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19th Annual Eligibles list

Passion In Fashion

by July Westhale


new burst of romance is in the air, and we present some of the most
dazzling Bay Area ladies and gents who are looking for love in all the right places. Although the emphasis is on beauty, brains, and accomplishment, the ways of amore are mysterious. We hope you discover a matchless match on our pages, or perhaps a very good friend.


Gorgeous Gals

Susan Alexander; Author of the sensational thriller A Quicker Blood and the new mystery Jealous Mistress; currently blogs at “Susan Just Writes.”  Loves movies, theater, art museums, concerts, politics, long walks in SF, and her terrific friends and family.

Betty Brachman; Fun-loving real estate broker-to-the-stars enjoys cooking, good wine, hiking, yoga, laughing with friends, high-rise living, and weekends in Sonoma.

Erin Brooks; Tall, feminine, blonde beauty with brains and sophisticated style; holds degrees in both engineering and business.  A recent SF transplant from New York, she is certain to become a new Bay Area treasure!

Elizabeth Carr; Boutique director for Mont Blanc; gemologist & Italian foodie; has been living in Russian Hill for the past four years.

Robin Collins; Glamorous caterer/event planner,

fashionista, freelance writer, and San Francisco native; gift-basket maker, former restaurant critic, and charity volunteer.

Giovanni Cosetti; Fourth-generation San Francisco native with a deceptively male name.  Quality banter, sharp wit, delightful kitchen goodies, and an offbeat sense of humor are more delightful when shared.  Favorite artists:  Scott Hove, Ian Ross, Mark Hobley, and John Waguespack.

Liz Curtis; Charismatic blonde, Bay Area native, litigator, Symphonix Board member, member of the SFMOMA Modern Ball Committee, and founder of popular cooking and entertaining company “Table + Teaspoon.”

Vaugh de Guigné; Pretty, vivacious, and involved with education and possibilities.

Fati Farmanfarmaian; Spontaneous adventurer, world traveler, and passionate water skier who loves the outdoors, live blues concerts, and the performing arts—think dive bars and the opera!  Also, sits on several nonprofit boards.

Lorrie Finkel; 58-year-old Piedmont native who realizes every day that life is special. Works as a realtor and loves to do nonprofit work.

Linda S. Gordon; One of a kind, chic blonde, celebrity real estate agent with a flair for fun and a passion for design; enjoys ballroom dancing, photography, and traveling the world in search of the perfect house and sunset.

Ann Hertelendy; Ann is a Bay Area native who enjoys playing soccer and exploring the local hiking trails.  She is putting her MBA to use fundraising for one of her favorite universities, Cal.

Catherine Hopkins; Sassy Southern belle and fashionista residing in Russian Hill.  Georgia BA, Pepperdine JD, owns her own company and stays active in the charity circuit.  Loves to throw the perfect party, cheer on the Bulldawgs, and spend time with her two

lab-pointer pups.

Maggy Howe; A classic, glamorous, old-school romantic. As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Professional songwriter and author of the children’s musical Magical Future. President of

M Howe Strategic & Cause Marketing.

Schuyler Leigh Ashcraft Hudak; Bay Area native and sparkling city girl; Schuyler heads up business development for tech company Topix. She spends much of her time volunteering with UCSF Partners In Care and co-chairing the Heroes & Hearts San Francisco General Hospital Fundraiser. The real love of her life is the City of San Francisco.

Whitney Hudak; When not working, this attorney and Bay Area native is always up for an adventure, and enjoys getting outside and experiencing everything the City by the Bay has to offer.  Devoted to civic involvement and spends her free time volunteering with various community groups, including serving on the Symphonix Board and the Junior League of San Francisco’s steering committee.

Marie Hurabiell; Fun, brilliant, warm, kind, and giving attorney-turned-entrepreneur; loving mom, loyal friend, avid runner, and world traveler—active on many boards, including SF Ballet Auxiliary. Has chaired ballet gala, JLSF fashion show, and more.

Angela Jackson; International media relations director for San Francisco Travel Association; avid traveler and wishful runner—completed her third half-marathon in 2012; enjoys exploring new restaurants and wines, dinner parties, and backyard barbeques.

Helen Alice Jackson; Chanteuse extraordinaire, passionate for poetry, flaky piecrust made from scratch, and patent prosecution.

Marlene Jacura; Jewelry designer of Marlene’s Fine Jewelry, director of numerous fashion shows, and former top model; loves the opera, oil painting, fashion, the arts, and the company of her three small poodles.

Kimberly Karp; Corporate merchandiser; beautiful and bright brunette; passionate about her job and animal rights; likes golf, little dogs, social media reading, tweeting, Instagraming, and real men (who like golf!).  Will trade ballet tickets for any baseball game.  If you’re a Giants season ticket holder, even better.  She’s up for any game!

