Every Child Has a Name is directed by a volunteer board.
Del Larsh, Chairman
Del and his wife Elaine adopted their daughter from St. Petersburg Russia in 2008. After their visit to St. Petersburg in 2006 they fell in love with the city and the culture. Three weeks later one of the Detsky Dom now “Every Child Has a Name” Summer Tours was performing at their church they decided to go see the children from St. Petersburg Russia perform. They fell in love with the children in the performance and developed a passion for the children of the Detsky Doms. Del has been in worldwide missions for many years He has served as Vice President and President Redhill Lutheran Church, Community Lay Director for Orange County Walk to Emmaus and served on numerous boards. He is currently is responsible for global outreach for Red Hill Lutheran church, working with Baja Christian Ministries, City of Angels Orphanage in Mexico. Del is in Computer Sales working for a large display company.
Susan Colombo, Secretary
Susan Colombo and her husband Jim, got involved with ECHAN and their first Russian adoption in 2002. They adopted Anastasia from orphanage #31 in St. Petersburg when she was just seven years old. In 2004, they took their second trip to orphanage #31 in St. Petersburg for their second daughter, Kasenia , who was almost 11 years old. For Susan, the adoption experience was quite an adventure. She was especially drawn to the older children in the orphanage, who were so full of life and hope, and ready to embrace their unknown futures. This is the reason why Susan is so motivated to help the children left behind. Susan works with her husband in the Real Estate Investment Business. The Colombo’s live in Newport Coast and attend Mariner’s Church in Irvine.
Rhonda Jarema MA, Board Member
Rhonda Jarema has worked as a counselor and advocate in the fields of international adoption and mental health for more than 30 years. Since her first international adoption of 4 ‘older’ children from Russia in 1995, Rhonda has focused her attention on the international adoption field as a social worker, educator and advocate. She has presented at adoption conferences on the issues related to adopting school-aged children and has published several articles related to internationally adopted children. Ms. Jarema volunteers for the Council on Accreditation as a Hague Lead Evaluator and Commissioner. She also serves on the Board for ‘Every Child Has A Name,’ a humanitarian aid non-profit, committed to helping the children of the world. Ms. Jarema is married and the mother of three adult children and one middle school aged child, all adopted internationally.
Ron Stoddart, Board Member
Ron is an attorney with a private practice in Loveland, Colorado. He worked in the field of adoptions for the past 30 years as an attorney and agency director. His longtime commitment and involvement in pro-life issues were instrumental in the development of the agency’s innovative Snowflake Embryo Adoption Program. Ron also developed and directed the agency’s international adoption programs in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Ron and his wife, Linda, have four children, including one adopted domestically at birth and one adopted from Russia at age 11. They live in Colorado close to their 7 grandchildren.
Dan Nehrbass, Board Member
Daniel Nehrbass and his wife, Kristina, have five children (two of whom are adopted). Daniel worked as an author, pastor, professor of biblical studies, and professional counselor. He has a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from Fuller Seminary.
Elaine McCarthy, Treasurer
Elaine and her husband Neil are both California natives who, in 1999, reached across the globe to Saint Petersburg, Russia to adopt their twin daughters, Alina and Karina. The twins arrived in America just days after their 9th birthday. For the last 15 years, the McCarthy Family has remained involved with ECHAN and international adoption. Alina and Karina embraced their heritage through many years of performing Russian folk dance with the ECHAN, and the McCarthy family has participated in hosting both children and chaperones from Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan in 8 years of Summer Tours. The experience of adopting older children instilled in Elaine the desire to help give the same opportunity to other orphans that was given to her daughters – the opportunity to find their forever family. Elaine is a CPA who practices in Laguna Hills and Neil is an architectural designer, working from their home in San Clemente.