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Couples honored as Leaders of Character

Bill Hart District announces Leaders of Character 2012

Posted: October 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Left to right, Jeff and Kiki Hacker, Marian and Richard Sandnes, and Eileen Mann and Marc Winger will be honored Saturday as Leaders of Character by the Boys Scouts of America. Left to right, Jeff and Kiki Hacker, Marian and Richard Sandnes, and Eileen Mann and Marc Winger will be honored Saturday as Leaders of Character by the Boys Scouts of America.
Left to right, Jeff and Kiki Hacker, Marian and Richard Sandnes, and Eileen Mann and Marc Winger will be honored Saturday as Leaders of Character by the Boys Scouts of America.

By Signal Staff

The Boy Scouts of America — Bill Hart District have recently have announced the 2012 Leaders of Character honorees.

They include: Kiki and Jeff Hacker, Marian and Richard Sandnes and Eileen Mann and Marc Winger.

The 2012 list of distinguished honorees represent Santa Clarita Valley leaders of business, government and philanthropy.

This honor is presented annually to those who personify the character, values and leadership demonstrated in the Boy Scout Oath and Law in daily life.

A dinner in the recipients’ honor will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

The public is invited to join in recognition of the community leadership exemplified by these three couples.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Bill Hart District of the Boy Scouts of America.

Among the auction items available: KHTS Antique Fire Truck tour, an SCV street to be named in your honor, sea excursions on the Valkyrie yacht, custom makeup by Joseph Siennes, flights and outdoor adventures.

This year’s honorees join a long list of distinguished SCV community and business leaders who have also received this award.

Past Leaders of Character recipients include: Chell and Greg Amsler, Kristie and Kerry Carmody, Myrna and Gary Condie, Cheri and Don Fleming, Jeri and Carl Goldman, Bob Kellar, Cathy and Bill Kennedy, Marilyn and Kevin Malone, Sue and Larry Mankin, the Honorable Howard P. “Buck” and Patricia McKeon, Ann and Rick Patterson, Jacquie and Harold Petersen, Peggy and Larry Rasmussen, Barbara and Joe Schulman, Dianne and Roger Van Hook, Jim Ventress, Laurene Weste and Jim McCarthy.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and is the nation’s foremost youth program. The organization provides adventure and leadership skills to youth and services to the Santa Clarita Valley community. Spanning over 100 years, total scout membership is well over 100 million.

The Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America has continually been recognized nationally for excellence in program development, membership growth, and services provided to youth. Proceeds raised during the Leaders of Character Recognition Dinner will directly benefit the existing programs and services being delivered to the 2,500 youth participating in scouting activities within the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Hackers

Jeff Hacker has been a past president of the SCV Attorney Association. He has been the attorney for the SCV Chamber of Commerce since 1997. He was the recipient of the Chamber’s prestigious President’s Award in 1997.

Hacker has also been counsel to the SCV Automobile Dealers Association, Child & Family Center, and other nonprofits.

They have two children, Alysha and Mitchel, both of whom are at ASU: Alysha for graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in education. Mitchel is attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

The Sandneses

The year 1960 was eventful for Richard and Marian who met, married, and for Richard who started as a part-time cook with the IHOP Corp.

When Richard transferred to the East Coast, Marian stayed busy raising their four children Robin, Mark, Mike and Matt. Active in camping, sports and scouting and Marian served as Cub Scout den mother.

Leaving the IHOP corporate team in 1977, Richard and his business partner Rod MacPherson created Mr. Stax Incorporated, a company designed to “efficiently and effectively develop and operate IHOP restaurants.” Today Mr. Stax owns and operates more than 50 restaurants with 2,000 plus employees.

In addition to their four children, Richard and Marian have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Richard and Marian take pleasure in supporting many SCV charities including the Boys & Girls Club, College of the Canyons Scholarship Foundation, Canyon Theatre Guild, SCV Child and Family Center, Carousel Ranch, and Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital. Richard and Marian are recipients of the College of the Canyons Foundation Silver Spur Award and the Boys & Girls Club Samuel Dixon Award.

The Wingers

Eileen Mann and Marc Winger are 38 year SCV residents. Their two sons are Hart High grads. Evan currently attends UC-Berkeley and Seth is a graduate of Stanford University.

Eileen graduated UC-Berkeley Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in English and Psychology. Eileen taught for nine years in Newhall and Sulphur Springs School Districts.

Marc also graduated from the UC, Berkeley with a BA in History and received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the UCLA. Marc was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent until appointed superintendent of the Newhall School District in 1997. He addressed challenging district growth issues through a combination of using multi-track year-round education, and raising bonds for modernizing and building. The District’s 10th school opened in September 2005.

Marc Winger is proud of the fact that Newhall’s diverse elementary schools, have consistently received high rankings for achievement and excellence.

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