Reality Rally Management Team

         Who is behind all of this?

      It takes a team. 
Without the skills, passion and the know-how
this event could not happen. 

Meet the Executive Team...

Click on the names below to learn more about the people behind Reality Rally.
 

Gillian Larson
Creator and Event Director Sponsorship /Fundraising and The Game
Lily Holland
Celebrity Relations Coordinator
Kim Goodnough
Michelle's Place Executive Director
Carole Schneider
Event Registration and Check In Coordinator
Jennifer Elliott
Volunteer Coordinator
Kim Ornellas
Event Communications and Celebrity Chef Handler
Joni Preston
Media Relations Coordinator
Cynthia Stedfield
Celebrity Red Carpet and Casino Coordinator
Annette Nielsen
Celebrity Chef Showcase Coordinator

Gaylon Holland
 Event Logistics Coordinator

 

Carmen Fernandez
Event Logistics Coordinator
 
 

  

Gillian Larson

 

Creator & Event Producer, Sponsorship, Fundraising and The Game   

Motivational Speaker

 

She has lived in Temecula for 12 years.loves her town and that was part of her reason for creating this event. To highlight Temecula.    At age 3 she became addicted to adventure and challenge.
At age 13 she became addicted to making a difference in peoples lives.
At age 61 she became one of 8 over 60 to play on “Survivor” 
Retired after working as a registered nurse for 42 years in many clinical and management settings. In addition she has owned several businesses and organized many events. Gillian has never satisfied her appetite for adventure and travel despite her wide array of experiences throughout her 66 years. She has traveled through 46 countries and all but a few U.S. states, much of it backpacking. This adventurous "granny" can climb and rappel 4,000 foot mountains and swim with the Great Whites. Not only is she versatile, but she is competitive by nature and feels as though she was a perfect fit for the game of SURVIVOR, she applied 15 times and  never gave up . She always believed  she would one day be selected and was for Gabon. It turned out that her "dream" of getting on Survivor has become so much more by reaching thousands through her speaking engagements and in all the charity work she now does with her Celebrity.

Married over 40 years to her husband, Ron, Gillian has three married daughters and seven grandchildren. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she was awarded several academic and athletic honors. She now uses her Survivor celebrity to do good.  She does Motivational Speaking engagements and can be reached at www.gillianlarson.com . She has organized and participated in many fundraisers across the country. She received commendations from the California State and Senate for her volunteer work in 2011.

All of this became the backbone of her character and the life of Reality Rally.

She has been an integral part of many organizations and events and are too numerous to include here.

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Photo of Kim GoodnoughKim Goodnough

 

Michelle's Place Executive Director

 

Having joined Michelle's Place as the first employee and Executive Director in 2004, it has been Kim's tireless passion for helping others that has allowed her to grow this non-profit breast cancer resource into the only organization of it's kind in the Inland Empire.  In 2009 alone, Michelle's place provided over 6,048 services to 925 women and those numbers are expected to be exceeded this year.  So far, Kim has implement the Care Coordinator Program, Breast Health Assistance Program and Pink Ribbon Assistance Program.  She also initiated one of our largest annual fundraisers – the Pink & Black Spring Fling event.

Kim is the Membership Chair for the American Business Women’s Association and in the past served as President of the Vista Guidance Center Foundation.  She  is also a member of the California Association of Non-profits, Association for Fundraising Professionals, American Marketing Association and Inland Empire Association of Non-Profits.

Kim holds a Bachelors of Arts degree (Advertising major with minor in Marketing) from San Diego State University.  Living in  Temecula, CA, with her husband and their three daughters,  Kim enjoys camping with her family, social events with family and friends, and cheering on her daughters who play softball.

 

lilyLily Holland

 

Celebrity Relations Coordinator

 

Lily joined Reality Rally as Lead Celebrity Handler in our first year. She quickly became an integral and valuable member of the Production Team, and was promoted to the Executive Team in her role of Celebrity Relations Coordinator as we move into our third year. Working closely with Gillian, Lily oversees all Star activities at Reality Rally, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and that the Stars have a memorable time at our event. With her experience providing exit interviews for a reality website from Stars of Survivor, Big Brother and Amazing Race, Lily brings a natural talent to working with the Stars, facilitating a personal and professional relationship with each one, always mindful of their generous contributions to our charity.

Lily moved to Temecula in 2000 with her husband and their two children. Diagnosed with Melanoma cancer in 2006, Lily knows first hand how receiving this difficult news can devastate a young family. Thankfully, her cancer was caught in time and removed with surgery. This experience has given Lily insight into the importance of having information and resources available to families in need, and drives her passion for Reality Rally and our wonderful charity, Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.

 

Jennifer ElliottJennifer Elliott

 

Volunteer Coordinator

 

Jennifer Elliott has been the Volunteer Coordinator for Reality Rally since its conception. She is also the receptionist for DCH Honda which is one of many Reality Rally sponsors. At DCH she also helps with the SADD program (Students Against Destructive Decisions) in the local high schools along with being the coordinator for the American Red Cross Blood Drive which they hold three times a year.

