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Board Members
David Bains, Director
  David Bains has spent over thirty years in Aerospace as Engineer and Program Manager, with Mechanical and Electrical Engineering responsibilities. Management experience includes managing People, Budgets, Programs and Workloads. Engineering experience includes Systems, Design, Certification, Analysis, 6 Sigma Quality, Test and Product Support. He currently is employed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, and has also worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines, Douglas Aircraft Co., Garrett Airesearch Manufacturing Co. and Hughes Aircraft Co. Mr. Bains received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach in May 1983.  Mr. Bains joined the Foundation Board in 2004.

General Atomics
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
14200 Kirkham Way
Poway, CA 92064

Duberly Beck, Director

Duberly Beck is the owner of Beck's Tax & Business Services, LLC.  She has been dedicated in the field of Youth and Family programs for the past ten years and has worked for a non-profit youth service agency serving foster children.   Ms. Beck joined the Foundation Board in 2013.

Beck's Tax & Business Services, LLC
17087 Orange Way, Suite B
Fontana, CA  92336

H.O. "Bud" Biggs, Chairman of the Board

H.O. "Bud" Biggs has been in the cement business since 1962.  He started his career with Kaiser Cement in Cupertino, California and worked through various jobs in quality control and concrete research labs until 1980.  He graduated in 1980 from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.  He held various management jobs with Kaiser and Hanson Cement through 1988 when Mitsubishi Cement purchased the Cushenbury CA plant.  He was production manager and plant manager through 2006 and is presently VP of Operations, responsible for the Cushenbury plant and Long Beach import facility.  Mr. Biggs joined the Foundation Board in 1994 and has been Chairman of the Board since 1995.

Mitsubishi Cement, Corp.
5808 State Highway 18
Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
Phone: (760) 248-5122

R. Everett (Buck) Goodspeed, Director

  Buck Goodspeed is co-owner of The Goodspeed Cos. based in Hesperia providing motor fuels, lubricants and other petroleum related products and services to the commercial, industrial and government agencies of the High Desert and Inland Empire region. He has served on various petroleum marketer boards as well as Hesperia Chamber of Commerce board and has been a strong supporter of the Hesperia USD student excellence programs. Mr. Goodspeed is honored to join the Foundation Board in 2008.

 RE Goodspeed and Sons
11211 G Ave., P.O. Box 401924
Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: (760) 956-9504
Jack Hamilton

Jack is the Executive Pastor at High Desert Church in Victorville, California.  He's been on staff for nearly 29 years, has seen the church grow from under 200 to 12,000 people, and currently serves as Mentor Pastor for Transformations Ministries.  He's served on a number of non-profit boards, including Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Association of Christian Schools International and American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest.  He has also served as a public school board member for Hesperia Unified School District for 19 years in a district of nearly 22,000 students.  Jack also served as a Board Member for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District for six years.  Jack and his wife, Linda, have been married for 42 years and have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
   Mr. Hamilton joined the Foundation Board in 2013.

High Desert Church

14545 Hook Bl.
Victorville, CA  92394
Phone: (760) 245-2415

Andrew Jaramillo, Secretary

  Andrew Jaramillo is President of Andrew J. Jaramillo Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. in Victorville, CA. Mr. Jaramillo has been in the insurance and financial planning business since 1964 and most of his clientele are educators.  His dedication to the improvement of education is so significant that he serves on many boards, such as the Alliance for Education for San Bernardino County.  He conducts seminars throughout the state of California and is now expanding to cover nationwide seminars. Mr. Jaramillo joined the Foundation Board in 2005.

Andrew J. Jaramillo Insurance and Financial Services
15402 W. Sage St., Suite 105
P.O. Box 1497
Victorville, CA 92393-1497
Phone: (760) 245-8638

Scott Johnson, Vice Chairman

  Scott Johnson is a member of the Army National Guard and a Public Affairs Officer for Metrolink. Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1999 and completed a Masters in Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino in 2010. He has served as the Public Information Officer for the Moreno Valley Unified School District and Publications Director for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Mr. Johnson joined the Foundation Board in 2011.

Phone: (909) 883-6532

Robert Lovingood, Director

  Robert Lovingood is President of ICR Staffing and Industrial Commodity Recruiters in Victorville, CA. Mr. Lovingood founded Hi Desert Personnel Service in 1989. In 1996 Hi Desert Personnel was purchased by Comarco, Inc. where he served as President until 2000. In 2001 he started an engineering contract and recruitment service (Industrial Commodity Recruiters) and an interactive web posting site, In 2004 ICR Staffing added temporary staffing services to the professional recruitment. Mr. Lovingood joined the Foundation Board in 1996.

ICR Staffing / Industrial Commodity Recruiters
14360 St. Andrews, Ste. 1
Victorville, CA 92395
Phone: (760) 245-8384

Kirtland Mahlum, Director

  Kirt Mahlum is a retired court commissioner and was with the San Bernardino Superior Court since 1997. Prior to that he was a practicing attorney in the high desert since 1972. Mr. Mahlum received his Juris Doctor degree in 1969 from California Western University School of Law and his Bachelors in Economics from the University of California at Davis in 1966. He is a past president of the Barstow Unified School District Board of Trustees and is currently the President of the Spring Valley Lake Home Owners Association Board of Directors. Mr. Mahlum joined the Foundation Board in 2009.

6371 SVL Box
Victorville, CA  92395

Jose Palafox, Director

  Jose Palafox is husband to Tracee and father of five children. He is the Managing Member of Starfox Financial Services, LLC in Apple Valley, Ca. Mr. Palafox served for 8 years as an Air Force Weather Specialist, owned and operated businesses in fire safety equipment, dental administration consulting, advertising and for the last 16 years as a financial advisor. Mr. Palafox serves on the Apple Valley Rotary Board and joined the Foundation Board in 2008.

