Meet Roxanne Brewer, Our Development Associate!

by Jill

Roxanne in her signature sunglasses

If you were to drop into our office, you’d be struck by these things about Roxanne:
1) She’s CRAZY busy.  I’ve never seen her not working a mile a minute, and I have no idea how she keeps it up.  There’s always a little, controlled tornado of productivity happening in her corner, which keeps her very firmly on top of her (very large) work load.
2) Despite the incredible pace of her work and her intense focus on that, if a donor or colleague stops by to see us (or more often, meet with us), Roxanne absolutely lights up, welcoming them and making them feel at home.  She is so clearly fond of so many of our visitors, and you should hear her sudden, enthusiastic laughter during these conversations — it’s contagious.   
3) She genuinely loves her kids.  This isn’t unusual for a mother by any means, but it’s quite striking with her.  On one of the busiest, most stressful days of work I’ve witnessed (it was right before our First Annual Golf Tournament), while all the rest of us were rather harried, Roxanne was calm and smiling non-stop.  Her son, Nick, was coming into town the next day, and she couldn’t have been more pleased.
As she put it when we were discussing the pictures of her kids she’d sent me to include in this post, “They are [her] TREASURES!”

Roxanne and her daughter, Holly, at Holly's college graduation

Roxanne’s Autobiography

Roxanne was born and raised in a small town in Michigan, and she values her Midwestern upbringing.  Shortly after graduation, she headed north on the Alcan Highway to Fairbanks, Alaska, trading green grass, maple trees, watching fireflies, and enjoying Lake Michigan for moose in her backyard, beautiful views of the Aurora Borealis, river running, fishing, extreme temperatures, and understanding the true meanings of the summer solstice and the winter equinox.  You should ask to hear some of her great stories about her treasured time living in Alaska.   In October 2004, after 22 years of living in Alaska, Roxanne decided it was high time for warmer weather and moved with her family to northern California.

Roxanne, age 5, and friends (Roxanne is the one in the kangaroo outfit)

Photograph of the Alaskan sky, taken by Roxanne's friend Tim

Photograph of the Northern Lights, also taken by Roxanne's friend Tim

Roxanne takes great pride in her children.  Her 26-year-old son, Nick, graduated from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.  He is currently working in the audio department of a large corporate radio station in New York City.  Roxanne’s twins, Heather and Holly, are alumnae of our very own Skyline College!  Holly then went on to graduate from Portland State University with a degree in early childhood education and is currently living in France.  Heather recently graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and her husband, Jim, is in the United States Air Force.   Both girls are actually alumni of our very own Skyline College!

Son Nick

Daughter Heather and Son-in-Law Jim at the 2010 Air Force Ball

In her spare time, Roxanne loves to travel near and far.  She finds adventure in exploring northern California, enjoying a variety of music venues and festivals, and staying in close contact with her family and friends.    
On a profession level, Roxanne has over 21 years of experience working within the K-12 & community college arenas.  From 1990 through 2004, she was employed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as an Administrative Secretary, 21st Century Grant Coordinator/Before & After School Programs, Student Council Advisor, and a Transportation Scheduler.  At Skyline College, she worked for the Financial Aid Department and the Office of College Development, Marketing, & Public Relations.  And in 2008, Roxanne enthusiastically joined us at San Mateo County Community Foundation as the Development Associate/Administrative Assistant.  
As our Development Associate, Roxanne has been intricately involved in the planning and implementation of several events across the District.  She has worked closely with many of San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation’s committees, the Skyline President’s Council, district administrators, Women on Writing coordinators, scholarship coordinators, donors, students, faculty, and staff.  You will find that she has a pleasant demeanor, excellent communication and leadership skills, and, above all, she is committed to providing outstanding service and support.      
Roxanne enjoys working for San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation, continuing her involvement in donor stewardship and cultivation while working with a team.