Dana Lopez, 43
Lives in: Ozark, MO
CEO of Dogwood Ranch and Contracted Foster Parent Trainer for Children’s Division
Charity: Dogwood Ranch
Hands down, my mom. She is the most beautiful, thoughtful, caring, warm, welcoming soul you will ever meet. I wish everyone could have a mom like mine. The world, no doubt, would be a much better place.
Simply put, I would just tell them they are beautiful. Beauty is about being unique and comfortable in your own skin and owning every flaw and perfection that makes you you.
Some might find it interesting to know that one of my favorite memories is when I bungee jumped over Victoria Falls. I can still hear my mom telling me, “Don’t tell me when you are doing these crazy things. Just call me when you are done!”
My faith. I gain the most strength, wisdom and inspiration from the Lord as I lead my life in the best way I know how: to emulate his heart for those who need to know they are loved and created with incredible purpose.
Nature! And on the back of a horse. I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful area where exploring trails is at our fingertips.
Addiction and drug issues. This is clearly a very complicated issue, and I am extremely grateful to our community leaders, government agencies and law enforcement who are working hard to find creative solutions to this issue. Simply stated, in addition to minimizing access to these harmful illegal substances, I believe there also needs to be ample attention placed on the relational aspect of addiction and addressing the root of the issue. Expanding rehab programs and getting creative in the way those are accessed could go a long way, in my opinion, to providing long-term recovery for those suffering from addiction.
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