Dr. Elisa Stephens became president of the Academy of Art University in 1992, the third-generation Stephens to lead the university since its founding by her grandfather in 1929.  Under her leadership, the Academy of Art University has become the largest accredited private university of art and design in the United States with over 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students on a unique urban campus in downtown San Francisco, and throughout the world online. Dr. Stephens has pioneered the creation of online education programs in art and design, which have propelled the Academy of Art University to its premiere position in the digital education world.

Dr. Stephens has developed a comprehensive education program that prepares today’s students for the art and design jobs of the 21st-century innovation economy. The opportunities for highly skilled artists and designers exist in a global marketplace, of which the Bay Area is a thriving center. A recent report found that the Academy of Art University “provides significant benefits to the San Francisco region” and is a leader in developing talent to fuel the creative industries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.” The Academy brings together the stakeholders in the creative industries, including students, alumni, faculty, professionals and firms. Those influencing hiring decisions have worked with students in the academic setting, while graduates are exposed to professional performance standards. This provides tremendous opportunity for the institutional transfer of knowledge, and produces professionals who contribute right from the start.

Dr. Stephens acknowledges the importance of scholarships within the greater Bay Area community and beyond for undergraduate, graduate and high school students. To that end, the Academy of Art University has numerous full degree, partial and high school scholarship programs benefiting San Francisco Police and Fire Departments, John O’Connell High School, SF Unified School District, Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of SF, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Oakland Military Institute, “Back on Track,” KIPP schools, Oakland Fund for the Arts and Elks Club. In addition, Dr. Stephens has significantly increased the Academy of Art University High School Scholarship Program, offering thousands of current high school students tuition-free classes that count towards college credit.

Dr. Stephens, and the Academy of Art University faculty and students, embrace a socially responsible role within both the city of San Francisco and the world of art and design.  Dr. Stephens actively supports a wide spectrum of community outreach programs, and makes it possible for students from the Academy of Art University to contribute their artistic and community efforts for maximum impact. Current and past beneficiaries include Fleet Week, KIPP Schools, SF MOMA, MoAD and the de Young Museum.

In 2011 Dr. Stephens was honored by the Chinese American Voter Education Committee (CAVEC) for her outstanding contribution in education benefiting Asians and Asian-Americans.

Dr. Stephens has been appointed to serve on the Smithsonian Institution National Board. Dr. Stephens is a member of the Prince of Wales Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, World Presidents Organization, Vistage International, Council on Competitiveness, Committee on Jobs, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, San Francisco City Club, Metropolitan Club, University Club, Belizean Grove, San Francisco Junior League, Nob Hill Association, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS Foundation) and the Royal Society of Arts. Dr. Stephens completed a two-year term as president of the Nob Hill Association in January 2005.

Dr. Elisa Stephens received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1985, and is a member of the California Bar Association. She also completed the Foundations curriculum at the Academy of Art University. She served as a law clerk at the San Francisco Superior Court from 1985 to 1986; as in-house counsel at Cellular Holdings, Inc., 1987–1988; and as contributing editor to Barclays Law Publishers, 1986–1988. She also worked as legal counsel for the Academy of Art College until 1992.

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What Our French Supporters Say!


Just a hello from France and a big congratulations for your association around these beautiful cars. I just saw the tv show TURBO M6 and I loved it. I very much regret that my wife and daughters do not share my passion for Ferrari and Porsche. We own a 3.2L Ferrari MONDIAL but we owned 4 Porsches. A special nod to Heather and Chanterria that I find exceptional and really beautiful. If you come to France tell us where you go. 
Kisses to all. -Thierry


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Ivonne’s rise as an industry leader in the Promotional and Marketing Sector began 20 years ago while she was raising her two sons.  Her ability to find successful strategies in the industry began with the creation of her own interior design business, which naturally segued into the real estate and mortgage industries.   Her versatility and entrepreneurial mindset eventually led her to a senior management position at the marketing services company Lahlouh.  Ivonne is highly regarded for innovative marketing programs for clients from many leading Silicon Valley companies.  She has established and maintains business partnerships nationally and internationally.

