2015 Quality of Life Recipients

The MDRT Foundation is proud to recognize the volunteer efforts of MDRT members through its Quality of Life grant program.


JOHN MILAM, CLU Knoxville, Tennessee, USA – The Dream Connection Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses.


BRIAN ASHE, CLU Boston, Massachusetts, USA – Family Reach Foundation Provides financial assistance for families whose children are undergoing cancer therapy treatment.

KIRK KLEIN, CFP, CHFC Gainesville, Florida, USA – Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Inc. Funds a financial literacy program for middle school students.


WILLIAM BURRUS Pelham, Alabama, USA – Sight Savers America Provides vision aids and therapy for children with poor vision.

KAZUYA SHIMOYAMA Osaka, Japan – Child Chemo House Funds a hospital pediatric cancer care training program.

JOYCE P. BAKER, LUTCF Columbia, Missouri, USA – The Curators of the University of Missouri Funds an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) medical research program.


SIMON JOHN GIBSON, DIPPFS Cambridge, England – Alzheimer’s Research UK Funds Alzheimer’s medical research programs.

JOHN PERSINGER Indianapolis, Indiana, USA – Hollis Adams Foundation Inc. Funds recreational and educational day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

TOM SELLIN, CLU, CHFC Boise, Idaho, USA – Idaho Veterans Network Funding mental health programs for U.S. veterans.

KEVIN MURPHEY, PHD, RFC Gainesville, Florida, USA – Interplast South Inc. Provides reconstructive surgeries for children born with birth defects in Honduras.

JAMES FARBER Omaha, Nebraska, USA – Jewish Federation of Omaha AKA JFO Funds a fitness and wellness program for adults with developmental disabilities.

MARCUS BARRESI, CLU, CHFC Portland, Maine, USA – Junior Achievement of Maine Bangor Region Funds a financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship program for youth from low-income households.

BRAD BURWELL Omaha, Nebraska, USA – Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Provides counseling and grief therapy to families who lost a loved one as a result of an automobile accident.

ALLEN CARR SR., CHFC, MSFS Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA – Naaman Center Provides transportation for people in drug and alcohol treatment programs.

RICHARD C. LOOMIS, CLU, CHFC Murray, Utah, USA – Ouelessebougou Alliance Funds a health and medical program for families in impoverished rural communities.

DEREK REED, CFP, CLU Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA – Pathways for Children Funds a playground expansion program serving infants and toddlers.

DUAYNE MADL St. Paul, Minnesota, USA – Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Funds a nature education program for youth.

JACK STONE, BAHONSECO, CERT PFS Glasgow, Scotland – Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Provides hospice care for youth aged 15 and older.

TIMOTHY KINT, LUTCF Randolph, Nebraska, USA – Randolph Area Foundation Funds renovations for a sports field in honor of U.S. veterans.

PETER DERRENBACKER, CLU, CHFC Syracuse, New York, USA – Samaritan Center, Inc. Provides meals and support services for children and adults affected by homelessness.

RICHARD NOTTINGHAM, CLU, CHFC Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA – Samaritan House Inc. Funds a counselling support program for people affected by domestic abuse.

PAUL GULLICKSON, CLU, CHFC Tampa, Florida, USA – Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago Hospital Funds hospital transportation improvements for pediatric patients.

KIMBERLY BRUMBAUGH, LUTCF West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA – Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center Funds therapeutic programs for children with autism and their families.

ALLAN MENDELS, CLU, CHFC Port Washington, New York, USA – Spectrum Designs Foundation Supports a social enterprise program for adults with autism.

JOHN SUNDELL, CLU, CHFC Hopkins, Minnesota, USA – The Mama Ada Foundation 
Funds a farming and educational program for students in Kenya.

KIRK WILKERSON Rutherfordton, North Carolina, USA – Trinity Christian School Funds Operation Shine, a community service day for students.

RITA GIBSON, CLU Sacramento, California, USA – UC Regents, UC Davis Health System Provides food, lodging and transportation assistance for low-income families while their children are hospitalized.

DAVID M. BROWN Westbrook, Connecticut, USA – Valley Shore YMCA Supports community outreach programs for children and families.

NAT HARRIS Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA – Wake Forest University Health Sciences Funds an emergency medical response education program for emergency medical professionals in rural communities.

RICHARD GARRY, CHFC, MSFS Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA – Washington Pavillion Management Inc. Funds a drama therapy program to address bullying and conflict resolution for elementary students.