HISTORY OF FOUNDATION

Members of the board of directors of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation and its advisors were carefully selected to provide a solid foundation for the organization’s development and growth. The Foundation’s leadership, its directors and advisors, have comprehensive experience that includes business, finance, administration, and health care. Underlying the group’s overall experience, each member of the Foundation’s leadership possesses a strong connection to Noah Homes and its residents as well as a desire to see Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation reach its goal – providing funding to sustain Noah Homes in perpetuity.

About Walter Fitch III

WALTER FITCH III

Walter Fitch, III, was a long-time La Jolla resident with roots in Coronado, an alumnus of Stanford and Harvard Business School, a pilot for Pan Am, and credited as a founder of Texas Oil & Gas Corp., to name just a few of his major achievements.

Walter Fitch, III was a pillar of the community – pillar of several communities, in fact, although some were more aware of his support than others, Walter had an angel like spirit, as well as the business acumen that allowed him to put his money where his heart lay. Associations and organizations all over the greater San Diego area can attest to Walter Fitch’s generosity and dedication. Besides the building and acknowledgements in the documents Walter left behind, acknowledgements of gifts that Walter gave without public recognition. His paper legacy includes two letters of appreciations from Mother Teresa – Letters from a saint to an angel.

We refer to Walter Fitch, III, as the first angel of Noah Homes and the inspiration for Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation not simply because of his financial support, but because of his involvement with Noah Homes and its residents. He did not just donate money to Noah Homes, he got involved. Walter took part in governing Noah Homes through participation on the board, and took part in the family of Noah Homes through interacting with its residents. Walter referred to the residents as “the children he never had”. He attended numerous birthday celebrations, plays, and other events and even took the residents of Noah Homes on vacation, to Lourdes, France.

Walter Fitch, III, left a grand legacy to Noah Homes, in financial terms, and in love. Walter dined with European royalty and held counsel with the highest echelons of business and government, yet he felt most comfortable in his favorite place, with his favorite people; the Noah Homes community. Noah Homes will never forget Walter Fitch, III, and Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation will ensure that his legacy endures.

Walter Fitch, III, left a grand legacy to Noah Homes, in financial terms, and in love. Walter dined with European royalty and held counsel with the highest echelons of business and government, yet he felt most comfortable in his favorite place, with his favorite people; the Noah Homes community. Noah Homes will never forget Walter Fitch, III, and Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation will ensure that his legacy endures.

About Peter J. Ferrantelli

PETER J. FERRANTELLI

Peter Ferrantelli is a retired businessman, a San Diego native with public service activities and ties to the developmentally disabled community that span over forty years. Peter is one of the founders of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation and serves as its board chair because he believes in Noah Homes and wants to preserve the community for his son, a current resident, and for all of the sons and daughters who are part of the Noah Homes family. He has experience with individuals with special needs, gained as both parent and grandparent. In addition to his hands-on experience, Peter has served on the boards of several organizations that focus on providing education and services for individuals with special needs including St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and Friends of Handicapped Children, as well as two terms on the board of Noah Homes, Inc. He has also served on the board of University of San Diego High School (now called Cathedral High), and served for one year in an advisory capacity for Community Options.