As a retiree, I have focused on volunteering in the community by tutoring foster children, raising funds for a homeless children’s center, participating in local and national political campaigns, and working with the Santa Cruz County Supervisors and our community on a local bond issue. I have also spent time coaching students at the Santa Clara University Graduate School of Business.
During my career, I worked in both the public and private sectors. I managed and taught educational programs for institutionalized youth with severe disabilities. Additionally, I negotiated and managed budgets up to $15 million and managed many corporate and business development projects, leading valuation and acquisition teams. Lastly, I helped executive staff at large companies develop corporate strategies and business plans.
As a former Board member, I was privileged to learn what a difference SCCCU makes in people’s lives, not only through its products but also by providing financial education and lending to community partnerships. This strongly resonates with my love for this community and my efforts to “think globally and act locally.”
For the past 11 years, I have owned and operated APG Import & Distribution, LLC in Santa Cruz. APG is an importer/distributor of outdoor ceramic pottery and outdoor furniture. I have worked closely with Pottery Planet (a garden store on Soquel Avenue specializing in outdoor pottery, fountains, and garden décor).
Originally from Sweden, I studied International Commercial Law at The University of Lund in Sweden. I lived for seven years in Malaysia and five years in Vietnam while working in the ceramic pottery industry. I moved to Santa Cruz in 2009 and have been a member of Santa Cruz Community Credit Union since 2010. In 2016 I joined the Supervisory Committee.
In my role on the Board of Directors from 1979 – 2001, I watched the Credit Union grow and change. I am proud of the impact we have made and continue to make in our community. I am passionate about the community development work we do here at the Credit Union and excited to continue to share my enthusiasm and support for it.
I recently retired after working for over 35 years in the Silicon Valley at various technology firms, such as Apple Computer and Juniper Networks, in customer service. I also have a financial background with analytical skills that have served me well with the auditing activities required at the Credit Union.