Board of Directors


Dr. Ray (Fereidun) Shokatfard or Dr. "s"

 Dr Shokatfard, a native of Iran is the founder of Heartful Children’s Foundation. He is a former professor of Agricultural Economics, an entrepreneur, and an artist and with love for children.  He has found his calling to go to various hospitals and do artwork with the kids. He is author of the book “Colors of Paradise” , which is a collection of his art and poetry, published in 2005. In 2009 he published the book, called “ Colors of Love and Peace” -, a collection of artwork of the students of 186th Street Elementary School in Gardena California- then he went on to publish the book called “Colors of Joy and Happiness” in 2013, which is an instructional art book. The Dalai Lama graced both children’s book by writing a foreword. Both books are being distributed be 18th Street Elementary School and Heartful Children’s Foundation to the children’s hospitals in US and abroad.  


Rika Shokatfard

 Rika is a Special Education Teacher at 186th Street Elementary School in Gardena California. Rika is a former teacher in Germany and she has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2000. She loves to do arts and crafts with children in the hospitals. She also enjoys bringing art ideas from school into the hospitals and showing off the work of the patients in school. 


Robert mc gibbon

 Robert Mc Gibbon works for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a manager of two offices in southern California. He has a background in finance and accounting. Mr. Mc gibbon regularly volunteers at his church as Sunday School Teacher where he interacts with children ages two through five. Additionally, he is actively involved with his three children and their many art, sport, and school activities. 


Meredith Carter

Meredith has a bachelor's degree with post grad certificate in project management and Marketing.  She has worked in medical software training and support for 20 years.  She has severed on her church board of directors.  Outside interests include hiking, reading, sewing and singing.


Ali Sadrpour

 Ali is a retired engineer, a philanthropist, an adventure and expedition photographer of 30 years. As an explorer he has photographed the animal world, indigenes tribes and ordinary people from all over the world, which have been featured in various magazines and publications. He is the author of the book "Faces of the World". He has been a contributor to many children's organizations through his art and financial support. 

Bill Marino


As a Certified Life Mastery Consultant and DreamBuilder Coach, Bill can help you design and manifest a life that’s in harmony with your Soul’s purpose.

For over 25 years Bill’s company provided contract services to San Gabriel Valley cities and the Metro. Concurrently Bill volunteered 25+ years on 4 non-profit boards: McClaren Children’s Center (L.A. DCFS), Unity of South Bay, Heartful Children’s Foundation & Marino Foundation (donating $1.2+ million). All this has  helped businesses, families, and individuals build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer more fulfilling lives.

Bill has consulted with individuals, corporations & non-profits, helping them build their businesses and has also shared the stage with his mentor, Mary Morrisey.

As a sought-after Certified Life Mastery Consultant and speaker, Bill offers inspiring workshops as well as transformational, in-depth coaching programs to help clients achieve new heights of success, fulfillment, and spiritual aliveness. 


Rebecca thompson

Rebecca is a Human Relations professional, and so much more.  She has Reiki Master with experience leading and coaching groups and individuals to achieve personal satisfaction and also team goals.  She is also technically skilled and supports the community interaction and social media outreach for the foundation.