A native of Venezuela, Ivonne’s versatility stretches to her ability to communicate in multiple languages.  A longtime member of PPAI, PMANC, she is currently serving as Past President and Board Chair of PMANC. On the Board of The Lemo Foundation and PTA (Pacific Transportation Association).  She enjoys being actively involved in her hometown of San Francisco and spends every spare minute with her ultimate passion; her family.


Synchronicity Holistic is dedicated to bringing top-quality lab-tested cannabis products and care to Monterey Peninsula’s patient community.

Opening November 2019, Synchronicity Holistic will be the premier center for cannabis, education, and retail. With a chic design, ADA accessibility, state-of-the-art POS services and delivery and an on-staff pharmacist, nurses and patient educators, Synchronicity Holistic hopes to bridge the gap between those familiar with cannabis and those who are not.


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Dr. Bettye Saxon currently serves as External Affairs Regional Director on the Central Coast for AT&T Communications Inc.  As a Director, Dr. Saxon is primarily responsible for community and government relations on behalf of AT&T.  She develops and implements the strategies that will lead the region through its next generation of Network Services as AT&T makes its IP Transition. Dr. Saxon is also a highly respected keynote speaker on topics such as “Leadership Skills for the 21st Century” and “Women in Leadership”.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Saxon was recruited into Pacific Bell/SBC Telecommunications Inc., in June 1999, to serve as an Education Advocate in Sacramento, CA. As an Education Advocate, Dr. Saxon served as a Technology Specialist to the K-12 education communities speaking on the transformation taking place in education through the use of technology.  She also conducted teacher training workshops on “Technology in the Classroom”, as well as “The Design, Development, and Delivery of On-Line Courses”.

Dr. Saxon has resided in California for the past 20+ years. During this time Saxon worked in the telecommunications industry for companies such as GTE and Network Solutions.   Saxon also worked for the State of California, Dept. of General Service Telecommunication Division as a Telecommunication Specialist.

Mother of two children;  Elisha Wilson graduate from Seattle University in June 2019 and Andre Carpenter; Senior Technology Specialist with Apple Inc.

Ed.D. University of San Francisco Organizations & Leadership (Focus on Technology in Education) MA, Counseling Psychology, BS, Information Systems Management

Community Service and Leadership Role with the following organizations:

  • Board Member CA State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Foundation
  • Community Board Member for CSUMB Otter Student Union Board of Directors
  • Advisor on the Panetta Institute of Public Policy Student Program
  • Chair 2019 Circle of Red with the American Heart Association
  • Member of the Chancellor’s Associates Circle UC Santa Cruz
  • Advisory Board for Hartnell Community College STEM Programs
  • Past Board Chair Junior Achievement of Northern CA


Oakland Unified School District District 5 Trustee

Roseann Torres is the founding attorney and CEO of Torres Law Group, opened in 2004 when she moved to Oakland CA.  She is also serving her second term on the OUSD School as Trustee for District 5, being elected first in November 2012 and again in November 2016.

Roseann began her legal career in government in San Joaquin County, first as a Deputy County Counsel then as a Deputy District Attorney. She moved to Oakland in March 2004 and opened her own firm to serve the community after seeing a huge need for bilingual attorneys and handles personal injury matters.

Roseann was raised by a single mom and there were many financial challenges that plagued the family, such that when she saw how her own education created financial security and independence, the calling to give back and work with underserved youth arose. She has trained high school students for mock trials, proving to be very rewarding as many students were facing severe hardships yet they were eager to learn and became fierce advocates when acting as lawyers advocating in their cases.

