"My parents had a long time history with the Dawn Breakers Union City Lions Club, so the calling to “give back” was a natural one for me!
I have lived in Fremont since 1977 and attended Hirsch Elementary, Horner Junior High and was a Viking athlete at Irvington High School. I swam Varsity all four years and played on the softball team.
I graduated from San Jose State in 1987 and financed 100% of my own education. I have worked as a long term substitute teacher in Hayward and Fremont, as a customer service rep and subsequent sales rep at Kraft Foods. I worked as a Sales Rep for Fed-Ex and then spent eight years working with my husband, Steve MacFarlane at P.W. Stephens Environmental, building a small Northern California empire for the Huntington Beach based company.
Not wanting to have “all eggs in one basket”, I took a job at Washington Hospital in 2016 as the Asst. Director of Volunteer Services. It was a great opportunity to be working back in the community I love and it was a full circle experience for me. In September 2014, my husband, Steve, was diagnosed with Neuroendrocrine Cancer and in order to better tend to his health, I gave up my post at WHHS as his illness progressed. I now work with my Father and am running his company, Sequoia Brass and Copper, in Hayward, CA while he enjoys retirement in Eagle, Idaho.
Steve and I have traveled the world together and have enjoyed trips to Jamaica, France, Italy, Singapore, Bali, Canada, Mexico, The Panama Canal and have logged over a dozen trips to Hawaii! Sadly, Steve lost his valiant fight with cancer on April 17, 2020. I choose positivity to get myself through the grief and I count on my Rotary family and numerous friends to help me figure out my new normal. I look forward to being more active in Rotary and am excited to be a part of the Board.”