Martha G. Dennis, Ph.D., has spent her career as a technologist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and corporate director in telecommunications and related technical industries. She has also been extremely active on numerous not-for-profit boards, often serving in leadership roles, for both professional and community organizations as well as in the arts and education.
Hannah Step has been a Rancho Santa Fe resident for the last 20 years. She originally hailed from Omaha Nebraska where she was raised, attended college at the University of Nebraska and met her now late husband Gene Step. Hannah and Gene lived in Indianapolis and in Europe as he pursued a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Hannah earned a Master’s degree in Family and Marital Counseling and raised three sons while running a counseling business. Hannah and Gene retired to Rancho Santa Fe and have been active in a number of charities including establishing UCSD's Cardiac Wellness Center and Palliative Care Center and Hannah's interest in North Coast Repertory Theater. Hannah is an avid contract bridge player and grandparent to five grandchildren.
Lori Walton’s love and appreciation for nonprofit work began in college when she became President of UCLA’s official undergraduate service organization. Working closely with the alumni association’s development department, she learned how to establish effective structures for successful fundraising. Post-graduation, Lori was invited to become a member of UCLA's Foundation Governor Board & Leadership Council.
Lori has served on 16 different nonprofit boards and has chaired over 20 fundraisers for organizations ranging from the arts to education to youth services to animal welfare to the environment and to the military.
Lori has always loved animals and is currently focusing her efforts on helping a private, nonprofit called Freedom Dogs. Freedom Dogs trains specialty service dogs for the Marines at Camp Pendleton who are suffering from the physical and emotional trauma of war. Unfortunately, our country loses more of our soldiers to suicide than combat and Freedom Dogs is working hard to give our Marines the support they need to successfully transition back to civilian life.
Lori also has a blog called BdaKiNE.com where she shares the light that can be found during everyday life.
Ruth has been the Director of the Westreich Foundation, a family foundation for over 17 years. Her expertise and areas of focus are: Integrative Medicine, The science of Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Natural Medicine, Palliative Care for end of life and chronic conditions as well as food safety, and the creative arts as a healing modality. Ruth’s expertise and niche is being a strategic advisor to create bridges between these siloed groups to change the paradigm of healthcare in the US to a systems’ biology, personalized lifestyle focus with the patient and prevention of at the center. She has been a member of the Bravewell Collaborative, Samueli Institute, Scripps Center for Integrative Health and Bastyr University and many more prevention and health creation organizations. She currently is a member of the American Nutrition Assoc’s Leadership Council, UCLA Arts and Healing BOD, ACCAHC Advisory Council, USDs Nonprofit Institute BOD, Cal State San Marcos Institute for Palliative Care advisor, UCSDs Center for Integrative Medicine BOD and committee for Patient Experience at UCSD. She is also a supporter of Mimi Guarneri and AIHM, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Consciousness and Healing Institute collaborative, and Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute.
Previous Legendary Women of the Heart:
2015-2016 Legendary Women of the Heart
2014-2015 Legendary Women of the Heart
Ronne Froman Blue
2013-2014 Legendary Women of the Heart
Dr. Mary Lyons
2012-2013 Legendary Women of the Heart
Dr. Marye Anne Fox
Holly Baughman, VP of Development
Victoria Stack, Social Market Coordinator