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Meet Quirina Buchwald, Realtor Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage San Carlos, CA

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?QB: I've been in the business almost 8years Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?QB: The areas and property types I cover vary depending on my clients' needs, but primarily the Peninsula and Single-Family Residences. I've begun to include properties that appeal to Seniors and to Investors. Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?QB: I have a specialty in Senior Res..

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An Interview with Tracy Tate Jones, Executive Director of Beat the Streets

Q: What is Beat The Streets about and what do you all do?TTJ: Our mission is to empower young adults with adequate resources in stimulating self-improvement through the achievement of educational and employment goals. BTS targets our community’s young men and young women by providing answers to fundamental questions that all, if not most of them come across when transitioning between childhood and adulthood. We provide those answers through our many peer s..

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Meet Alanna Powell, Executive Director and Founder of Boldly Me

Q: What is Boldly Me about and what do you all do?Alanna: Boldly Me helps people who struggle with feeling different by teaching them self compassion, physical wellness, and financial stability. I struggled with Alopecia Universalis (total baldness) since I was two years old. I had difficulties of loving and accepting myself as a bald person for most of my life. My dream was to teach children and their families how to overcome the ineffective thoughts of f..

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An Interview with Dr. Vera Packard, CEO of HERS

Q: What is HERS Breast Cancer Foundation about and what do you all do?Dr. Packard: HERS Breast Cancer Foundation supports all women healing from breast cancer by providing post-surgical products and services, regardless of financial status. We provide appropriate products (bras, prosthesis, lymphedema garments, and wigs) in a safe, comfortable, and understanding environment. As one of our clients said: “The doctors saved my life, HERS Breast Cancer Foundat..

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Meet Dr. Selena Cermeno of Back & Body Chiropractic

Q:  Do Chiropractors just treat back and neck pain? SC:  Chiropractors can treat any pain in the body that has a joint. Many people with sports related injuries such as a sprain/strain of the shoulder or ankle and office workers that develop knee, shoulder and wrist pain from prolonged sitting can greatly benefit from chiropractic. In fact, chiropractors treat many injuries that develop in shoulders, jaws, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.Our Philoso..

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An Interview with Ruth Major, Executive Director of Read-Aloud

Q: What is Read-Aloud Volunteer Program about and what do you all do?RM: Read-Aloud is a relationship-based volunteer program that places adults into Title 1, Elementary schools, K-2, in Richmond and San Pablo. Adults work with the same child for 24 weeks of the year, reading-aloud to them for 30 minutes each week. Every other week the child choses a new book to take home to build a personal library. The teachers select the children who will participate in..

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An Interview with Patricia Osage, Executive Director of Life Eldercare

Q: What is LIFE ElderCare about and what do you all do?PO: In a nutshell, we serve frail elders – and some disabled non-seniors - who live alone or simply don’t have the help they need to thrive at home. Meals on Wheels is our most well-known service but we also have a nationally award winning volunteer transportation program and we do evidence based, in-home fall prevention work. A recent AARP study showed most people want to age at home where they feel m..

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Meet Inna Rubinchik, Leasing Director Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco CA

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?IR: In 2008 I left a thriving career at Deloitte Tax and started in Real Estate as an unpaid intern at a local RE investment company. The main reason for switching careers was my desire to see my decision affect the bottom line of the project. Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?IR: I handle rental properties in San Francisco. In 2016, at 5 months pregnant, I felt a jolt of e..

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Meet Denice Nagel Realtor, Coldwell Banker Burlingame, CA

Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle? DN: Being a proud native-born San Francisco Peninsula girl I have a pretty big sphere of influence and client base taking me to various counties here in the Bay Area however my primary focus is residential business in San Mateo County. I've helped past clients purchase second homes in Sonoma and help clients sell multi residential buildings in San Francisco. Additionally, help clients, family,..

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Meet Stephanie Ahlberg, Broker Associate Hill & Co. Real Estate San Francisco, CA

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?SA: I have been a full time Realtor since 1980 Q: What designations or certifications do you hold?SA: I am a licensed Real Estate Broker (vs just sales person) Q: What percentage of your clients are buyers vs. sellers?SA: It varies from year to year but averages out to about 50/50.  However, this year is heavily sellers. Q: Do you think people buying in Real Estate look at their home purchase more as..

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An Interview With Nancy LaBelle, Executive Director of Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area

Q: What is the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area about and what do you all do?NL: The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area has proudly served Bay Area communities since 1998. Our mission is to empower, inspire and support people with Down syndrome, their families and the community, while fostering awareness and acceptance in all areas of life. We pride ourselves on developing programs focused on independence, development and friendship that meet..

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An Interview With Sherri Franklin, Executive Director of Muttville

Q: What is Muttville about and what do you all do?SF: Muttville is a senior dog rescue in San Francisco. We rescue dogs slated for euthanasia from all over California. So many shelters aren’t equipped to handle treating, housing or finding homes for older dogs, and the seniors end up first to die. Many times we are the only thing standing between life and death for these wonderful dogs. We have a special program, Seniors for Seniors, that matches dogs wit..

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An Interview With Amanda Heier, CEO of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

Q: What is San Francisco General Hospital Foundation about and what do you do?AH: Our mission statement is broad – “to promote excellence in research, education and care for all at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.” To do that, we take diverse approaches to support the work of the hospital – from our recently completed Capital Campaign, which raised a historic $141 million, to our Hearts Grants program, wh..

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An Interview With Stacey Hawver, Executive Director of Legal Society of San Mateo County

Q: What is the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County about and what do you all do?SH: The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County has been changing lives in our community for more than 50 years. Our mission is to improve access to justice for the poor, the elderly, veterans, families in crisis, immigrants: those who are most in need. In 2015, we helped over 2,400 clients. More than half were defined as extremely low income, with over 300 having no current i..

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Meet Nora Sobolov, Executive Director of JobTrain

Q: What is JobTrain about and what do you all do?NS: JobTrain began with this vision: when you level the playing field, provide the right supports, and believe in people, everyone has the potential to succeed. JobTrain helps the most needy individuals and families in Silicon Valley to transform their lives from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency and sustainable careers. JobTrain does this by providing a range of services including full-time vocat..

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Meet Karen Klein, CEO of U By Karen Klein

Photo made by Avishai Finkelstein Let’s start with a few personal questions … Q: What’s your favorite movie?KK: A lot of people think it’s “The Devil wears Prada”, but actually my favorite movie is “City of Angels”. It’s a movie about pure love and real life and it touched me on so many levels. I am a very romantic and sensitive person and this movie spoke to me. When you dress people up, you have to be sensitive to who they are, so you can make them fee..

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