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Martie Meyer is The Carmel Valley Life’s 858Teen Founder & Director. She is a Carmel Valley resident, mother to a wonderful family, former Art Director for a National Magazine, and a former radio personality. Additionally, she has published and designed several books. In the past, she mentored teens with the San Diego Children’s Coalition and is now bringing her expertise and experience to The Carmel Valley Life. Martie Meyer, and a group of local Carmel Valley San Diego parents, are spearheading our mentoring program for our young editors. Martie and her team are responsible for being accessible to the teens should they need any help fulfilling their duties as “858Teen Editors.”
Rich Mino, a financial advisor with Del Mar Financial Partners, Inc., works closely with families and small businesses in the Carmel Valley area. He is passionate about making a difference in his community through financial literacy programs, and focuses on building strong relationships with all of his clients so that he can be a resource to them where needed most. An active member of the Del Mar Kiwanis, Rich supports his Carmel Valley community through local service projects, and by sponsoring the Builders Club and Key Club leadership programs at Carmel Valley Middle and Torrey Pines High Schools. In 2012, he is working to implement a financial literacy educational program to help prepare and educate kids with the challenges that they will face as they begin and graduate from college. He is a registered representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Securities dealer and registered investment advisor. Del Mar Financial Partners, Inc. is independently owned and operated. 12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 280, San Diego, CA 92130. 438300 DOFU 01/2012
Tami Walsh, M.A. is President of the San Diego based teen and family empowerment company, Teen Wisdom™ Inc. Tami started the first life coaching company for teen girls in the U.S.A. and is committed to impacting millions of girls worldwide with the message, “because knowing and honoring yourself is true wisdom.” Tami has appeared on several local and national radio and television stations including: KUSI, San Diego 6, TLC, Fox and NBC. Currently Tami can be seen in the feature film, “The Compass” with other world renowned speakers and authors including Joe Vitale and Brian Tracy. Tami is a graduate of UCLA and received her Master’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University.
School: High Tech High International, Class of 2013
Fun Facts: He has worked for the United States Department of Commerce, a hair salon and a non-profit. He’s currently involved in multiple political advocacy groups. Despite being an all-honors student, he also finds time to volunteer with a few religious groups.
Favorites: He loves “Power, Faith and Fantasy” by Michael Oren, “Start Up Nation”, “Steve Jobs” and “Limmasol”.
Dreams: He hopes to attend Columbia University next fall, and then make aliyah to Israel to start his own company.
School: Junior at The Bishop’s School
Favorites: I enjoy photography and photojournalism. I love how pictures can freeze a moment in time and allow that moment to always be revisited. Pictures, however, are only part of the entire moment; even though you can capture the moment there are always a variety of things happening outside of the picture frame that are left for your imagination. Photography triggers imagination; that is the magic of it.
Interests: I am very interested in analyzing the way people think and respond to certain situations. I would like to one day pursue a career that uses that analyzing to create a positive impact on the world. I am a modern dancer as well as a soccer player and in my free time I enjoy taking pictures and yoga.
Dream: I would someday like to travel the world and immerse myself in many different cultures. I want to understand and reach the hearts of as many people as possible. And of course, I would document all of my travels.
School: Carmel Valley Middle School
Dream: Santiago hopes to one day become a documentary film director and producer. He also hopes to write and make Hollywood films.
Interests: He enjoys reading almost as much as he enjoys writing; my favorite book is The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Santiago have had an interest in the art of cinema ever since he could remember. From an early age, Santiago has been mesmerized by the beauty of the lines said and the actors on the big screen. While many kids have a hard time trying to figure out what they want to do after they get out of school, Santiago knew right off the bat that he wanted to be involved in the world of cinema somehow. Aside from that, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with family and friends. In addition, Santiago is very interested in being involved in things much larger than himself. For example, he is a part of many non-profit organizations whose goals are to help people and communities all over the world (i.e. Japan, Africa, and the Untied States).
Journey: He was born in San Diego on August 14, 1998 and has had a wonderful life growing up in the Carmel Valley area.
School: Torrey Pines High School
Journey: I was born and have lived in Michigan most of my life, and moved to California a little over 5 years ago. Time sure passes by fast, but the lifestyle here in California is very fun and exciting, and I feel like I’ve adapted relatively seamlessly. There’s still always going to be a place in my heart for my hometown though, of course.
