[heading]by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography[/heading]

After growing up in Illinois and attending college in Indiana, Kathy Hutchens thought it was about time to move out west. “My brother was the first to move to San Diego, and then we quickly followed,” she said. “My parents soon joined us.” Now with her mother just down the street, Kathy and her husband, Brian, reside happily in Rancho Bernardo with their two children: Jeremy, a sophomore at the University of Vermont, and Stephanie,

a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School (RBHS).

Kathy and her family have been 92128 residents for the past thirteen years, and still love the “small town feel” that initially drew them to the area. “The people here are wonderful,” beamed Kathy, “and everyone really comes together to support one another in times of crisis.” She and her family enjoy cheering for RBHS at various sporting events, and attending the RB Alive! Expo. Kathy is also a self-proclaimed “garage sale freak” – she and her girlfriends seek out the latest neighborhood bargains every Saturday.

In her work life, Kathy is Director of Marketing and Patient Contact for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, and has been with the company for 19 years. “I love my job because I am passionate about helping people receive the very best care possible,” she said.

And she isn’t just passionate about her work. Kathy is steadfast in her efforts to strengthen the community. For several years, Kathy has served on the board for the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, where this year, Sharp Rees-Stealy is the co-sponsor of the upcoming week-long event, Women’s Week. “We will be hosting an evening of health on Thursday, March 14th at our new location in Sorrento Mesa,” she noted, “where women can learn about skin care, how to manage their weight and other topics, and receive free screenings, and more.” Kathy has also served two terms as the President of the RBHS Foundation. “We are so fortunate in our community to have committed teachers who provide a quality educational experience for the kids,” she said. “I have tried to help at the school in any way I can.”

When asked what aspect she enjoys most about working closely with the community, Kathy replied, “I enjoy being a catalyst for change and helping people make meaningful connections. I love to work with people who share a passion and believe they can make a difference.”

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Name: Kathy Hutchens

Age: 51

Community: Rancho Bernardo

Profession: Marketing in health care industry

Family: Husband, Brian; Children, Stephanie & Jeremy[/box]