Meet Big Ocean: Ann Takasaki, Chairwoman of the Board

Elizabeth Ann Inouye Takasaki is a third generation Japanese-American born in Richfield, Utah to Buddhist parents. Ann graduated from Brigham Young University with several degrees, including Dance, Psychology, and English and also studied for a graduate degree at UCLA in music therapy. Education is very important to Ann. She served an LDS mission in Sendai, Japan, where she …

Youth in Action: Jessica’s Pillowcases

In 2015, eleven-year-old Jessica Payne’s world was turned upside down by an emergency trip to the hospital resulting in a week-long stay and a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. While there, her nurse told her that she likes to give the patients pillowcases, but they were not receiving enough donations and had run out. This planted …

Sharon Evans: Sharing Her Home and Heart 

Sharon knows how to share. She shared her modest college home with a refugee family from Cambodia. She shared her home in Montana with children from a hospital for mentally handicapped. She has shared homes with foster siblings and foster children and exchange students. She currently shares her home with her husband and her 85-year-old …

Ruth Brasher, “The Teddy Bear Lady”

We asked Ruth Brasher, “The Teddy Bear Lady,” to tell us a bit more about her life and the teddy bears she makes each month for the Children’s Justice Center in Utah County. Although never married, she has a passion for serving the women and children in her community. She knows that “mother” is a verb and …