Posted on Apr 12, 2018

On April 7, 2018 the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach inducted nine young professionals into our club. One of the principle criteria of membership is these your professionals are unable to make the club’s regular Wednesday noon meeting. The induction ceremony was held at the home of Karen and Jeff Weigel with about 30 club members in attendance. This is the largest group induction in club history.
PDG Eli Gauna presents history of early days of Rotary International in Chicago, to largest class of Young Professionals inducted into Redondo Beach Rotary Club.
Andrew Borgic, P.E. moved to Redondo Beach from Redding, California in 2014 to open an office for Water Works Engineers –a private consulting engineering firm specializing in the design of water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure. Though work brought Andrew and his family of five to the South Bay, the local surf and welcoming community has kept him here. Andrew is honored to be a Rotarian; providing help to the less fortunate and clean water and sanitation to those who need it the most. 
Nikki Parsons grew up in Redondo Beach and has been involved with Rotary from a young age. She was a member of the RUHS Interact Club, went to Japan with the District 5280 Youth Exchange Program, and is thrilled to finally be an official member of the Redondo Rotary Club. She graduated from UCLA and LMU, and now currently teaches at South High in Torrance.

Charamon Lewis is the Founder of Motorlipps, a clothing line dedicated to the woman motorcyclists and enthusiast. Prior, she was an Insurance Agent for AFLAC. In that role, she penetrated the untapped market of motorcyclists. There she increased annual sales by 25%. Charamon holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University Long Beach and has attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She is a mother of two children. In her spare time, she enjoys event planning, interior decorating, cooking and many creative projects. 
Hunter Bradshaw was born and raised in Redondo Beach where he attended Redondo Union High School. After high school, he moved to Colorado and studied Economics at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Hunter is currently working as a Financial Adviser in Torrance, CA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, playing Rugby, and watching the Dodgers and Lakers.

Marynda Hill is a Corporate Tax Manager for BJ’s Restaurants Inc. and has her own business completing individual taxes. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in English and became an 8th grade teacher in the LA Unified School District. After deciding on a career change, Marynda enrolled at the University of Phoenix where she received an MBA in Accounting and Taxation and continued working for companies such as DirecTV, Hyundai, Herbalife, Live Nation, and Sony Pictures in the Finance and Tax arenas.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts and plays, the beach and the gym along with activities such as archery, bowling, having a good time with her family and friends and being creative. Marynda has been a part of Rotary in the past, but is looking forward to working with the Redondo Beach Rotary with projects such as domestic violence, helping children and teens, and countless other activities.

Erin Sujan grew up in the South Bay, spending most of her childhood in San Pedro and Palos Verdes.  She moved to Hawaii for college and stayed for five years and followed this up with 5 years in Washington D.C. before moving back to the South Bay. 
Erin founded her current company, Sujan Creative, a year ago.  Sujan Creative is a branding and content marketing agency.  Erin has been in content creation, marketing and sales for over 15 years.  The companies she has worked with include Amtrak, Fannie Mae, the Navy and the Marines, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Zoological Wildlife Foundation, 24 Hour Fitness and small and mid-sized local companies all over the country.   
Erin gravitates toward large bodies of water, loves cooking, and couldn't get along without her best friend, a big yellow lab named Charlie.  She's looking forward to giving back through The Rotary Young Professionals Chapter, and to getting to know her community on a deeper level.

Michael DeSantis was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, and currently resides in Hermosa Beach.  During the week, he helps facilitate comprehensive financial plans as a representative of Harris Financial Advisors, Inc. in Torrance, CA, and over the weekends, he enjoys hiking, going to the beach, golfing, and hitting home runs in his adult league softball games.

Michael joined the Young Professionals of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club seeking a pathway for providing his time and resources for those in need.  His passions include feeding the hungry, promoting mental health amongst teens, and educating children on personal finance and the mindset of success.

Tomi Stewart is currently a Finance Manager for Moose Toys. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Cal State University Northridge. She worked for companies such as Universal Music Group, Deluxe Media Management, and Live Nation where she lent her expertise in the Accounting and Finance areas. Tomi is also proficient in Spanish and a proud mother of five. 
She is looking to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Tomi believes that we must stay connected to all facets of our community in order to ensure the greater good for all. Through a reflection of love, compassion, and understanding we can change the path of the future.
Chris Schane is currently a resident of Redondo Beach, CA, where he has lived since Nov of 2016. Prior to CA,  he lived in Boston, MA for 10 years. He attended the University of Utah, where he majored in Finance with an occupational background in Aerospace and Defense. Chris has worked for the same advisory services contractors for over 10 years in the aerospace and defense industry, performing cost and data analytics on a broad range of military systems to provide government officials and US Air Force senior leaders with necessary cost estimates and economic analyses to make informed programmatic decisions and affordability trades. Chris is joining Rotary to take a more active interest in the local community. As the Redondo Beach Rotary Club is well-established and engaged in many areas of community outreach, and currently standing up a Young Professional group, it seemed a good way for him to get involved.

Jumping right in, the group announced their first project will be to assist Sharefest with the AltaSea project in the Port of Los Angeles.

Kudos to Karen Weigel who organized and recruited members to launch a Young Professional group within the Redondo Beach Rotary Club.