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Dr. David Smotrich works to make life better for others

Dr. David Smotrich

David B. Smotrich, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializing in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. He has served as an adjunct scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and lectures throughout the world on advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for infertility. He is widely published on the clinical care and treatment of, and basic research in, infertility in both American and international medical journals.

10 Questions: Karen Miller helps guide St. Germaine’s work for children

Karen Miller

Karen Miller is president of St. Germaine Children’s Charity, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping child abuse.

Bradbury/Farrell chair Starry Starry Night benefit for children in foster care

Along with their husbands, Annette Bradbury (left) and Lisette Farrell are co-chairing Voices for Children’s “Starry Starry Night” gala, Sept. 28. The event benefits the 5,600 foster children of San Diego County. Photo: Alan Decker.

• Annette Bradbury is a pharmacist and community volunteer. She served on The Gillispie School’s board of trustees, 2006-2012, and led it during the independent learning institution’s recent $4.5 million Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. She serves on The Bishop’s School board of trustees and is vice president of Las Patronas. Between 1985 and 2000, [...]

Art and opera bring much joy to All Hallows’ Fr. Jerry O’Donnell

Rev. Raymond G 'Jerry' O'Donnell

Rev. Raymond G. “Jerry” O’Donnell is the Pastor of All Hallows Catholic Church, situated at the top of Mount Soledad in La Jolla. He is a native son born in San Diego and raised in Chula Vista.

Dr. Ajit Varki’s inquisitive mind never seems to rest

Ajit Varki

Ajit Varki is Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego, Co-Director of the UCSD Glycobiology Research and Training Center, and Co-Director of the UCSD/Salk Institute Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held numerous leadership positions in academic medicine and biology and received many honors and awards in these fields.

Sue Ball stands ready to lead the fitness mission at La Jolla Y

Sue Ball

Sue Ball is the new executive director/vice president of the La Jolla YMCA. She began her YMCA career in 1984 as a gymnastics coach at the Y of Metropolitan Little Rock, and quickly advanced to program director and then executive director of the Downtown Little Rock YMCA. She relocated to the YMCA of Central Florida as an executive director of the Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center in Orlando. She then moved to the YMCA of Suncoast in Florida.

Beth Penny works behind the scenes to better La Jolla High for faculty and students

Beth Penny

Beth Penny has been a member of the Foundation of La Jolla High School for seven years and is currently the school’s PTA president. She was born in a suburb of Chicago, the oldest of five children. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University, she moved to Boston looking for adventure. Beginning as a cardiac intensive care nurse, she became interested in research and primary prevention of heart disease. She participated in some of the early research for cholesterol-lowering medications at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital.

Her love for La Jolla keeps Phyllis Minick working to make it better


Phyllis Minick operates PM Publication Consultants as a writer, editor and educator in the biomedical field. Previously, she was head of the editorial office at The Scripps Research Institute where she prepared medical research texts for publication and grant submission, annual reports, books and chapters, patient information and other documents. She has taught writing workshops for scientists, nurses and engineers.

La Jollan Martha Obermeier makes time to help out at Mama’s Kitchen

Martha Obermeier

Martha Obermeier is a long-time volunteer for Mama’s Kitchen, a non-profit that provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge to more than 625 men, women, and children affected by either AIDS or cancer living in San Diego County. Obermeier started volunteering at Mama’s Kitchen on her birthday in January 2006. The La Jolla retiree has performed various volunteer duties for the organization, including delivering meals to North County San Diego and staging meals at the organization’s headquarters, now located in City Heights.

Shakespeare expert Barry Edelstein directs the magic at Old Globe

Barry Edelstein

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein is a stage director, producer, author and educator. Recognized as one of the leading Shakespeare authorities in the United States, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s works. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008-2012), he oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as its educational, community outreach and artist-training programs.

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