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About Susan Wintersteen,CEO/Founder
“One of my favorite quotes throughout the years, ‘You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you’ has inspired me to LIVE my life.”
Susan Wintersteen feels most at home designing, building, and giving because bringing beauty to life goes beyond textiles and tile. In 2002, she founded Savvy Interiors, an interior design firm with its own general contractor license. Where sophisticated whimsy mingles with steel-toed boots, her company caters to discerning clients across the SoCal region with award-winning service and innovative design.
With each project, Susan endeavors to give dimension to her client’s creative vision by producing unrivaled results that exceed expectations. She finds joy in the small things, like demolishing worn, dated, or distasteful rooms into piles of rubble that rise from the ashes into gorgeous kitchens, bathrooms, and beyond.
And speaking of joy, Susan founded Savvy Giving by Design in twenty-fourteen after offering to make over a local teen’s room who’d been diagnosed with cancer. The experience was so undeniably moving that she made it official and so this beautiful nonprofit was born. She believes that bringing joy into the lives of those who are facing hardship is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
Susan is a straight-shooting, fun-loving, and award-winning creative, who’s all about making life an adventure. She lives in San Diego with her husband where they’ve raised their 5 daughters and she’s busy expanding Savvy Giving by Design nationally. You can find her portfolio in its online home at www.savvyinteriors.com.
About John Wintersteen, Secretary
About Stacy Fiske, CFO/Treasurer
“I know we can make a big difference in the lives of children experiencing pain…sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference and aid in healing!”
Stacy is a Partner with Moms Making Six Figures where she helps women work from home to design the work life balance they so often seek. She has a corporate background as a CPA and auditor and is also a mom to 5 kids.
About Susan Harvey, Board Member
“When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, our mantra became ‘Losing is not an option.’ It is critical that children facing a serious or life-threatening disease be given every possible resource to assist them in their journey. Hope, optimism, and a nurturing environment can make a huge difference in a child’s quality of life during a difficult time."
Susan’s 14 year-old daughter, Kasey Harvey, is coming off a yearlong battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer. Kasey underwent a very aggressive treatment plan that consisted of 42 straight weeks of Chemotherapy and 33 sessions of Proton Radiation and is now officially in remission. Kasey was the first to be on the receiving end of Savvy Giving by Design’s generosity and Susan’s experience and strong desire to pay it forward makes her the perfect person to assist future SGBD families in navigating the process.”
About Jessica Schuster, Board Member
“I can think of no better way to honor my late mother’s memory than to have a role in bringing comfort and a smile to a child who is facing a serious medical crisis.”
Jessica enjoyed a 12-year career as a criminal prosecutor, including 7 years as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego’s family protection division. She recently decided to take time off to focus on raising her two young children and contribute to her local community through SGBD.
About Marla Vandling, Board Member
Marla has enjoyed a 10 year volunteering career and is honored to dedicate her time and energy to Savvy Giving by Design. Her interest in SGBD started as a Savvy Giver and progressed to helping design and install spaces. She brings new ideas and enthusiasm to SGBD and is thrilled to do what she can to help SGBD’s families. When not volunteering or enjoying yoga and golf, Marla can be found on either the soccer field or in the baseball bleachers cheering on her two teenage kids, Abby and Matthew.
About Randee Kuehler, Board Member
“I am in awe of the strength and resilience of these young children and their families. My hope is to bring them joy, comfort and caring in an environment conducive to the optimal healing of body and mind.”
Randee started her professional life as a critical care nurse in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit specializing in trauma and post-op cardiovascular surgery. After earning an MBA, she transitioned to sales at pharmaceutical and medical companies. Having recently become an “empty nester,” Randee decided it was the perfect time to step up her involvement with SGBD.
About Jacki Lake, Board Member
"One of my mottos in life (thanks to the great Maya Angelou) is to “be someone.” Whether it’s in your family, work, church or community, I think it’s important to step up and be someone who makes a difference in other people’s lives. Big or small, doing anything that makes others feel good or makes our world a better place is definitely something to strive for."
Jacki has always been happiest expressing her creativity. As the owner of Lake House Designs, she turned her love of all things handwritten into a small, hand-painted sign business. She also works part-time as a home stylist for a local staging business in San Diego. Jacki’s 20+ years of philanthropic work and volunteer background have allowed her to focus on her passion of making a difference in the lives of others. SGBD was a perfect fit for her to continue to pay it forward as she and her husband became empty nesters. Jacki is married to her college sweetheart, Jeff, and is the proud mama to their grown son and daughter.
About Reisa Elden, SGBD Ambassador
Reisa Elden is the Designer Relationship and Events Manager for Ivy, a community and business management tool helping design firms, large and small, take their business to the next level. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in retail and minor in business, Reisa began her career in merchandising at Gap Inc. Over the years, her career has taken her to New York and back where she has worked for companies such as Piperlime, One Kings Lane, and a boutique Bay Area design firm in roles including Buyer and Director of Business Relations and Marketing.
Ivy’s mission is to reshape the archaic, low tech industry of home remodeling by modernizing the workflow and bringing transactions online. Ivy allows interior designers to achieve new business goals by organizing and streamlining designer's workflow, alleviating administrative work, and allowing designers more time to design. By bringing interior design operations online (i.e. sourcing products, creating estimates and invoices, time billing and vendor purchasing), design firms can become more profitable and scalable.
Through Ivy, Reisa has had the ability to meet several incredible designers and was introduced to SGBD. Reisa has been involved in several non-profit organizations over the years ranging from Social Media Manager for The Arthritis Foundation to serving meals at Glide. Over the last year, Reisa has been yearning to be more involved in a nonprofit that is near and dear to her heart and cannot wait to embark as the official Brand Ambassador of SGBD. Reisa is positive she will excel in this role as she is extremely passionate about her work and has been acknowledged for her enthusiasm, positive attitude, strong networking skills, and ability to continually shine as a strong team player.