In her "spare time" she enjoys doing genealogy, crafts and working on her high school class reunion committee.

She has been married to her husband, John over 26 years (a high school classmate) and they have 24-year old twin boys, Brian and Jason, and one daughter-in-law, Kelley (Jason's wife).

 

Carole SchneiderCarole Schneider

 

Event Registration and Check in Coordinator

 

Carole Schneider spent her professional life as a recruiter of computer professionals. After her retirement in 2001, she and her husband sold their house in the Detroit area, and hit the road fulltime in a motor home. 10 years ago, they purchased a long term lease in an RV resort in Aguanga, CA, continuing to travel every summer. She became aware of Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center in Temecula through a friend. There, she put her sales experience to work by acquiring silent auction items for the Michelle's Place Spring Fling and Golf Tournament fundraisers, a function she continues. When Gillian Larson started Reality Rally, Carole signed on to run the silent auction, held at the Saturday night Red Carpet Celebration. As of last year the silent auction function was outsourced and Carole took over the registration function at the Friday night Wilson Creek, Saturday night party and Sunday morning Pala Mesa breakfast functions, a position she plans to repeat, with the very competent help of Becky Knode and Julee Johanson.



Cynthia StedfieldCynthia Stedfield                                              

Celebrity Red Carpet and Casino Night Coordinator                                            

Cynthia is a huge Survivor fan from the inception, and when she read in the paper about local resident Gillian Larson as a member of the Gabon season she initially thought "to stalk or not to stalk"..... she went with stalk, thankfully. Now a great friendship and an amazing 4 years working on Reality Rally as the Celebrity Reception Party Coordinator. Friday night's kick off party at Wilson Creek Winery is a wonderful evening, and what we all do for 3 days gives hope and happiness to an amazing charity, Michelle's Place. Cynthia has been in charge of organizing many events for several organizations and loves seeing projects and events come together and run well.

In her spare time she hikes, reads, gardens, plays bocce, kayaks, travels, draw portraits, taps, and yogachi. One year Cynthia even competed in Reality Rally's "amazing race" on Saturday....now that's what she calls FUN!

Annette NielsenAnnette Nielsen

 

Celebrity Chef Showcase Coordinator

 

Reality Rally is honored to have Annette on the Executive Team bringing all of her experience into the Reality Rally event.
Over 25 years of wedding centered coordination, design, and organizational experience!

Exceptional at focusing my absolute passion and love of weddings & events into reality is what I do. I pride myself at always providing my full range of talents and experience into every event I encounter either individually, or as a part of a larger production. Many of my events are special occasions that we get one chance to do right - so meticulous planning and execution is paramount to the critical success for the client(s).

With a reputation as a doer, I'm presently working with many of the top wedding vendors in all of California in helping to leverage their talents to increase the level of delivery within the wedding community through my networking organization, wedding publications, and my own personal events that I coordinate.

If you love what you do, it comes easy!
Mosaic Bride
July 2014 – Present (1 month)
Mosaic Bride is a wedding guide published in both Ventura County and the Temecula Valley featuring professional wedding services' providers,

In this position my main task is to assist and help the vendors in the publication, on the MB website, and in the two platform Apps to leverage their talents and skills to increase their own marketing penetration through our marketing vehicle. What separates this publication from the competition is the quality of the service, the ongoing support, and the belief that Mosaic Brides primary purpose is to reach the potential bridal communities in the Ventura and Temecula areas and bring awareness of our advertising vendors to the brides and grooms looking for vendors with their talents.

Ongoing responsibilities for this position revolve around creating an extensive network of vendors who can and seek to provide high level services, and to creatively devise ways to position that information so it is found both in print and digitally.

Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals
January 2009 – Present (5 years 7 months)
Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals is a professional networking and business building organization founded to provide increased inter-cooperation and wedding centric education to the wedding professionals who provide their services to the wedding community in the Temecula Valley of Southern California.

Currently over 150 individuals, wedding venues, and corporations make up the membership who meet monthly to exchange tips, leads, and share industry knowledge with the goal of 'raising the bar' of customer service at their events in the Valley.

As Founder, and lead Director, my task is to help lead the group to provide an inclusive environment for new and seasoned industry professionals, all the while to make the monthly gatherings true events featuring segments of the industry that can bring more knowledge and awareness of the skills and talents of the membership. Many of the meetings, bridal shows, and special off-sites feature creative aspects that challenge and stretch the previous level of services' offerings for many of the members.

California State University San Marcos
October 2012 – Present (1 year 10 months)
Helping to foster a creative and well educated wedding & event legacy is basis for my part-time participation as an Instructor at CalState San Marco's.
This position enables me to share many of my experiences and wealth of knowledge to the next generation of wedding coordinators who choose to either work for a facility or go out on their own. Very much a mentoring type of approach to this position has allowed me to teach many of this things that I wish someone would have or could have conveyed to me years ago.
In this position, standup lecturing, case study exercises, and open forum Q &

A's serve as the primary methods of teaching in both the Fall & Spring sessions at Cal State.

