MEET OUR BOARD

SHIRLEY VAINE, REALTOR (President)

Shirley’s professional activities include: Founder of the Real Estate Information/Education Center, Past Governor South of the NAR of Women’s Council of Realtors, Mediator for San Diego Association of Realtors, Lecturer/Educator, Past State President of Women’s Council of Realtors/California, co-author of ‘Here Comes the Sales Trainers,’ and member of the National Association of Realtors since 1971.

Shirley has been active in community efforts, including: Founder of the San Onofre Citizens Council, Past Ombudsman for the Elderly, Past President of PQ Rotary Club, Founder of the Professional Women’s Center, Co-founder of Sunshine Village/Battered Women & Children’s Center, Co-founder of the National Association of Federal Women’s Contractor, and delegate to the 1st White House Conference on Small Business. She has served on the California Small Business Advisory Board, on Vice President Bush’s Advance Team, and as President of the Professional Women’s Center, and is the creator of Women’s Opportunity Job Fairs.

Ms. Vaine is the 2011-2012 President of San Diego North Rotary Club

 

SAM CASALINA, Ph.D.

Dr. Casalina has worked for decades as a Senior Industrial Hygienist, starting in the early 1950s with work at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California.  There, he spent several years as Technical Coordinator providing complete radiologic health planning for the researchers.  He is the holder of four U.S. Letters of Patent in the field of radiopasteurization and radiopolymerization. He subsequently provided radiation safety and industrial hygiene services for such aerospace fabrication programs as the Space Shuttle.  Dr. Casalina currently resides in San Luis Obispo County, California.

 

DEIDRA O’MERDE 

Deidra O’Merde opened a small floral and wine shop in 1980 which has grown into one of the most recognized and award winning floral businesses in San Francisco. Her floral, wine and gourmet business expanded by adding a wine-tasting bar in 2002. Involvement in small business politics over the years has provided the vehicle for which she can promote her progressive values, often somewhat at odds with business owners.

Deidra has gained national attention; Working Women’s Magazine declared Rosebowl Florist one of the top 15 florists in America in 1998; both of Rosebowl’s designers win virtually every contest they enter; and last year, the San Francisco Bay Guardian Reader’s Poll voted Rosebowl Florist and Wine Shop the best flower shop in the Bay Area.  She is currently involved with the Lower Polk Neighborhood Association – a small business and building manager group addressing all neighborhood issues actively with city officials. Prior to this, she served as a board member for The Utility Reform Network (TURN), a consumer advocacy organization.

JUDY JONES 

Judy lives near San Clemente, and in previous years has run for California State Assembly in the 73rd Assembly District, from Oceanside to Laguna Hills.

Her MBA from the University of Chicago and her Peace Corps experience teaching in Belize give her a background that combines problem solving with understanding of a wide range of people and issues.  She’s been a consultant, helping businesses find the right software tools for more than 25 years in both the southern California and Chicago area.

Judy has volunteered in her community for youth, literacy and the environment and participated in multiple political campaigns. 

JACQUELYN WHEELER 
Wheeler-Jacque

Jacque lives in San Luis Obispo, and has played a prominent roll in many local civic and political organizations for the last three decades.

Starting in the late 1970s she has held positions in training, counseling and personnel at Cuesta College, as well as working as a vocational expert.  Following her experiences at Cuesta College, she was the owner of  Career Resources in San Luis Obispo, offering counseling and job placement services to injured workers.

As a non-profit advocate, she served as development officer for the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation in 2004, and as a Member of the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Luis Obispo (President of the Board, 2005-2010).

She holds a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MA from Stanford University.

 

TAMA VARANO-BECKER  (Treasurer)