Our Newest Members

Please introduce yourself to our newest Rotary members!

Kevin Popovic

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Consultant-Strategy and Communication

Kevin is the Creative Consultant and Chief Strategy Officer for The Idea Guy, helping people create new ideas through speaking, workshops, training and consulting.

Kevin is from Crescent Township, Pennsylvania, and comes from a Serbian and Croatian family. He values family and friends the most, especially those that helped shape him into who he is today.  He considers President David, who he has known for 12 years, one of those friends.

Mark Burgess, David Oates and Michael Gordon were his sponsors

David Aikin

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David is a Commercial Banker with California Bank & Trust.He is originally from Lansing, Michigan. He joined the Navy after high school and was stationed on the USS Harry S. Truman. After the Navy, he. attended Michigan State and earned a BA degree in Economics and Business.

David has been in the banking industry for the last 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, sports and traveling. He is also a former member of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club in Alaska.

Glenn Younger was his sponsor.

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.


Jordan Abushawish

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Associations-Spine Care

Jordan is the Director of Government Relations for the North American Spine Society, which is based in Washington, D.C.

After living in Washington State for 10 years, Jordan and his wife, Franca, decided to move back to his home state of California about a year and half ago to raise their two children Julian, 3, and Elena, 8 months, and to be closer to their families.

He is a graduate of UC Riverside and received a Master of Public Policy, International Relations at Pepperdine University.

Jordan is also a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Amaro, Josh Buchholz and Massey Pitts were his sponsors.


Sidd Vivek

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Youth Organization-Junior Achievement

Sidd is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego County, joining the organization in January 2019.

He was born and raised in Boston.  He graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Political Science.

Before joining JA, Sid spent the last 11 years working for the YMCA of San Diego.  He worked as their Director of Marketing, then as Development Director, then finally as their the Director of Strategic Partnerships.  He has been immersed in youth development programs throughout central San Diego, including robotics in underserved communities and gang/drug prevention.

Michael Brunker, Frank Pavel and Ignacio De La Torre were his sponsors.


Jordan Harrison

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Youth Organization-Rhymes With Reason

Jordan is the Chief Education Officer for Rhymes With Reason, an innovative, online platform that teaches vocab and history to youth through current rap music.  He  is also the Senior Director of Programs at Reality Changers and the founder of Harrison Speaks, a motivational and mentorship program for high schools and colleges.

Jordan was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  He holds a bachelor’s in business marketing from SDSU where he was also a member of the SDSU Rotaract.  He is one of the founding members of the San Diego Rotaract.  Jordan recently graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in education.

Jordan decided to go into the non-profit sector, despite having 24 corporate job offers right after graduating from SDSU, because he wanted to “live an impactful life making a difference in the lives of others.”  He has, and continues to, build programs on a local, regional and national level that allow students to thrive regardless of their background or income level.

Robert Marsh, David Oates and Chris Yanov were his sponsors.

Carrie Cottriall

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Youth Organization-SD Children’s Choir

Carrie is the Executive Director for the San Diego Children’s Choir, a non-profit that provides children with music education and performance opportunities that foster performance development and excellence. It is the oldest and largest choral training program serving children ages four-18 throughout San Diego.

Carrie has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector: from scientific research to wildlife conservation to the arts.

She is originally from Fullerton but has now lived here in San Diego for 30 years.  She is a UCSD grad.

Carrie, her husband Matt, and daughter Julia reside in Mission Hills.

And she says that although, ironically, her maiden name is “Musick” (pronounced “music”), and she is involved with the SD Children’s Choir, she is not musical at all!

Deirdre Maloney, Charles Van Vechten and David Oates were her sponsors.


Chris Graham

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Education-Private University-Administration

Chis is the Vice Chancellor of External Relations at National University System.

He moved to San Diego in 1990 to attend SDSU.  He graduated with a BA in English and a MBA in Marketing.

Since then, Chris has had the opportunity to work at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Old Globe, and at San Diego State where he was the Executive Director for Corporate and Community Involvement for the Executive MBA program for 8 years.

He said he first heard of Rotary when he attended SDSU as student and was drawn to Rotary’s collective efforts in elevating the region.

Alan Spector, Rachel Inmon and Laurie Coskey were his sponsors.


Dr. Glenn Goltz

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Glenn retired from medicine after 30 years.  Originally from Wisconsin, he and his family have lived in San Diego for 48 years.

He and his wife Barbara are passionate about supporting and sustaining our public recreational venues, including bike paths, inner city parks, public libraries and local theaters.  They are also champions for quality access to higher education.

Glenn has been active as a science teacher at Normal Heights Elementary school for over 7 years, has been active in the Mission Hills Library Association’s new building planning, and he and Barbara have sponsored minority students through college.

Glenn loves to read, paint, go boating, kayaking, biking and has recently taken on the piano and ukulele.  Cruising and biking the canals and rivers of Europe has been his passion.  This spring he will bicycle the various rural routes in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

Doug Arbon, Tom Vecchione and Dick Troncone were his sponsors.


Shaina Gross

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Shaina is the President and CEO of Susan G. Komen San Diego.

She was born and raised in New York and has been living in San Diego for the last 13 years.  She  has been with Susan G. Komen San Diego since September 2017.  She was previously with The United Way for 11 years. She graduated from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Public Heath.

Shaina’s community involvement include working with the San Diego HIV/AIDS Funding Collaborative, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Grantmakers, Ocean Beach Town Council and JUMA Ventures. She is a LEAD San Diego graduate.

Shaina and her husband have a 2 1/2 year old son and they enjoy picnics, concerts in the park and watching Tar Heel basketball.

Daniel Amaro, Mel Katz and Gil Johnson were her sponsors.


Kelly Smith

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Education-Private University Admin, A.A.

Kelly is the Vice President of University Advancement for Point Loma Nazarene University.  She is a former member of the Rochester Rotary Club in New York.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in American Government from Regent University.

For 11 years, Kelly worked at Roberts Wesleyan College in where she created the Office of Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations.  She moved here to San Diego in June with her family.  Her husband, Shane, is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.

Kelly enjoys reading, movies, coffee and great conversation.  She likes to play Bunco and is looking for a new team here in San Diego!

Bill Earley was her sponsor.


Michael LaCroix

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Investment-Wealth Management, Additional Active

Michael is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley.

He was born and raised in Point Loma.  He attended Southern Methodist University where he studied economics and finance, with plans to join his father, and mentor, in the wealth management industry after graduating.

Michael and his wife Lauren reside in Coronado.  They are very active and love to exercise and hike with their dog.  He also loves the game of golf!

He currently serves on the Finance Committee for Options for All, an organization that serves those with developmental or intellectual disabilities and helps them to develop and find employment.  Michael also taught a church Sunday school program to 4th and 5th graders for a few years.

Camille Newbern, Will Newbern and Tyler Cramer were his sponsors


Dr. Adela de la Torre

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Education-State University Administration

Dr. de la Torre is President of San Diego State University.

She is the ninth permanent president of SDSU and the first woman to serve in that role. She brings with her 30 years of service in leadership roles within institutions of higher education, including the California State University system, the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Davis, where she served as the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity– an area in which she is a national leader.

Dr. de la Torre’s grandparents immigrated to the Central Valley from Mexico. She grew up in the Bay Area, where her grandmother and mother taught her important cultural traditions – the importance of family, the value of hard work and the power of education. Her mother went to Modesto Community College and UC-Berkeley and was a public school teacher for 40 years.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in the political economy of natural resources from UC-Berkeley. Her master’s degree and Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics are also from UC-Berkeley.

She and husband, Stephen Bartlett, are enjoying life in San Diego and all it has to offer.

Patti Roscoe, Joyce Gattas and Nikki Clay were her sponsors.


