Latanya West

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Latanya West was born in San Diego and grew up in Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Berkley, she worked first in the entertainment industry as a tele coordinator for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and in corporate media relations at NBC Studios. She also taught school for 13 years in the Pasadena Unified School District, then she worked as a curriculum consultant for McGraw Hill Education Publishing. From the start of her career she has been a freelance writer and copy writer. She currently holds the Managing Editor title at The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint where she has worked for the past six-and-a-half years.

Latanya has always been service driven as she grew up watching her mother volunteer her time and talents as a community builder. (Her mother is also a Past President of the Los Angeles Watts Rotary Club.) Her year as an exchange student in Greece solidified her commitment to community service, and Latanya is excited to continue her service above self practices as a San Diego Rotary Club member.

She thanks her sponsors Michael Brunker, Laurie Coskey and Gil Johnson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

Emily Schnetz-Murphy

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Biotechnology-Pharmaceuticals

Emily Schnetz-Murphy is a rare disease specialist for BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, a company whose focus is to discover and commercialize new small molecules to treat patients with rare diseases. As a field based Rare Disease Specialist, her role is to educate healthcare providers on appropriate treatment of patients with Hereditary Angioedema, a potentially life threatening swelling condition. She also helps healthcare providers navigate access to life saving medications for their patients, including removing obstacles to high cost treatment.

Emily graduated from Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics and and quickly honed her skills in hospital and pharmaceutical sales. A life in service has her been goal. She is the co-founder of Grace Care Medical Center in Kampala, Uganda, where she actively consults on all aspects of the clinic from operations, staffing, development, budget and accounting, as well as fundraising. The patients visiting this clinic get a wide range of care including pre-natal, laboratory services, vaccinations, minor surgeries and malaria testing. Emily would like to expand her community service to local causes as well, which was her impetus for joining our Rotary Club.

She and her husband Travis have two young girls and have lived in San Diego for ten years.

Emily thanks her sponsors Brad Sund, Roger Haines and Walter Lam.

Laura O’Sullivan

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Social Service and Welfare—San Diego Youth Services

Laura O’Sullivan is the Director of Philanthropy and Donor Engagement at San Diego Youth Services. She came to San Diego Youth Services in 2023 after previously serving on their board of directors from 2012-2018. Laura has been working in the San Diego philanthropy sector for more than 20 years. She began her career at Qualcomm in Corporate Giving leading grants, employee volunteerism, board service and CSR programs for ten years. She also served in development roles at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the Coronado Schools Foundation.

Laura grew up in Coronado and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A in Communication and a B.A. in Organizational Studies. She met her husband, J.T., in UC Davis Spanish class and took a brief “retirement” to raise their three young children while their family moved around for J.T.’s NFL Career.

Laura is the proud mother of three active boys: Jack(14), Larkin(10), and Davis(8). She enjoys watching her children play sports, the beach and cheering for the Padres.

She thanks her sponsors Michael Brunker, Andrea da Rosa and Courtney Pendleton.

Maya Madsen

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Gourmet Cookies

Maya Madsen is the founder and CEO of Maya’s Cookies, America’s #1 Black-Owned Gourmet Vegan Cookie Company. As a vegan with a sweet tooth she had not been able to find perfectly delicious, soft-baked gourmet vegan cookies, so she spent years crafting award-winning and crowd pleasing recipes. She started her gourmet cookie business in 2015 by selling her baked goods at farmers markets in the area and online. Her company was steadily growing year after year. Then, in the summer of 2020, the civil unrest sweeping the nation prompted a list of black-owned businesses to be shared world wide, and Maya’s Cookies made that list (because they are delicious).  Since that summer she has opened two brick-and-mortar stores while also maintaining her online sales, as well as selling on the Home Shopping Network.

Maya is committed to superior customer service and community engagement with a focus on youth and underserved communities. She is a career partner with Kitchens For Good, an organization whose apprenticeship program for those who have barriers to employment such as justice system involvement, a history of foster care, mental health or or substance abuse challenges, or unsheltered living, gives people a chance to become certified in the culinary arts. She is also a mentor at Promises to Kids, San Marcos Boys and Girls Clubs and serves on the boards of Fred Finch, Junior Achievement San Diego, and San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

She ran 5 marathons while working as a personal fitness instructor and trainer for 30 years before exchanging her gym shoes for oven mitts. She and her husband Dustin have 3 sons, one who now works for Maya’s Cookies.

Maya thanks her sponsors Michael Brunker, Donna DeBerry and Valerie Attisha.