“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain”

-Lili Trujillo

Our Story

Lili Trujillo Puckett founded Street Racing Kills (SRK) in 2014 after her 16-year-old daughter Valentina was killed by a young man who was street racing and crashed while giving her a ride home. She knew then that her daughter’s death would not be in vain and would do everything she could to prevent another parent from losing a child. Her life changed forever that day. With Valentina by her side in spirit, her mission was born; to save lives by mentoring and creating awareness among the youth. 

Meet Lili

Lili is the founder and Executive Director of STREET RACING KILLS, a non-profit organization devoted to the mission of raising awareness and mentoring youth about the dangers of street racing and other reckless driving practices that take the lives of far too many of our children every year. 

By trade, she is a certified Interpreter and marketer, interpreting in both Spanish and Italian.

From its humble beginnings as a series of talks at local high schools, SRK has grown to a nationwide (and beyond) outreach, education, and advocacy campaign, partnering with multiple groups – including law enforcement and the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA). SRK offers traffic education safety courses and reckless driving intervention programs to high school students and other youth who disproportionately fall victim to this fast and fatal trend.

She also created Val’s Respect the Road Scholarship, which provides online and “at-the-wheel” driving instruction to disadvantaged teens.

Throughout her journey, Lili has met far too many others who have lost their loved ones to reckless driving.  Some of these parents and relatives have become street safety advocates themselves. Many have become volunteers. And some have even joined Lili on the Street Racing Kills Board of Directors. 

In addition to her tireless work with SRK (to date, she’s been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets in the USA, Europe, and Asia), Lili is very active in her community: she’s currently the Vice President, Key Club Advisor and Speaker chair to the Torrance Kiwanis Club (where she met her current husband) and also volunteers her time to traffic safety groups such as Streets are for Everyone, Los Angeles Walks, MADD and many more. 

Lili’s motto – “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain” – continues to inspire her as she strives to raise awareness for a cause she wishes she’d never discovered, to spare other parents from losing a child. And while she may be the Executive Director of the organization she founded, there’s no mistaking who’s really in charge:

Valentina’s the boss,” she says. 

Meet Our Board

Lili Trujillo


Responsible for overseeing the organization’s administration, programs, and strategic plan.

Guy Puckett


President at ArchiveIT 

John Yi

Treasurer & Advisor

LA Walks Executive Director

Mark Waronek


Lomita Councilmember / Businessman

Mike Simpfenderfer

Board Member

Founder, Golden Empire Mortgage

Ricky Pennington


State Farm Agent 


Lori Argumedo


Security Manager at Northrop Grumman

Maria Avila Durrell

North Carolina Outreach Coordinator

Crash Research Specialist

Jessica Fang

SRK – Video & Media Production Coordinator

Secretary at The ForeFront Media

Nichole Richardson

Florida Outreach Coordinator

Practice Administrator for Cardiology Group

Raphi Rebucas

Government Affairs Specialist

President of the Board of Governors of the Young Leaders Political Action Committee (YLPAC).

David Lin

SRK - Video & media production Coordinator

Sales Director at The ForeFront Media

Guy Puckett


President at ArchiveIT

Guy Puckett founded ArchiveIT, Southern California’s leading archival services provider. With 20 years of experience, he securely archives and shreds documents to help businesses move towards digital. Guy is passionate about serving his community and takes pride in his team’s exceptional service and care for documents. He is a Southern California native happily married to his wife, Lili, he has two children, a dog, and a great passion for serving and giving back to his community.
“I love what I do, and I’m blessed with a great family and business.”

John Yi

Treasurer & Advisor

LA Walks Executive Director

John Yi is the Executive Director of Los Angeles Walks. Prior to joining LA Walks in 2019, John was the Advocacy Director for the American Lung Association in California, where he worked on strong tobacco control and air quality policies. At the Lung Association, John also served as a lead organizer by training tobacco control coalitions throughout the state. He helped bring smoke-free ordinances to over a dozen different cities, fighting back against secondhand smoke and Big Tobacco’s efforts to target low-income and communities of color. John also served as the interim National Director for Parent Revolution, an education and social justice non-profit. In this role he led parent organizing campaigns in Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Ohio. He received his master’s degree at Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan. He is a brother of Pi Alpha Phi, speaks Korean and Russian, and loves to cook.

Mike Simpfenderfer

Board Member

Founder, Golden Empire Mortgage

 Mike Simpfenderfer of Bellflower Ca. He is married to Ada Soto Lovon with four adult children and a granddaughter. He brings non-profit experience as he serves on the boards of the Bellflower Kiwanis, Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment of Chicago, and Stepping Stones of Medford, WI. He founded the Lakewood, CA, mortgage branch of Golden Empire Mortgage.