Who We Are
Founded in 2009, at Bread for the Journey of Santa Cruz County (BFJSCC) we raise and grant seed money to inspired (and inspiring!) individuals and groups to help them bring their projects to life. We love practicing generosity, nourishing our connections as “Caretakers of BFJSCC”, our community and supporting projects that will benefit underserved populations in the areas of education, arts, environment and basic needs in Santa Cruz County. Our Motto is “Imagining GREEN!” (“Greenbacks to Give, Growing Things, and Nurturing Green Lifestyles”)
Harriet Kimble Wrye, Ph.D.
Founding Member of BFJSCC is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice and Buddhist practitioner ordained by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing. Author of Pulling Up Stakes: Stepping Into Freedom she and her husband, Jim Wheeler live on 12 acres in Aptos, CA with their five llamas, two horses and two dogs. I teach “Sculpting a Life with Passion and Purpose” and believe in giving back for the incredible opportunities and riches I have enjoyed in my life. BFJ’s mission of practicing generosity in community fits me to a “T!”
As Founder and CEO of thewiredwoman – Kate Roberts helps organizations from the corporate, non-profit and public sectors solidify their strategy and accelerate growth by utilizing analytical rigor and actionable approaches to achieve short and long term goals.www.thewiredwoman.com
Over her 25 years in the high tech industry Kate Roberts created and implemented strategic solutions in sales, marketing, partner management, and corporate social responsibility. Most recently, Kate spent a decade at Cisco Systems, Inc. leading strategic initiatives and creating successful partnerships with the United Nations, USAID and other global partners to further tech education and workforce development in the developing world.
Kate’s varied non-profit board experience spans both the social and environmental spectrum at the regional and national level. In addition, as a volunteer ambassador with Save the Children, she led a women’s empowerment delegation to Ethiopia and Uganda, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with CARE to raise funds and awareness for their community-based programs in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Kate graduated with honors from the University of California at Irvine and received a post-graduate certificate in cross-sector partnership from Cambridge University in England. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and knitting. A native Californian, she lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband.
Donna DeGrande has over 25 years of organizational development and executive human resources experience.
As an organizational consultant, she focuses on executive and management coaching, organizational strategy, leadership/employee development, performance management and organizational behavior.
As the founder and President/CEO of HR Solutions Partners (http://www.hrspi.com), Donna and her team have worked with over 300 companies in Northern California, providing outsourced HR solutions to include HR Consulting Services, HR Help Desk Support, Interim HR Staffing and HR Search.
She continues to serve on boards and board committees for corporate clients, professional organizations and non-profits
Jule Hilton is a Financial Advisor with Zuk Financial Group and is located in Santa Cruz, California. An Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) for National Planning Corporation, Jule holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 66 registrations. Her practice is built on industry knowledge, service and integrity.
A former high school teacher, teacher trainer and Principal with a Doctorate in Education, Jule utilizes her experience to educate her clients on strategies designed to achieve financial security. She has found that, “Just as my students and teachers came to me with their hopes, dreams and fears about the future so do my clients. It is my job to help them identify the necessary steps to financial security and be their coach and partner in that process.”
A specialist in retirement planning, Jule is frequently invited to present educational seminars for schools, colleges, and education professional organizations. Jule has developed extensive knowledge in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and the State Teacher Retirement System (STRS). She also does seminars on investment and retirement planning for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
She has lived on Monterey Bay for over 25 years, and can’t imagine being anywhere else. She is proud of her two grown children, grandchild and her work with the local community. As Jule says, “My life has been and is about making people’s dreams come true. What could be more rewarding?”