Staff News – We Have Lives Too!
Laura Tarbox spends much of her non-work time these days with the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, which works to encourage philanthropy through donors and the many charities in the Laguna Beach area and beyond.
Laura cherishes her two book groups and makes sure to find time to hike and attend a couple yoga classes each week. Recently, an old friend talked her into participating in her first RAGNAR, where she ran three legs of a 200-mile 24-hour relay race from Huntington Beach to San Diego.
Her daughter, Jane, is a junior at Fordham University in New York City this year, transferring from the University of Maryland. New York is the perfect place for her to pursue her passion for music, media, and design. While Laura misses her only child, the new degree of freedom that being an “empty-nester” brings gives her more time to pursue her work and leisure activities.
Mike Nozzarella recently completed his second and final year as Treasurer of SchoolPower, a fundraising organization that raises over $1 million a year to support Laguna Beach schools. Shortly after Mike relinquished his role as Treasurer he agreed to be a board member, the Treasurer of, and an investment committee member of the Laguna Beach SchoolPower Endowment Fund.
Mike’s 13-year-old son Dominic keeps him busy when he isn’t at the office. In addition to managing the typical middle school schedule, Mike enjoys listening in on Dominic’s guitar and voice lessons. It is a mystery from whom he inherited his vocal talents and this year he participated in the seventh grade talent show, singing and playing “Give a Little Bit.” Dominic also participates in Model United Nations, so Mike finds himself debating geopolitical issues as much as discussing new Xbox games.
Mike is currently working towards an advanced investment-focused designation, the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation. Mike’s other distractions are running stadium steps at Laguna Beach High, weekly “power yoga” classes, good food (have you tried Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen in Laguna Beach?), and reading and traveling with his son. In the summer of 2015 Mike and Dominic already have plans to travel to Japan and Thailand, as well as a half a dozen cities in the Mediterranean.
Mary Sigler likes to spend her time away from work with family and friends. She has three children, Emily, Brian, and Susan. Emily and her husband, Brian, live in San Francisco, where they take advantage of the varied cultural offerings of the city when not working. Brian and his wife, Dayna, reside in Rancho Palos Verdes and are busy with their two young sons and baby daughter. Susan is a senior in high school, where she is the Varsity cheer captain.
Mary is on the Program Chair of the CFA Society of Orange County, and is responsible for coordinating the society’s monthly luncheon meetings, and signature events held throughout the year.
Mary’s husband, George, enjoys his work as an accounting consultant to family-owned manufacturing businesses. Mary and George enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with Ted, the family dog.
A Minnesota native, Paisley has made California her home, adjusting nicely to the mild winters and beach life.
Before her move to southern California, Paisley lived and worked in the bustling city of San Francisco, where she met her boyfriend, Riley, a San Clemente native. Today, Paisley and Riley frequent the state beach, a short walk from their home in San Clemente, and enjoy beer tasting in San Diego.
Paisley loves photography, cooking, practicing yoga, and hiking when she isn’t volunteering for the local organization, Youth Employment Services (YES), or the Student Managed Investment Fund through the CFA Society of Orange County.
Kate recently moved to sunny Orange County after living through too many sub-zero winters in Chicago. Kate enjoys running and biking and recently completed her first triathlon. She plans to run the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland later this year.
Kate was involved with the Ladder Up program in Chicago, which provides income tax assistance to low-income taxpayers. She is looking forward to volunteering with the Orange County United Way VITA program.
In her spare time, Kate enjoys being a navigator for her Dad in road rally events. Their most recent trip was competing in the Mille Miglia race in Italy. Kate is practicing her navigation and stopwatch skills for their next race: the Paris-Prague rally.
Emily Balmages spends much of her time away from work with her kids: Lola (age 13), Max (age 11) and Zach (age 3). Lola is an avid reader and a talented artist. She is also a wonderful babysitter and helper with her little brothers. Max loves all sports, especially soccer. Zach loves superheroes, especially Spiderman. He also likes doing puzzles and jumping on his trampoline.
When they aren’t spending weekends at school functions or baseball games, Emily, Lola, Max and Zachary enjoy swimming, roller skating, and bodysurfing at the local beaches, and spending time with their extended family.
Emily is an OC native who spent several years in the Bay Area attending college, working, and starting a family. She returned to OC a few years ago and is elated to be back home. When she’s not working or tending to her kids, Emily enjoys running, weightlifting, swimming and cooking.
Natalie Banasiak enjoys being with her family of four and spending time outdoors. Between PTA, sports, and hobbies, Natalie finds herself very busy. She is starting her seventh year on PTA and will be serving as Assemblies Chair & World’s Fair Chair for her son’s elementary school this year. She feels it is important to be involved with her children’s education and foresees more PTA projects in the future. Luke (11) will be going into the sixth grade, and Wyatt (8) will be going into third grade.
Natalie is currently a Den Leader for Wyatt’s Cub Scout Pack. They just finished their fifth year of Cub Scouts, accomplished all of Luke’s Webelos requirements, and are now ready to take on a new year filled with adventure as Luke moves on to Boy Scouts and Wyatt’s third year as a Bear!
When Natalie does have time for herself, she likes reading, walking her dog Charlie, and just hanging out with family and friends.
Sarah loves to travel and visit new places. When she isn’t traveling she spends her free weekends with her boyfriend Tyler and their two dogs. Having a Siberian Husky and an Akita turned out to be another full-time job!
Sarah was born and raised in Orange County, and most of her immediate family still lives locally. Sarah’s sister and brother-in-law live in New Orleans, and she travels to see them as much as possible. She spends every other Christmas there with her family, one of her favorite traditions.