Founders

Eve Foussard

EVE FOUSSARD, FOUNDER / PRESIDENT,
WASATCH FRONT CHAPTER

Eve Foussard is the founding President of Childhelp Wasatch Front.  She has had extensive involvement in community, The Arts, and cultural activities primarily in Newport Beach, California - including direct organization and development of several support groups for Opera Pacific, as well as the organization and direction of countless charity and social events.  Eve is an Original Founder and still lends substantial support as an active member of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Orange County Philharmonic Society, the Mozart Camerada Society, the World Trade Center of Orange County, and the Orange County Protocol Ambassadors Society.  For Cal State University Fullerton @ Irvine, CA, she developed the Community Learning & Literacy Center.

Through these endeavors, Eve is recognized as a prominent leader in Orange County with a wide range of friends in the business, charitable and social community.  In March, 2004 she was instrumental in the direct negotiations in bringing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and handled all the press releases and marketing for the event.  The Choir performed three concerts selling nine thousand seats.  A special reception was enjoyed after each concert by invited guests at The Center Club which is next to the Performing Arts Center.

Her other entrepreneurial activities have included financing and development of major real estate projects in Southern California - "Window Hill" was 145 detached homes; "Feather Hill", 178 detached homes.  Escondido--designed and financed 368 condos and sold them to San Diego First National.  Sanibel Island, Florida, built 675 condos.  She and her husband conceived and built "The Boulders Hotel & Resort", Carefree, Arizona; a nationally known resort.  Her company name is Sundial Development Corp.

Eve has a strong background in major project organization and management.  In the medical field she was a principal organizer of the Carefree Medical Clinic in Carefree, AZ.  In Newport Beach, CA she was co-founder and general partner with Dr. Raymond Berg -- she being the principal organizer, financier, and administrator of the Newport SurgiCenter in Fashion Island.  This Center, the first of its kind and forerunner of today's popular outpatient surgery industry, was established in 1980 and literally changed the medical field.

In 2009 she moved to Utah.  In April, 2010 Eve formed a new chapter for Childhelp whose corporate headquarters are based in Scottsdale, AZ where it has been successful for 54 years with 27 chapters nationwide.  However, this is the first entrance into Utah.  Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for our abused, neglected, and at-risk children.  She serves as President and Founder for CHILDHELP WASATCH FRONT CHAPTER.  In 2011 she formed CHILDHELP AMBASSADORS for ages 16-25.  This is the first chapter for the youth to 'help their own'.

In 2012 the Wasatch Front chapter implemented the Speak Up, Be Safe program in the Riverton Elementary School District.  It has been well received and a huge success, and has since been mandated by three other states due to its success in Utah.

Eve is blessed with a son, a daughter, and six grandchildren.  She has been acknowledged as "Champion for The Arts" by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Orange County Protocol Foundation, California.

"Our goal is to help these children experience the life they deserve—one filled with love. Our principal mission is to provide them with an environment of love and kindness and the best possible treatment so they will see how special they truly are."

"Together we will accomplish much for many." - E.F.
 

SARA O’MEARA, CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO

Since 1959, Sara O’Meara has provided leadership in humanitarian service to children throughout the world. As Childhelp® Co-Founder, Mrs. O’Meara is actively involved in the development and oversight of the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The organization has put a national spotlight on the problem of child abuse in America and developed cutting-edge solutions.

As chairman and CEO of Childhelp, Mrs. O’Meara serves as the organization’s key spokesperson and has primary responsibility for fund development and overall oversight of the organization’s business. She has served on the boards of international organizations concerned with child welfare. As a board member for the International Union for Child Welfare, she was the sole United States representative among First Ladies and ministers of numerous nations. She has also served as chairman of the International Alliance of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Sara has received more than 100 awards for her service to children, including the Arizona Foundation for Women’s Sandra Day O’Connor Award received in 2004. Others include an award for international collaboration to prevent child abuse presented by the Queen of England; a U.S. Department of Justice award presented by President Ronald Reagan; the Kiwanis World Service Medal and an award from the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. She has been the recipient of several awards in Washington, DC, including the National Caring Award and The Hubert Humphrey Memorial Award at the Touchdown Club, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Charity Awards Dinner. Most recently, Sara, along with co-founder Yvonne Fedderson, have been nominated for the fifth time for the Nobel Peace Prize. Endorsements for the prestigious nomination include letters from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former first lady Barbara Bush, along with numerous politicians, educators, and corporate executives.

Mrs. O’Meara was born Sara Buckner in Knoxville, Tennessee and was educated at Briarcliff Junior College, New York; Endicott College, Massachusetts; The Sorbonne, France; and Pasadena Playhouse, California. Sara lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona. She has a son, John Hopkins. Her other son, Charles, died in 1988 in an auto accident. Sara also has two stepdaughters, Taryn and Whitney, and three grandchildren.

Mrs. O’Meara lost her beloved husband Colonel Robert (Bob) Sigholtz in 2005. Bob was a highly decorated Colonel who fought in three wars – World War II, Korean and Vietnam. He was also the Athletic Director of Georgetown University.

Sara and Yvonne

YVONNE FEDDERSON, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

For more than four decades, Yvonne Fedderson has devoted her life to helping needy children. As a Childhelp® co-founder, Mrs. Fedderson is actively involved in the development and oversight of a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. As president of Childhelp, Mrs. Fedderson’s focus is upon developing and supporting the organization’s more than 25 chapters and auxiliaries. More than 2,500 volunteers nationwide organize fund-raising events in their communities, which raise more than $2 million annually.

Since 1994, Mrs. Fedderson has also served as president and CEO of her late husband’s company, Don Fedderson Productions. Her responsibilities include managing the rights of the television programs he produced, including Family Affair, My Three Sons, and The Betty White Show. She has served on the company’s board of directors for more than 30 years. Mrs. Fedderson, a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse, under the name of Yvonne Lime, has had an extensive acting career in film, television and stage.

Mrs. Fedderson has been active in a number of humanitarian organizations including the Assistance League, and the Mary and Joseph League, as well as several professional organizations. She also has served on the board of directors of Children to Children, Inc., the International Alliance on Child Abuse and Neglect, and is an honorary board member for The Dyslexia Foundation.

Yvonne has received more than 100 honors and awards for her service to children, some of which include the National Children’s Alliance’s Champions of Children Award, the State of California’s Legislature’s Woman of the World Award, and the Women’s International Center’s Living Legacy Award. She and Mrs. O’Meara have been given the Kiwanis World Service Medal, the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award, The University of California Riverside Chancellor’s Founder’s Award, and Family Circle Magazine’s “Women Who Make a Difference.” Most recently, Yvonne, along with co-founder Sara O’Meara, have been nominated for the fifth time for the Nobel Peace Prize. Endorsements for the prestigious nomination include letters from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former first lady Barbara Bush, along with numerous politicians, educators, and corporate executives.

Mrs. Fedderson was born in Glendale, California and now makes her home in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Her daughter Dionne Fedderson also lives in Paradise Valley.

 

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