Roxanna Margaret Todd was born in 1915 in Minnesota, she married Tom Hodges in 1940 and they were married for 34 years until his passing. In her healthy years Roxanna was a community leader, volunteering her time with Soropotomist Club International, Assistance League in Santa Monica, and PEO, Santa Monica. She helped the YWCA in Santa Monica and was always giving time at her church. Roxanna suffered several strokes, her first in 1995, and the last one in 2005 leaving her confined to her bed. Her understanding of the critical need for Stroke “brain attack” awareness and treatment advances led her to establish the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation. Her last words spoken were “Strike out Stroke wherever you can”. This is what her Foundation is doing today with monthly seminars and screenings.
Deborah Massaglia is the President and Trustee of the Foundation. She has been a personal friend of Roxanna since 1994. Over the years she has helped Roxanna develop the Foundation and now runs the day to day operations. She and Roxanna started working with the Stroke Association of Southern California in 1996. Deborah was instrumental in planning the first of many community Stroke Awareness Programs that consist of Stroke Warning Signs and Stroke Screenings. Over the years she has been amazed as to how much the public wants and needs more information on Stroke and Stroke Awareness. She will continue her efforts to teach the public on the sign and symptoms of Stroke.
Alyson Peterson has been employed through RTH Management Company, LLC, for over five years. Alyson is a licensed Real Estate Agent and a graduate of Long Beach City College Nursing School . She supervises commercial property in the Los Angeles area for RTH Management. Alyson has become very fond of Roxanna over the years, and has recently devoted some of her time to the RTH foundation as well. Alyson is dedicated to helping Roxanna and her foundation with helping others who have suffered from Stroke.
Joanne Massaglia has been employed with Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation for over seven years. She is the Foundation Office Manager and is the friendly voice with an extra warm heart that assists the attendees through the seminar process. Joanne initiates the publicity for the community for all foundation events. She supports the foundation and the lives that the foundation helps to save.
Janet French has been the manager of the OC Stroke Association and Support Group for 3 years. She assists with seminars and community education events. Janet was a manger at First Federal Bank for over 17 years in Culver City, CA. She wanted to move back to Orange County; to be where she grew up. Janet loves getting to work at our Association office each day, and will assist you with Support Group information and invite you to visit our Stroke Education Resource Room.