Connie Reeves Campbell has lived in San Diego for 30 years. Connie has over 13 years experience in the Incentive and Meeting industry. Her company, Connie Reeves & Company focuses on special events, fundraising, incentive travel and meeting planning. Prior to starting her company in 2003, Connie was the Vice President of Incentive Travel, Inc. for 3 years and Director of Operations for WorldTravel, Meetings & Incentives for 7 years. In addition, Connie has over 10 years experience in Commercial Real Estate Lending with Great American Bank.
Volunteer work has always played a major role in Connie's life. She was a member of the San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce (SDJCC) for 7 years. During her time with the SDJCC she was Committee Chair for America's Finest City week and oversaw all aspects of the week, including fundraising. She volunteered for three 3 years with the Hillcrest Receiving home, now San Diego Center for Children. She has served as a committee member for three years with the National Brain Tumor Foundation for the San Diego Angel Adventure. In 2006, Connie was the Event Manager for the 5th Annual San Diego Film Festival and in 2007 was the Director of Special Events.
Connie was married to Dennis Campbell when he was stricken with a brain tumor in 1998. Dennis lost his life in 2000 and Connie was determined to help others who were struggling with the same daily issues that she had, and still does. Her personal passion and drive make the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation near and dear to Connie’s heart. Her role in the organization is President and Executive Director.
Chris Hildebrand is a native San Diegan who attended local schools and graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a major in Art. With her art degree in hand, she worked in banking for eight years and later as an office manager for a local church. For the last 16 years she has worked as an artist/wood sculptor designing and creating commissioned art work for individuals and organizations.
Chris has always been heavily involved in volunteer work and has served willingly in a large variety of projects and activities including Stephen Ministry, Art Docent, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Work Teams, Prayers and Squares Quilt ministry, Grossmont High School Band Booster Board and the National Brain Tumor Foundation Angel Adventure committee. Chris is a creative person whose passions include wood sculpture, painting, photography and computer work. She has designed numerous logos, murals and sculptures for local businesses and charitable organizations. She also enjoys music and plays piano and sings in various vocal groups.
Her involvement with the brain tumor community began when her brother, Dennis Campbell was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1997. She has served the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation as CFO/Treasurer since 2009.
Jan Prupes was raised in Los Angeles, California and earned her AA Degree from Los Angeles Valley College. Jan Prupes has over 15 years of professional work experience in accounting management for financial institutions; including AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union and California Savings and Loan. Jan was an advisor in the business planning and development of Symitar Systems Incorporated; a software development company that was formed by her husband. She was instrumental in establishing the financial systems and managing all aspects of accounting for the initial start-up period that spanned a two year timeframe. She was an active participant and influential in Symitar Corporate Event Planning and Entertainment Coordination.
A wife and mother of two daughters for the past 35 years, Jan was an active participant in her children’s school activities including Girl Scouts Leader, Cookie Chairman and Treasurer of the PTA. Jan worked on a part-time basis for the Poway Unified School District in the capacity of Health Office Aid and Kindergarten Aid.
Jan Prupes has volunteered for multiple organizations including; CHADD (Children Attention Deficit Disorder), Children’s Hospital Cancer Floor Volunteer, and is currently working with institutions related to Brain Tumor Research and Diabetes Education, Care and Cure Research.
Dr. Ron Kraft, a native of San Diego, has served the last three years as CEO and President for a non-profit agency of the Community and Technical College System of Washington charged with coordinating learning offerings of 34 colleges. He has also served as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Community Programs at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista. In addition, Dr. Kraft was an elected Trustee for twelve years and served as President of the Board Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in El Cajon, CA.
Dr. Kraft has held senior level positions in the private sector, as an Executive Vice President of financial firm and Chief Operating Officer of an international incentive and training company, and Managing Partner of a regional consulting firm specializing in growth companies and higher education.
As a consultant, Dr. Kraft is known for his expertise in strategic planning and is the author of the book Strategic Planning for the Entrepreneur. His leadership has benefited the public and private, for-profit and non-profit sectors. He speaks at the local, state and national levels on topics such as entrepreneurship in government, strategic leadership in foundations and non-profits, and the role of higher education in economic development.
Dr. Kraft is active in a variety of community activities and Foundations. He and his wife, Janene, now reside in Washington with their three sons.
Marlon Garzo Saria, born and raised in the Philippines, came to San Diego in 1998. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Philippines, Masters from UCLA, and is currently attending the PhD program at UCLA. Marlon has been a cancer nurse since the start of his career at UC San Diego in 1999.
Marlon is one of the few young professionals in San Diego who is constantly invited to be a member of a work group, task force, executive board or whatever leadership group in many different organizations including the large academic medical center that he works for, a humanitarian foundation, specialty nursing organizations, political and community organizations. He has continuously engaged oncology nurses in many community activities and has volunteered countless hours in support of a number of local and national organizations.