Founder Bio

MARI ROTHMAN
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SONSHINE HAVEN


Sonshine Haven – Founder and Chief Executive Officer
. 1991 – Present
Founded in 1991, this organization offers children of all ethnic, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, an on-campus after school Bible classes and several off-campus outreach programs. Classes are open to all students without a fee. Our stories taught from the Bible emphasize moral and ethical values, how to treat people with respect, and how to love and support one another.  Sonshine Haven currently operates in 43 schools with commitment of 350 volunteers. We currently serve over 1,800 children in the community during the school year.  Our on-campus clubs started at one school and continues to expand throughout east and south San Diego county each year.  Club kids are also supported with our off-campus outreach events to teach them that they can have a successful and joy-filled life.  Our other events currently include Life Skills and Cinderella/Cinderfella Day, holiday meals for our club families for Thanksgiving and (our club kids receive gifts of clothing and toys).

Sonshine Haven offices are open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Sonshine Haven has five part-time employees.  We have numerous volunteers that support the administrative, weekly clubs and our other events. Our diverse Board of Directors meets quarterly to discuss  program and financial needs.  The program structure, staff management and business management are my responsibility along with the Board of Directors.  Sonshine Haven is a non-denominational, non-profit organization.

Education, marriage, family and awards

2016 -Cretificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service, Senator Joel Anderson                                                                                                                         2016 – Certificate of Flag Flown for 25 years of dedicated community service, Honorable Duncan Hunter, US Congress                   2016 – Proclamation from Superintendent of Cajon Valley School District, David Miyashiro                                                                                                 2016 – Proclamation from Mayor of El Cajon, Bill Wells                             2015 – Winner of Bridge Builders, Business & Faith Leadership Award                                                                                                                               2008 – Cambridge Who’s Who                                                                                     2005 – Winner of the Channel 10 Leadership Award                                     1969 – Married Michael Rothman and raised four children, Shelby, Travis, Todd and Lindsay

Education
1965 – Monte Vista High School (Honors), President of Girls League, Commissioner of Girls Activities, Speech President, Sweet Heart Queen                                                                                                                                    1966– Bay Vista Beauty College (Full Scholarship)
1967 – Westmont College, Santa Barbara, English and Speech Major (Full Scholarship)