Leslie Karren; Loves to travel the world, cook, wine-taste and watch sports; manages property and is involved with various charities.

Carole Kealy; National media consultant in television; UCSB student, activist, and mother; spends her time following jazz trends at Yoshi’s in SF and local politics.

Wendy Kwong; Global Habitat For Humanity volunteer.  Involved in several charities, lending her background in corporate event planning.  Compassionate, smart, fun-loving optimist; enjoys the beach, traveling to exotic locales, fine dining, dancing, sailing, ballet, skiing, opera, cheering for the Giants and 49ers, and spa treatments.  The Complete Package!

Jeanne Lawrence; Adventurer, globetrotter, philanthropist, cultural aficionado, and freelance columnist who has lived in Shanghai and traveled around Asia as a photojournalist while studying Mandarin.  Currently writing a book about her experiences while living in China.  Passionate about the arts, the environment, and the outdoors.

Betsy Linder; Sells celebrity homes; active in Ballet Auxiliary and amfAR; loves to hike.

Ye-Hui Lu; Public relations aficionado specializing in luxury consumer goods and services; passionate about family, friends, and fashion. Eternal optimist who loves city life, witty banter, traveling, and junk food, and proud supporter of Symphonix, Red Cross, SF Beautiful, and the SF Zoo.

Adrienne Mally; President and CEO of UCSF Partners in Care, globe-trotter, Giants fan and die-hard skier who can be found on the slopes in Squaw Valley, Utah, and Switzerland. Avid sailor currently working to receive her certification in race management from US Sailing.

Sharon Meagher; Chic, smart, fun-loving SF native. Enjoys the beach and travel—next trip:  the Columbian Amazon in quest of the pink dolphin. Cares about making a difference—founding member of Board of Directors San Francisco Fleet Week Association and Beauty or Books.  Director marketing and strategic partnership, Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.

Natasha Miller; Founder and creative director of San Francisco-based event company Entire Productions. Classically trained violinist; plays the acoustic guitar, piano.  Widely regarded as an exceptionally talented recording artist (vocals jazz) who has performed at Yoshi’s, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Standard in NYC.  Serves on the SF Symphony’s Symphonix Advisory Board and volunteers for many Bay Area charities.

Margaret Mitchell; CEO and co-founder of Epi Center MedSpa.  Member of the SF Ballet Auxillary and Vistage International. Professional ballroom dancer.  Loves movies, music, long walks, cooking, time with family, tennis, golf, traveling, the ballet, and watching sports–she is the total package!

Brandy O’Dell; Charming small town East Coast girl who moved to San Francisco several years ago. Owns her own interior design business and is organized, thoughtful, and smart. She loves dogs and travel.

Mary Ravetti; Opera singer, artist, business consultant, and writer who loves to travel, the outdoors, film editing, arranging a lavish, impromptu party, and showing off her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Gigi.

Pauline Robert; Warm, fun-loving art enthusiast with a penchant for dancing, tennis, skiing, and European travel.

René Rodman; Medical device business developer and community activist for numerous Bay Area organizations, including UCSF Partners In Care, SF Ballet Auxiliary, and Jr. League of SF.  Enjoys travel, cooking, performing arts, design, and outdoor activities. Definitely a catch!

Lorrae Rominger; Deputy Director of the Goldman Environmental Prize. Member of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary. Loves to travel to exotic places, and play and watch sports.

Gloria Sheridan; Life-long entrepreneur, fashion designer, world traveler, home restoration maven, realtor, and furniture designer, with a long history of board leadership in arts, women’s issues, and international trade.  A surprising blend of yin and yang with a heart of gold and a penchant for intelligent men.

Catherine Smith; Lives passionately, joyfully, and gratefully. She is involved with several charities and is a lover of animals, books, and the great outdoors. A world traveler who loves to hike, bike, ski, and play tennis.

Oceana Rain Stuart; High fashion clothing designer, figurative clay sculptress, and uncompromising romantic with a penchant for collecting passport stamps, cooking, good conversation, and exploring new ideas; loves family, animals, and nature.

Galit Szolomowicz; Fun loving, positive artist, yogini, and architect at a leading global firm. This alluring blonde is equally at home in nature as she is in an urban environment.  Can be found discovering luxurious and off-the-beaten path havens,  dancing under the stars, and inspiring others to live their purpose.

Diana Todd; Vivacious, eternal optimist who has an ear for accents and languages.  Enjoys international travel, parties, witty banter and skiing; involved with many worthwhile causes.

Melissa Tuft; Smart and vivacious cosmetic dentist and professor at UCSF with a wicked sense of humor. In her spare time she supervises a volunteer dental clinic for the homeless, or can be found working out, skiing, sailing, or riding horses.

