Our 2022 Honorees
Sharon and Jim have established “Part II” of their lives here in Cupertino for the past 10 years. In “Part I” of their lives Sharon raised her two children in Portola Valley while Jim had raised his three children in Cupertino. Together, they have seven grandchildren. Both Sharon and Jim were widowed after their children had grown, were independent and on their own. Continuing to live in Cupertino, they have enjoyed an active partnership mixing family adventures with an extensive national and international travel schedule most often focused on humanitarian project trips they often refer to as “voluntourism.”
Jim had an extensive business career in commercial construction, property management and development. He found extra time to take leadership positions in Little League, AYSO Soccer, YMCA, Historical Society, De Anza College and Cupertino Rotary. His Rotary service includes a term as regional District Governor as well as leading multiple international medical trips and wheelchair distributions. Twenty years ago, Jim was involved with the development of the original Vista Village facility for WVCS, then called Cupertino Community Services (CCS).
Sharon finished her extensive career in high-tech human resources as a Director of HR for a biotech company. Prior to that she recruited consultants from Stanford and Cal for a large consulting firm. In the 70’s she owned and operated Windmill Preschool in Portola Valley and was a substitute teacher in the Woodside/PV School District.
Sharon has enjoyed participating in many community activities including volunteer projects for PCC, Stanford Children’s Hospital, WVCS projects, Co-Chaired Chef’s of Compassion 2021 and mentoring De Anza students through the Cross-Cultural Partners Program. Sharon has served on the board of Brain Support Network (BSN) and continues to volunteer as a counselor for BSN and CurePSP, supporting caregivers.
Together, Jim and Sharon have been able to help support WVCS clients gain access to the food pantry and housing support programs. They have been instrumental in the success of the recent Capital Campaign program. They feel blessed that they have also been given the opportunity to meet and make friends with so many like-minded community volunteers.
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