As a lifelong Imperial Valley resident, Madeline Willis has touched the lives of countless parents and children living in Imperial. As both educator and administrator for 40 years, her well-deserved retirement now affords her quality time with her own six grandchildren and to keep in close contact with those she worked alongside for so many years.
The labor involved in producing a printed issue of a magazine is harder than anyone who has never done it can imagine. Fortunately for the readers of Valley Women Magazine, Deidre DuBose was blissfully unaware of this fact when she accepted the job as the magazine’s editor five years ago.
Born in San Diego, a graduate of Grossmont High and then the University of California, Humbolt, Jennifer Donatt served five years in corporate human resources for Copley Newspapers, owners of the San Diego Union and Evening Tribune in La Jolla. She then worked nine years in executive administration working directly for Helen and David Copley.
The stately country manor Jessica Coyne shares with her husband, Travis, and sons Braden, 4, and Brody, 2, is a home Jessica has had a connection with since she was a little girl. Brett and Tammy Driscoll, who built the home in 1995, and Jessica’s parents, Mark and Ginna Gaddis, were close family friends at the time. While growing up, Jessica spent many happy hours swimming and playing with the Driscoll’s daughter, Demi, on the property.