SAM'S STORY

Meet Samantha Haylee Moreno (Sam), a Senior at Etiwanda High School. Born in Victorville, CA, currently residing in Rancho Cucamonga, CA- San Bernardino County. The Secretary of State & The Department of the Treasury- Internal Revenue Service approved her 501(c)(3) status for "THUNDAR, LIGHTNING, & PEACE (ThundarLP).

 

Sam fought her own mental and physical traumas at an early age, dealing with illnesses, bullying, and suicidal thoughts. The dark battles she once had are the driving force that fuels her everyday passion for helping those in need. Sam's priority is to help as many Military Veterans with Trauma in any capacity available.

 

Sam's networking skills are up to "par"- gathering resources and partnering with mentors in the field to be ready to assist Veterans as needed. 

 

What's in the name, TLP? When Sam was 13 yrs. Old, she suffered over a year in excruciating pain, both physical and emotionally. During one of her surgical hospital stays, the Paws with Love program at Kaiser visited patients weekly, utilizing "Goldendoodles" dogs to comfort patients; this was the comfort Sam needed. Later in the year, Sam received her Goldendoodle and named him "THUNDAR" (misspelled purposely). LIGHTNING reflects Sam's unexpected harsh strikes in life- that, although frightening at times, molded her to be courageous and resilient. Ultimately, PEACE describes the place she is in now. Thanks to her fierce attitude and some extraordinary people in her life -she hopes to bring some comfort and peace to some significantly deserving Military Veterans.

 

Sam's long-life dream is to attend Medical School and pursue her passion as an Orthopedic Surgeon working alongside Military & Trauma Units. She's undoubtedly on her way, ambitiously challenging herself with Honor/AP courses, taking night classes in the medical field, volunteering in the community, and ecstatically cheering on the Etiwanda's Senior Cheer Squad while managing ThundarLP!

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EDUCATION

  • Etiwanda High School(Present): GPA 4.2 (top 9% Senior Class)

  • Chaffey Community College (Present): High School Partnership Program: GPA 4.0

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Thundar Lightning & Peace (TundarLP): Nonprofit 501(c)(3):

       CEO & FOUNDER: 2021-Present

  •  California Pizza Kitchen: Hostess: 2021

THUNDARLP PROJECTS & EVENTS:

  • "Blankets for Warriors": March 30, 2022

  • "Medic Bags for Service Dogs & Warrior": July 24, 2022

  • "Dogs 4 Vets":  8.22.22

  • "TOPGOLF 4 VETS":  `11.11.22- "Veteran's Day"

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS & CLUBS

  • Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce: 2021-Present

  • Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce: 2022-Present

  • Claremont Sunrise Rotary: 2022-Present

  • Barstow Chamber of Commerce: 2022-Present

  • Etiwanda High School Varsity Cheer Squad: 2019-Present

  • National Honors Society: 2019-Present

  • California Scholarship Federation: 2019-Present

  • Etiwanda High School Athletic Trainer Teacher Associate - 2021-22

  • Red Cross Club: 2019-2022

  • INTERACT Rotary Club: Chapter School Founder/President 2017-2019

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS & PARTICIPATION

  • Summer Health Professions Education Program: (SHPEP): Participant: (Summer 2022)

  • D'Andre D Lampkin Foundation: Social Good Scholarship: 2022

  • Miss Teen Fontana Princess: City of Fontana: 2022

  • California Legislature Assembly: Thurston "Smitty" Smith, Assemblymember, 33rd District

    • Certificate of Recognition: CEO/Founder of new nonprofit ThundarLP: 2022

  • California Legislature Assembly: James C Ramos, Assemblymember 40th Assembly District

    • Certificate of Recognition: CEO/Founder of new nonprofit ThundarLP: 2022

  • California Legislature Assembly: Eloise Gomez Reyes, Majority Leader, 47th District 

    • ​Certificate of Recognition: ThundarLP's Inaugural Golf Tournament & Support to Veteran Community​
    • Certificate of Recognition:  Power Project Program: 2022
  • Working Dogs for Warrior

    • Certificate: "In recognition of outstanding work to bring wellness to service families in our community.": 2022

  • FRONTSIGHT Military Outreach & Working Dogs for Warriors: "Wellness Warrior"

    • Certificate of Appreciation:  "Bringing outstanding work and wellness to our community all year." ​2022

  • Honor Roll Student: Certificate of Recognition:2010-Present

  • American Legion Auxiliary: ALA Girls State (Alternate Candidate)- 2022

  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY): Participant: 2020

  • Student Leadership Conference:Participant: 2018 

  • Rotary: TLC Leadership Camp: Participant: 2018

  • Character Award: Top Achievement Award: "Fruit of the Spirit" exhibits a transparent relationship with Jesus all areas of her life: 2018

  • Academic/Athletic Award: Achieving GPA of 4.0 + while playing four sports all year. 2018

PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS:

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE- 500 + hours

  • Working Dogs for Warriors

  • Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Claremont Sunrise Rotary 

    • Pilgrims Place

    • Turkey Trot

    • Jocelyn Senior Center

    • Ellen Meadows-Prosthetic Hand Organization

  • Red Cross Club

  • National Honor Society Club

  • California Scholarship Federation Club

  • Kiwanis

    • Shoe Drive-Victor Elementary School District

  • Operation Community Caress

  • Operation Christmas Child: Samaritan's Purse: Assembler/Scanner

CERTIFICATES:

  • Summer Health Professions Education Program: (SHPEP): Certificate of Completion (6 weeks): 2022

  • Health Care Occupations: Certificate of Achievement- Technical Training: 2021

  • Food Handler's Certification: 2021

*For a complete CV of Sam Moreno: contact amoreno@thundarlp.org

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