Betsy Brennan

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Associations-Downtown San Diego Partnership

Betsy is the President and CEO of Downtown SD Partnership, a nonprofit organization focused on the economic development and cultural vitality of downtown San Diego.

She obtained her Juris Doctor, with a specialization in land use, at the University of San Diego. She also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Politics and Spanish from the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Betsy has received several noteworthy acknowledgements of her community commitment, but one she especially appreciated was SDSU’s Associated Students Presidential Leadership Award for her collaborative style and commitment to working with students.

She is a former member of the San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Rotary Club and the Incline Village Rotary Club (Lake Tahoe, NV).  She lives in Point Loma with her son, Kai, and daughter Cora, and is grateful to enjoy everything San Diego has to offer.

Steve Cushman was her sponsor.

Jose Cruz

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Youth Organization-Barrio Logan College Institute

Jose is the CEO of Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI).  BLCI offers a variety of after school programs that help underserved students prepare for college and careers.

He was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in City Heights. He had a transformative experience while in college and realized that he wanted to help change the City Heights community and wanted his friends and others like him to be able to go to college.

Jose has been with BLCI since 2009, where they have maintained 100% college enrollment for their high school graduates.

Trevor Blair, Judy McDonald and Mel Katz were his sponsors.


Dr. Pamela Cosman

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Education-UCSD Engineering.”  Pam is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD.  Also at UCSD, she is the Faculty Equity Advisor for the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Co-Director for the Center for Research on Gender in STEMM.

She is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and obtained her Masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Pam visits with elementary schools to present workshops related to electrical engineering.  She has written a children’s book (The Secret Code Menace), aimed at ages 8 to 12, that teaches a little bit about error correction coding and other concepts in wireless communications in the form of a fictional story.

She connects with the local community by doing events such presenting on Women in STEM (a high school outreach event), serving on the Internal Advisory Board of the STEM Success Initiative, and she does editorial and conference organization volunteer work with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Pam and her husband Bart, a surgeon at UCSD, have been married for 30 years and they have 4 boys.

Divya Kakaiya, Doug Arbon and Judy Thompson were her sponsors.


Marinda Peugh

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Marinda is the Development Director for Cygnet Theatre.

She grew up in Olympia, WA.  She attended Western Washington University where she received her degree in Journalism and Public Relations.  It was during her time in college that she found her passion for non-profit fundraising, when was hired to be a Campaign Executive for the United Way.

Marinda has spent her career fundraising for the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Red Cross, before joining Cygnet Theatre.

She loves the outdoors and to travel.  She just bought a plane ticket to Thailand! Volunteering and serving her community is very important to her so she is honored to become a Rotarian.

Christy White, Jenni Prisk and Stan Hartman were her sponsors.


Allyson Tutor

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Certified Public Accounting-National

Allyson is a Tax Senior with CapinCrouse, LLP. Her company is based in Indiana and they work solely with non-profit entities.

She was born and raised in the Inland Empire.  She moved to San Diego to attend Point Loma Nazarene University to study Business Administration.  She obtained her CPA license after graduation.

Allyson spent 7 years working at the San Diego Food Bank, which gave her a close connection with the local community.  She misses that experience so she is very much looking forward to being involved with Rotary.

Her husband Chris is also a CPA.  They have 2 children: Donovan (4) and Katherine (1).

Mia Harenski, Price Adams and David Kvendru were her sponsors.


Paul Thiel

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Investment-Wealth Management, Additional Active

Paul is a Senior Partner and Wealth Strategist with Northern Trust Corp.

He is originally from Boston.  He has a passion for journalism and spent the first 20 years of his career as a reporter and even owned a small media company.

Paul also runs the Chairmen’s Roundtable (pro-bono mentoring for San Diego Businesses), he is on the Board for Dallmann’s Confections in San Marcos, and runs the planned giving for the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and  Immunology.

He is a lifelong racquetball and paddleball player and has won national and state championships.  He and his wife Lori have 2 children, McClain (19) and Madeline (13).

John Morrell, Andy Fitchorn and Martha Dennis were his sponsors.


Jonathan Cole

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Jonathan is a Sales Administrator with LeadCrunch.ai. Here he is spearheading a non-profit initiative to leverage machine learning to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful careers in San Diego.

He first got involved with Rotaract when he was 19 years old at SDSU, then eventually joined San Diego Rotaract.  He recently found out that his family has been involved with Rotary for over 83 years!

Jonathan graduated from SDSU with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and was recognized as one of the top ten leaders on campus for excellence in academics, leadership and service.

He enjoys boxing, playing the saxophone and genealogy.

Bobby Marsh, Dick Troncone and Bill Earley were his sponsors.


Ned Silver

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Ned was in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical healthcare industry for over 40 years.

He is original from the East Coat (NY/NJ area).  He met his wife Karla at Rutgers University where they were both attending pharmacy school. They moved to Los Angeles over 40 years ago where they raised their two sons.  They have one grandson.

Ned and Karla moved to San Diego three years ago to retire and are absolutely loving the San Diego city life! Ned is currently serving on the Board for The Arc of San Diego, a non-profit for mentally and disabled children and adults.

Tom Cohen, Tom Vecchione and David Oates were his sponsors.


Janessa Goldbeck

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Consultant-Public Policy and Communication

Janessa is a Combat Engineer Officer with the United States Marine Corps (5.5 years) and is also the Founding Principal of Sui Generis Strategies, a consulting firm that provides strategic advocacy solutions for 501c3 clients.

She has a long history of involvement with Rotary. She was the President of her Interact Club from 2001-2003 at San Dieguito High School Academy and attended RYLA as a student in 2003. She interned for The Rotarian while a Journalism and African Studies student at Northwestern University, writing several features for the magazine. After many years of moving around with the Marine Corps, Janessa has recently returned to her hometown of San Diego, where she plans to retire next year and remain for many years. She is currently on the Board of the Women’s Museum and is pursing a Masters of Public Administration at USC via their full-time online program.

Andrea da Rosa, Michelle Candland and Peg Eddy were her sponsors.


Rick Chatham

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Real Estate Development-Baja

Rick is the Director of US Sales and Marketing for Atisa Group, an industrial development company in Baja focused on the Blue Ocean Strategy of creating new cross-border opportunities.

He is a former member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster.  He graduated from Whitman College and received an MBA from Pepperdine University.  In his spare time, Rick does motivational speaking engagements.

He enjoys hiking, video games, playing piano/guitar/ and singing on his worship team at his church.  He and his wife Olivia enjoy the theatre and he even writes and choreographs musicals.

David Oates was his sponsor.


Marie Raftery

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Healthcare Management-Dental

Marie is the President and CEO of Smart Management III, a dental office management company. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.  She attended Bridgewater State College and SDSU.

Marie started Smart Management in 1987, owning and managing dental offices in  the San Diego Area.  In 2000, she sold five of her offices to a national/public company and then started three more.

She is currently Chair of the Board for the Jewish Family Service.  She has three adult sons who reside in Boston, and three grandchildren.

Amnon Ben-Yehuda, Dick Eger and Alan Spector were her sponsors .


Rob Fletcher, Jr.

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Gas and Electric Service, Additional Active

Rob is a Project Manager for Major Projects for SDG&E.  He currently manages large electric transmission projects for the company.

Rob attended Pt. Loma High School, UC Santa Barbara for a BA in Environmental Studies, then moved to Scotland for a MA in Aquaculture.

He is a 4th generation Rotarian and Club 33 member.  His great-grandfather Col. Ed Fletcher joined the club in 1918.  This year marks the 100th year of the Fletchers being Club 33 members!

Bob Fletcher, Sr. was his sponsor.


Bobby Marsh

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Marine Technology

Bobby is a Sales Manager for DeepSea Power & Light LLC.  His company sells lights and cameras for oceanography expeditions and studies.

