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Celebrating Women Profiles 2018



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The Women of Change for Justice

Lynn Stuart, Jennifer Moores, Dr. Lori A. Love

California is the fifth largest economy in the world. Californians pay the highest taxes in the country, yet our courts are still underfunded. The nonprofit Change for Justice is working at the state level to change that by supporting legislation that will increase funding for our courts and address practices that clog up an already overwhelmed system, such as the pervasive problem of perjury.

Jennifer Moores, former Padres minority owner; Dr. Lori A. Love, clinical psychologist; and former TV news reporter Lynn Stuart are committed to helping pass overdue reform by supporting bills that help make our children safer, provide due process for domestic abuse victims, and increase enforcement and penalties for people who mislead and misuse the court’s valuable time.

937 S. Coast Highway, Suite C-10, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 858.243.6988 

 

The Women of Denning Moores, APC

Jen Lindley, Lori Bessler, Christina Denning, Natalie Moores, Cassie Boyd

Denning Moores, APC, is a high-energy boutique civil litigation firm founded in May by Christina Denning and Natalie Moores. The growing team brings decades of big law-firm experience to its core practice areas of business and real estate litigation, construction law, and personal injury. In August, the firm added a family law department. While the firm’s attorneys routinely counsel clients to minimize exposure and avoid litigation, they zealously advocate for them when an informal resolution isn’t possible. They are well-versed in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, bench and jury trials, and post-trial work. “We’re really excited it’s taken off as fast as it has,” says Denning, the firm’s managing director. “It seems like we are adding new matters and clients every day.”

12526 High Bluff Dr #300, San Diego, CA 92130 | 858.356.5610 

 

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The Woman of Goodwin Brown Gross & Lovelace LLP

Kristan Shepard

As a State Bar of California certified specialist in estate planning and probate and trust law, Kristan Shepard has handled hundreds of estates. Shepard, the first female partner at UTC-based Goodwin Brown Gross and Lovelace LLP, focuses solely on estate planning and trust and estate administration. “The work I do takes you through the entire life cycle of an estate plan, from inception through post-death administration and beyond,” she says. Shepard works with clients to determine how to best structure their estates and to achieve meaningful financial and successional goals. “Our work involves cumbersome and emotional issues. I aim to provide clients with high-quality advice in a personable and compassionate manner.”

4350 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92122 | 858.750.3580

 

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The Women of Jazzercise

Shanna Missett Nelson, Young McCarthy, Claire Labreche

Jazzercise is a female-led, San Diego–based company that has championed women in business since 1969. President Shanna Missett Nelson continues to blaze the fitness trail by developing choreography and class formats based on cutting-edge concepts, such as high-intensity interval training, functional fitness, and weight training. Pictured here with Director Young McCarthy and Manager Claire LaBreche, Nelson and her team train and motivate their tribe of 8,000 franchisees who teach 250,000 customers a year worldwide. Of the crowded fitness marketplace, Nelson says, “Our greatest competition isn’t another fitness program. It’s the couch.”

“You can be a great instructor,” adds McCarthy, “but when you can help other women grow a successful business, that inspires me to do more.”

2460 Impala Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92010 | 760.476.1750 

 

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The Woman of La Jolla Vein Care

Nisha Bunke, MD, FACPh, RPhS

As the first American physician to hold a fellowship in venous and lymphatic medicine, Dr. Bunke is renowned in her field, having coedited The Vein Book, medicine’s leading resource on venous disease; opened San Diego’s first vein clinic certified by the prestigious Intersocietal Accreditation Commission; and invented RECOVA, the first all-natural postsurgical bruise remedy. Driven by a passion for medicine, a dedication to improving patients’ quality of life, a commitment to collaboration in and outside her field, and a goal of growing her practice and advancing her field, Dr. Bunke also prides herself on developing the careers of her all-female staff.

“A colleague called me a ‘career developer.’ I like that,” she says.  “I have a staff of ten motivated women. I enjoy supporting them to grow through training, conferences and by encouraging participation in clinical research and patient education.”

9850 Genesee Ave., Ste. 410, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858.550.0330

 

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The Women of Orangetheory Fitness

Lana Puglia, Calista Mejia, Nicole Pederson, Carmen Bellofatto, Michelle Laverde, Lauren Blanchard, Aubrey Thill

Working out at Orangetheory Fitness does more than help members reach their goals in weight loss, endurance, strength, and power—the one-of-a-kind workout is also on a mission to give its members more life. High-intensity interval training is known to help improve heart health, lead to faster weight loss, and even slow down aging. Scientists recently discovered that Orangetheory’s sweat-inducing style of exercise helps grow important brain-strengthening proteins that may lead to a stronger memory. “Orangetheory Fitness is a lifestyle, and it helps us live healthier, happier, fuller, better lives,” says one member. “The more time we spend in here, the more we’re able to enjoy life out there.”

More energy. More strength. More results. Scientifically designed to change you from the inside out, so you can live a more vibrant life.

Bankers Hill • Carlsbad • Carmel Valley • Del Sur • Eastlake • Encinitas • La Jolla • La Costa • La Mesa • Mission Valley • Point Loma • Poway • Solana Beach 

 

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The Woman of RAW Munchie

Kayla Boyd

Gourmet guru Kayla Boyd is revolutionizing the way you’ll feed your pet. RAW Munchie Real, Authentic, Wholesome Pet Foods makes options with organic meat and hand-picked local fruit and vegetables. Chef-owner Boyd creates gastronomical delights personalized for your pet’s taste, life stage, and dietary needs, translating her culinary skills into palate pleasers for your dog or cat.

