2015-2017 District Eleven Board of Directors

Judy Sorensen
Altrusa International of Cinco Ciudades, CA

Judy became an Altrusan in 1989.  At the club level she has served as President, Vice President, Secretary, Director and Parliamentarian as well as Chair of Information, Literacy and Strategic Planning.  She has also edited both the yearbook and the newsletter.

In her sixth year on the District Eleven Board, Judy previously served two years as New Club Building Chair and Chair of the 2006 Conference.

Judy recently retired after 23 years with the Santa Barbara Superior Court.  She enjoys visiting her 8 grandchildren and also volunteers weekly at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

Melanie Hodges
Altrusa International of Cinco Ciudades, CA
Contact:   mkhodges50@gmail.com

Melanie Hodges joined Altrusa in 1996 to fulfill her desire to serve her community.  She has worked as a paralegal with her lawyer husband, John, for over 20 years.  She also does the bookkeeping for the family business, California Cubs, a Cub Crafters airplane sales company, and manages The Victorian Pitkin-Conrow Estate, a wedding ceremony and reception site.
Melanie has served in all leadership capacities for her own club Altrusa Club of Cinco Ciudades.  She was an active participant in the planning of the 2006 District Eleven Conference in Santa Maria, California and served as District Eleven Membership Chair from 2005-2007.  She began her service with the Altrusa District Eleven Board of Directors in 2009 serving as Director, then in 2011 was Second Vice-Governor and now serves as First Vice-Governor.

Pat Zoller
First Vice- Governor
Altrusa International of  San Diego, CA
Contact: pzoller@sbcglobal.net

Pat Zoller was invited to join Altrusa in 1997. She has served as club secretary and two terms as club president. She is currently the editor of her club’s newsletter.  During her 16 years as an Altrusan she found the principals of Altrusa to be a positive guiding force in helping her to meet her career goals, especially the first one, “Altrusa is a builder of women”.

She has over 35 years of school business management experience with the San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego County Office of Education. Her responsibilities included school facilities management, property acquisition, construction of new school facilities and maintenance and operation of school buildings and administration offices.  She retired in November 2003 and continued to consult for various school districts in San Diego County regarding school facility planning, property acquisition and management through 2008.  She has a BA and MS from San Diego State University.  In addition to being a member of Altrusa Pat has served on the Supervisory Committee of the Mission Federal Credit Union for the past 15 years.

Pat enjoys gardening, traveling and entertaining family and friends. She and her husband, Russ especially enjoy road trips crisscrossing the United States. One of their retirement goals is to visit the capitol building of each of the 52 states.  To date they have visited 16 capitals. On their 40th wedding anniversary they took a cruise to Alaska and toured the capitol building in Juneau.

Melinda Aguirre
Second Vice-Governor
Altrusa International of Central Coast
Contact: melinda.aguirre84@yahoo.com

My name is Melinda Aguirre and I was born in Dallas Texas and settled with my family in California permanently in 1971.  I have been married for almost thirty years and have two children, Gina and Alex.  I have two granddaughters Riley and Olivia.  I joined Altrusa of Central Coast in 2003 and have totally enjoyed the experience.   I have been club treasurer, president and have chaired our Literacy and Service committees, including our two ASTRA High School clubs.  I could not have accomplished this without the help of other Altrusan's.  I also teach Children's Ministries through my church every other Sunday. My past hobbies used to be crocheting, sewing, canning and going to see a good movie.  Since joining Altrusa my new hobbies are volunteering with different projects and organizations in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

Bonnie McPherson
Altrusa International of Tucson
Contact: bonniemaltrusa@yahoo.com

I, Bonnie McPherson, was born and raised in Ohio. I earned BS/MS degrees from The University of Arizona and spent 35 years teaching Home Economics and Computers. During my 10 years as an Altrusan, I have served the Tucson Club in many capacities including Club President. I was a co-presenter at the District Eleven Workshop on Grant Writing in 2014. Currently I am treasurer of our Foundation and co-chair of our Young Authors Competition sponsored by our Club in conjunction with the Tucson Festival of Books. I enjoy spending time with friends, petting my kitties, reading and quilting. My passion is playing ukulele music and I take every opportunity to do so!

Beth Brouillette
Altrusa International of Tucson, AZ
Contact: bethbrouillette@outlook.com

I'm Beth Brouillette, I was born in NJ, I'm married to Bob and have 3 grown and married children and 3 grandchildren.  I have a degree from Upsala College in Psychology and returned to the University of Wisconsin for another major in Accounting.   After raising our children I returned to work doing mostly tax work. I worked for 2 CPA firms and later had my own tax business that specialized in working with realtors to prepare for and minimize their taxes.   My husband and I bought several grocery stores in the 1990s and while he did the food part I took care of the accounting systems, and financial issues.  After we sold the last store,  I took a position as Business Manager of a local newspaper/print operation in Gig Harbor, WA.  After we moved to Arizona in 2002,  I worked for a local alternative paper in Tucson doing the same job.  As Business Manager I oversaw all the HR, IT, AP, AR, budgeting, forecasting preparing financials, buildings and grounds as well as overseeing the accounting staff, and the circulation, legal and reception staff at the Washington paper. I have been an Altrusan since 2002 and have been President, Fundraising Chair and Treasurer and Recording Secretary.

Dawn Young
Altrusa International of Santa Maria, CA
Contact: dawnyoung71@msn.com

I became a member of Altrusa in December 2009. Before joining Altrusa I was very active with the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” in Santa Maria. The generosity of our community has always amazed me, so I thought joining Altrusa would be a wonderful way to give back to those who supported my cause. I have found that being a committed Altrusan is truly rewarding. At the club level I have served as President, President Elect, and Vice President. I have also served as the Membership/Leadership chair. I’m really looking forward to serving as the District Eleven Secretary as I think the experience will be invaluable. I have been employed with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court - Santa Maria Division since April 2005. I am also an active member of the Santa Maria Legal Professional Association. I recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my husband Eric. Without his endless support I don’t know what I would do. I love hanging out with my family especially my 4 nephews and 2 nieces and of course my friends. Without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Sandi Miller Parliamentarian
Altrusa International of Santa Maria, CA
Contact: mgmrailservice@aol.com

Sandi has been an Altrusan since 1993.  A member of the original Santa Maria Club.  She has served as Club President, various chairman, District Eleven Leadership Chairman, and Director thru Past Governor.  She is currently serving District Eleven as Judy Sorensen's Parliamentarian.  Last July she was elected to serve as an International Foundation Trustee on the International Foundation Board.

Denice R Gilb
Past Governor
Altrusa International of Arcadia, CA
Contact:   DeniceRG@aol.com

Denice became an Altrusan in 1989, following in her mother’s footsteps.  She has held almost every office on the Club level, as well as serving as International Relations District Chair under Governor Debbie Elliot and District Program Coordinator under Governor Helen Kamas.

Denice has worked in the travel industry most of her adult life, currently working as a tour guide in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.  She also is part-owner of a produce firm, which sells potatoes and onions throughout the US and Canada.

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