Building bridges - in the community - and into the future
  • I was born in Selma, California in the Central Valley

  • I grew up in Sanger, California, and graduated from Sanger High School in 1965, and served as Student Body President from 1964-1965

  • My father was a mechanic and my mother was a seamstress for Bailey Manufacturing and worked at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

  • I graduated from Fresno State College with a degree in Social Science with an emphasis in history and geography and a minor in Physical education

  • After teaching 5 years in the Cutler-Orosi School District in Tulare County, I was offered a job in Atascadero in 1976

  • I retired from Atascadero High School after teaching a total of 36 years, as well as coaching and taking students to Europe

  • Since coming to Atascadero I have been committed to making the community stronger through my work with a numerous and wide range of community organizations.

  • I have had the honor to serve as a board member and within leadership positions for multiple non-profits within Atascadero and in the County of San Luis Obispo. I was a charter member of the Atascadero Optimist Club (2000) for which I was the Chairman of the Optimist Wine Festival Golf Tournament, Chairman of Atascadero Colony Days for 3 years, a board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the North County Board of the YMCA, a member of the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival committee, a member of the Greyhound Athletics Foundation, a member of the Atascadero Alliance Committee, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Other volunteer engagement included serving dinners at El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO), fundraising with the Committee for Atascadero Public Schools (CAPS), volunteering with the annual Friends of the Atascadero Library's Dancing with Our Stars event, working as a precinct inspector during election seasons, assisting Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, stepping forward to help with the yearly Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids drives at the Armory every December, and serving as a host and a chaperone for the Educational Homestays Program (EF), which brought students to our community from all over the world to learn about our community and country, and last I have loyally supported a variety of clubs with their fundraisers in a variety of capacities, such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, along with many others.

  • It is through these years of work within the community and through these many collaborative partnerships that I have learned that the most powerful forms of social change utilize a bottom-up approach, which originates at the grassroots. That is, they are designed by community members rather than experts, professionals, or politicians.



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