Roseann did not escape her own share of issues in high school, such that in freshman year, because of bullying she decided to drop out. Her mother, a Buddhist, stepped in to insist that she attend youth activities at the church. Fortunately, it was there that she was exposed to a diverse group of professional women, many who became her lifelong mentors.  The intervention of successful role models got Roseann back on track in high school, and because mentors have played a critical role, the law firm has offered internships and job shadowing to numerous high school students for the past decade.

Becoming engaged in the Oakland community so heavily, led to the political trajectory of running for the school board to represent District 5 in the Fruitvale.  Roseann is most proud of passing the Ethnic Studies policy that is offered to all freshman as A-G requirement, the Sanctuary District policy to protect our most vulnerable population of newcomers, immigrant, and Muslim children, and plays an active role on the state level as a leader in CA Latino School Board Association.


Representing the 20th District of California

Keynote Speaker

Congressman Jimmy Panetta is dedicated to public service and proudly serves California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  His district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.  First elected 2016, he is serving his second term in Congress.  He currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Budget, and the House Committee on Agriculture.

Having grown up on the central coast of California, Congressman Panetta understands the importance of giving back to the community and country that gave him and his family so much.   He was instilled with a sense of public service and its importance to our democracy and has made sure that his work is reflective of the values of the people who entrusted him to be their voice in our nation’s capital.

During his time in Congress, he has fought for immigration reform, the continued protection of our pristine coastline and environment, affordable and accessible health care, to ensure that our agriculture industry and its farmers and farmworkers are taken care of, to reduce gun violence, for our military installations which are an integral part in our community and our country’s national security, and for our veterans to receive the benefits that they were promised and deserve.  Through policy implementation in Congress and service to constituents, he remains committed to being that bridge for the people of the Central Coast to the federal government and its resources.

Prior to being sworn in Congress, Congressman Panetta served his community as a deputy district attorney for Monterey County, which includes the city of Salinas.  In this role, he prosecuted violent gang members to pursue justice for victims, protect families and make communities safer.

In 2007, Congressman Panetta volunteered for active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He worked with Special Forces units and as a result of his meritorious service in a combat zone, Congressman Panetta was awarded the Bronze Star.  Upon returning home, he served as a board member of the Veterans Transition Center where he focused on ending veterans’ homelessness and improving resources for his fellow veterans and their families.  He was also instrumental in the opening of Monterey County’s first Veterans Treatment Court to ensure veterans receive the services they earned.  Moreover, he worked with local leaders and veterans to establish the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord. He was honored to be named a Monterey County Veteran of the Year in 2015.

Growing up in Monterey County, Congressman Panetta attended Monterey Peninsula College and the local public schools.  He graduated from the University of California at Davis with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and earned his law degree from Santa Clara University.  His wife, Carrie McIntyre Panetta, is a Superior Court judge in Monterey County, and they have two daughters, Siri and Gia.

CFO and General Manager, Hofsas House
Presenter: Best in Show Award

For more than 18 years, Carrie Theis has been General Manager for the family-owned Hofsas House Hotel located in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Her grandmother was Donna Hofsas who started the hotel with Fred Hofsas in 1947. As a child and teenager, her summer job was assisting her grandmother with all aspects of the hotel business.

Celebrating over 70 years in business, the Hofsas House is a Bavarian-themed boutique inn with 37 unique rooms, some with ocean views. People are welcomed to the inn with a mural painting by Maxine Albro. Other amenities include a year-round heated swimming pool, two dry saunas, off-street parking, view deck areas, WIFI, continental breakfast, and a meeting room. In keeping with the dog-friendly atmosphere of Carmel, some of the inn’s rooms are pet-friendly.

Prior to coming to Carmel, she worked in the private sector for Gallo Winery, a small computer accounting business and in computer sales. She has also worked in the public sector (five years) for the State of California, Department of Developmental Services as a Systems Analysis Manager. This varied background has prepared her well for the general manager position of a small boutique inn in this competitive environment.
In September 2012, Carrie was appointed to the Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council, subsequently ran for office and was elected in April of 2014 and then again in 2018 to another four-year term.

