About the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation

About Bob Ramsey:


In 1958 as a Boy Scout in South Phoenix, Bob was in a small article in Boy’s Life Magazine for initiating an emergency bicycle response team in South Phoenix.  Since this youthful inspiration, Bob has been an active business and community leader for over 40 years, founding companies in a variety of fields: especially in America for EMS, ambulance services and information technology systems.


Bob established Starwest Associates in 1979 to develop and implement new designs models, programs in public/partnerships for EMS services.  Bob led the effort in 1982 to design a new regulatory plan authorizing legislation that would protect the citizens of Arizona while stimulating the growth of a financially viable and more stable emergency responder sector.


Some of the organizations Bob founded were in 1980 Air Med Inc., a transcontinental medical air service, and PM Air, an airfreight company; 1980 founded PMT Ambulance and the Southwest Ambulance companies in 1982 serving over 30 communities in Arizona and California. He also formed companies that provide ambulance service models in California, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Georgia and Colorado.


Throughout the United States, Bob pioneered, designed, and implemented many EMS in effect with various municipalities across the nation for dedicated 911 emergency ambulance services.  He has been honored as a father of modern ambulance service and public/private partnerships.


About Jenny Norton:


As an ordained minister and endorsed chaplain, Jenny serves her denomination as an Associate Minister of Social Justice, as well as the senior Chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital. Jenny (Rev. Jenny Norton) has also been denominationally endorsed as a prison chaplain and hospital chaplain where she served for 18 years as the Auxiliary Chaplain for the Arizona State Department of Corrections.


A graduate of Arizona State University (SCL) and of Fuller Theological Seminary, Jenny, whose career has been in public affairs and community service, also served our state in the late 80’s as an Arizona State Representative, where she sponsored legislation to authorize an industrial tax credit for child and adult daycare, to mandate use of clean fuels, to create corrections programs of home arrest and youthful offender program, and to rewrite the state’s energy policy, as well as to authorize ground water recharge. A reporter from The Arizona Republic, Steve Yozwiak, wrote, referring to Jenny’s purchase and use of an electric-powered car during the seventies and eighties, that “State Rep. Jenny Norton has always been a little ahead of her time.”  The Phoenix Gazette reporter, Richard de Uriarte, agreed about her environmental activism, writing “within weeks she has become chief advocate of clean-burning fuels and groundwater recharge.” Jenny also has served her City since 1984 as a Member of the City of Tempe Industrial Development Authority Board, a mayoral appointment.  She is a decades long volunteer and Board Member of the Tempe Community Action Agency of Tempe.


About Bob and Jenny:


Decades ago, Jenny and Bob formed a social justice based community services foundation to provide grants and financial assistance to under represented communities as well as, in support of global health care projects and to provide assistance for education and training.


Jenny and Bob oversee charitable work and engage in ministry for global sustainability and affordable housing for those in need, as well as prioritizing areas of care for women and children, particularly to at-risk and vulnerable populations.