Dr. Abel and Sophia Ojeda
Dr. Abel Ojeda was born and raised in Porterville; graduating from both
Porterville High School and Porterville College. Abel stayed in the valley
and attended CSU Fresno, completing his physical therapy degree and then
his doctorate. Abel is a sports physical therapist and the clinical director
of PRO-PT in Porterville. Along with local sport game coverage and protecting
our youth from sports related injuries, Abel is also an active board member
with the Porterville Unified School District. More specifically, the Porterville
Academy of Health Science, providing internship opportunities and assisting
with the sports medicine education.
In addition, Abel is a Rotary board member, Santa Fe Elementary Parent
Club member as well as school district board member. Last but not least,
Abel takes pride in coaching soccer, this among other things enriches
his life and allows him more time with his family and children. Participating
in the Sierra View Dancing With the Stars Gala will allow Abel to continue
in his quest to give back to the community and will give him more quality
time with his beautiful wife Sophia.
Abel said, "We are thrilled to be a part of a project that makes our
community better. My goal is to give back and make Porterville a better
place for my family, my friends, and my fellow residents by volunteering."
Sophia Ojeda was born and raised in Tulare County. She like her husband
is a proud alumni of Porterville High School, Porterville College and
CSU Fresno. Sophia spends her time as an English teacher at Santa Fe Elementary
and in years past as a full-time stay-at-home mom. Sophia and Abel have
four beautiful children together; Grace 8, Cruz 6, Brisa 4 and Amelia
2. As a family the Ojeda's love spending time outdoors with nature.
In addition Sophia enjoys studying the word of the Lord and passing on
that wisdom to her children.
The Ojeda's both look forward to the competition and feel that it is
a perfect way to celebrate 9 years married and 16 years together! As Sophia
puts it, " Who wouldn't want to stress, laugh, make mistakes,
raise money for a great cause, and dance their heart out with the one
who makes them complete".
A special thank you to Stephani Berra from Dreams in Motion Dance Company
for making this a possibilty for the Ojeda's!
Mitch and Liz Brown
Mitch Brown is a local business man from Porterville. He attended school
in the Porterville area until High School when his family moved to Cedarville.
They returned to the area his senior year and Mitch graduated from Porterville
High School. He is married to Elizabeth Brown and has four children, Justine,
Lauryn, Taylor and Ryan.
In 1980 Mitch began working in the earthwork field as a Contractor. Providing
earthwork and paving services to numerous Developers and Public Work entities
across the Valley. He currently manages Porterville Rock & Recycle,
Inc. which supplies sand and gravel to contractors and concrete suppliers.
Also in his daily management he operates Mitch Brown Construction which
provides paving and earthwork and Mitchell Brown General Engineering,
Inc. which operates landfills in Kern County.
Aside from work, which takes up most of his time, he loves to Team Rope
with friends and spend time with his family. This year the Gala is raising
money for equipment upgrades in the Cancer center. Mitch’s mom was
a patient in the cancer center in 1998 and he is extremely honored for
the opportunity to give back to The Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center.
Elizabeth Brown was born and raised in Porterville. After graduating from
Monache High School, Elizabeth went on to attend Waterson Business College
in Bakersfield earning a Bachelors is Accounting. In 1992 she returned
to Porterville and accepted a position at Ennis Development. The Ennis
family introduced her to Mitch Brown and the rest is history. She works
along side Mitch and their children in their family owned businesses on
a daily basis. Aside from work, her passions are spending time with family,
gardening, working out and showing horses.
When asked if she and Mitch would compete she immediately knew it was something
she would love to do. However, she knew there was going to be a little
persuasion to get Mitch on board. Ultimately, he agreed and the practicing
began. The money being raised for Sierra View's Roger S. Good Cancer
Treatment Center is vital for our community and she is honored to be able
to support such a worthy cause.
William and Larissa Wells
Larissa Wells grew up in the small town of Springville. She attended Porterville
High School, then went onto play tennis at the College of Sequoias. After
that she transferred to Biola University and graduated with her bachelor’s
degree in Elementary Education. She moved back to her hometown of Springville
and got a job at her beloved hometown school she grew up at teaching first
grade. She is also an Independent Consultant for a beauty, health and
wellness company called Arbonne International.
William Wells grew up on a cattle ranch in Springville with his 5 brothers
and sisters. He grew up with a love of backpacking, hunting and fishing.
When he turned 18 he was hired onto the Springville Hotshot crew with
United States Forest Service. After 6 fire seasons with the crew, he left
for a job with Cal Fire where he stayed for two years before obtaining
a permanent Fire Apparatus Engineer job with Tulare County Fire Department
where he currently works.
William and Larissa originally knew each other from a Christian camp when
they were 16. Seven years later they “ran into” each other
at Starbucks and the rest was history! Larissa has always loved to dance
since she was a little girl. She took dance classes since she was 3 up
into high school. When she met William he said he didn’t dance.
But Larissa was adamant that he learn with her. They learned how to country
swing dance and now it’s their favorite thing to do together as
a couple! They married only a year and a half after the Starbucks meeting
and they now have been married almost 3 years. They also just welcomed
their sweet baby boy Waylon into the world on May 14th of this year.
This couple loves to dance and are so excited to help raise money for such
a good cause!
Dr. Anthony and Kristy Martin
Anthony and Kristy Martin were both born and raised in the Porterville
area. Anthony graduated from Monache High School in 2000 and went on to
attend California State University Long Beach to pursue his Bachelor’s
degree in Liberal Studies. After receiving his degree in 2004, he moved
back home and began teaching 4th and 5th grade at Terra Bella Elementary School. Anthony went on to receive his
teaching credential, administrative credential, Masters of Arts in Education,
and was blessed with the opportunity to enter into an administrative position
at Earlimart School District in 2009. Continuing on with his schooling,
he completed his Educational Doctorate in 2013. In 2015, Anthony began
working in Burton School District where he currently serves as the Director
of Educational Services.
Kristy graduated from Porterville High School in 2002 and shortly thereafter,
she and Anthony began dating. They maintained a long distance relationship
for a little over 2 years while Anthony was attending CSULB. Kristy attended
Porterville College and completed the Licensed Vocational Nurse program
in 2005. She worked in the Emergency Department at Sierra View Medical
Center for 10 years, first as a patient registration clerk and then as
an LVN. In 2013, she left to become a stay-at-home-mom (although she often
likes to say instead that she works as a full-time volunteer!)
Anthony and Kristy were married in 2005 and almost a year later, welcomed
the birth of their first son! They are the proud parents of 5 boys: Austin,
age 12, Andrew, age 10, Aiden, age 8, AJ, age 7, and Aaron, age 6. Their
boys keep them busy with a multitude of extracurricular activities! They
enjoy spending time together with their family and spend their free time
camping at the beach, baking together, and having weekly movie nights!
Kristy currently serves as the President for Burton Educational Partnership
Foundation and is heavily involved in planning their annual spring dinner
fundraising event. She also serves as Treasurer for Summit Charter Academy
Lombardi PTA and is an avid volunteer in her children’s classrooms
and around their school. Anthony currently serves on the Porterville Chamber’s
Board of Directors and is the Treasurer for Burton Educational Partnership
Foundation. Both can also be found helping out at Burton School District’s
food giveaway “Healthy on the Go” on the 4th Friday of every month. Anthony and Kristy both love serving and giving
back to our community and are excited to be a part of such an important cause!