Erin Timperley: Founder
Rewind twelve years before there was college or even high school. To a young Erin whom at the time was 12 years old. It was then that she decided she wanted to help others. In 2001 Erin came up with idea to get all of her friends and family to donate toys to her. Instead of keeping them for herself she would pass them out to kids who were sick. She convinced her cousin Allie to help her run the organization and together they decided to donate to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The very same hospital in which Erin’s brother Joel was treated for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma ( a type of cancer) when he was seven years old. Giving back to the very same hospital that saved his life seemed to be the most fitting choice.
Allie Wreesman: Co Founder/ Treasure
Allie has an AA in Mathematics as well as Liberal Arts and
Science and is still working on completing her BS in Biology. She is a Zookeeper at a local zoo and really
enjoys working with animals. Allie has done a lot of volunteer work within the
community and is always willing to help friends out. She has donated her hair to Locks of Love
multiple times, helped with Dog Tags for Kids, was a Sheriff Explorer, and
tutored many students struggling in school.
Erin asked Allie to help her with the Give To Other’s charity in 2003 when she was 13 years old and she has been a member ever since. She really enjoys putting a smile on a child’s face and making a difference in their life.
Sarah Yasmin Fagaly: Secretary
Sarah, has her BA in TV Production from CalState Northridge where she met Erin Timperley and have been friends ever since.She has worked in production and been a newswriter for NBC San Diego. Sarah loves comics, movies, and anything art and media related and has an extremely soft spot for all things Disney including Disneyland!
At the age of 18, Sarah was diagnosed with a rare-autoimmune disease that had her in and out of hospitals for over 5 years.
Time spent in those hospitals included birthdays and holidays, where nurses and staff would bring small gifts to lighten the experience for Sarah and the kids around. These years inspired her to get involved with an organization like GTO that strives to bring joy to kids fighting sickness in hospital.
Melody Ketsdever: Director of Out Reach
Melody is a licensed Cosmetologist and has been working as a hair stylist for 5 years. Having grown up in a creative family, she is also a seasoned musician and performer. From a young age, she taught herself web design and had her first website at age 12 teaching others how to create graphics and write basic HTML. In high school, Melody was a member of the high school choir leadership group called Madrigals. She also spent a year competing in Public Speaking for the FFA. Always a "people person," Melody enjoys connecting with others and has developed a knack for communications and social media marketing. She has known Erin Timperley for 6 years and is happy to be a part of Give To Others.
Alexis Brooks: Director of Out Reach
Alexis is a Registered Dietitian who obtained her Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University, Long Beach. She then continued her studies at California State University, Northridge, where she completed her dietetic internship and Masters in Nutritional Science. Alexis has a passion for disease prevention and wellness promotion. She believes everyone deserves to have the opportunity to achieve wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Currently, she works as a clinical and outpatient dietitian at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Erin and Alexis’ friendship dates back to when they were 4 years old. Alexis has had the privilege to support and watch GTO grow throughout the years. She is honored and excited to be a part of its continued growth.