Rotary Club of Santa Monica

New Members

 

Don't Forget To Say Hello To Our New Members and Make Them Feel a Part of Our Club!


Past President Dick Lawrence inducts new members to Rotary
at our April 8th, 2011 meeting



Timur Berberoglu, Matt Lehmann, Rob Kohn, Rochelle LeBlanc, Scot Ferguson,
Susan Potter, Connie DeGroot, Izzy Cervello, Sarah Ronen, Jim Rushton, Grace Wang and Jay Gross
 


District Governor Doug Baker inducts new members to Rotary
at our September 10, 2010 meeting





Gaby Schkud, District Gov Doug, Past Prez Dick Lawrence, Nicole Ryan, and Sharon Gavin
(not shown Moira Doherty)


New Members welcomed to Rotary during our August 21, 2009 meeting
Daniel Bennett with sponsors Kathy Hall, Jane Hall and Jean McNeil Wyner
Julia Miele
with sponsors Patricia Farris and Judy Neveau
Roxana Janka
with her sponsor John Bohn

 

New Member Profiles

 

Lisa Alexander is a partner of the law firm of Jakle & Alexander, LLP in Santa Monica, practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust settlements, conservatorships and guardianships. Born in Seattle, Washington, Lisa grew up in Pacific Palisades and except for her junior year in France, Lisa has lived on the Westside most of her life. After graduating high school from The Westlake School (when it was still all girls), she earned her BA in Linguistics and French from UCLA. She went cross town to attend law school at rival USC where she earned her JD degree in 1985.  

Lisa has a 21-year old son, Jim Doherty, who is currently living in Davis, California. Lisa lives with her mother, Carol Alexander, in West Los Angeles.  

Lisa has been an active supporter of Boy Scouts for many years. While her son moved up the ranks eventually achieving Eagle Scout, Lisa served as Advancement Chair for Troop 1 and then on the District Committee for the Crescent Bay District of the Western Los Angeles County Council, eventually serving as District Chair. She is a registered Merit Badge Counselor for Family Life and Personal Fitness. She especially loves coaching the older Scouts on the path to Eagle Scout.  

Active in the community, Lisa serves on the Advisory Board of the Santa Monica Family YMCA, the Gift Planning Council of Loyola High School, and is a member of the Board of her Church. Through Rotary, she is proud to serve on the Steering Committee of the Helpguide Project (www.helpguide.org), an amazing resource for information on a wide range of health and wellness topics. She is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and has been meeting for dinner with her closest sorority sisters every month for over 20 years.  

In her free time, Lisa enjoys long distance running and reading for her Book Club. She has been a member of the Santa Monica based running group LALeggers for over 10 years and has completed many marathons and half marathons.  

Lisa feels honored to be a member of the Santa Monica Rotary. She is delighted that her fellow Rotarians are friendly, welcoming, and love to laugh and sing. Most importantly she is impressed by all the good work of the Rotarians in the community.

Daniel Bennett was born and raised in the San Diego area, making him a fourth generation Californian in the family.  In 1984 after graduating high school in Chula Vista, California, where he excelled in sports, Daniel enrolled in the University of California. After graduation he studied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City where his interest in finance and living abroad became a focal point of his life.  This lead to his enrollment in the  London Business School in the UK in the ‘90s where he earned his Masters in Finance and valuable insights into the international financial markets.   

In 1995 Daniel moved to Lisbon, Portugal where he embarked on a nine year career in investment banking.  More important, it was during this time he met his wife Vanda, marrying only 8 months after their first date.  In 2003 Daniel returned to Los Angeles after stints in New York City and Madrid to settle down with Vanda and his two lovely girls, Zoë and Livia.  Vanda now works from our home office do photogrammetric modeling, otherwise known as modern mapmaking.  

Some of his favorite activities are playing tennis, surfing and almost any activity outdoors with the family.  Zoë loves to compete in USTA tennis tournaments and Livia loves animals and dancing.  Vanda enjoys running and the beach and has found a nice little Portuguese community in Los Angeles to pass some time speaking her native tongue.  

