Monthly Archives: April 2020

Thomas Sherman

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Marketing-Digital, Additional Active

Thomas is the Co-Founder and Creative Director for Weaponized Creativity, a digital marketing and design agency. He is also the marketing director for The Truffleist.

He and his wife, Alice, moved to San Diego 2 years ago.  Philanthropy and serving their community is a big part of their family.  They have 2 Bengal cats that they adopted from the ASPCA.  They are also big supporters of the Helen Woodward animal center.  In 2012, Thomas helped launch and lead the fundraising for the Market Studio Kitchen in Detroit, a year-round program designed to teach culinary skills and basic nutrition to food challenged individuals.

Originally from Detroit,  Thomas started to study and win awards for his art at a very young age.  He attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, then the Montserrat College of Art in Boston.

Prior to moving to San Diego, Thomas spent 20+ years in New York as a creative director working for some of the largest digital agencies in the world (he was responsible for the E*Trade “Talking Baby” Superbowl ad and for the campaign that launched the HBO Game of Thrones series!)

He is a workout fanatic and at one point trained professionally in mixed martial arts.

Suzanne Frontz, Duke Sobek and David Oates were his sponsors.

Tamara Y. Craver

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Youth Organization-Reality Changers

Tamara is the new President and CEO of Reality Changers, a nonprofit organization  that provides youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic support, financial assistance and leadership training to become college graduates.

Living in San Diego for almost a year now, she is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She left Ohio to attend UCLA where she studied history and psychology.

Tamara is a proud mom to Sterling, who is now in his last semester of college. She absolutely loves sports, particularly football and boxing.  She also loves to travel and add those stamps to her passport.  Tamara most recently visited the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands.

Jordan Harrison, Toni Giffin and David Oates were her sponsors.

Lexi Lardner

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Payroll Services, Additional Active

Alexandra “Lexi” Lardner is a Human Capital Management Consultant for Coastal Payroll.

Originally from Pasadena, Lexi moved to San Diego 3 years ago.  She graduated from Chico State with a degree in Child Development.

In her free time, she enjoys giving back to the community.  Recently, she raised $39,000 as a 2019 candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year candidate.  Lexi also enjoys exploring San Diego with her friends and trying new restaurants. When she is not with friends, she has fun being with family. Lexi travels regularly to spend time with her relatives. Some family members are just a hop, skip and a jump up the coast to LA. As for others, they are all the way to Kansas City, MO.

What she is most excited about joining Rotary is building relationships and making a true impact on the community.

Jonathan Gallagher, Stan Hartman and David Oates were her sponsors.

Brian Steffy

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Genomics Sequencing, Additional Active

Brian is the Associate Director for Illumina Solutions Center.  He runs a network of labs that are all over the world, helping others to tackle problems when it comes to investigating genomics.

Brian is a native of Philadelphia.  He graduated from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

He is very passionate about community service, particularly STEAM education.  He is a regular contributor to the annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, he helped to develop an Illumina “travel lab” that is taken to high school classrooms so students can run experiments from start to finish (which is now currently being used as a field kit for COVID-19 detection), and he is working with AMVETS to help get more veterans into the sciences.

During his free time, Brian likes to travel and explore other cultures (particularly their whiskeys!) He really enjoys sports. He plays ice hockey, golf, tennis, softball and he is a starter for the US Australian Football League, the San Diego Lions.

Mike Conner, Peg Eddy and Judy Thompson were his sponsors.

Felicia Lyon

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Training-Leadership

Felicia is CEO and Executive Coach for Panthera Leadership, an executive leadership development and training company she started 5 years ago.

She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia.

Felicia began her career as a police officer at the age of 21, eventually working as a family violence investigator.  She then transitioned to industrial organizational psychology, which moved her to Chicago for grad school. In Chicago, she worked for Deloitte Consulting for 11 years, traveling all over the world.  Before moving to San Diego, she lived in Afghanistan for over a year where she worked to help re-structure the Afghan government.

When not working, you can find Felicia spending time with her husband Neil on the beach, riding her Ducati motorcycle through San Diego, or testing her limits on the weightlifting platform.

David Oates, Emily Rex and Revel Stark were her sponsors.

 

Ingrid de Llamas

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Museum-Comic-Con

Ingrid is the Director of Philanthropy for the Comic-Con Museum.  Scheduled to open in Spring 2021, the museum in Balboa Park will be interactive and celebrate the impact of popular culture in everyone’s lives.

She is a board member for the San Diego Public Library Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation, and recently joined the Barrio Logan College Institute.

She is originally from the Pasadena area and has lived in San Diego for 6 years now.  But her family has long ties to the San Diego community.  Her grandfather worked on the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park!

Ingrid graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and from the Epicurean School of Culinary Arts.  She holds 2 international certifications in fundraising, and is a 2015 LEAD graduate.  She enjoys entertaining, food and wine.

Wendy Urushima-Conn, Alan Spector and Patti Roscoe were her sponsors.

Kristie-Bruce Lane

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Associations-Homeless

Kristie is the President and Founder of The Thumbprint Project Foundation, a 501c(3) non profit that aides in the transitional process of homeless children impacted by childhood domestic violence, including human trafficking.

Kristie was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA.  She graduated from Cal Poly where she earned two Bachelors of Science degrees in Nutritional Science and Crop Science with a Biotechnology minor.  She settled in San Diego in 2011 and lives in 4S Ranch with her husband Todd and their 5-year-old son Luke.  Kristie enjoys serving her community and is involved in such organizations as The Door of Hope, San Diego Food Bank, Illuminating Pathways and the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.  She also enjoys surfing, sports, travel and Yoga Sculpt.

Tom Cohen, Duke Sobek and Kimberley Layton were her sponsors.