Traci Turner, by Paula Kenyon, Development Director
Don’t let Traci’s title, Assistant Business Manager fool you. Since PCS no longer has a Business Manager, she (with the help of Peggy Gross) is pretty much it, and she is more than capable, making sure that the tasks of PCS’s Business Department, most of which go on behind the scenes, proceed smoothly! An ace at her job, and friendly to boot, PCS wouldn’t be the same without her. And, Traci is no stranger to PCS’s new building; she actually managed the building for twelve years when it belonged to Dascom, a good ten years before PCS set sights on it.
Born in Bakersfield, but raised in Tulare, Ventura and Ojai, Traci graduated from Fresno State, obtaining a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Proud of the fact that she passed her CPA exam in just one sitting despite the fact that Fresno State had the lowest pass rate at the time, Traci got a job at an accounting firm even before she graduated. In addition to her work with Dascom, over the years she has held positions with the County of Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Operation, IBM, and as a self-employed contract controller.
Traci met her New Zealand born husband Brian while they were both working at Dascom. After having two kids – Christopher, who now attends PCS and Amanda, who will soon – and enjoying extended stays and travels in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia, Traci and her family, now including a dog, a cat, and a turtle, have settled once again in Santa Cruz.
While Traci is pretty much a by-the-book kind of person, she is brave and does enjoy a good adventure such as sailing trips, scuba diving and skydiving. Traci also brings a can-do attitude to her life and her work. An example of this fact can be found in her participation in the annual “Roadeo Bus Challenge” back when she worked for Fresno Transit. As Traci tells it, even though she was part of the administrative, non-bus driving staff, they let her drive in the bus driver’s obstacle course. Never having driven a 40-passenger bus before, she gamely drove around cones and wove through obstacles. She garnered the worst score they had ever tallied… and they gave her a small trophy of a dented bus as a memento. It’s in the Business Office with Traci – go see for yourself!