That would be my reaction if I saw Betsey Nash today. I recently connected with Betsey on FaceBook and when I saw her picture, I thought that she had not changed one bit from high school.
If you recall, she appeared on nearly every page of our Ceralbus — she was Most Talkative (with Bob Northrop), had the Best Personality (with Jim Gustad, Bob Elliott, and Mindy Poe), Most Athletic (with John Ferguson), Most School Spirit (with Steve Burns) and Class Clown (with Les Heller). In addition, she was one of the Miss Bulldogs of the Month and Girls League President. She was also on the Pep Committee, ASB Social Committee, ASB Election Committee, ASB Assembly Committee, Legislative Council, Executive Council, Lettergirls’ Club, Rooters’ Club, Senior Prom Committee, and on the Senior Barbecue Committee.
And she participated in Dance Performance, A Cappella Choir, Girls’ Choir and Madrigal Choir.
Whew! Even Betsey says it’s a wonder she ever graduated! For sure, Betsey was a person we all admired greatly.
It’s no wonder that she put all those people skills to work and is today a specialist in human resources. She had a career in title insurance and spent ten years in HR with Home Depot before being recruited by Bed Bath & Beyond where she was District HR Manager overseeing 12 stores in the San Fernando Valley. She is a popular newspaper columnist, a much sought-after emcee, and was an award-winning radio talk show host. Betsey has kept up her extra-curricular activities — except now it’s called “community volunteering.” Her activities included founding and serving as President of the San Luis Obispo County Women’s Network, Director of the Cuesta College Foundation, and serving on the board of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and San Luis Obispo County’s Land Conservancy. She also wrote a great blog called “Only Human,” and now writes a biweekly column on employment issues. She says she is “happily ensconced on the central coast with my life partner of 21 years, Marci Powers (Bellarmine-Jefferson class of ’66).”
Recently Betsey lamented the fact that she dreamed of being on Broadway at one time in her life — and her father was in charge of music in the school system. I never knew that! But she has sung with the California Vocal Arts Ensemble and toured with them throughout the cathedrals of Europe as well as Poland and Russia.
But no matter what you did, Betsey, you were destined for success!
No wonder you recognized me — I have the same hairdo! Thanks for your kind words, Kathy — it has been a wonderful life so far!
Betsey’s father was director of music for the Burbank Unified School District.