Movers and shakers to watch in 2009

Editor’s note: With the new year ahead of us, the Record decided to give readers a peek into the possibilities that stand before us. We’re looking at the future with an eye to what some of our community, business and cultural leaders could contribute in the coming months.

Lindy Delaney

Superintendent Lindy Delaney has discovered that building a bigger, better school can be a lot of fun. Delaney spent 2008 planning for the new R. Roger Rowe campus, hiring the people who will help develop it and working on every little detail. 2009 will mark the culmination of all that careful planning as construction is set to begin the day after students are set free for summer.

As a superintendent, Delaney rules meetings with a calm demeanor and leads the board to making well-informed decisions. Her devotion to her job is seen whenever there is a student in her vicinity - her face lights up and she greets every one with a warm smile. The district is lucky to have such a leader.

Walter Green

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation board member doesn’t believe in using his success as a businessman to help others as “payback.” Rather, he does it because he deeply enjoys making a difference in the world.

Through the foundation, Green has worked to inspire others to exercise their “acts of kindness muscle.” This year, he is sponsoring motivational author Ken Blanchard to speak about “The Generosity Factor” in February.

Last year, Green initiated small-group discussions about philanthropy to engage giving minds with the foundation and share best practices. These breakfast meetings will continue in 2009.

Green will also continue his active role as an ambassador for the Elementary Institute of Science, participating in the World President’s Organization and mentoring young people. He also plans to visit Kenya to see the work of Free the Children firsthand.

The Rancho Santa Fe resident retired 10 years ago, but said he has never been busier. Watch for his contagious enthusiasm to make the community better in ’09.

David Maxwell

Cielo Village was completed in early 2008. However, the shopping center is only half full. Leasing brokers of Cielo Village, including Dave Maxwell and his partner Bill Schrader, have had a tough job wooing retail tenants in a down economy and the coming year is not going to be much easier.

However, Maxwell said he is optimistic that after Harvest Ranch Market and Decanter Wine Lounge and Restaurant open this year, other community services will fill the picturesque center by the end of 2009. With a cafe, restaurant, market, post office, dry cleaner and gift shop already on the way, Maxwell said they have their eye on attracting a full service day spa, another restaurant and perhaps an art gallery.

Residents are eagerly watching Cielo Village become a vibrant part of the neighborhood.

Tim Cusac

Every town needs its coffee shop, where neighbors can gather and catch up. The owner of Cafe Positano loves providing that environment at his two cozy shops in the Village and De Reyo Shopping Center. But he doesn’t stop there.

Cusac is spreading the warmth throughout Rancho Santa Fe, donating coffee to community events and hosting new community gatherings, such as a festive evening of music at the Del Reyo center during the holidays.

We expect Cusac has a few more ideas up his sleeve and can’t wait to see what he brews up next - not to mention the tasty coffee.

Mike Arms

As president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, Mike Arms rules one the best-known animal centers in the country. Arms is entering into his 10th year at Helen Woodward, a place that helps pets find new homes, hosts dog surf contests and is a venue for countless community service projects. And they’re about to grow even bigger.

The animal center is currently raising money as part of its capital campaign for the expansion of its El Apajo home.