Category archives for: 10 Questions

Lynn Salsberg sings area’s praises


It was during an evening stroll down Pacific Avenue that Lynn Salsberg first heard the music coming from the Fletcher Cove Community Center, where Solana Beach residents have been gathering for a weekly sing-along since 1987, making it the city’s oldest ongoing neighborhood event.

Susie Spanos charges ahead with efforts to improve people’s lives


Susie Lucas Spanos is a fifth-generation Californian and volunteer extraordinaire. She sits on the governing board of the San Diego Blood Bank and is the driving force behind the San Diego Chargers Blood Drive and Fashion Show.

Spanos is also on the board of Charger Champions and the foundation that together provide financial support to youth, education and health programs.

Medical inventor helps alleviate suffering

Steve Bierman

Steve Bierman, MD, moved to Del Mar in 1976, during his residency in family medicine at UCSD and, in 1979, he began an 18-year career as a full-time emergency physician at Scripps Hospital. That experience led him in two directions that have since defined his professional undertakings: solving issues in hospitals by inventing safer medical devices, and the use of medical hypnosis to alleviate pain and suffering.

Accomplished volunteer travels the world


Solana Beach resident Diane Johnson grew up in Cannon Falls, a sleepy Minnesota town. While it was a happy life, Johnson said she felt a draw to explore the world — a journey that began when she traveled through Europe as a student at the University of Minnesota. That set the foundation for her globetrotting, which has taken her to Cuba, Vietnam, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, the Galapagos, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Russia, just to name a few.

Dave Miller lives life of sports at all levels


After more than 30 years in the sports marketing field, Dave Miller has rubbed elbows with stars on the field and been behind the scenes of some major events.

Jane Burns devoted to solving the mystery of Kawasaki disease

Jane Burns

Kawasaki disease is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children, yet its cause remains largely unknown. It’s a mystery local resident Jane Burns has dedicated more than two decades to help solve. Burns is the director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital where she leads a multidisciplinary team that cares for about 80 new Kawasaki disease patients each year and follows more than 1,200 families in the clinic.

Del Mar’s Julie Maxey-Allison savors ease of being outdoors

Julie Maxey-Allison grew up in Los Angeles, but she spent a good chunk of her life in the Big Apple, where she was part of the editorial teams at several publications including Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, New York and the New York Times Magazine. In the early ’70s Maxey-Allison moved to Del Mar when her husband, David Maxey, became editor of Psychology Today, which was then published in Del Mar. The family returned to Manhattan in the mid 1970s when the magazine relocated.

Carmel Valley resident devoted to saving open space

If you’re one of the many North County residents who moved here for all the open green space, you have people like Jan Fuchs to thank. This Carmel Valley resident has volunteered more than 20 years as an advocate for nature preservation in this area. “Protecting our green spaces is good for us, and good for San Diego,” she said.

Solana Beach resident Marty Burnett creates a rewarding living in theater

Marty Burnett, scenic designer for North Coast Repertory Theatre, adds acting to his repertoire. Pictured is Marty as The King in NCR’s Theatre School’s production of "Rumpelstiltskin." (Courtesy)

For nearly 20 years, Solana Beach resident Marty Burnett has been one of the artistic masterminds at North Coast Repertory Theatre. As its scenic designer and technical director, he’s created sets for more than 129 shows — a tall order considering he’s often limited by lack of square footage in the small space, requiring some extensive creativity to do more with less

Davodi-Far organizes around cancer care

Maryam Davodi-Far

Maryam Davodi-Far believes life is about discovering what you are good at, and then sharing it with the world. So after discovering her calling in healthcare administration and nonprofit work, Davodi-Far found a way to share it with the world. Five years ago, this Carmel Valley resident founded Cancer Coping Center, a nonprofit run by professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help cancer patients, and their families and caregivers.



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