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RFTS Team

Teremoana
Pinati

Board Chair

Teremoana Pinati is a multi-award-winning sales and marketing executive with over two decades of experience. Her corporate success is complemented by her artistic pursuits, where she is recognized for groundbreaking techniques in abstract photography, leading to exhibitions in prominent art hubs such as New York and California.

As the co-founder of the Cook Islands Arts Council (her place of birth), Teremoana has played a pivotal role in creating a collaborative and supportive haven for local artists. Her guidance has provided a platform for artists to showcase and sell their works, fostering a genuine sense of community. 

Teremoana's dedication to community building extends through her involvement in networking and volunteering, driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of meaningful relationships.

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Ryan 
Lambert,

Incoming Board Member

 Founding partner of Three Buckets Wealth Management with 20 years of experience leading a team of financial professionals. Founder of Infinitis Mindset, providing personal life coaching services for high performing individuals looking to reach their next level. Ryan is married to his soul mate and goes on many adventures around the Earth with her.  He is a Father to three children, and has a handful of dogs and cats. In his spare time  he's an avid rock hounder, car enthusiast, scuba diver and cyclist.

Ryan owns  an astrophotography telescope and is learning the awe-inspiring hobby. He will also be helping at youth camps on certain dates, as well as helping at stargazing events. He plans on sharing cosmic views through his telescope on the West side of Tucson to grow our outreach in that area.

Ryan will be a great addition's RFTS, and aims to accelerate the trajectory towards achieving mission and impact  goals, 

Amanda Barras

Marketing Committee: Graphic Design

Amanda Barras is an Arizona native, originally from Prescott. While still residing in her hometown, Amanda completed her Associate's Degree in Graphic Design, and met her Husband, Daniel. Since then she has spent the last 15 years following Daniel wherever the Army, or government contracts took him. Being a Freelance Graphic Designer allowed Amanda the flexibility to take her work with her wherever needed, while also opening up opportunities. She has worked as a designer and production assistant for print shops, done laser engraving, and vinyl-graphics. Working Freelance has allowed Amanda to remain a stay-at-home Mom for the last 10 years, taking care of their Son, Stone. In 2017, they were able to move back home to Arizona where they landed in Corona de Tucson. Stumbling across a Facebook post of Reach for the Stars, Amanda reached out and has participated in some of the organization's various programs over the last few years.

She is always happy and eager to volunteer for a good cause. Amanda has been lending her time since Middle School, as a member of NJHS, Kiwanis Key Club, then to a “Room-Parent” for her Son's classrooms (Pre-K - 2nd), and now RFTStars Networking and Marketing Committee!

Sandra Johnson

Networking, Outreach Ambassador

Sandra Johnson is an Associate Broker, and Senior Vice President with Indie Realty. Sandra works with her husband, Raymond Smith and daughter Danielle Johnson on the Johnson Smith Team. Sandra has become involved with several local charities and The Arizona Bowl, the only bowl game that donates 100% of their net proceeds to local charities. Connecting people and organizations is one of Sandra’s passions. Reach for the Stars was an immediate standout for her given the passion of founders Kira and Carlos Aragon and the way they serve our community with a focus on helping youth. Sandra has seen the need to invest in our youth and provide opportunities for their growth and there are none more unique or inspiring than RFTS. RFTS has a special place in her heart and you will find her frequently trying to bring awareness to their mission as well as expanding their reach in the community. 

Kira Aragon,

COO, Founder

Kira Reid Carlos Aragon co-created Reach for The Stars with a vision to empower the low-income community, youth and the public through the uplifting power of astronomy, space, and simple acts of kindness. Kira is a Decorated Combat Wounded Warrior and Retired Veteran, a mother to 2 boys and lives with her husband and organization partner, Carlos in Vail, Arizona. Kira has gone to school for Military Intelligence Studies, Social Work and even has a CDA in Early Childhood. Starting this phenomenal RFTS mission was a simple decision. After combating alcoholism, returning to her core value of giving made the most sense for her "purpose."

She has a love for learning, and signs up for as many courses as she can. She believes learning your EQ will take you far in life, she takes on leadership roles withing the community, learns astronomy, and loves building organizational structure and culture. Kira loves to read and when she has time, can get lost in a great mystery. She gives her whole heart to her family and friends, and all of her time, talent and treasure to the mission. She is transparent with her struggles and uses every mistake to gain a better understanding of herself and how to improve. There is no-better person to direct the mission then her.

-Carlos, CEO

 

“Creating an awe-inspiring space for youth to shine.” -Kira

Carlos Aragon, 

CEO, Founder

Carlos is a Retired Veteran, a stepfather to 2 boys and lives with his wife and nonprofit partner, Kira in Tucson Arizona. Carlos was a Combat Talon 2 and Combat Shadow C-130 Aerospace Maintenance Crew Chief in the Air Force allowing him to travel the world and experience many cultures. He became a strong leader while in the 352 Special Operations Group in the United Kingdom (USAFE). He trained in various disciplines leading C-130 troubleshooting and maintenance ops during real-world mission He also stepped up for a Maintenance Operations Command position placing him in-charge of  safety and security of maintenance ops and personnel for the squadron, overseeing multi-million dollar assets. At the same time, he chose to learn and obtain his traumatic first aid) and Instructors certifications, training over 4,600  service members.

One day while performing his duties, he suffered a permanent,  severe injury on the aircraft and was prescribed opiates. Unable to use his body normally, command was forced to medically and honorably retire Carlos out of his last base in Tucson. This unexpected  loss of his career was devastating and he struggled during the transition back to civilian life.​ Through all the pain and depression, he found himself addicted to his prescribed pain killers and in the darkest moment in his life. This quickly led him to lose everything he had, including some of his family.

After some time, Carlos chose to save himself from a path leading to death, and enrolled at the VA treatment facility for veterans going through crisis. After months of dedication, learning and healing, he completely changed his life around. Even after treatment and meeting the love of his life, something was still missing - his purpose. ​He followed in the footsteps of his girlfriend (now wife) and started volunteering and giving back to the homeless community, helping those who went through what he had. Sadly, they were shut down, leaving Kira and Carlos at home with a hole they desired to fill. Then, the stars aligned, and they bought a toy telescope for Urijah, his step-son, and just like that, astronomy inspired, uplifted and enchanted him, and he knew this was something special. Carlos and Kira then made the decision to purchase a higher quality telescope and they began sharing the views at the nearby store. Everyone loved it and smiled, some even wept at the views.  Kira and Carlos both realized that the beauty of the night sky and its stunning objects somehow took their attention away from stress and anxiety, and even depression, leaving only awe. So, they agreed this was the way forward, and dove head-first into astronomy and how to start a nonprofit of their own.

This was the beginning of the unique mission to use astronomy to help people going through hard times.  To this day, both Kira and Carlos look to the stars to find solace and relieve stress, while helping others to do the same.

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