Sacramento native Tim Engle cultivated a passion for photography in his early teens and has since successfully turned that love into a full time career. Flowing seamlessly between portraits, fashion, avant-garde, and commercial photography, KVIE PBS selected him as one of California’s Master Photographers in 2011. In addition to his paid work, Tim volunteers for the Preston Castle Foundation as a photo docent and Halloween Haunt organizer, as well as organizing the Click Monkey’s meetup group for photographers. Tim’s first priority is his role as husband and father, but photography and creative direction are a close second. He feels fortunate to be able to work professionally in a field he has loved for so long.
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A Good Alternative
Offering help and options during pregnancy
Claudette was single and pregnant. She felt hurt, angry and confused, so she made an appointment at Sacramento’s Alternatives Pregnancy Center.
Along for the Ride
Second chances for needy horses
Alyssah Schafer was born with a congenital heart defect and has never been able to run or compete in sports. Over time, her friends drifted away, and the girl became depressed. But then she met a mustang named Montana at All About Equine, a horse rescue and rehabilitation organization in El Dorado Hills.
Men of character guiding fatherless youth
Bill Coibion’s commitment to transforming lives in his Del Paso Heights neighborhood began in the mid-1990s when he launched the nonprofit Shoulder to Shoulder. He had just become a Christian and felt called to encourage men to be “servant-leaders” at home, in church and in their communities.
A Cut Above
Empowering women with salon skills
The Trade is making a difference in the lives of impoverished and abused women, one haircut at a time.
Learning to Live Again
Disabled sports bring fresh perspectives
Doug Pringle lost a leg to the Vietnam War in 1968. He was recovering at the Presidio of San Francisco hospital the day World War II veterans stopped by for a visit.
Living With Intention
New Opportunities for a life of sobriety
John Lewis Sullivan was addicted to drugs at age 13, stealing to support his habit and generally making mischief of varying degrees. He’s since spent 18 of his 42 years in jail or in California’s prison system.
Moving Beyond the Mentor
Workplace sponsorships and why women need them
Kate Renwick-Espinosa was weeks into a four-month maternity leave from VSP Vision Care when her boss called and asked to stop by.
Determining whether an organization is worth your money
Charities come in all sizes, dedicated to myriad causes, and generous donations to a small, do-good organization sometimes will make a big difference.
Making dreams come true in the golden years
Doris Hobbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Sacramento River Cats game. Harriet Antonides at last became a Girl Scout at age 100. And Mino Ohye, who hadn’t seen his beloved brother in 60 years, in January would fly to Japan for a reunion.
Out of Darkness
A bright future for the blind
Shane Snyder has been fighting his whole life. He is 46 years old and has Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting hearing and vision.
An overcorrected workers' comp system seeks balance
In 2003, California’s workers’ compensation rates led the nation, setting off a debate about the cost of doing business here. Enter former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his sweeping 2004 reforms to the system — everything from disability payments to medical care guidelines to return-to-work benefits got an overhaul.
Leveraging social media for a nonprofit cause
Monica Gonzalez recently logged onto the Facebook page of Weave Inc., an organization that treats survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, to post a simple message about how the nonprofit helped her overcome a nightmarish ordeal.
On the job training for students in need
Juliana Espinoza was a bashful teenager until last summer when she began a year-long internship at Junior Achievement of Sacramento.
Helping at-risk youth achieve beyond their limits
A teenage boy walks through dangerous gang territory to reach the train that will take him from his low-income neighborhood to a private high school in Sacramento where almost no one knows his story.
Working Lunch with Bradley Hudson
Bradley J. Hudson, 53, was hired as the Sacramento County executive in mid-August. With more than 25 years of administrative experience in civic government, he most recently served as the city manager of Riverside.
Driven to Win
A life-changing turnabout behind the wheel
At age 15, Erik Self sneaked into the home of a friend’s mother and, when she got out of bed to investigate the noise, stabbed her repeatedly with a survival knife. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and burglary.
Gift of Sight
Local company provides vision for the underserved
Each year, Rancho Cordova-based Vision Service Plan provides free, annual, comprehensive eye examinations and eyewear to 50,000 underserved children throughout the country.
Working Lunch with Allen Warren
Not unlike most Capital Region developers, New Faze Development
has been through some very serious and trying financial scenarios
during the past four years. The North Sacramento-based company
has abandoned projects, lost properties and seen its lenders go
out of business.
Life expectancy rates for women are declining in some communities
Women in some parts of the United States are dying younger than they did a generation ago.
Decade of Champions
Women in Philanthropy celebrates 10 years
It’s been more than 10 years since Char Donnermeyer sat in a communitywide forum to determine which charitable cause needed her attention. The United Way had tapped Donnermeyer and two others to start a group that women around the region could rally behind.
Working Lunch with Marty Keller
The politics of small business
There is a distinction between being pro business and being pro small business, at least according to Marty Keller. He hopes to use this distinction to unify a mostly silent force of 3.5 million small-business owners and give them a voice — and perhaps the ability — to dramatically reshape the California Legislature in 2012.
Working Lunch with George Grinzewitsch, Jr.
It was recently reported by the U.S. Department of Labor that worker productivity was down for the second quarter in a row. This downward trend does not surprise George Grinzewitsch, Jr.
Working lunch with Rob Killgore
Mattress matters and Sleep Train success
A job well done will pay off in your retirement
If you’re in the sleep business or, more specifically, work for Sleep Train Mattress Centers or one of its two West Coast subsidiaries, that’s your mantra.
Working lunch with Michele Skupic
Insurance ebbs and flows
Michele Skupic has been around the title insurance business long enough to recognize a turning tide.