Associations and Boards:
Current President and Board Member of the Carmel Innkeepers Association – 16 yrs.
Board Member of the Monterey Convention & Visitors Bureau for 6 years.
Board Member of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce for 4 years.
Served on the Board of the Monterey County Hospitality Association – 4 yrs

Presenter: Legendary Leader Award

Tyller grew up in a military family. His mom served in the Navy for 20 years so they moved around the country and never lived anywhere long enough to grow roots. His military upbringing was a formative experience and led him to seek long-term connections and community on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

For the last eight years, he has worked at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2013. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master’s of Business Administration program at NPS.

When he arrived here on the Central Coast, he did not know how much this area would mean to him. He realized that he had finally found a community that accepted and loved him, and he knew he would never want to live anywhere else. He and his partner, Ivan, bought their first home together in Monterey because of the beautiful environment — from the climate and landscape to the amazing community activists they have grown to love. Through his community work on the Monterey Peninsula, Tyller has truly found a lifelong home. His work with fellow community members was fundamental in the decision to run for Monterey City Council.

Tyller has a proven track record of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to accomplish common goals. As an organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign out of the San Francisco headquarters, he managed 30 staff and over 500 volunteers in a successful endeavor.

More recently, Tyller worked to bring that same sense of purpose as a co-founder of Monterey Peninsula Pride, the first Pride event in this community for over a decade. This unifying and inclusive event enjoyed support from diverse community organizations such as churches, synagogues, LGBTQIA+ organizations, legal groups, healthcare groups, mental health organizations, and numerous public officials. It was a powerful event with over 700 people in attendance united by their commitment of respect for all — and regional solidarity!

As a member of the Monterey County Housing Advisory Committee, and a past Committee Member on the City of Monterey’s Architecture Review Committee, he has seen firsthand the difference an active community makes.  As a city council member, he will work tirelessly to foster, grow, and encourage productive civic participation.

Tyller envisions a future for our city as a leader in public engagement. He believes by better utilizing modern forms of communication, we can move Monterey forward by seeking robust community input to drive decision making in our local government.

On important challenges like increasing access to affordable housing, improving transportation infrastructure, and providing a sustainable water supply, Monterey is not alone. Tyller will collaborate with regional partners to tackle these tough issues in order to improve our quality of life on the Central Coast.



Judge: Best in Class

Whether it’s classic cars, muscle cars, or sports and racing cars, Christopher Slater is completely fascinated with all aspects of automobile design and advertising. A precocious child, by 7 years of age he was able to identify the make and model of any car on the road car based only on its taillights. As a teenager, he fell hard for classic cars – especially Packard, Duesenberg, and Bentley – a fascination that continues to this day. Believing that you get more from life when you get involved, he is an active board member of the Northern California region of Packard Automobile Classics and The Freewheelers Car Club. In recent years he was also a board member of the Northern California region of the Ferrari Club of America.

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August 14, 2019 / 11am – 3.30pm / Ocean & Dolores Streets

The car show is a fundraiser for the Prancing Ponies Foundation.
All proceeds are donated to the Foundation to help
‘Create Women Leaders One Girl at a Time’

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August 13, 2019 / 4pm – 7pm
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Mother/Daughter & Father/Daughter Models

Runway Fashion Provided by:
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SHE Carmel
Food hosted by:
Rio Grill
The Crossroads BBQ
Carmel Poke
Wine hosted by:
Morgan Winery
Annex Carmel
McIntyre Vineyards

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“Empowering Women – Inspiring Girls”.

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Prancing Ponies All Woman Car Show 2019

We are proud to announce that AT&T – World leader in communications, media, entertainment, and technology – is the official presenting sponsor of the Prancing Ponies All Woman Car Show.

The support of this leading telecom company of our mission ‘Creating Women Leader One Girl at a Time’, as demonstrated in their history of numerous actions to create an inclusive work culture.

