Jared Harness grew up in Porterville, CA and has worked at Sierra View
Medical Center for thirteen years. Most of his time at Sierra View has
been spent in the Emergency Room. However, he moved to a new position
in the hospital as the new Compliance Audit Analyst in June.
Lexi Alari Harness moved to Porterville from Nashville, TN in 2002 and
attended Porterville High School. She then attended Westmont College,
a private liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, before transferring to
Fresno State where she studied opera and vocal performance.
Jared and Lexy met through their shared love of singing. They knew it was
love right away and married less than a year after meeting. They celebrated
their third anniversary this past April. Their favorite pastime is adoring
their daughter, Ember Layne, who just turned two.
They are expecting their second child in October, just one month after
the competition! Jared and Lexy are eager to show their community their
dance moves and celebrate with Sierra View Medical Center. When Jared
was asked to dance in the competition, he wasn’t certain, but he
knew it would make his wife happy.
Dustin and Tracy Della
Dustin Della was born and raised on the outskirts of Porterville on his
family’s dairy farm. The Della family arrived in Porterville in
1913 and has been a part of our great community ever since. After graduating
from Strathmore High School in 2000, Dustin followed in his parent’s
footsteps and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received his
Bachelors Degree in Dairy Science with a minor in Ag Business. After college,
Dustin ventured into Agricultural and Commercial Banking.
Tracy Della was raised in Porterville, CA and attended Monache High School.
She has worked in the banking industry for the past 16 years. In 2005,
she accepted a position at Bank of the Sierra. One year later, Dustin
accepted a Commercial Loan Officer position also with Bank of the Sierra
and the couple met.
In 2013, Tracy received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Accountancy
and soon after was promoted to her current position as BSA Officer for
Bank of the Sierra. In 2014, Dustin accepted his current position as Market
President for Suncrest Bank Porterville where he continues to focus on
Agricultural and Business Banking in the Porterville Area.
Dustin and Tracy are the proud parents of three boys: CJ, age 15, Cooper,
age 12, and Brayden, age 10. Trying to keep up with the boys sometimes
feels like another full time job, but they wouldn’t have it any
other way. All three boys are active in several sports. Dustin loves coaching
the boys during basketball season and cheering for all of their other
activities. Tracy and Dustin can be seen around town attending baseball,
basketball and football games year round.
In her spare time, Tracy enjoys travelling, entertaining and cooking for
her family and friends. Food is her passion, and she loves experimenting
with new recipes and trying new foods from various regions. Tracy also
enjoys spending time with her bulldog Winston. Outside of kids and sports,
Dustin enjoys traveling with his family and enjoying Tracy’s amazing cooking.
Dustin is excited to be a part of this year’s Dancing with the Sierra
View Stars competition. It is a great fundraiser for a great cause. He
is also tired of hearing his great friend and co-worker Scott Quatacker
brag about his Dancing with the Sierra View Stars triumph in 2011.
Tracy accepted the challenge to compete in the Dancing with the Sierra
View Stars competition because it’s a fun way to give back to the
community by helping to raise money for a great cause. She is also looking
forward to bringing home another #1 title to Bank of the Sierra!
Dustin and Tracy would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Lisa
McMullen, their choreographer, for all the time and effort she put into
making their dance routine so wonderful.
Miguel Leyva and Quinn Atherton
Miguel moved with his family from Mexico to the United States at the age
of 15 and is the quintessential example of the self-made man. Quinn Atherton
came to Springville in 1996 and couldn't imagine a better town to
raise a family in! She is incredibly proud of her three children, Doran,
Della and Beverly, and is madly in love with her one-year old grandson Levi!
Miguel is from a large close-knit local family and can often be found working
out at the gym with his brothers. They always look like they are having
a great time. He also has four sons ranging in age from 17 to 31. He is
extremely proud of all of them and their many accomplishments.
After Quinn’s youngest child started kindergarten, Quinn became a
licensed realtor in the year 2000 and has sold over 500 homes in and around
Springville and Porterville. She is proud to be an agent at Melson Realty
and still loves her job every single day.
Miguel started working as a farm laborer at a very young age. He then had
a successful truck driving career and eventually worked in the Department
of Corrections until he retired in 2001. He became a licensed Realtor
in 2006 and has truly enjoyed the connections that he has made through
this line of work. It was through real estate that he discovered his passion
and talent for investing. Miguel has perfected the "buy and hold"
strategy. Through hard work, perseverance and a heart for connecting with
and helping people, he has made a life for himself that is truly by design.
When she isn't real estate-ing, Quinn spends time with her friends,
family, three horses, and kitchen! She bakes for all of her closings,
so with an average closing every week, that's a lot of cupcakes, pies
Working out is one of Miguel’s favorite pastimes, and he also likes
to travel. But when asked what he's passionate about he's quick
to answer, salsa dancing! Miguel loves to do social salsa dancing and
will travel anywhere for a fun night of salsa!
Quinn chose to accept this challenge because she wanted to prove to herself
that even though she has a rebuilt knee and a double hip replacement,
things like this are absolutely still possible! Most importantly though,
she dedicates this performance and journey to her beloved Aunt Beth, who
just recently passed away from cancer. For the last few years of her life,
Beth and Quinn both lived for Dancing with the Stars night on TV. Even
with her aunt in Kentucky and Quinn in California, they never missed a
show. After watching so many episodes, they both really thought they knew
a lot about it.
If Aunt Beth were here now, she would be thrilled to see Quinn perform.
Quinn would tell her, "This is hard. It's really, really hard!
Those darn dancers on TV made it look easy! Well, this salsa's for
you Aunt Beth!"
