Erin Walsh Hardesty was born in Norfolk, Va. She lived there for three days when her adoptive parents brought her to their Ohio hometown where she grew up and still resides. Erin holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She currently works in the financial arena and has been in the profession for more than 35 years. Her community involvement includes serving as chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Lima. She has served twice as president and board chair of the Lima Noon Sertoma Club and is currently the first vice-president. She is a 2016 Jefferson Award winner and a 2016 Athena Award finalist. Erin has been sharing her true-life experience with audiences since 1992 and co-authored her story in the form of a novel with Mike Blass.
Tamara Al-Sammarraie '14
Tamara Al-Sammarraie Mansi was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Fearing for their lives, her family fled Iraq and lived in a Syrian refugee camp for several years. Her father was captured and imprisoned, her mother and brothers emigrated to Sweden while Tamara won a competitive placement test for a U.S. college education. She graduated from Bluffton University in 2014 with a degree in early childhood education and is now the founder of Cyber Branding Company CBC in Shelby Township, Mich.
Pastor Robin Ramos
Robin Ramos was raised in Nebraska and graduated with honors in 1995 from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) with a business administration degree. After earning her Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, she served congregations in Iowa and Toledo. She is currently pastoring at Zion Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Ohio.