Raised in San Diego, Debra earned her B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from San Diego State University and attended culinary school at Tante Marie’s in San Francisco’s North Beach. She has worked in print and broadcast media for the food industry for over 25 years. Debra honed her marketing and public relations skills at food companies large and small. Her career path extended beyond large food manufacturers as she began to consult with more specialized culinary concerns such as farmers, fisherman, bakers, chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, food boards, research institutes and chef councils.
Debra has sat on the Boards of Roundtable for Women in Food Service, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d”Escoffier, and Executive Women’s Council of the University Club. She has been a member of the International Food Editors Council, Southern California Culinary Guild, Fresh Produce and Floral Council, American institute of Food & Wine and Toastmasters International.
Ann Craig and her family lived in Washington, D.C. for 35 years before moving to La Jolla. During the time in DC Ann taught French for the DC Public Schools, then for 20 years at Capitol Hill Day School. Since arriving in San Diego in 2001, Ann has been active at the Athenaeum Art and Music Library. She is presently serving her third term on the Board. Recently she co-chaired the annual fund-raising Gala, “Midnight in Paris.” Also, Ann has been active in the Village Garden Club of La Jolla serving as President from 2007 – 2009, and chairing various Club committees. She is presently co-chairing the Meet the Masters committee which brought Shane Connolly from London in March 2012 and hosted Remco Van Vliet from the New York Metropolitan of Art in March 2013. Ann’s hobbies are gardening and designing ethnic beaded necklaces.
Renetta Gable, Philanthropist
Renetta Gable graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Biology. She moved to San Diego from Minneapolis with her husband, Preston, who started his internship at the Navy Hospital in 1989. Renetta has been Director of Fellowship at Tierrasanta Lutheran Church for five years. This involved creating, planning, and coordinating large church events. Other volunteer positions have included Suzuki Music Association of California San Diego Branch Membership Director for five years and Treasurer for seven years, and the Scripps Ranch High School Swim Team Treasurer for two years. For 27 years she has been “CEO” of the Gable Household. This involved coordinating schedules, managing budgets, planning events, and overseeing day-to-day operations of her family, including three children. Mrs. Gable is a gourmet freelance chef who enjoys experimenting with all different styles of food. Other hobbies include interior decorating, kettlebell workouts, yoga, cheering for the San Diego Chargers, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer Eve received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and worked in radio from 1981 to 1991 in promotions, sales, programming, on-air, and back office business. Some of the stations where she worked include KBCO, KAIR, WBNS, WMMM, WNLK, KTID, KNBR, and B100. She received her California Teaching Credential in 1993 from the University of San Diego and joined the Board of Directors at the La Jolla United Methodist Church Nursery School in 1995. At The Children’s School in La Jolla, Jennifer became the Everyone A Reader site coordinator for five years. In 2006, she started LJRadio, a non-profit 501(c) 3 with a mission to provide real world skills and learning opportunities to Muirlands Middle School students in broadcasting. The program has grown and become a full media arts program with the audio and video podcasts produced by students.
Sharon Karise Plaché, Health Practitioner & Fashion Designer
Since 1989, Sharon Plaché has been the owner of Karise Body Therapy, a private therapy practice in Mission Hills. Sharon Studied at the Royal Ballet School in England for numerous years. Due to a back injury, Sharon changed her life and pursued her interest in the body and its functions. An interest in costumes led her to fashion design school, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Public Relations/Communications from Chapman University. Upon graduation, Sharon worked at Saks Fifth Avenue for several years managing special events and trunk shows from New York in the exclusive Fifth Avenue Club. With growing interests in holistic health and natural healing, she graduated from the Institute of Psych-Structural Balancing to begin her current practice as a Holistic Health Practitioner. As a volunteer and guest presenter, Sharon has worked with Mercy Hospital, San Diego Hospice, UC San Diego, University of San Diego, SDSU, San Diego City Schools, Barrio Logan College Institute and numerous women’s organization. Recently Sharon earned a Masters in ThetaHealing®.