Miguel accepted the invitation to compete in this year's Dancing with
the Sierra View Stars because he loves a challenge and it was an exciting
opportunity to combine his passion for dance with the ability to help
the hospital with such a worthy and important cause. Both he and Quinn
are thrilled to be participating in this year’s Sierra View Foundation Gala.
Jorge and Kim Ramirez
Jorge and Kim Ramirez were both born and raised in the Porterville area.
They both attended local schools and met at Monache High School where
they graduated in 1992. During their years at Monache, Jorge and Kim were
high school sweethearts. After dating for five years, they parted ways.
Kim went to college at CSU Bakersfield where she earned her degree and
became a teacher. During this time, Jorge started his own business.
Kim was a teacher for 16 years at Monte Vista Elementary School. Then,
she went back to being a student and earned her Master’s degree
from Fresno Pacific in Administration. She has been working at Granite
Hills High School over the past four years, where she is currently the
Special Projects Coordinator.
Jorge started JR Concrete, Inc. in 1997. He specializes in residential
and commercial concrete work throughout Tulare County.
Both Jorge and Kim love to travel and workout regularly. Jorge is also
an avid roper and attends roping events throughout California. Jorge and
Kim have three children, Colby and Emelee Silva and Katie Ramirez. Colby
recently graduated from Porterville High School and will attend Cuesta
College to play water polo this fall. Emelee and Katie will attend Monache
High School this coming fall.
When asked to participate in this year’s Dancing with the Sierra
View Stars competition for the hospital, they were both thrilled. They
feel honored to participate and are grateful that they have the opportunity
to help raise money for the Sierra View Medical Center Maternal Child
Health department, the Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center and other
departments that better their community.
Dave Kinsel and Tara Everett
David (aka Dave) was born in Lindsay, CA in 1975. He grew up in Strathmore
and graduated from Strathmore High School. Go Spartans! After graduating,
he went to work at Strathmore Ladder making the world’s finest orchard
ladders. After leaving there, David worked at Sierra Montessori Children’s
Center in Bakersfield, where he taught using the Montessori Method. He
then made the move back to Porterville and now works for the Tulare County
Sheriff’s Department where he has been for the past 14 years. He
works as a Sheriff’s Security Officer at the South County Justice
Center. If you're ever in the courthouse, you may see him manning
the x-ray machines, say hello!
Tara was born in Ventura and raised in Porterville with her five brothers
and sisters. After graduating from Monache High School in 2002, she attended
both College of the Sequoias and Fresno State. While her focus in school
was Business Management, she somehow found herself in the printing business
and found what she truly loves…SALES! She has been with Central
Valley Business Forms for six of the 37 years they have been in business.
David is currently in the process of joining the Elks Lodge and is looking
forward to being a part of their charity work and volunteering. He enjoys
hiking and the natural beauty of our National Parks as well as local areas
like Balch Park. David is also a huge movie buff and a connoisseur of
good food and drink. He likes to support local businesses and feels it’s
important to the community that we keep places locally owned and operated.
While working as a sales representative for Central Valley Business Forms
she met her now husband Matt Everett, CFO of Dan Freitas Electric. As
soon as Matt found out that Tara’s company printed “everything
except money” he had to marry her! Matt and Tara, along with their
two beautiful children (Brayden 10 & Mattie 3), now reside in Tulare.
Having a 10-year-old who plays multiple sports, makes for weekends full
of games. When they are not on the court or sideline, the Everett family
loves to go to the beach, catch a Dodger game or hang out with friends
and family. Tara is obsessed with drinking coffee and is a huge chocolate
lover… especially Stafford’s Chocolates!
She is also an Ambassador for the Porterville Chamber of Commerce and is
currently on the Community Action team for the Boys and Girls Club of
Strathmore. She, along with her sister and Ertl family, head the main
fundraiser for the club: THE FALL BALL. She is the previous Vice Chair
of Valley Adult Day Services, a position she held for roughly seven years!
Tara also teamed up with a local nonprofit, Hands in the Community, to
do a group project with the CVBF team where they did a full day of yard
work for an elderly lady who was living alone and wasn’t able to
do it herself. She was also involved with Habitat for Humanity for several years.
When Monica from Sierra View’s Marketing department emailed Tara
asking if she would be a dancer for the Gala, she responded with “Yes”,
but she felt like she was going to be sick. This is not her cup of tea
at all! Tara didn’t even do a first dance at her wedding as attention
is not something she likes. She agreed to dance because the hospital is
a huge part of her everyday life and wanted to help them out in any way
she could. Tara has been assisting Sierra View Medical Center with their
print and promotional items for several years and is very appreciative
of not only the business but the friendships she has made. Ramona Chiapa
(previous Marketing Director) along with Monica Diaz and Kimberley Pryor-DeShazo
from the Marketing department have all become great friends of hers and
she wanted to show her support and appreciation.
On the other hand, when Tara asked Dave to be in the Dancing with the Sierra
View Stars competition, it was an easy “yes” for him as he
was very confident in his natural dancing abilities. That was until he
started the actual lessons. He quickly found out, dancing is hard. But,
not afraid to make a fool of himself, David has been working with his
partner to be the best dancers they can be. He has even gone as far as
working on his Swayze-like physique—or something like that.
Tara and Dave have been great friends for the past 10 years! Neither of
them have any previous dance experience at all and Tara has a hard enough
time walking straight and not tripping! Thanks to their great dance instructor/choreographer,
Analia Whittington, owner of Dance Horizons, they are very excited to
participate and show off their newly found love for dance!