Meet Our LUV Gala Chairs: Cheryl Cox & Katherine Stuart Faulconer
The Honorable Cheryl Cox served as Chula Vista’s mayor from 2006 to 2014. With a lifelong interest in education and politics, Cheryl earned her master’s degree in political science from University of San Diego and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. As a teacher, school principal and school district board member before being elected mayor, she knows how important education and job training are to a city. Her last vote before leaving the mayor’s office due to term limits was to approve the final acquisition of property that now totals 375 acres for a university and jobs complex. Cheryl’s interest in senior issues was key to her support for St. Paul’s PACE Akaloa and the Plaza in Chula Vista. “St. Paul’s programs for seniors and its independent, assisted and memory care accommodations provide high quality of living activities and personalized health care,” she said. “I am drawn to the work St. Paul’s Senior Services does now and will continue to do long into the future.” Cheryl encourages volunteerism as a civic responsibility and as a longtime friend of St. Paul’s, we look forward to Cheryl’s leadership of the 2016 LUV Gala planning committee!
Katherine is the founding President of Restaurant Events, Inc., a specialty event company serving San Diego’s Convention industry for over 19 years. Katherine became involved with St. Paul’s when she heard about our PACE program through her work with One San Diego, whose goal is creating a unified San Diego with strong communities. She feels that “by making sure San Diego seniors have adequate housing and healthcare, it gives them a better chance of remaining vibrant, contributing members of our community.” Lending her event expertise to the LUV Gala was a natural step to help sustain the programs of St. Paul’s. Appointed to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Sales Committee and the Comic Con International Advisory Board, Katherine plays an active role in soliciting convention business for San Diego. Katherine currently serves as the the Honorary Chair of One San Diego along with her husband, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. As the First Lady of San Diego, free time is hard to come by, so being involved in their children’s activities and sharing family time is a priority for them. We are fortunate to benefit from Katherine’s event leadership skills for this year’s LUV Gala!