Bret Daniels is the President of Toys for the Troops’ Kids. He is an Air Force veteran and served tours in Torrejon, Spain, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is currently a City Council Member and has served as the Mayor for the City of Citrus Heights. He enjoyed a 20-yr law enforcement career and 4 years with Department of Homeland Security. He has spent many Christmases over the last 17 years driving thousands of miles each to deliver toys to kids of our military members who are stationed throughout California and Nevada. Bret is a Founding Member of the Toys for the Troops’ Kids toy drive. He is married, has four children ranging from 3 to 36 years old, and four beautiful granddaughters. He attends Bayside Citrus Heights Church where he serves on the Security Team and has lived in Citrus Heights for most of the past 45 years.
Michael Axford is the Treasurer and was born in Buffalo, New York. When he reached the age of 18 in 1968, the Vietnam War was really hot. The draft was a big motivator for him to join the Air Force because he really hoped to fly and get into computers. As it turned out, he got both wishes as a radar technician in the 552nd Air Wing stationed at McClellan. There was a small computer on board the aircraft that calculated intercepts for our fighter aircraft.
Michael was stationed in Thailand and South Korea and flew over Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. By the time his four year hitch was up in 1972, the war was about over so he did not re-enlist. Instead, he went to college using his GI Bill benefits, first at American River College and then at Sacramento State University. Michael received a degree in Computer Science and immediately went to work writing programs for accounting systems. After a 30 year career in Computer Science, Michael retired and became a Realtor which he still pursues today.
Along the way, Michael got married, divorced and married again. He has two daughters and a son, ten grand kids and a great granddaughter. He attends a local church and serves there as Treasurer and serves on other committees as needed. Michael has lived in Citrus Heights for 41 years. Michael has been helping with Toys for the Troops Kids in the background almost from the beginning. In 2017, Michael formally joined the Board to serve as the Treasurer.
Additional Steering Committee Members
- Wayne Scherffius
- Ken Heuser
- Rudy Martinez
- Cat Martinez
- Nikki Daniels