Ralph's Riders Foundation is a networking community dedicated to serving and supporting individuals with spinal cord injuries and mobility impairments. Ralph's Riders is an alliance consisting of two components working in unison. First, the Riders are a team of extraordinary mobility-challenged individuals that provide peer and career mentorship to individuals with similar disabilities. Second, the Angels are professionals with specific expertise and experience in assisting spinal cord injured and mobility-impaired community. The Ralph's Riders Alliance is uniquely able to impart guidance, insight and resource information which eases the challenging transitions all individuals must make to roll smoothly into a brighter future. Ralph's Riders will also work to unify the mobility-impaired community by advocating for common causes as well as raising awareness through media and public events.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mayra Fornos, Founder & CEO
Mayra became involved with the disabled community more than 25 years ago when her late husband, Ralph, suffered a C5-6 spinal cord injury that rendered him a quadriplegic as the result of a surfing accident. Mayra understands the indescribable physical and emotional challenges the injured and their loved ones face. Wanting to carry on Ralph's legacy after his passing, Mayra founded the Ralph's Riders Foundation to assist others on their path to success.
Carlos Benavides , President
In March 2003, Carlos Benavides suffered a debilitating injury that left him a C2-T1 tetraplegic. Already an accomplished graphic artist, photographer and musician, Carlos used his many talents and skills to reach beyond himself to share his passion for life and independence with newly injured patients at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. He currently volunteers at Rancho as a Peer Mentor, a Peer Educator, and Chairman of the Patient Advisory Council. In 2014, Carlos was chosen to represent the 4th District on the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities and he is currently serving his third term as President. Mr. Benavides can be found supporting many organizations throughout Southern California who represent the disabled population, as he continues to work tirelessly to ensure access to life for all.
Valerie Teague, Vice President
Catie Butler, Secretary
A native of Southern California, Catie's interest in travel and culture was inspired by her family's move to Hong Kong for a period of two years while she was still a teenager, which served as quite the eyeopener. Since then, Catie has displayed passion for travel and a curiosity for understanding the experiences of others. This led to her graduating with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Anthropology from Cal State Long Beach. Catie hopes to continue that passion by learning more and giving back to the community of individuals with spinal cord injuries and mobility impairments.
Marcy Lovett, Treasurer
Marcy Lovett graduated from CSULB with a degree in Business Administration majoring in accounting. She is a model, actress and advocate for people with disabilities. She is passionate about helping others and being a voice for the disabled community.
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