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PSAR Member JOHN CARROLL Receives Ostrem Award

Posted by Communications on Mar 22, 2021 10:01:55 AM

John Carroll NewOn January 27, the EastLake Educational Foundation (EEF) presented John Carroll with the Ostrem Award, which is named after the “Father of EastLake” Bill Ostrem, whose leadership and generosity left an indelible mark on the EastLake Community.

John's roots are in Chula Vista. He attended Hilltop High School in the ’80s. In fact, it was there that he met his future wife Susan. They moved to EastLake in 2002 where they raised their twins, JJ and Katie. Later they started Fidelity Title Company.  John and Susan will celebrate their 29th year of marriage this May. 

John was selected for the Ostrem Award because of his generosity and leadership in the community. He invested considerable time, talent, and treasure helping schools his kids attended, including Olympic View Elementary, EastLake Middle School, and EastLake High School. It is during these years that John expanded his commitment to helping all the area public schools by joining the leadership of the Eastlake Educational Foundation. His generous commitment is still felt today.

“John’s efforts have supported the dreams of countless children and have buoyed the ability of local public schools to educate kids for the 21st-century technology-driven world,” said Janet Francis, Executive Director at the EastLake Educational Foundation.

John thanked the EEF and stated he was grateful to receive the OSTREM AWARD. He reflected on a quote from his late friend Corky McMillian, “Treat people with respect, always do the right thing, and good things will follow.”

John’s long-standing commitment to the EEF Board ensured that events and activities were successful year-after-year—events like Taste of EastLake, the Stan Canaris Golf Tournament, and EastLake Cycle & Run. These events culminated in successful fundraising efforts that made it possible for EEF to provide substantial grants annually to EastLake’s public schools. These grants commonly totaled $120,000+ each year which allowed schools to fund technology, educational software, scholarships, and professional development.

Fellow board member Barbara Legg shared: “John’s can-do attitude and warm personality always made everyone feel they were fortunate to be involved in the mission, and his extensive list of contacts ensured that no matter what problem arose, he could get it fixed.”

Long-time friend Michael Minjares shared: “John has epitomized what the OSTREM AWARD means. He has modeled community leadership and generosity even during a difficult personal time in his life. He has inspired me with his courage and character.”

Others in attendance at the virtual award presentation shared their thoughts and reflections about John’s commitment to the community. Stan Canaris, Emeritus EEF Board Member, reflected on the bike shop in Bonita that John’s parents owned, and how the whole family worked together to make it a success. Canaris highlighted how John’s strong character is like his father. Stan went on to say: “John is a role model for his family, as well as his extended family—the EastLake Community.

Susan Mahler recalled how John simply shows up for people in need. She stated: “We are so fortunate that John Carroll is a member of our community. John is an extraordinary role model and his boundless love and care for others is a blessing to all he touches.”

The award was presented to John via Zoom. The presentation can be viewed at

The Ostrem Award


In collaboration with the community, the EastLake Educational Foundation raises funds to provide educational resources for programs in EastLake public schools, ensuring students can succeed in a technology-driven worldEEF granted permission to share this message. 

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PSAR Election Results & 2021 Officers & Board of Directors

Posted by Communications on Jun 29, 2020 10:32:05 AM

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors membership have elected a new slate who will join the 2021 leadership team.  The following leaders were elected as Officers and Directors to serve in 2021.

2021 Election Results
Max Zaker, President-Elect
Sam Calvano Secretary / Treasurer
Mike Anderson Director
Merrie Espina Director
Rafael Perez Director
Amy Ruiz Director
Amber Tannehill Director
Andrea Martino Affiliate Director

These elected leaders will join current board members to form the 2021 leadership team.

The 2021 Officers: 
Ditas Yamane  President
Max Zaker President-Elect
Robert Cromer Immediate Past President
Sam Calvano Treasurer

The 2021 Directors
Peter Mendiola 2020-2021
Jason Lopez 2020-2021
Yvonne Cromer 2020-2021
Mike White 2020-2021
Laurie MacDonald 2020-2021
Mike Anderson 2021-2022 
Merrie Espina 2021-2022 
Rafael Perez 2021-2022 
Amy Ruiz 2021-2022 
Amber Tannehill 2021-2022 
Andrea Martino 2021-2022 Affiliate Director

PSAR is a 501C6 Non-Profit founded in 1928. The organization is led by volunteers who establish the policies that govern our organization. Our mission is to empower REALTORS® to flourish while being accountable to each other, our clients, and our community. We are thankful to all who were nominated to lead PSAR and we are looking forward to great things from both the elected candidates and those who will continue to serve in our committee leadership.