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!
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
Dr. Steven Schoenherr was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1945 and earned his B.A. in History at Indiana University and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Delaware.He moved to San Diego in 1977 and taught in the Department of History at the University of San Diego from 1977 to 2007.