Daniel’s practice at New York Life focuses on business and estate planning with special emphasis on asset management and risk management for business clients and executive professionals.  His experience includes designing and implementing advanced pension and financial planning strategies primarily for clients who are owners of companies in the media, entertainment and technology fields, and professionals practicing in the legal, medical and accounting fields.

Timur Berberoglu was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. later  found his way to California  to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara where he graduated with a B.A. in 1993.  Shortly thereafter Timur moved to  San Francisco to pursue a career in the technology and worked for  a small start-up company that was one of the first to employ pre-pay (debit) billing on cellular telephones.  In 1998  Timur moved to Santa Monica to  enrolled at Southwestern University School of Law where he received  his J.D. in 2001.   At Southwestern he met his wife,  Melissa,  who like Timur practices law.  Melissa is a litigator specializing in environmental litigation.

After law school Timur  worked  at several  mid-sized law firms  before  joining  Derring  & Sands  in Santa Monica  in 2006  to specialize in estate planning, probate and conservatorship law.   In 2010 Timur was elevated to partnership and the name of the firm was changed to Deering, Sands & Berberoglu.  

Melissa and Timur  live in Santa Monica with their  two young children, a six year old daughter and 3 year old son. As a family they travel a lot, often to turkey to visit Timur’s relatives and Italy to visit Melissa’s.   Tirmur, when not working  and spending time with his family enjoys sports involving hitting  little round balls (golfing, billiards and ping pong).   While often difficult, Timur has remained a loyal Redskins’ fan even after his move to California.

Isabel "Izzy" Cervello is an Account Director at Arvato Digital Services, LLC. providing end-to-end supply chain services.

 

 

Moira Doherty is an attorney with a proven track record and is the founder of Themis Law Group with diverse state and nationwide projects.  She is skilled at business litigation, investigation, negotiation, and resolving claims with extensive experience at liability assessment and solution identification to allow immediate focus on prevailing issues.  Her pro bono work includes obtaining a 200% increase in military pension benefits for a WWII disabled veteran, safeguarding the quality of life for this veteran in his twilight years, and ensuring access to basic necessities of life.   

Ms. Doherty earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Clark University and her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law, the American University, in Washington, D.C., and attended the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.  Ms. Doherty has experience with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and as an environmental prosecutor.  Ms. Doherty clerked in state and federal courts, and has taught Legal Research and Writing, Civil Procedure, and Bankruptcy law.  Ms. Doherty has volunteered as a Panel Prosecutor, Panel Mediator, and Judge Pro Tem.    

Having lived in New England, Ms. Doherty enjoys outdoor activities and has been a member of several sports organizations involving cycling, running, skiing, camping, hiking, and travel.  Interested in diverse cultures and world affairs, she has traveled to Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Germany, Antigua, St. Bart’s, and Belgium.  Ms. Doherty has been a certified ski instructor for more than 10 years affiliated with two major ski resorts listed in the top 20 resorts in the U.S.  Ms. Doherty is an avid and voracious reader, and particularly enjoys science fiction, historical biographies, and literature in the context of Celtic cultures.  She enjoys cooking Italian food, spending time with children and teaching them to ski, dinners with her family, and French art films. 

Ms.  Doherty is keenly interested in community service participating in organizations and activities to contribute to the well-being and safety of others.  Her community service includes:  Volunteer Co-Chair of a Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society; participation in the Westside Thanksgiving Program and the former K9 Connection, Inc.; involvement with the International Medical Corps; work with Chicana Services Action Center to place inner city youth in employment; volunteer work with the YMCA;  pro bono career coaching lectures for in-transition executives; professional ski coaching for autistic children; and as a legal, medical and financial advocate for the elderly, educators and artists, a World War II veteran, and for a quadriplegic injured ski instructor.  Ms. Doherty is a member of the Wine & Art Festival Committee, the Health Living Committee, and the new Members Committee of the Santa Monica Rotary.  

