"A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of sea stars had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each sea star, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. The little girl knew that the sea star would die if they stayed out of the water too long. The tide was going out and the midday sun was warm so the little girl worked quickly moving from one sea star to another.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these sea stars. You can’t begin to make a difference!” The girl was saddened by his words and stopped. She looked up and down the beach with all the sea stars on it. After a few moments, she bent down, picked up another sea star, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!” The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing sea stars back into the sea. Soon others joined, and countless sea stars were saved."
It can be overwhelming to think of all the changes that need to be made in this world, but if we can help one sea star, one animal, one neighborhood, one child at a time we can make a difference and it will inspire more people to join in.
Who we are
A team made up of compassionate change makers. We know that we cannot save the world, but each and every little effort made by doing, educating, and inspiring, we can make progress.
Erin Rogers is the Founder and Executive Director of One Sea Star. With a professional background in management and service, and certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, Erin found her path for giving back. Raised in Santa Monica and always having a passion for helping animals, NOT littering, and working with kids, it only made sense to share her enthusiasm with the community she loves so that others can share in the joy. Having had wonderful, inspiring mentors through work and over 20 years volunteering with local animal rescues, environmental organizations, with local youth programs, Erin realized she could combine her experiences and pay it forward. Knowing she can't fix the whole world hasn't stopped her and she has immense gratitude in being able to devote her time creating and running this organization to help inspire others to work together to try.
Lollie Ragana taught in the English Department of California State University, Los Angeles for 20 years, where she taught critical thinking and writing classes, teaching her students how to become advocates for animal rights and environmental issues. She also worked with Heal the Bay, inviting them to speak to her classes and led her students in a beach cleanup three times a year. As a board member for United Hope for Animals, she volunteered at county shelters, helping dogs and cats find loving homes and introducing her students to the plight of shelter animals.
Charlie Rogers is the big brother and supporter of Erin and her service life. He has dedicated himself to the LA based, family owned and operated, Laemmle Theatres for over 20 years and has also been a long time volunteer for the Collins & Katz Family Y. More recently he found his path to reducing his plastic use and finding more sustainable ways to live. Charlie is a caring and compassionate human that is happy to be part of this team to help the mission of educating and empowering our communities to grow.
Bob Sykes is an award-winning video producer of documentaries. He is a founding board member, Treasurer, and Logistics Coordinator for the Loloma Foundation’s medical and educational missions, and he also manages the Foundation’s website and public relations activities. Formed in 2001 the Loloma Foundation’s mission is to provide sustainable medical, dental and infrastructure support to rural communities in the South Pacific who would otherwise have no access to basic
healthcare. To date the foundation has provided services to well over 100,000 friends in 150 Fijian and Solomon Island