About Us

SevaChild originated and manages one of India’s fastest growing humanitarian networks. We specialize in providing life-sustaining micronutrients to well over 1,000,000 children each year.
Our goal is to eradicate the presence of vitamin A deficiency disorders throughout all of India by ensuring that at-risk children are supplemented with the vitamin A that is necessary to protect them from serious illness, blindness and even death.
SevaChild is a 501 (c)(3) public nonprofit organization in the United States, and a Section 8 company (not for profit under the Companies Act, 2013) in India. Our international headquarters is in Los Angeles and our Indian headquarters is in Mumbai.
Board of Directors
Rick Carlton
President and Founder
Rick’s humanitarian work began while he was living in the Caribbean in the 1970s, creating job opportunities to assist impoverished Carib Indians in Honduras and uneducated West Indians on the islands of Grenada and Saint Lucia. In the 1980s, he worked to bring international attention to the plight of the Tibetan people while maintaining a career as a business owner in the health and nutritional industry. Rick has spent the last six years as the president of SevaChild, working in India to protect young children from the ravages of Vitamin A Deficiency Disorder. His interest and concern for the plight of impoverished children is the driving force behind this initiative.
Ed Kelly
Director Planned Giving
As President of Hearthstone Wealth Management, Ed works with 14 financial planning professionals in six states, imparting comprehensive financial strategies to clients. His expertise includes tax diversification and Roth conversion strategies, as well as charitable giving approaches that benefit both the donor and the 501(c)(3) organization. Ed is a founding member of SevaChild’s board of directors and serves its donors with his wise counsel for alternative giving. Ed’s wife Val is the President of the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital in Palos Verdes, California, through which she has been instrumental in garnering over $500,000 per year for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Ed and Val have been married for 38 years.
Marc Vendetti
Director Web Designer / Web Manager
Marc’s diverse professional life has included stints as a pro-am cyclist, taxi driver, forest steward, auto/bicycle/elevator mechanic, hardware store clerk, dishwasher, commercial fisherman, computer technician, property manager and business owner. He founded American Elevator Corporation in Seattle, serving as its president for 25 years before retiring in 2009. As an early and active participant in the Human Potential Movement, Marc has been involved in numerous programs over the years; chief among these are Mind Dynamics, Inward Bound, the Dale Carnegie and Steven Covey programs, PSI World Seminars and Landmark Education. A pioneer in the sport of mountain biking that began in Marin County in the early 1970s, Marc was also an elite road racing cyclist with a national profile and Olympic aspirations. He is one of the founders and builders of the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, California and he serves as the current president of its board with his fellow board member and wife, Lena Maria Estrella. Marc is a founding member of SevaChild’s board of directors and led its initial web design and development team beginning in 2011.  His service affiliations have included Habitat for Humanity, the Millionaire Club Charity, Hospice of Seattle, Amma’s Kitchen, Helping Hearts Foundation, BikeWorks Seattle, Sustainable Fairfax and Self-Realization Fellowship. Marc and Lena Maria currently reside in Fairfax, where they are active in their local environmental and spiritual communities and are restoring their creek-side cottage.
Scott Endsley
Director Secretary
Attorney and business owner Scott Endsley is a member of the State Bar of California as well as the California Bureau of Real Estate. Founder and President of Endsley & Associates LLP, Scott’s 30 years of experience include demonstrated proficiency in real estate property management and development, financial management and analysis, legal analysis and implementation, strategic planning, capital and expense budgeting, contract management, and market planning. Scott is a founding member of SevaChild’s board of directors and has served on numerous boards and as general counsel for large multinational companies and not-for-profit companies, including Aoki Construction Company, Hopkins Real Estate Group, and Fidelity National Financial. Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and his juris doctor degree from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to the aforementioned institutions, he studied at San Diego State University and the University of Sweden, where he received numerous honors and accolades. Scott has been a featured speaker at international business seminars, is a National Champion and All-American triathlete, and speaks Swedish.
Board of Advisors
Anup Chinai
Anup is a seasoned financial management and business planning executive with more than 30 years of experience working for a multinational Fortune 500 company in the United States. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from India, he is particularly passionate about helping the underprivileged in his home country and supports a number of charitable organizations to that end, including SevaChild. In his retirement, he continues to work towards making the world a better place, particularly for the young and destitute.
Lisa Piner
A native of Boston, Lisa Piner has lived in southern California since 1960. Lisa assisted in the operation of a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization that delivered funding for the education and medical relief of needy children in India. In her dual capacity as Assistant Financial Officer and Recording Secretary, she was involved in every aspect of its operation; during her tenure, she was responsible for the disbursement of millions of donated dollars to supportive child aid programs in India. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Lisa’s background in psychology complements her fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She brings her remarkable energy and experience to help guide our vision.
Jeff Bibler
Jeff has been passionate about serving the world’s poor since studying international relations as an undergraduate and volunteering in the inner cities of both Stockton and San Francisco, California in the early 1990s. After earning his M.A. in international relations in 1993, he served as a full-time volunteer in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, providing hospice care to the terminally ill. For five years, Jeff managed sponsorship programs at rural schools in India through the nonprofit organization Trees for Life, and was a member of a groundbreaking vitamin A campaign that reintroduced the knowledge of the moringa tree – with its vitamin A-rich leaves – to rural village families in the Indian states of Allahabad and Orissa, a very successful campaign that has since spread to countries in West Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America. As an educator for over fifteen years, Jeff taught English and video production skills to Indian students in Allahabad and Orissa during his work with Trees For Life. He also founded his own tutoring business in Encinitas, California and is currently a middle school science teacher at King Chavez Academy of Excellence in San Diego. Jeff’s personal passions include tennis, hiking, mentoring youth, meditation and international travel. He lives in Encinitas, where he spends time at the beach when he’s not teaching or carrying out the work of SevaChild.
Deepak Swarup
Deepak Swarup has been part of SevaChild’s advisory board since its inception in 2010; additionally, he served on the board of directors from 2011 to 2013. It was Deepak who originally introduced SevaChild to Vinod Malhotra, the retired Indian Administration Service (IAS) Officer from Delhi who was instrumental in the formation of our Indian affiliate, SevaChild India, and who has served as chairman of that body since 2011. Deepak lives in the Sequoia National Forest, where he is following his vision of creating a retreat destination for spiritual aspirants.
Stephon Litwinczuk
A graduate of Calfornia State University, Los Angeles, Stephon’s professional credits include working with an Academy Award-nominated director as well as Emmy award-winning producers. He is proficient at producing videos that inspire, empower and educate audiences with respect to seeing and BEING the change they want in the world. Stephon has worked with the United Nations, Sierra Club and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center; his further contributions include serving as SevaChild International’s video editor and consultant for the past several years. Stephon is the founder and president of Oneness Media.
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