Local gun enthusiast Patricia Johnson was born in Torrance and grew up around the beach cities. She worked various jobs such as a production assistant at what was then UPN 13, an assistant at an interior design firm and then retail management for about nine years.
She met who would become her husband around that time through a mutual friend and it was by pure chance since she was invited last minute to a group outing to Disneyland.
Apple Valley resident Chelsea Franko has been preparing to entertain since she was very young.
An only child, Franko moved with her family up to the High Desert when she was 2. As a child, Franko attended The Academy of Foreign Languages and Arts in Victorville for elementary school. For middle school she went to The Academy of Academic Excellence (The Lewis Center) and then went to Apple Valley High School to be a part of the Sunsations show choir.
Jaye Sooter was born Aug. 15, 1970, in Compton. He went to school in both Los Angeles and Orange counties until his parents got divorced in 1979. That was the year the Sooter family moved to the High Desert.
Sooter’s grandparents, Jimmy and Jane, started “the High Desert Christian Help Line” while his father started “Sooter Sign Co.”
Julie Gilmer is going on her sixth year as event coordinator for the town of Apple Valley.
Gilmer was born and raised in Southern California. Her stomping grounds consisted mostly of the San Gabriel Valley.
“I was fortunate to live in the beautiful Central Coast after High School, but ended up making my way back to the LA area in my early 20s,” Gilmer said. “I grew up in a divorced home, but that didn’t alter the fact that I have a loving, supportive and fun family.”
David Pike teaches Earth Science at the Mojave River Campus of the Academy for Academic Excellence/Lewis Center in Apple Valley.
He was born in the mid-1960s at a hospital down the street from Disneyland in Anaheim. Back in those days, Orange County was mostly a collection of strawberry fields and oil wells and suburban lawns and new freeways and parking lots. He went with his family to Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and got tar balls on our feet. They shopped at Sav-On, and Stater Bros. and Zodys and saved their Blue Chip Stamps.
Cadillac Ranch waitress and Apple Valley resident Tanya Miley grew up in Hesperia. She attended to Juniper Elementary School. When she was in the fourth grade, her mom moved her and younger sisters to Corona, where they lived until Miley graduated from Centennial High School.
“Duing my high school years, I was on the varsity swim team and played tennis,” Miley said. “After I graduated — like, literally, the next day — I packed up my car and moved to San Diego.”
Angela Torres is a 26-year-old dance and tumbling instructor. She works at Dance Dynamics dance studio in both Hesperia and Upland teaching kids of all ages. She’s been married for two and a half years to her husband, Luke. They have a 6 month old daughter.
Torres and her husband have lived in Apple Valley for the past two years and plan to stay there.
Torres’ elementary years were spent at Mesa Grande Elementary and she graduated from Excelsior Education Center in 2004.
Lisa Nash is an almost lifelong Apple Valley resident. She was born in Orange County and lived with her family in Huntington Beach until she was almost 3.
“My parents had been visiting Apple Valley on the weekends — sounds weird, I know — and we moved up here in 1967,” Nash said. “I’ve lived in Apple Valley most of my life.”
Nash attended to Rancho Verde Elementary and Apple Valley Junior High schools and graduated from Apple Valley High School. She’s proud to be a Sun Devil.
Apple Valley resident Donna Filadelfia is currently serving as chapter president for the Assistance League of Victor Valley. But her story begins in the 1930s.
Her parents met and became engaged early in the Depression. As her mother completed the requirements to become a teacher, her dad moved to California to find work.