“Live…..don’t just exist”
Rowena is a California native and has a passion for Life. Rowena has a business career in Property Management; however, her Heart’s Career is in helping those in need. She has worked at many top Development, and Property Management firms from Camden Development, BRE properties, to the Irvine Company. Rowena has over 13 years experience in managing residential and commercial properties. Rowena has also worked in higher education at Chapman University. She was an intricate part of creating, developing and implementing the off campus housing department for students at Chapman University where she helped house thousands of students from across the nation and internationally.
Despite the demands of her career she has always made time to volunteer, and give back any way and anywhere she can. After experiencing a life changing, near death experience over a decade ago, Rowena knew her true heart’s calling was to provide hope to those in need and to inspire. She was not sure of what form that would come in but knew one day she would be a part of something bigger that would fulfill that calling and would be able to utilize her years of experience in organizational leadership. That calling was realized and came in the form of Love in the Mirror. Rowena is proud to be a part of the Team at Love in the mirror and shares many of Jonas’s goals, one of which involves developing a youth shelter.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
Steve, Jonas’ Dad, was raised in Carson, CA and is the youngest of 5 children. He moved with his family to Long Beach in 2005. As a small business owner, he has the flexibility and ability to balance work with his family. He is a strong supporter of his sons and volunteers his time, muscles and truck whenever the need arises to Love in the Mirror. He serves on the board as an advocate for Jonas’s vision.
Lorelyn J. Hambelton is a native of California and has resided in Long Beach, CA since 2009. Since, 1997 Lorelyn has worked for Helpline Youth Counseling a non-profit organization with a mission of providing quality counseling services to families in need of additional support. Lorelyn is currently the Director of Quality Control for Helpline. Lorelyn received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development from Biola University and a Masters in Human Behavior at National University in La Jolla, CA.
“A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.” Audrey Hepburn
Born in Los Angeles, Samantha began volunteering at the young age of 15 with Jonas. After Love in the Mirror was started, Samantha quickly became one of the lead volunteers, before being recruited to serve on the Board of Directors. She is currently a sophomore in college, working towards obtaining her degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Psychology. Along with serving on the board, Samantha has stood by Jonas’s side helping him organize drives, events, and directly helping those in need by feeding the homeless in Downtown Los Angeles. Samantha hopes to continue her philanthropic deeds after she obtains her degree by continuing to contribute her time and expertise to Love in the Mirror. Samantha enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling and working with kids of all ages.
“Pay it forward.”
“Education does not make us educable. It is our awareness of being unfinished that makes us educable.” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom
Maggie Solórzano-Muñetón is an education professional with over 14 years of experience in early education and school-age settings. She has taught in early education programs with children ages 0-5, school-age children in grades K-5 as well as presented parent and child workshops. She has also directed a School Readiness Program funded by First 5 LA and co-founded as well as directed “Mi Casita”, the K-8 After-School Program at The New City School in Long Beach. Maggie graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (BCLAD), and her Master of Arts Degree in Education with an emphasis in Dual Language Development. Go Beach! J
Currently, Maggie is continuing her graduate studies at Loyola Marymount University and is a candidate for a CA Administrative Credential as well as a Charter School Development Certificate. In addition to her graduate studies, Maggie is also presently developing a bilingual home-preschool program in Long Beach. She will open the doors to “Semillitas” Preschool this Fall, 2012. Maggie’s work and engagement in the community emphasizes her interest in promoting children’s social & emotional well-being within a school setting, dual-language development in education, quality early education programs, school, family & community partnerships, and developing innovative teaching & leadership practices.