Bobby is the founder the Foothill High School Interact Club and past president of two Rotaract clubs (SDSU and San Diego).  He was first introduced to Club 33 in 2010 by Chuck Pretto.  It was then that Bobby knew he would one day join this club.

His job requires him to regularly travel to different countries, and although it can be lonely at times, Bobby finds comfort in visiting Rotary clubs in different cities.  He enjoys discovering all of the things Rotarians do all over the world. He says, “ There are always Rotarians helping, wherever you are.”

Chuck Pretto, Jim Hughes and Andy Hewitt were his sponsors .


Whitney Skala

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Law Real Estate

Whitney is the owner of Whitney M. Skala, A.P.C., a law firm specializing in business and real estate transactions.

Whitney has practiced law since 1983.  He received his B.A. degree from UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Political Science and Economics, and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

In the community, Whitney was President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Repertory Theatre, has sat on the Session of the Pt. Loma Community Presbyterian Church, and has served as a Board member to the Peninsula YMCA (for which he chaired the “Major Gifts Committee” of the Peninsula YMCA’s $5.2 million capital campaign). He also has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Crew Classic and as a member of the Executive Council of the Desert Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Whitney is a 1992 graduate of the LEAD-San Diego program. He has been a member of the Austin Guild board of St. Augustine High School and of the Foundation board of Point Loma High School.

Tyler Cramer, Will Hage and Jim Hall were his sponsors.


Mona Minton, PhD

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Social Service and Welfare-Neighborhood House Association, Additional Active

Mona is the General Manager of Programs/Clinics/Community Affairs at the Neighborhood House Association.

Mona has over 18 years experience in clinical research and development, working with diverse groups, homeless population and changing demographics that provide counseling and supportive services for drug and alcohol dependency, domestic violence, sex offenders, adolescence support, trauma and mental health.

She was born and raised in India until she was 8 years old. She speaks and understands multiple languages (English is her third language.) Mona also currently serves on six different committees throughout San Diego County.

Duke Sobek, Gil Johnson and Walter Lam were her sponsors .


Daniel Butler

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Waste and Recycling, Additional Active

Daniel has been the Government Affairs Manager for Waste Management for 4 years.

He is a graduate of Cal State San Marcos (Political Science).  He obtained a Masters in Political Theory and International Relations from Cal State Fullerton.

Daniel and his wife Karin have 2 daughters.  He enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball team, taking his youngest to dance class, and playing golf with his dad whenever time permits.

Jim Madaffer was his sponsor.


Wendy McKinney

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Social Service and Welfare-Red Cross

Wendy is the Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

She is a native of Los Angeles.  She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics.  Before joining the Red Cross, Wendy was the development Director of the Neighborhood House Association, where she successfully created and led their fundraising division.

She is involved with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Economic Development Corporation, and the 1898 Society at the Red Cross.  She is also a former member board member of the Jackie Robinson YMCA.

Wendy and her husband, Pastor George A. McKinney, have been married for 27 years and have 3 children. (Their youngest attended Camp Enterprise a few years ago!)  Wendy’s father-in-law is Club 33 honorary member Bishop George D. McKinney, who is also our 1995 Mr. San Diego recipient.

Joe Craver, Stan Hartman and Bill Earley were her sponsors .


Toni Giffin

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Social Service and Welfare-Goodwill Industries

Toni is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County.

She is a native Californian; born in Temple City and raised in Rancho Mirage.  She moved to Chula Vista after marrying her husband John, a retired Methodist minister of 36 years.  They have 7 children and 5 grandchildren.

Toni is an outdoor enthusiast.  She loves gardening, hiking, fishing and golf.  Three things that have formed her into who she is today:  faith, family and Goodwill.

Mike Rowan, Bob Russell and Micah Parzen were her sponsors .


Raymond Simas

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Banking-Regional, Additional Active

Raymond is Vice President and Branch Manager of HomeStreet Bank in Point Loma.

He says his favorite hobby is volunteering.  His immigrant parents taught him the importance of giving back to the community.  Raymond is proud to be involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation.

Andrea da Rosa, Todd Hoff and Mike Morton were his sponsors .


Price Adams

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Public Relations-Regional, Additional Active

Price is Vice President of Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Public Relations.

She is proud to be continuing the legacy of Rotarians in her family.  Club 33 member Jay Arnett is her father. She remembers attending her first Rotary meeting at the age of 13, and attending Camp Enterprise when she was a junior in high school. She is named after her grandmother (whose maiden name was Price) and who was a tireless volunteer and taught Price to give back to her community.

She is an avid craft beer fan and loves scuba diving. She and her husband Brad have a 4-year old son and 9-month old twin girls.

Jay Arnett, Tom Gable and Dick Troncone were her sponsors .


Joan Bullock

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Education-Law School Administration

Joan is the president and dean for  Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

She moved from Orlando, Florida to San Diego last July to join TJSL.  Her husband and 3 sons still reside in Orlando.

She is a graduate of Michigan State, received her law degree from the University of Toledo and received her MBA from the University of Michigan.

Joan wanted to join Rotary because she feels very strongly about making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Bill Wise, Jan McDonough and Dick Eger were her sponsors .


Travis Anderson

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Law-Litigation Practice, Additional Active

Travis is a Partner with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. He specializes in trade secret disputes, general business disputes and wrongful termination claims.

Travis is a native San Diegan and attended Washington University in St. Louis.  He completed his law degree at USD.

His hobbies these days include playing soccer and going to the beach with his two children, Caleb and Abby.  Travis and his wife Lara are expecting their third child very soon.

Phil Blair, Mel Katz and Trevor Blair were his sponsors .


Karlie Lopardo

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Real Estate Sales-Residential, Additional Active

Karlie is a residential realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

A native San Diegan, she attended the University of Arkansas where she initially wanted to pursue a degree in Animal Science so that she could become a vet for the San Diego Zoo. Karlie quickly realized that was not for her when she discovered that the sight of blood would make her faint!

She began to pursue a career in real estate in 2014, an industry she was very familiar with since her father was a realtor in San Diego for many years.

Karlie is active in the fundraising efforts for the Portuguese community in Point Loma and is on the board of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club.

Kim Higgins, Ray Higgins and Dan Amaro were her sponsors .


Bruce Riesman

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Winery-Retail and Vineyards

Bruce retired from the broadband and satellite equipment and service industry in 2009.  He now focuses his time on his winery in Temecula, the Lorimar Vineyards and Winery.

Bruce and his two sons are huge sports, political and entertainment memorabilia collectors.  He hopes to write a book one day on his experiences in meeting these famous people.

Tom Cohen, Will Newbern and Dan Amaro were his sponsors.

Wendy Urushima-Conn

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Associations-Asian Business

Wendy has been the President and CEO of the Asian Business Association of San Diego for the last 6 years. She has more than twenty years of experience in community outreach, marketing and public relations.

Wendy’s core belief however is to improve our community, and has served on numerous boards for local non-profits since moving to San Diego in 1986. She has been a respite care provider for foster youth, and has been honored with numerous awards including: California’s 20 Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, San Diego’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, Cool Women Award from Girl Scouts San Diego, Women of the Year from Assembly member Brian Maienschein, and Volunteer of the Year from the North County Philanthropy Council.

She is a graduate of UCSD, is married with two wonderful daughters, and enjoys running Ultra-marathons.

Trevor Blair, Diana MarJip-Chuh and Joe Horiye were her sponsors .


Katie Sawyer

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Foundation-San Diego Women’s

Katie is the Executive Director of the San Diego Women’s Foundation. In just one year under Katie’s leadership, SDWF has granted $201,000 to support homeless youth.

She is a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s Impact program, a long time volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run at Monarch School, and she and her husband Eric love to travel and spend time outdoors.

Glenn Rossman, Trevor Blair and Kathlyn Mead were her sponsors .

