MEET THE BOARD
Selena Martin was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois in Chicago. Entrepreneur & Humanitarian, Selena has devoted her life to helping adults, children, and animals in need. She has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including 25 + years of coaching experience. From 2015 to April 2020, she resided in Arlington, Texas where she worked as a substitute teacher at Children's University and was the founder and owner of Dogs Love Me Too, a dog sitting service. For the past five years, she has donated hundreds of Bags of Love to the homeless and to shelters and has made donations to the Samaritan House, Birthday Brigade, St. Jude, and the All Church Home. While in Texas, she also partnered with several other nonprofit organizations before relocating to Iowa in April of 2020 to start the Help, Hope, and Love Foundation. She founded the Help, Hope, & Love Foundation from a past organization she started known as God's Helping Hands. At one point, God's Helping Hands donated over $10,000 of toys, clothes, coats, and shoes in one year in the Chicagoland area. She loves giving back and working with families, children, and animals. She is a proud philanthropist and aspires to one day give millions of dollars back to those in need around the world.
Selena E. Martin
President / CEO
Aamir Walton is the Philanthropic Inspirator seeking to inspire philanthropy in every individual and organization he encounters. Aamir believes that everyone wants to make an impact and that they just need the opportunity to do so. Aamir has lived in Iowa now for 9 years. He arrived in 2011 to attend Grinnell College where he received his BA in Sociology and he's recently received his MA in public administration with an emphasis in executive leadership from Drake University. He currently serves the University of Iowa Center for Advancement as an Associate Director of Development.
He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills in philanthropy because he helps philanthropists get everything that they want by marrying their passions with the institutions or organization's mission. He has had a successful career in fundraising serving in a variety of settings. His work is now a calling and not a job as he's on a mission to inspire philanthropy.
Executive Director/Fundraising Chair
With us since our founding, Robin graduated from Grinnell College in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is a Research Assistant in a Child Psychology Lab at the University of Iowa. She is married and has two small children, ages 4 and 6 years old. She has a passion for helping and supporting parents and children. She is passionate about financial literacy and discipline. She completed Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey and has implemented the techniques and continues to execute a detailed budget and financial goal systems. She also worked as a bookkeeper for a non-profit organization. Additionally, in her spare time, she volunteers to help others understand the importance of financial discipline and helps them prepare their budgets. She is excited to use her passion for helping families paired with her financial knowledge and discipline to help the foundation meet the needs of others.
Special Tribute to our former Vice President:
We'd like to pay tribute to Frank H. Martin, the former Vice President of the Help, Hope, and Love Foundation. He passed away on August 18, 2022, after a battling heart and kidney failure. Frank worked alongside his wife Selena to help people and give back to his community across several states, almost 20 years before the start of the Foundation. Even while he faced health challenges of his own, he was intentional about serving others. As the Vice President for over 2 years, he led by example. He would regularly go into the community to distribute meals to people in need, delivery supplies and furniture to families, and even give out Bags of Love to the homeless. He knew that he was blessed and as a result wanted to be a blessing to others. Frank will forever be remembered, and his impact will continue to live on.
Frank H. Martin
Former Vice President