2021 Jan. Mag.

{PHOTO CREDIT: FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY - GRAPHIC CREDIT: CERESE DOLMAN}

 

Denise Smith is a creative and passion driven leader with over 29 years of non-profit and volunteer experience who uses her carefully honed people skills in fund raising, event planning and program development. A dedicated volunteer to her community and public education, she has worked to implement positive change for students of all ages. She studied Fashion Merchandising and Design and puts the skills learned from her past career in store management to use in volunteering. She has lived in six states and has enjoyed calling each one home.


She is currently a resident of northern California’s Bay Area and is married to her high school sweetheart and husband of 33 years and is the mother of two sons (ages 29 and 23). After Denise retired from retail to raise her sons, she began volunteering in their public schools and parent organizations. She quickly became a community leader and school activist, working closely with school boards and administrations in fund raising and district operations. Denise continues to use her skills in problem identification and solving and is experienced with directing large volunteer and student populations of diverse ages and backgrounds to help her community.


She is a proud member of The Links, Incorporated and The Girl Friends, Incorporated. Denise is concentrating on bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) learning virtually to students within the Western Area for the Links, Incorporated in a broader reach during the pandemic. Denise has also rediscovered a love of painting with oil on canvas.

6 Responses

Terry Joyner

Terry Joyner

January 05, 2021

Denise is my childhood friend and is such a beautiful woman. We grew up across the street from one another in Oklahoma City. I’m so proud of her and all her accomplishments to give back to the communities where her family resided. Keep up the great work my Link sister.

Terry Joyner

Terry Joyner

January 05, 2021

Denise is my childhood friend and is such a beautiful woman. We grew up across the street from one another in Oklahoma City. I’m so proud of her and all her accomplishments to give back to the communities where her family resided. Keep up the great work my Link sister.

Georgia Hamilton

Georgia Hamilton

January 03, 2021

Denise is my dear sister-in-law. While I have not been privy to any of her public organizatioal pursuits, I certainly know her on a personal level. Denise is a loving, dedicated wife and mother. She is deep thinker and has astounded me on numerous occasions with her ability to see things from an elevated perspective. And, yes, she is definitely a people person.

Nell Walker

Nell Walker

January 02, 2021

Denise is truly a lovely and classy person. Our families have been close friends for 35 years. It’s always special when we visit each other.

Nell Walker

Nell Walker

January 02, 2021

Denise is truly a lovely and classy person. Our families have been close friends for 35 years. It’s always special when we visit each other.

Emily Blanck

Emily Blanck

December 30, 2020

Denise is a Gem and a Star! Her dedication to educating youth is amazing!! Her organizational skills are prodigious and her people skills are fantastic l!

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