Ruth Yansick serves as CEO of the La Jolla Community Center Board of Directors and is instrumental in making an impact on everything from programming to marketing and fundraising. She is also a trustee on the La Jolla Town Council.
After many successful careers, Yansick turned her focus to volunteering, helping several organiza- tions and giving back to the community while having fun doing it. She has a master’s degree in education and media communications from Chicago State University, and has worked on a master’s in counseling at the University of New Hampshire and an advanced degree in school administration from National University.
Yansick has taught students from kindergarten to graduate school and she won the “Teacher of the Year” award for her work with children with learning disabilities in the Chicago public school system.
Yansick has run several successful corporations and worked with key venture capitalists on mergers and acquisitions to help them build their computer software companies. She said she enjoys entertaining small groups of friends in her home and spending summers traveling abroad.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I was lucky enough to be giving a seminar with my then fiancé, Richard Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?” when during a break at the Catamaran Hotel, some of us decided to go over to La Jolla. We went to Alfonso’s for lunch. After seeing the rest of La Jolla, in particular the Cove, I fell in love with the town.
It was my 36th birthday the next day and I got on a plane and landed at O’Hare Airport during one of the biggest blizzards Chicago ever had. When I got home, I made a decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life in beautiful La Jolla. I feel very lucky to live in one of the most outstanding towns in the United States.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I would return a movie theater to the Village. I believe it’s greatly missed and there are certain buildings in the Village that would be a perfect fit for a theater, restaurant, art gallery and fine shopping all in one.
We have some of the best restaurants, and it would be lovely to be able to go to dinner and a movie in town. I would also like to see more open space. And of course, I would encourage all La Jolla residents to become members of the La Jolla Community Center on La Jolla Boulevard and volunteer.
Who inspires you?
That would be the volunteers, sponsors and donors of the La Jolla Community Center who give back freely and have a lifetime of experiences to share. The simple things that people do to help others inspire me.
If you hosted a dinner
party for eight, whom would you invite?
There are many individuals who have volunteered to make La Jolla the fabulous place it is. The following are just a few who I would enjoy having dinner with: