Retired City Manager, Del Mar
Lauraine retired in 2007 after a 35 year career in local government management and policy analysis. After graduating with a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Rosemont College and five years later with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, she pursued increasingly responsible positions in Seattle City government, County administration and eventually made her way to California where she was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Ventura and City Manager of the City of Del Mar. Her last position brought her to the San Diego area where she happily resides with her husband of 25 years.
Though retired, she keeps her fingers on the pulse of government service by training young local government administrators in supervision and management. She also wanted meaningful volunteer work in retirement and was drawn to Leap to Success not only because of its mission but also because as a new non-profit in San Diego County, she felt her skills could be put to good use. After volunteering to assist in the process of incorporation Leap to Success as a bona fide 501©3 organization and helping to draft a set of By Laws and policies to govern the new non-profit, Lauraine joined the Board and became its first Chair.
Lauraine enjoys the challenge of changing women’s lives through her contributions to Leap to Success. She also enjoys traveling, learning new languages, reading and entertaining friends and family.
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association
Marti has over 20 years experience working in the nonprofit organizations, primarily in the human services sector. Her skills range from program design to executive leadership. Currently serving as an Interim Executive Director, Marti is supporting the organization’s transition and growth by holding onto the big picture, sharing ideas, and being instrumental in the genesis of new initiatives. Her leadership style is facilitative, working with others to develop strategic direction, implement objectives, and achieve desired outcomes.
Marti’s commitment serving on the Leap to Success board meets her personal mission of being connected to others who share a common vision in a place where each is held in high regard, accepted and honored for who they are. She is truly inspired by a woman who pulls herself out of adversity, discovers her own innate strengths, and becomes a leader in her own life. This is what Leap to Success is all about!
Workforce and Economic Development Professional
Wendy’s favorite quote is “they can because they think they can” (Virgil). The recently retired Director of Community and Economic Development in City Heights has a passion for ensuring that under and unemployed individuals with multiple barriers to employment have the opportunity to achieve self- sufficiency. After several decades of designing, implementing and managing employment placement programs in the public and non- profit sectors she believes the “toolbox of skills” Leap to Success teaches women is missing from existing programs.
As the co-founder of The Hamburger Tree, a two time San Diego Magazines best of the best award winner, Wendy brings an entrepreneur’s perspective to her non- profit involvement. Having hired, trained and mentored hundreds of employees over a 23 yr. period, she strongly believes that anyone who wants to work should have that opportunity but may need “a hand up” along the way.
Isabel Dansky, MFT, MHA
Isabel’s professional career has always been focused on health care services, first as an administrator at a psychiatric hospital followed by a successful career as a health care consultant in the SF bay area and now as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She obtained a Masters degree in hospital administration from George Washington University and a Masters degree in psychology from Chapman University.
Isabel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is passionate about helping women who are survivors of domestic violence as well as working with the Hispanic community. Above all else, Isabel loves to spend as much time as possible having fun with friends and family.
Development Coordinator, California Innocence Project
Born and raised in Arizona, TC graduated with a bachelors in sociology and business from the Arizona State University. TC currently works for the California Innocence Project as the Development Coordinator.
Civic activities that TC enjoys include being an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and participating as a yearly campaigner for the YMCA. Her passion for fundraising was sparked by her family’s involvement in philanthropy. “I watched my grandparents, Robert and Marion Wilson, give not only their money but also their time, love, and passion for making a difference in the world.”
TC continues, “We as women share similar stories that have contributed significantly to who we are. Bringing women together from all different walks of life and instilling a sense of hope, love, confidence, and empowerment is very important to me.”