 

Chief Scott Ferguson started his fire service career in 1982 as a part-time firefighter in Federal Way, Washington, and began serving full-time with the Richland Fire Department in 1984.  He then moved back to his hometown in Vancouver, where he served from 1988 to 2001, progressing through the ranks until appointed as Chief of Training.  It was there where he first became interested in the notion of becoming a Fire Chief  at the urging of his father who also was a fire chief.          

Scott's father is not the only firefighter in the family. Chief Ferguson’s brother,  David is a firefighter in Pasco, Washington, and  Scott's  son spent two years as a firefighter in Chandler.  The Chief's daughter, Brooklyn (Dodger fan) graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, in 2010, and is currently student teaching in Spokane, Washington. Chief Ferguson proudly describes his wife Maria as  his  best friend. She works in Representative Don Knabe’s office in downtown Los Angeles.         

Before coming to Santa Monica in March of 2010, Chief Ferguson spent five years in Arizona as the Peoria Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations, and  later was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in Manhattan Beach  in 2008.         

Chief Ferguson earned his Fire Science Diploma from Bates Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington and his AAS in Business Administration from Clark Community College.  He also received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies (English/Business) from Eastern Oregon University and earned his Masters Degree in Management Psychology from Wayland Baptist University in 2005.  He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is an accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO).         

Chief Ferguson has a passion for training and enjoys mentoring high school and college students to prepare them for a future as firefighters. He is a current board member of the Police Activities League and Human Relations Council, has been a Rotarian since 2005, including a stint as President for the Peoria Club.  

 

Sharon Perlmutter Gavin, Ph.D. was raised in Santa Monica, CA and is currently an independent consultant in the technology field. She obtained her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude and received the Outstanding Senior Electrical Engineering Award. She accepted a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study at Stanford University, where she completed her M.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Statistics, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Sharon is a published author of a number of technical papers. After obtaining her Ph.D., Sharon joined Johnson-Grace Company as a founding member of its research team. The company was acquired shortly thereafter by AOL. During her tenure at AOL, Sharon became chief scientist and head of an international research and development division. She also ran the company’s Irvine, CA campus for several years. At AOL, Sharon developed products in the image compression, image classification, voice communication, and face recognition areas. She also worked for Warner Bros., where she invented the critically acclaimed “UltraResolution” technology that is used to restore and improve the quality of classic film properties. Sharon has 18 patents granted or pending.  

Sharon has an identical twin sister, Keren. She and her husband, Andy, were married in 2001 and have a son, Alex, who was born in November, 2008.  

Sharon loves to travel, sing, and read.  She looks forward to engaging in numerous community service activities as part of Rotary.  

Robert E. Kohn is the principal attorney of Kohn Law Group, Inc. in Century City , where he litigates and helps resolve entertainment cases and technically challenging business disputes in federal and state courts.  Rob also argues appeals at all levels.  He serves the Federal Bar Association as co-chair of its national committee on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Trial Practice.   

Rob is a former clerk to the Hon. Joel F. Dubina of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He attended Duke University and Duke Law School, and he stays connected to Duke as the regional Duke alumni president for Southern California .  

Community service and personal connections are very important to Rob.  In addition to engaging Duke alums in charitable and public activities across the Southern California area, Rob volunteers his own time in support of Mar Vista Family Center in Culver City and other causes that help kids and people in need.      

Rob is active!  He is a skier, a swimmer, and overall workout guy.   He likes to cook and (especially) to eat.  Rob grew up in New England and moved to Santa Monica in 1998, where he plans to stay for a long time.  

 

Rochelle LeBlanc, MPA is a trained gerontologist with expertise in the analysis, administration and management of aging services.  Most recently, as a Management Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, Rochelle was the lead on the development of the Department’s strategic plan.  Additionally, she collaborated with aging and caregiver experts in the production of over 100 segments of Aging in LA, a 28-minute television show discussing senior and caregiver issues.

Currently, Rochelle’s work includes consulting on behalf of community-benefit organizations with expertise in working with those agencies who serve older adults. Her volunteer activities include her role as Chair of the Commission for the Senior Community in Santa Monica, Governing Council Member of WISE Connections; and Chairman of the Board of Age Looks at Aging.  To keep up with all of these activities she is an athlete and fitness advocate!  

