“After graduating with a Marketing degree from San Diego State in 1987, I somehow ended up in the hotel industry as a catering manager, planning meetings and weddings. Feeling unsettled in my job by the time 1997 came around  I was looking for a new direction. After much aptitude testing, a career counselor suggested I become a graphic designer. I was shocked, as I didn’t think I was creative and didn’t know the first thing about art. But on blind faith I quit my job, enrolled in art school, and I haven’t looked back since. I have an affinity for clean designs and find much inspiration in beautiful photography. After losing my step-father 23 years ago, and my father in 2009 both to Glioblastoma, I feel a strong desire to help bring an end to this terrible disease. I choose to volunteer as CEFs graphic designer not only to offer my assistance, but to visually enhance CEFs message, hoping that my designs will help attract the much needed attention that this disease needs. In addition to being the senior designer at the wireless technology company Qualcomm, I also run Visuality Designs (insert url link www.visualitydesigns.com), my one-person design studio.”

Vicki Pene – CEF’s volunteer Graphic Designer