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Cynthia Kraemer


Jill Akalski

President Elect

Jill Akalski


Ellin Loveless


Cynthia Kraemer

Public Relations

Sheldon Hough

Foundation Chair

Bob Stadum

Administration Chair

Ignazio Ficara

Service Projects

John Babrowski
Membership Chair

Club Foundation

Cindy Melland


John Babrowski


Ellin Loveless

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 200     Yucca Valley, CA  92286      Donate     Contact Us

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Current Members

Gary Daigneault
Gary has been a member of Rotary for over 25 years. He has been a broadcast journalist and on air radio
personality in the Morongo Basin for over 32 years. He and his wife Cindy own and operate the local KCDZ - FM
radio station in Joshua Tree, CA.
Gary has served as the President of this club several times as well as on the Board of the local live theatre group,
Theatre 29. He acts and directs live theatre at this local theatre each year. He was recently recognized and added to
the Associated Press Radio-TV Associaton Hall of Fame. He teaches broadcasting classes in our local high school
and continues to volunteer in the community in many venues.

Sheldon Hough

Sheldon was born in Laguna Beach, CA and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He served as a
U.S. Navy Corpsman from 1969 to 1973 attached to the Marine Corps. He married his High School sweetheart, Tara,
in 1970 and they have two children.
The Hough's are actively involved in their community in which they have lived since 1981. In 1986, they helped
start the Fourth of July Fireworks display that has become an important part of our community and put on by
Rotary of Yucca Valley. They were also the major force in restoring the Miss Yucca Valley Pageant which they have
guided for the last 12 years. Sheldon has been been in Rotary since 1986 and has been President of the Rotary Club
of Yucca Valley twice. Sheldon was elected to the High Desert Water District Board of Directors in 2005 where he
still serves his community.

Jim Larson

Jim has been a member of the Yucca Valley Rotary club since 1994. He and his wife Cathy have been married for 46
years. They own and operate the Hi-Desert Physical Rehabilitation Group. Jim is the Treasurer for the Morongo
Basin Mental Heatlh Associaton.

Shelley Licata

Has lived in the community for 52 years; “born and raised” in Yucca Valley. Yucca Valley was founded and named
by Grandmother Hilda Hardesty. Is the Vice President for Pacific Western Bank for the past three years with 28
years of banking experience. Executive Board Member for Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Board Member for
Basin Wide Foundation. Board Member for Soroptimist International of Yucca Valley. Founder and Chair for
Morongo Basin Haven. Accounting Chair for Morongo Basin Relay for Life.

Bob Thacher

A native Californian, joined the US Marine Corps on18th birthday, retired after 24 years service.  Joined Rotary in
1968 as the base representative to the 29 Palms Club, transferred to Yucca Valley in 1982, club president in '87-'88. 
Served as part-time US Magistrate for eight years, still active as real estate and investment broker.

Bart Pedersen

I have been in private practice as an optometrist since 1968 until I retired in August, 2011.  I have been a rotarian
since l969, having been a member of Noon Rotary Club and also charter member of the former Morning Rotary
Club of Yucca Valley.
I served on the Board of the Friends of Copper Mountain College for several years.  In addition I served for several
years on the Board of Trustees for the Southern California College of Optometry, of which I was selected Alumnus
of the Year for 2013-2014 for the that College. Also, served as President of the Cahuilla Optometric Society.  I am a
member of the local Chamber of Commerce in Yucca Valley, the California Optometric Association and the
American Optometric Association.
I am married to my wife, Merkie, and we have two children. We enjoy traveling in our motor home.

Dale R Mondary
Dale is the Captain of the Morongo Basin San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a job he took on in April of
2014. Prior to that time he has served in various jobs within the Sheriff’s Department, dating back to 1991.  Dale
was a police officer in Kansas before his move to California and served in the US Army as well. He has a Masters
Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is a FBI Academy Graduate.  Dale has been married for 30 years to
wife Danette and they have 3 daughters.
Brian Nicholson, Cindy Melland, Ellin Loveless, Gary Daigneault, Gary Hann, Jim Larson, John Babrowski,  Bart Pedersen,  Renu Idnani, Roger Duran, Shannon Luckino, Cynthia Kraemer, Sheldon Hough, Bob Stadum, Shelley Licata, Ignazio Ficara, Jill Akalski,  Bob Tyk, Bob Thatcher, Dale Mondary, Jason Elasser, Carla Adamson.
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