Who We Are

Mission and Vision

Dawn of Hope inspires hope and a sense of value for children, youth, and families affected by foster care. We do this by mobilizing faith-based resources and cultivating diverse community partnerships to provide opportunities for life-changing relationships.

By sponsoring opportunities such as Royal Family KIDS Camp, we provide experiences that address the specific and unique needs of kids in foster care. For the week of camp, children are treated royally in a fun, safe, and loving environment, where they are able to freely play and simply be kids.

Our goal is to grow as an organization and be able to provide additional opportunities, such as the Royal Family KIDS Club and Mentoring.

Our Board of Directors

Maria Austin, President

Maria is a member of the board of directors as well as our President and Director for Royal Family KIDS Camp LA. She has spent her life investing in the lives of kids and families. Her education and professional experiences have all been geared toward the goal of creating life-changing opportunities for others. When she’s not at work, as Clinical Director for a residential program for youth on probation, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her dog Lola. Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences in Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology with a minor in Recreation Management from Eastern Washington University. She also completed a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology where her studies provided an emphasis in contributors to adolescent thriving, organizational leadership and leadership development from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Abraham Hsu, Secretary

Abraham is a member of the board of directors as well as our Secretary. He not only volunteers throughout the year by spearheading our fundraising efforts, he also volunteers during the week of camp as a “Big Camper” (camp counselor. His educational background includes graduating with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in Electrical Computer Engineering from Cornell, and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles. He has worked for over ten years within the aerospace industry during which time he rose to the rank of Program Manager managing teams over forty people across multiple divisions and locations.

Connie Barrocas, Treasurer

Connie is a member of the Board of Directors, serves as the Treasurer as well as volunteers during the week of Royal Family KIDS Camp. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Cal State University, Los Angeles and became licensed as a California CPA in 1981. She was a founding Board member of Sunrise Preschool in Pasadena, and served on that Board for the first 5 years of the school’s operation. Connie is co-owner and the Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone R/E Management, Inc. For the past 27 years, she has been responsible for the daily operation of that business as well as involved in the management of over 150 income properties serviced by her company. She is an HOA specialist, regularly facilitates association board meetings, is experienced in parliamentary procedure, and works with numerous Board members to enable them to comply with all aspects of HOA management.

Sherrie Murphey, Director

Sherrie is a member of the board of directors, Director of Community Relations and serves as Assistant Director for our Royal Family KIDS Camp.  She has worked in the legal industry for over 30 years and currently works as a Senior Paralegal Specialist. Sherrie also has decades of experience launching volunteer groups including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and a parent booster club.

Elizabeth Hsu, Director

Elizabeth is a member of the board of directors and serves as one of our Placement Coordinators for Royal Family KIDS Camp. Her educational background includes graduating with a BS degree in Management Science (Business) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  She has worked for 3 years in the management consulting industry supporting various clients through organizational change with the Boston Consulting Group.  She also graduated from the Human Resource Leadership Development Program at NBCUniversal before moving into her current role of HR Manager, Cable Entertainment.   She has been with NBCUniversal for 5 years and currently supports employee relations for employees across multiple locations, as well as Diversity Initiatives for the Cable Entertainment portfolio.

Matthew Lawson

Matt is a member of the board of directors and is the Lead Pastor of Story City Church in Burbank, CA. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author of a book on leadership as well as contributing author to four other books. Matt previously served as the Student Pastor for a church in Atlanta, GA as well as a volunteer youth ministry leader in three other churches. Matt graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Accounting as well as a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary. He has also completed work towards a Master of Theology from Southeastern Seminary.

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