Their history of innovation is a story about people from all walks of life coming together to improve the way we interact with one another and the world around them. Today, they are a leader in diversity with a commitment to fostering an inclusive culture.

They celebrate more than 50 years of AT&T’s Supplier Diversity Program, which connects minority, women, service/disabled veteran- and LGBTQ-owned businesses with opportunities to provide products and services to AT&T.

The company works on student success and career readiness through their AT&T Aspire and Escuela+ education programs in underserved and underrepresented communities in the U.S. and Latin America. Since its inception, AT&T Aspire has committed more than $500 million to its programs, and Escuela+ has reached more than 2 million students in 9 countries.

We extend our most sincere thanks to AT&T for supporting Prancing Ponies in our mission to Create Women Leaders One Girl at a Time.

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Tom Matano, IDSA | Academy of Art University
Judge: Best in Class

Tom Matano has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive design industry.  Prior to joining Mazda, he held design positions at General Motors in Detroit, MI, U.S.A. and Melbourne, Australia and BMW in Munich, Germany.  In 1983, he joined Mazda’s North American studio as a Chief Designer.  He continued to become Vice President of the Design and Executive Vice President of Western Operations for Mazda R&D North America, Inc., and Executive Designer & Director of Mazda North American Operations.  From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Matano has been moved to Mazda headquarters in Japan, as an Executive Designer in the Global Advance Studio and the General Manager of Mazda Design in charge of the Chief Designers as well as the Europe and North American studios. His accomplishments at Mazda include the MX 5, RX 7, Miata “M-Coupe” concept car, and many other projects by the design teams he managed and created.  Mr. Matano is committed to becoming an educator, and using his diverse knowledge and experience to enhance the Industrial Design program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Website:


Laurie Morgenthal, Founder | Lincoln Mark VIII Addicts
Judge: Best in Presentation

Laurie Morgenthal was the winner of the Prancing Ponies Car Show 2016 Best in Class – Specialty Cars.  You’ve probably seen her and her 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC named HOT featured on the news during the Prancing Ponies Car Show and our episode on Restoration Garage (Season 5, Episode 5 aired March 5, 2019).  Laurie is a phenomenal Woman who did all of her upper engine work in the color purple.  She is the founder of the Lincoln Mark VII Addicts, is a graphic designer and is also a Part 107 Certified remote pilot.  Visit her website:


Clint Moore, Tour Master
Northern California Region of Packard Automobile Classics
Judge: Best in Class

Clint Moore has been a vintage and collectible car enthusiast since he was 6 years old when his father purchased the family’s first Classic Car, a 1946 Packard limousine. When it came time to have his own daily driver Clint purchased his first classic car – a 1948 Packard Deluxe Eight Touring Sedan – which he drove to high school in the 1980’s. Since then he has owned multiple American cars from the Classic to Malaise eras, all of which have been seen at car shows throughout California.  He has served as a director on the boards of The Freewheelers and Great Autos of Yesteryear, and currently serves as Tour Master of the Northern California Region of Packard Automobile Classics.  Clint is an avid advocate of owner diversity in the car hobby as well as a firm believer that all cars, regardless of age or value, are meant to be driven and enjoyed.


Teresa Farrell, CPA | Business Owner
Judge: Best in Presentation

From heels to wheels Teresa Farrell is a hard-working, fast-talking and fast driving small business owner. During the day she’s a mild-mannered business broker using her skills as a CPA and her sharp wit to help business owners get top dollar for their life’s work.  By night always happy to find a function where she can show off her sharp dress and over the top heels.  Teresa has a passion for fashion and a collection of high fashion designer heels that often turn heads.

Teresa’s love of cars began when she was 6 years old as a passenger in a demolition derby with her father on Friday nights.  Although she has given up crashing cars the love of driving cars is innate in her makeup.

Teresa is a proud mom of two grown successful boys and one naughty rottweiler.