Gaye Simpson was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica; she attended Wolmer's High School for Girls and later migrated and continued her studies at the University of Florida where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management. Peta-Gaye moved back to Jamaica in 2011 and finished 5th Place in the Miss Jamaica Universe Pageant in 2011. She now works as a Safety and Site Supervisor for a construction company in Jamaica. In the near future she plans on opening her own construction company following in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps. She became actively involved with the Foundation in 2009 after she was instrumental in teaching the Female participants the "Step dancing Program". Peta-Gaye continues to grow with the Foundation and was recently promoted to Marketing Director with the Focus on Sponsor Relations.

WHITNEY ANDERSON

Whitney was born in Boston in 1994 to Jamaican natives Sharon and Donovan, Whitney was raised to remember her roots and give back to the Jamaican community. From a young age she would carefully select toys and clothes to send to Jamaica. In 2011 she traveled with the RuJohn Foundation for the first time and had a life changing experience. By seeing how appreciative the children were of items that American children would view as commonplace it only magnified her desire to help her mother country. Whitney is very thankful for this opportunity given to her by the RuJohn Foundation to help more children. Currently a senior at Pine Crest School, she will be attending Harvard University in the fall of 2012 where she will pursue a degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She has already exhibited leadership qualities by being the President of the Black Students Association and President of Words that Hurt, a club she started to address bullying. On Sundays you can find Whitney actively involved as a Sunday School Teacher at her local Church in West Palm Beach.

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DANIELLE WEST

Danielle West a graduate of University Of Central Florida has been actively involved in the Foundation since she first attended one of the Sports Camp with her Brother Delonte West of The Dallas Mavericks. Danielle has been involved with working with youths since 2006 and has volunteered with several Non Profit organizations.

Danielle’s love for the arts has allowed her to spend time working with young girls, teaching them the importance of self-confidence. She has organized a dance group at her church where she regularly teaches dancing. In her role as a volunteer with the RuJohn Foundation she is responsible for Events Planning. Danielle is excited to be helping youths achieve their goals not only in the United States but also in the Caribbean.

Advisors

SONIA WORRELL

Sonia E Worrell daughter of John and Ruth Tulloch migrated to Canada from Jamaica in the early 70's. She pursued a career in Business Administration and worked in the payroll processing fields for over 30 years. She serves as a volunteer at the Toronto Scarborough Hospital since 2007 and is also a member of the hospital volunteer's Artist walkway. For over twenty years she has also volunteered for "The Olive Branch of Home" in an administrative role, providing spiritual encouragement to those of color that has been diagnosed with cancer. In 2011 Sonia graduated with a Bachelor degree in Christian Counseling.

Sonia has been married for over 37 years to Christopher, with 3 children, Sheldon, Shaun and Craig and 4 grandsons.

RICHARD LUE

Richard, a veteran of the travel and tourism industry brings a wealth of information and experience to the RuJohn Foundation, Inc. Richard served for a total of 13 years working with the Jamaica Tourist Board, first in Montego Bay and later in Los Angeles, as Marketing Executive for California and the neighboring states. Richard served Air Jamaica as General Manager, Marketing and Sales for Jamaica and the Caribbean. Later on he went on to serve as Regional Manager New York and Regional Manager, Community Affairs & Special Markets, covering the United States and Canada.

To top off a very multi faceted career, Richard was the original Managing Coordinator for the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Air Jamaica's Island in the Park (New York), Air Jamaica's World of Travel (Jamaica), co-chair of Air Jamaica's World Championship of Dominos and an absentee board member for Reggae Sun fest (Jamaica). He is currently a member of the Board of Director's annual Jamaican Jerk Festival, one of the largest Caribbean food festivals in the USA.

BYRON BACHELOR

Byron a graduate of Kingston College brings an impressive 20 year leadership background in education and sports and provides comprehensive direction and solutions to the foundation. Byron graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and later went on to receive a Master of Science in Education from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Byron is married to Ingrid Bachelor and they are the proud parents to Andrew and Christina. Byron taught mathematics and science at Parkway Middle School in Broward County for nine years. He was the team leader for a group of teacher for several years and often assisted his peers with their daily activities. He was instrumental in starting the accounting business of Bachelor and Associates, Inc. in 1987.

ANGELA OLIVER

Angela Oliver became actively involved in philanthropic work when her son Andray Blatche entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2005. Having volunteered with various organizations from children program to Cancer outreach programs, Angela brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization on program planning and implementation. Angela ministers to children in underserved neighborhoods through a variety of outreach programs, charitable events and outright gifts. She knows firsthand how to help and minister to others having lost her sister to breast cancer.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Angela currently resides in South Carolina with her husband Alonzo, and her younger son, Tre. Her eldest son, Andray, is currently playing in the National Basketball Association as a forward.

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