Seven seeking seats on Town Council
Ballots were mailed last week for the La Jolla Town Council election, in which eight seats are vacant, but only seven candidates are running.
The council has 24 trustees, eight of whom are elected each year.
It has recently had a rash of vacancies and has appointed four people to spots over the past two months: Tricia Butler, Evan Morgan, Ken King and Sonia Maria Olivas. The appointees are selected by the executive committee and voted on by the full board, per the council’s bylaws.
Only paid members of the Town Council are eligible to cast votes.
Here are the candidates’ statements:
• John Donaldson — Donaldson and his wife, Karin, have lived in La Jolla since 1974. He retired from a 41-year-career with Merrill Lynch in 2009. He has been a member of the La Jolla Town Council for over three years and is just completing an over-two-year position as La Jolla Town Council’s Treasurer.
John is an avid yachtsman out of the Southwestern Yacht Club as well as an accomplished babysitter for his two infant grandchildren.
• Cindy Greatrex — Current president of Independent La Jolla, former chair of Southampton NY Zoning Board of Appeal, two terms; former chair of Southampton Citizens Advisory Committee, two terms; former Commissioner of Deeds, Borough of Manhattan, two terms (both appointed). Current executive director of a foundation focused on assisting children in need of cochlear implants, via fund-raising, technology research and regulatory support. Current member of the San Diego/Jalalabad Sister Cities Foundation.
• Greg Phillips — A graduate of the prestigious University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Greg has won close to 50 awards during his 18 year career for Investigative Reporting News Performance, Breaking News Coverage, Journalistic Enterprise as well as Specialty & Feature Reporting. He’s garnered 13 Emmy’s from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a dozen other Emmy nominations, a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and 3 “Best of Show” Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
• Mary Soriano — I am a resident, parent and small business owner. I contribute significantly to the organization and functions of the La Jolla’s surfing community, including the Wind and Sea Surf Club which sponsors activities for disadvantaged children. I am an active volunteer in several other areas of the community as well, including the Riford Community Center and Cloister and Hillcrest Nursing Homes.
My professional experience includes CEO of Mary’s Lumpia. I was a Computer Network Administrator, setting up local area network infrastructure for corporate businesses such as Mitsubishi, Accessible San Diego, fire department headquarters and law offices.
• Jennifer Van Galder — Owner/operator of Maudlin at 7456 Girard Ave. in La Jolla since 1992. Jennifer is very passionate about this community and its future and excited about the possibility of being elected. Jennifer lives in Bird Rock and is a mother of three children, two in the local public schools. Jennifer joined the La Jolla Town Council in 2009.
• Peter Wulff — As an emigrant from Holland, upon completion of my MBA Finance program at Indiana University, I moved to San Diego in 1985 and have resided in La Jolla.
Experience includes serving on several community groups between 2000 – 2008. After the 2003 Cedar Fire, I was the founder and board member of the Scripps Ranch Relief Fund, a non-profit that supported the affected families in Scripps Ranch, and I worked on the Scripps Ranch schools overcrowding issues and subsequent planning, financing and construction of the new SR Middle School. Recipient of the California State Legislature Commendation Award for my community services. Served as CFO for several companies. Currently Senior Business Executive at a publicly traded medical device company.
• Ruth Yansick — Ruth is a member of the La Jolla Rotary Club, sits on the board of the Riford Center and is involved in a number of women’s clubs in the Village. Ruth’s past experience includes President of Executive Market Place, an executive search firm based in La Jolla. Ruth has years of consulting, career coaching and teaching experience both as a graduate instructor and lecturer at many colleges nationally. Graduate of the University of Chicago State, with a master’s degree in library science and Media Communications plus an advanced degree in administration, she also holds a degree in counseling. She has been a resident of La Jolla on and off since 1980, and has lived in the Village since 2003.
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