Peter Comiskey

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Associations-Balboa Park

Peter has been the Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership since 2013. Their focus is on the advocacy and collaboration for the cultural organizations within the park.

Peter is from Australia and moved to the US in 1998. To give us an insight into his personality, Peter recommended two of his favorite shows to watch on Netflix: The Windsors and Little Lunch (which his 9-year-old really enjoys, too!)

Ben Clay, Patti Roscoe and Nikki Clay were his sponsors .

Daniel Assisi

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Associations-California Charter Schools.

Dan is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the California Charter Schools Association, which currently oversees 1,300 charter schools.

Dan has a Doctorate in Education Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, and a Master in Public Administration, all from USC.

He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He is fluent in four languages: English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.  He and wife Nicole moved to San Diego after she received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to open a new group of charter schools, the Thrive Public Schools.

Trevor Blair, Andy Liska and Daniel Amaro were his sponsors.


Andrew Holets

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Youth Organization-Pro Kids

Andrew is the CEO and Executive Director for Pro Kids/ The First Tee of San Diego, a non-profit that promotes character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf for underserved youth.

Andrew served in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of Kazakhstan as an Organizational and Community Development program volunteer, and worked in military communities in Germany with the Department of Defense.

He recently completed a Master program in Leadership and Educational Sciences at USD. He loves to run and spend time with his wife Jennifer and two children, Magnolia and River.

Trevor Blair, Michael Brunker and Mel Katz were  his sponsors .


Jeff Heet

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Insurance-Commercial and Consumer

Jeff is a Risk Management Specialist and an agent for IOA Insurance Services, Inc.

He is originally from a small town of 800 people just outside of Jefferson City, Missouri.  He moved to San Diego after college to start his business (and because of the gorgeous weather!)

Jeff and his wife Cheryl, a pediatric nurse, reside in Point Loma with their French Bulldog.  He enjoys vacationing in Hawaii, listening to live music and going to St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres games.

Scott Schindler, Dan Amaro and Massey Pitts were his sponsors.


Carolyn Ross, M.D.

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Medicine-Integrative and Eating Disorders

Carolyn is in private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, obesity and addictions.

She is a graduate of Purdue University and the University of Michigan Medical School.  She completed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Carolyn moved to San Diego one year ago after practicing in Denver, Colorado for 10 years.  She continues to commute to Denver once a month to visit patients and her family…and to hit the ski slopes!

Divya Kakaiya, Lynn Congemi and Alan Spector were her sponsors.


Laurie Coskey

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At age 10, Laurie told her parents she wanted to be a Rabbi.  After receiving a degree from Stanford University and 5 years of seminary at Hebrew Union College, she was ordained as a Rabbi in 1985.

Laurie served a local congregation for several years, then stepped away from the pulpit to raise her two sons and earn a doctorate in leadership at USD.

She also serves on various Boards such as the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, the Union Tribune Community Advisory Board and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

Doug Arbon, Bink Cook and Kristen Ford were her sponsors.


Karen Batcher

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Law-Corporate and Securities

Karen is Senior Counsel with Teeple Hall, LLP. She is a former member of the Chula Vista and Escondido Rotary Clubs.  She encouraged her mother to join Rotary, who eventually began president of the Chula Vista club.

She comes from a family of avid sailors and grew up sailing on the San Francisco Bay. When she was 12 years old, she and her family moved on a boat and sailed for three and half years, mostly in the Sea of Cortez.

Karen earned an undergraduate degree at UCLA and her law degree from USD. She is a single mom raising two very active teenagers.

Paul Hartley was her sponsor.


Caitlin Hawkins

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Executive Recruiting-Technology

Caitlin is an Associate Partner in technology recruiting for Proven Recruiting.

An avid community volunteer, she is passionate about the fight against cancer, water conservation, and helping military veterans, particularly those that struggle with PTSD.

Caitlin and her fiance ,Kevin Root, will be married in just a few short weeks on November 10th.

Rachel Inmon, David Oates and Penny Robbins were her sponsors.


Rob Canton

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Youth Organization-Boy Scouts

Rob is the District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America San Diego-Imperial Council.

He served in the US Navy for 22 years as an Independent Duty Corpsman, he has visited 53 different countries (but has yet to visit Cuba where his parents are from), he and his wife have been married for 12 years and have fraternal twins, a boy and a girl.

Bruce Doole, Will Hage and Buddy Thomas were his sponsors.

Tasreen Khamisa

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Youth Organization-Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Tasreen is the Executive Director for the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire children in the restorative principles of compassion, forgiveness and peacemaking.

In 1995, Tasreen’s 20-year-old brother, Tariq, was murdered during a gang-involved robbery.  In an act of deep compassion, her family chose to forgive the 14-year-old assailant.  Her family recognized that there were victims on both ends of the gun and began the foundation in an effort to stop youth violence. Tasreen recently began playing a vital part in the release of the assailant from prison.

Tasreen is a proud and active mother, frequently volunteering at her children’s school, sports and community activities.

Jenni Prisk, Divya Kakaiya and Diana MarJip-Chuh were her sponsors.


Michael Gordon

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Michael is the president and managing partner for MGIV Telecom & Technology.

He is originally from Virginia Beach and moved to San Diego in 2006.  He started his telecommunications career with Cox Business, before opening his own company in 2013.

Michael is a proud SDSU alum and is also the VP of Sponsorship for the SDSU Business Alumni Network. He enjoys fishing, surfing and golf.

Dan Amaro, Scott Schindler and Massey Pitts were his sponsors.


Justine Wong

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Law-Intellectual Property

Justine is an attorney with Higgs Fletcher & Mack.

She is originally from San Francisco and enjoys cooking, baking and photography.  Justine grew up volunteering in hospitals, which inspired her to find a career in serving her community.  After considering a career in medicine, she decided that a career in advocating for others was better suited for her.  In her current profession, she gets to help individuals and businesses who want to use their inventions and technologies to better the lives of others.

Stan Lawrence, Greg Pyke and John Morrell were her sponsors.

Aimal Laiq

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Community Planner

Aimal is Community Planner for the Naval Engineering Command Southwest.

He is a graduate of Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelors in Political Science and of San Diego State with a Masters in City Planning.

He is a former Afghan refugee, attended a private British school where he learned English, arrived to San Diego in 1999 and played on the football and basketball teams at Westview High School.

Aimal’s goal is to have a positive impact on his community and be part of the next generation of leaders in San Diego.

David Kvendru, Mia Harenski and John Neuhart were his sponsors.

Jennifer Barnes

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Consultant-Accounting & HR

Jennifer is the Co-Founder and President of Pro Back Office–one of San Diego’s fastest growing privately held companies–a firm that fills the gaps for companies, from the bookkeeper to the CFO, on an hourly, on-going, onsite or remote basis.

She has an MBA from SDSU, an undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Arizona and a degree in Accounting from Liberty University. She’s a dynamic leader who was named as one San Diego Metros 40 Under 40 Up and Coming as well as Connected Women of Influence Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jennifer enjoys jogging on the beach or speeding down the mountain on a snowboard.

Divya Kakaiya, David Kvendru and John Neuhart were her sponsors.


Trevor Blair

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Executive Search-General, Additional Active

Trevor is the founder and owner of Blair Search Partners, LLC, a full-service recruiting firm that started as a division of Manpower West (owned by his father Phil Blair and Mel Katz.)

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, received an MBA from USC, and is a 2007 LEAD San Diego alum.

Trevor has competed in over 200 triathlons around the world, is a 10-time Ironman finisher and a 3-time Boston Marathon finisher. He is a avid yogi, barista and craft beer enthusiast.

His sponsors were Phil Blair, Mel Katz and David Oates.

