Maevers headshotKimberly Maevers

President and CEO
Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance

 

Kimberly is a native of the Antelope Valley and is committed to promoting the region in one voice for the benefit of both counties and every community across the 3000 square mile area.

In 1984 she began her professional career in Lancaster as a Projects Coordinator for her father’s Civil Engineering firm, JK Civil Engineering. It was then that she fell in love with the land development, entitlement, public policy and construction process. In 1993 she joined the non-profit world in the role of Executive Director for the Building Industry Assn. – Antelope Valley Chapter where she not only served the membership as a lobbyist, but also special events coordinator and fund-raiser.

In the summer of 1996 Kimberly left the Antelope Valley and moved to Colorado to serve as the Director of Community Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado. As a building industry lobbyist, Kimberly built a strong coalition of grass-roots activists and supporters around those issues relative to growth, economic development and community sustainability. Kimberly developed a deep appreciation for regional collaboration during her employment with the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. as her role spanned three counties and numerous city boundaries. She served as a Planning Commissioner for Larimer County and was proudly dubbed “the voice of reason” by the Supervisors as it was her role in Smart Growth advocacy and rural lands conservation that gave her experience to understand the delicate balance of both. During her 14 years in Colorado she served several non-profit organizations and helped grow them through strategically crafted sales and marketing initiatives, advocacy and business development campaigns.

In 2010 Kimberly returned to the Antelope Valley and began a new chapter in her career as an entrepreneur and leadership consultant. She was hired by the Economic Alliance in February 2013 to serve as the President and to lead the organization in a new direction. With the support of the Board and Investors, GAVEA has embarked on a new branding campaign to re-establish itself as the Regional Economic Developer for North Los Angeles and Southeast Kern County.

Kimberly earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on public policy, business development and marketing. She is a consummate entrepreneur having owned and operated everything from a tanning salon to a semi-custom homebuilding franchise to a pet-sitting company and understands the challenges and opportunities every business owner faces. In her volunteer roles she has served as a County Planning Commissioner and on multiple boards and commissions representing local, state, national and international housing and homelessness aid organizations.

In her spare time, she plays hard at wakeboarding, motorcycle riding, golf, snow-skiing and cheering on her beloved Denver Bronco’s.

P.J DelGaudio joined the Alliance as our Executive Assistant in June (2015). Ms. Del Gaudio earned an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Antelope Valley College. While in school, Ms. DelGaudio worked as an Event Coordinator and then as Program Specialist at Antelope Valley College. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Human Services at California State University, Bakersfield. P.J can be reached at pjdelgaudio@SoCalLeadingEdge.org

 

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LaWanda Gholston joined the Alliance in October as our new Special Projects Coordinator. Lawanda will lead the effort to write our 2017 Economic Round Table Report. In addition, she will assist with event coordination and other GAVEA projects. Mrs. Gholston is a graduate of Antelope Valley Adult School as a certified medical assistant and is a licensed real estate sales professional. For the last ten years she worked as an loan underwriter. Mrs. Gholston plans to further her education, by pursuing a degree in psychology. Lawanda can be reached at LGholston@SoCalLeadingEdge.org

 

zander-headshotZander Rodriguez recently joined the Alliance as our new SOAR High School intern. Mr. Rodriguez will be assisting the GAVEA Team in gathering data and stories for the 2017 Economic Roundtable Report as well as managing our contact databases, event assistance and general clerical help. Mr. Rodriguez is a senior at SOAR High School. Next spring he will graduate with both his High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities from AVC. He plans to pursue a Degree in Cinematic Arts. Zander can be reached at intern@SoCalLeadingEdge.org

GAVEA Board of Directors

Officers

Dr. Steve Radford Chair Antelope Valley Union High School District
Rob Duchow Vice-Chair The Gas Company
Vacant Treasurer
Laurel Shockley Secretary Southern California Edison
Harvey Holloway Director at Large Coldwell Banker Commercial Valley Realty
George B. Atkinson Director at Large Atkinson and Associates
June Burcham Immediate Past-Chair Kaiser Permanente, Retired

Directors

Tom Barnes Director Antelope Valley East Kern Water District
Laura Gallegos Director Palmdale Water District
Norm Hickling Director Antelope Valley Transit Authority
Teresa Hitchcock Director Kern County
Ed Knudson Director Antelope Valley College
Veronica Knudson Director Palmdale Regional Medical Center
Vern Lawson, Jr. Director City of Lancaster
Carrie Rogers Director Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.
Paulette Rush Director BHE Renewables
Garth Sandsness Director Rio Tinto Borates
Donna Termeer Director LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Michelle Vance Director City of Tehachapi
Tom Weil Director City of California City

Dixie Eliopoulos remains Honorary Founding Member, while Cheri Bryant serves as an Ex Officio Member.