Rochelle earned her degree of Bachelor in Gerontology at Mt. Saint Mary’s College and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.  She also holds an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising which, as the top graduate, afforded her an opportunity of a lifetime; to lunch with her screen idol Ms. Bette Davis.

Rochelle’s hobbies include tennis, spinning, running and indoor rowing.  She also manage her partners two dental practices.  Rochelle has two children --  Ian, 28 who is  currently living and working in Costa Rica and her daughter, Selene, who is a senior at Marymount High School and will be college-bound this Fall.  

Dr. Brendan Murray is Sports Injury Chiropractor for over 20 years and is a long-time Santa Monica resident having attended both St. Monica High School and Santa Monica College.   After SMC,  Brendan received his B.S. and Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles.  Brendan was later awarded a Diplomate in sports medicine from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and is the owner of the Institute for Spine and Sports Care in Santa Monica.    

Brendan is a Co-Chairman of the Medical Board for USA Weightlifting and serves as the team doctor for the United States Weightlifting Team. He also is a Post Graduate faculty member for  Southern California University Health Sciences.  Locally, Brendan also serves as the team physician for different high schools and throughout the Fall can be found at numerous high school football games where attends to player injuries.    

Of course his hobbies includes sports of many types but Brendan best enjoys spending time with his family which include his wife and two daughters, ages 6 ½ and 5.  Brendan’s wife, Monica LeDuff, is also a long time Santa Monica resident.  

 

Susan Gabriel Potter is the second generation to take the helm of ISU Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance founded by her father, the late Bob Gabriel, a long-time member of the Club.  The Gabriel insurance firm is one of the few remaining family businesses which was so prevalent when Bob started the firm over fifty years ago.  

Susan earned her bachelors degree at California State University Long Beach and upon graduation, went into the field of education for a period of time before deciding to join her father in the family insurance business in 1983.  Susan now leads a team of dedicated professionals with the same zeal and dedication her father famously was known.  

Her husband Pat Potter, a graduate of Loyola and her son Bryan Potter a graduate of the University of San Diego are part of the management team. Together they will continue the philosophy of outstanding service and community involvement.  Susan also serves on the Boards of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce,  SMC Associates and the Santa Monica Historical Society.  

Outside of ISU Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance, Susan has been involved in community projects dear to her heart.  Her parents, Bob and Louise Gabriel spent most of their lives dedicated in finding a permanent home where our city treasures would be preserved and shared with our community for generations to come.  On October 24th  2010, the grand opening of the Santa Monica History Museum took place.  It was a memorable day for the Gabriel Family; a dream comes true.  The Gabriel families were also the leading supporters of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes,  a community tradition that dates back over fifty years which celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

Susan’s hobbies and interests include spending quality time with family and friends, music, dancing, reading, fine dining and being of service to my family, friends and community. A native of California, Susan was born and lives in Santa Monica with her husband Pat Potter.  She has two sons, Patrick M. Potter and Bryan R. Potter  

Bill Rayman currently is a real estate finance specialist.  Before finding  his current avocation he enjoyed a diverse career that included medical school, screen writing, CBS News and NBC TV (a Saturday Night Live writer.)  He  also had a hand in product development with the Cabbage Patch Kids® phenomena of the early 80s, ZooFitters®, (the only national brand of infant diaper covers) as well as once being known as the Ear Muff King of America.   

Bill sold his last product firm to accept an opportunity to be Senior VP of Mortgage Capital Partners where he has become a Residential Specialist as well as providing commercial, construction and hard money loans.  After graduating from Yale, Bill received his MBA from NYU Business School (as well as its film school), followed by a year of advanced marketing at Wharton.  Given his educational background, his success in the financial world is not surprising. 

Bill originally grew up (with a brother and sister) in Scarsdale, New York and spent most of his earlier years on the East Coast.  However, after 17 years in Santa Monica, Bill finally claims to be an Angeleno although he still finds himself a Yankees’ and Knicks’ fan. Bill lives in Santa Monica  with his dog and cat although they scarcely see him as he constantly travels the world,  having visited over 70 countries with more to come.  Bill enjoys scuba diving and he claims to carry a dive mask with him all of the time.  Next time you see someone at the club with a snorkel, it’s likely to be Bill.  