Shawn Dixon

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Zoological Gardens, Additional Active

Shawn is the Chief Operating Officer for San Diego Zoo Global.  He joined their executive team in September of 2016.  Shawn oversees all facets of the organization’s budget–including all functions of the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, from architecture and planning to merchandising and marketing.

Mark Stuart, Doug Meyers and Bill McDade were his sponsors.

Allison Whitney

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Health Services-Autism

Allison is Founder and President of B.I.A.N.C.A, Inc., which stands for Be Involved, Act Now, Cure Autism.

B.I.A.N.C.A., formed in 2011, is a non-profit that make grants that benefit children struggling to cope with the affects of autism. It is a conduit for families coping with Autism Spectrum Disorders and provides services that enhance each child’s development, enabling autistic children to grow up to be a productive member of the community.

Bianca, her niece, was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old. Seeing the struggles that her sister had to go through to get help for Bianca, inspired Allison to help other children like her in San Diego get the help they need.

Kristen Ford, Dan Amaro and Diana MarJip-Chuh were her sponsors.


Luisa McCarthy

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Memorial Parks

Luisa has been the co-owner and general manager for La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary in National City for the last 10 years. La Vista is one of San Diego’s oldest and most historic cemeteries.

Before joining La Vista, she held a career in law enforcement and corrections.

Nancy Scott, Solveig Deuprey and Divya Kakaiya were her sponsors.

James Halliday

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James is the California Director of LRNG, a national effort that networks learning and career opportunities throughout entire cities and organizations for young people, especially those from underserved communities. Although based here in San Diego, he also works in the Bay area and in Sacramento.

He is a multi-generational San Diegan. He grew up in Mission Hills and attended San Diego High School.

After graduating from Stanford, James spent 12 years in Turkey as a journalist, an entrepreneur and as a administrator at a top university there.

He attributes his commitment to service to his late grandfather, who taught him to embrace public service and lifelong learning, both personally and professionally.

John Wertz, Chris Yanov and Judy McDonald were his sponsors.


George Kaplan, M.D.

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Retired-Medicine-Pediatric Urology

Dr. George Kaplan recently retired as a pediatric urologist at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, where he has also served as chief of surgery and chief of staff. He is a distinguished professor of clinical surgery at UCSD School of Medicine.

In 1969, Dr. Kaplan moved to San Diego to start a private practice. He was the first urologist west of the Mississippi to focus solely on pediatric urology. In 1987, at Rady Children’s, he established a fellowship in pediatric urology, one of the first to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Kaplan has authored more than 300 articles and text book chapters and co-authored one textbook.

In December 2016, Club 33 honored George with the club’s distinguished MacLaggan Award which recognizes individuals who have made an impact in the lives of children.

Doug Arbon, Alan Spector and Tom Vecchione were his sponsors.

Stephanie Bozzuto

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Stepahnie BozzutoInsurance-Commercial

Stephanie is a commercial insurance broker with Bozzuto & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.

She runs the San Diego office for a San Francisco family-owned commercial insurance firm, which happens to belong her family.  They have been in business since 1978.  She is a 3rd generation insurance broker.

One of her favorite things to do is go for walks with her husband of 5 years, Shaun, and their two Pomeranian puppies and cruising with their BMW car club.

Kristen Ford, Ben Wood and Solveig Deuprey were her sponsors.


Sylvia DuBeau

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Sylvia DuBeauScientific Research

Sylvia is the Senior Associate Director of Development at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

She serves a part of the frontline team responsible for supporting UC San Diego’s efforts to secure philanthropic funding for the general campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She served in the US Navy for 5 1/2 years, is a Wisconsin native, and has led development efforts for youth based organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay and the Elementary Institute of Science here in San Diego.

Claudia Obertreis, Judy McDonald and Divya Kakaiya were her sponsors.


Tom Cohen

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Tom CohenReal Estate Services-Mortgage Banking

Tom is the Principal and owner of JC Cap LLC, specializing in the placement of debt and the procurement of equity for commercial real estate projects nationwide.

Tom has been a lifelong resident of Kansas, only travelling to San Diego for business for over 25 years.  Two years ago, he and his wife, Lena, bought a house in La Jolla with the goal of someday moving  here on a permanent basis.  Well, that day has finally arrived! Tom is looking forward to enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather and to sailing.

Will Newbern, Tyler Cramer and Jo Sammartino were his sponsors.


Chris Grassa

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Chris GrassaBanking-Regional

Chris is the Senior VP and Regional Manager for Torrey Pines Bank.

He enjoys road and mountain cycling and skiing. He is also a former member of the El Cajon Rotary Club.

David Oates was his sponsor.

Michael Maggiora

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DSC_3344Real Estate Sales-Residential, Additional Active

Michael is a native San Diegan, husband, father, entrepreneur, martial artist and community volunteer.

As an entrepreneur, Michael has had careers as a business owner, business consultant and most recently as a residential realtor. He is also active in the martial arts community, practicing and teaching for 25 years. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Soo Bahk Do. He has volunteered in the San Diego community in many capacities with several organizations, including the USO which he has been volunteering with since 2010.

Michael and his wife Christina have been married for 11 years, and have two children.

Lynn Congemi, David Oates and Dick Eger were his sponsors.

Kurt Volker

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Kurt VolkerInvestment-Wealth Management, Additional Active

Kurt is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. He has been a financial advisor for 7 years. Previous to Morgan Stanley, Kurt was with BNY Mellon in the Boston area.

He is a regular participant in his company’s Feeding America activities and also served as a youth camp counselor.

Kurt is an avid hockey player and an active deep sea fisherman.

David Oates, Bob Fletcher and Mike Morton, Jr. were his sponsors.

Kathleen Carroll

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Kathleen is a retired mental health clinician from the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente, where she worked for 24 years.

She retired in 2015 after a 37-year career as a social worker so she could care for her mom.  (She says now she is learning how to be a nurse!)  She grew up in a Marine Corp family and is therefore looking forward to serving on our Military Affairs Committee.

Peg Eddy, Jackie Meyer and Julia Holladay were her sponsors.

Alison Fleming

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alison-flemingFinancial Management, Additional Active

Alison is a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed. She has been with the company since 1989.

Alison was a member of the Del Amo club in Torrance for 20 years, where she served on their board.  Her husband Miles is currently a member of the Del Mar club.  He and their two children, Brody and Shannon, are Paul Harris Fellows.  Alison is a three-time Fellow.

She has an interest in Rotary’s international and youth exchange programs.

David Oates was her sponsor.

Andre Jimenez

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andre-jimenezReal Estate-Private Equity

Andre is the President and Co-Founder of Windvest Corporation. He is responsible for developing his company’s investment and lending platform.

Andre was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Coronado when he was 5 years old. He is an alum of USC. In his spare time, Andre enjoys working on motorcycles and cars in his shop.

Josh Buchholz, Ben Wood and Laura Buckley were his sponsors.

Kristen Ford

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kristen-fordData Management and Analytics

For the past 16 years, Kristen has been Co-Owner and Chief Strategist of Insight Data Solutions.

She is a former member of the West Orange Rotary Club in New Jersey. She also volunteers monthly at Father Joe’s Village.

Ginny Ollis was her sponsor.

Hugo Douge

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hugo-dougeWaste and Recycling

Hugo is a Sales Representative for Republic Services, Inc.

He is from France. His late father was a member of the Chamonix Mont Blanc Megeve Rotary Club for 20 years. Because of this, Hugo became involved in several events and programs organized by the club. He participated in Rotary Youth Exchange programs 3 times, traveling to Denmark, Canada and Israel.

Hugo says that these experiences with Rotary had a major impact on the foundation of the young man that he is today, and is one of the reasons he is living 6,000 miles away from his home country. He has been living in San Diego for the last 3 years.

Richard Walker, Evan Wahl and Will Newbern were his sponsors.

