Global Partners In Life

Making A Difference

It is an honor and a privilege for Global Partners In Life to serve the youth of China. Global Partners In Life was formed in 2004, and since then has provided for the educational and humanitarian needs of countless people needing assistance.

Initially, GPIL supported a rural group of orphans that were living with distant family members or local villagers due to a lack of nearby orphanage facilities. As we continued supporting them, we also founded a scholarship at a university, provided medical supplies for the campus infirmary, & provided dictionaries for students.

Throughout multiple teaching engagements, our founder, Beau Sides, was introduced to an independent, non-government run, special needs orphanage. His main draw to the orphanage was its warm and inviting atmosphere.

The children’s needs range from health conditions associated with cleft palate, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy, to severe cardiac concerns. Although the home is small, it radiates with the amazing love the workers have for each child, regardless of their special need.

One of the most touching things to see at the orphanage is how the children that once required almost constant attention are now able to help the new babies. It is also very special to hear all of the children calling the leader, Mom.

Examples

Of Our Accomlishments

  • Paying for several medical procedures, including multiple open heart surgeries.
  • Providing for the orphans food, clothing, school supplies, and school fees.
  • Meeting daily operational expenses of the special needs orphanage.
  • Paying the salary for additional workers & teachers at the special needs orphanage.
  • Paying for remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms at the special needs orphanage.
  • Purchasing a van for the special needs orphanage.

Current Goals

And Further Visions

  • Raise funds for one eye surgery and two cleft palate surgeries that are presently needed.
  • Meet educational needs so children will have marketable skills and become independent.
  • Pay salary for an additional worker at the special needs orphanage.
  • Pay enrollment fees for children who are physically able to go to camp.
  • Purchase a new computer for the facility.
  • Hire an on premise physical therapist.

Meet The People

Who Help Make This Organization Happen

Beau Sides

Founder & President

Beau Sides is the founder & President of Global Partners In Life, a non-profit organization that excels in assisting orphans, including those with special needs, in China with their educational and humanitarian needs. Beau considers the children he has served and gotten to know as his friends, and is honored to be a small part of their lives. He is amazed by how abandoned children with medical issues remain happy, and considers those children his teachers.

Board Of Directors

Meet Our Governing & Advisory Team

Mark Miller

Advisory Board

Mark is a business leader, teacher, and author. As a vice president for one of America’s great organizations, Chick-fil-A, Inc., he is responsible for training and development. He began his Chick-fil-A career in a local restaurant, and has now served on the corporate staff for almost 30 years. He is the author of The Secret Of Teams, The Heart Of Leadership, and Chess Not Checkers. He also co-authored two books with Ken Blanchard, The Secret and Great Leaders Grow.

Alan Reynolds

Advisory Board

Alan attended Clayton State College, and has held positions at the national, regional, and director’s levels. His career has spanned several industries, but mostly he has been involved in sales. Alan has held various leadership roles on multiple Boards of Directors, and he enjoys helping other people. Alan and his wife Patti have two daughters, Morgan and Macy.

Dr. Phillip Swords

Advisory Board

Dr. Swords owns a dental practice and is a graduate of the University of Alabama & the Medical University of South Carolina. He has stayed active in the community, serving as a member of the Central Education Center, Newnan Chamber of Commerce, Newnan City Council, and the ADA. Philip has also served on the boards of Bank of Coweta, Landmark School, The Heritage School, and Kids Kastle Park, which he founded.

Frank Windsor

Advisory Board

Frank joined Rinnai America as the general manager in 2014. Prior to that, he spent 23 years with the Kohler Company, where he most recently held the position of vice president of sales at Plumbing America’s from 2006 to 2014. Frank and his wife Robyn have been married for 24 years and are raising eight children. Frank holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster and a Master’s in business administration from Marquette University.

Tammie Adams

Governing Board

Tammie works for Chick-fil-A in the design and construction department, and is married to Ray Adams. Tammie lives in Senoia, Georgia, and enjoys spending time with her one daughter, one son, two step-daughters, and four grand-daughters. She volunteers for the city of Senoia’s civic programs.

Brenda Clifton

Governing Board

Brenda Clifton has been married to Don Clifton for 45 years. They proudly raised three children, and now have four very dear grand-children. Brenda taught kindergarten and first grade for 38 years, and was a finalist for the Teacher of The Year Award. Brenda has a passion for making a difference in the lives of children. This passion has taken her on many trips to Romania, Russia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Canada, and most recently, China.

Robert Ervin

Governing Board

Robert began his career with Ford Motor Company in 1974 in cost and general accounting. After more than 30 years with Ford, Robert retired as the financial controller. Post retirement, he pursued and earned a Master of Arts & Doctorate Degrees and is currently teaching a variety of subjects. Robert received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Pastoral Ministry from Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary. Robert has served in leadership roles on multiple boards and teams for non-profit organizations.

Mark Lawrence

Governing Board

Mark joined Lendmark Financial in 2013 and now serves as the Chief Information Officer at Lendmark. Prior to Lendmark, he served as CTO/CISO for an Atlanta-based financial services company. He also held technical and management positions with the FAA and U. S. Air Force. Mark graduated from the University of Georgia where he also worked as a staff instructor during postgraduate studies.

David Millican

Governing Board

David joined Chick-fil-A in 2010, and now serves at the director of facilities and equipment. Previously, David was president of Trison Group Inc., a general contractor and consulting firm with offices in Tyrone, Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. David enjoys serving on several boards and is the founding member of Run Club USA. David and his wife, Lori, have three boys.

Leslie Sjurseth

Governing Board

Leslie is married to Jeff Sjurseth. They have three children by birth and three by marriage, as well as two beautiful grand-children. Whether teaching English to refugees, working in orphanages, or raising money for organizations doing valuable work, Leslie enjoys working towards helping those in need. She also has her own international relocation business that helps immigrants settle into their new lives in Houston, Texas.

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