Favorites: Some of my favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien), Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck), Holes (Louis Sachar) and of course, the Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling).
Interests: I’m obsessed with performance/theatre and/or art-related things. I spend most of my time out in the community volunteering for events or planning them, and then reading novels at home when I have free time aside from schoolwork. I also like to write poems and stories when I’m feeling idle. Finally, I’m always listening to a song, thinking about a song, humming a song, singing a song, or a combination of these; music is as big a part of my life as any other.
Fun Facts: As of the current moment, I can speak three languages: English, Chinese, and Japanese, and hope to learn more languages later on. I definitely hope to one day be able to communicate with people around the world. I started playing the piano at age 3 and am still in love with it, and want to be able to play as many instruments as possible in the future!
Dream: One day I’d like to be a teacher or work in an organization that does good for my community. I want to not be forgotten after I’m done because I made some sort of positive impact on the world. I hope my life will be filled with friends and love and joy.
Name: Layla Mazdyasni, 858Teen Contributor and Outside the Lens Youth Councilor
School: Sophomore at Torrey Pines High School (following in the footsteps of my older brother and sister)
Dream: I want to spend the rest of my life surrounded by happiness and kind hearted people. I love the sunshine and the pouring rain; everyday is just as beautiful as the one before and the one to follow. My dream is to travel the world, learning about new cultures and cuisines. Some day, I hope to teach underprivileged children how to ice skate. I want to share my passion with kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.
Favorites: My favorite days are those jam packed with different activities, different places to visit, and different people to see.
Interests: From a young age, I found interest in documenting my adventures with a camera. I was amazed at how you could click a simple button, and capture a lifetime’s worth of memories. Crazy, isn’t it? Before my passion for photography came my passion for figure skating.
Name: Jordan Friedman, Junior Sports Editor and 858Teen Contributor
School: Carmel Valley Middle School
Journey: Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of four, he and his family moved to Carmel Valley San Diego. Surprisingly, even after living in Florida and San Diego, he is still not much of a beach person. Jordan currently plays water polo at CCHS. Every year, Jordan goes to a “sleep away” camp in Minnesota where he goes a full month without technology. Jordan hopes to attend Standford for college.
Favorites: Jordan is a huge New York Yankees, Raiders and San Francisco Giants fan. His favorite book is Lone Survivor. He admires his Dad and Derek Jeter.
Interests: He loves to play and watch all kinds of sports. Additionally, he enjoys reading, playing fantasy sports, and collecting old baseball cards. Jordan loves to travel, and New York is my favorite vacation spot.
Name: Skylar Park, 858Teen Contributor and Outside the Lens Youth Councilor
School: Senior at La Jolla High School
Dream: I hope to one day, through the power of film and journalism, change the way people view the world.
Favorites: Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated with the power of words. Through writing, one is able to create a magical world that the reader can step into. The whimsical words and imagery have the power to pull us into the story. At first glance, the page is filled with a maze of random words that make no coherent sense, but once the reader delves into the carefully shaped sentences, he or she becomes a part of the story. This expands our thoughts and ideas, creating new passions or opinions.
Interests: When I was in middle school, I learned about the world of photography and film production, forming a new passion. Writing, videography and photography are similar in that they can create an emotion or moment and make it seem as if it is alive. I now find myself writing scripts, editing film, and taking pictures hours on end and I love every minute of it. avid figure skater.
Name: Morgan Chen, 858Teen Contributor and Member of Outside the Lens
School: The Bishop’s School in La Jolla
Fun Facts: She has written two articles for literary magazine, Teen Ink, and has published some poems in youth anthologies. She describes herself as a “storyteller” because she loves creating and telling stories.
Favorites: She loves books and is a die-hard fan of Harry Potter (she is the head of the Harry Potter Club at her school). Her favorite band is Panic! At the Disco and she loves watching Glee. She’s a theatre geek as well, and she hopes to one day see all of her favorite actors on Broadway.
Interests: Besides writing and reading, Morgan enjoys music and plays the piano and the guitar. Her favorite band is Panic! At the Disco and she loves watching Glee. She’s a theatre geek as well, and . In her spare time she likes to learn photography.