Starfox Financial Services, LLC
15972 Tuscola Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Phone: 760-946-0700

Richard Piercy, President Emeritus


Rick Piercy founded the Lewis Center for Educational Research in Apple Valley, CA and is recently retired.  He has been a K-12 teacher, Vice Principal, Principal and President/CEO. It was during his years as an elementary teacher that he conceived the idea of the Apple Valley Science and Technology Center, now known as the Lewis Center for Educational Research.  Rick has served as Chairman of the Board for the California Charter Schools Association, President of the Apple Valley Fire Protection Board of Directors and President of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He is the recipient of many awards, including the CCSA 20th Anniversary Legacy Award, LifeStream Humanitarian of the Year, Spirit of Freedom Award, Daily Press Person of the Year, Hart Vision Award for Outstanding Charter School Administrator, NASA Public Service Medal, and Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

D. Kevin Porter, Director

  Kevin Porter is a partner in the firm Caldwell, Kennedy and Porter in Victorville, CA. Mr. Porter graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1982, and from Citrus Belt Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1992. Mr. Porter joined the Foundation Board in 1997.

Caldwell, Kennedy & Porter
15476 West Sand Street
Victorville, CA 92392
Phone: (760) 245-1637

Tom Rosenbaum, Director   

  Tom Rosenbaum is a Certified Financial Planner with VALIC, a member of American International Group.  He has his series 7, 66 and life agent licenses and is a registered Principle as well.  He helps business and individuals plan for retirement as well as takes care of needs involving insurance, investing and financial planning.  Mr. Rosenbaum graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 1993, and from CSU San Bernardino with a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance in 2001. Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Foundation Board in 2014.
500 N. Central Ave., Suite 910
Glendale, CA  91203
Phone: (909) 798-7445

Donna Siegel, Director

  Donna Siegel is retired from the Southern California Chapter of March of Dimes National Birth Defects Foundation. During her 23 year tenure with the March of Dimes, she held the positions of Inland Empire and High Desert Division Director and Southern California Chapter Field Service Manager. Mrs. Siegel graduated from the University of Texas in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. She has ardently supported and promoted S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational programs over many years. Mrs. Siegel joined the Foundation Board in 2008.

14594 Choco Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Phone: (760) 242-2128

Gordon Soholt, President/CEO

Gordon Soholt taught elementary school for 15 years with Apple Valley Unified School District.  He then accepted a position at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools with the STEP project, a NASA grant funded curriculum development project.  In 2001 Mr. Soholt was hired as the 7th-12th grade principal at the Academy for Academic Excellence.  Three years later his role was expanded to K-12 principal.  The Lewis Center opened a second school in San Bernardino, the Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy, and Mr. Soholt was promoted to Chief Academic Officer, overseeing both schools.  In 2014 when Lewis Center founder Rick Piercy retired, Mr. Soholt was promoted to President/CEO.

Lewis Center for Educational Research
17500 Mana Rd.
Apple Valley, CA  92307
Phone: (760) 946-5414 x255

Russell Stringham, Treasurer


Russell Stringham is founder and President of PrintMart in Victorville, CA, currently one of the leading printers in the Victor Valley that continually strives to grow and serve the community. He also founded Precision Data Products in 1992 which currently serves over 10,000 schools nationwide by providing them with optical mark reading forms used for data collection.  Mr. Stringham graduated in 1976 from University of Southern Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Mr. Stringham joined the Foundation Board in 2005 and has been treasurer since December, 2007.

16785 Bear Valley Road
Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: (760) 949-3377
Marcia Vargas, Director

Marcia Vargas retired as the Executive Director of 2-Way CABE and has been involved with two-way bilingual/dual immersion programs for over 20 years.  Prior to her position with 2-Way CABE, Ms. Vargas worked as Curriculum Coordinator for Dual (Two-Way) Immersion Programs for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office.  During her educational career, she also worked as a bilingual classroom teacher, bilingual resource teacher and bilingual coordinator.  She has taught classes at the university level for California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, Claremont Graduate University and most recently taught a class, Foundations for Dual Language Education, for the University of California at Riverside.   Ms. Vargas has a B.S. from Cal Poly, Pomona, M.A. from California State University, San Bernardino and has completed class work toward a doctorate at the University of Southern California.  Ms. Vargas joined the Foundation Board in 2013.


Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, Director

  Regina Weatherspoon-Bell is President/CEO of Gi & Associates, a boutique Marketing & Business Consulting Agency located in Apple Valley. Mrs. Weatherspoon-Bell has accumulated over 8 years of parent volunteer service to the Apple Valley Unified School District. She serves on the Board of Advisors for some key Non-Profit organizations focused primarily on education, women and children's whole health issues. Mrs. Weatherspoon-Bell joined the Foundation Board in 2007.

Gi & Associates
18243 Cocopah Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Phone: (760) 242-2487

Rick Wolf, Director

  Mr. Rick Wolf retired from public school service in 2006 following thirty-seven (37) years experience as a regular classroom teacher, a Special Education instructor, elementary school principal, and District Director of Student Services. Currently Mr. Wolf serves the Apple Valley Unified School District on a part-time basis as the Expulsion Hearing Chairperson and the District representative on the Lewis Center/ AAE Board of Directors. Mr. Wolf received his Masters Degree in Education from California State University, San Bernardino in 1981.

Apple Valley Unified School District
12555 Navajo Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92038
Phone: 760-247-8001
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