President

Alison Cummings
Community Volunteer
Ms. Cummings is well-respected and admired for both her successful career in the education field and her continued generosity as a community volunteer and philanthropist.  She is now retired from a 33-year career with Cajon Valley School District, the last 21 years as principal at Crest, Anza, Fuerte and Meridian Elementary Schools. All who know her, however, would agree that that she remains busier than ever living the motto that has become her natural and signature way of life: “Service Above Self”.

Ms. Cummings has been an active member of Rotary Club of El Cajon since 1988, serving as President from 2008-2009, as District 5340 Secretary from 2010-2011, and currently as Assistant Governor. Her pro-active role as a member and an officer has included trips to Benin and India for Polio Eradication. Since 2003, she has been a Docent at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park and on the Docent Council Board for five years.

Ms. Cummings has served since 2004 on the Executive Board for the San Diego Museum of Art, East County Chapter. She has served 11 years on the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Board of Trustees, including her roles as Development Committee Chair, Secretary on the Executive Board and in her current role as Vice-President.

Immediate Past President

Sharon Esche-Irving
Co-Owner, Esche & Alexander Public Relations, Inc.
Ms. Esche-Irving’s company is a national communications firm that specializes in strategic print, broadcast and social media press campaigns. She has represented major corporations from a diverse range of industries including real estate, investment banking, medicine, law, beauty and fashion, health/fitness and the arts.

Ms. Esche-Irving is an award-winning newspaper journalist, magazine columnist, event producer and multi-published book author with Macmillan and G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Before moving to San Diego, her public relations firm was established in New York, subsequent to directing Public Relations and Advertising for 12 years for Clairol/Bristol Myers in Manhattan. She has served on several non-profit boards, including SMSC’s Board of Trustees for 12 years, the last three as Board President. Her sister is enrolled at St. Madeleine’s.

Treasurer

Nate Weber, CPA, CGMA
Founder and President, Weber CFO
Mr. Weber is a seasoned financial executive and CPA who brings over two decades of professional experience from both the corporate finance and public accounting perspectives. He has held financial leadership roles at the highest levels for public and private entities.

His experience spans a wide variety of industry sectors, including ecommerce, manufacturing and distribution, software development, retail goods and services, bio-technology, healthcare, broadcasting, publishing online media oil and gas, drilling and exploration and professional service firms.

Prior to his financial career, Mr. Weber served honorably in the United States Navy, principally at NAS Miramar, where he earned the Navy Achievement Medal for professional achievement. He serves on several corporate as well as non-profit Boards, including the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Board of Trustees as Finance Committee Chair and currently, as Treasurer on SMSC’s Executive Board.

Secretary

Toni Petruzzo
Owner/Administrator, Preferred Care at Home San Diego
Ms. Petruzzo is a licensed California Real Estate Broker, an SRES Seniors Real Estate Specialist, a Certified Home Care Manager and a Certified Senior Advisor. Her comprehensive professional credentials have distinguished her in the community as an authority with in-depth knowledge about aging and the important health, social and financial issues that affect the majority of seniors.

Ms. Petruzzo is also a member of CAHSAH, California Association for Health Services at Home. She was further recognized in the healthcare field in 2014, when she received a Certificate of Merit in the Michele Tarbet Healthcare Award category by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Leadership’. She has also served on the Board of the San Diego Medical Society Alliance and chaired the ‘Spirit of Living’ fashion show fundraiser.

From 2010-2012, Ms. Petruzzo has served as Board President of SPRITES and was also a Board Member of the California Ballet Company. Additionally, she was Board President for San Diego Las Hermanas from 2006-2008, still serving on their Board. Since becoming a member of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Board of Trustees in 2011, she was Host Chair of the Haute with Heart fashion show fundraiser from 2012-2014 and most recently became Secretary on SMSC’s Executive Board.


Trustees

Susan Bobbit-Voth
Administrator, West End SELPA
San Bernardino County School Superintendent of Schools

Dee Dean
Owner/Publisher
The East County Herald

De Anna R. Dougherty
Supervisor
Kaiser Permanente

Rory Goldberg
Community Volunteer

Chuck Hansen
Community Volunteer

Stuart Karasik, Ph.D.
Community Volunteer

Julie Karlo
Community Volunteer

Steve Lambert
Attorney-at-Law
Lambert & Rogers

Judy Mantle, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Teacher Education
National University

Ginger Poutous
Community Volunteer

Sr. Virginia Rodee, RSCJ
Assistant Vice President
University of San Diego

James Wellman
Senior Deputy County Counsel
County of San Diego

Richard Zamora, CFO
Principal
Zamora CFO


Staff Member:

Debra Emerson, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, SMSC