Judy Salamacha expanded her coverage of the Central Coast communities of San Luis Obispo County in California by moving her column and free lance articles to Simply Clear Marketing & Media (www.simplyclearmarketing.com) writing for the companies three newspapers and four magazines. Previously her weekly column focused on Morro Bay, Cayucos and Los Osos/Baywood and ran in the San Luis Obispo Tribune (www.sanluisobispo.com).
Retiring after five years, the former Director for the Central Coast Writers’ Conference at Cuesta College is now focused on helping the Board of Trustees of the Central Coast Maritime Museum Association build its first building in Morro Bay at 1210 Embarcadero — a 20-year dream of the founders now on track to happen in 2017-18. She currently serves as Secretary & Public Information & Marketing for the board of directors building the Morro Bay Maritime Museum (www.morrobaymaritime.org)
Judy also serves as Program Chairman Morro Bay Rotary, which meets Tuesdays at noon at the Morro Bay Golf Course Banquet Room. (www.morrobayrotary.org). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Garden House of Morro Bay, a nonprofit Alzheimer’s and Dementia home serving 15 residents with round-the-clock high quality residential care since 2000.
Formerly from Bakersfield, California, she co-authored the interpretive nonfiction biography about the city’s namesake, Colonel Thomas Baker, titled Colonel Baker’s Field: An American Pioneer Story (Bear State Books, 2013) now in its 2nd printing. In 2015 the Kern County Superintendent of Schools sanctioned the donation of 1200 copies of the stand-alone biography to middle schools throughout the county. The effort for the donation was supported by multiple community members and presented to the schools in a ceremony at Bakersfield City Hall presided by Mayor Harvey Hall on November 5th, Colonel Baker’s 105th birthday. Educator and co-author Sandra Mittelsteadt and the Great-Grandson Chris Brewer, a California Historian, were key to the development of the project as well as Jody Salamacha Hollier, who illustrated and formatted the book.
Community interests and involvement is in her DNA. Judy’s Mom, Pat McKaye, was served as operation’s manager at the Cayucos Seniors Thrift Shop from age 81-93. Her husband Bob spends Saturday afternoons helping out at the Morro Bay Community Market, but spends most of his time thoroughly enjoying his retirement. Her son, Jeremy Salamacha, is a general contractor on the Central Coast, Salamacha Construction, based out of Los Osos, CA. Her daughter-in-law, Rena, is Chief of Information Technology at MEE Memorial Hospital in King City, CA and her granddaughter, Brittany Thompson, is in Security Services in the United States Air Force.
Her daughter, Jody, is a photographer/graphic artist/illustrator/creator of crafts and operations supervisor for Garden House of Morro Bay and her son-in-law, Michael, is a planner with Cal Trans, based in San Luis Obispo.
Pictured on the home page is Judy and Cajun, her best-ever furry son, RIP Memorial Day, 2017 after 15 years of loving friendship.