Pacific Showcase magazine was started to fulfill my dream of helping
and honoring youth involved in livestock activities. As I was growing
up, I enjoyed raising and showing animals. It was my main interest and
I received so much out of those experiences that I still apply each and
every day. I believe in our youth, and in giving them the opportunity to
be strong and confident in what they can do and what they can achieve.
Kids that grow up around livestock learn valuable lessons in responsibility,
sportsmanship, helping others, setting goals, record keeping, and so many
other skills that become life lessons and life-long values.

I was fortunate to grow up in the coastal area of San Diego County when
it was still rural, and could have all the animals we wanted where we lived
on my uncle’s ranch. I grew up in a 4-H family with parents who were
community leaders, and I followed in the footsteps of my three sisters
who had all gone through the 4-H program. Our nights and weekends all
revolved around club meetings, field days, events, shows, county fair, other
fairs, and so much more! These experiences shaped me into the person I am
today, and reinforced my belief in how important family and time together
is!

Following high school, I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and attained a
degree in Animal Science. During college and after graduation, I continued
to enjoy helping kids with their 4-H and FFA projects.

In 1994, I decided to make my dream a reality by starting the Pacific
Showcase. This became a new way for me to reach out to more kids and
give them a source for information that they could use in their livestock
endeavors. I also wanted the magazine to be an avenue to bring those kids
closer together in a common interest. It has become my way of giving
back to a life I love, and giving kids, their families, and those interested in
livestock a complete resource for knowledge and recognition. I love putting
this magazine together each and every issue, and it is my goal for each issue
to offer something for everyone who reads it.

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