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.
President, Envision Consulting
Marti has over 20 years experience working with nonprofit organizations, primarily in the human services sector. Her skills range from program design to executive leadership. In a recent position as Interim Executive Director, Marti supported the organization’s transition and growth by visioning 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, implementing objectives, and achieving desired outcomes. Marti currently serves as a consultant to several nonprofit organizations in San Diego, and is working with a team on a collaborative breast cancer prevention project.
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.
Regional Market Leader, Movement Mortgage
Tonda lives Movement Mortgage’s mission which is to love and value people by leading a Movement of Change in their Industry, corporate cultures, and communities. Tonda is responsible for recruiting and opening up new offices in the San Diego area for what Inc. 500 Magazine has named one of the ” Fastest Growing Companies in the United States” 2 years in a row.
Tonda is former president of California Association of Mortgage Professionals, a nonprofit, professional trade organization consisting of licensed real estate brokers, salespersons, and affiliated lenders whose primary business is assisting consumers in obtaining personal and commercial real estate financing, and brokering mortgage loans.
She has volunteered for numerous organizations and projects and is thrilled to empower women by serving on the Leap to Success Board.
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.”