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HOLLY TEIXEIRA

President/Co-founder

Holly has over 20 years experience as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). She specialized in cosmetic dentistry and enjoyed putting dental systems in place. Most importantly she loved the interaction with the patients. Holly has been a CPR and First Aid instructor for community rescuer through EMS Safety Services for over 18 years. She managed a restaurant dealing with every aspect of management from recruiting, training and supervising to customer services. She is a community activist and volunteers on various boards.

Holly is an active member of Equippers Church in Arroyo Grande, CA. She loves the Lord, being a mom, and a wife to her husband of 23 years. They live on a working cattle ranch in Pismo Beach, California and consider it a little slice of heaven. Her newest and most precious passion is making ‘17 Strong’ as successful as Ryan would have made it, because as her son, Ryan, would jokingly say, “I’m kind of a big deal!”

STEVE TEIXEIRA

Treasurer/Co-Founder

Steven Teixeira is Holly’s husband and the proud father of Ryan and Aaron. Steve would do anything for his family and he considers maintaining Ryan’s legacy an honor! A fifth generation native of the Central Coast of California, Steve brings to the board a wide variety of experience from working in the medical profession, farming, purchasing, sales and service, the hospitality industry and much more. He has also been involved with numerous nonprofit boards and is an active member of his church and community.

DANIELL MILLER

Secretary

As part of a generations long local family, Daniell Gularte Miller was born and raised in the Arroyo Grande area.  Currently a dental office manager, she has been in the dental field for over twenty years.  Daniell is a committee member for the Arroyo Grande Hospital and has served on several non-profit fundraising committees, as well as being involved in 4-H and Portuguese celebrations.  She and her husband, John, have two daughters and are grandparents of two grandsons.  A cancer survivor herself, Daniell and Ryan had a special bond and her heart is to keep Ryan’s legacy alive.

JENNIFER HAWLEY

Board Member

Jennifer Hawley is a lifelong Californian, graduating from Arroyo Grande High School and planting roots here on the Central Coast. Jennifer is a devoted wife to her husband of twenty-five years (Russ) and together they have two children, Taryan and Aaryn. She is most excited about being grandma to the newest member of the Hawley family, grandson Aadyn. Jennifer’s years of managerial experience in the retail and hospitality industry are an asset to our board. When not busy working or being grandma to Aadyn, she can be found volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations on the Central Coast. Being very service oriented, both Jen and Russ enjoy giving back to their community and to those in need. They have been Teixeira family friends for too long to remember and are eager for the opportunity to help carry Ryan’s message of hope for years to come.

JOHN SPARROW

Board Member

John has served as youth & young adults pastor and now lead pastor of Equippers Church Central Coast. He is back in school pursuing a bachelors in Christian Leadership & Management through Regent University online. John has been married to his wife Lenae for nearly four years and they share a love for people, church, travel, and most of all, Disneyland. To John there is nothing that satisfies more than seeing other people flourish which is why he is excited to be a part of 17 Strong.

MARLENE SCHAEFER

Board Member

Marlene has lived on the Central Coast since 1971. She currently lives in Arroyo Grande with her husband, John, and her youngest daughter Carissa. Her oldest daughter, Jalyn, is currently attending Cal Poly State University. Marlene also attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon while attending college. She continued employment after graduating and worked 11 years in Production & Material Control.

Soon after our first daughter was born, she became a stay-at-home mom, raised her family and returned to work in 2008. She currently works part-time at Gold Coast Packing as a packaging specialist, managing and procuring $5 million of material annually. She’s been actively involved in the community as a volunteer, member, or sponsor of the following: Arroyo Grande High School Athletic Booster, Arroyo Grande High School Athletic Auction Committee, New Life Community Church, World Vision Children Sponsor, EF International Student Host Family, India’s Unreached Village Sponsor. She’s passionate about helping those within our community and around the globe. She is humbled and honored to be part of 17 Strong and look forward to contributing to the legacy that Ryan envisioned in helping others with life threatening illnesses.

JILL WOODS

Board Member

Before retiring in 2014 to devote her time to writing, Jill worked for various engineering firms alternately as project coordinator, engineering assistant and technical writer. Her background also includes sales and marketing for a small publishing company and manager of client services for a national marketing firm.

Jill is an active participant in women’s ministry at her church and has served in various positions in Christian women’s ministries and as a board member for Christian Business Women After Five for several years.

Jill is a cancer survivor and team member of Relay for Life Five Cities. She enjoys time with friends, reading, writing and treasures time spent with her children and grandchildren.

RANDY McGEHEE

Board Member

Randy McGehee comes to us with a long list of qualifications.  As the owner/founder/CEO of Everflight (an airplane brokerage firm) he is not just an airline pilot, he flies for the UN World Food Program and is an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security.  His entrepreneurial expertise makes him a perfect board member for our organization, looking to make it’s presence known as a provider of hope in a hurting world.  Randy likes running, weight lifting, golf and has even started horseback riding lessons.  Randy and his wife Audra are parents to three beautiful daughters, they reside in Santa Maria, California.

NICOLE PITMAN

Marketing & Graphic Design

Nicole Pitman graduated from Cal Poly with a major in Graphic Communication with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications.  She works at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo as the Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant.  A lifelong resident of Arroyo Grande, Nicole attended Arroyo Grande High School where she met Ryan. They dated for four years and planned on spending their lives together.  She loved the passion Ryan had for helping others and is eager and excited to continue the legacy of her best friend and forever love.

CHRIS CENTENO

Board Member

Currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Nicole Pitman is majoring in Graphic Communication with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications.  She works at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, assisting with graphic design, website material and advertising, as well as other related tasks.  A lifelong resident of Arroyo Grande, Nicole attended Arroyo Grande High School where she met Ryan. They dated for four years and planned on spending the rest of their lives together.  She loved the passion Ryan had for helping others and is eager and excited to continue the legacy of her best friend and forever love.

MELISSA WARD

Board Member

Currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Nicole Pitman is majoring in Graphic Communication with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications.  She works at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, assisting with graphic design, website material and advertising, as well as other related tasks.  A lifelong resident of Arroyo Grande, Nicole attended Arroyo Grande High School where she met Ryan. They dated for four years and planned on spending the rest of their lives together.  She loved the passion Ryan had for helping others and is eager and excited to continue the legacy of her best friend and forever love.

Tracey Vardas

Board Member

Currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Nicole Pitman is majoring in Graphic Communication with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications.  She works at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, assisting with graphic design, website material and advertising, as well as other related tasks.  A lifelong resident of Arroyo Grande, Nicole attended Arroyo Grande High School where she met Ryan. They dated for four years and planned on spending the rest of their lives together.  She loved the passion Ryan had for helping others and is eager and excited to continue the legacy of her best friend and forever love.

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