Lisa Hyatt is currently the Vice President of E.S. Lovell, Inc., which was founded in 1954 and represents four generations of family experience in real estate. The company’s lineage can be traced back to the early 20th century, when William Augustus Lovell settled in Seattle, Washington, and began building houses. Ellsworth Lovell joined the family business, and became one of the first large-scale tract home developers in the post-war era of the 40’s and 50’s. He expanded the business to include commercial real estate development, which included an award winning HUD commissioned apartment building Skyline House. William Lovell continued the family tradition with his own award winning projects including Ellsworth House on Mercer Island, Washington, which is still providing affordable housing for the elderly and is a testament to test of time of the Lovell way. As Ellsworth’s granddaughter, Lisa brings a divergent skill set to the partnership. From a young age, she was drawn to the family business, and earned a bachelor of fine arts in interior design with an eye towards bringing this capability to rehabbing investment projects. In addition, her unique experience in financial markets and tax planning informs her understanding of risk, and allows her to deftly navigate complex projects that require an understanding of timeliness and secure financial footing. Her most recent project included the acquisition, redesign and sale of a mid-century modern home built by renowned architect Cleon Mills located in Tiburon, California.
Andrew McCuen has been a practicing accountant in San Diego since 1977. His undergraduate training was at Yale University and Indiana University with a degree in Philosophy. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1974. His accounting training was at San Diego State University and he earned his CPA designation in 1980. He worked for Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young) from 1977 to 1980. He then had a variety of accounting positions, both in and out of public accounting from 1980 to 1998. He established his current CPA practice in 1998 and currently serves over 300 clients primarily in tax practice. Outside of his professional career, he has worked as a board member for the Senior Community Centers of San Diego since 1998.
Desiree Wilson, Lawyer & Business Owner
Désirée M. Wilson is a provider of financial estate planning. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Agnes Scott College, an all women liberal arts college in Atlanta. After completing her undergraduate degree, she pursued a law degree at which time she interned with Elder Law and Advocacy a non-profit San Diego based organization focusing on the estate planning, tax and health care needs of the senior community. She also worked with Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP in the Family Wealth and Exempt Organization practice group. This experience enlivened a desire to work with clients to protect their most valued assets, their family and business, while enabling them to keep the maximum amount of income and profits. This inspired her to obtain a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Planning and Taxation. In 2011, when a struggling construction company came to her asking for help before they had to close their doors, she was not afraid to take on the task to assess their financial and business affairs to determine the best road to recovery and success. After several months of work to turn it around she decided this is something she could see herself doing. Désirée went on to get her contractor’s license allowing her to start an Iron Works and Fencing Company, which she operates out of her financial services office in Old Town. In August 2014 she was featured in the San Diego Reader cover story entitled “Babes in Boyland” focusing on her role as a woman in a mostly male dominated field.
Gopal Miglani, Business Owner
Gopal Miglani is a communicator and entrepreneur with interests in sustainability and history. He is married to Shabnam Miglani and they have a 14-year-old daughter. The Miglanis have been San Diego residents since 1999 and Cabernet subscribers for the last several years. They all share a love for the theater, music and travel. Gopal Miglani is the Founder and President of BitRouter, a digital TV software company. BitRouter licenses and deploys its software with a diverse group of customers that include AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Dish, Intel, Panasonic, Sony, Technicolor, Texas Instruments and Time Warner. In 1997 Gopal founded SoftProse, another digital TV software company that was acquired by Motorola in 2000. Prior to 1997 Gopal was the Director of Engineering at Microware Systems a digital TV and real-time operating system company. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.
Beth Ross Buckley, Executive Director & Co-Artistic Director
Ms. Ross Buckley is an advocate of chamber music and dedicated to her craft. An original founder of Camarada, for 22 years Beth has been the driving force behind this ensemble and has added many new venues, compositions and musicians to its celebrated history. Ms. Ross-Buckley received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from St. Olaf College and her Masters of Music from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers include Kay Sahlin, Julia Bogorad, Elaine Eagle, Damian Bursill-Hall, Frances Blaisdell and Timothy Day. Ms. Ross-Buckley has been a featured artist at the National Flute Association Convention and Music Teacher’s Association of California. She also performed as Principal flute of the former San Diego Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Nova for 25 years. Beth enjoys performing in local Broadway musical theater productions – including Wicked, Evita and Cinderella. Along with being the executive and artistic director for Camarada, Ms. Ross-Buckley also has a portrait photography business, Beth Ross Buckley Photography. Her other passions include family, friends, reading, and traveling.
