We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Muraida and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My success in life has been the ability to volunteer and give back, hoping to make a difference in people’s lives by my service. I have been working with non-profits since I was in high school, understanding the value of hard work and dedication to various organizations that need leadership and support. I serve on 5 non-profits currently. I started a non-profit, Exceptional Kids Organization, 20+ years ago offering grants to special. education teachers, and monthly themed dances for over 200 students a month and 500 guests at our annual prom. I am on the board at AHEAD With Horses (AWH), a non-profit equine therapy organization for which my son with cerebral palsy (CP) has ridden for over 27 years. I served for 25 years in PTA, 8 of which I was a president at a school site. I served as CAC board/chair for the SELPA and lobbied for special education funding. My husband and I coach a challenger (special needs) baseball team on which my son participates. I am on 2 boards at my church and am junior past president of El Segundo Auxiliary CHLA (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles). I believe in helping kids and parents strive and achieve a better quality of life for their challenged children. AWH has been successful for over 50 years and I want to help see them grow and prosper with their new ranch. I want to see the EKO grow and develop parent education forums where upon they can learn more to advocate for a better life for their children. I enjoy the challenge and want to call to action other parents and community members to help me reach goals in each of these organizations.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have worked in sales and volunteered in non profits since high school. I’ve spent 25 years in PTA having served 8 years as a president. Work with church and CHLA auxiliary in El Segundo. I currently serve on 6 non profit boards. 27 years ago I discovered little was being done for kids with special needs. I have a son with CP and felt I needed to do something to make his life just as full as my other kids. I started a non profit with a teacher and we provide dances and a prom for 500 kids and parents. We offer scholarships and teacher grants. I, along with my husband, are coaches for a challenger baseball team for special kids. I love to work with the special needs community and pair them with regular Education kids to teach compassion and understanding by mentoring them in a social, non-risk setting. If I can make a difference, I’ve done my job.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I am a great tour guide because I love my city. I’d start with Farmers Market 3rd & Fairfax show them CBS . Grab lunch and on to Hollywood give them time at Chinese Theater and Hollywood Blvd. Then on to Beverly Hills to see the Beverly Hills Hotel and Rodeo Dr and drive around the beautiful homes. Then on to UCLA to see a beautiful LA college. Then on down to Venice to see Muscle Beach. Walk the beach and see Abott Kenny drive. Lots of fine dining there. C and O Italian dinner on Washington Blvd. and see the Venice canals where Little Rascals was filmed. That’s just the first day. Other places I like to show are Huntington Library and gardens, Manhattan Beach walk the strand. Dinner at Simmzes Strand House, Fishbar, Panchos, or Rock and Brews in El Segundo. In California I recommend highway 49 and all the small towns that easily explain California history and a trip into Yosemite, California has a lot to offer and explore.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have worked on the Board of Ahead With Horses 6 years and my son has ridden in this equine therapy program for over 27 years. The inspiration is in seeing the improvement in the physical and emotional state after working with the horses and instructors. This program has helped my son walk and talk and basically have something special to look forward to each week. For a guy with cerebral palsy, this is huge, given kids like him spend so much time just waiting for something to do. My pride and goal is to inspire more parents to involve their kids in this program. I want to help grow the program into their next 50 years. I have worked all my life serving non profits and I hope to help by the experience, leadership and spirit of volunteerism and hope to impart that to a younger generation.