Kris­tenROSS

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Aday in the life of Kris­ten Ross may look pol­ished— shoe shop­ping and Pi­lates classes—but be­neath its ex­te­rior is a real life filled with pick­ing the kids up om school to ar­rive at home—gro­ceries hand, hair in per­fect coif—6-year-old ns­ley and 4-year-old Gra­ham run ahead to eet their fa­ther, Kevin Ross, the pres­i­dent Lynn Uni­ver­sity, as their golden re­triever, lla, leaps for­ward in a friendly greetg. A per­fect vis­ual of the clas­sic Amer­i­can es­tyle, with the friends and the par­ties, the ss fam­ily seem­ingly has it all. How­ever, with a de­gree in phi­los­o­phy from lgate Uni­ver­sity, Ross has a keen sense for e ful­fill­ment. So when her daugh­ter was months old and Ross was work­ing from me, she found her­self strug­gling with the al­ity of be­ing a woman—be­tween rais­ing r chil­dren and pur­su­ing pro­fes­sional am­bins. A stage in life that cre­ates con­flict for any women, Ross found the Ju­nior League Boca Ra­ton at a piv­otal mo­ment in time. n years later and count­ing, Ross has poured r pro­fes­sional drive and pas­sion into volteerism as an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ju­nior ague of Boca Ra­ton (JLBR).

Mama’s Girl

ow­ing in the foot­steps of her Mother, an ac­tive vol­un­teer d full-time mom, Ross strives to live up to her great­est pi­ra­tion.

Milk And Cook­ies

a trip to Chil­dren’s Place at Home Safe, an emer­gency lter and group home for abused and ne­glected chil­dren, ss and fel­low JLBR mem­bers pro­vided the kids with ir night­time snack be­fore bed. In a sit­u­a­tion Ross calls, in­fully ob­vi­ous,” she wit­nessed the af­fec­tion and love that se chil­dren so long­ingly yearn for in life. Be­ing able to vide that se­cu­rity, com­fort and ten­der touch to chil­dren

A Mo­ment To Re­mem­ber

Ross co-founded JLBR C.A.R.E.S. (Care­giver Aware­ness, Re­sources, Ed­u­ca­tion and Sup­port), a project that pro­vides re­sources and sup­port to care­givers of the el­derly.

Color Me Driven

who are not her own was one of her most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ences as a vol­un­teer. An oc­ca­sion that touched her soul, but also broke her heart—it is mo­ments like th­ese that mo­ti­vate Ross to con­tin­u­ally be in­volved. “I just think help­ing oth­ers is im­por­tant, and when some­thing is im­por­tant to you, you make time for it. I also want my chil­dren to know how for­tu­nate they are to have a loving fam­ily, a home, enough food, etc., and to un­der­stand that with their good for­tune comes a re­spon­si­bil­ity to help those who aren’t so lucky.” When asked her great­est value, without hes­i­ta­tion she states, “Fam­ily. My fam­ily has al­ways been my cen­ter, my great­est source of strength. What an ad­van­tage you have in life if you have the con­stant, un­con­di­tional, un­yield­ing love of fam­ily. Pro­vid­ing my chil­dren with a strong fam­ily and mak­ing sure they value it is some­thing at which I work very hard; it’s the great­est gift I can give them.” Through re­al­iza­tion and aware­ness of her fam­ily’s bless­ings, Ross gen­er­ates great con­tri­bu­tion.

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