Category Archives: New Member

Cathryn Nacario

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Associations-Mental Health

Cathryn is the CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Cathryn started her career as a Registered Nurse in the nonprofit setting working with vulnerable populations in the Cajon Valley School District and as the Executive Director of the Borrego Medical Center. Her fusion of nonprofit and for profit work is an excellent combination for bringing business acumen and compassion together for business growth and prosperity to serve more individuals and their caregivers living with mental health concerns.

Moving from New Jersey, Cathryn earned her BSN-RN from California State University San Bernardino in 1993 and the Masters in Healthcare Administration from National University in 1997. Cathryn sits on several community board including the Special Needs Trust Foundation, Mental Health Contractors Association and Chairs the Community Health Improvement Partners Public Policy Committee.

She lives in Clairemont with her husband and two daughters. On her spare time, she enjoys hiking, weight lifting and visiting wine bars.

Chris Sichel, Toni Giffin and Divya Kakaiya were her sponsors.

Evan Wahl

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Construction-General, Additional Active

Evan is the Vice President of Risk Management and Business Development for Prava Construction Services, Inc.

He is a returning member to Club 33, having been a member from 2014-2018.  His last job took him to northern California, traveling 3 days a week for the last year and a half. Evan said he knew it was time for a change when the TSA would greet him like Norm on Cheers! He is excited to work with Prava Construction, which serves many non-profits like the TERI project and Canine Companions.

Evan has lived in San Diego now for 10 years.  He and his wife Tammy have been married for 20 years and have two teenagers, Lauren and Tiernan.

David Oates was his sponsor.

 

Jabez LeBret

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Education-High School, Additional Active

Jabez is a Co-Founder and Chief of Schools for Sisu Academy, a tuition-free boarding high school for underserved girls in San Diego.

Jabez has been homeless, is a high school dropout, and was on a path to nowhere. After getting his GED, Jabez studied finance and marketing at Gonzaga University. He went on to become a financial analyst managing a multi-million P&L at Nordstrom. Jabez is now an international public speaker (1,100+ presentations), author, and Forbes Contributor. He recently sold his award winning marketing agency to free up time to pursue his passion in education.

Jabez is originally from a tiny fishing village in Alaska (where the bank is inside of a bar!) and he was raised by his grandmother who taught him that “no matter what happens to him in life, it is ultimately up to him to decide who he becomes.”

Trevor Blair, David Oates and Dan Assisi were his sponsors.

 

Jordan Maharaj

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Education-State University-Development

Jordan is a Development Officer at San Diego State University and raises philanthropic support for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

She graduated from SDSU with a degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration.

Jordan attended RYLA as an Interact and has continued to serve as a counselor at the camp for the last 5 years.  She was a SDSU Rotaract from 2013-2017, having served as their Executive Vice President.  She has also served as a Rotaract for District 5340.

Jordan has been fortunate to attend 3 consecutive RI Conventions and to see Rotary’s impact everywhere from Brazil, South Korea and Atlanta.

In her free time, she enjoys golfing, traveling and exploring new food spots in San Diego.

Chuck Pretto, David Oates and Bobby Marsh were her sponsors.

 

Edgar Takeda

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Financial Advisor, Additional Active

Edgar is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual.

He was born and raised in San Diego. He is a graduate of Saint Augustine High School where he was a three-sport varsity athlete.  After high school, he went on to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 2013 with a major in Oceanography and Meteorology and a minor in Spanish.

After graduating and receiving a Commission as a Naval Officer into the United States Navy, Edgar received orders to Pensacola, Florida as a Navy Pilot for 2 years. He then transferred into the Surface Warfare Community and moved back to San Diego to be stationed on the USS ANCHORAGE (LPD 23) as the ship’s Training and Administrative Officer.

He says, after many years of having to wear a uniform for school and for the military, he is happy to be able to choose his own clothes as a financial advisor. Edgar has been married to his wife Lauren for 4 years and they have a 2-year-old daughter named Makenna. They are expecting their second child this year.

Daniel Amaro, Ed Hearn and Katie Fulhorst were his sponsors.

 

Jamie Weissburg

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Associations-Cystic Fibrosis

Jamie is the Executive Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter).

Jamie grew up in Evanston, IL. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where she met her husband, Dan. After a move to Washington D.C., then to Chicago, and then back to Madison, WI., they decided to move to sunny San Diego in 2016.

Jamie’s career in non-profit fundraising includes many years with the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

She has two sons, Jacob and Benji. They are all die-hard Cubs fans. (Jamie has a Labradoodle named Wrigley.)  She enjoys gourmet cooking and entertaining, and she is a former Rotary member of the Rotary Club of Madison.

Daniel Amaro was her sponsor.

 

Brandon Steppe

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Education-Music and Multimedia

Brandon is the Founder and Executive Director The David’s Harp Foundation, a local non-profit with a mission to inspire, educate and empower foster, at-risk and homeless youth, as well as those in the juvenile court system.

The David Harp’s Foundation was born out of Brandon’s passion for youth and his love for music which was cultivated at an early age.  As a teenager, he honed his musical craft while attending the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

A San Diego Native, Brandon ventured north to San Francisco to attend the University of San Francisco, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business.  He and his wife of 14 years, Eunice.  have two children, Jasmine and Joshua.

This year, David’s Harp Foundation was one of the recipients of Club 33’s Presidential Grants supporting Arts Education. Brandon is the grandson of Club 33 member and Mr. San  Diego  Award recipient Cecil Steppe.

Mia Harenski, Cecil Steppe and Judy McDonald were his sponsors.

 

Dr. Clara Draf

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Medicine-Ear Nose Throat

Clara is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Surgery at UCSD.

In her native Germany, she received her MD degree from TU Dresden and completed her ENT specialty training.  She did her internship at Cornell and is now doing research in a very specialized field on the effect of various drugs which induce autophagy and their effect upon a direct micro infusion into the cochlea.

Clara is following in the footsteps of her father who was an active Rotarian in Germany for over 40 years.  Her father, Wolfgang Draf,  was a pioneer in endoscopic intranasal sinus surgery which was termed the “Draf Procedure.”

She is excited to join the efforts of our Mercy Outreach Surgical Team.

Doug Arbon, Ed Chaplin and Tom Vecchione were her sponsors.

 

Jeff Wheeler

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Senior Care-In-home Services, Additional Active

Jeff is the owner of Nurse Next Door Home Care Services, a home care company that offers a range of services from companionship to 24/7 care.  Jeff wanted to start a business that made a difference in the lives of those in need and that brought joy into people’s lives.

Before starting a Nurse Next Door franchise, Jeff worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years. Through his work in various nonprofits (San Diego Oceans Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the American Lung Association) he had the opportunity to organize local fundraising events, raise millions of dollars and volunteer his time cleaning our oceans and beaches, raising white seabass for reintroduction into our oceans, restore local wetlands and bird sanctuaries, raise money for cancer research and other diseases, and work with patients and their families.

David Oates, Bill Earley and Pam Luster were his sponsors.

 

Porsha Vogt

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Senior Care-In-home Services

Porsha is the owner of Golden Care, a senior in-home agency for one-on-one care.  She enables seniors in Carlsbad and San Diego County area to live safe, happy lives in their own homes for as long as they can.

Porsha has a degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado and brings her background in finance and entrepreneurialism to the service of seniors and their loved ones through Golden Care.

Joe Farrage, Dick Troncone and Daniel Amaro were her sponsors.