Phil is originally from Denver, Colorado and now resides in Carlsbad, California with his wife Victoria and four children. Growing up 3rdgeneration Colorado native, his early years found him working by his dad’s side with various businesses. After college his career opened towards telecommunications which has evolved over the years into technology. He has held numerous Director and Executive level positions throughout his 40-year career including endeavors in mergers and acquisitions. Phil has been actively involved in various organizations most notably National Council of La Raza and Greater San Diego Minority Business and Purchasing Council. In his personal life he has always been active with his children’s lives and their sports, which put him in a position to serve as Chairman and President of the Carlsbad Defenders Baseball Club plus coach for over 10 years on various baseball clubs across Southern California. His passion and devotion are to his family, and it’s a blessing that BYMF will be a legacy while building success for youth to be their absolute best!
Founder- Vice President
Victoria was born and raised in Hawaii until the age of 22 when she moved to San Diego, California. As a kamaaina of the island, she grew up with strong values and an appreciation for the many cultures and diversification of Hawaii. The love of all sports has kept her active throughout her entire life, although watersports and horses are the most fulfilling. Her career path led her to interior design and home building where she has spent over 40 years in the industry servicing clients. It’s been extremely rewarding, and she continues to thrive. She is happily married to Phil and shares their 4 children together as a blended family, which is an absolute joy. When traveling to Morelia with her husband, her passion and desire was recognized and BYMF was formed.
Within her life, it has always been clear to give back, help others in need, and when you leave this world…leave it in a better place. BYMF is that journey to just that; one step, one day and one person at a time.
Mitch has a wonderful large family that share ten grandchildren between them and growing! He is so proud of them all with their accomplishments and spends much family time as humanly possible. With his additional time, he travels to pursue his desire to meet the people of the world that fulfill and inspire his life.
Through the years he's had the opportunity to work with many incredibly talented industry leaders in several different organizations where they've taught him the value of believing in people.
His life journey: Being the son of Indonesian immigrants who experienced war, incarceration, poverty and discrimination found their way to America and created the American dream. While serving their church and community volunteering and using their spare resources to establish and oversee the operations of four food banks in the northern part of Denver, Colorado. It taught Mitch that there was always enough to give to those in need without hesitation or judgement. This has transcended to joining Beloved Youth Moving Forward where youth around the world are seeking opportunities to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. They too, are looking for someone to believe in them. BYMF intends to be the facilitator of their journey and Mitch is extremely appreciative to be part of a team of ambassadors with this mission.
When I was a child, I witnessed a bus accident and found myself running toward it. My first reaction – “DO SOMETHING!” I was five.
Linda Ekblad lives in Westminster, Colorado with her incredible partner Roy. She enjoys her extended family, friends, salsa dancing, books, the outdoors, and travel… exactly in that order.
Her Life Experience Her Way!
Linda attended Colorado State University for 3 years while working and volunteering as a Sexual Assault Victims Advocate, she also developed and managed an in-school Hispanic Youth on Youth Mentoring Program. She held positions as Program Manager of First Call Information and Referral Line and Volunteer Director of Larimer County which eventually led to her ideal position as United Way of Larimer County’s Northwestern Colorado 211 Program Director. She enthusiastically jumped out of bed in the morning ready to be effective! Her 18 years of experience in social services has taught her that homeless, neglected teenagers often don’t receive the attention or the funding needed to achieve their full potential. She is now retired volunteering in South Africa. BYMF's logical, heartfelt, and laser-focused efforts has her attention to run towards it and DO SOMETHING!
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