What were the challenges you faced as a member of and as president of CAWEE?
The biggest challenge I faced as President in 2010 was the elimination of many Work Experience programs across California, due to the State’s budget crisis. As a board we had to educate school
districts and their staffs who had been given the responsibility to issue work permits. With the elimination of many programs we also saw a decline in CAWEE membership, which provided the
opportunity to expand our Work Permit Certification Program and reach out to other Work Based Learning Professionals.
What interesting memories do you have of your CAWEE experiences at conferences, meetings, etc?
I have many good memories of CAWEE conferences and planning meetings. Meeting Kimberly Born in Monterey, learning how to plan and hold a successful conference and conducting workshops on Non-Paid Internships (EWEE & CTEWEE).
The most memorable time was in Sacramento; the State Department of Education’s staff was
not able to enter the hotel, as there was a labor dispute, so we had to bus and make meal
arrangements for the Work Permit Certification class to be held at the CDE Offices instead of
the hotel. During the 5 years served on the State Board and I will have to say I most enjoyed
our conference at Del Mar, we had record attendance and we were able to fund the CAWEE
Scholarship program and build up our cash reserves. I also had lots of fun e-mailing and
coordinating the conference registrations during my President/Past President years because I
was really able to connect on a more personal level with our members.
What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?
Since leaving the CAWEE Board I have continued to be active as the West Inland Secretary,
President and Past-President. My WE program now has nearly 25 local employers who host
WE Interns and I am active with the Montclair Chamber of Commerce. Last year I received
the Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity Celebrating Partnership, Building Block Award for
the work done with their Re-Store. I also serve as the Department Chair for Work Experience
for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, where I am proud to say we have 10 Work
On a personal level my son is now a junior at the California Maritime Academy and my husband
and I are enjoying traveling, starting a plumeria growing business/hobby, and enjoying
our time in Oceanside when we can get away.