Events By Annette
March 2002 – Present (12 years 5 months)
As owner and principle wedding coordinator, Events by Annette has a long history of providing a full range of professional wedding planning, coordination and event design services through-out the entire Southern California area, as well as many destination wedding locations worldwide.

Providing the guidance and direction for both intimate as well as large guest list events is one of our core strengths as Events By Annette has a reputation for delivering events on time and on budget in which is challenging when in a emotion driven sector.

 

Joni PrestonJoni Preston

 

Media Relations Coordinator

 

Joni came on board Reality Rally in many areas in 2013 which included being part of the Reality Rally street team, running a very successful fundraising shoe drive, casino prize collection and several administrative functions. She now heads up the Media Relations team and will be connecting with media in all areas pre event and during the weekend.
Graduating from Yucca Valley High School, Joni sharpened her management skills in the banking industry for 10 years; 5 years as Operations Manager of Home Savings.

In changing careers, she was hired on as a Supervisor at Children's Spectrum Food Program. It was there that she recognized a market need for Childcare management software. In 1998 Joni started her own software company; KidKeeper Solutions.

KidKeeper is a complete management software that simplifies record-keeping
for Childcare Homes and Centers. She has lead the industry in providing support for child care providers for 17 years.

Joni volunteered for as a Player Agent for Tri-Valley Little League for 3 years and went on to organize and manage all team rosters for 5 years as Registrar for the Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association.

Joni home schools her two children and has custody of her handicapped brother. Special Olympics plays a large part in her family.

Joni continues to contribute to her family, friends and community any where her positive experience, commitment, heart and soul will allow her to be.

 

Kim OrnellasKim Ornellas

Event Communications and Celebrity Chef Handler

 

Kim became involved with Reality Rally as a Celebrity Handler in the third year of our charity event, bringing her enthusiasm and passion to our wonderful cause.  In 2014, she advanced to the Reality Rally Production Team as the Celebrity Chef Handler, coordinating with our first ever Celebrity Chefs Showcase to keep things running smoothly for our chefs throughout the Reality Rally weekend. Kim was recently promoted to the 2015 Executive Team where she will continue in her role as Celebrity Chef Handler, as well as working closely with Gillian to help organize and streamline our communication with all of our Stars leading up to our Reality Rally event. She also does  the general communications.

Originally from Oklahoma, Kim has lived up and down the California coast. Her organizational, planning and people skills have provided her the opportunity to work as an executive assistant at Warner Bros. Records, as a personal assistant to a former California Lt. Governor, and in the marketing department of a special events company at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Kim is an amateur photographer, enthusiastic home cook and mother of three.  She lives in Temecula with her husband.


 

carmenCarmen Fernandez

 

Event Logistics Coordinator

 

Carmen came on board with Reality Rally in many areas in 2012 which included running the Reality Rally raffle, working closely with Carole on soliciting items for the silent auction and several administrative functions. She now takes on the role of Logistics Coordinator for 2015.

 

Carmen currently lives in San Diego and works for Vanir Construction Management as a Project Coordinator, coordinating and monitoring all project related activities for the San Diego market. In doing so, she consistently strives to maintain positive relationships with clients and ensures professional delivery of services and project quality.
 Carmen has more than 16 years experience working in the construction industry, with some of her projects including the South Coast Winery Resort – Construction of a new three-story, 50 unit, all suite structure and additional meeting and event space and the Carter Estates Winery and Resort – Construction of a winery/tasting room building, and 23 additional buildings housing 60 individual suites.

 

Gaylon PicGaylon Holland

 

Event Logistics Coordinator

 

Gaylon Holland isn’t new to Reality Rally as he has helped in various areas every year and his expertise has quickly moved him to the executive board helping with logistics. He comes from an extensive background in Organizational Management and Reality Rally is privileged to have him on board.  
 
Helping Gillian, Reality Rally and Michelle’s Place is something he takes seriously and hopes in years to come his work experience can help in any way possible.

 

Gaylon moved to Temecula in 2000 with his wife Lily Holland and their 2, now adult, children. Temecula is a place he works and loves to call home.

 

Meet the Production Team

 

Jason Osborn 

 

Celebrity Transportation

 

Jill Hiers

 

Celebrity Travel

 

Joan Hoover and Pam Rainey  

 

Reality Rally Game Team Relations

 

Mark Horn, Terry and Michael Lindsley

 

Challenge Checkpoint Captains

 

Dawn Adamiak

 

Temecula City Liaison

 

Becky Ginesi, Julee Johansen and Rebecca Dugas

 

Ticket Sales Support

 

Christina Cadwell

 

Celebrity Reception Co-Chair and Green Room Coordinator

 

Kristina Sanders

 

Green Room Coordinator

 

Lucinda Johnson and Susan Olsen

 

Media Support

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