BJ Saidi is the co-owner of Venita’s Gourmet Sweets, a business venture he started with his wife Venita, whose talent for creating innovative sweets is out of this world.
BJ also works as a free-lance video editor and lends his skills to the Chamber, offering video commercials to businesses at a fraction of the cost through the Member Video Program.
“I believe in the phrase ‘strength in numbers’ which is why I joined the Chamber in 2017. If we forget our differences and truly come together on a larger scale, we can achieve a great many things, but only together.” BJ also belongs to Mountain Neighbors, a group dedicated to bringing people together by embracing diversity.
BJ takes the personal approach. “My interest and enthusiasm for the Chamber can be quite contagious. I also believe that people want to be heard, so I take the time to listen.”
Debbie Turner is a private-practice acupuncturist and retired 25-year law enforcement veteran. She has invested her law enforcement experience right back into our local youth as the founder and instructor of the Frazier Mountain High School Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA). The LELA students learn the value of teamwork, leadership, and respect as they are taken through field scenarios, inter-agency training, field trips, and activities with agencies such as the US Coast Guard, CHP, and the Kern County Sheriff Academy.
In addition to her service as a Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce board member, she also serves on the board of the Family Resource Center, and was Past President of the Frazier Mountain Communities Rotary Club. Debbie was honored in September 2018 as the Kern County Second District's Constituent of the Month in recognition of her contributions to the community.
I’m Misty Johnston, the Executive Director at the MCFRC. My family and I have lived in the mountain communities since 2005. My husband Jeff and I share two children, two bonus children, and three grandchildren.
I first came to the MCFRC in 2019 as a member of the volunteer Board of Directors, where I served as Vice-Chair and then Chair. In November 2022, I left the board when I was offered an opportunity to work for the MCFRC as an Advocate and Project Specialist. In August 2023, I humbly stepped into the role of Executive Director with the desire to continue to grow and strengthen the programs and services offered by the MCFRC.
Mel Weinstein started out as a history teacher but soon found out he was a gifted photographer. Over his 50-year career, Mel has worked as a personal photographer, presidential photographer, wedding photographer, magazine photographer, real estate photographer but what he enjoys most is taking photos of the great outdoors…and his dog, Reggie.
Mel and his wife, Kathy have lived in PMC for 17 years. Despite that, Mel has never lost his Bronx accent or his New York sense of humor. When he is not taking pictures, Mel is pursuing all kinds of volunteer opportunities. He serves on the boards of several local agencies and is active in helping the Mountain Communities from schools to food insecurity and donates all his proceeds to charity.
The Cavey-Abshire family moved here and fell in love with this mountain over 30 years ago. They opened Caveman Cavey’s Pizza in 1991. Elizabeth & her family have been here since 2018 and quickly fell in love with the mountain, as well as the sweet community. She has a heart to serve others and a passion to see local businesses succeed and thrive. She believes that many hands make light work and seeks to serve her community through the Chamber of Commerce.
Ray McClelland is the owner of Full Throttle Kustomz with locations in California and Ohio. He has owned shops in the automotive customizing industry since 1991. Ray has also been in the television industry as a co-host on Car Warriors on Speed Channel, Lead Tech on Motor City Masters on True TV, Wheels For Warriors, and Fireball Run Adventure Rally to find missing children that can be found on Amazon. He has also been a guest on dozens of live air interviews for radio stations and podcasts. Ray loves to participate in events, especially when a charity is involved.