Category: Big Wave Profiles

Scott Holmes

Scott Holmes

Big Wave Board Member

Scott M. Holmes has consulted as a Civil and Environmental Engineer all around the world, and we are lucky to have him on our Coast. Presently he works as an Environmental Consultant, and recently he was a Director of Public Works and City Engineer for the Tertiary Water Recycling Treatment Plant, as well as an Engineering Geologist and Soils Engineer. 

 

Scott joined the Big Wave Board of Directors in 2008 and has directed the civil and structural design of the Big Wave property, as well as managed our work with the California Coastal Commission. Throughout his career, his volunteer work has included engineering an irrigation system in Cambodia, a Water system in Tibet, Church design and construction, engineering in a Russian orphanage and youth center, and for our Big Wave residence projects.

Terry McKinney

Terry McKinney

Big Wave Board Member

Terry McKinney is on the Big Wave Board of Directors. He is a Superintendent of Water Treatment and Production for the City of Santa Cruz. Along with being a project manager for all water department facilities, he is also managing a five million dollar electrical upgrade program. He has developed training and apprentice programs, and manages the maintenance and plant operations staff.  

For Big Wave, McKinney coaches several Special Olympics teams, including basketball, soccer, football, and track and field. He has served on the Santa Cruz County Mental Health Board and many organizations for children with special needs over the last twenty years.

Steve St. Marie

Steve St. Marie

Big Wave Board Member

Steve St. Marie, on our Board of Directors, is an Economist, Regulatory Analyst, and Policy Advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission. His career involves assisting government agencies and corporations regarding economic and regulatory matters, especially energy and water, and other environmental matters.

Steve excels in his analytical abilities and skills in adaptive organization, written and oral communication, and working closely with agencies, government officials, and company executives. He is involved in resolving complex issues and competing interests to develop effective policies and regulatory actions.

Kim Gainza

Kim Gainza

Big Wave Board Member

Kim Gainza has been involved in the Special Olympics since 2007 as a team parent and fundraiser for the Coastside Special Olympics basketball team. Under her management, the team has gone from seven players at its inception to over 50 players today, including four teams and 12 coaches who serve Special Olympics athletes from all of San Mateo County. Kim has brought in over 30 coaches over the years from local high schools and colleges, which provided them with unique and valuable learning experiences to take out into the world.

Kim’s fundraising efforts have raised thousands of dollars each year for this important organization, as well as hundreds of thousands of needed dollars for Big Wave.  She has been at the forefront of Big Wave’s growth, working closely with its CEO.

Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the Pacific. She is married and the mother of three children, all grown, with her youngest daughter an adult with special needs. She is also a proud grandmother. 

Mary Ellen Berzin

Mary Ellen Berzin

Big Wave Board Member

Mary Ellen Berzin is a Doctor of Optometry and the chairperson of the Big Wave Annual Harvest Festival auction. As an executive member of the Big Wave Board of Directors, she assists Big Wave with fundraising and the accounting of donations.

Mary attended the Southern California College of Optometry and the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is married with two sons, one with special needs.