Lynne D. Shelton, Esq. CFE - CEO

Lynne D. Shelton, Esq. is the Chairman of the Board for the Raising a Nation Foundation. Ms. Shelton is also a Texas Attorney, certified in Mediation and as a Franchise Expert in Business Law. Ms. Shelton assisted in starting the RaN Foundation to ensure that children and young adults in developing nations were supported with the empowerment, training and ideals that would lead to a healthy life and eventually a healthy growing nation. Ms. Shelton currently has "dual-residency" between Texas and California where her grandbabies and son & "daugther-in-love" live.

Jacobus "Koos" Basson - Director

Koos was the brainchild of the Foundation. His passion for young adults is contagious to say the least.  Concurrently with his position with RaN, his day job is as the Continent of Africa's Director for Non-profit IMD International. You can visit his IMD Africa website here.

andrea camden - director

Andrea Camden is a Director for Raising a Nation Foundation. Ms. Camden has a very impressive background in World Finance and High Level Project Management skills.


Recently Ms. Camden has branched out and started offering consulting services within the Financial World, utilizing her experience. Ms. Camden is especially interested in assisting and working with third world countries payment and banking options and high tech advantages to bring the less fortunate easier ways to live.

jenifer basson - director

Jenifer Basson is a founding Board Member with Raising a Nation Foundation. Mother of Two natural children, along with being the "mum" to 125 students at the Maruda Christian School keeps Ms. Basson busy. Her and her husband safeguard the souls all over Africa with IMD International Ministries. Locally she strives to help the children receive a better than average education while empowering them to achieve more.

sheryl smith, ccim

Ms. Smith has been in the real estate business since 2003. She started her career in commercial real estate and then transitioned into residential in 2008. Ms. Smith is also a Certified Commercial Investment Manager, and has her own real estate brokerage. She uses her skills to help educate best choices for clients and those she cares about. Sheryl loves spending time with her children and their families, food & wine pairings and is active in her Women Meeting God bible study group.