Lisa is a fourth generation community member. She married Rig, her high school sweetheart, and they have been happily married for over 26 years. Lisa is the proud mother of two young men, Cody & Zackary (AKA Buddy) and Co-Mama to Aaron. She enjoys a rewarding career in the legal field and has served on and for many local community boards over the years, including United Way, school PTAs, Jr All American Football, and Rotary to name a few. Approximately 22 years ago she was blessed with a gift from her dear friend’s son Jacob, the opportunity to become his adoptive aunt and the prospect of bringing “Santa’ to him in a safe and enjoyable environment. With the planning of the first party and only 3 children in attendance that year, she never anticipated the friendships, bonds, amazement, wonder and the true blessings that would embrace every person that has been a part of this magic. Thank you Jacob and all of the amazing families that have forever touched and changed our lives for the better!
Janette has lived and worked in the valley for over 30 years. She has been married to her husband for 19 years and has two teenage children. She is an active member in our community and volunteers at every opportunity. She enjoys the fulfilling position of office manager for a local senior care organization. She has been instrumental in the Jacobs Gift party for 20 years. While she enjoys every part of the party, the most fun of all is seeing the faces of the parents with their children. She feels the real blessing is to be a part of such a heartfelt evening with such remarkable children and their families.
Barbara R. Pritchett
Barbara has lived in the area for the over 40 years. She is the proud mother of two sons, both deceased. She has two granddaughters, two great grandsons & is soon to be a Great-Great Grandmother. She has been involved in Volunteer Service work since 1955, starting as a Cub Scout Den Mother and other school activities. She has since been an active member of Eastern Municipal Water District Retiree's Chapter since her retirement in 1995. She was also a charter member of American Business Woman's Association, serving on the board for several years, member of American Society of Women Accountants, Central County United Way for over 35 years.
Michiyo is a proud Army Brat and was raised in Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina and California. She and her husband Tony moved to Menifee eleven years ago and love it here. They have two daughters and a two fur babies. Michiyo has been in the photography industry for over 27 years, but being the Santa photographer for Jacob's Gift has been the most rewarding experience. She looks forward to capturing the awe & excitement in the children's faces when they see Santa. She is grateful that her & her family can volunteer together for such a wonderful event.
Kristin is a busy wife, mom, elementary school teacher. She loves working with children and feels very blessed to be a part of Jacob's Gift every year. She is excited to see the smile on each child's face as he/she enjoys the Christmas party. With every step of getting ready for the party she is in amazement of how every volunteer comes together at this time to make Jacob's Gift a success for the children and their families. It is a night filled with excitement and wonder that every child should be able to experience. Kristin is truly fortunate that her family is able to volunteer for such a wonderful reason during this beautiful season.
Dee Elliot is the Treasurer at Jacob’s Gift and has enjoyed over 18 years of service with Jacob’s Gift. Dee has a 38 year career in Accounting, covering a wide range of industries, and is currently the Controller at a large non-profit health organization. She has called the Temecula Valley home for over 28 years and is passionate about community service. As a mother of two and a grandmother, she has a heart for children and treasures the Jacob’s Gift extended family; “It is an honor and a joy to be associated with this organization and the families it serves.”
Laura, a hairstylist and mother of two young active boys was raised in the small town of Menifee. Her and husband Ben are actively involved in youth sports as well as fundraising events.
She has volunteered for Jacob's Gift for a number of years and was honored when asked to join the board as website coordinator.
She and Ben work together to maintain the website for Jacob's Gift and are grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a magical Christmas party.
Rig was born and raised in the valley and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Lisa, since 1991. Rig has enjoyed a life-long career in construction project management and is an active member of his community. He, alongside his family, has enjoyed providing service to this community through organizations such as United Way and Jr All American Football; coaching youth sport teams as well as serving on youth sports boards. He has instilled in his children the importance of being active in serving their community, supporting tolerance and diversity, and demonstrating kindness. He truly enjoys and embraces the spirit of Jacob’s Gift.