Meredith Madnick

Founder and CEO

Meredith Madnick has started and run multiple nonprofit summer day camps, and is a “lifer” when it comes to community service. Still volunteering today, Meredith’s journey began when she was 15 and was accepted to attend a summer community service project that took 10 Americans to Israel where they cleaned parks, painted community centers, planted trees, and much more. After being paired with host country nationals for housing, the Israel experience changed Meredith forever and is what eventually led her to join the United States Peace Corps. While serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps, Meredith envisioned someday starting her own service organization that would not only provide a way for children to serve their community but would also allow her to spend more quality time with her family. As well as being a mother, anthropologist, and avid volunteer, Meredith has over 15 year’s experience working as a marketer and educator.


Christopher Regalo

HR / Operations

Christopher Regalo is an educator who enjoys meditation, dance, and nature. Christopher’s extensive experience working with young children includes Interpretive Aide for the East Bay Regional Park District and over 10 years of teaching English as a Foreign Language in Japan and South Korea. His desire to make a difference combined with his extensive experience teaching elementary-aged children, led Christopher to join the team of Camp Helping Hands. Christopher enjoys his position at Camp Helping Hands, because it affords him the opportunity to do meaningful work with children in an educational and fun setting. In addition to being Camp Director for our Northridge location, Christopher leads the HR, Accounting, and Operations division during the off season.

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Sarah Ripard

Program Manager and Customer Service

With a lifelong passion and crusade to protect the rights of children, Sarah has been an advocate and educator. Her research and deep focus centers around the area of child development, and socio-neurobiology. This led to the creation of Parentainment, a multi-media platform that offers empowerment, education, and entertainment supporting the evolutionary path of awakened parenting and what it really takes to raise healthy, happy, self-regulating, and compassionate human citizens in today’s complex world.

Sarah believes the foundation of nurturing our children must begin with empathy and compassion to nurture our inner selves first, and as we begin to heal our own early traumas we enter into the heart space to receive and bring the ‘sacredness’ of parenting into our everyday reality.

Sarah’s greatest accomplishment and role is being a Mama to her nine year old, Anastasia; her greatest teacher!