Our Story

Helping to restore the dignity of the less fortunate through compassion, empathy and kindness

Located in Cary, NC, A.R.K Foundation USA is an Internationally trademarked, 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization that provides FREE luggage to foster children in the United States. Every year over 400,000 children enter the foster care system. Many of these children come from nothing and have very little of their own. A.R.K Foundation USA works diligently to provide a means for these children to move their belonging from different homes and facilities with dignity.

A.R.K stands for Acts of Random Kindness. We all have kindness within us, and it is our kindness and empathy towards others, that showcases our character. We truly believe that “kindness costs nothing” and we should all strive to be a little kinder, not just to others…but to ourselves.

What will your A.R.K. be today?

Meet Our Team

Daniel Monsrud

Founder and President

Daniel is the founder and President of the A.R.K Foundation USA. Daniel saw the need for change and assistance to those forgotten and vulnerable, and created the foundation as a chance to further assist those less fortunate.

Daniel has worked in the IT Engineering space for the past 15 years and currently holds position as a Senior Engineer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Daniel served/worked several years for the DoD in both Iraq and Afghanistan and worked directly in support of Special Operation Command (SOC Special Forces) in Iraq.

In his off-time, Daniel is an avid, yet terrible golfer, enjoys learning new music on his ukuleles, and tending to his bonsai trees. Daniel’s focus on “other’s needs above his own” is his driving force. Daniel is always on the lookout for ways to help others and provide comfort and assistance. Daniel’s empathy and compassion for others spurred the foundation’s mantra…”Kindness costs nothing, but a little time and effort.”

Stephany Hall

Vice President

Stephany Hall BSN,RNC,CHHCM has many years of service in the health care community but has focused her attention in the last few years on improving the patient experience while using lean techniques to streamline clinical care and reduce costs. She has worked with state and local government agencies with the goal of increasing reimbursement for programs that serve vulnerable populations and ensuring regulatory standards at the state and national level.

Stephany currently serves as the CEO of Privis Health, a population health IT company. She also serves as Advisory Board member for Empowered Home where she holds the Chief Nursing Advisor role as well at ARK Foundation USA.

Stephany believes that true wellness comes from prevention and maintained medicine. She has spent a large part of her career in education related to controlling the social determinants of health to work toward states of wellness. This is a passion for her.

Stephany is happily married to her high school sweetheart for more than 27 years and has two adult children. She grew up in a very small town in northern NH and has many hobbies such as hiking, golf,  playing several musical instruments and reading.

Andres Andreu

Board member and CISO

Andreu, CISSP-ISSAP, is the Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity (CISO) at 2U, Inc and a Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE). Possessing experience on both the offensive and defensive sides of cybersecurity, he is deeply experienced in preventing cybersecurity threats and also responding proactively when incidents occur. His leadership philosophy and cybersecurity strategies are informed by understanding the complex relationship between executive team goals and the employees that make those goals a reality.

Andres spent a decade serving the United States of America in the field of Lawful Intercept Information Technology. During this time, he was the recipient of three U.S. Department of Justice awards for outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement. Leaving the public sector, Andres spent a decade in the corporate world at Ogilvy & Mather, rising to become a company partner and global Chief Application Architect. Andres left Ogilvy to consult for numerous high-profile organizations and eventually became a founding member, and the Chief Technology Officer, of Cybersecurity product company Bayshore Networks (acquired by Opswat).

Andres is an industry veteran and recognized industry leader. He was chosen as the CISO/Leader of the week by the Cyber Startup Observatory in February 2019. His work has also been recognized by Computerworld, where he was voted one of the Top 100 IT Leaders for 2009, and cited for “executing on bold, high-risk decisions.”

Andres is the sole author of “Professional Pen Testing Web Applications” (Wiley) as well as numerous magazine articles and an Internationally granted patent. He has vast experience in designing product security, software engineering and cybersecurity with a focus on where those fields converge. Some of Andres’ work can be found in a number of open-source projects he started, and whose software he authored. He is currently a strategic advisor to the Forgepoint Capital Cybersecurity Advisory Council, a Governing Body member of the NY CISO Community (Evanta), a Leadership Board member with the Cybersecurity Collaboration Forum and a Board member & the CISO of the A.R.K. Foundation USA.

Maria Andreu

Treasurer and CFO

As a Senior-Level Financial Executive, Maria offers a proven track record of accomplishment in optimizing bot top- and bottom-lines by identifying and directing growth opportunities and cost saving initiatives. She excels in leading adoption of process improvements, change initiatives, and tools and technologies that improve efficiencies, team performance, regulatory compliance, customer satisfaction, and margins.
As a multilingual, global leader, Maria excels in recruiting, building, training, and managing teams in diverse fileds and industries, including technology, insurance, real estate, medical products, banking, and recreational. Maria effectively directs financial, operations, logistics and auditing functions.
Maria received an MBA from City University of Seattle and her BA in International Relations from NYU and earned a CPA and CIA distinction as well as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Victoria Hunter

Senior Director of Community and Business Relations

Victoria Hunter is the Senior Director of Community and Business Relations for the A.R.K Foundation USA. Victoria has a very strong community network that she has created through her positive community outreach. She is driven by good deeds and acts of random kindness, which makes her an invaluable member of the foundation’s executive team. Victoria states that “These are the steppingstones that give purpose to my life.”

An avid horticulture hobbyist, Victoria spends her down time administering her gardening group, continuing her love for the ukulele and spending time with her humongous Newfoundlands.

Victoria is an expert and senior massage therapist and holds several master’s certificates in multiple practices and areas of natural therapy. She states, “Make time for the things you love, and your magnanimity will know no bounds.”

In a world where you can be anything, be kind

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