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.
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
Palmdale Regional Medical Center
|Rob Duchow||The Gas Company||Vice-Chair|
|Peter Wolters||Kaiser Permanente||Treasurer|
|Laurel Shockley||Southern California Edison||Secretary|
|Harvey Holloway||Coldwell Banker Commercial Valley Realty||Director at Large|
|Laura Gallegos||Palmdale Water District||Director at Large|
|Dr. Steve Radford||Antelope Valley Union High School District||Immediate Past Chair|
|Martha Molina-Aviles||Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board||Director|
|Tom Barnes||Antelope Valley East Kern Water District||Director|
|Chenin Dow||City of Lancaster||Director|
|Laura Gallegos||Palmdale Water District||Director|
|Greg Garrett||City of Tehachapi||Director|
|Mary Beth Garrison||Rio Tinto Borates||Director|
|Norm Hickling||Antelope Valley Transit Authority||Director|
|Teresa Hitchcock||Kern County||Director|
|Ed Knudson||Antelope Valley College||Director|
|Veronica Knudson||Palmdale Regional Medical Center||Director|
|Bernie Longjohn||Learn 4 Life||Director|
|Chris Perez||Wells Fargo||Director|
|Bob Stockwell||City of California City||Director|
|Donna Termeer||LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger||Director|
|Peter Wolters||Kaiser Permanente||Director|
Dixie Eliopoulos remains Honorary Founding Member, while Cheri Bryant serves as an Ex Officio Member.