High Desert Divas


The Adelanto Chamber Presents 2017 High Desert Divas

Who will be crowned 2017 High Desert Diva?

Finale- November 9th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Victorville from 5pm-7pm

RSVP for free by November 6th to office@adelantochamber.com $10 at the door with no RSVP


Choose Your HD Diva!

Angela Sorrell 

Make Your Business Grow

Charity: Sunset Hills Children's Foundation

Angela was born and raised in Tyler, TX. She attended Robert E. Lee High School and graduated Class of 1997. She then attended Tyler Jr College and pursued a career in marketing.  Moving with her small family from Tyler, TX to California was extremely scary but the answer to her dreams.  Angela enjoys the peaceful beaches along the West Coast, the beautiful hiking trails through the mountains, and the beautiful sunsets of our gorgeous High Desert. She has lived in the High Desert since moving in 2004. She finished her Associates degree and Bachelor's degree at University of Phoenix, graduating with honors and is certified in Digital Marketing.  Angela currently owns her digital marketing company Make Your Business Grow and manages Precision Blueprints & Printing a new start up print shop in the High Desert.  Angela volunteers as an Ambassador for the Hersperia, Victor Valley and Adelanto Chamber of Commerce, as well as serves as a Director on the board of the Hesperia Centennial Lions Club.  She enjoys volunteering on commitites such as the St. Mary Foundation Gala, Hesperia Days Parade, Ignite, and the HD Hispanic Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast.  She enjoys giving back to her community and making it a better place for us all to live.  Her chosen charity is Sunset Hills Children's Foundation which provides programs that promote hope and healing for grieving children, teens and their families.



Devynn Thompson 

Thompson Family Plumbing & Rooter

Charity: Williams Syndrome Association

Devynn Thompson was born and raised here in the High Desert. She has invested her life into bettering our communities through her partnership of many local foundations and organizations. She is the co-owner of Thompson Family Plumbing and Rooter, where she and her husband John, strive to better the contractor industry and change the consumer perception of the standard plumbing service. She takes great pride and professionalism is all she does and wants to leave a legacy her children would be proud of. She is fearless and determined to succeed in all she does. She takes such pride in her participation of High Desert Divas, and is honored to fundraise alongside many other highly regarded women for this wonderful cause.  Her charity of choice is the Williams Syndrome Association as she and her husband John have a daughter, Reagan who has been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome.



Evelyn Sandoval 

Taylion Academy

Charity: High Desert Outreach Center 


Evelyn Sandoval is the Principal for Taylion High Desert Academy, a local charter school with locations in Victorville and Adelanto. Ms. Sandoval has been the Principal at Taylion Academy for the past two years, and was previously a teacher at the San Bernardino Taylion location. The daughter of immigrant parents, Ms. Sandoval has been involved in the educational field for the past 10 years, and possesses a true passion for helping students graduate and realizing their true potential. She is a first generation high school and college graduate, having attended Cal State University, Fullerton and the University of Redlands. Ms. Sandoval is currently a Board Member with the Adelanto Chamber of Commerce, and looks forward committing her time and efforts in helping the High Desert community.Ms. Sandoval is married to her loving husband Fred and they have one child, Aldo.  Ms. Sandoval will represent High Desert Outreach Center for the HD Diva competition.  She truly believes in the hard work and dedication that goes into the organization and wishes to provide support as they promote stronger communities in the High Desert. 



Isis Fuentes 

Assemblyman Obernolte

Charity: The Greater Hope Foundation

Isis Fuentes is currently a graduate student at Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) who is majoring in Rehabilitation Counseling. Isis is a field representative for the 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte and a graduate assistant for the Disability Sports Festival at CSUSB. The two charities’ that Isis would like to donate to are; The Phoenix Foundation and The Greater Hope Foundation. In 2006 Isis lost her four year old brother in a car accident, because the driver that hit her family was heavily under the influence, she and her family understand that unexpected deaths in the family can be very stressful and financially straining. The Phoenix Foundation is a great resource for the High Desert resident’s to have who experience an unfortunate event in their life. Isis plans on becoming a foster parent in the future, because she knows that there are a lot of children that need proper care. The Greater Hope Foundation is a great organization that provides foster parents with the right resources and training in order to be an effective parent. 



