powerhouse women join the board

July 12, 2010

A big ALOHA to Mo`olelo’s two newest members of our Board of Trustees: Susan deRose and Alison M. Whitelaw. Here’s a little background information on them:

Susan deRose
Susan grew up in New York City and attended the School of Visual Arts College before working as set designer, creative graphics designer and accomplished interior designer. She held her Brokers Real Estate License for 8 years while living in Tucson during the late 70’s and 80’s, and worked with high end builder Brian Murphy, Inc. in Rancho Santa Fe designing interior and exterior architecture for custom homes. Susan became Vice President and Director of Fund Raising efforts for the San Diego Survivors Rehabilitation Foundation (1988-present), an organization that she and her husband Robert co-founded. Together they also formed The deRose Foundation in 1987, dedicated to supporting the arts, education and medical research as it pertains to Traumatic Brain Injury. Susan’s hobbies include, golfing, fly fishing and cooking. She has 2 Bracco Italiano hunting dogs and imported the first Bracco in the US 15 years ago. Susan is also an accomplished photographer and painter using oils, acrylics and water colors. She has lived with her husband in Rancho Santa Fe since 1986.
Alison M. Whitelaw, FAIA, LEED ap
Alison is a licensed architect, Principal of the firm Platt/Whitelaw Architects. She received her architectural degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. During her 30 years of architectural practice in the San Diego region, Ms. Whitelaw has become recognized for her award winning work on projects for private, governmental and institutional clients. For much of her career, Alison has worked to refine her knowledge and skill in the field of sustainable design. For ten years she taught Sustainable Design classes at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design and has lectured on Sustainable Design across the country. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Past President of the AIA San Diego Chapter, Past President of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, Vice President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and member of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design Advisory Board.
To read about all the members of the Mo`olelo Board of Trustees, click here.
Interested in learning more about Board Membership? Contact us at 619-342-7395.
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One Response to “powerhouse women join the board”


  1. […] Susan deRose, our newest Board member, and her husband Robert have announced a Mo`olelo matching challenge! For every dollar we can raise by yearend they will donate another dollar up to $7,500! The funds will be used to expand Mo`olelo’s development capacity through a new grant writer position. […]

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