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Christopher Yanov changes reality for inner-city teens

Christopher Yanov (Photo: Alan Decker)

After working with gang members for five years, Reality Changers founder Christopher Yanov felt that it was not right that most inner-city teenagers today know more people who have been shot or killed in the street than people who are on the road to college.
As a response, Reality Changers began in May 2001 with four eighth-grade students at the Hispanic Presbyterian Church near downtown San Diego with the hope of building first generation college students.

Denise Stillinger committed to conservation

A founding board member of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Denise Stillinger served as the first treasurer for 15 years.

Del Mar’s Steven Osinski leaves corporate America for academia

Steven Osinski with Tracie Davidson, who was named SDSU’s top Business School graduate for 2011. The photo was taken at SDSU’s graduation ceremony in May.

Del Mar resident Steven Osinski was founder and CEO of the Smart Group, which specialized in the direct marketing for the nation’s largest wireless carriers, including what are now known as Verizon Wireless and Nextel. In the late 1990s, Smart Group was acquired by Monster.com, at which point Osinski served as a vice president of marketing, overseeing a half billion in revenues for two years.

Former NFL coach Dennis Green works his plan

Dennis and Marie Green

Del Mar resident Dennis Green, a former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, has lived his life by a simple motto: “Plan your work and work your plan.” It has served him well.

Del Mar’s Josh Orr savors life as Master Sommelier

Josh Orr

As the wine director for new San Diego wine company Vineagogo, Del Mar resident Josh Orr is occasionally spotted around town making deliveries or appearances in “Merlot,” the company’s 1964 DIVCO milk truck.

Carmel Valley man finds calling with Miracle League of San Diego

Carmel Valley resident Dan Engel has lived in Carmel Valley with his wife, Suzie, son Sam and daughter Jordan since 1999. He received a BA in economics from UCLA, and then earned a joint JD/MBA degree at the Boalt Hall School of Law and Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He began his investment banking career at Salomon Brothers in New York. After more than 15 years in the deal business, he was recruited by the CEO of Applied Underwriters, a company he had financed earlier in his career. Engel helped grow the company 500 percent over four years before selling it to Berkshire Hathaway. 

Solana Beach: Air Force master sergeant landed in Solana Beach

Solana Beach resident Walter Oliver has spent a lifetime serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, a career that took him across the nation. Now the retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant has returned home to sunny Southern California, where he dedicates his days to helping to raise his five children and serving the community in his rare free time.

Surgeon links obesity/food shortage at Meals4Hunger project

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul of Olde Del Mar Surgical is a fellowship-trained specialist in laparoscopic surgery, and an attending surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and the out-patient surgery center in La Jolla. Previously, Dr. Bhoyrul was the head of general surgery and surgical director of bariatric surgery at the Scripps Clinic. Each year since 2005, he’s been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

Life’s an ongoing lesson for acclaimed educator Nancy Giberson

Nancy Giberson

They say teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions, and after 40 years in education, Solana Beach resident Nancy Giberson knows there’s truth in that. She has helped to shape many young lives as a teacher, coach, principal and, ultimately, assistant superintendant for the San Diego County Office of Education — a position she retired from last year.

Love of animals shaped Robin Cohen’s career

Native San Diegan Robin Cohen grew up near Mt. Helix in East County, where she was surrounded by lots of land and animals. “My mom drew the line with reptiles but everything else was welcomed into our home,” she recalled of her childhood.

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