Inspired Founder: Misty Castañeda
Misty Castañeda has always had a passion for working with kids, volunteering and traveling the world. She grew up in Florida and Vermont and attended James Madison University, where she graduated with a BA and a Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education. After teaching elementary school in East London for a short while, Misty found herself back in the US, dreaming of how she could live abroad in the future. After a successful career in Hospitality Sales & Marketing for over 13 years, Misty left the corporate world to volunteer in India in the Fall of 2013 and to pursue the development of a Social Enterprise which would connect individuals with volunteer opportunities around the world. Following that experience, one of her dreams came true and she had the good fortune to move to Hong Kong with her now husband and stepson for 2 years. Living in Asia opened up a whole new world of volunteer opportunities for Misty and only added to her resolve to develop her Social Enterprise. For-Purpose Kids is the culmination of all her passions, dreams and experiences and her goal of inspiring others to become involved in giving and volunteering has now been realized. Currently, Misty lives with her husband and young son in Southern California, but can be found frequently traveling back to Hong Kong, a place that has captured her heart.
Inspired Art Enthusiast: Georgette Alfano Rogers
Georgette grew up in the beautiful Adirondack region, calling upstate New York her childhood home. Work opportunities brought her to the Boston area, where she and her husband have settled in and raised their two, now fully-grown, children. Studying graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Design. Georgette and her husband have owned and operated Visionaries Events, a video production/event support business for more than 25 years. Georgette develops the graphics for all Visionaries Events projects, whether it is a meeting theme, stage elements, a printed brochure or web graphics. Georgette has a broad and lengthy volunteer resumé that includes community, school, and business-based efforts. She is delighted to offer her time and talents to For-Purpose Kids, a much-needed and worthwhile organization.