by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Love of Philanthropy

volunteer_lafarga2Tamara Lafarga-Joseph, a 15-year resident of Rancho Santa Fe, has much to boast about. With her graduate work in exercise physiology, Tamara is a trained physical therapist, working with athletes in the field of hydrotherapy. She is also a real estate tycoon, purchasing and frequently managing health clubs, homes, multi-family units, cruise ships, and even Alzheimer’s facilities. But these accomplishments are not what Tamara is most proud of. It is her charitable endeavors.

“It is my honor, responsibility, and privilege to be involved in philanthropic work. I am living my dream, because it is very fulfilling and uplifting,” Tamara exclaimed. She currently serves on numerous charitable boards (Miracle Babies, Vision of Children, and RSF Women’s Fund, to name a few), and has chaired events for other causes (including, but not limited to, the American Lung Association, Helen Woodward Animal Center, and the Foundation for Women).

To help raise funds for the Foundation for Women, Tamara even produced a book called Women’s Witticisms. It is a compilation of quotes from women throughout the world, ages 9 to 91. Tamara commented, “The purpose of the book is to give women hope, inspiration, and strength through the realization that we are here to support one another.”


Name: Tamara Lafarga-Joseph
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Volunteer Affiliation: Vision of Children, Visions Global Empowerment, Miracle Babies, The Country Friends, and RSF Women’s Fund
Profession: Mainly, I am in the business of collecting good memories. Real estate investor and owner on the side.
Family: Husband – Roger Joseph; Children – Crystal Miller, Cherie Mull, J.Kai MacDonald; 11 grandchildren
Hobbies & Interests: Art, dance, nature hikes, anything on/in the water
Favorite Local Spots: Thyme in the Ranch (so cozy), The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe (feels like home), RSF Country Club golf course, hiking the numerous horse trails

volunteer_lafarga3All of Tamara’s good deeds have not gone unnoticed. This April she will be honored for her community service at the 54th Annual Salvation Army Women of Dedication Luncheon. Tamara revealed, “It brought tears to my eyes when I received the notice because, in my opinion, it is one of the greatest honors one could receive. [The Salvation Army’s mission] is based on Christian values and service to those in need with no discrimination to anyone for any reason.”

Other pursuits that Tamara takes pleasure in include art, Latin dance, hiking, snorkeling, cross-country skiing, and spending time with her 11 grandchildren. Tamara is also busy promoting and fine-tuning her concept of 3-D printed homes eventually solving the world’s catastrophic housing issues. But her main passion, and the secret to her always-pleasant demeanor, is her philanthropic work.

Tamara confessed, “I believe that service to others is the key to happiness. When we show kindness to others, serotonin is released and we feel good. So if you want to feel true joy, there is a simple solution: help others. No act of kindness is too small!”