ANAK KO (“My Child” in Filipino”) is named for the founder’s unborn child, Angel Nevaeh Rendón, who was miscarried on Halloween and buried on Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead” in Spanish) 2018. Angel’s family fortunately could afford to pay for her funeral and tombstone at the time, but not all families are blessed with funds for the unexpected — which can cost thousands of dollars (including for babies).
ANAK KO founder, Dr. Elaine Dispo-Rendón, wrote a guide with scripture, stories and activities for those who struggle with coping with losing someone special, especially their own child(ren). *Please be on the lookout for publication soon!*
ANAK KO founder, Dr. Elaine Dispo-Rendón, self-funded the Angel Nevaeh Rendón Memorial Scholarship at her PhD alma mater, Our Lady of the Lake University, for students who also experienced loss, and to help fulfill their potential, like she had hoped her own child would’ve, had s/he been born. The ANAK KO Vision Statement indicates its goal to establish endowments in memory of children, to help future students.
Marigolds represent Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead” in Spanish).🕊ANAK KO co-founder Chef David Rendón planted them at Asia Felina Catalina’s grave the summer after their family’s oldest cat died.🐯When he and ANAK KO co-founder Dr. Elaine Dispo-Rendón did ANAK KO’s very first Pregnancy & Infant Loss (PAIL) Balloon Release on PAIL Remembrance Day, he pointed out how they started to blossom in their Marian garden.🪂By All Souls’ Day, an abundance already had bloomed exponentially.💐Just like these aromatic orange flowers, ANAK KO plans to grow and offer awards to scholars who, like these founders, have lost a loved one and want to make the world, like their garden, a better place.🧡
Bernadette Aniag is the mother of two Earthly children and a Heavenly son, EJ, whose memory of kindness and positivity forever is cherished by her, their family and his friends. EJ had so much to live for, and his mom leads her life to preserve his legacy.
Christine López García is the mom to her Heavenly daughter ~ Savannah Elizabeth (a.k.a. “Mona”) ~ & 2 lively boys, she knows what it’s like to have a baby born & buried way too soon. Her & her family’s faith inspired ANAK KO founder’s family in its losses, as they all honor theirs forever… Christine brings her experience of recording meeting minutes, including when she did them for her & her husband, José’s Engaged Encounter.
Linda Johnson, CPA, wears many hats as a proud mother, grandmother, wife of her Heavenly husband, alumni president and many committee leadership roles. She has led a career in accounting and business that took her all around the world, including Barcelona for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Two of her prides-and-joys include her daughter & son-in-law, who both are Air Force Commanders.
Hector Burnias comes from an influential family in his hometown, which he helped put on the map with both of his restaurants: El Santuario Cocktails & Tacos + Flying Pig Grill & Cantina in Olmito, Texas, where the ANAK KO founder’s husband, David Rendón is Corporate Executive Chef. As a hardworking husband and father, Burnias also has resident dogs and cats around his gastropubs, where he hosts arrays of events, including raising money for food at no-kill animal shelters and awareness of pet adoption needs.
Ida Serna is a happy and humble servant of GOD, plus wife and mother of three children on Earth and two babies in Heaven. She is an educator and chair of her department who she always encourages.
ANAK KO Board-of-Directors will meet virtually on a quarterly basis (four times per year, every three months) — likely on the second Monday every third month, at 5PM Pacific/6PM Mountain/7PM Central time, or at a mutually-agreed time that’ll work for all board members. The Board has an odd amount of members for voting purposes, and each Director’s term is different, to stagger time between elections.
Estrella R. Dispo, RN
Joanne Dispo Cooley, NP MHP