Who We Are
Luke and his family are members of High Desert Church. Being the godly man that he is, Luke shows compassion and love to his Oikos, especially in times of need.
Luke is a family man who enjoys spending his time off with his Beautiful wife and 2 children. When they aren’t relaxing at home you can find them on the baseball and football fields.
Luke Gaytan is a Sergeant with the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department. He has served his community for 15 years, most of which has been in the high desert. Luke knew at the young age of 4 his calling was in Law Enforcement.
Curtis is a realtor here in the High Desert with Coldwell Banker Home Source and has been a resident of the Victor Valley for about 15 years.
Born and raised in Orange County, he spent many of his early years here in the high desert riding dirt bikes, hunting and camping. So it only made sense that he eventually relocated here.
Curtis is a father and a grandfather and loves spending time with family and friends. He especially loves spending time with his girlfriend Jennifer Hernandez.
He has been an avid supporter of local charities over the years and is looking forward to making a significant contribution to the Phoenix Foundation with his participation in the 2018 Man About Town Competition.
From jumpstarting vehicles to handling broken down cars, from donating his own time, to delivering
Christmas to local children’s hospitals, Mr. Kelley is known for assisting those who need help. He started
Kelley’s Towing in 2011 and is growing strong. He has five children, two step children and lovely long-
term girlfriend Leticia. The “Dynamic Duo” are often seen together delivering goodies to those in need,
coordinating events to help the community, or unlocking vehicles out in the cold. Rain or shine, Chris
Kelley is there to support his community.
My family moved to Hesperia when I was five years old. After graduating from Sulatana High School in 2000, I left the desert to pursue a career in hospitality.
My family started Mile High Cafe roughly 14 years ago. While I was in San Diego, working at a major resort as a special event coordinator and beverage director, in 2016, my family ask me to move back home and help run the family business. With great pleasure, I returned to Hesperia to maintain that my family's restaurant remains one of the staple cafes in the desert.
We recently moved locations from the Hesperia Airport to Old Town Hesperia. I am proudly the General Manager at Mile High Cafe. It is with great pleasure I am able to give back to the community and support such a great foundation.
It was truly one of the most difficult days of my life. On the predawn morning of September 13th, 2012, I arrived at the scene just moments after 14 year old Jarod was struck by a vehicle on his way to school. Moments felt like hours…he did not survive his injuries. To this day I try to avoid those memories. I did not know the young man or his family, but I carry a lasting impression of that terrible event. That day I saw firsthand how the sudden death of a child so deeply impacts a family.
The Phoenix Foundation helps families when they experience the tragic, unexpected loss of a child. They have asked me to participate in their annual Man About Town event which I think of as a type of popularity contest, definitely not sewage related. We are all asked to do things that we may not want to do. For me, they typically involve social functions. If it relates to sewage no problem, right there in my comfort zone, otherwise not so much. Therefore I am going to try to talk about Jarod, even after all these years later the pain is palpable and immediate. Please help me honor his memory and help other families that have lost or will lose their precious children unexpectedly. I think his mother summed it up best when she wrote:
Little did we know that Wednesday September 12th, 2012 would be our last night together as a family. We had no idea that those would be our last memories, our last dinner, our last argument, our last everything. We had no idea that the next morning God would call Jarod home.
In life there is no rewind or pause button. There is only a play button. We don't get to go back and redo anything. These past four years have been the most painful times of my life, but they have also been the years in which I have grown the most. I am not, nor will ever be perfect, but Jarod's passing taught me a lot about what is truly important in life...the important things in life are not the fancy cars, big houses and money. The important things in life are the memories and the legacy you leave behind.
Please honor our communities lost children by voting for one of the candidates and donate.
Sam Pulice is the owner of Mojave Printing Solutions in Victorville CA. He brings more than 28 years of printing experience to his business. He is passionate about marketing, and the management of print as a means of communication, and integration, in today’s digital environment. Last year, the company rebranded itself to broaden the products and service offerings, becoming an invaluable resource for the fastest growing companies in the High Desert, and beyond.
