Advisors of Awesome
Meet our board.
Meet Only Orchids Board Member Jaime Festa-Daigle! Jaime has 15 year’s experience educating students in Lake Havasu Unified School District. She is currently an assistant principal at Lake Havasu High School. She has taught civics, economics, American History, English, and been an advisor for student council. Jaime has her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies and English as a Second Language from Grand Canyon University. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Jaime is a National Board Certified Teacher, an AZ Master Teacher, a past Teacher of the Year/Ambassador and has achieved many awards including the American Civic Educator of the Year Award, Lake Havasu Most Influential Teacher Award and the Arizona We the People Scholarship Teacher of the Year. Jaime was named one of Havasu’s 30 Under 40 and served as a Pillar 2 Co-Champion for the America’s Best Communities Competition. Jaime is a politics junky, has a passion for helping kids, and spends most of her time thinking about how to make school a better place.
In her free time, Jaime likes to CrossFit, hang out with her kids, Zoe and Lane, and travel.
Meet Only Orchids Board Member, Eric Gedalje. Eric Gedalje is a top realtor in Lake Havasu and he is the managing partner of The Janecek & Gedalje Group of Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty. Eric was recently awarded a very high honor through Keller Williams International as "Rookie of the Year" for the entire Southwest Region of the United States selling over 20 million dollars in production and on track to double that number in volume and in units. Eric and his partner in business, Cathy Janecek, also work for Janecek Homes as the interior designers of the homes as well as the listing agents.
Eric studied International Business overseas at The University of Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel. Living overseas for an extended period of time while studying, he dabbled into some small investments in real estate which created his tie into the real estate world. Last year Eric was named one of Havasu's Top 30 under 40 for the "Bright Future" campaign. Eric is also a graduate of The Havasu Leadership Development program which was a huge part in Eric's portfolio expanding his leadership skills, community awareness, and the history of Lake Havasu.
In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling with his friends, spending time with his girlfriend, and hitting the gym!
Cameron is a University of Arizona Alumni graduating from the Eller School of Business with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. He is the Owner/Managing Partner of Cha-Bones Steakhouse and Tapas bar.
Cameron is passionate about creating businesses that are positive influences on their communities and that provide quality of life for people. He strives to make everyone around him better.
He has served on the board of directors for the Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club. He and his beautiful wife Kelly just had their first born Charlee Rose (she is insanely cute)! Cameron is a founding board member of the Only Orchids Charity Group with the goal to transform our city one act of kindness at a time.
"Meet Only Orchids Board Member Scott Richards. His story is a familiar one. One that has been told many, many times before. Born in Chicago Illinois to Sandra and Dan Richards, his life was destined to live in the big city. Until one cold and snowy New Year's Eve when his father watched the Rose Bowl from sunny Pasadena on T.V.. As the snow drifts piled high on the house and he rested in his father's arms, A fateful decision was made that day to move to the desert and there Scott landed in little ol’ Lake Havasu City. From Oro Grande to the Jr. High and on to graduating from LHHS... He finished his bachelor's degree from NAU and BAM! Here He is.
In a great community filled with wonderful people. One of which is his beautiful wife Heidi. A gorgeous woman both inside and out, she decided that despite his dorkish ways that he was the man for her. Together they have four wonderful kids. Two boys, two girls, two dogs, a turtle, and a fish. Scott is a true family man who loves being silly, goofy, and making others laugh. He leads his family by example about the importance of giving back to the community you live in and getting involved in the betterment of society. Despite his humorous intentions, Scott is passionate about making a positive impact in the community.
He believes that positivity and excitement are contagious and hopes that everyone, no matter how big or how small the amount, finds a way to contribute their talents and get involved in making lasting and impactful contribution to others. Though he started in the big city, he was in fact destined to wind up in this wonderful “little” town.
