Who We Are Inspired By
The Hazel Jansen Foundation was founded in 2021 by Zelagh Beadell in honor of her grandmother, Hazel Jansen, a mother of 7 who died while giving birth to her twins. With greater social services and community support, Hazel likely could have survived. Hazel Jansen’s journey was a very special one that included incredible strength and determination. We recognize that same strength, perseverance, and resilience in the mothers across our islands. We dedicate our work to the memory and influence of Hazel, a mother whose story survives through our work and impact. The foundation is dedicated to empowering new mothers in Hawaii with scholarships, a customized essential babycare bundle, and trauma-informed resources, creating a positive trajectory for the whole family and aiming to form a sustainable transformation in the cycle of poverty while supporting mothers.
The Hazel Jansen Foundation is a dignity centered non-profit, breaking the cycle of poverty by providing trauma informed resources, babycare essentials, and scholarships for mothers with economic barriers, creating a positive trajectory for the whole family.
Meet the team
Dr. Jennifer Blalock, Special Consultant to the CEO |
Chief Transformation Officer
Jennifer provides consulting to social services agencies, municipal government, and educational institutions. She has spent the last two decades in executive leadership roles, helping build bridges between at hope communities and access to education, opportunity, and collaboration. A mum of one, Jennifer cites her deep commitment to supporting and investing in communities as a driving factor in joining the HJF team.
Rachel Zein, Director of Compassion
After 8 years at executive level in corporate finance, Rachel moved to Kauai, after falling in love with everything it had to offer, she knew she had to give back. She is thrilled to be on the team and can be found connecting with new mamas and babies and facilitating all of our community drops and as a strategic community relations executive.
Jordana Underwood, Director of Analytics
As an Indigenous woman, born and raised on Southern Vancouver Island, Jordana grew up very aware of the suffering and strife that was felt in the world. She couldn’t reconcile this suffering with the teachings of her culture and her traditional worldview. With this in mind, Jordana chose to study International Relations at The University of British Columbia. She became passionate about finding solutions to complex social issues through cultural competence. Jordana is honoured to be supporting the Kingdom of Hawai'i and The Hazel Jansen Foundation as the Director of Analytics.
Meet Our Founder:
Zelagh Beadell, Founder
Starting as a living love letter to the island, Humanitarian Zelagh founded the Hazel Jansen foundation as a way to consciously disseminate maternal and childhood poverty. She considers working with new mums and babies her dharma and loves every moment.