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“Every college needs a vibrant foundation. South County is home to many students with economic need, including foster youth and the homeless. The Gavilan Educational Foundation can raise emergency funds and in-kind donations to cover food, gas, and bus passes. We are working to build up resources and community connections, and taking the college’s educational mission into the community. It’s all about making progress.”    B obbi Jo is a Morgan Hill native with generational roots in the community. Her grandparents grew walnuts in Paradise Valley in 1935, and her grand- father worked at the San Jose Mercury News as a linotype operator. The youngest of five children, she graduated from Live Oak High School and spent a year and a half as an Art major at San Jose State University before shifting her focus to the field of emergency medical response. She enrolled in an EMT program at San Jose City College which led to a position with San Jose Ambulance in 1983. From there, she continued her training at the Daniel Freeman Paramedic School in 1985 and spent the next 12 years working as a paramedic. Bobbi Jo joined “Out & About Magazine” in 2008 and purchased it in 2010. In 2013 the magazine received an GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN outstanding small business award from the City of Gilroy. She sold the magazine but continued as publisher till 2016. In 2017, she landed her “dream job” as Coordinator for the Educational Foundation and Alumni Relations at Gavilan College, bringing several years of experience in fundraising, community engagement, organizing, event planning and publishing to her new role. Today, Bobbi Jo is developing plans to engage local chambers of commerce, industry partners and alumni with the Foundation. Gavilan will mark its 100th anniversary with a year-long celebration including monthly activities culminating in a major 2020 event. Between 2012 and 2017 she got involved in community service by joining and later becoming a board member of the Gilroy Rotary Club and the Gilroy Arts Alliance board. She is also an alumna of Leadership Gilroy’s Class of 2016. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 33