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Daryl Harr –Trustee/ Chairperson

Daryl resides in the Rockies of beautiful North West Montana. Daryl has a diverse background that includes serving for over five years with a non-profit organization as a young adult. His passion for people has always been foundational in his entrepreneurial, creative approach with his business endeavors where he successfully built two separate companies in business and finance over the past forty years.
He first visited Panama in 2005 and became an investor in the Red Frog Beach Resort project in Bocas Del Toro. Soon thereafter, realizing the needs in the neighboring communities of the archipelago, he became involved in the fledgling Red Frog Foundation, Inc., and has continued to be involved today.
 

Arlene Runkel – Trustee/Treasurer

Arlene brings to the Red Frog Foundation's Office of Treasurer a diverse background of entrepreneurship, being raised in a family John Deere Farm Machinery business. This taught her finance, business, common sense and the rewards of volunteerism from early on. She and her husband Roger, of fifty-two years, have been real estate developers & landlords for thirty-six years. Arlene is a pilot with multi-engine, Instrument/Commercial/Instructor ratings. She's run her own Shaklee Health & Wellness Consulting business for thirty-six years and has been a piano music teacher for over fifty years. And she's smart enough to leave the farming business to Roger. Arlene and Roger were on the second Red Frog Exploration tour in 2004, when there were just goats and mud. But where they now have two villas (one with partners). Hard work has taught them to appreciate what it's taken to build Red Frog Beach and to respect the dedication seen in the native people of Bastimentos and Bocas del Toro, and their effort to better their island lives. She sees that it's time to pay it forward in helping these people and their communities, not just with our money, but with our respect and varied backgrounds of knowledge.
 

Danielle Lesser – Trustee

Danielle started her leadership opportunities while working at Herman's Sporting Goods in the early 1990s. Starting as a cashier she worked her way into the receiving manager position and then assistant manager of the store before turning her attention back to her education and then family life. In 2002, she started a floral and drapery design business from her home while living in Columbus Ohio which gave her the flexibility to care for her young family and continue working in mediums that she loves. Danielle has also served in many volunteer positions both in public schools and church organizations from directing variety shows, choirs or planning large special events. Most recently, she returned from living with her four children in Singapore for nearly 5 years where she studied Mandarin Chinese, attended lectures and history tours and fell in love with everything Asian. Volunteer work while in Singapore included being president of a large group of expatriate women, getting involved with several local and regional charities, and organizing the Halloween trick or treat event in the "American neighborhood" where busloads of Singapore locals joined the tradition with attendance in excess of 5000 people! Service and volunteer work is very important to Danielle and she often took advantage of opportunities with her family to volunteer while traveling throughout Asia. In July 2015, Danielle will be relocating to Brisbane Australia where she will reside with her spouse and two youngest children.
 

Bob Tiedeman – Trustee/Marketing & Communication

Before retiring in 2010, Bob worked for the US Army Materiel Command. For twenty-five years he served as a Contract Specialist and Contracting Officer at Fort Monmouth, NJ where he was responsible for the acquisition of a wide-array of communications and electronics equipment. Then, he served as a contracts manager for the Program Executive Office - Solider (PEO Soldier) at Fort Belvoir, VA and The Pentagon where he was responsible for the acquisition of logistical services and supplies necessary for a soldier in the battlefield; everything from moisture wicking underwear to sniper rifles to computers and night vision equipment. Bob made several trips throughout Central America before discovering the wonder of Panama and the beauty of Bocas del Toro in 2011. When he is not in Panama, or otherwise traveling, Bob resides in Peapack, New Jersey.
 

Christopher Held– Trustee

Chris Held is currently a partner at The Dial Companies located in Omaha Nebraska. The Dial Companies is a development group currently supporting a number of inner city housing and programs in the northern neighborhoods of the City of Omaha, a historically underserved area in the City. Chris, with his partners, is also involved in an orphanage in David, Panama. Chris is looking forward to the exciting opportunities and challenges in the Bocas del Toro region by working with Red Frog Foundation and pursuing its diverse and wide-ranging mission responsibilities.
 

Daniel Heffron - Trustee

Dan Heffron resides in Afton, Minnesota. He spent thirty years selling cardiology products. His last seventeen years selling life improving and life saving medical devices for Guidant/Boston Scientific. Currently retired, he spends his time traveling, spending time with family and friends. When not traveling, he is a member of Rotary International, donating his time to local and international causes. He is also on the board of directors for his local Hospital Foundation and the Home Owners Association of the Red Frog Beach Club Resort, in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Dan and his two partners invested into the Red Frog Beach Resort in 2004. During his many trips to the Bocas Del Toro region he has fallen in love with the beauty of the land and the people. Having made many close friends in Bocas del Toro, he has seen how development of the area has impacted the local community. The Red Frog Foundation allows him the opportunity to give back to community he enjoys so much.