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Meet The Team

Rose Adams

Founder & CEO

Rose Adams is an art historian and Lecturer of Art History at California State University, Fullerton. Rose was born in Mexico and grew up in Mexico City, moving to the U.S. at age 14. She teaches a wide range of art history and history of architecture classes. She is passionate about diversity, social justice and education. Rose is the founder and director of #CSUFMexArt, a study abroad program in which college students travel to Mexico, to study art, history, culture, education and politics. She believes that some of life’s most important learning takes place outside of the classroom and effectively combines academics with service learning opportunities and cultural exchange for students in Mexico. Rose is the founder of Walls that Unite, a non-profit public benefit corporation that supports education and development initiatives in low-income communities in the United States and abroad. She received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and her Master’s degree from University of California, Riverside. Rose and her husband live in Orange County and are parents of four vivacious girls.

Tim Adams

Founding Board Member

Tim Adams is the principal attorney at Adams & Associates. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in California, in the United States District Courts—Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He has served as an adjunct professor and Associate Director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Pepperdine University School of Law. He is actively involved in educating parents and professionals in presentations and seminars. He has also trained Orange County Superior Court Judges regarding special education law. He has been interviewed and quoted in publications including the Daily Journal, the Orange County Register and the nationally published magazine Parenting.

Tim is an Ambassador for The Autism Community in Action (TACA), an organization that provides support for families living with autism. He has served as an auxiliary Board member for the University of California, Irvine Child Development School and was a founding board member for its successor, The Children’s School. He has also served on the Board of Advisors for an education data startup called Schoolie, Inc., (acquired by Great Schools) an online tool which helps families across the nation make informed choices on K-12 education.

In 2017, he co-founded Walls that Unite, a non-profit organization that provides educational experiences in low-income communities in the United States and Mexico.

Francine Duffy

Founding Board Member

Passionate about photography and storytelling, Francine Duffy joined Walls that Unite as a founding board member. Duffy dedicates her time to capturing compelling images that portray a story in each shoot. Currently based in Escondido, California, her passion strives to make a difference through this world with a focus on women and their empowerment.

Joe Suski

Founding Board Member

Founding Board Member Joe Suski joins Walls that Unite after the impact he felt upon seeing Ojos de Agua. Joe, a healthcare technology investor, advisor, and philanthropist, has been investing in pre-stage biotech companies. As well as his commitment to Walls that Unite, Suski serves as the Vice Chairman of the San Diego Regional Board for Gen Next, an organization dedicated to helping solve the future generation’s upcoming issues. He is also on the advisory board for Confideo, an award-winning innovation consortium focused on identifying emerging trends and advancing technology platforms in health care.

Suski graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology, Marketing, Communications. With 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, he he has focused the last 10 on healthcare technology.

Patrick Duffy

Founding Board Member