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I grew up in Watsonville, CA, and attended the University of California Santa Cruz majoring in Health Science with a minor in Education.

I am a full time professional dance instructor and competitor. I absolutely love what I do. Sharing my passion and love for dance brings me so much joy. Seeing students go from getting to know their left and right feet to owning the dance floor with confidence is amazing. It is truly a gift.

After attending the event in 2018, I knew I had to be a part of the movement. I loved that everyone was gathering together to help those suffering from mental illness, especially using the art of dance. I have had friends who have suffered from mental illness and I wish they had the services that the Putnam Clubhouse offers. Being able to share my abilities to help an even greater cause is simply the best combination.

 

Monica Santana

Professional Dance Instructor and

Competitor

I grew up in the Fig Garden Village neighborhood of Fresno, California – famous for its Christmas Tree Lane – not fig trees!  I was educated in Catholic schools. My first introduction to dance was monitored by very strict nuns at St. Therese elementary school.  Yes, they did have strict rules and rulers. My next destination was San Joaquin Memorial high school, home of the Panthers and an exceptional basketball team.  Departing the San Joaquin Valley I made my way to Moraga where I attended St. Mary’s College. I earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration. Twenty-five years later I returned to St. Mary’s for a business “refresher”, earning an MBA degree. It was like déjà vu all over again. I remain loyal to St. Mary’s men’s basketball, attending all home games.

I am now retired after a 35-year career at Chevron.  I was fortunate to remain based in the San Francisco Bay Area for the entire time.  I began my career near the very bottom of the pecking order as an Accounting Assistant working in Consolidation Accounting where we compiled the worldwide financial statements of Chevron by adding up all the pieces that represented what was then called Standard Oil of California.  There were a lot of pieces! And, the total dollars ran into the billions, which the Comptograph adding machines didn’t handle elegantly. The next 34 years flew by being pretty evenly divided between the Finance, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management functions, with work on major mergers sprinkled in between.

Five years ago I joined Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary as a way to give back. Community service was something that was lacking in my life, and getting involved with Rotary satisfied that need. My first year in Rotary, I co-led a particularly challenging fundraiser that had never been tried anywhere – a rowing regatta. Although challenging at the time, I learned so much and made so many contacts – many of whom became good friends.

Over the last four years, I have become even more bonded with the members, the causes we support and the wider Rotary international family.  I served as a Board Member the last three years; and in June, I attended the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg Germany, where I learned about the good work that Rotary is doing around the globe. This year, I am honored to be serving as the president of Lamorinda Sunrise, where I will focus on increasing the club’s diversity.

I have an amazing wife, Emily; and two perfect daughters, Andi and Sarah. Andi recently completed her education in computer game design and Sarah is a project administrator at a leading design/architecture firm. These three ladies are the love of my life.

So how did I get mixed up in this “Reach for the Stars” thing anyway? Tamara Hunter and Paula Boyd presented at Lamorinda Sunrise a few months ago.  One of our members must have been listening very carefully because he remembered hearing that transportation to/from the club is an issue. Using skills, resources and industry contacts, this service-minded individual (I won’t mention his name but it rhymes with menace) developed a solution which Putnam is now piloting and Lamorinda Sunrise is funding. Having mental illness in my own family and being a curious type I scheduled a tour and lunch at the facility. I must say I was quite impressed and asked a ton of questions.  Perhaps I was too interested because despite my protests of “two left feet” Tamara persuaded me to become a star!

Tom Guyette

President, Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary

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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