About Rosemarie

I was born in Kremmling in the Colorado Rockies to a ranching and farming family. My parents, aunts and uncles taught me to respect and work with the land, to respect other people and to give back to the community. My mother died when I was eight years old and we moved first to Las Vegas, Nevada and then to Redwood City, California. I graduated from Sequoia High School. During the summers I worked at various jobs to earn money for college and volunteered in a local Head Start program.

I graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in psychology. While there, I took advantage of UC's Education Abroad Program and spent a year at the American University of Beirut. I had intended to pursue a career in clinical psychology, but instead decided to attend San Francisco State University where I obtained a Masters in Research and Development in the Social Sciences through the Education Department. While pursuing that degree, I began working as a research assistant in the Education Group at Stanford Research Institute (later called SRI International).

When the OPEC oil embargo occurred, I was offered a position in SRI's Long Range Planning Service where I could utilize what I had learned in Beirut to assist the Institute's business clients. I stayed in the Planning Service (later renamed the Business Intelligence Program) at SRI for 9 years, working my way up to Associate Program Manager and began work on my MBA at Golden Gate University.

While completing my MBA, Varian Associates offered me a position in their International business operations where I managed a department responsible for Varian's regulatory compliance program for about 16 years. I then worked for another 9 years at Space Systems/Loral as Licensing Manager.

Rosemarie married Steve Smallcombe in Menlo Park, California in 1985. After we married we bought a 40 foot sailboat which we lived on for 7 years, actively, and successfully, racing the boat in the San Francisco Bay.

Now in retirement, we have built a "green" home in Mariposa, California, near Yosemite National Park, and we are very active in local environmental and Democratic organizations. We also hope to find the time to occasionally sail either in a dingy on the pond behind our house or on the boat that was once our home, now berthed in Monterey Bay.

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