Mistey Kerr 


Charity: Adelanto Community Benefit Corporation 

The last of 4 children, Misty Kerr was born March 22, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio to Walter and Virginia Peever.  Not long after her birth the family moved to Burbank, California in late 1958. She has also lived in several states including Ohio, North Carolina and Hawaii and the country of Okinawa, Japan.  
Mistey graduated from Cerritos High School in 1975 and took a great job with Pacific Bell as a directory assistant operator for the next two years. 
She eventually met the man who would become her husband (and who would later become Mayor of Adelanto) Richard Kerr in El Toro, California. They have four children and nine grandchildren.
She and her husband moved to Adelanto after her husband’s retirement from the United States Marine Corps in August of 1996. 
Mistey owns a small telecommunications business, Veterans Network Communications.  One of Mistey’s biggest passions in life is to make a difference in the lives of others by helping, leading and mentoring.   She founded Adelanto Family Assistance Corporation, a nonprofit within Adelanto that helps other nonprofits in Adelanto and is governed by a  five-member Board of Directors that helps Mistey assisting other nonprofits and individual citizens throughout the High Desert.
Her long term goal is to provide the highest quality support for all Adelanto residents as well as improving the negative image the city has had in the past.
She wants people to look at our city as a place in which they would want to work, play and raise their families.
Being selected as the High Desert Diva would be an honor shared by the city of Adelanto and would help bring much deserved recognition to our city. 
Mistey is most proud of her family, the love and respect they show each other, the compassion they have, and their accomplishments in this short life we have to live. Charity: Adelanto Community Benefit Corporation



Sophie Steeno 

Steeno Design Studio

Charity: Victor Valley Community Services Council

Sophie Steeno was raised in NYC, graduated from the University of Houston, moved to the High Desert when she meet the love of her life Tom Steeno in 1991.  Sophie is the office manager supporting architect Tom at Steeno Design Studio in Hesperia.  Tom and Sophie are active members in the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce.  She is on the Hesperia Chamber Board of Directors and is in her 6th year on the Hesperia City Council Citizens Advisory Committee.  Sophie is so excited to be part of the High Desert Diva Contest supporting many charities and her non-profit organization of choice is the Victor Valley Community Services Council, the oldest non-profit organization in our Valley committed to improving independence, security and wellbeing of the community, emphasizing but not limited to the needs of our senior citizens.



Nicole Nunez 


Charity: The Phoenix Foundation

A high desert native, Nicole has lived her entire life in Apple Valley. She works incredibly hard for and is adored by the boys in her life; her husband Chris, her kindergartener Chase, and her angel baby Cruz. Nicole is passionate about working with the public for a living and in volunteering. Nicole serves on the executive board for the High Desert Phoenix Foundation, the School Site Council & P.F.O. at Sycamore Rocks Elementary School, as well volunteers for other community and non-profit events. Nicole has been proud to help people start their early mornings or come together over a cup of coffee as a Starbucks team member for over 10 years. On the off-chance Nicole gets a moment to indulge she can be found shopping at Kate Spade, wine tasting in Temecula, or trimming her home in the latest fall décor. Nicole is very proud to be named alongside her fellow Diva’s and is excited to help her friends at the Adelanto Chamber.



Valerie Ruiz  

C.A.R.S Auto Body Shop

Charity: Don Ferrarese Foundation

Valerie Ruiz is the co-owner of C.A.R.S. Body Shop in Hesperia. She has over 13 years of industry experience. Valerie was given the opportunity to work in a body shop at 19 years of age. It was then that she found her passion, and through that her career. Valerie thrived in her field, always willing, and eager to learn more. Some years later Valerie’s father and mother Carlos & Theresa Sarmiento, bestowed an amazing gift of partnership to their very own body shop. With the goal to give back as much as possible to the community that welcomed them in, where they now call home. Valerie has always felt the need to give back to those who truly go without. So naturally when given the opportunity she took it!  Volunteering for committees, charities, toy drives, and the shop’s “Give back program”. In hopes she will leave a good example for her four beautiful boys, Fabrizio, Jeremy, Manuel JR., and Benjamin.  With the support of her husband Manuel Ruiz, she is able to push forward and work hard to accomplish her goals for her local community.

Valerie is overjoyed to be raising money for Don Ferrarese charitable foundation’s Santa’s sleigh. Who give gifts to children in our local community in the high desert. In hopes to make sure that not one child has to go with out on Christmas. Valerie knows that every child deserves to feel loved, important, and special. She believes in making smiles and giving hope to children in our community. Valerie hopes that this one act of kindness will lead to bigger things in a child’s life, that they do in fact deserve more and are worthy of something better.

-“a simple act of kindness can change a life.”




Virginia Watterson 

Massey Insurance Services

Charity: Apple Valley Professional Fire Fighters Association

Virginia “Gini” Watterson is the President of Massey Insurance Services.  Gini began officially working for her mother, Carole Massey, the founder of Massey Insurance in 1988, however, she did get an earlier start in the business by addressing birthday cards for the agency when she was 11.  From answering the phones to sales to accounting, Gini learned the family business. In 2008, Gini officially became Massey Insurance’s company owner.  She is currently the Treasurer for the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as a board member of Creative Arts Theater.  She has been a resident of the High Desert since 1992, when she married her husband, Apple Valley Fire Protection District Captain, John Watterson. They have two adult children that also reside in Apple Valley.  When Gini has spare time, she loves to help out in local community theater projects.  She has directed, as well as performed in numerous local shows including the Town of Apple Valley’s Summer theater production of Music Man, where she portrayed Eulalie Shinn, the Mayor’s wife. As a long-time fire wife, she has an appreciation for all the sacrifices fire fighters and their families make on behalf of their communities. This is why she has chosen The Apple Valley Professional Firefighters Association as her charity of choice, to help foster continued support for our home town heroes. 





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