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Christine Mendonca

Christine Mendonca has been a leader in Half Moon Bay since 1993.  She volunteered and served as president with the local school PTO’s at Farallone View Elementary School and Cunha Middle School.   At Half Moon Bay High School, she chaired the Site Council and served two terms as co-chair for HMB High School Safe and Sober Grad Night.   She is Director Emeritus of the Cabrillo Education Foundation, where she served as president during which time the CEF Endowment was established.

 

In 2006 Christine received the Mary Jane Murphy Award from the HMB High School Associated Student Body for her dedicated service to the students.  In 2009, she was honored as the recipient of the Dolores Mullin “Like A Rock” Award at the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau Farm Day Lunch, for her service to the Half Moon Bay community.

 

Christine was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the central valley.  She has lived on the Half Moon Bay Coast with her husband, Lenny, since 1989, where they raised their two daughters.  She and her husband are the owners of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, The Inn at Mavericks and Pacific Standard Taproom.  In her free time, Christine enjoys entertaining for family and friends, reading, traveling to new and old places and spending time with her granddaughter.

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Stephanie Breslin

Stephanie Breslin moved to the coastside in 2005, this has been home since. A graduate of the University of Florida with a double major in Communications and International Marketing she is a business professional with over 15 years of developing and executing innovative business models. Stephanie has serves as the Membership Director at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club and is an active community supporter and volunteer of the Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company since it's inception in 2011.

 

Stephanie lives in El Granada and when she isn't follow her passions at work she is on the trails with her puppy or tasting wine in one the many AVA's of California.

Mary Oldham

Mary Oldham received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a minor in Biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mary has worked in the ornamental horticulture industry on the Coastside since 1980, handling purchasing, customer service, marketing, copyrighting and event planning for a large wholesale nursery. She has been an investor in the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company since 2004, and recently retired from her role as director of marketing, to pursue some of her hobbies and other interests.

 

Mary lives in Montara with her husband, Tim, where they raised three daughters; all of whom attended schools within the Cabrillo Unified School District. This gave Mary many opportunities to volunteer in the community including the Coastside Infant Toddler Center, Farallone View Elementary School, Cunha Middle School, and Half Moon Bay High School in various capacities such as Fundraising Chair, PTA Board, Classroom Volunteer, Chaperone, Grad Night Chair, Co-chair and Committee member. Cooking is a passion for Mary. Her grandfather was a railroad cook, and food is always a highlight of every family and friend gathering. Currently Mary serves as a board member for The HEAL Project; providing the opportunity to combine her horticulture, event and marketing skills for a wonderful cause.

Kelly Hoffman Davis

Kelly Hoffman-Davis is a lifelong Coastside resident. She graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 2000. After her commencement from HMBHS, Kelly attended the California College of Arts.

 

In 2005 Kelly purchased The GraphicWorks from the original owners, and relocated the business to its current location at 1300 Main Street in Montara, California. Since the purchase, Kelly and her team have been advising, designing and producing promotional products and programs for organizations who understand that quality matters.

 

Under her leadership, The GraphicWorks was inducted into the Half Moon Bay Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2009. Kelly served over 10 years on the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce board during that time she served as both Chair and Vice Chair of the Board and Committee Chair for Rock the Block, Coastside Ambassadors and was a founding member of the Coastside Young Professionals Committee. In 2007 she was recognized for these efforts with the Bert Carli Volunteer of the Year award. In 2015 she was recognized again as a Half Moon Bay Coastside Lifetime Volunteer Award. Expanding her volunteer roles beyond the Chamber, Kelly accepted an invitation to serve on the Mavericks Community Foundation Board in 2016.

 

In addition to her work in the community, Kelly also enjoys spending time volunteering for her children's school as the PTO Board President for Farallone View Elementary. When she not working or volunteering, Kelly, her husband Troy, French Bulldog Vader and two sons, Tahlon and Brayden, can be found enjoying the fabulous restaurants, shops and beaches that the coast and nearby cities have to offer.

Mike Alifano

Mike was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, CA. He attended the local public schools and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1990.  He attended College of San Mateo with aspirations of becoming a full-time peace officer after completing the Reserve Officer training academy and receiving his Administration of Justice Certificate and POST (California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training) Certificates. While testing with several law enforcement agencies he made the career decision to follow his tech passion during the DotCom boom. Mike held leadership IT positions over the next several years with Race Technologies, AuctioNET, RealmConnect, Velocity Technology Management. Following these experiences, he started Alifano Technologies in 2000 consulting with several Venture Capital Groups and Banks in the tech sector.  

 

Mike’s focus shifted to helping more clients and especially local non-profits on the Coastside in 2002, joining organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, BNI Coastside, HMB Rotary, Half Moon Bay Police Chief’s Committee just to name a few. Mike’s father Allan and wife Cortney helped grow his business from a one-man operation to a solid team of seasoned employees; all of which work and live on the Coastside. His company received the Hall of Fame Business of the Year from the HMB Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and Mike has received the Farm Day Glenn Ashcraft Chamber Community Service Award. HMB Review Readers’ Choice Voted the Best Computer Shop/Repair the last 5 years , Hardest Working Volunteer, Coastside Ambassador, Most Vocal Community Activist.

 

Mike feels strongly that local public education played a key role in building his business success. So, in the spirit of giving back, he joined the Board of Directors for Cabrillo Education Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside in 2008. Mike was the Technology Chair for FOCUS (Friends of Cabrillo Unified Schools) for the three successful Yes on Measure B (2014) Parcel Tax Campaign Committee, Yes on Measure E (2010) Parcel Tax Campaign Committee and the Yes on Measure S (2012) Facilities Bond Campaign Committee. Following the successful passage of Measure E in 2010 he was appointed to the CUSD Measure E Citizen’s Oversight Committee. In 2012 Mike was appointed to both the Measure S Facilities School Bond Steering Committee and Citizen's Oversight Committee. He currently Chairs the newly joined Facilities Bond Oversight Committee for Measure S ($81 Million) and Measure M ($99 Million).  Mike served as an elected official on the Coastside Fire Protection District Board of Directors 2010-2013.

 

Recently Mike retired from Boards of the Cabrillo Education Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside after 12 years of service. He is excited to join the Mavericks Community Foundation Board of Directors. Mike and his wife Cortney have 3 kids, Gianna, Nico, and Izzy and a 15yer old recuse pitbull Nala.

Kelsey Currier

Kelsey Currier is a Coastside local, and has called the Half Moon Bay area home for a majority of her life. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006 with a B.A. in Social Geography. After graduation, she took a position as an AmeriCorps Volunteer stationed at The Cal Poly Community Center in San Luis Obispo. During her two year term she developed a love for event planning, community engagement and volunteering. She was also the coordinator for the Alternative Breaks Program, bringing groups of students to New Orleans for Katrina Relief over their spring break.

 

Kelsey then returned to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University, graduating in 2010 with a M.S. in Recreation and Tourism with a focus in Volunteer Tourism. After graduation, she joined the team at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and in the Special Events department where she was nominated for Five Star Employee of the Quarter. Her events career on the coast continued on from there, with over three years spent as the Director of Private Events and Catering at local waterfront restaurant Sam's Chowder House. Most recently, she has started an Event Management business on the coast to continue her love of planning all types of events and celebrations in her beautiful hometown. In her free time Kelsey can be found enjoying nature, practicing yoga, hiking, biking or planning her next trip.

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