My husband (Gerardo) and I raise our daughter (Monica) and son (Andrew) in Santa Ana, California. Gerardo, Monica and Andrew are my true loves. Our family is made complete with Toby and Scout — the cutest pair of silky terrier brothers in the world. I love living in Santa Ana — a city that has challenges but many opportunities to affect positive change for a most deserving community.
I am Founder & President of CRESCENDOh, LLC — a brand new business inspires creative passion, authentic community, and focused compassion. One facet of the business is an online media center that features fresh and creative content from artists from all genres, coupled with their unique heartfelt ART SAVES stories, highlighting the power of art in our lives.
I am author of Signature Styles (Lark Books, 2011), Art Saves (North Light, 2011), and co-author of Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration (Lark Books, 2010).
Prior to CRESCENDOh for six years, I worked as Editor-in-Chief & Director of Publishing for Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire, and its many sister publications. Through this role, I developed valuable relationships with the most brilliant artists of our time, while leading a most talented and dedicated team to put together the best magazines in the art and crafting industry.
Prior to publishing, I worked for seven years as a social worker in child protective services. In this role, I witnessed some of the most radical life stories imaginable. (I also spent two years working to support development efforts for El Sol charter school in Santa Ana.)
Aside from family and career, I love to knit, stay fit, and volunteer my time at my beloved alma mater: UC Irvine. (Once an Anteater, always an Anteater!)
I’m a cellist. I don’t play as much these days but when I do, I become entranced with the sound I love most … especially when the volume of a single note can gradually and beautifully become increased and strengthened.
I was born in Seoul, Korea and at the age of 7, moved to Bakersfield, California. Went to Amy B. Seibert elementary school, Actis Junior High, and West High. (All in Bakersfield.)
I enjoy clothes but I really adore shoes. And I believe that the way you dress affects the way you feel and also how others react to you. Which is why it's important to pay attention to the way you dress ... including what you put on your feet.
PO Box 11726
Santa Ana, CA 92711-1726