Who is the most inspirational human in Santa Cruz County?

lt raeI’d say it’s Rene Schlaepfer, the pastor for Twin Lakes Church. Very, very inspirational. He really inspires people to get out there and be in the community, community service, helping the homeless, food drives, missions right here in our own community with the schools, without asking for anything in return.

Rae Boerema
Aptos | Financial Strategist

lt charlie1My daughters, Emilie (11) and Bella (9), who are fearless due to their love for biking and competition. They travel all over the West just to race BMX in the biggest races and stiffest competition they can find.

Charlie Stevens
Santa Cruz | Attorney

lt todNina Simon [of MAH]. The work she does to create spaces in museums
that facilitate meaningful experiences is truly inspiring.

Tod Nysether
Santa Cruz | Alchemist

lt vistoriaFor me the most inspiring person is Nancy Ailsworth. She’s our adviser/teacher at Alternative Family Education, and if it wasn’t for her I think I would have given up on homeschooling a long time ago.

Victoria Harder
Santa Cruz | Homeschooling Parent

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My vote for most inspiring person in Santa Cruz is Phil Kaplan. He has been running the “No Attitudes Allowed” beach volleyball tournaments for more than 20 years. Besides being an event that fosters positive, healthy competition, Phil’s tournaments have also raised more than $59,000 for various local and global nonprofits.

Ian Webb
Santa Cruz | Graphic Designer

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Matthew is a California native and has lived in Santa Cruz for 34 years. A sculptor, photographer, avid biker and professional disc golfer, he has played tournaments in more than ten states and is the winner of the 2002 New Zealand Championships. 

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