 

Sally Reason comes from a Rotary family in Tennessee where her father was a long-time Rotarian.  Sally is a loyal Volunteer having received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from its law school..   After practicing law in both Tennessee and Florida, Sally was appointed a Federal Administrative Judge for the Office of Hearings and Appeals, hearing social security diabiolity and non-disability cases.  Sally continues that position in Los Angeles where she moved from Point Vedra, Florida.

Sally currently lives in Topanga with a ton of animals.  Sally also has three children ranging in age from 16 to 29.   When not rendering judicial decisions, Sally enjoys skiing, travelling, the theatre and of course, her flock of pets.  

John Rucci co-heads MSD Hospitality, the hospitality operations and asset management wing of MSD Capital L.P. – Real Estate. In addition to hospitality assets in Hawaii, most notably for Santa Monica, MSD Hospitality has been the owner representative for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows since 2007. Prior to joining MSD, John was with the Peninsula Beverly Hills for 15 years and Four Seasons Hotels from 1989-1992. John’s career started in food and beverage and progressed to marketing, finance and general hotel operations. John has a BS in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an EMBA from the Peter Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Studies also include Cornell University’s Hotel School and UCLA’s Anderson School Executive Program.

John grew up in a Navy family moving coast to coast every three years, predominantly between San Diego and Virginia. His father was a proud Rotarian for decades in each city they resided. Having at last anchored in one city for more than a few years he considers Los Angeles home and is very much enjoying Santa Monica as his business address and looks forward to becoming more and more involved in this vibrant community.

John is definitely a sports fan, certainly Lakers and Clippers yet an unabashed New York Yankee fan, probably due to a nomadic youth. While fitness, tennis and golf are interests, John’s great passion is food and wine and enjoys cooking at home and dining out. Having launched the hotel’s FIG restaurant he is excited about the emerging dining scene in Santa Monica. John has been married to wife Alesha since 2008.  



Jim Rushton became our Scout Executive on July 15, 2008. Jim’s prior experience includes serving as Area Director for the National Council, supervising 15 councils through out California, Nevada, and Hawaii.  Jim also served as Scout Executive for the council that serves the state of Maine and in numerous professional scouting leadership positions in the greater Philadelphia area.  

Jim is a recipient of the National Eagle Scouting Association award of merit and has been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of retarded citizens, Special Olympics and Americans for Native Americans.  

Jim and Gwen Rushton have 3 beautiful children; Holly – teaches elementary school in Hawaii, Tim – a US marine and engineering student at University of California San Diego and Jon a student at Quitz University of Pennsylvania.  

Nicole Taylor Ryan is a Certified Financial Planner with Financial Network Investment Corporation  ( member SIPC)  and for over 15 years has worked with  businesses, families and individuals in their financial planning. 

Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Real Estate & Law from California State University, Long Beach.  She has a minor in French Language from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France and a Personal Financial Planning Designation from UCLA.  Nicole was recently named a Five Star Top Wealth Manager by Los Angeles Magazine, January 2011 Issue.      

 Nicole lives in Pacific Palisades with her Chiropractor husband, Daniel,and two delightful daughters, Jhade and Grace. She reports that Jhade is a great artist and violin player who will enter high school next year.  Grace is only 3 1/2 but is a great help to her mom in the kitchen.  Nicole seems to be engaged in every activity that one might expect from someone who grew up in Southern California: volleyball, scuba diving, skydiving, skiing, and occasionally yoga.   She also engages in fine dining and looks forward to family game night. She plans to travel the world with her husband whom she met as a new patient.  She claims it was love at first sight although it's unclear whether he made her pay for that office visit.         

Nicole gets tremendous joy from helping others. Nicole's original introduction to the Club arose from  previously working with other members in the banking and trust areas.  Because of her desire and the joy she receives from  helping others,  Nicole indicated that she selected our Club in particular to help her make a positive change in our world.  We all look forward to working with Nicole.  