Why so few women-owned businesses hit seven figures
Today, there are more than 8 million women-owned businesses in America, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in annual revenue. Women continue to launch enterprises at a faster rate than the national average, according to the latest Census data. In fact, women have been launching and growing businesses faster than men for the past two decades.
Setting the table for the capital cluster
State trade groups generate nearly $90 billion in annual spending nationwide through education and training programs, meeting products and services, and local, state and federal taxes, according to the California Society of Association Executives. Roughly 15 percent of that is spent right here in California, and much of it winds up in the till of the hospitality industry.
Working Lunch with Ben Ilfeld
Ben Ilfeld thinks a down economy coupled with a decline in print advertising is just what the doctor ordered. He and four other co-founders used the scenario to launch the Sacramento Press online in late 2008.
Working lunch with Mark Jansen
According to Mark Jansen, Blue Diamond Growers is a 100-year-old brand that is just now reaching its potential. It’s this goal of establishing the Blue Diamond brand as the world’s No. 1 producer of almonds and almond-related products that lured the lifelong Midwesterner to California with his family late last summer.
KlickNation gains traction in mobile gaming
The market for social gaming in America will reach an estimated $1.25 billion in 2011, and social gaming startups — which didn’t exist three years ago — will account for about $835 million of that total, according to Inside Network Inc., a data collection firm that monitors Facebook, apps and the gaming industry. Sacramento’s own KlickNation Corp., a Facebook-game developer staffed by gaming addicts, techies and three former Marvel Comics artists, is one such small firm with big aspirations.
Working lunch with Beth Walter
In 2002 Michael Walter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but to his wife, Beth, the diagnosis just didn’t seem to fit the symptoms. So she Googled “ALS brain-related disease” — frontotemporal degeneration popped up.
Female winemakers gain market share
When Gay Callan left her Bay Area sales job to grow grapes in the Sierra foothills in the early 1980s, people told her that she — a city slicker and a woman to boot — was crazy.
Working lunch with Kris Vogt
It’s a Capital Region paradox. The bad news for home builders is that very few new homes are going up. The good news for existing-home sales is that very few new homes are going up.
Is your insurance coverage enough to survive a disaster
Having a comprehensive disaster management plan in place alongside a robust and comprehensive insurance package is vital for any business owner hoping to survive a worst-case scenario.
Working Lunch with Donna Bland
Like other businesses, The Golden 1 Credit Union has absorbed its share of economic blows since 2008. But the largest credit union in California has long prided its fiscally conservative approach to finance.
Cognitive impairment claims challenge real estate plans
Lesli Pletcher’s parents were not extravagantly wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. However, true to form of a couple raised during the Great Depression, they were frugal and financially cautious so that, by the end of their lives, they had amassed a substantial estate capable of easily sustaining Pletcher’s father in his $9,000-a-month Alzheimer’s care facility.
Working lunch with Brice Harris
More than 40 years ago, Brice Harris entered education leadership and vowed never to use money — or lack thereof — as an excuse for the performance of the higher-learning institutions he served. However, he now insists the California Community Colleges System cannot adequately serve the student population without more state funding.
Working Lunch with Gerry Kamilos
Perseverance. If nothing else, you have to give Gerry Kamilos credit for that.
Working Lunch with Matina Kolokotronis
Matina Kolokotronis was on maternity leave from a local law firm when she got the phone call that changed her career. The caller said: “Hello, this is Geoff Petrie with the Sacramento Kings. I understand that you’re Greek and that you’re a lawyer. We just drafted a Greek player by the name of Peja Stojakovic, and we need some help with his contract.”
Working Lunch with Ray Kerridge
Given the current economics of local government, one might think it’s the perfect time to flee to the private sector. Not so for Ray Kerridge.
Fountain of Youth
The role of bioidentical hormones during menopause
Unless you get on the wrong airplane or harbor a relentless cancer, doctors say you can pretty much count on living to be 90. A hundred years ago, it was age 50. For many women, that would have meant dying before menopause. Now it means living half a lifetime with hormones on the fritz.
Long-term insurance today, long-term assurance tomorrow
When 52-year-old Rosey Ramsey had a stroke in August 2002 she was one of the lucky ones.
Proper planning makes all the difference for caregivers
When his mother fell for the second time, Steve Smith was ready to put the plan in motion.
Balancing the Burdens
Helping patients and hospitals make difficult choices
A growing senior population is changing the way society approaches life and death. “People are dying differently now,” says Judy Citko, executive director of the Coalition for Compassionate Care. In the past, patients had to choose between giving up on treatment or forging ahead with sometimes drastic measures. In contrast to the traditional focus on treatment of individual episodes at any physical and financial cost, medical experts, patients and their families are demanding a new way of approaching their final months and years.
Working Lunch with Julia Burrows
Although she can’t recall an aha moment that launched her interest, Julia Burrows says she has been passionate about all things green and sustainable as long as she can remember.
Working Lunch with Christopher Artinian
It was the end of 2008 when the economic dominoes began to fall: Lehman Brothers was upside-down, housing crashed, the stock market swooned, banks faltered and the domestic car industry all but went belly up. It wasn’t the best of times to be a high-end American steakhouse.
The old ways of construction are messy
Construction projects aren’t known for their efficiencies and streamlined processes.
A new era for a historic Auburn property
A serendipitous land purchase in Auburn is breathing life into a town property hard-hit by the economy.
How one man built a life constructing classics
The year was 1943, the world was at war and Dick Bertolucci cruised the streets of Sacramento in his first car — a black ’33 Chevy Roadster. He was 13 and didn’t have a license.
Elk Grove company finds success
Rick Bishop is a resolution rebel, and a successful one at that.
An animal sanctuary's fresh look on life
When a mangy white cat wandered out of the oak woodland and into the lap of Lynne Powlesland, the Folsom resident knew immediately that she had made a new friend.