We aim to transform lives and communities by interrupting cycles of neglect, abuse and abandonment of children in the foster care system. We fulfill our mission by providing an array of programs, all directed toward changing the trajectory of young lives which usually include a combination of academic failure, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, homelessness, and incarceration.
Director of International Programs
Director of Public Relations & Special Events
Liaison to Directors
Liaison to Directors
Ambassador, Great Lakes Region
Ambassador, New England Region
Ambassadors, Pacific Region
Tina and Larry Stealey
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CEO, Colbi Technologies, Inc.
Director of Sales Western U.S., Broadcom
Rebecca Neal Captain
Managing Partner, Avant Advisory Group
COO, Power Plus
Founder and CEO, SC Capital Partners, Inc.
General Manager, for Omnific Advertising, Inc.
CEO, Million Dollar Baby Co.
President, United Access
Sandy Cook-Fong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska
Managing Director – Head of US Consumer Lending Sales, Citi
Royal Family KIDS Audit & Finance Committee Members:
Gunnar Gustafson, Chair; Jim Davidson, CPA; Mike Lang; Paul Martin; Tony Choi, CPA
In 1985, an assistant pastor named Wayne Tesch and his wife, Diane, saw a need to provide hope to local foster children in Costa Mesa, California. They created a week-long summer camp held in the mountains, the “cathedral of the outdoors,” in order to create moments that matter for foster children ages 6-12.
After the first five years of hosting camps through their church, the Tesches realized the need was in every county in the U.S.
They also realized it was possible to launch RFKC as a countrywide organization. So in 1990, Wayne left his position at the church to become CEO of the new charity. Diane joined him and brought her organizational skills and experience in franchising from the for-profit world, and together, they launched Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc.
From 1990 to 2008, the organization steadily grew, serving more and more children each year and equipping more lay leaders from churches around the world to be able to serve children in foster care. Royal Family KIDS refined its training program and learned how to franchise its model so that its ultimate mission — to serve every foster child, ages 6-12 — would be possible.
In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year mentoring program called “Royal Friends Club,” headed by Joanne Feldmeth, the former Executive Director for Child SHARE.
In 2018 Royal Family KIDS served over 9,872 children in 242 camps in 43 states and 7 international countries.
93 college kids changed their course of study to social services due to RFK service. We also had 2,651,391 total volunteer hours.