BOARD PRESIDENT | CEO AND FOUNDER
My name is Judy Haddad, and I am the mother of Ilan Hurtado, in whose memory 5 Purple Oranges was founded. Ilan and I were incredibly fortunate in that he was able to explore and learn what he chose either through free programs or through scholarships and financial aid. I am fortunate in being in a position now to be able to help other children become more well-rounded individuals while keeping my son’s legacy alive. As a former children’s librarian and museum educator, I have a strong background in educational and aspirational programs for children, and I hope to help guide the organization in choosing programs that will successfully achieve our mission.
I am a former elementary teacher, teaching in Highland Park, IL, Durham, NC and Amman, Jordan. I hold a Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently the owner of OhLardy.com, a healthy lifestyle website. I have over 100,000 unique monthly visitors to my Oh Lardy website where people learn how to detox their lifestyles in a variety of ways. I am also the author of 4 e-books on a variety of healthy lifestyle topics. In addition to my website, I serve as an Essential Oil Educator with Young Living Essential Oils. I help educate, support and empower an ever-growing team of over 1,200 people around the world lead healthier lives with essential oils and learn how to build businesses and a freedom lifestyle. I have served on various boards over the past 15 years…President of the Friends of the Lake Bluff Library, President of the Wineberry Homeowner’s Association and am currently serving as a member of the board of the Montessori School of Lake Forest.
I am a native of Jamestown, Rhode Island. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. I live with my husband, David, and our two boys, Phalen and Finn, in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was an Early Childhood Educator for 10 years before leaving my professional life of teaching behind me to homeschool my two sons. I still enjoy teaching other people’s children through co-op opportunities and I support our local school system through their PTA efforts and fundraisers whenever possible. I have served in multiple volunteer roles for my alma mater, in both fundraising and alumni engagement. I am also an International Volunteer for Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and served as Chapter Adviser for my collegiate chapter from 2013-2017 and currently serve our philanthropic branch as a member of the Scholarship Committee of the AOII Foundation. Professionally, I work as the Web Content and Communications Director for MF Smith Associates and I am the Southeastern Sales Representative for Rooster Sailboats. In my spare time, I educate on reducing toxins and increasing healthy living habits.
I am a Senior Marketing Manager for Benjamin Moore & Co., a unit of Berkshire Hathaway, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. I have over 7 years’ experience in the paint industry. In my current role, I work with the field marketing team to implement retail marketing programs across North America.
Prior to Benjamin Moore, I worked agency sided on the Toyota Scion and AT&T media accounts. I graduated from Marywood University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Advertising. I also obtained my Master’s Degree in Media Management from Marywood University. I volunteer for the NJ Chapter for the National Ovarian Cancer. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting and crocheting.
My name is Carolyn Haddad. Ilan was my grandson. I was so blessed to have him in my life. I never particularly cared whether or not I had grandchildren until I held him in my arms after he was born. It was love at first sight, at first touch, at first snuggle. He was a joyous individual, and it is my pleasure to join a board dedicated to giving to other children the same sense of delight in the world he had.