Megan Pogue

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Megan has been the Executive Director of the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park for 2 years. Before joining the museum, she was the VP of Business Development for the San Diego Symphony for over 11 years.

She is an SDSU graduate, was Team Manager for the Torrey Pines High School Girls Water Polo Team, a Girl Scout Leader and enjoys golf, music, fitness and travel.

Pat Crowell, John Morrell and Mel Katz were her sponsors.

Josh Green

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josh-greenFederal Government-U.S. Attorney’s Office, Additional Active

Josh is the Deputy Chief of Major Frauds and Special Prosecutions at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law and has been an Adjunct Professor at the California Western School of Law in San Diego, teaching Federal Crimes, since 2010. In 2012, Josh led a team of prosecutors that secured the conviction of Benjamin Arellano-Felix, former leader of one of the most violent drug cartels in the world.

Josh and his wife Jodi, also an attorney, have two boys—Jack and Cal. He and Jodi share a commitment to public service and have jointly coordinated fundraisers for Monarch School. A fun fact—Josh was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in high school.

Steve Oggel, Gregg Oggel and Craig Nelson were his sponsors.

Carlos Persichetti

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c-perischettiInformation Technology-Defense

Carlos is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Forward Slope, Inc. Started in 2002 as a technology services company, FSI has since grown to be one of the premier small businesses in San Diego providing software development, systems engineering and professional services for the Department of Defense. He and his wife Judi of 30 years have 2 children and a granddaughter. Dick Eger, Ed Hearn and Lynn Congemi were his sponsors.


Steve Carlson

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s-carlsonReal Estate Sales-Residential, Additional Active

Steve is a realtor for Woods Real Estate Services and is the other half of Carlson & Ollis San Diego Real Estate Specialists, a partnership he shares will fellow Club 33 member Ginny Ollis. He has been a resident of San Diego for 17 years and enjoys hiking, biking, volleyball and boating. Bill Wise, Frank Pavel, Jr. and Paul Van Roon were his sponsors.


Glenn Rossman

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Glenn is retired from his position as Consulting Actuary/Operations Manager of the Fort Wayne, Indiana office of Buck Consultants. Following his retirement, he has focused on community volunteer work. He joined the board of Balboa Park Central when he relocated to San Diego, serves as a founding member of the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum and has volunteered in the Balboa Park Visitors Center since 2001. He currently serves on the Balboa Park Conservancy Board of Directors.

His sponsors were Alan Spector, Tim Riley and Jim Hughes.

Brad Sund

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Brad SundInsurance-Consumer

Brad is an owner/agent of a State Farm Insurance Agency in Mission Hills. After working for State Farm as an employee for 13 years in claims and marketing, he is proud to finally realize his dream of owning his own business. Brad is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement, San Diego Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity.  He enjoys acting, singing, sports, hiking and camping.  Brad’s sponsors were Bill Wise, Alan Spector and Dick Eger.

Ryan Kussner

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Ryan KussnerComputer Software

Ryan is the owner of a web development company that is focused on building business applications.  He is a former member of the Newport Balboa Rotary Club, which he joined in 2002.  Recently, Ryan put together the Service Club Marketing Facebook page and a video called “What is Rotary?”, which has been viewed over 300,000 times.  He says his goal is to help clubs use technology to recruit more members.  He enjoys playing music and watching live events–comedy shows, beach volleyball, and soccer.  His sponsor was Chuck Pretto.

Laura Wills Ochoa

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Laura is retired from the telecommunications industry where she was a Senior Marketing Manager with AT&T for 25 years. She now spends her time mentoring 2 foster boys, reading poetry, biking, swimming, and doing Pilates. Laura also does substitute teaching for San Diego Unified and sells residential real estate in Downtown San Diego. Her sponsors were Penny Robbins, Ignacio de la Torre and Jack Berkman.


Janette Gray, M.D.

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Janette GrayMedicine-Health and Wellbeing

Janette is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Health & Wellbeing. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency at UCSD. She is a licensed internist and practices “Integrative Medicine”, emphasizing prevention and embracing both conventional and holistic treatment options. Her sister is fellow Club 33 member Maureen Gray. Her favorite thing to do on the weekend is to hang out with friends and family out on the deck drinking a cold beer. Her sponsors were Maureen Gray, Karen Cebreros and Judy Thompson.

Nick Bernal

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Bernal_NickPreferred Valet Parking

Nick is the Owner and President of Preferred Valet Parking which he acquired in 2007.  He is a graduate of SDSU and a board member of the San Diego Track Club which he has been a member of since 2010.  He enjoys running, participating in triathlons and surfing.  His sponsors were  David Oates, Michael Anderson and Jean Young.

Patrick Noonan

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Noonan_PatrickLaw-Litigation Practice, Additional Active

Patrick is a Litigation Associate with Boss Law Firm, APLC, specializing in real estate and commercial litigation.  He is a graduate of the USD School of Law.  He joins his father, Club 33 member Greg Noonan.  Patrick volunteers with a Catholic Youth Ministry, with St. Vincent de Paul’s Village, the SD Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Celebration of Champions, and the Surf Rider Foundation.  His additional sponsors were Jean Young and David Oates.

Daniel Amaro

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Dan is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Klarinet Solutions, an information technology consulting and document management firm.  He has been in the IT industry for 18 years.  His experience ranges from computer support to enterprise network infrastructure to business applications.  He worked his way up from an intern to manage a consulting practice. Today, Dan has been working to grow and expand his own practice since 2010.  His sponsors were Lewis Linson, Tom Gable and David Oates.

Kimberly Higgins

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinancial Advisor, Additional Active

Kimberly is the Vice President of Higgins Capital Management, Inc.  She joins her father, Club 33 member Ray Higgins.  Kimberly is an SDSU graduate, has worked in finance for the last 10 years and grew up in the family business.  She is also an active member of the San Diego Yacht Club and the SDSU Alumni Association. Her additional sponsors were Terry Moore and Ron Eisenberg.

Anthony Pretto

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Pretto_AnthonySwap Meets, Additional Active

Anthony is the Operations Manager (and Social Media Manager) for The Kobey Corporation that runs the famous Kobey’s Swapmeet.  His father is Club 33 member and past president, Chuck Pretto.  He is proud to be a member and to continue his father’s legacy.  Anthony coordinates the company’s in-house, non-profit program that gives free space and advertising to over 100 non-profits each year.  His additional sponsors were Jim Hughes and Tom Vecchione.

William Lawrence

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Lawrence_BillMuseum-History Center

Bill is the Executive Director of the San Diego History Center. Prior to that, Bill’s career spanned three decades with the KFMB Stations and included a variety of increasing responsibilities; from award winning writer, producer of special projects of CBS News 8 to IT Manager and ultimately Assistant Director of Engineering.  On his down time, Bill is devoted to the preservation and appreciation of Borrego Springs  midcentury modern architecture.  His sponsors were Tom Fetter, Hal Sadler and Woody Ledford.

Greg Sterner

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Sterner_GregPersonal Training

Greg, a  licensed physical therapist, certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist, is the owner and President of Fitness Together Point Loma, a one-on-one private personal training studio located in Liberty Station.  He has volunteered his professional services for the Multiple Sclerosis 5K Walk and the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for a Cure, as well as holding a 5K walk at Liberty Station with proceeds going to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.  His sponsors were Sandy Purdon, David Oates and Jean Young.

Richard Donnelly

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Donnelly_RichInvestments-Wealth Management, Additional Active

Richard is the President and Founder of Donnelly Wealth Advisors, Inc. He is also a former member of the La Jolla Sunrise club. He enjoys golf, biking and auto racing.  His sponsors were Ellis Smith and Michael Collins.

