Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lance O'Keefe

President

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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.

 

Jerrid McKenna

Vice President

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.

 

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.

Pamela Braly

Pamela has spent more than 20 years dedicated to working in trauma care, domestic violence, PTSD and social services. She is a Certified domestic violence counselor by the Association to Aid Victims of DV and has additional training in trauma care from the Southern California Coalition on Battered Women, the International Network for Children and Families, The Parent Project, Valley Trauma Center and Body Process Training Certification. Pamela is a Certified trauma informed Art leader through a Window between Worlds, and holds a Masters in Music, as well as being trained in trauma-informed drumming and vocal work.

She served in the Canadian Military providing her with a profound understanding of the veteran experience. Pamela has been, and continues to be, integral to Homes4Families’ Enrichment Program, as a key design consultant and trauma worker since 2014. She has served the first 90 veteran family homeowners in Sylmar and Santa Clarita and is now beginning to serve the first families for the 56 home Palmdale Community.

Pamela’s past positions include being Director of Parent Programs for Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita , past Board President of the Santa Clarita DVC and past Treasurer of Circle of Hope.

Pamela, along with her husband Hunt, has been a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley since 1991.

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.

 

Melissa Roux MacKinnon

Board Member

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.

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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