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Concord Mayor Carlyn Obringer was elected to the City Council in November 2016 and served as Vice Mayor in 2018. She previously served on the City's Design Review Board and the Planning Commission, which she chaired. A community leader, she has chaired the City's July 4th Parade since 2016, and founded Concord's annual Art and Wine (and Beer!) Walk. She is the former chair of Monument Impact and the Contra Costa Commission on the Status of Women, and a past President of Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista.

Obringer has been active in many local organizations including the American Association of University Women-Concord Branch, the Concord Ambassadors, the Concord Historical Society, and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Professionally, Obringer analyzes education policy and budgets, provides technical assistance to charter schools, and conducts Brown Act and government ethics trainings throughout the state. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and resides near downtown Concord with her husband, Justin, and their dog Coco.

Carlyn Obringer

 

My name is Joclar Dala, and I grew up right here in Concord. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I majored in political science with a minor is sociology. Currently, I'm an internship services specialist at Year Up Bay Area, a workforce development nonprofit. I'm passionate about closing the opportunity gap by educating young adults about how to mold themselves into competitive professionals in today’s job market and navigate employer rights and benefits. In the past five years I've used my knowledge and workforce expertise to connect more than 300 individuals to employment opportunities. I'm also a group fitness instructor at In-Shape in Concord, where I proudly support my students in reaching their fitness goals and show them how to feel happy through dance and exercise. My hope is that each one of my students walks out of my class feeling satisfied and empowered to control their health. In the past, I've volunteered at Emerge California as well as for Kimberly Ellis’s campaign for chairperson of the California Democratic Party. I've served in public service roles for more than four years. During that time I've participated in many Zumba Master Class fundraisers for different nonprofit organizations. I come from a loving, energetic, close-knit family of food-lovers and dancers.

My interests include cooking, Latin dancing, hiking, exploring nature, traveling, current events, politics, international affairs, and “Star Trek.” I have over 20 years of dance experience, beginning at age eight when I started dancing in Filipino folk dance. During elementary school, my sister Rachel and I were active in our local Pee-Wee football league as cheerleaders for more than three years. I've been part of notable dance groups, such as Likha Dance Company and Kasayahan of Cal Poly. For more than four years, I have been certified by the Zumba Instructor Network and have taught at five different locations.

I’m good friends with the the Clubhouse's board president, Randi Hackbarth, who was one of my volunteers when I worked at Habitat for Humanity. I’m blessed to still have a connection with her even after I completed my AmeriCorps services at Habitat.

I'm dancing for “So, Do You Think You Can Dance? Reach For the Stars!” because I admire the work that staff and volunteers of Putnam Clubhouse do in supporting our brothers and sisters who have mental health challenges.

Joclar Dala

Talent Acquisition & People

Development ChampionZumba

Instructor, In-Shape Health Clubs

PUTNAM CLUBHOUSE

Putnam Clubhouse is affiliated with Clubhouse International and follows the Clubhouse Model. Clubhouse program components involve doing the tasks needed to run the Clubhouse (cooking, clerical, fundraising, etc.), structured employment and educational opportunities,social and recreational activities, community support, outreach to other members, and participation in Clubhouse governance.  Putnam Clubhouse is the first Clubhouse International-accredited program to open in Northern California.

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Rachel Dala

Interior Designer and

Zumba Instructor

My name is Rachel Marie Dala, and I was born and raised right here, Concord, CA. I graduated from Clayton Valley High School and attended Diablo Valley College. After finishing my general education at DVC, I transferred to San Jose State University, to turn my passion for the arts into a career. I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a Minor in Business Marketing. I am currently an interior designer for the model home industry and a part-time Zumba instructor. What I love about being an interior designer is I get to make someone’s dream home/space a reality.

I am involved in my local community by teaching Zumba at local gyms and by volunteering for the Putnam Clubhouse Gala since 2012. As a Zumba Instructor, I absolutely love bringing happiness and fitness into someone’s day! I love sharing my passion for dance while seeing a person’s confidence grow. In regards to my dance background, I’ve been dancing since I was 7 years old. I first started out dancing for a Filipino children’s dance group called Kayumanggi in Concord. I learned all different traditional Filipino dances from Itik-Itik to Tinikling. It was here where I learned the importance of having correct form and grace when you dance. Having danced for a few years, I took a break from Filipino traditional dance and went to become a cheerleader for the Concord Peewee Team, Concord Cobras. It was here, where I conquered my fear of heights as they selected me (the shortest, petite girl on the team) as a “flyer,” the girl who they throw in the air during stunt routines. Let me tell you, that was so much fun but scary at times. After a few years of cheerleading, which I loved, I went to take piano lessons for about a year and then went back to Filipino folk dancing. I joined a new Filipino dance group formed in Contra Costa County named Likha, which means “thing produced by intelligence and skill.” One of the things I enjoyed the most about dancing with Likha was not only we got to learn Filipino folk choreography and dance to amazing live instrumentals, but we got to practice and perform with the adult San Francisco Likha dance group at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco! When I attended high school and college, my passion for dance was put on hold, as my focus on my studies was my priority. However, during my college years, I did have the pleasure to take Latin and social ballroom as a form of PE credit I needed for my AA degree. I loved every moment of that class! It was fun meeting people and learning about a new form of dance. During my time at San Jose State University, I took on a personal challenge of mine when I enrolled in a hip-hop dance class. As a lover of hip-hop dance and music, this class was fun, but challenging, as hip-hop was quite different than ballroom.

I am dancing for So, Do You Think You Can Dance, because I get to share my passion for dance with others while supporting a great cause. Can’t wait to shake it on the dance floor with all of you soon!

Mayor, City of Concord

Carlyn, Joclar, and Rachel