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Board of Director and Supervisory Committee Nominees
I have been a Santa Cruz business community member for over 30 years, including graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 1993. I am impressed by the values of the locally owned, strong civic-minded businesses throughout the county. My professional focus is real estate lending. Having worked in the industry for many years, I have unique skills to bring to the board.
During my time on the SCCCU board and the Community foundation DPAC committee, I have witnessed the enormous impact a relatively small loan or grant can make on a new business, first-time home buyer, or non-profit. Local resources make this possible and keep our community thriving.
Today, I share my time between my locally owned business and volunteering as an advisory committee member for Girls Inc. of the Central Coast. It would be an honor to continue to serve the Credit Union and my community as a volunteer member of the SCCCU Board of Directors.
I have lived in Santa Cruz for 28 years. I am an experienced business leader and entrepreneur who successfully took two companies from product concept to mass-market to acquisition. I’m currently a co-founder of a startup. In addition, I have served on the board of directors of a non-profit organization as well as serving on various non-profit committees. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I worked as a technical consultant and product specialist in the medical diagnostic industry. I hold a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time in nature with my family, friends, dog, and horses. My other interests include reading, family health and nutrition, volunteerism, and community-supported agriculture.
As a female and minority business owner in Santa Cruz for the past 22 years, I have benefited directly from the charter by SCCCU to provide economic opportunity to community members. Through my experience, I hope to ensure continued success and efforts to promote economic justice for the most deserving members of our community. I feel blessed to live in an amazing city and would be honored to continue to hold this seat on the Board of Directors for SCCCU.
In 1987, I co-founded Hutton Sherer Marketing Advertising Design, retiring in 2017 after 30 years in business. Precious boards I’ve served on include: Workforce Investment Board of Santa Cruz County; Leadership Santa Cruz County; Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce; Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; Alzheimer’s Association; Small Business Development Center; and Pajaro Valley Performing Arts Association.
My previous service on only local non-profit boards reflects my belief in playing a role to improve our community. I intend to lend my organizational expertise to the credit union and serve in any other way, as requested.
I earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Organizational Communication and taught at a university in the Chicago area for three years. I moved to Santa Cruz in 1984 and taught at San Jose State University and then Cabrillo College. I taught at Cabrillo College on and off since 1985 in both Marketing and Communication Studies.