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Laurie Ender is the current president of the Board of Directors for Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley. She joined the board shortly before the program began operations in June of 2011 and has become a vocal advocate for homeless children and families.
Ender’s community service experience is extensive. She has been the Santa Clarita Valley Council PTA president, a member of the board of directors of the YMCA and part of the advisory council for the Child and Family Center. Ender was also a five-year member of the City of Santa Clarita’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission and served for a term on the City Council where she was also Mayor. She is a self-proclaimed cheerleader for the Santa Clarita Valley and maintains a passion for community collaboration and volunteerism.
After graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Ender worked as a producer for many years at both “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood.” She and her husband, Chris, have three sons and have lived in Santa Clarita since 1992.
Mike is Vice President and Co-Owner of EFBE Inc. Founded in 2010, EFBE Inc. owns and operates seven e-commerce websites specializing in backyard related items, with a specialty in swimming pools. They have shipping warehouses in Ontario, CA and Nashville, TN, call centers in US and Mexico and ship worldwide daily. In addition, EFBE Inc, provides installation and service on the products it sells in the SoCal area under the name Pool Supply Unlimited. Mike also serves as Co-Lay Leader of the United Methodist Church of Valencia. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Phoenix.
Diane McGrory has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley with her husband for 19 years, and been a reliable volunteer for several organizations. Diane graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in communications. Diane has been employed as a book keeper on and off for the past 8 years. Diane has two daughters, two sons, a daughter in law and an adorable granddaughter. Diane is a passionate volunteer and was even recognized as one of five finalists as Volunteer of The Year in Los Angeles County in 2007.
Dee Dee has been supporting the very near and dear mission of Family Promise as an executive board member for the past two years. As a mother to a wonderful daughter and a SCV resident for the past 24 years, Dee Dee has been very active in the lives of the children the valley from PTA President at Helmers Elementary to PTSA President at Rio Norte Junior High, and the Director of Membership for the SCV Council PTA. She was also a member of the Parent Communications Council at the Hart School District. Venturing in to city planning, she was a member of the SCV Planning Commission for four years.
Amber and her husband, Kenny, produce the Red Bull Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix. Locally, she produced the Over the Hump Mountain Bike Race series at Castaic Lake. Amber has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for most of her life, attending elementary school, junior high, high school and COC before moving on to UCLA. Raising her family here, she volunteered in all the schools as her children progressed through them. Amber has co-chaired Family Promise’s Box City event for the past three years.
Jerrid oversees a variety of projects in the City Manager’s Office, as Administrative Analyst; however, his primary role for the City is managing public safety services and issues in the City of Santa Clarita. Most recently Jerrid has become the City’s lead point of contact for local homeless issues. Jerrid began his professional career with the City in 2012 as a Recreation Coordinator and Program Specialist in the Youth Sports office and went on in early 2015 to worked for the City Manager’s Office as a Communications Specialist. Jerrid received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Master in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
The Reverend Melissa Roux MacKinnon is a native Southern Californian, born and raised in Glendale, California. She attended Herbert Hoover High School where she met her husband David. Melissa and David were married in 1991 and now have two sons.
Melissa received her BA degree in psychology from Cal State University Bakersfield in 1990. She had a short career working in the mental health field before hearing the call to ordained ministry. In 1999 she graduated with her Master of Divinity from The Divinity School at Duke University and was ordained a Deacon in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Then in 2002, Melissa and Dave had the opportunity to move home and serve at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Arcadia, California. Melissa has been appointed to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church as an associate pastor in July of 2002. In July of 2010 she was appointed as Lead Pastor of Santa Clarita UMC.
Stephenie Freeman is excited to be serving Family Promise as one of the newest board members. Stephenie moved to Santa Clarita in 2006 along with her husband, Derek, and their two sons. She has been an active member of the community volunteering at her church as well as each of her children’s schools, serving on PTA Executive Board at Tesoro Elementary as Volunteer Coordinator and Vice President. She also worked at Real Life Church as the Children’s Ministry Volunteer Coordinator and Student Ministry Assistant, wrote a weekly humor column, Mama Wants More, which appeared in the Sunday Constitution in Lawton, Oklahoma and also on Disney’s website, Family.com. She is currently a consultant for Beautycounter, a safer skincare company out of Santa Monica. Originally from Oklahoma, Stephenie earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma and was an elementary school teacher prior to their move to California.