19 in 2019 

 
#1 – Dr. Daniel Kimbley
 
When we embarked on our 19 in 2019 campaign, we wanted to solicit stories from within our community that embodied Dana Point’s motto of “Harboring the Good Life.” These people may work, live, or volunteer in the community, and are nominated by someone in Dana Point familiar with their positive endeavors and community spirit.

Our first profile is Dr. Daniel Kimbley, who not only lives in Dana Point but his business – Nexus Family Chiropractic – is less than a mile away from his home in the Lantern District of Dana Point. In addition to living and working in the community, Kimbley has volunteered for numerous events with the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, is an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, and supports a number of professional organizations inside of the chiropractic profession and locally in Dana Point.

Dr. Daniel has given back to the Dana Point Community by sponsoring the Dana Hills High School girls basketball team, donating and participating the Taste of Dana event, and volunteering for the Dana Hills Grad Nite event. He and his wife Heather, also regularly volunteer for The Just Like Me Foundation events, the Dana Point Lobster Fest, the Doheny Blues Festival, the Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon, and the Boys and Girls Club Holiday Homework Drive. In addition, they are active sponsors and participants in the John Malcolm Elementary PTA and helped sponsor the first ever Healthy Kids Running Series in Laguna Niguel.  All of this while being in their first year of business.

“We loved the people, the beaches, the surf culture, and the lack of big-box or chain stores in the area. We knew without a doubt this is the community we wanted to not only have a business in, but contribute to as much as possible, and raise a family in.”

Kimbley has more than a passion for helping people with their physical ailments.  He has a distinguished career guiding the young minds of America. With a degree in Secondary English Education from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, Kimbley began teaching at the largest high school in Indiana, where he grew increasingly interested in the brain, childhood stress, and its implications on how kids learn and become successful as adults.

He began developing new teaching strategies that taught soft skills, focusing on grit, willpower, curiosity, and creativity. As he started implementing concepts that had never been done in a classroom setting, administrators began asking him to mentor other teachers. He became the AVID Coordinator for the high school, taught 10th-grade honors English, and an inclusion American Literature class with juniors.

As all of these changes in his teaching career were happening, he was simultaneously learning more about the chiropractic care he had just experienced as a patient.  What he discovered is that the same part of the brain he was learning about to make a greater impact with his students in the classroom was the same part of the brain that was highly influenced by the chiropractic adjustment.

The longer he taught, especially in his students with autism, ADHD, and other learning disabilities, he began to ask the question, “What if these students were under chiropractic care to increase academic performance and further influence the part of the brain responsible for success?”  He then had the epiphany that to create a lasting impact in entire communities and generations of people, he needed to become a Doctor of Chiropractic to provide the care he so desperately knew his students needed.  His goal was to teach these principles about the nervous system, learning, and success to entire families.

In 2014, Dr. Kimbley resigned from teaching, took the summer off and then began working on his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He and his wife Heather began to look for a permanent home for their practice.  They had two prerequisites: water and a warm year-round climate.  That left them looking to either Florida or Southern California. Two years in a row, they traveled the coast of California and fell in love with the small-town vibe of Dana Point.

In December of 2017, Kimbley graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia earning the Clinic Excellence Award for outstanding clinical skills for his graduating class.  He was also awarded a Core Proficiency Award for Relationship Skill and Communication Theory.

Kimbley created Nexus Family Chiropractic because he had a passion for educating and supporting whole families by improving connections and relationships, health and healing, as well as giving back through many volunteer opportunities. The Kimbleys always choose to shop local and support local businesses as much as possible.  All of this has been by design to serve the community they live in.

#2 – Wayne Penn-Schafer
 

Surf legend and Capo Beach icon Wayne Penn-Schafer has been a part of Dana Point’s small-town surf history since the 1950s.  Friends with Hobie for over 40 years, Wayne and Hobie tested the first ever Hobie Cat on the beach in front of Wayne’s Beach Road home.  Since then, Wayne has become a Director of the Hobie Memorial Foundation, a contributor to the Surfing Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and a member of an informal Surf Club called Poche, along with other Dana Point legends like Walter Hoffman.  Wayne still surfs and paddleboards in his late 80s.

Wayne Graduated from North Hollywood High School and went on to attend Los Angeles City College for two years, where he would be introduced to surfing by a group of Veterans who returned from serving our country on the GI Bill. Little did he know his life would change forever. Wayne’s new friends spent their weekends surfing at San Onofre, which sparked Wayne’s interest in the sport. He went from being a “Valley kid” to hanging out in Hobie Alter’s garage.

In June of 1953, Wayne’s mother purchased her Capo Beach home and Wayne landed a job at Walt Disney Studios, where he was an assistant film editor. He commuted back and forth for a few years because working for Walt Disney himself was a magical time for Wayne.

Eventually, he put his life savings into Dana Point and purchased the last lot on Beach Road, right next to his family’s home. It was the start of Wayne’s 30-year career as a real-estate broker and investor.

There was no steady employment in Dana Point in the 1960s, so after his stint at Disney, Wayne took odd jobs here and there for a few years, lifeguarding in San Clemente and helping fishermen set traps. He also did side projects for Hobie as the company took off.

Wayne continued to invest in Dana Point by working with a friend from school who was an architect to develop two properties that he still manages today. The first was at the end of La Plaza by the Clock Tower and the second was an office building on Golden Lantern and PCH that was built in 1964. Both of which are home to local Dana Point businesses today.

Wayne Shafer still calls Capo Beach home, still manages his properties, and loves to share his story with locals and visitors who want to learn more about Dana Point.

#3 – Sandra Ackerman
 

Sandra Ackerman is a Dana Point resident who is most commonly recognized as being one of the original founding members of CASA Animal Shelter 37 years ago. In January of 1983, Sandra, along with other volunteers and the Fire Chief, began rescuing and housing stray animals – with no funding. After many years of hard work and effort by the volunteers, a permanent facility was constructed in 1996. Today, it’s known as CASA, the Coastal Animal Services Authority, and oversees animal sheltering and animal control services for the cities of San Clemente and Dana Point.

Sandra has always been generous with her time, supporting both the animals and the shelter. She currently works in the front office on a weekly basis, assisting the public, answering phones and promoting adoptable animals. Sandra has been a long term member of the Pet Project Foundation (PPF), providing financial and volunteer support for the animal shelter. Sandra has served on PPF’s Board of Directors as the President, Volunteer Coordinator, and has chaired many of their fundraisers throughout the years.  As a Board member, Sandra was involved with the oversight of PPF’s role in shelter operations. She has contributed her time and opened her home to house hospice foster animals when needed – caring for as many as 6 animals at a time who are recovering from surgery or older pets that have a lesser chance of being adopted.

Sandra has played a key role in all of PPF’s annual fundraising events and continues to play an instrumental role in the success of the Pet Project Foundation and their relationship with CASA.

When Sandra doesn’t have her hands full with our local furry friends, she spends time in Africa where she learned of the poor conditions of young children. This sparked Sandra, along with other Dana Point residents, to create a group called Sopa Kenya, which means hello in Maasai. They formed a 501(c)3 and started raising funds for bathrooms, desks, tablets and whatever the school principals in Kenya needed.

Sandra has dedicated most of her life to serving the animals who also call Dana Point home, and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It’s people like Sandra that make our city a truly special community.