Justin Janecek has called Lake Havasu City home since 1988. His parents relocated the family to Lake Havasu from Southern California with the dream of owning and operating a small framing crew. Growing up being raised on job sites, Justin grew a passion for building and had dreams of becoming a General Contractor. After years of framing and being his father’s Superintendent, Justin got his General Contractor license and created Janecek Homes Inc. carrying on the family tradition of 30 years of craftsmanship and hard work. Janecek Homes now employs 35 Subcontractors helping create more than 300 local jobs.
Prior to Janecek Homes, Justin spent his late teens playing baseball with the Havasu Heat and playing in a prospect camp within the Cubs Farm League Organization. He also enjoyed his time working with the Buckskin Fire Department as an EMT/Firefighter. Family and the community is everything to Justin so he wants to thank everybody for believing in him, especially his role models Uncle Ron and his dad. But Most of all his wife Janessa for always supporting him and giving him two beautiful boys, Jax and Jaze. Justin spends his personal time playing softball, coaching little league, camping, and relaxing in all LHC has to offer.
Meet Only Orchids Board Member: Dalton Curtis moved to Lake Havasu City at 12 years old and instantly fell in love with everything it has to offer. He was active in high school and participated in many clubs while attending Lake Havasu High School. After graduation in 2005, he decided to attend Arizona State University and obtain a degree in mechanical engineering to pursue his passion for cars and trucks. That passion came to fruition when he obtained a job at the Arizona Proving Ground working for Chrysler as a durability test engineer.
Currently Dalton is the Test Engineering Supervisor at the proving ground in Yucca, AZ and is also working on obtaining a Master’s Degree in Business from Wilmington University. He has been married to his beautiful wife Kylee for one and a half years. Together they enjoy traveling, boating, off-roading and spending time with friends.
Meet Shaun Frank Only Orchids Board Member. Shaun grew up in the beautiful Lake Havasu City Arizona! He even graduated from Lake Havasu City High School he then moved to Phoenix to attend college! After some time in Phoenix Shaun transferred to El Centro in California to play college baseball. After dropping bombs in El Centro Shaun moved to Orange County in 2007 and started working in marketing. In 2009 he moved back to Lake Havasu City and started a digital marketing company called NewMark Media where he helps turn your character into your reputation.
Shaun enjoys working out, wake surfing and spending time with his family Ginny and Wendy and with his niece and nephew! Shaun always brings humor to every situation and is always looking to do a Facebook live video wherever he goes!
Meet Only Orchids Charity board member Greg Whitmire. Greg moved to Lake Havasu City in 1980 and has called Havasu his home ever since. Greg is a Navy Veteran where he served our beautiful land The United States of America. Greg is married to his gorgeous wife Melinda - with their next anniversary being their 10th!
Greg's passion lies in helping others. One way he moves through that passion is by helping people achieve the dream of homeownership. Greg has been a loan officer for 14 years and in 2016 along with a group of investors launched Summerlin Financial where he sits at the President of the organization. Another way he navigates his passion is through fitness coaching as he is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and has his Level 1 CrossFit Certification. In his spare time he coaches CrossFit and Olympic Lifting, enjoys paddle boarding, vacationing, and hanging with family and friends.
Greg lives by something Tony Robbins once said “Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”
Meet Dustin Runyon Only Orchids Charity Group President. Dustin is a servant, speaker, results strategist and coach. Dustin is also the CEO of Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty which has locations in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Kingman, AZ! Since taking over the position in 2013 Keller Williams has become the #1 real estate company in all of Mohave County with sales this year that will reach over a half a billion! With his passion for life and for others in 2014 he launched D.ARE Coaching where he has the honor of working with a select few individuals and companies who settle for nothing but the absolute best in their life and business.
Dustin has served with the K-12 Foundation, Arts Lake Havasu Songwriters Festival, Havasu Vision 20/20, Hospice of Havasu, and was recently named 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Havasu Chamber of Commerce.
He has an immense passion for community, personal growth and leadership. With all that being said Dustin's most important piece in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Leigh, his mother Vicki, and his friends who he sees as family. He believes the quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. Dustin believes that the greatest fruits of life are rewarded to the souls who continue to grow and contribute to the world. He say’s “Be grateful, love hard and live a life you can TRULY be proud of!”