(760) 591-3010 info@charitywings.org

Meet The Team:

Board of Directors | Staff | Volunteer Hostesses

As Volunteers, Crafters, and Artists; the Charity Wings team is committed to being a resource for other Crafters and Artists to Make a Difference.

Our Founder: Elena Lai Etcheverry

Elena Lai Etcheverry

Elena Lai Etcheverry

Founder/Executive Director

As a mixed media artist and jewelry designer with an event and meeting planning background, she has taken her desire to give and created a movement that she hopes will be able to be replicated in other cities to spread the message of joy and hope that art and creativity can provide. She writes a bi-monthly column for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine called “Artists Give Back” and has been published in many magazines and books for her charity work.  Since April  2006 she has hosted hundreds of events and fundraisers all to raise money and awareness through art and creativity.  Opening the Charity Wings Art & Craft Center has been a natural progression and way to grow the organization.  Through the Art & Craft Center, she is able to reach more people and have more impact on our community through art programs designed to help people cope and escape the pressures and burdens of everyday life. In addition to Charity Wings, she is also the founder of mixed media art clubs where women gather each month and inspire and support each other.  Elena’s art can be found on her personal blog www.thetravelingprincess.blogspot.com
Carol Cabrera

Carol Cabrera

Board Member

Carol Cabrera is a maker, teacher, and learner. She is a social practice artist and uses mediums like photography, theatre, and music to interact and respond to people, places and events in her community and world. She is a high school Humanities teacher at High Tech High North County as well as the Drama Club advisor. She is a life-long learner, constantly seeking new places to be, see and explore. You can follow her work at www.CarolCabrera.com.

Jen Cushman

Jen Cushman

Board Member

Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 17 years ago and never looked back. She’s drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic. She’s the author of Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Forge, Fold and Form Metal Jewelry Designs (North Light 2013) Jen’s art has been published in numerous national publications including Belle Armoire Jewelry, Jewelry Affaire, Somerset Studios, Somerset Workshop, Somerset Home, Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine, Wirework, Bead Style and more. She’s also done six instructional art DVDs with F+W Media. An enthusiastic and supportive instructor, Jen teaches more than art-making techniques. She encourages others to explore their creative process to make work infused with personal significance and intention. Learn more at www.jencushman.com

Matt Simmons

Matt Simmons

Matt Simmons grew up in San Marcos, attending schools from Elementary to College.  He met his wife Kelley, also born and raised in San Marcos, at college and they soon thereafter started raising their three beautiful children here. Currently his children attend Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Middle School and Cal State San Marcos.  Matt has been in the land planning and development industry for 17 years serving clients and developing projects within the family business that he runs with his brother and father. He has developed over 10,000 homes from master planned communities to apartment complexes as well as millions of square feet of commercial and industrial space in Southern California. Matt currently serves as the Vice President of Field Operations for CCI, a full service land planning firm. Matt continues to have strong ties with the community through his work with the Boys and Girls Club, as a member of the Board and Executive Committee for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and his coaching experiences with youth sports. Matt has also provided entitlement services for several charity organizations such as Casa De Amparo and TERi Inc. Matt is excited to bring his forward planning skills and business development contacts to further the mission and vision of Charity Wings Art and Craft Center.

Sarah Han

Sarah Han

Secretary

Bio Coming Soon

Ivan Derezin

Ivan Derezin

Treasurer

Ivan Derezin is currently a restaurateur in San Marcos. He owns Churchill’s Pub and Grille and The Bellows. Prior to running restaurants, he was an accountant and investment adviser. After graduating from UCLA with a Business/Economics major, he earned his CPA while spending time learning the ins and outs of small business consulting and taxes. He is a small business advocate and enjoys giving back to the community.

Paul Malone

Paul Malone

Board Member

Paul Malone is the principal of EvCon Associates, a land use, development and government affairs consultancy located in San Marcos, California. The firm’s client base consists primarily of developers seeking expertise in the planning, design and entitlement of vertically integrated mixed use and redevelopment projects in north San Diego County. Malone conceived of and managed the City’s affordable housing program which, over a 20 year span, produced some 3,000 long­term deed restricted units available to families of very low to moderate income. That program included conversion of 11 of the City’s 18 mobilehome parks, totaling an additional 2,500 units, to resident or non­profit ownership. The former accomplishment significantly outpaced affordable housing production by the City of San Diego over the same period and the latter has yet to be replicated elsewhere within the United States. Malone is probably best known for his role in helping to articulate and implement the community’s vision of sustainable growth rooted in public/private economic reality, demonstrated need and public acceptance. During his time with San Marcos, the City quintupled its population; it remains one of the fastest developing communities in the southwest and is reknown for having maintained widespread community support for extraordinarily rapid, quality growth over a period spanning a third of a century.

Carol Farrar

Carol Farrar

Board Member

Carol Farrar is the Broker/Owner of 1850 Realty, a Homegrown Real Estate Brokerage that celebrates everything that makes San Diego unique. Carol is very active in the community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the local Realtor Association and is a founding member of the Young Professionals Network North County chapter. She’s a community connector. A craft beer, food and wine enthusiast. An Animal lover, avid hiker and enjoys creativity.

Kimberly Deverell

Kimberly Deverell

Board Member

A wife and mother of 2 children, Kimberly Deverell is an alumni of Palomar College and a graduate of San Diego State University.  She received Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in her major of Music Education.  She has been an instructor at San Diego Music Studio since 1997 and serves as the Studio’s General Manager.  She supervises all of the special events and educational programs as well as oversees all aspects of teaching and class structure.  Additionally, Kimberly is a member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California and participates in helping qualified students prepare for MTAC competitions.  Most recently, Kimberly contributes her time and expertise by speaking at NAMM-U Sessions and being actively involved in the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) organization.  In 2016 she had the opportunity to participate in the NAMM Music Advocacy Fly-In in Washington DC where she advocated for music education and arts in the schools.
Craig Garcia

Craig Garcia

Board Member

Craig Garcia is the CEO of Reliable Contact Printing & Graphics and the owner of Old California Coffee House & Eatery in San Marcos, Ca. Craig specializes in building and growing businesses. Craig began his career as a Real Estate agent in 1991 before settling on the computer industry in 1994. By 1995, he and his wife Giovanna, turned a $300 investment into a multimillion dollar computer company, which later they sold in 2006. That company is still in business today! In 2006, Craig and his business partner Michael Corcoran, built an online marketing and training company that generated $20 Million dollars in revenue in 3 years, later selling to his competitor. In 2011, Craig purchased Old California Coffee House & Eatery in San Marcos and turned a failing business into a thriving business.

Staff:

Elena Lai Etcheverry-Founder/ Executive Director

Becca Neist- Admin Assistant

Renetta Asaro- Volunteer Coordinator

Kelly Steindorf – Non- Profit Coordinator

Art Center Volunteers: Volunteers Are Love In Motion

Alice Eads | Cynthia Ellis | Gloria Bowker | Kam McCallan |Robyn Olszowy | Terry Weil