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The success of our grand opening was, in part, thanks to Karen's quick action in getting us a write-up in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Her work and support made a difference.
— Rebecca Clinger, owner, The Crafter's Studio

"Thank you! You were awesome. Your recent Facebook seminar helped me formulate a vision for how to position my business within the social media space. And you left the crowd feeling good, which is a great skill to have."
Frank Horath
Registered Investment Advisor Representative, Clientfirst Financial

"Thank you, Karen, for the great telephone class on LinkedIn. I have joined at least five new groups, have expanded my connections, and re-established the LinkedIn toolbar in my Outlook, all thanks to your audio session. Good stuff I was able to put into practice immediately!"
Kennerly Clay
Executive Recruiter/Trainer and Business Development Director

"You have given me the basics and the confidence to charge forward and embrace Twitter and LinkedIn."
Sue Brooks, Santa Cruz, CA

"You are so informed and vibrant. Great energy! Thanks again for the Twitter lesson. Your handouts are a good way to get started, so no excuses for me."
Sloane Devoto
Realtor, Coldwell Banker

“Thank you again. Your social media talk was a real hit! Well done and much appreciated.”
Bill Tysseling
Executive Director, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce

"There was a considerable amount of goodwill surrounding your presentation...You have a lot of positive energy and great ideas."
Bonnie Lipscomb
Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment for the City of Santa Cruz, CA

"Good presentation this morning at the Santa Cruz Chamber’s Caffeinated! It deserves at least a half-day workshop. I learned at least 20 new things this morning alone!"
Carol Skolnick
Clear Life Solutions

"It was a great talk, thanks! It was helpful to watch you manage your account on the big screen."
Traci Tompkins
ABC Sedans & Limousines

"Your talk was great. You had a tough job, especially because the people there ranged from newbies to experts."
Tom Honig
Armanasco Public Relations

"Congratulations! You brought us back up to a 5-star rating again for our marketing meet-up. And there were zero no-shows. I would like to get you on the schedule again."
Maggie Barr
Maggie Barr & Associates

“Fabulous class! I never know how much I don't know until I start to learn what I don't know. Thanks again for the great class!”
Carmen Richardson Rutlen
Author

“You have a clear, easy-going style of teaching that I found very effective. What a great talent you have!”
Carol Siegel
Employment Manager, Santa Cruz Seaside Company

“I attended Karen’s workshop on social media and would attend again whatever she presents. It was well worthwhile. She knows her subject and communicated it well.”
Donna Rankin Love
Author

“Thanks for the great class. I really got a lot out of it, and feel others did too. In fact, I went onto LinkedIn and began to set up my account!”
Paula Mahoney
Writer and Producer

“Your class last Saturday was amazingly helpful! In addition to having a lovely persona, you have so much useful information to impart. I am full of ideas as to how to proceed regarding how the get the word out about my present novel when the time comes.
Janice Wittenberg
Author

“Being a complete novice about the business of social media, I was anxious to take her class recently at Capitola Book Cafe. Passion to share what she knows would describe her; I highly recommend her classes!”
Jane Parks-McKay
Writer and Voice-Over Actor

“Just wanted to say thanks again for a very informative presentation this morning. It was very helpful, and I thought you did a great job of giving us a general overview of Twitter in a short period of time.”
Sonia Potts
Bookkeeper

“With so much to cover I appreciated how organized you were and how you stayed on track. Taking the approach of showing how the mechanical features of Twitter could be used for positioning and building our business was particularly helpful.”
Charlie Zimmerman
Publisher, The Wedding Companion

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Santa Cruz Sentinel

Local women to take on hills at Laguna Seca during Sea Otter Classic bike festival

April 12, 2011

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

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Megan Zemny embraces danger. She's not afraid of bombing down treacherous mountain slopes, wearing a full-face helmet and body armor and risking broken bones -- it's all part of the sport she loves: downhill mountain biking.

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Sport and Spirit: Shaman Brant

Secunda and six-time Ironman champ Mark Allen team up for a Sport and Spirit workshop

November 25, 2000

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

"What is shamanism?"

The question hung in the air in the crowded conference center. The fire crackled quietly as 50 people held their breath, waiting for the answer.

I felt anxious.

"Shamanism is not a religion," explained our host, Brant Secunda. "It is more a way of life, of trying to live in balance and harmony with the environment."

What a relief.

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Musician turns bike-making hobby into a business with worldwide sales

October 31, 2003

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

SANTA CRUZ — Paul Sadoff's small Westside shop is crammed with bicycles.

More than 30 orange, pink, blue and purple bikes dangle like Christmas ornaments from the ceiling, line the walls and fill the floor in various states of assembly.

The music is cranked loud and Sadoff, in jeans and a T-shirt, hunches over a bike stand doing what he loves best -- building frames with artistic fervor.

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Sea Otter Classic bike competition starts today

April 14, 2005

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Cameron McCaul got his first bicycle at a toy store when he was 15 years old.

When he soared off of a jump one day and snapped his bicycle frame in half, he could have walked away from his new hobby, "but I was having so much fun, I had to get another bike," recalled the Aptos High graduate.

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New yoga studio opens on Santa Cruz's Westside

December 4, 2002

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Victor Dubin hates to turn away students when his yoga classes are packed to capacity.

That has been a problem for the popular instructor, who has taught yoga throughout the county for the past seven years. Dubin will have more space when he opens his studio, The Om Room School of Yoga, this weekend. A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration will take place at the studio Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Locals strong at Sea Otter Classic

April 16, 2005

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

MONTEREY—Racing alongside the nation’s top professional women mountain bikers at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Stella Carey of Soquel felt like she belonged.

That wasn’t always the case.

"I used to be a little intimidated," said Carey, 33, who logs about 600 miles a month on her bike. "Now, I still get nervous, but not so terrified."

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Rolling through Miami on the Great EsSkate

March 3, 2002

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

While the rest of the world tuned in to the Olympics, I made a wobbly debut at my first inline skating event: the Great EsSkate.

On a balmy Friday in Miami, Fla., just a few hours after the sun slipped into a fiery pink horizon, I joined the Great EsSkate for a rolling tour of South Beach, Miami's trendy neighborhood famous for its nightlife, celebrity sightings and the murder of Italian couture designer Gianni Versace.

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Getaway hot tubbing at Esalen's new baths

January 12, 2003

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

I slipped out of Santa Cruz last month for a three-day getaway to Esalen Institute in Big Sur. I was eager to return to my favorite coastal haunt, which is world famous for its natural sulfur hot springs, year-round workshops, and trademark massage technique.

I knew Esalen would meet my strict criteria for a solo retreat: little planning, minimal driving and no cooking.

I also wanted to explore the new, $5 million bathhouse overlooking the ocean.

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Area cyclo-crossers storm Portland

December 11, 2003

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Larry Hibbard has a handsome collection of silver and bronze medals from racing cyclo-cross at the national level, but the gold has been elusive. The 45-year-old Santa Cruz resident is determined to pedal to victory this weekend at the National Cyclo-Cross Championships in Portland, Ore.

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In the Cross Fire: Santa Cruz has become a hotbed for cyclo-cross bike racing

October 10, 2002

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Mud bogs, sand pits, fallen logs and even torrential downpours are assets in a cyclo-cross race.

Cyclo-cross is the only form of bicycling which requires the rider to leap on and off the bike, carry it up steep hills, lift it over barricades, then jump back on -- all at breakneck speed.

One misstep can mean a painful mistake: crashing into a barricade, being trampled by fellow riders or getting a flat tire.

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