Farid Srour has risen from modest beginnings in Syria to become a respected businessman and generous philanthropist. Born in the small harbor city of Tartous, Syria, Farid was one of five children born to Hanne and Tannous Srour. After receiving his baccalaureate degree, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon to teach in the Adventist elementary school. He later left for Amman, Jordan where he built the Adventist School of Amman and remained there as headmaster and principal.
He graduated from Washington Missionary College in 1949. In 1955, he began a new career in real estate. He later established the F.S. Peoples’ Realty Company as a private investment real estate company focusing on development of commercial and residential real estate in Montgomery County.
The generosity of others made it possible for Farid Srour to be educated in the United States. Throughout his remarkable career, he has never forgotten those who helped him, especially those connected with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has been a generous contributor to his Church, Washington Adventist University, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Loma Linda University, and Johns Hopkins University. In his words: “I believe all my blessings came from God and I hope, in my small way, I can return those gifts to others.”
Collin Randy Haynes was born in Linden, Guyana, South America. He is the third of four boys and has fond memories of his humble beginnings being raised in a diverse family and community setting. His childhood experiences gave him the aspiration to serve the wellbeing of others. Collin migrated to the United States and attended Columbia Union College. In 2009, he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in General Studies with concentrations in Biochemistry, International Relations and a Pre-medicine track.
After leaving WAU, he enrolled in a Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Global Health at Loma Linda University. There he continued his commitment to service coordinating a newly funded Loma Linda University program for minority youth offering mentorship, volunteer and shadowing opportunities for high school students in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Since graduating from Loma Linda, Collin has worked on various projects in the areas of disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, migrant health, health promotion and education on chronic disease and HIV/AIDS. He has consulted with various civil society, government and UN Organizations in his native country of Guyana and most recently, a member on the team for the preparation of Guyana HIV/AIDS Response Progress Report submitted to UNAIDS in Geneva. HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support programs are his most passionate area of Public Health. Concurrent with his work in Public Health, Collin works as a Healthcare IT Consultant for Loma Linda University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, University of Arizona and University of Michigan in the United States training physicians, surgeons and nurses on using electronic medical recording mechanisms in patient care.