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2015 Jeannette Rankin Award Winner
Diane V. Grooms 


Her vision for the future:
 
"...is to help everyone in the Antelope Valley to be able to afford and sustain housing with the medical, social, and education supports they need to be healthy.

With more than 2,000 people homeless on our local streets -- including hundreds of children -- I feel this issue deserves the concentrated effort of our community."






Diane' personal credo sums it up well:

Many hats, One Mission - Community service.

Diane has lived in the AV for 29 years.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in Liberal Studies and a masters in business administration from the University of Redlands.  

 She became a national Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) in 1993.

 

Employment:

Prior to moving to the Antelope Valley, she was a newspaper journalist.

She then started a public relations and political consultancy business with her. husband.

Moved to Lancaster in 1986 began working at the AV Hospital in marketing and public relations

In 1993, she went to work for United Way then, 15 years, later the Children's Center and now works for Valley Oasis.

At Valley Oasis she is the project coordinator of a ground-breaking, community-wide process to house the most chronically ill and homeless Vets in the Antelope Valley.

As a Volunteer:

AV Homeless Coalition - 20 year commitment as member and chair

14 years as United Way AV Regional Vice President

Currently in her 3rd term as trustee and president of Lancaster School District Board,

20-year member and past president of Lancaster West Rotary Club;

Long term member of Mental Health America AV advisory committee and the Department of Mental Health Service Advisory Committee.

Member of the AV School Boards Association Executive Committee.

Past president of Lancaster West Rotary Club and have been a member for 21 years

Led international Rotary service missions to villages in India, and Mexico to build houses for the neediest families where she installed tiles in Kitchens and bathrooms all at her own expense -

She is a CASA Volunteer: Court Appointed Special Advocate for minors in foster care when their families are in the midst of a legal crisis.

She is also a member of Grace Lutheran Church and served on the church's school board for 8 years, and on the church handbell choir for 16 years. 

 

Background information:

Growing up in a Marine Corps family, she met and married her husband in Monterey, soon moved to Lancaster in 1986… to experience a new style of life,  staging in one place.   She’s been here for 29 years as part of the three generation Grooms family.

As a nationally Certified Fund Raising Executive, Diane has written federal, state, county and private foundation grants for the AV community since 1990, bringing more than $23 million for non-profit organizations to help education, reduce domestic violence, and end homelessness.

One of Diane's great strengths is her ability to convene coalitions and recruit dedicated volunteers. She leads by example and inclusion.

Her husband says: Diane goes the distance in whatever challenge she undertakes.