Robin Schlosser came to the Morongo Basin in 1994 and has lived in the Twentynine Palms community for more than 22 years.
She and her family moved from the small community of Lompico, CA in the Santa Cruz mountains where she was a licensed general contractor and ran a business with her husband for many years. It was there that she began her first work with non-profits when she began volunteering with Valley Churches United, the Red Cross on the disaster assessment team and the Santa Cruz Aids Project performing home safety inspections in the rugged mountain communities in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
In 2006, Robin moved to Victorville, CA where she worked for St. John of God Healthcare Services and was program director of Samaritan's Helping Hands, a social outreach program which operated the largest food pantry in the Victor Valley; provided utility, emergency shelter, and rental assistance to low income and homeless individuals and served 26,000 people annually.
In September 2011, the opportunity came to join Reach Out Morongo Basin as Executive Director and she moved back to the Twentynine Palms community she called home. She currently lives with her son and grandson and has her elderly father nearby.
Admin Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator
Sharee Hinson is one of the Volunteer Coordinators for Reach Out Morongo Basin. She considers herself to be friendly, goofy, and an all-around outgoing girl. She enjoys spending as much time with her friends as she can and getting out of town on the weekends to do a little bit of shopping every now and then. Her favorite activity is bowling, her favorite food is pizza, and her favorite color is purple.
Working for Reach Out Morongo Basin has been a lot of fun for her and a learning experience. She has been working with Reach Out for just under a year now, and she absolutely loves it! It's enjoyable to speak with all of the clients and attending to the senior and disabled neighbors Reach Out Morongo Basin serves. This job can be exhausting and challenging at times, but she wouldn't have it any other way.
She has grown to love and adore all of the people she gets to work with. The staff and volunteers put out the same amount of effort and the result is worth the while. So many times clients call just to say how grateful they are for all Reach Out does for them. That feedback makes all the hard work worth it in the end. Sharee looks forward to continue working for Reach Out Morongo Basin and all of the awesome neighbors who go along with the awesome organization.
Barbara Finnegan came to Reach Out Morongo Basin in early 2012 looking into volunteer opportunities in whatever positions we had available. As a "Jack of All Trades," she had many skills she wanted to put to use helping our senior and disabled clients throughout the Morongo Basin. Her numerous skills range from being an amazing dessert chef and cook, crafting and sewing, working as an Emergency Medical Technician, going to school and earning her LVN and RN licenses, being a licensed hairstylist, working as a pre-school teacher at Knotts Sky Park Preschool, working as a Special Ed Teacher at Morongo Unified School District, the list goes on. Many of these jobs and skills were earned and performed while raising her grandson by herself and caring for her senior mother.
In June of 2014, a position as a paid driver became available at Reach Out, and Barbara applied. She was selected from numerous applicants to join our team. To say she was a great addition would be an understatement. Her 'can do' attitude while volunteering transferred over to her job as our driver and to helping our senior and disabled neighbors in new capacities. Whatever is necessary to help, she does.
Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Scott Clinkscales is a life-long resident of Twentynine Palms. He is the newest member of the Reach Out Morongo Basin staff and is excited to be working with such a great team. As the Office Coordinator, Scott manages the various social media accounts and the website. Scott is working to become an elementary school teacher. He performs onstage at various live theatre venues across the desert. You may have seen him onstage at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree, or Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs. He graduated from Twentynine Palms High School in 2014, attended Copper Mountain College for 3 years, and will be transferring to Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus in the Fall of 2017. He previously worked at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce as their Social Media Advisor. Scott is also an AVID Tutor for the Morongo Unified School District and a licensed Zumba Instructor (ZIN Member). Right now he is volunteering in the Marketing Department at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Scott absolutely loves everything about non-profits and how much they help the community.
Board of Directors
Kurt Schauppner (pictured right) has served as editor of The Desert Trail since December 1999. He has served on the Reach Out Board for close to two decades. He is also a member of the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club and is active with Theatre 29 and other local community theaters. He explains his involvement with Reach Out in simple, selfish terms, he plans to live long enough to become one of the neighbors helping neighbors organization's clients so he is working now to ensure that it is still around in, let's say, 30 years, when that happens.
Richard Lundine is a life-long resident of California and was raised in Los Angeles County. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1986 with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Richard has been a property owner in Yucca Valley since 2003 and commuted to San Diego for 10 years. He became a full-time resident of Yucca Valley in 2014. He helped open and run ArtFx & Furnishings in Yucca Valley in 2011 and currently works in the store daily and manages the financial side of the business.
In San Diego, Richard spent 28 years managing a fortune 500 company. He has 21 years of Home Owners Association board experience and has 20 years HOA Treasurer experience. Richard also has 10 years experience as Treasurer for an investment club in San Diego.
Olivia de Haulleville
Olivia de Haulleville was brought up in the Antelope Valley section of the Mojave Desert and moved in 2001 to her present home in Yucca Mesa, after having spent 20 years travelling through several Eastern and Asian countries. She has a published book on Amazon, has written articles, and is a "Stringer" for the Hi-Desert News. In 2016 she received a congratulatory letter from Assemblyman Chad Mayes for a comment she wrote in the Opinion section of the paper.
Olivia has volunteered her participation to several local organizations, including: Friends of Yucca Valley Library - Secretary to the Board for 3 years, as well as the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, and she is presently Secretary to the Board of the Yucca Mesa Community Center as well as to the Board of Reach Out Morongo Basin.
Her dedication to Community Service stems from the education she received as a frequent visitor to 3rd-World communities.
Member at Large
Ursula Gilmore is a native Californian with roots in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties going back over a hundred years, and she is blessed to live with all this unique and beautiful region has to offer. She relocated to Yucca Valley in 2012 with the plan that this would be her home for the rest of her life, and she wants to be an active and contributing member of the Morongo Basin communities.
As the former Executive Director for the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, Ursula has learned a great deal about Reach Out Morongo Basin and the fabulous work the organization accomplishes. Her 25 plus years of experience in management of administrative and facilities operations, accounting, and project management is going to be a great resource to help Reach Out Morongo Basin grow even more than it already has.
Member at Large
Marietta Terrill has been a resident of the Morongo Basin for 16 years, moving to Yucca Valley in 2001. She is the mother of three wonderful children. After her husband, Mike, died in 2005, she sought support for her children and herself at Hospice of Morongo Basin and became the Administrative Assistant/Fundraising Coordinator for the organization shortly thereafter. She currently works as the Office Manager for Apache Senior Mobile Home Park, where she has daily interactions with the the park residents.
Marietta has been involved in several non profit organizations benefiting the Morongo Basin and looks forward to being a director for Reach Out Morongo Basin to continue assisting those in need.