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Troy Darrock

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Financial Advisor, Additional Active

Troy Darrock has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones for the last 4 years.

He grew up in San Diego, bouncing between the North County/San Diego and the Murrieta/Temecula areas.  He attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and graduated with a degree in Economics.  That is where he met his wife, Kelly.  They have a 1-year-old, Wesley, who has taught him that he could survive on hardly any sleep!

Troy is a Gonzaga basketball fan and a San Diego Padres fan.  He also enjoys golf and traveling.  He has family members that were involved in Rotary, including a grandfather that was a past president of the Escondido club. He has seen the impact that they made in their communities and is looking forward to doing the same with us.

Duke Sobek, Dick Eger and Rick Chatham were his sponsors.

Whitney Hodges

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Law – Real Estate, Additional Active

Whitney Hodges is an attorney and partner with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.  Her practice focuses on the representation of clients involved in real estate development.

She is originally from Arizona, but has been in San Diego since she was 2 years old.  She graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School and USC and USC Law School.

Whitney and her fiancé Chris recently got engaged, but they grew up on the same street have already been together for 20 years!

In her spare time, she focuses on animal advocacy and works with the San Diego Humane Society, as well as doing other philanthropic work around San Diego.

Jan McDonough, Divya Kakaiya, and Travis Anderson were her sponsors.

Matthew Carmichael

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Financial Advisor, Additional Active

Matthew is a financial advisor with NYLIFE Securities, LLC.  He has lived in San Diego for the last 11 years, arriving here after serving in the Marine Corps.

He graduated with a Business Management from SDSU then switched careers from race car mechanic to his current career at New York Life.  Matthew says he choose his current profession because it gives him the freedom and time to pursue his other passions like the non-profit he chairs, Operation Amped which helps wounded veterans rehabilitate through surfing.  He also enjoys spending time out in nature with his wife, Rachel, working on cars, and cooking.  Matthew has worked with veterans through other non-profits like Team River Runner teaching kayaking, and San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation teaching quadriplegic basketball.

Dick Eger, Duke Sobek and Rick Chatham were his sponsors.

Michael Elliott

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Marketing-Digital, Additional Active

Michael Elliott is the President of RocketDog Communications, a full service marketing and branding agency based in Seattle.  An entrepreneur, he has been running his own business for the last 21 years.  After seeking more sunshine, he decided to open a second office here in San Diego last December and travels back and forth to Seattle on a monthly basis to connect with clients and friends.

He grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of North Florida.

Michael considers himself an “all-in guy” and likes to jump right into his community and see how he can make an impact.

His sponsors were Jennifer Barnes, David Oates and Duke Sobek.

 

Lari Sheehan

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Retired – County Government

Lari (pronounced “Larry”) Sheehan is retired from her 42-year career as a top administrator for the State and for the counties of Los Angeles and San Diego.  She retired in 2010 as the Deputy County Executive Officer for LA County. She worked for the County of San Diego in 1976-1998, the last 13 years as Deputy County Administrative Officer.  Lari is most proud of the studies she lead and that resulted in the incorporation of the cities of Poway, Santee, Encinitas and Solana Beach.

She was born in Newport News, VA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics.   She has been a volunteer, donor and member of the Board of Management for the San Diego Armed Service YMCA since 2010 and is very passionate about working with enlisted military and their families.

Ben Clay, Nikki Clay and Richard Ledford were her sponsors.

Denise Scatena

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Public Relations-Regional, Additional Active

Denise Scatena is the Founding Partner of Scatena Daniels Communications.  Founded in 2009, their primary focus is in the philanthropic sector.

A third generation San Diegan, Denise has family roots in Logan Heights, City Heights and in Clairemont. She graduated from Madison High School, received a Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, and her Masters degree in Communications from SDSU.

Denise is currently a board member for the San Diego Press Club and a new member of the San Diego Association of Black Journalists.

She and her husband, Joseph, have 10-year-old tween twin daughters who have a new found love of tennis.

Simona Valanciute, David Oates, Chris Sichel were her sponsors.

Randy Newman

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Real Estate – Foreclosure Trustee

Randy Newman is the President and CEO of Total Lender Solutions, Inc., a boutique property trustee company representing lenders in the non-judicial foreclosure process.

Randy is originally from New York and moved to San Diego 20 years ago.  He and his wife of 30 years, Karen, have two children, Max and Carly.

By trade, Randy is a recovering attorney.  He started Total Lender Solutions in 2005 and hopes his son Max will join him in the family business.

Jennifer Barnes, David Oates and Revel Stark were his sponsors.

 

Drew Moser

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Social Service and Welfare-Homeless

Drew Moser is the Executive Director for the Lucky Duck Foundation, a non-profit that funds, activates and leads high-impact, collaborative programs that alleviate the suffering of homelessness throughout San Diego City & County.

He was born and raised in Spokane, WA.  He graduated from the University of Redlands  with a degree in Business and is currently working towards his MBA.

Drew played basketball for the U of R Bulldogs, and in fact, basketball is what brought him to San Diego. He worked for the USD Men’s Basketball team for 3 years before working for the San Diego Sports Commission and the San Diego Hall of Champions.

He and his wife, Whitney, have 3 children: 2 boys (ages 6 and 2) and a 5-mos old daughter.

Chris Sichel, Trevor Blair and Mark Neville were his sponsors.

Phil Silver

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Information Technology-Cloud Services

Phil Silver is the Business Development Manager for Amazon Web Services.

Earlier in his career, Phil joined the Rotary Club of White Plains (NY) but had to step away for work, family and military service, including starting a company, Mad Science of Greater New York, which provided STEM enrichment programs to over 50,000 3-12 year-olds every year.

Phil is a retired US Navy Captain, serving for 25 years.  He received his BS in Chemistry and BA in History at the University of Florida.  He also received his MBA in Finance and Information Technology from Fordham University and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from UCSD.

He is a native of Florida and lived in New York for 25 years, before coming to San Diego.  He and his wife, Lisa, just celebrated 30 years of marriage.  They have two daughters: Melanie, who will be getting married next May, and Maya, a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Now settled in San Diego, it is Phil’s desire to continue to be in service to the local community and his friends in Rotary, John Neuhart and Evan Wahl, recommended he join our wonderful club!

Solveig Deuprey was his sponsor.

 

Stephanie Anderson

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Fitness-Yoga

Stephanie Anderson is the Owner/Instructor of Island Yoga Coronado.

She is a native of Coronado and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Microbiology. After college, she worked in Genetic Analysis for Scripps Research Institute, Perkin Elmer Corp. and Applied BioSystems. She has practiced yoga throughout her adult life and is certified at Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga and as an Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor.

Her love for the energy and positive impact of the fitness industry combined with the creativity and challenge of owning a small business inspired her to own her own Hot Yoga Studio. She has been the sole owner and proprietor of Island Yoga Coronado since March of 2019.

Stephanie has 3 young adult children and volunteers to teach yoga and Pilates to kids in Juvenile Hall in Kearny Mesa.

Mia Harenski, Dick Eger and Suzanne Frontz were her sponsors.