"Bringing veterans home, one warrior at a time"
Operation All The Way Home
SGT Dustin Slife, U.S. Army combat VeteraN, Founding Member, & VETERAN board MEMBER, 2013-2016
SGT Slife attended Lancaster High School from 2001-2005. During his junior year he was a student in Mrs. Goodreau’s U.S. History class and was part of the student team that created the inaugural Pride of the Nation in 2004, leaving a legacy for our community of an annual Armed Forces Day event that continues to honor our nation’s heroes year after year. After graduating in 2005, SGT Slife went on to join the United States Army as a 19K tank crewman, and deployed to Southern Iraq from May, 2007 to July, 2008. After completing his contract obligations in 2009, SGT Slife returned to the Antelope Valley to attend college and settle back into civilian life. In 2013 SGT Slife was part of the original team that advised and supported the Pride of the Nation students who voted to build a handicapped-accessible home for SPC Hancock. He then became a founding member of OATH by joining the Board of Directors. SGT Slife completed his term on the Board in January, 2016 and remains on the OATH team as a volunteer manging OATH's Information Technology. The entire OATH family is exceedingly grateful for SGT Slife's tireless work throughout the entire OATH journey. His contributions to OATH are at the very core of its ability to thrive as an organization dedicated to assisting veterans while mentoring youth and building the leaders of tomorrow.
JUDITH JIMENEZ, Student Member
Executive Officer in charge of "Fundraising." Bio coming soon!
Jamie Goodreau, President & Founding MembeR
An educator for over twenty-eight years, Mrs. Goodreau teaches U.S. History at Lancaster High School. For the last seventeen years Mrs. Goodreau has worked extensively with students and veterans, bringing hundreds of veterans from all eras into her classroom to tell their stories first-hand to her students, and taking students into the community through participating in large community service projects. It was Mrs. Goodreau's 2003-2004 history students who created the Antelope Valley's first official Armed Forces Day celebration, Pride of the Nation; a tradition that is now entering it's 14th year. It was during the 10th Annual Pride of the Nation in 2013 that events led to the formation of OATH. A pioneer in project-based learning, Mrs. Goodreau's innovative and adventurous teaching style challenges students to accomplish the seemingly impossible, experience the benefits of teamwork, recognize the importance of community service, and understand the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. OATH's mission is an extension of this philosophy, assisting veterans through empowering students.
Dr. Stacy Love Bryant, Secretary
Dr. Bryant joined the OATH Board of Directors in October, 2014. She has spent thirty years as an educator, currently serving Palmdale School District as their Chief Leadership Officer. Dr. Bryant has a passion for volunteering and giving back to the community that she feels has given so generously to her. She is the president-elect for the Antelope Valley College Foundation and is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West. “Working and volunteering with young people who have a passion and heart for our military men and women is amazing. When I learned that the history students of Lancaster High School had committed to raising $500,000 to build a home for SPC Hancock, not once did I doubt they would do it. All I wanted to know was ‘how can I help?’”
Danielle Melgoza, Student Member
Executive Officer in charge of "Outreach." Bio coming soon!
Debby Levi, Treasurer
Mrs. Levi joined the OATH Board of Directors in May, 2014 after joining the OATH adult volunteer team working to support the OATH students during the promotion of the Lt. Dan Band Concert. She also worked at the event as the coordinator of the Green Room for the performers and crew. Her work on the fundraising concert for SPC Hancock helped to keep a very challenging schedule manageable for all involved. Mrs. Levi has worked in Special Education for over 25 years and is currently a Transition Specialist for the Severely Handicapped students of the Antelope Valley High School District. "After working with the OATH students at different events throughout the Hancock project and getting to meet many of our local military veterans, I knew this is where I wanted to be .”
Samantha Balestrieri, Student Member
Samantha joined OATH during her junior year of high school while in Mrs. Goodreau's U.S. History class. She then continued in OATH during her senior year, taking on the leadership position of "Platoon Leader." Currently, Samantha is on her fourth tour of duty in OATH, and is serving as the "Commanding Officer" of Delta Company. While in high school Samanatha was not only a member of OATH, but also on the swim team, in CSF, Interact, Link Crew and other campus activites. Samantha graduated from Lancaster High School in 2015 and is now attending Antelope Valley College, majoring in Forensic science. She plans to serve in OATH until she completes her associates degree and leaves for Grand Canyon University.
OATH Board Members, Students & Volunteers
2015-2016 Kick-off Meeting, Oct. 2015
OATH's new Veteran member of the Board of Directors will be announced at our 2017 Annual Meeting in March.
JULIE SCHNEIDER, secretary
Mrs. Schneider joined OATH as a volunteer in 2014 and became an OATH Board Member in September, 2016. After retiring from teaching after 18 years in the Lancaster School District, she joined the staff of Brandman University as a University Supervisor, supporting new teachers. Mrs. Schneider's son, Lancaster High School Class of 2005, was part of Mrs. Goodreau's first Pride of the Nation in 2004! "So to be a part of it after all these years is very gratifying. Volunteering in my community is very important to me, and I am proud to be able to devote some of my time to a group of such giving and thoughtful students." The OATH Team is honored to welcome Mrs. Schneider to the Board of Directors, where she brings vast experience working with students and teachers.
Alyssa Castillo, Student Member
Alyssa joined OATH during her junior year at Lancaster High School while in Mrs. Goodreau's U.S. History class. She is now in her second tour of duty and serves as the Executive Officer in charge of Missions. In addition to serving in OATH, Alyssa also participates in CSF, NHS, Mathletes and other activities. After high school she plans to attend a four-year university and major in nursing. "I joined OATH to show my appreciation to those who so selflessly served our country. The least I can do is serve them in their time of need. I've developed a great love for all those whom I serve."
Garrett Rickert, Vice President
Mr. Rickert joined the OATH Board of Directors during the Fall of 2015. He was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of OATH's housing mission for SPC Hancock from the very beginning, and then joined the adult volunteer team in April 2015. As an adult volunteer, Mr. Rickert coordinated key components of the "Welcome Home" ceremony for SPC Hancock, including catering, property preparation andserving as the logistical contact for the Patriot Guard Riders. Mr. Rickert was a driving force behind the success of the ceremony, and a key member of the OATH volunteer team. Mr. Rickert works for the City of Palmdale and brings extensive knowledge of the Antelope Valley community to our OATH team.