Ellen Ratner is married to Cholene Espinoza pictured above with Dr. Charles R. Modica,
By working with and expanding these programs, the GEMS Development Foundation plans to be a constant presence in South Sudan fostering sustainable development. GEMS Development Foundation is its own nonprofit corporation, with its own Advisory Board, whose programs are sponsored by WINDREF (The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation), a U.S. nonprofit corporation located in New York, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Goats for the Old Goats
Bhutan connection coming soon
TITANIUM SPONSORS . George’s University, School of Medicine Chancellor Charles R. Modica
STEEL SPONSORS Ali Esmaeilzadeh, Forest City Ratner Companies
As a part of LifeSeasons humanitarian partnership with Goats for the Old Goat (GFTOG) program, Darrin Peterson, founder and CEO of LifeSeasons, often travels for project oversight to South Sudan with the Founder of GFTOG, Ellen Ratner. To date their program has donated over 12,000 goats. This hugely successful program has kicked off another project for Darrin and Ellen, the funding of education for aspiring medical students from South Sudan who are committed to return to South Sudan as doctors after their education and residency are completed.
Ellen is a board member for St. George’s University Medical School (SGU) and a friend of Dr. Charles R. Modica, founder of SGU, who was the Chancellor and Chair of the board of Directors at the time this project was discussed in 2015. Since that time the first four medical students have completed their education at SGU and are currently completing their residency programs in the US.