Lawanna Cathleen Turner; Dynamic petite blonde; interior design firm owner; interested in music, travel, and philanthropy; embraces the world with optimism and compassion. She is the proud mother of a beautiful four-and-a-half year old daughter.

Avital Ungar; Owner of Avital Tours, a culinary walking tour company in SF, Jewish UCLA grad who speaks Mandarin Chinese and French, and will try anything once.  Loves great wine, chocolate pairing, hosting dinner parties in her Nob Hill apartment, and traveling to exotic places.

Barbara Walkowski; A generous, spontaneous, and gracious hostess who loves to share her Burgundy collection with friends.  When she’s not helping grow a technology startup, she’s serving as a trustee at the SF Conservatory of Music, or traveling the world to pursue her passion for wine and opera.

Brenda Zarate; Managing director for one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world. She is a staple in San Francisco philanthropic circles.  Enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures, and always loves a new pair of shoes.

Dashing Dudes 

Lawrence David Buck; Managing Partner of commercial real estate firm by day, film and TV producer by night. Producer of the Sundance Film Festival selection The Adventures of Power. Producer and writer of San Francisco Life, a weekly talk show on KMTP Channel 32. Olympic Club member. Avid skier, golfer, tennis player, and viewer of classic black-and-white films.  Greatest accomplishment : getting a brass name plate on the bar at Izzy’s Steak and Chops.

Peter Buxtun; Collecting ideas, friends, and antiques. I’m single and puzzled: “Where are you?” Still trying to get 30 hours into every day, but hindered by computers.

Mark A. Calvano; Real estate owner and developer at Calvano Development, globe-trotting entrepreneur, ab-fab party thrower, movie maker, and art and antique collector.

David Emerson; Tall, lanky, Harvard and Berkeley grad, general counsel and CFO to startups.  Angel investor, museum trustee, and unrenowned painter.  On a quest for the perfect Mai Tai and the imperfect mate.

Arjun Gupta; Telesoft venture capitalist and outdoorsman, frequents Aspen and the world. Went on ski expeditions to the North and South Poles, and is an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard.

Robert Harvey, M.D.; Smarts and a softer side!  MBA chief of surgery and opera buff, all the while tending to prized roses.

Patrick Herning; Vice President of HL Group; travels between NY, SF, and LA.  Keeps busy with supporting the arts and chasing after his French bulldog, Beau.

Richard Klein; Entrepreneur, creative director, founder of Surface Magazine, and founder and CEO of Social Network Dot429. Enjoys travel, architecture, and a Zuni dirty martini.

David Koretz; Six-time entrepreneur who splits his time between San Francisco, Napa, and Manhattan. Race car driver, photographer, and aspiring nomad in search of street food.

Alan Malouf; Tennis playing dentist; travels, collects art and antiques, avid bridge player; has season tickets for the SF Opera and the Giants.

Charles Marsala; Entrepreneur and Ferrari enthusiast interested in climate action, securities, real estate development, partnerships, tennis, swing dancing, and underwater photography.

Jorge Maumer; Restaurateur; travels to exotic destinations. Very athletic, works with Children International, and fosters children.

Martin Muller; Witty Modernism Gallery owner; gastronome, Renaissance man, and world traveler; book and art collector.

Klaus Murer; Handsome Swiss-German jewelry designer; former ski racer and rowing champion; loves to dance and socialize with friends in the City by the Bay, which has been his home for more than 30 years.

Oded Pelled; Internet entrepreneur, Stanford alumnus, and former collegiate athlete, with passion and presence for life; he lights up a room. While international and multicultural, Oded has made the U.S. his home for more than 12 years and is a gracious host to his friends, loves to dance, kite-surf, and go on adventures around the world.

Keith Rabois; Technology entrepreneur, now Senior Partner at Khosla Ventures, former COO of Square and at the core of the PayPal mafia with roles at LinkedIn, Yelp, and YouTube; soccer, basketball, and football addict; design and reading enthusiast. Moved to Noe Valley.

Scott Douglas Redmond; Supports education, animal rescue, anti-bullying, democracy programs, and fun!

John Rosin; Financial analyst, charity benefactor, and Grace Cathedral acolyte.  Enjoys swimming, languages, and the New Berlin.

David Saxe; Real estate investor and Palo Alto native. Returned to the Bay Area in 2010 after stints in Chicago, Berkeley (where he received his MBA), and Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. President of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation, with leadership positions at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and ArtPoint. Known for his dedication to the community, humor, and encyclopedic knowledge of Top 40 songs. Has a passion for philanthropy, the arts, and all SF sports teams.

Rufus Watkins; Thoroughbred horse owner with impeccable manners; enjoys tea and wine, movies and theater, opera, symphony, and museums.

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