Founding Board of Directors
Chairman and Founder
Rodney Walker has been advocating on behalf of children who have physical differences for the better part of the past decade. A proponent of enabling all children the best opportunity to reach their full potential, Rodney believes the key to this is for each child to have a support system which promotes an ability to fully accept themselves for who they are.
His Acceptance, Inclusion, Morality (A.I.M.) initiative, set to launch from the National Self-esteem Project for Children with Physical Anomalies, as Jacob's AIM, (in honor of his son, Jacob Walker) focuses on the importance of helping children become better able to (1) accept all personal features, (including those which cause significant differences in appearance) as equally important parts of what makes our individual images unique, (2) become more socially confident by learning how to “shine the spotlight” on areas of skill, talent, and interest which show WHO the child is rather than WHAT has caused the difference in appearance from others, allowing an avenue of inclusion and comradery with those who hold similar passions, (3) live and grown among people who respectfully acknowledge the unique features of a child as one special part of the greater whole.
Rodney believes that the perception of self, whether positive or negative, is embedded into a child’s psyche at a very young age, through the actions of those who are most prominent in the child’s life. This drives his determination of stressing the importance of not using a child’s physical attributes in a way that seems to victimize in unnecessary ways, which will hinder the child’s perception of self-worth, affecting the ability to overcome adversity and reach the full potential deserved by all. Rather, he strives to help all children who have difficulty accepting their challenges with physical appearance or ability to realize their value; enabling them the opportunity to focus on reaching their full potential.
Kelly Avellino is anchor of NBC12 News Today Saturday and a multimedia journalist for NBC12 News.
Originally from New Jersey, Kelly first reported and anchored in beautiful Grand Junction, Colorado. She also spent several years working behind the camera for the News 12 Networks in NJ/NY and at New Jersey Network News.
Kelly's very excited to uncover stories in Richmond, learning from the people she meets along the way. When she's not tracking down stories, you may spot Kelly jogging, hiking or enjoying the beach… anything outdoors (hopefully minus the bugs)!
Larry Bathe was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He went into the U.S. Army after a short stint at the Idaho State University. Larry served during Desert Storm, as a Command Group Driver and spent the remaining 3 years as a Missile System Technician. Soon after his Army years, he met and married his wife of 24 years. They had one son who is now in his 20’s and working with dogs. Larry worked in sales for a national beverage company for a decade, but spent the bulk of his years driving trucks. This led him to his latest adventure, driving for the Big Idaho Potato Tour. He drove for the tour for over 5 years and only recently decided it was time to step down.
Larry met Jacob, Rodney’s father, during the Idaho Potato Tour and instantly made a great friend. Jacob has such a great aptitude for enjoying life that Larry felt his life enriched more and more for each moment spent with him. Larry hopes to bring his take on life to this new endeavor, along with his experience in reaching out across social realms. As a member of many different teams over the years, he has also learned the ins and outs of teamwork.
His favorite of events were both the charity stops of the Idaho Potato Tour’s “A Big Helping,” and the many school visits of the tour itself. Larry loves working with children and is excited to be representing them and their families, by joining with Rodney Walker and many others.
Roszonia Datts, CMAA is an Office Manager who works with Just Like Home Health Care. She assists with the scheduling, hiring, and office support. Roszonia started in the medical field as a Nursing Aide Volunteer back in 2000, then became a Dietary Aide in 2001. She became a CNA in 2007, then moved on to become certified as a Medical Office Administrative Assistant in 2016.
Roszonia attended Fortis College full time where she majored in Medical Office Administration. She graduated with honors and she is an alumni member of the National Technical Honors Society. She has also obtained diplomas in Human Resources and Customer Service.
Her joy and inspiration comes in volunteering and giving back to the community. Roszonia has over two decades of experience working with the youth. She assists on the board of 2nd Chances, an organization for youth that focuses on guidance, empowering, and educating them that there is always a second chance in life.
In her spare time she enjoys DIY, reading, poetry, and traveling. You will also find her at local craft and vendor events, and bazaars selling her merchandise and products with a smile.
I have been in the marketing field for 22 years in various industries but none more rewarding as my current position at Foerstel Design. I have the honor of running one of the most successful campaigns for the Idaho Potato Commission and that has taken up most of my career hours for the last 7 years. Which is where I met Jacob Walker and his powerhouse family.
When I’m not project managing, I enjoy my family, my pets (which includes 3 labs and an adopted cat), fantastic friends and all of the great outdoors that Idaho has to offer.
I am truly honored to be on this inaugural board for the National Self Esteem Project for Children with Physical Anomalies. Based on the amazing job that the Walker family has done for their son Jacob, there is no stopping the project to cultivate into a valuable advocacy for years to come.