Category Archives: New Member

Karen Higareda

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Shipping Logistics

Karen is the Director of Operations for Woodward Logistics Services, a company that provides planning and assistance for exporters of all sizes to help maximize their success in the Mexican market and around the world.

Karen was born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana and is a proud binational citizen.  She has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, and a Masters of Science in Landscape and Urbanism from Woodbury University San Diego.

She is passionate about youth empowerment and gender equality in STEM, and volunteers at the David’s Harp Foundation.  She is a founding member of DHF’s Circle of Influence.

Mia Harenski, Brandon Steppe and Price Adams were her sponsors.

Shaneese Evans

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Traffic Management-Military

Shaneese has been serving in the United States Air Force for the last 13 years, where she works in Logistics for Traffic Management.  She serves as a her unit’s training and career advisor.

Shaneese was first introduced to Rotary as a 13 year-old student at Monarch in 1998.  She was invited to our Holiday program where she would meet Nancy Scott, who became her mentor and an important part of her family.  She and Nancy have shared many incredible adventures since they met 22 years ago.

She was born and raised here in San Diego and is the 2nd eldest of seven children.  She graduated from Hoover High school where she participated in Interact and also attended Camp Enterprise.

After high school, Shaneese spent six years with the Army Reserves as a hospital nutritionist.  But she was lured away by the USAF because the hats were cuter!

She and her husband, Randy, have been married for 16 years and have 3 children ages 11, 13 and 15.  She mentors your girls through coaching her daughter’s cheer squad and softball team.  She is also a co-leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Shaneese is grateful for how Rotary has changed her life and and looking forward to giving back to the club and to her community.

Nancy Scott, Patti Roscoe and Solveig Deuprey were her sponsors.

Caitlin Ostomel

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Us Navy-External Affairs

Caitlin is the Public Affairs Director for Navy Region Southwest.  She coordinates all public information and communications functions for 10 shore installations throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  She leads a team of communication experts versed in all aspects of public affairs, community engagement and social media outreach.

She has worked for the Federal Government for 10 years and moved to San Diego from Washington D.C. 18 months ago to work for the Navy.  Before joining the Navy, Caitlin worked for FEMA, traveling all over the country responding to major disasters.

She is originally from Reno, Nevada, which she will always call home.  She first lived in Southern California 20 years ago to attend USC, then she left for NYC to attend New York University where she earned her Masters in Public Administration.

Caitlin recently got engaged.  She and her fiance live in Bay Park with an adorable dog whose breed is yet to be determined.

Rick Huenefeld, Mike Caruso and Peg Eddy were her sponsors.

Jason Brady

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Consultant-Retirement Plans

Jason has spent his entire career working on retirement plans, starting in 1996 as a college intern for a Third Party Administration (TPA) firm in his hometown of Cleveland, OH.  Jason started Mission Retirement Consulting in 2019 to focus on helping the small business owner with their retirement plan needs.

For the last 14 years Jason has called San Diego home. He lives with his wife, Heather; daughter, Grace; son, Lucas and Oscar (the best dog on the planet) in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. When they have free time the Brady family loves to go camping, spend time at the beach and watch movies at home. Being a sports fan from Cleveland, OH, Jason has remained ever loyal to his hometown teams and has learned how to be an eternal optimist as a result.

Allyson Tutor, Caitlin Root and Glenn Younger were his sponsors.

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.