Gregg Oggel

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Oggel_GreggMarketing – E-Commerce

Gregg is the owner of GO Commerce.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding. His sponsors are his father Steve Oggel, Mike Morton, Jr. and Chris Cramer.

Ginny Ollis

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Real Estate Sales-Residential, Additional Active

Ginny is a Broker Associate with Woods Real Estate Services. She enjoys theatre, writing, history, and reading. Her sponsors were Bill Wise, Marc Tarasuck and Paul Van Roon.

Phet Pease

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Pease_PhetHonorary Member

Phet teaches Math, Science & Technology at Wilson Middle School.

She was San Diego Unified’ s 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year and in 2015, she was one of five educators honored as San Diego County’s Teachers of the Year.

Phet has been teaching at Wilson for 10 years and has played a critical role in the success of Rotary STEM efforts in the Hoover cluster.

Doug Taber

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Doug TaberReal Estate Sales-Apartment Broker

Doug is the Senior Vice President of Apartment Realty Group, representing investors who want to sell or buy apartment buildings in San Diego.

He served in the United States Marine Corps and was trained as a Marine Scout Sniper.

Doug enjoys exercise, studying US History, hiking and RV camping.

David Oates, Jeremiah Doran and John Van Deusen were his sponsors.

Robyn Sukatski

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Robyn Sukatski 2Restoration Contractor

Robyn is the President and CEO of Clean Earth Restorations. Her company specializes in rebuilding and repairing your home or business from flood, fire, mold or sewage damage.  They have been in business for 20 years.

She has three adult children, two of whom are getting married this year.  She also enjoys traveling.

Robyn is also volunteers her time with USO, Hugs from Home and St. Vincent De Paul.

Judy Thompson,  Jean Young and Don Teemsma were her sponsors.

Tim Riley

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Law-Trusts and Estates, Additional Active

Tim is a Senior Attorney with Hughes & Pizzuto, APC specializing in estate planning, probate and trust law.

He received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Wisconsin.  He has been practicing law here in San Diego since 1986.

Tim enjoys hiking (he hiked the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail,) fishing (especially in the Canadian wilderness,) camping and softball.

Bill Wise,  Dick Eger and Sam Carpenter were his sponsors.

Robert Coleman

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DSC_5265Social Services – Second Chance

Robert is the President and CEO of Second Chance, a non-profit organization that offers programs for job readiness, life skills training, behavioral health and prisoner re-entry services, and relapse prevention and sober-living housing for adults and youth in need.

Robert is a native of England and has lived here in the US for the last 10 years.  He enjoys hiking Diamond Head on the island of Oahu, Hawaii every other weekend.  (This is possible to due to the fact that his wife Fran works for Hawaiian Airlines!)

Phil Blair,  Peter Callstrom and Mel Katz were his sponsors.

Martha Gilmer

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DSC_5273Symphony Orchestra

Martha became CEO of the San Diego Symphony in October 2014 after a 35-year career at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She addition to symphonic music, she loves to listen to artists across a wide range of genres— Queen, Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack and Miles Davies.  And she loves line-dancing…although she doesn’t have any boots.

Ben Clay, Julia Brown and Nikki Clay were her sponsors.

Camille Newbern

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Camillle NewbernReal Estate Development-Asset Management

Camille is an Asset Manager for The Tom Hom Group, LLC.  Her responsibilities are focused on adding value to the company real estate portfolio.

She is a USC graduate and enjoys travel, art, fitness (she has taught Pilates) and blogging.  Camille is also a model and actress and has appeared in numerous national commercials.

Will Newbern,  Gayle Hom and Tyler Cramer were her sponsors.

Christopher Wright

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Chris WrightLaw-Litigation Practice, Additional Active

Chris is a Partner with Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge, LLP, specializing in civil litigation, business, class actions and catastrophic injury.

He has been involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program and the San Diego Yacht Club Foundation.

Chris spends his time outdoors in the mountains and at the beach with his family and loves to cook.

Ben Wood, Mike Morton, Jr., and John Alioto were his sponsors.


Bennet Greenwald

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Bennet GreenwaldReal Estate-Investment & Management

Bennet is the CEO of The Greenwald Company, a real estate development, investment and management company.

He spent 14 years on the board of the Monarch School and 7 years as a Director of Second Chance.  He also interviews applicants for the University of Pennsylvania.

Bennet has 5 adult children and 8 grandchildren and he enjoys spending his free time racing sailboats.

Joe da Rosa, Ian Gill and Terry Moore were his sponsors.

Anthony Llompart

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LlompartHealthcare-Community Healthcare

Anthony is the Director of Corporate Partnerships for La Maestra Community Health Centers, a non-profit organization in City Heights which provides healthcare and social services in San Diego’s underserved communities.

He is a Navy Veteran, married to his wife Patty for 26 years, has two children, loves traveling and is an aspiring car collector of rare, limited production cars.

Will Rivera, Frank Urtasan and Ignacio de la Torre were his sponsors.

Tina Jenkins

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Tina JenkinsHealth Services-Health Insurance Plans

Tina is the Co-Founder and Executive Director for MediExcel Health Plan, a company that offers unique cross-border health insurance programs approved by California regulators for workers and dependents of California employers to access their employer-sponsored health benefits in Mexico. Tina also used to work as a cardiovascular surgical nurse. She was invited to join a prestigious team to perform the first open heart surgery in Baja California.

Tina enjoys playing golf with her family and cooking.

Her sponsors were Ben Wood, Jen Weissman and David Oates.

Julia Holladay

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J HolladayLife Transition Coach

Julia is the sole proprietor of Personal Mastery Coaching.  She coaches clients in professional and personal transitions, specializing in non-financial retirement options to more fully actualize life in the second half.

She received her Master of Arts Degree in Leadership Studies at USD and is a Certified Professional and Retirement Coach.  Julia is also a volunteer mentor and coach with the International Rescue Committee.

Peg Eddy, Jackie Meyer and Jim Groen were her sponsors.

Brad Gastineau

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Brad GastineauCPA-International

Brad is a Partner with Gatto, Pope & Walwick, LLP, a public accounting firm that specializes in tax and audit services.

He has an identical twin brother that is also a partner with the firm.

Brad enjoys surfing, running, playing guitar and being active.

Laura Buckley, Keith McKenzie and David Oates were his sponsors.

Suzanne LaTour

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Suzanne LaTour 1Golf Instruction

Suzanne is President and owner of the GolfTEC franchise for the San Diego Region, which includes 3 locations and a fourth coming in 2017. GolfTEC is a world leader in golf lessons, using advance technology to improve help people play better golf.  She is also an advisor for Merrill Lynch, with 24 years experience in the financial services industry.

Suzanne is President of the San Diego Women’s Foundation and enjoys snow sports, hiking with her dog, and of course, golf!

Sheryl Reichert, Stan Lawrence and Glenn Younger were her sponsors.


Simona Valanciute

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Simona Valenciute 1Senior Services

Simona is the CEO of San Diego OASIS, an non-profit that promotes healthy living for seniors and children.  She is an advocate for senior-friendly policies both locally and nationally and is a member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the San Diego Aging & Technology Coalition.

Simona grew up in Lithuania but has lived in San Diego for the past 19 years. English is the third language she learned. She is fluent in Lithuanian and Russian. She enjoys international travel, gourmet cooking and playing the kankles and skudaciai (Lithuanian folk instruments).

Bill Wise, Dick Eger and Jan McDonough were her sponsors.




Murray Joslin

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Murray JoslinConsultant-Legal Management Services

Murray is the Executive Vice President for Legistics, Inc., a legal management services consulting business.

He is responsible for corporate strategy, solution design and product development. He enjoys sailing and is a frequent contributor to the sailing community, especially Junior Sailing.

Bill Earley, John Morrell and Mike Morton, Jr. were his sponsors.

