Vice-President 2021 – present
Sandra Scheller was born in Chula Vista and growing up in the last house on 5th Ave and was known as “ Sax” 5th Ave. Sandra was a professional mime in the 70’s and in the 80’s returned to teach at Chula Vista High. Even after moving to Las Vegas, Nevada she continued to return “home” to visit her parents.
Mitch Beauchamp has been around National City for 75 years. His wife for 53 years, Martha, and two daughters, Vanessa Beth, and Nolina Lynn, are all National City natives (both daughters being Phi Beta Kappas!). While working as the manager of a Mexican railroad, he also took on Mexican citizenship, all the time loathing spicy food!
Susan Ohle Johnson
Susan was born in the mountains of North Carolina. Her youth was spent in the Blue Ridge Mountains as part of Celo Community and attending the local schools from South Toe Elementary to East Yancey High. In 1971, she graduated from New College, in Sarasota, FL with a degree in Psychology & Child Development. A gap year after graduation was spent exploring N.W. Africa, from Morocco, thru Mali, Upper Volta and Algeria.
Director – Past President
Ceasar Castro has lived all his life in the South Bay. His family lived in Otay. In 1959 his parents bought a home in Chula Vista and moved to a house on H Street between 1st and 2nd street. Ceasar moved to Bonita in 1972. After 40 years in Bonita, his family moved to the Rolling Hills area of Chula Vista.
Director – Membership/Bulletin Editor
Peter was born 1931 in Los Angeles, California in 1932, moved to Glendale, CA, where he grew up. He received degrees in economics from UCLA, USC, and University of Missouri. His military duty was 2 years in U. S. Army during Korean War assigned to Stateside duty. He spent 26 years as a volunteer with the Chula Vista Heritage Museum and helped write and publish Images of America: Chula Vista and Then & Now: Chula Vista with Frank Roseman.
Director – Archives
Patty Huffman was born in Oceanside, CA, in 1930 and moved to Chula Vista six months later. She attended F Street School (The Chula Vista Library is now at this location), Chula Vista Junior, and Sweetwater High. Her senior year was spent at the new Chula Vista High which was housed at Brown Field. She attended SDSU and graduated from Whittier with a teaching credential.
Aurora-Marie Dolopo Zhivago
Aurora-Marie Dolopo Zhivago is an American Cartoonist and Published Children’s Book Author, “The Sakura”. Based in Chula Vista, California since 1996. Her pen-name is Dr. Zhivago, nicknamed by Surgeons and Anesthesiologists she assisted as a former Surgical Scrub nurse for over 18 years of her medical career. With both Fashion Design Degree a Degree in Surgical Technology, Dr. Zhivago’s dream is to create Cartoons and Educate local youth. An Environmental Theme is the spirit of her Cartoon characters and Education is the foundation.
Founder and Historian emeritus
- Bonita: Images of America book with Mary Oswell was published by Arcadia in September, 2009.
- The Chula Vista Centennial book was published by the city of Chula Vista in August 2011.
- Appointed to the Chula Vista Historic Preservation Commission in Jan. 2012.
- The South Bay Historical Society was founded in August 2013.
- The Great Flood of 1916 exhibit opened in the Chula Vista Heritage Museum Jan. 27, 2016.
- The Rohr exhibit opened in the Chula Vista Heritage Museum Jan. 29, 2017.
- Alaska Inside Passage cruise Sept. 2-9, 2017.