Our OWNER ELECTED Board
I am retired from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency where I enjoyed a 17-year career working in programs, such as public health, First 5 San Diego and Child Welfare, that promote the health and well-being of children and families. I then worked for two years as a grant writer for a local nonprofit. I am a native Californian, have lived in San Diego County for 35 years, and moved to Imperial Beach in 2012. I feel extremely lucky to live in Imperial Beach – it’s an awesome place to live and the people are amazing. I love my community and volunteer much of my time to promoting health, wellness, community engagement and opportunity for Imperial Beach residents. In addition to SunCoast Market Co-op, I am active in the I.B. Collaborative, I.B. Chamber of Commerce, Live Well San Diego South Region Leadership Team and the County’s Community Action Partnership Community Advisory Board. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University (SDSU). In 2018, I was honored to be recognized as one of 50 distinguished alumni during the 50th anniversary celebration of SDSU’s School of Public Affairs.
I was born and raised in the mid-west, the land of grocery co-ops! My husband, our two kids, our dog, and I moved from Denver to Imperial Beach several years ago and couldn’t be happier. We love the tight knit beach community and the happy and active vibe. Our favorite part has been how welcome we felt right away, by everyone we met but especially by the SunCoast Market family. My professional background is in healthy living and health promotion, I have a Masters degree in Health Psychology and am a certified aromatherapist. I am a strong advocate for less chemicals in our foods and products, and would love better access to local and organic foods for my family. That is why I joined SunCoast right away. I’m excited to help bring SunCoast Market to life because co-ops offer such a unique and community-focused shopping experience. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced in most stores. Imperial Beach is the perfect place for a locals focused store!
I lived in Alaska most of my life. Went to high school, got married and completed 20 years in the Postal Service. When the kids graduated from high school, we left Alaska and traveled. We bought a place in Imperial Beach in 2010. I didn’t know anyone except the people I worked out with. One of those being Anna Kirsner. She mentioned working with a group of mothers wanting to provide better nutrition for their families. I thought it was a great meaningful project, a way to meet people in the community, and a better grocery store was direly needed in Imperial Beach. So I joined the group and have been working to get a co-op in Imperial Beach for the past 3 years. I’ve been using my extensive bookkeeping experience for SunCoast Market.
My family has called the wonderful community of Imperial Beach home for the last 5 years. On a typical day you can find us exploring Seacoast, enjoying the local restaurants, or walking in the estuary. I have spent the last decade working in major gift fundraising at institutions such as UC San Diego, Sharp HealthCare Foundation, the San Diego Zoo, and Reef Check Foundation. I am passionate about wildlife, the environment, sustainability and human rights. I became a member of SunCoast after attending an event and learning more about what this will bring to the community. I joined the finance committee, the outreach committee, and the steering committee before volunteering for the role of Fundraising Chair. I am endlessly impressed with the knowledge, tenacity, and determination of the members of the board and I find myself leaving each meeting feeling inspired and grateful to be part of this group.
As an educator for the past 20 years, I see the importance of nutrition in the schools. I’ve been
lucky enough to have taught in elementary schools with their own gardens and saw first-hand
the wonder and curiosity those gardens instilled in the students. Seeing your food grown in front
of your own eyes can really ground you. I believe that communities and families can thrive when they have access to affordable, delicious, healthy, and locally sourced foods.
SunCoast Market Co-op is not a farm, however, it can be a place where families know where
their food is grown and share the recipes with neighbors. A neighborhood gathering place for
Imperial Beach and surrounding communities with a learning and exploration space for kids.
Most of all: SunCoast will be a kick-ass, well-stocked, locally owned grocery store that welcomes all who enter. Sí se puede!
I’ve lived in California off and on since 1982. Graduated High School in El Centro and college at
Humboldt State University. I currently live in the Tijuana River Valley. It is an honor and privilege to serve on this board with these awesome, powerful, women.
I was born and raised in Joliet, Il. I moved to San Diego in 1996 where I met my husband. Together we are raising our twin boys in Imperial Beach. I have spent 25+ years in the restaurant business, including 6 years of ownership. My goal as a restauranteur was to provide wholesome, scratch made and delicious food to the community of Imperial Beach. We had great success however the demand of being a mom became more important. My career and experience has provided me: excellent costumer service, knowledge of food quality, food waste and food safety, employee management, inventory management, strong decision making, product branding, marketing, confidence, and leadership. My passion for quality food led me to join the SunCoast team in it’s earliest stage. I am very excited to see SunCoast become what it is now and I can not wait to walk in it’s doors to do my grocery shopping.
I moved to I.B. in 1999 from National City and I started working at YMCA Camp Surf in 2000. I was the food service director and in charge of serving healthy meals to 300 children per day. While I was director we implemented green policies such as eliminating paper products switching over to reusable coffee mugs, cloth napkins and we began composting. I volunteer and fundraise for multiple nonprofit organizations such as the Teen Challenge and Borderview YMCA and am in the Sheriff’s Senior Patrol. I’m also a community chaplain at the Rock Church. My vision is for us to get open and to see other co-ops open in the San Diego area. Also to educate people why we need co-ops and why we need to eat healthy food.
I moved to Imperial Beach in 2015. I immediately knew I had happened into a Hidden Gem, not having any real prior knowledge of IB. I just knew I found my perfect condo by the Sea. Come to find out I have found so much more. I immediately wanted to be involved with SunCoast Market as soon as I found out about them. Working with SunCoast Market, my connection to this community continues to grow.
We have been coming to visit my in-laws home in IB for 20 years and decided to move here 2 years ago, leaving the North County suburbs behind and never looking back. IB is home now. I grew up in Upper Michigan, have been married to John for 37 years and we have raised 4 great sons. I am a retired RN and enjoy the peaceful, small town life that IB offers. John and I enjoy bike riding, hiking and traveling together. I have been in a book club and a bible study group for many, many years and love that time with long time friends. We look forward to being grandparents….hopefully in the not too distant future! When I envision SunCoast Market, I see a local market where we are able to make a difference in the community by offering healthy food, education, and making it easy for people to eat well, within their budgets. We will create an atmosphere of community pride and a hometown feel where all will be welcome.
about the board of directors:
SunCoast Market Co-op is executively managed by an elected Board of Directors. The primary responsibilities of the Board of Directors are to provide overall direction and ensure the long-range security and viability of the Co-op, and to develop policies necessary to carry out the duties of the board and the functions of the cooperative! The directors are elected from and by our owner-members. Each year there are at least 3 board seats open for election.