TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 | DR. RAPHAEL LUPERCIO
This guest, born in humbling poverty in Jalisco, Mexico, grew up cutting sugar cane, caring for over 10 cows, cleaning pig pens, selling oranges on the street by the time he was 10 years old. He helped his family by these productive means, pitching in to help feed his family. There were many gaps in his schooling in his formative years. Rafael, or better said, Dr. Rafael Lupercio, did not begin to learn English until he was seventeen.
Dr. Lupercio is the oldest of seven siblings. His father, a sheepherder and ranch foreman, and mother, who worked in the fields and canneries of Solano County, taught him through their hard work , sacrifices and courage, to seek a new life in a different country. The values to survive and grasp the opportunities to build a future in his new home, the United States.
Hard work, love, spirituality was the family’s daily dose for living, then, immigration to rural northern California. And now, a well-respected physician in pulmonary and critical care medicine in northern California.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 | TERINA DUTTON
Terina can be described as an entrepreneur and an inspirational innovator. And while most businesspersons may think of retailing in shopping centers, crowded roadways or high-traffic intersections, our guest, Terina and her husband opened their store in the small rural town of McCloud, CA - population of around 1,100, and the other in Jinja, Uganda. Yes, that’s in Africa.
Raised by a loving mother and father, Terina grew up poor, dreaming of what joy there would be to have enough money to attend a movie. This drove her to work hard so as to never life with “regrets of wanting”, instilled by her father. From her mother, teaching to be nice, respectful and never to lie. But most importantly her faith in God.
Well, it worked! Terina was inducted to the Athletics Hall of Fame at the University of Nevada as an eight-time winner All-American, qualifying in the US Olympic Trials for swimming. But the real topper was adopting two sons from Ethiopia to join their family of three other children and this….is only the beginning.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 | JANESSA WILDER
This guest, defines herself as “a mother of three and a citizen of the world”. Born and raised in in a northern California Hamlett and removed from big city influences, she sought broader horizons and went on to graduate from Stanford University with a master’s degree in internal policy studies and a bachelors in international relations from Principia College.
She is conversant in 5 languages, served as a United States CIA officer and served in war-torn areas of Iraq and the middle east, and working with the US Marines.
One of the earliest childhood memories was wanting to become a “mommy”, and a mommy she has become but on a much larger scale. You see, Janessa’s inspiration came from witnessing the horrific sight of children’s toys and shoes jumbled amidst skeletal remains of mass graves. This led her to founding an international peace organization called Euphrates International.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 | TARA MACY
This guest was raised in a small, rural northern California community. When she was old enough to think of her future, Tara “simply wanted to help people.” Her family, mother, father and brother, were steadfast introverts who also tended toward the shy spectrum of verbal expression. This trait remains deeply rooted in our guest. Her brother, set a level of academic excellence leaving Tara feeling as if she was always struggling to be “as good as” or “good enough”. A significant does of teasing, combined with wanting acceptance, may have contributed to her anxiety.