Meet our Leadership Team.

Executive Board

Original co-founder

Vearl Smith

Founding Chairman

Abilene Christian University

Vearl’s servant leadership was honed as a county official, RSF Golf Club President and EVP, Marketing at Southern Farm Bureau Insurance. A native Texan, he's known for thinking big, having co-founded multiple scholarship programs and the K-12 Jackson Christian Academy.

Greg Jackey

Vice Chair

San Diego State University

Greg has spent 35 years in Wealth Management and Financial Planning. He has served as a board member for the non-profit Century Club and currently sits on the board of STEP (Support The Enlisted Project). In his spare time Greg enjoys golf and travel.

Eric Manese


University of arizona

Eric serves as the branch manager at Rancho Santa Fe Insurance. He has deep experience in professional sales. Eric has an overwhelming desire to have an impact on the next generation of leaders who will change the world for the better.

Original co-founder

Gail Kendall


Penn State University

Gail Kendall was employed 20 years with Ticketron; the last decade of which she served as Area Manager, San Diego. She is a founding member and officer of Future Legends; also, President of Community Concerts of RSF. Interests: Golf and fitness/weight training.

Kathy McElhinney


San Diego State University

Kathy McElhinney is a third generation Californian. She has been self-employed in the fields of real estate and property management. For the past 30 years, Kathy was, and remains, very involved with the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Golf Club. She has served as Captain of the Women’s Golf Team, Tournament Chairman, Chairman of the Women’s Golf Club and has served on the Board of Governors.

Heather Manion

BS Nursing

University of San Francisco

After growing up in Rancho Santa Fe, Heather graduated from college then served as a Captain in the Army for 16 years. For the past 30 years she has dedicated herself to real estate, been active in the RSF Golf and Tennis Club and a past president of Rotary. As a Mentor, she shares life experiences and adventures as she guides and coaches scholars.

Steven Sakara

BS Finance

Baylor University

A native San Diegan and Future Legend’s first scholar, Steven moved to New York City in pursuit of his goal to work on Wall Street. After quickly moving up the ranks of one of the world’s largest investment banks, he transitioned to real estate private equity focusing on multifamily investments. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world, playing tennis, and trying new restaurants. After experiencing the positive impact Future Legends has on the lives of its scholars firsthand, he was inspired to stay involved and support the growth of its mission.

Jessica Kim


UC San Diego

Jessica grew up in San Diego where she enjoyed playing golf year-round, especially at Torrey Pines, her high school team’s home course. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego and the following year attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is graduating this spring from Medical School. Throughout her eight years of higher education, Jessica has been part of the Future Legends family as a scholarship recipient

Norma Wiberg

Director of Partnerships and Administration

Notre Dame University

Norma is a San Diego native who has built a successful career in the mortgage industry for the past 45 years. She has served on the Boards of Friends of San Pasqual Academy, Sharp Hospital Foundation and the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club and Foundation. Norma's passions include family and giving back.

Advisory Board

Steven King


san diego state university

Steven is a Wealth Manager with over 30 years of experience with top Wall Street firms. He owns Cardiff Reef Wealth Management, Inc. As a California native, he loves golf, travel and volunteering.

Annie Fonte


Harvard University

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Original co-founder

Sharon Considine

San Diego State

Sharon is best known as a restaurant owner for 27 years. President of the USO, Coronado CofC, SD Restaurant Association, Coronado Hospital Foundation, SDSU Alumni. Loves her Husband, kids and 9 grandkids. Motto: "Live for today as it could be your last."

Original co-founder

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