BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder, Chairman, & Executive Director
Mark Daggett was born and raised in San Diego. He spent his entire 46-year career working in the Landscape and Horticulture industry.
Mark has a beautiful wife Debbie of 44 years, and has a daughter, Lindsey, and son, Jesse, along with four amazing grandkids. He enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, and spending time with family.
Mark knew for some time that when he retired, he wanted to give back to his community, but wasn’t sure in what capacity. This question was answered in mid-2017 when his co-worker’s toddler (Reilly) experienced a tragic accident, which rendered him paralyzed from below his shoulders and on a ventilator. It was through compassion and a direction from God, that Rally4Reilly & Friends was born.
Carmen brings more than 30 years of nonprofit board governance experience in strategic planning, development, grants, and program design. Her love for community is reflected in her upbringing in her hometown of Elmwood, Nebraska a rural farming community. “Barn Raising” to help neighbors in need is a core value she brings to Rally4Reilly & Friends.
As a career Army family (now retired), Carmen’s experience spans many sectors across the United States and Europe with nonprofits supporting military service members, veterans and their family members.
Carmen is known leader in the South Bay for her community engagement skills and passion for connecting people and organizations to resources to make our community strong and resilient to enhance their quality of life. She serves on several community-based nonprofit board focusing on initiatives to support education, youth, and community service.
Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland University College and a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego. Carmen and her husband Rick have two college-age daughters and live in Chula Vista.
Co-Founder, Treasurer & Director
Sergio Fortuna was born in 1959 in Toronto, Canada. His early career in Global Logistics afforded him the opportunity to live and work in California since 1995. Sergio settled in San Diego, married, and is the proud father of two amazing twin boys. He is very involved with his son's soccer club and enjoys playing guitar and piano with his sons and teaching them about pop music of the 70's and 80's.
In 2001, Sergio left the logistics industry to pursue his passion for landscaping. He bought a fledgling landscape maintenance route and developed it into a design build, full service landscape company.
In his personal and professional life, Sergio's philosophy is a simple one. Be kind, and do the right thing. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. With integrity, you have nothing to hide and nothing to fear.
MICHAEL A. JEFFRIES
Director of Marketing
Michael has been involved with non-profit charitable causes for the past 30 years. Michael served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a decorated veteran of the Gulf War. In 1994 he co-founded and still heads an animal rescue organization based in Huntington Beach, CA. Also, most recently he served on the board of directors for the Bobby Jo Lewis Foundation based in San Diego, CA. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Rally4Reilly & Friends foundation based in San Diego as well.
In Michael’s professional career he has 30 years of experience managing environmental service businesses. Michael is the proud father of two daughters and lives in San Diego, California. He enjoys being outdoors, going to the beach and golfing, hiking, boating, camping, kayaking, and cycling.
Stephanie Nichols-Rodas is a married mother of a 14-year-old daughter. She was born in Pomona, California on April 17, but grew up in Mexico City. Stephanie has a passion for dancing, singing, visiting new places, and enjoying nature. Her journey took a drastic turn when she suffered a spinal cord injury at the c4-c5 level, leaving her quadriplegic from the neck down almost six years ago. Despite the challenges, Stephanie remains determined to make daily accomplishments and to help other people with spinal cord injuries and disabilities know that there is life and hope after injury.
Stephanie's family is a great source of support and inspiration for her. Her husband, daughter, mom, dad, brother and friends have been by her side throughout her journey, and their love and encouragement have been instrumental in helping her overcome adversity. Stephanie's wish is to inspire as many people as possible, and she believes that her experience can help others realize that anything is possible with the right mindset and support.
In addition to her advocacy work for people with spinal cord injuries and disabilities, Stephanie has volunteered and has been spreading the word of how awesome has Rally 4 Reilly and friends helped and believed in her.
She started a vlog for the foundation called "Stephanie's corner" to speak about life challenges and how she sees them, hoping to inspire and motivate others to overcome adversity.
Stephanie's advocacy work has not gone unnoticed, and she has received recognition for her accomplishments. Her positive attitude, strong will, and determination have helped her to make a positive impact on the world, and she hopes to continue to inspire and touch the hearts of as many people as possible.
Grant Writer & Director
Nichole Lucas has been involved with nonprofits heavily since 2013. Having two autistic boys threw her into needs and support she never saw coming. Out of this amazing experience, it allowed her to see the true love and passion she has when it comes to nonprofit organizations. Nichole learned grant writing in efforts to give back to the nonprofits that were helping her. This later transpired to helping other nonprofits with grant writing or at least sharing her knowledge with them.
In Nichole’s professional career, she has been in the insurance industry since 2001 and still today selling/advocating/educating business owners with their insurance. Nichole has obtained many different state licenses, BS in Business Administration and MBA in Project Management. Nichole is the mother of 4 amazing boys and two rescue pups. She loves being outdoors, reading, spending time with her family, traveling, crafting and volunteering to help others.