Gaby Schkud of GABY & ASSOCIATES established in 1994, is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, Associate Manager of Coldwell Banker Santa Monica Office and Mentor to new licensees.  Prior to being a Realtor, Gaby was a Residential Loan Officer with First Federal of Santa Monica.

Born in Germany, raised in Canada, Gaby recognized what would become home for many years to follow when she moved to Santa Monica with her family.  She is very passionate about the community in which she works and lives and you will always hear her say “We live in Paradise “.

Gaby and Leon reside in Santa Monica,  have two children, Michelle and Nick who are both graduates from Samohi -  just like their parents. Michelle graduated from UC Santa Cruz and received her Masters from Pepperdine and Nick graduated from UC Santa Barbara and is currently in the MBA program at LMU.

 

Charlene Underhill Miller, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice. She has been treating a wide range of personal and relational problems since 1984.

Charlene also teaches at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Associated with Pepperdine’s Boone Center for the Family, Charlene is a founding member of Pepperdine’s Friends of the Family League. Charlene serves as a lay leader at Brentwood Presbyterian Church and volunteers at Venice Family Clinic and Webster Elementary School in Malibu. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Underhill International, an irrigation supply company owned and operated by her family.

Born in Yokosuka, Japan, while her father was in the US Navy, Charlene was raised in Glendora, California. Charlene holds a BA degree in psychology from UCLA and MA and PhD degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller’s School of Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation investigated the role of therapy in helping children and adults recover from sexual abuse and trauma.

The daughter of a former member of the Rotary Club of Glendora and the wife of a 20-year member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, Charlene knows the Rotary Club of Santa Monica well and counts many of its members as friends. She became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2005.

Charlene lives with her husband John, son Matthew, and Labrador retriever Jack, in Malibu.  

Grace Wang was born overseas in Taipei, Taiwan and ended up in Arcadia, when the family decided to immigrate to the States the same year the 1984 Olympics was held in Los Angeles.  Forced to learn English as a second language at age 7, Grace mastered it after a couple of trying years in ESL and went on to college where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Dance Theatre from Occidental College.  

Having grown up in an entrepreneurial family, Grace’s background is quite blended. Fortune 500’s, including Sony and Xerox took up the first 5 years post college where Grace became the youngest sales rep with Xerox to win numerous President’s Club titles  and honored as the youngest nationally ranked #1 sales representative for Xerox.   Having experienced success in corporate America 
 by the time she was 25, Grace decided to test her entrepreneurial skills  by  launching a visual display company, PGM, where she currently resides as  its  Managing Director. As  PGM's business stabilized, Grace explored journeying back to working in Advertising and Brand Strategy and  to  became Yoga Alliance Certified to teach yoga, her love and passion at 2 studios here in Santa Monica.  In addition to teaching 5 days a week, Grace is also the founder of Yoga For Change, a non-profit foundation utilizing yoga as a vehicle to promote change, most recently, partnering with Heal the Bay to bring yoga onto the Santa Monica Pier for California’s Coastal Cleanup Day.

Grace spends her days running from work, to teaching yoga, to various meetings for organizations with whom she is active and is currently serving on a number of non-profit boards including: The Santa Monica Jaycees (2010 President, 2011 Chairman), the Junior Chamber International, GAB (General Advisory Board of Santa Monica College), YMCA Advisory Board Member as well as staying involved with the Chamber of Commerce through participating in Chamber committees.  She is also involved with the Jonah Project, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless community on the streets of Skid Row.  Grace believes in getting involved and in doing good anywhere and everywhere, especially in the Santa Monica community which she proudly calls home and credits her sanity to drinking too much green tea everyday and too much wine too often, loves big gatherings at her home where she gets to cook and feed and lives by the notion of “paying it forward.”  
      
Grace lives in Santa Monica with her rescued pitbull, Stella, and can often be seen biking around Santa Monica to farmer’s markets and yoga classes and most likely be found salsa dancing on the promenade every Sunday.  
 

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