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Carolyn Zainer
Founder and Owner of CAZ Designs, Inc

Carolyn has been a resident of California since 1982, relocating from Milwaukee, WI. She developed her sales and marketing career in the technology industry and has more than 30 years of experience in sales development and execution, commercialization and market launch of leading-edge technologies. Her combined expertise includes executive team management and leadership, strategic planning, P&L management, marketing, tactical sales, client relationship management.

In 2003, Carolyn pursued her great passion for Interior Design and founded CAZ Designs Inc, now celebrating 17 successful years, providing architectural design services to residential and commercial clients throughout southern California.

Carolyn’s community involvement began in 2006 serving on the Board of Directors for Olive Crest Homes and Services. She recruited volunteers to support fundraising events and chaired the Annual Tommy Bahama Golf Tournament from 2008 – 2014. She also Co-Chaired their Annual Gala from 2006-2008. In 2011, she committed to yearly donations supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as volunteering and leading the design committee for the Annual St. Jude OC Gala from 2013 – 2016. In 2013, she aligned with Lung Cancer Foundation of America, dedicated to raise both the funds and the national profile of lung cancer in order to substantially increase support of innovative and groundbreaking research efforts. She became a volunteer and Chair of the silent auction committee supporting the Annual Day at the Races fundraising event from 2014 – 2017. She Chaired the 2018 and 2019 DATR Planning Committee and joined the Board of Directors on March 1, 2019. Carolyn also serves on the Board of Directors for StandUp For Kids (SUFK) who operate several programs with the same end goal of leading homeless youth to self-sufficiency and preventing at-risk youth from gang involvement, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of high school. Carolyn joined the SUFK Board of Directors in October 2018 and has led the design committee for the SUFK Annual Gala from 2018-2020.