Andrea da Rosa

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Andrea da RosaTravel Agency, Additional Active

Andrea is the Director of Marketing Communications for Balboa Travel, Inc. where she has worked for the last 17 years.

She joins her father Joe da Rosa and her brother Ricardo da Rosa as members of Club 33. She is an avid scuba diver, enjoys art and traveling.

Joe da Rosa, Debbie Day and Tom Vecchione were her sponsors.

Joseph A. Sammartino

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Law-Civil Practice, Additional Active

Joe is the owner and principal of The Sammartino Law Group, specializing in the representation of individuals and businesses seeking legal advice and counseling regarding business, corporate and contract law, as well as in civil litigation. He graduated from USD Law School.

Joe is a San Diego native and enjoys spending his weekends with his wife Christine and their three sons, ages 6, 4 and 6 months. His mother is the Honorable Janis Sammartino.

Ann Hill, Steve Coopersmith and Robert Wright were his sponsors.


Jeffrey D. Hill

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Jeff HillFederal Government – U.S. Attorney’s Office

Jeff is a Special Assistant United States Attorney.  He is currently assigned to the Major Frauds Section in the Southern District of California.  He graduated from UCLA Law School.

Jeff recently returned to San Diego after  working as a prosecutor in Fresno for 9 years.  He proudly joins his mother, Ann Hill, as a Club 33 member.

Ann Hill, Martha Dennis and Phil Blair were his sponsors.

Hernan Luis y Prado

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Hernan Luis y PradoManufacturing Services

Hernán is the President of WFW Industries, an advanced manufacturing business to serve the shipbuilding and aerospace community.

He is also the Founder and President of Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit that prepares veterans and wounded warriors for advanced manufacturing careers.  In 2013, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his company’s extensive work with veterans.  This year, he was named “Veteran of the Year” by the California State Assembly.

Hernán served in the United States Navy for 15 years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer.  He had three combat tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dick Eger, Lynn Congemi and Alan Spector were his sponsors.

Treacy Sommer

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Treacy SommerCable Assemblies

Treacy is the Founder and General Manager of OCP Group, Inc., a manufacturer of cables and wire harnesses for medical devices and industrial equipment manufacturers in North America. He is a former U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, is married with 3 daughters, and enjoys running, swimming, and rowing.  This year he competed in the San Diego Crew Classic in a Masters Men 8 race. Steve Green, Gerald Jessop and Andy Hewitt were his sponsors.

Courtney M. Liddy

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Courtney LiddyInvestment -Wealth Management, Additional Active

Courtney is the Senior VP at UBS Financial Services.  She has been recognized by Barron’s Magazine as one of America’s Tom 100 Women Financial Advisors several times.  Her practice includes concentrated stock strategies, liability management, estate planning services, and institutional money management.  Her favorite recreational activity is to fly fish.  Courtney’s sponsors were Bill Wise, Dick Eger and Alan Spector.

Frank Caperino

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Frank CapernioConsultant-Franchise

Frank is the President of FranchiseFrank, Inc.,  a franchise consulting firm.  He enjoys playing golf.  David Oates, John Van Deusen and Craig Nelson were his sponsors.

Mark Neville

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Neville_MarkAssociations-San Diego Bowl Games

Mark is the Executive Director of the San Diego Bowl Game Association. They are a non-profit community enhancement organization that produce the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl each year. Kimberley Layton, John Wertz and Nikki Clay were his sponsors.

Ricardo G. da Rosa

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Ricardo da RosaCommercial- Fishing

Ricardo is the owner and operator of Pacific Princess Partnership LTD, a commercial tuna operation. The Pacific Princess, a Tuna Purse Seiner ,was built in 1978 by Ricardo’s uncle.  His family has been in the tuna business for decades, supplying 30% of Chicken of the Sea’s tuna back in the 30s and 40s.  Ricardo’s father, Joe da Rosa, along with Tom Vecchione and John Morrell were his sponsors.


Suzanne Frontz

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Suzanne FrontzManagement Consultant-Wineries & Breweries

Suzanne is the President of Metz & Associates.  Her company provides management and operation consulting services to small businesses, specializing in wineries and breweries. Suzanne was the first woman chairperson of Family Winemakers of California, an industry trade association representing over 500 family-owned California wineries.  Her sponsors were David Oates, John Morrell and Laura Buckley.

Ray Higgins

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DSC_8873Financial Management-Municipal

Ray is the Founder and CEO of Higgins Capital Management, Inc., a FINRA broker dealer and registered investment advisor.  The firm provides investments to California public funds such as cities, counties and special districts.  Ray is a native San Diegan and enjoys sailing, reading and writing. His sponsors were Terry Moore, Ken Anderson and Joe Horiye.

Chris Deal

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DSC_5121Healthcare Finance Management

Chris is the Senior Director of Patient Registration Operations for Optum360, LLC, a company that provides financial administrative services for hospital systems and large medical groups. He is the grandson of the late Dr. Sheldon Brockett, the club’s 49th President.  His father Dr. John Deal, was also a Club 33 member.  His sponsors were Ann Hill and Chuck Pretto.


Stephanie Saathoff

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Stephanie-Saathoff-Clay-Company-IMG_5787vGovernment Relations Consultant, Additional Active

Stephanie is the President and owner of The Clay Company, Inc., a government and community relations consulting firm.  Her favorite hobbies are sports, running, fitness and cooking.   Her sponsors were Nikki Clay, Bill Earley and Ben Clay.


William H. Wise

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Bill WiseRetired-Judiciary-State Court

Bill was a Circuit Court Judge of Cook County in Illinois.  He is currently an adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  He enjoys golf and the theatre. His sponsors were Alan Spector, Dick Eger and Mia Harenski.

Sam Rinaker

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DSC_1632Industrial Fluid Application Equipment

Sam is the President and owner of Environmental Spray Systems, Inc., a  specialty equipment distributor supplying fluid handling and application equipment to manufacturers.  His sponsors were Larry Kuntz, George Gildred and Gary Nelson.


Linnea Arrington

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Linnea ArringtonReal Estate Services – Mortgage Banking

Linnea is President of San Diego Funding, a mortgage lending company. She started the company 32 years ago with her husband, Frank Arrington, Club 33 President 2002-2003. Her sponsors were Geri Warnke, Mark Trotter and Richard Coutts.

Kathy Koenig

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Kathy is the owner and CEO of Culinary Concepts, a corporate catering company.  She has created memorable events for her clients for the past 24 years.  Peg Eddy, Claudia Johnson and Claudia Obertreis were her sponsors.

Duke Sobek

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Social Service & Welfare – Neighborhood House Association

DSC_4026Duke is the Senior Director of Human Resources at Neighborhood House Association, a non-profit organization providing 12 social service programs to San Diego County.  His sponsors were Mary Colacicco, Patti Roscoe and Joyce Gattas.


Bridget Meckley

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Bridget MeckleyManagement Consultant – Business Strategies, Additional Active

Bridget is a self employed, management consultant.  Her focus is business strategy and change management, and on technology and process integration.  Her sponsors were Jim Groen, Kevin Enright and Jackie Meyer.


John Driscoll

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Driscoll_John Consultant-Maritime

Former member John Driscoll was re-introduced to the club.  John is the owner and President of Driscoll Yachts.  Mike Morton, Sr., Jan Driscoll and Guy Maddox were his sponsors.

Maureen Gray

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Maureen Gray

Building Services

Returning member Maureen Gray was re-introduced to the Club. Maureen was a previous Club 33 member from 2007 to 2010. Maureen is the founder of KBM Facility Solutions, a national commercial facilities contracting company. Patti Roscoe was her sponsor.

Emily Rex

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Website Development, Additional ActiveEmily Rex

Emily is CEO and Co-Founder of Departure, a branding, advertising and web development company. Patti Roscoe, Andy Liska and Phil Blair were her sponsors.