“Each day I select the freshest fruits and vegetables grown in our own organic garden to combine the best blend of flavors for tasty, nutrient-rich meals. I’m cooking for your pet the way I cook for my own dog, Peanut,” Boyd says. “Food is love, balance, and soul. From start to finish we bring this trinity to your pet’s plate.” Don’t miss out on their Encinitas opening by following them on Facebook.

937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760.335.0070

 

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The Woman of San Diego Center for the Blind

Kim Gibbens

Since 1989, Kim Gibbens has been CEO of the San Diego Center for the Blind, the only nonprofit of its kind in the county. Vision rehabilitation services for the blind are not funded by federal grants or covered by insurance, so programs like this are imperative. Through Gibbens’s leadership, SDCB has become one of the foremost vision rehabilitation programs and a model of service delivery for adults with impaired vision. SDCB also recently established the only low vision clinic in San Diego, offering services that include a comprehensive evaluation by a low vision optometrist and low vision occupational therapist. Prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Gibbens led the charge to remodel an old building to a state-of-the-art facility that includes accessibility features for the blind and for other people with disabilities.

5922 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 | 619.583.1542 

 

The Woman of Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air

Mary Jean Anderson, Owner/President

2018 marks Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air’s 40th anniversary serving San Diego County. Mary Jean Anderson has earned the reputation as a leader in the home services industry locally and nationally. Her success and perspective in a male-dominated industry have made her a popular resource for companies around the country. Her advocacy for professionalism in the trades led to the 2017 launch of Anderson Career Builder Institute. “The trades offer extraordinary opportunities for high-paying careers to a diverse workforce, including women and retired military,” Anderson says.

1830 John Towers Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020 | 800.530.1102 

 

The Woman of Barry APC

Su Barry

Respected by clients and peers, Su Barry has been involved in some of San Diego’s highest-profile cases and has litigated several multi-million-dollar trial verdicts and settlements. Among her many awards she’s been included in “2018: Top 25 San Diego Women Super Lawyers” and San Diego Metro Magazine’s 2017 “40 Under 40.” She’s also an adjunct professor at USD School of Law. Passionate about helping others, Barry has committed thousands of hours on a pro bono basis, actively fundraises for various charities, and recently started her own charity to support one San Diego–based cause per year. When asked how she defines success, this advocate for the underdog answers simply, “Happiness.”

350 Tenth Avenue, Suite 880, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.550.1000

 

The Woman of I-Ortho & Targeted Skin DNA

Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer, MBE, MS

Lindsay’s Ivy League training and double residency didn’t stop her practice of compassion. After winning numerous awards for her philanthropic spirit and inspiring others to give, she serves as a role model for men and women. Originally a scientist, she helped start a genetic skin care company, Targeted Skin, while running her own orthodontic practice and volunteering with the homeless, foster youth, and giving to over 150 organizations. Whether she’s volunteering as Faculty at UCSD’s Free Clinic or helping the underserved, her heart is first. “We’re improving lives, not just smiles.” — Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer

14701 Via Bettona, Suite 205, San Diego, CA 92127 | 858.756.6878 

 

The Woman of Mission Federal Credit Union

Lisa Chappell

As vice president of corporate facilities, Lisa Chappell is responsible for managing a multi-million-dollar, 350,000-square-foot real estate portfolio of more than 31 retail branch locations and two corporate offices. A 19-year veteran of Mission Federal Credit Union, Chappell employs her strong organizational and communication skills to coordinate between internal and external teams on all aspects of owned and leased facilities, from maintenance and security to procurement. Chappell is a national delegate and board member for CREW San Diego (Commercial Real Estate Women) and the founder of Lean In Circle at Mission Fed.

5785 Oberlin Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 | 800.500.6328 

 

The Women of Promises2Kids

Tonya Torosian, MSW, CFRE, Chief Executive Officer; Stephanie Segal Ortega, MA, Chief Operating Officer; Emily Hassig, Chief Development Officer

Running a premier philanthropic organization takes the perfect combination of passion and entrepreneurialism. Combining their business savvy and innate drive to advocate for foster youth, the three female leaders of Promises2Kids work tirelessly to create a brighter future for all foster children. “I had a great upbringing,” Torosian says. “When I started in foster care, what impacted me most was the realization that so many kids don’t. That injustice awakened a passion in me. Our youth need a voice, and I will forever work to give them this voice.”

9400 Ruffin Ct Suite A, San Diego, CA 92123 | 858.278.4400 

 

The Woman of Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Molly Ross

Saint Archer Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in the heart of San Diego. Launched in 2013 on a love of craft beer and a commitment to creativity, the brewery currently operates in a 57,000-square-foot brew house. In an industry dominated by men, there are a few women who have made an impact in the craft beer world. Molly Ross, cellar manager of Saint Archer Brewing Co., has helped the company grow into a world-class brewery. We take risks to forge our own path. And the journey has just begun.

9550 Distribution Ave., San Diego, CA 92121 | 858.225.2337 

 

The Woman of UE.co

Taryn Lomas

Congratulations to the chief operating officer of UE.co, Taryn Lomas, for being named an Industry Leader finalist for San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year. Ms. Lomas oversees daily operations at the industry-leading software-as-a-service company, located in downtown San Diego. Under her leadership, the company has fostered strong relationships with enterprises like Allstate Insurance and retains a highly lauded company culture. “I’m honored to have my name among these industry leaders,” Lomas says. “San Diego continues to be a hub for technology corporations. It’s exhilarating to be part of the action.”

808 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101 | 800.466.4178 

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