Rose Powell – President
I was born an Air Force brat, traveling to a different state or country every year of my life until my dad retired here in 1970. I have three brothers and three sisters. I married my husband in 1980 and we have three children, two daughters and an angel son, two dogs and one grand dog. Our family loves to cruise, visiting as many beaches as possible. I have worked in the medical field for over forty years, the last eleven with Facial and Oral Surgery Associates as the Account Manager.
I am the President of the Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation, started in memory of my son, Ryan who passed away at the age of 18 due to a heart attack. Our foundation raises funds to purchase AED units to place in our local schools. Our goal is to make sure each Middle, Junior and High School have a minimum of two units.
Donna Hallinan – Fundraising Director
I was born and raised in upstate New York, Syracuse. Beautiful country but sure don’t miss that weather so, I left there in 1974. I have lived in Detroit, Denver as well as other areas of Colorado, El Paso and Fort Worth/DFW area. I am married to my husband Bruce of 20 years and have a beautiful daughter, Brooke, who lives in Austin. (Close enough but also far enough away for her privacy!)
I have known Rose, Rick, Ryan, Dani and Randi for about 10 years, which is how long Rose and I have worked together. Ryan would come to the office during spring break each year to assist us move and store records or any other odd jobs he could help us with. He made a decent hourly rate and we left him alone so, I think he really enjoyed it. He was a very respectful young man.
I don’t think I will ever forget the phone call I received that day and certainly will never forget the outpouring love that was shown to Ryan and his family by so many, many people. I am grateful and honored to help in any way I can to make sure that we honor Ryan by providing the awareness and AED units that our schools are so badly in need of.
Elizabeth Shelby – Marketing Director
I am a professional business woman, wife and mother of two boys.
I was born on a military base in Fort Belvoire, Virginia. My dad served in 2 branches of the Armed Forces – the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps, so I moved around the country quite frequently, finally settling in Texas when I was 12 years old.
I became passionate about cheerleading in high school and continued cheering through my junior year of college. After being sidelined by a back injury, I discovered the world of fitness and health while rehabilitating my injury and a few years ago became a certified Personal Trainer.
Ryan Powell’s story touched me on a personal level and I will never forget that tragic day. Although I never met Ryan, as a mother of 2 boys – I support the much needed effort that every high school should have access to AED units and have resources and training available to staff for the use of these units.
Betty Finnegan – Treasurer
I was born into a Horse Racing family. My father was a jockey and my mother and Horseman’s Bookkeeper. We lived in El Paso in the winter and Ruidoso in the summers. I moved to Fort Worth in 1974. I am married and have two wonderful young men for sons, that are 2 years apart in age. I have worked in the IT business for most of my adult life.
I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Ryan until his Freshman year of High School. He played baseball with both of my boys, as he was in between their ages. He met my older son then and they became friends very quickly. I will never forget when Ryan passed away and I had to make that call to my son, who was away at college. He immediately wanted to jump in his car and drive home that night to be here.
I joined the foundation to honor the life of Ryan by providing AED units to as many schools as needed.
Ruth Spruill – Secretary
I have been working with Rose now for almost 9 years and met Ryan when he came to help us out at the office. Ryan and Olivia, my daughter, share a birthday. So we have another connection. Ryan’s death touched me deeply and opened my eyes to a growing problem that our kids and the schools face. Without a second thought I joined the Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation to help spread awareness.