Ms. Burnett has been featured with the Eastern Philharmonic, North Carolina, Virginia and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. A former faculty member of UNC Chapel-Hill, Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Burnett was awarded the Alban Berg Fellowship at the Schubert Institute-Austria, and received an Artist Diploma and accompanying prize. She earned her Masters of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Vanderbilt University and did postgraduate work at Indiana University with Michel Block and John Ogdon. For 13 seasons she was an artist teacher at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Ms. Burnett has performed at Carnegie Hall; the Frick Collection, Pittsburgh, Dame Myra Hess Series, Chicago and Academy of Music, Philadelphia. She is currently a member of the annual MTAC State convention collaborative artist staff. She has recorded for the Naxos and Arabesque labels and been featured on WHYY, Philadelphia “Fresh Air” and NPR. Dana is also a member of the music faculty at Cal State San Marcos.
In addition to a BA in Theatre, Tanya also studied pre-med, with a minor in nutrition. She acted and modeled for many years. After she became a mom, she obtained a CA clear multi subject teaching credential and while her daughter was young, enjoyed teaching kindergarten and third grade. She has been with Camarada for several years and thrives on combining her love of the arts in San Diego with her need to organize and manage. Tanya’s job entails handling all artist and venue contracts, the financial aspects of Camarada, and overseeing the concert schedule. She also supports the executive and artistic directors and other aspects as needed. Tanya is an ordained minister and volunteers with Scripps Hospice by helping in the office and also providing Reiki to the patients. Tanya’s husband is a singer and performer who travels the world with his own bands and also as the singer of the Bay City Rollers. She micromanages his business in her spare time. She is the mother of a recent college graduate of Reed College and enjoys reading, walking the beach with her husband & Goldendoodle, Reiki, energetic work, sound healing and anything that she can use her label maker on.
Honorary Board Members
Jennifer Anklesaria is chairwoman of the Anklesaria Family Foundation, which promotes education and culture throughout the world. She devotes much of her time to volunteer activities, such as teaching English as a foreign language, and supporting reading programs and various activities at her children’s schools. Her professional background includes business services and consulting, advertising and marketing.
Don Young is a well-known San Diego landscape painter, whose work follows the California Plein Air School. A graduate of San Diego State University, with a B.A. in Communicating Arts, he went on to co-found the Design Quarter. It became a nationally recognized graphic design firm that was instrumental in engineering a renaissance in Southern California as a home for visual arts. His designs have been honored with every major award in the graphic arts industry. After Don’s retirement from his graphic design and advertising career, he began to devote his time to painting, playing the classical guitar, travel and furthering the causes of the arts in San Diego.
Glen Feye is the founder and President of Accurate Consultants, Inc., an international consulting firm which services the regulatory, quality, and compliance needs of the FDA regulated industry. Glen is a member of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and Museum of Contemporary Arts in La Jolla. He is also a supporter of art and music education as well as a collector of contemporary art.
Mary Kay Waters received her BS in Nutrition at the University of Maryland, and her AOS at the Culinary Institute of America. She also holds a diploma from L’Academie de Cuisine under White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. Waters was a Chef de Partie at the Four Seasons and Chef d’ Entremetier at The Four Ways Restaurant, both in Washington, D.C, working under the acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud. She started her first company, Gourmet Lunch and Catering, in 1987 in New Jersey and later established Waters Fine Catering in San Diego in 1990. Mary Kay went on to develop the Waters Fine Foods cafes in order to establish a closer connection with her clientele and to enable customers to enjoy wholesome, delicious food on a daily basis. She has since expanded Waters Fine Foods by adding locations in Solana Beach and downtown San Diego. The shops have allowed for new recipe development and menu ideas. Raising two young boys inspired Mary Kay to host culinary field trips in her catering kitchen. The children learned to taste oils, herbs and artisan cheeses, to bake, to “throw” pizza, to filet fish, to make ice cream and to differentiate between organic and processed foods. “I am a food perfectionist with very high standards and refuse to accept less than the best. There is no greater reward than a thoroughly satisfied, blissfully happy client!”