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ALAIN PINEL R EALTORS is Dedicated to Excellence, and it is in that spirit that we welcome these outstanding real estate professionals to our Menlo Park Office
ELYSE BARCA 650.743.0734 firstname.lastname@example.org Elyse has been recognized as a top producing Realtor since her first year in real estate when she was named "Rookie of the Year." A long time Atherton resident, she has been a full time Realtor since 1987, specializing in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula region, encompassing Burlingame and Hillsborough to the north and south to Los Altos. Elyse belongs to a select network of top agents from Northern California and an international referral group of highly successful real estate agents in their respective areas.
WILLA FALK 650.207.1093 email@example.com Backed by 20+ years of executive success, Willa Falk offers the leadership and sophistication to excel in high-end real estate. She specializes in the communities of Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Since 1997, results reflect strength in negotiation, an earnest connection to her clients' needs, and the superior service associated with top professionals. Mastering the skills of marketing and product development throughout her business career, Willa provides a perspective on buying and selling that few other agents can reach.
DAVE HOBSON 650.464.3279 firstname.lastname@example.org Raised on the Peninsula, Dave knows his hometowns of Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto. Learning the business at an early age in his familyâ€™s real estate company, sales and marketing of fine properties has been a lifelong career for Dave. After a successful career in sales, Dave moved into management giving him an extraordinary level of knowledge that few in this industry can match. With over 30 years in the industry, Daveâ€™s credentials are a tremendous asset in providing an outstanding level of professionalism to every transaction.
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Antonisha Fuller, left works on her Youth of the Year speech with mentor Ruby Fong.
Finding safety, family, hope
Antonisha Fuller named Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
“I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.” — Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
t’s impossible to believe this girl was ever shy. With a smile that can light up the darkest corners of a memory, 18-year-old Antonisha Fuller talked about the hard road that brought her to the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, and now, nine years later, led to her selection as its Menlo Park Youth of the Year. “What child wants to come into this world asking to have a mother as a high school dropout and a father as a drug abuser? Imagine the experience of instability, living in 18 different homes before the age of 17,” she
said, speaking before the City Council on April 5. “Unfortunately this is my reality.” She shared images from childhood: Standing in the rain, barefooted, a 9-year-old girl in thin clothes waiting for a father who’d forgotten to come get her. A mother who said she wished Antonisha and her five siblings had never been born. Finding escape in books, especially “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, works which inspired her to start writing her own story and dream of a better life. “I tell you tonight, the cycle stops with me, Antonisha Fuller,” she finished. She is one of six children, the only one to earn a diploma when she graduates from MenloAtherton High School this year. Along the way, the young girl found family at the Boys & Girls Club.
Ruby Fong, teen director at the club, radiates a warmth that explains the close bond she has with the kids. “She’s like a mother to me. I never told her that,” Antonisha said. Of all the kids at the club, Ms. Fong observed, Antonisha is the one she relies upon to get things done, and done well. She remembered a time when staff was struggling with a group of 9- and 10-year old girls. Antonisha said without prompting, you know what, I think we need to do something about that.’ “I said, what? She said, ‘Yeah, we need to start a dance class.’ So she did, and those girls still look at her as a mentor, even now that they’re in middle school,” Ms. Fong said.
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