The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Patricia “PJ” DelGaudio as its new Interim Executive Director. DelGaudio has the experience to lead GAVEA during this time of transition, as she had previously been the executive assistant for GAVEA from 2015 – 2018.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with our community leaders again,” DelGaudio said. “The Antelope Valley is my home, and I intend to continue the great work GAVEA already does to promote business retention, expansion and attraction.”
DelGaudio replaces former Executive Director Kimberly Maevers, who resigned in June to pursue other career opportunities. Both DelGaudio and Maevers dedicated many years to growing GAVEA and helping it prosper as an economic partner in the Greater Antelope Valley.
“We are extremely grateful to PJ for taking on the Interim role,” GAVEA Chairwoman Veronica Knudson said. “PJ’s knowledge of the organization and her passion for the community make her uniquely qualified to lead the organization.”
DelGaudio, has over nine years of experience in leadership, development and management with non-profit, academic and community-based organizations in the Antelope Valley. She began serving as Interim Executive Director on August,12, 2019.
GAVEA is the public/private partnership that facilitates business growth and opportunity within the Antelope Valley’s 3000-square-mile region. GAVEA serves as an ally for enterprise, helping chart the best course towards finding success and new prosperity.


Keira Richardson

Executive Assistant

Keira Richardson  joined the Alliance as our Executive Assistant in August (2018). Ms. Richardson earned an Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Yoga RYT 200 teaching certificate from Antelope Valley College. While in school, Ms. Richardson worked as a Peer Mentor at Antelope Valley College. In her free time, she runs her own company; Cream La Shea, offering hair and skin care products to men, women and children. 




GAVEA Board of Directors



Veronica Knudson

Palmdale Regional Medical Center

Rob DuchowThe Gas CompanyVice-Chair
Peter WoltersKaiser PermanenteTreasurer
Harvey HollowayColdwell Banker Commercial Valley RealtyDirector at Large
Laura GallegosPalmdale Water District Director at Large
Dr. Steve RadfordAntelope Valley Union High School DistrictImmediate Past Chair


Martha Molina-AvilesLos Angeles County Workforce Development BoardDirector
Tom Barnes
Antelope Valley East Kern Water DistrictDirector
Chenin DowCity of LancasterDirector
Laura GallegosPalmdale Water DistrictDirector
Greg GarrettCity of TehachapiDirector
Mary Beth GarrisonRio Tinto BoratesDirector
Macy NeshatiAntelope Valley Transit AuthorityDirector
Teresa HitchcockKern CountyDirector
Ed KnudsonAntelope Valley CollegeDirector
Donna TermeerLA County Supervisor Kathryn BargerDirector

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