Jeff Gelder – President / Founder
Jeff Gelder is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico where he began his on-air radio career, and has been a resident of San Diego since 1987. Jeff is an on and off camera professional and owner of GelderHead Audio Productions/Heartfelt Voice Over, where he voices both local and national commercials, documentaries, e-learning, and audio books regularly. In his spare time Jeff heads the non-profit that he founded called, Children’s Holiday Magic Project, Inc. The charity produces and delivers a new digital CD radio show each year titled Holiday Magic, A Gift for Children of All Ages, to kids who must spend their holidays in Children’s Hospitals worldwide. Proudly, 2020 is the 18th edition of the CD radio show project!
Danielle Knauff-Raykowski – Treasurer
My husband and I dreamed of building a business where we can help businesses with quality, informative and competitive pricing. After a few years of working my day job and coming home to work on ours we built our business enough that I no longer worked 2 jobs. 2012 we doubled our business and then partnered up in 2013. We are still going strong with our original clients still with us. Its never any easy road to go out on your own, but it is the best feeling to know how much you can help just by giving the client honest straight forward advise and knowing they trust you. I’m excited to be a part of Children’s Holiday Magic Project and happy to join the board of directors.
Latasha Parker – Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
Born and raised in Roy, Utah, Elle joined the Navy at the age of 21. She was stationed on the USS Nimitz in San Diego for 4 ½ years and completed 3 deployments, 2 of them supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Elle serves as a graphic designer at a professional design firm in San Diego, CA, and provides expertise in many areas including Web Design and Video Editing/Design, Corporate Branding, In-House Photography, Print Design and more! After volunteer for An Evening of Holiday Magic Gala Fundraiser she is excited to join the Board of Directors.
Janelle Hickey - Secretary / Event Coordinator
Janelle Hickey serves as a member of the CHMP board of directors, joining the team in August 2020. A nonprofit development professional, she has spent her career partnering with community-focused organizations to help make a positive difference in the world. With an academic background in public health, she received her Master of Arts degree in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of San Diego. Her previous development experience includes working with organizations focused on mental health, LGBTQ rights, HIV/AIDS advocacy, arts & culture, education, environmental justice, international humanitarian work, and community services for senior citizens and holocaust survivors.
Raised in the Central Valley of California, Janelle has a passion for helping to expand access to resources for those who live in communities of need, especially in the arts and education. She loves San Diego and it’s delightful independent coffee scene.
ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carol Shamon-Freitas – Talent Agency Owner
Shamon Freitas Agency was established in 1987. Carol Shamon, the owner, was a model herself and wanted to protect up-and-coming talent from less than reputable agents and managers. The agency was conceived as and remains a booking agency. Shamon Freitas Agency is not a school and does not take photographs. There are no fees or dues.
Several years ago Carol’s son experienced an extended stay at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego due to a severe illness. It was a very close call but thankfully, due to the wonderful care he received, his story has a successful and healthy outcome. Since then Carol has a special place in her heart for Children’s Hospitals and has generously offered her wisdom to us as a member of the Advisory Board.
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Mary Stockton – Financial Advisor
Mary has been a successful Financial Services Professional with Stockton Financial and Insurance Services for more than 15 years. She had earned the award of Top Producer and continues to thrive in the financial marketplace. In 2009 she was honored with Mind Masters Entrepreneur of the Year Award and New York Life’s San Diego General Office Agent of the Year Award.
Prior to moving to San Diego she owned the women’s bookstore, Crone’s Harvest in Boston, MA. Her business became a valuable cultural center and she was honored with the Helen Diner Community Leadership Award. Her community work here in San Diego includes currently serving on the board of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, her service on Diversionary Theatres’ Board for more than 6 years, serving as Board President for 4 of those years. She also served on The San Diego LGBT Center’s Board for 6 years as well as the Board of Stepping Stone of San Diego. Mary was honored by San Diego LGBT Pride with the 2011 Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award and the 2012 Outstanding Service to the Community award by the Tom Homann Law Association.
Rita McDonald lives in Midland, Texas, and has 30+ years of experience managing real property assets in the oil and gas industry. She has worked in various roles of increasing responsibility for both public and private corporations and as a consultant. She is a native New Mexican, and earned both an MBA and a BA from the University of New Mexico before moving to Texas. She is currently working in a consulting capacity for numerous oil and gas clients, and serves as a Chapter Director for the Women’s Energy Network. She enjoys volunteering her time and talents at the Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center and at Growing with Grace, a local ministry which provides weekend meals to at-risk elementary school children. Rita and her husband, Jeff McDonald, a Website Editor, have been married for 36 years. They have two grown sons who are starting their own careers, the oldest of which is engaged to be married in 2021. Jeff and Rita enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling both near and far. They are dedicated walkers, participating in numerous 5K fundraisers.