Sam has three adult children, Matthew, AJ and Tori. They are the light of his life! I love to watch my kids go after their own goals, especially while experiencing such extraordinary circumstances in their lives. We know that Mom is watching, proudly. Sam is an active member of The Rotary Club of Apple Valley and is a facilitator with the Interact Club at Apple Valley High School. Working with kids and young adults to develop leadership skills has always been a high priority. Sam is an avid cyclist and snow skier and loves to put toes in the sand in Carlsbad as much as possible.
John Rader has more than 30 years of business development, marketing and public relations experience in the fitness, healthcare and automotive aftermarket/racing industries. For the past 20 years, he has been responsible for Barstow Community Hospital’s (BCH) business development, marketing and public relations. For seven of those years, he concurrently worked as the City of Barstow’s Public Information Officer (2002 – 2009). Prior to his work at BCH, John was the Vice President of Marketing for the American Council on Exercise in San Diego and was the Marketing Director for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (the SEMA Show, annual automotive aftermarket trade show in Las Vegas) for 8 years.
During his employment period in Barstow, John has been committed to making Barstow a better place to live, work and play. He has been very active in supporting the community through his volunteer work and financial support of community non-profits.
John was a member of the Rotary Club of Barstow for 15 years. During his Rotary involvement, john served as their president and spearheaded the club’s construction of the community’s gateway sign at Rotary Park and the “Drive Safely” signs located throughout the community near schools and parks. For his efforts, he was named the Rotarian of the Year in 2005. In April 2018, John has agreed to be “roasted” in the Rotary club’s fundraising event.
John has volunteered during the past 20 years for various American Cancer Society’s Barstow-area fundraisers, including chairing their “Daffodil Days” fundraisers for several years; helping the committee start the Relay for Life event in Barstow after participating in the Victorville event the prior year; and being recognized as the top fundraiser in the American Cancer Society’s inaugural “Real Men Wear Pink of the High Desert” campaign in 2017.
John has been a big advocate for community wellness. In partnership with Fitness MD 24-7 Gym, John and the gym’s owner Kris Okamuro has organized the “Lose to Win” weight-loss challenge that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day each summer for the past 9 years. In addition, John has organized the “Barstow Walks Around the World” pedometer challenges with the gym; was a committee member on the first Mud Run in Barstow held at the Veterans Home and college; and had the fitness path constructed when the new Barstow Community Hospital was built in 2012.
John has served in various capacities with the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce, including several stints on their board of directors, fundraising committees and economic development committee. John was with the core group that started the original Main Street USA car show on Route 66. In 2010, John was named “Barstow Man of the Year” and “Man of Continuous Service” in 2017 through the annual Barstow Community Recognition Awards.
John graduated with a BA in English from California State University, Long Beach. He has three girls and two boys all in college or recently graduated from college.
Stuart Carter Young is the owner of SAY Marketing and Promotions.
Stuart earned his Masters Degree in Social Work in 1988 for Atlanta University
He worked 25 years in the County of San Bernardino as a Supervisor for Children and Family Services and as a Training Supervisor for the Performance Education and Resource Center.
He is a Bible Study leader for fifth graders at High Desert Church.
Small Group Bible study leader
Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Works with them to raise money for their GLG Educational Foundation
Scholarship committee member for both the Adelanto and Victorville Chamber of Commerce Board Member for the Adelanto Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador for the Victorville Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Clark-Atlanta University Alumni Association
Married to the Beautiful and talented Angela L. Young, father of 5 adult children and 9 grandchildren.
Interesting facts: Black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Graduate of the Management Leadership Academy for San Bernardino County, trained workshop facilitator and trainer, Trained Advertising Specialist. Love Motor Cycles, Fishing, grilling and ocean cruises.
Having worked in child welfare for over 25 years, I know first hand that the impact of a sudden loss of a close family member can have on people, especially children. The Phoenix Foundation helps children and families navigate through that grieving process through support and removing obstacles that overwhelm families.