BOARD MEMBERS AND DIRECTORS
Raven has worked in the public school district with special needs students and in group homes. She then began work in City and State government as a District Representative performing case management and acted as a community liaison for elected officials. She has a B.S. in Human Services Management and a Career Diploma in Web Design.
Raven currently owns a small business specializing in business consultation and website design. She is a member of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and has earned the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Her passion for helping others led to the founding of Valley Resource Center.
May Heagy is an Office Manager at Pacific Products & Services in Highland, CA. She is a self-made professional who has been a part of the workforce since she was fourteen. Her job requires her to work closely with government agencies to provide traffic safety products. She has extensive experience working on contracts and bids to city and county municipalities.
May believes in integrity before profit and strives for balance and fairness in both her professional and personal life. Her focus is helping others, a passion that comes from growing up with such a large and diverse family. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, traveling and visiting her family. May currently resides in Riverside County with her seven year old rescue lab/pit mix, Odin.
Christian Pedersen is the managing partner at Ascendance Strategies, a global security and political strategy firm based in Arlington, Virginia. He is also a creative producer with EverDream Cinema, a digital production company in the Inland Empire. Prior to joining Ascendance Strategies, between 2009 and 2014 Mr. Pedersen worked in Legislative offices of the House of Representatives and the California Legislature. Since 2005 he has worked as a political consultant and communications strategist on nearly two dozen political campaigns. Pedersen earned a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University; where he studied International Relations, National Security, and politics. A former fellow of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and the Presidential Scholar from California State University San Marcos, he double majored in Political Science and mass media communications. Following the completion of his undergraduate education, he worked extensively in media production and distribution.
senior ADVISORY TEAM
nykki morris - Senior Advisor - Military Program
Gregg Cowdery - Historian
cathy brice - senior volunteer coordinator
Aileen Blanco - Donation Outreach coordinator
Aileen served in the US Army and was a Navy wife. She works as a bookkeeper and has extensive experience in accounting. She has a BS in Human Science Management and an MA in Adult Education.
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