Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lance O'Keefe

President

Lance is the current president of the Board of Directors for Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley. He joined the board in 2017, and has been volunteering for Family Promise since 2015. Lance has worked for the City of Santa Clarita in a variety of roles since 2001 and is currently in the Recreation and Community Services Department as a Management Analyst. In this role, he is responsible for the department’s budget creation and oversight, contract management, and community and staff engagement. Lance has over 15 years of experience in youth and adult community program development, implementation, and evaluation. Lance has been a resident of Santa Clarita for over 20 years and is raising his two daughters with his wife Kelly. Lance received his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Tourism Management and a Master in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management from California State University, Northridge.

 

Kieran Wong

Vice President

Kieran Wong is a financial professional with Prosperitas. He holds Securities 7, 66 & SEI licenses and has taken specialized courses in various areas of the planning process.

Kieran specializes in understanding the complete picture of his client’s lives and then constructing comprehensive customized portfolios, which address those needs and anticipates any future concerns. His passion is to help his clients determine what their dreams are, develop an action plan and ultimately achieve them.

Kieran has been a resident of Santa Clarita since 1999 and is a leader in the community as a City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioner. He hopes to get more involved with the local city council in the near future to strengthen the leadership and continue to contribute to the future growth of Santa Clarita.

He has always been active in the community, as a board member of Family Promise Santa Clarita Valley, president of the JCI Santa Clarita, founder of the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund and recipient of the Outstanding Young Californian Award in 2003. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13, one of the youngest on record in the history of the Boy Scouts.

Kieran is an avid triathlete and participates in races around the country. He and his wife, Stacey, have four young daughters – Kylie, Isla, Téah and Reece.

Amber Alexander

Board Member

Amber has been involved with Family Promise since its inception and has co-chaired Family Promise’s Box City event for the past 7 years. Amber is office manager at her husband, Kenny’s, business, Fasthouse, in the Santa Clarita Valley. Fasthouse is rapidly rising in the ranks of motorcycle gear and apparel, currently selling their brand worldwide and producing prominently featured videos of their riders on social media and the web. Amber and Kenny produce the Red Bull Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix, a 3-day event in Southern California held on every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 20 years. Locally, she produced the Over the Hump Mountain Bike Race series at Castaic Lake. Amber has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1971 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.

Ray Carlson

Ray has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 35 years. He and his wife Jill make their home in Stevenson Ranch. They have raised three children: Crista, Chad and Caylene and are grandparents to eight! Both Ray and Jill are very active with their church, volunteering in the community and spending time with their family. 

Ray is an attorney and has practiced in Valencia for 30 years. Ray and his entire family have committed their lived to helping other improve theirs. Family Promise is a wonderful opportunity for them to give back to their community, 

Laurie Ender

Board Member

Laurie Ender is the past 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.

Dee Dee Jacobson

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.

 

Steffanie Stelnick

Board Member

Steffanie Stelnick is the founder of the Law Offices of Steffanie Stelnick. Ms. Stelnick directs all civil litigation operations at The Law Offices of Steffanie Stelnick. She is personally involved in every case and insures that each client receives impeccable representation.

Ms. Stelnick attended elementary school through high school in the Santa Clarita Valley. She received her Bachelors degree in both Law and Society and Communications, Arts and Advocacy from American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Stelnick received her law degree, a Juris Doctor, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA.

Ms. Stelnick began her legal education working for an intellectual property law firm in Tarzana, CA. Thereafter, she worked with the City of Los Angeles in the civil litigation department. In working for the City of Los Angeles Ms. Stelnick worked on multiple cases ranging from slip and falls to wrongful death lawsuits. At the City of Los Angeles, she helped the civil litigation department win multiple jury trials and reach settlements well before a trial was set to start.

Ms. Stelnick’s core belief is that focusing on the client is critical in the litigation process. Insurance companies, negligent doctors, negligent manufactures and even negligent corporations have strong legal representation. A client without a strong, aggressive attorney will rarely operate on an even playing field in a litigation environment. The client’s needs remain paramount in every day of practice at The Law Offices of Steffanie Stelnick.

Steffanie and her husband, Todd, live in Santa Clarita with their three beautiful children and love being involved with Family Promise.

Pastor Mike Stevenson

Board Member

Mike Stevenson is the pastor of the Santa Clarita Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He’s married to Kris and has two amazing adult children who both reside in Calgary Canada.
 
Mike loves helping people in need and finds that working with Family Promise gives him opportunity to put the resources of his church to good use.  Mike wishes more  branches of Religious people would grasp the spiritual opportunity that partnering with Family Promise offers.  Doing good comes in many forms.  This one is extra special. The ripple effects are incalculable. 
 
Mike believes in the good hearts of the folk here in the Santa Clarita Valley and sees many acts of kindness to prove it. 

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