Staff News – We Have Lives Too!
Laura’s current charitable focus is the Foundation for Financial Planning, a national organization that supports the delivery of pro-bono financial planning services to those in need, such as cancer patients. She enjoys serving on the board with her colleagues in financial planning, since for the first time on a board, she does not have to be on the investment and finance committee!
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 senior at Fordham University in New York City and will graduate in May. New York is the perfect place for her to pursue her passion for music, media, and design. While Laura misses her only child, the freedom that being an “empty-nester” brings gives her more time to pursue her work and leisure activities.
Mike Nozzarella is in his fourth year as Treasurer of SchoolPower Endowment, an organization that manages SchoolPower’s Endowment Fund and supports an annual teacher grant program for all teachers in the Laguna Beach school district
Mike’s 16-year-old son Dominic keeps him busy when he isn’t at the office. In addition to the typical brutal high school schedule, Dominic participates in Model United Nations, so Mike finds himself debating geopolitical issues as much as discussing new Xbox games. Dominic was in the U.K. for the second consecutive summer in 2017, attending a study program at Cambridge University. Following the program, Mike and Dominic spent a little time vacationing in Europe.
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, kayaking in the Newport Back Bay, good food (waiting for Ho Sum Bistro to reopen), and reading and traveling with his son.
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 freshman in college, enjoying her independence and studying hard.
Mary is on the Program Chair of 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 trying to train their new puppy!
Emily Balmages spends much of her time away from work with her kids: Lola (age 14), Max (age 13) and Zach (age 4). 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) is in the sixth grade, and Wyatt (8) is in 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.