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Gerald currently serves as the Chief Executive Administrator at LOL-Life of Liberty, Inc., an Adult Day Program. He is known in North San Diego County for his community involvement and volunteer work with several organizations such as the North San Diego County NAACP, the National Naval Officers Association-Camp Pendleton Miramar Chapter, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Camp Pendleton Chapter, the CSUSM President’s Council and President of the Montford Point Marine Association-Oceanside Chapter 44.
Gerald served in the United States Marine Corps in both the enlisted and officer ranks and retired after 22 years of distinguished service. During his tenure, he deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation “Desert Storm” and to Somalia for Operation “Restore Hope”.
After retirement, Gerald joined Nextel Communications working in several network operations managerial billets. Gerald later joined LA Fitness, International as their Corporate IT Support Manager, managing the IT support team and overseeing IT support operations for LA Fitness clubs across the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Gerald is also an entrepreneur offering technology, networking, social media and web development solutions and services to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Gerald possesses a BS degree in Information Systems Management and an MBA degree with a Technology Management specialty from the University of Phoenix (UOP).
Gerald and his lovely wife, Stacy reside in Oceanside, CA.
Gumaro Escarcega currently serves as the Main Street Program Manager at MainStreet Oceanside in Oceanside, California. With nine years of experience, his role is to implement the Main Street Four Point Approach, consisting of four standing committees: Design, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Organization. Committee stakeholders include downtown residents, businesses, property owners and commercial brokers working together to improve the economic vitality of Downtown Oceanside.
Before joining MainStreet Oceanside, Escarcega worked for the Vista Village Business Association in Vista, California as a non-paid intern, eventually becoming the Executive Director for the organization. Escarcega was instrumental in gaining partnership and collaboration with the City of Vista, Vista Chamber of Commerce and a variety of other organizations to improve the aesthetics and economic prosperity in Downtown Vista.
Escarcega holds a bachelor degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in City Planning from San Diego State University.
Kent Davy was the editor of the North County Times until its sale in October 2012. He was born and raised in the Midwest, graduated from both undergraduate school and law school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After practicing law several years, he switched careers for journalism. He worked at newspapers in Missouri, New York, Illinois and Indiana before taking over the helm of the North County Times in 1996. In 2008, he was named the Suburban Newspaper Association Editor of the Year. He is a Carlsbad resident and continues to write and edit freelance columns and material from a favorite spot in his kitchen.
Margret is a semi-retired nurse who has been an active volunteer for Interface for 42 years. He has traveled with the organization to China and Mexico where she assist in lip and palette surgeries for needy children.
Haley is a graduate of CSU San Marcos Leadership North County program. She earned a credential from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for excellence in Senior Leadership for County Government, is a member of the San Diego Young Leaders, and was named one of Vista Chamber of Commerce's "40 under 40 best and brightest." She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Haley loves the beach and has traveled to 11 countries. Currently, Haley manages Intesa's North County projects, and serves a variety of Intesa's other government relations and community outreach clients. Before joining Intesa, Haley spent six years with the County of San Diego, serving as Director of Community Affairs for County Supervisor Bill Horn.
Carrie is the owner of CF Designs, a graphic design company that specializes in print design. She has worked with many non-profit organizations throughout the years in designing conference material, trade show banners and brand identity. Alongside her personal business, she worked as the creative director for a health water company where she designed marketing pieces for an extensive dealer network that spanned worldwide. Currently, she has been working with the Oceanside Unified School District at Oceanside High School in the branding of the new Career and Technical Education Pathway Program that was launched in 2018. She has also worked with the City of Oceanside Fire Department in developing informational brochures to educate the public on fire safety.
Carrie is a member of MainStreet Oceanside and serves as an Oceanside Ambassador where she loves connecting with the public in welcoming them to our beautiful city. She is also on the Design and Promotion committee for MSO. She has lived in Oceanside since 1986.
Valerie A. Grant has worked with nonprofit organizations since 1998. She specializes in grant development which includes strategic planning, grant proposal writing, and funding research.
Valerie is the principal owner of Grant Consulting Services, a fundraising consulting firm. Grant Consulting Services assists nonprofit organizations through project development, comprehensive funding searches, expert grant management, and professional grant proposal writing services. Funding has been secured for clients in the youth development, education, and human services fields from government, corporate and foundation funding sources.
Ms. Grant is also a published author and an accomplished freelance writer. Valerie A. Grant works very well with non-profit organizations because our value systems are similar. Grant Consulting Services serves with organization's that help people. We care about who you care about. Some of Valerie’s community involvement and volunteer work includes:
- KOCT Board of Directors https://www.koct.org/
- Fashionkind Board of Directors https://www.fashionkind.org/
- Grant Professionals Association San Diego County Chapter-President https://sandiegogpa.org
- North County Philanthropy Council-Mentor https://ncphilanthropy.org/
Valerie has a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from Baker College in Flint, MI, and studied Social Work for two years at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.
A Resident of Oceanside for 10 years and had lived in City Marcos for 25 years. Miller’s career started in the Aero Space Program with Teledyne Aero Cal working with WWII & Vietnam Veterans. This started her journey to volunteer for the Wounded War Program & Honor Flight Diego in which she helped over 30 Veterans, 5 female Veterans & their Families. Miller even made it possible for our own 105 year old Oceanside Resident to throw out the first pitch at the Padre game on Military & Oceanside Day at the Park. She’s also lent her volunteer support for the Oceanside & San Marcos Center as well as jump started the Senior Well Being Disaster Preparedness ( To Go Bag Project ) in North County. In 2017 she was honored as San Diego County & Oceanside Park Champion. Sheila’s worked in the medical Field for 30 years with the Start-up of Silverado Senior Living Alzheimer’s Communities, Home Care & Hospice, USCD Dementia Light Studies, Consultant for and startup programs for Board & Cares. She also serves as RCFE Administrator instructor for Eldercare Academy Training & Beyond the Sky Solution, Marketing & Sales for Fairwinds Ivey Ranch Retirement & Business Owner of Lafayette Services Construction Company.