Meet Our Board

The Mt. Diablo Business Women Board of Directors consists of leaders across many areas of expertise. The Board provides governance and leadership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent and energy to further the mission of the organization.

Historian, MDBW Founder


Mary Schulze has been a realtor for Intero for the past sixteen years.  She holds GRI and SRES designations, and finishing her CRS designation. She is a “green realtor” specializing in finding homes that meet the green standards for safe living. Mary is a graduate of California State at Hayward, with a BS in Health Science and Marketing. She has worked as a nurse, owned her own business, Bay Area’s Best, an advertising firm in Contra Costa.  During that time, Mary founded Mt. Diablo Business Women. She also served on the Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors for two terms, and the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce for three terms. 

She is married, grandmother to three grandsons, loves music, plays the piano, enjoys cooking, and playing with her giant Schnoodle, Maxx.

Interim President


Since joining our organization in 2004, Trudy Triner has served on the Board as Hospitality, President Elect, President and Past President. She has returned this year as the Director of Membership. After retiring from Kaiser Permanente in 2013, along with her son, John Foley, Trudy co-founded Paleoventures, an outdoor teambuilding company. Their clients include AAA, Kaiser Permanente, Morgan Stanley and Facebook. Dedicated to being of service to the community, they have donated pro-bono services to CASA of Contra Costa County, Planned Parenthood, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Ability Now Bay Area (previously the Cerebral Palsy Association). Trudy has been active in the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek since 2013 where she served as club President from 2017-2018. She still participates in club’s many service initiatives. 

Past President


Jill West is a Nutrition Consultant and the owner of Jill West Nutrition Consulting in Lafayette where she works with adults, teens and families, helping them make simple, practical changes to improve health, weight and energy. Jill graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and completed her dietetic internship at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She is also the author of the book 400 Moms. Jill loves hiking, wine tasting and the San Francisco Giants.

Past President


Debi White, the owner of My Travel Consultant, has been a private travel consultant for over 15 years. She is a Certified Travel Associate and is affiliated with Nexion and Travel Leaders, two large travel networks. Debi is an expert in crafting arrangements with personal touch for individuals and small groups. She works with travelers who desire minimal hassle, maximum efficiency and prefer to experience the destination like an insider. She lives in Moraga with her husband Tom. They love to travel the world!



Renee MacArthur has over 20 years of experience as a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California. Most recently she owned and operated a Senior Home Care franchise business. She specializes in accounting for small businesses and non-profit organizations, and helping find cost savings to improve their bottom line. Renee is married, and has two grown children ages 32 and 27.  She loves traveling and reading. She also volunteers to transport seniors for medical appointments with the Caring Hands volunteer program.

Co-director of Marketing


Lisa Andrews is a Mortgage Advisor for All California Mortgage. During her 23 years with the company, she has placed approximately $250 million in loans, and helped nearly 1,000 families realize their real estate financing goals. Lisa’s early background in banking with Bank of America has been instrumental in helping borrowers understand the intricacies of the lending cycle. She holds a California Real Estate License and National Mortgage License. She loves spending time with her family. She volunteers for the Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force.

Co-director of Marketing


Miriam Schaffer is a college admission advisor. Her company, Colleges for You, guides students and their families through the college application process, including choosing colleges that are the best fit for a student, helping with completing college applications, and assisting with developing and finalizing college application essays, personal statements, and University of California personal insight answers. Miriam’s clients have been accepted at public and private colleges and universities nationwide, including all University of California campuses.

Director of Content and Design


Gordana Zura is a Communications Director at CASA of Contra Costa County, a nonprofit organization in Concord that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate on behalf of foster children. She sets and guides the strategy for digital communications, marketing, website, social media and collateral media to consistently articulate, promote, enhance and advance the mission, vision and goals of CASA. Gordana is an avid photographer, website designer and jewelry maker.

Director of Publicity


Diane’s career-long interest is how people make choices about products and services they buy and use. Applying skills in data analytics, business strategy and marketing, Diane has consulted with clients such as McDonald’s, Kraft Foods and the LA Tourism Board. Diane is currently at Visa, where her teams develop new products to benefit millions of Visa cardholders. She lives in Lafayette, where she and her family enjoy the many hiking and trail running paths.



Anna Swartz-Lopez helps small business owners and real estate investors find capital. With a
portfolio of over 60 nationwide lenders, she is able to offer both conventional and alternative
financing options. She loves being an entrepreneur and helping other entrepreneurs succeed.
She enjoys the relational aspect of running her brokerage, Maestro Capital Solutions. She
recently celebrated her one year wedding anniversary with her husband, with whom she enjoys
dancing the Argentine Tango.

Co-director of Hospitality


Diane Kaplowitz is a personal lines insurance broker for R.C. Fischer & Co. in Walnut Creek. Licensed in property, casualty, life and health as a broker, Diane is appointed with many different insurance companies. She helps people in different states including the greater Seattle/Tacoma where her roots are and she called home for more than 40 years, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area where she now calls home. As the market is getting tight due to the recent wildfires, she specializes in helping secure insurance for hard to place risks. Diane is a mother to four grown children. In her spare time, she loves gardening, spending time with her husband of 35 years and enjoying nature and all the beautiful places California has to offer.

Co-director of Hospitality


Teresa Currivan is a licensed marriage and family therapist and coach for individuals and parents at Help My Child Thrive Coaching LLC. She runs gifted/2e parent support groups and is the parent support specialist at Big Minds Unschool. Teresa has been published on sites such as, Filter Free Parents, and is a blogger at GHF and Hoagies Gifted Education. She specializes in giftedness, twice-exceptionality, educational fit, family dynamics, and career issues. You can read her articles about these topics on her website. She lives in the San Francisco, California Bay Area with her husband and son. 

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