We are a dynamic group of individuals who care about the educational future of our Community and our youth. Many of the children we support perform at high academic levels but, are stopped short of fulfilling their potential because of their financial situation due to a loss of a parent or situations occurred beyond their control. Driller to Driller Foundation in Bakersfield, provides scholarship opportunities to these students enabling them to complete their education goals and earn a degree. These students are then able to benefit themselves and society in ways that would not have been possible without our program. Our program improves quality of life, supports aspirations, and a change in attitude for future generations. Our Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. To get involved or if you'd like more information please contact Jamianderson@drillertodrillerfoundation.org
CEO, Founder, President,
Jami Anderson, has managed Andco Plumbing Services for 19 years. She has an extensive background and proven track record as Committee Adviser for Foundation ThinkAgain, which supports the educational needs of child cancer survivors. For three consecutive years she served as Vice President of Stockdale Elementary Parent Club, where she acted as carnival chair turning it into one of the largest public fundraisers for the school, which raised thousands supporting the educational needs of its students K-6. She has worked with Kern Community Foundation setting up profiles on Guidestar. In 2013 she served as a Board Member with Kern County Museum as Food Chair for the wildly famous First Annual Nut Festival which raised $165,000 and thousands for various nonprofits. She recently hosted a gala event for Nick Gilmer TBI fund raising thousands for his medical needs, which has become one of our annual events. Jami has been developing business through fundraising, social media, sales, marketing, event planning and coordinating with great success. Jami is a second-generation graduate of Bakersfield High School 1984.
Executive Director & Vice President, Marshall Dillard, was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. He attended Col. Baker Elementary and McKinley Elementary Schools, Emerson Jr. High, and Bakersfield High School. He played football for the Drillers that earned him a full athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He continued his education and graduated with a master’s degree in education administration from the University of LaVerne. He has worked in education since 1989 -- first as a teacher and, currently, as a principal.
Executive Director & CFO,
Rick Van Horne, was born and raised right here in Bakersfield, third generation Driller graduating from Bakersfield High in 1979. He made a name for himself on the athletic fields in both high school and college. An all-American at Bakersfield College, he was the Metropolitan Conference Player-of-the-Year for the Renegades in 1981. Also that year he was selected Kern County College Athlete-of-the-Year, before moving on to the University of Las Vegas, where he played free safety for the Running’ Rebels After college, he returned to Bakersfield and worked for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy for ten years, before starting a career in education. He has now taught and coached in the Kern High School District for 23 years. Rick has gained prominence as a high school coach, first at East Bakersfield High, where he was named 1998 all-Area Coach-of-the-Year, then moved to Liberty High and guided the Patriots to a Valley Championship in 2001. In 2002, he joined the newly formed arena team the Bakersfield Blitz and guided them to a Western Division crown in 2004. He served eight years on the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education and twice served as Board President in 2007 & 2011. He has also written two books, "Friday Night Heroes" about the first 100 years of Driller football, and "Haley Street Heroes", the history of Bakersfield College football. Van Horne has three sons Vince, Richard, Derick, and one granddaughter Rowyn. All three sons went to Bakersfield High. Van Horne was inducted into the Driller Football Hall-of-Fame in 2012.
Executive Director, Secretary, Jana Olivieri, is a proud 3rd generation native of Bakersfield, CA. She has been married for 30 years, with two wonderful children that are her pride and joy. Jana graduated from Bakersfield High School in the Class of 1984. She has been a Real Estate Licensee for 23 years and has worked in and around the real estate industry for more than 30 years, making real estate her second nature. Along with her husband Anthony, Jana co-founded Olivieri Commercial Group, a local Commercial Real Estate company, and is now working as the CFO and co-owner. Along with Olivieri Commercial Group, Jana manages and owns multiple Real Estate companies located in the Bakersfield area.
Executive Board Member, Rowena R. Odom is a 1983 graduate of Bakersfield High. She has currently employed at Bakersfield High for the past 18 years. She has over 25 years of experience working with high school students. She is a member of the Driller PBIS program. She also was a BSU advisor for over 10 years where she shared info with students about going to college and different programs that is offered for minority students. She is currently the Vice President of CSEA for 2017-2018. She does volunteer work with social service organizations in Kern County in raising funds for scholarships.
Executive Board Member, Kimberly Courson-Johns is a Class of 1983 graduate of Bakersfield High. She was born in Vallejo, CA and raised in Lompoc, CA until the age of 10. In 1975 her dad moved the family to Bakersfield, CA so he could manage a local car dealership, Barber Pontiac. She and her brothers were first generation Drillers not being from this town. Most of her Rosedale friends went to North High but she was in the District of Bakersfield High School. Kim liked to be active on the Driller Campus and was on the Driller Swim Team her Freshman and Sophomore years and enjoyed the fun Modern Dance class with Georgia Peck who was also her gymnastics instructor at Princess Studios in her younger years. Kim went on to run for Senior Class Representative and was mentored by Mr. Fussell her accounting teacher and Mr. White her business teacher. Kim enjoyed working with numbers in accounting and has been an accountant since she graduated. Kim worked at KGET for 11 years as the Business Manager and then moved on to working for oilfield related companies and currently is the Office Manager at Premier Equipment Rental, Inc. She enjoys assisting with Non-Profit events and as a proud Driller also has assisted in organizing ALL of the Class of 1983 High School Class Reunions. Kim enjoys all types of music, dancing and is a member of Valley Baptist Church. She enjoys her amazing twins, Cash and Katie; that are now 29 years old and her 3 wonderful grandchildren, Landon, Emma and Jacob.
Joeseph Coughlin, is a member of the Kern County Community & Restaurant owner. He's our Event Specialist at Coconut Joes Banquet Hall.