Elena Lai Etcheverry
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 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 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.
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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 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 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.
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.
Elena Lai Etcheverry-Founder/ Executive Director
Becca Neist- Admin Assistant
Renetta Asaro- Volunteer Coordinator
Kelly Steindorf – Non- Profit Coordinator
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