familiar faces

Former teacher battling arthritis turns cycling passion into business

Erin Gorrell and her husband Wilson own and operate Folsom Bike as well as Town Center Bike & Tri. Erin has competed in triathlons and endurance rides. For one of her rides, benef ...

Former Miss California turns to volunteerism, interior design

Dianne Drisko was Miss California in 1972 and is still involved in the Miss America Organization. She and her husband Richard moved to El Dorado Hills in 1998 with their family fro ...

El Dorado Hills author turns to cycling for exercise

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Carolyn Newcomer is an El Dorado Hills mother, author, interior designer, biker and more. She’s the author of the Barf’s Books, a series of children’s b ...

Dessert maker combines big-city training with hometown tastes

A Cameron Park baker and dessert maker, trained in New York, now calls this region home. Musarrat Afshan started her own business in 2008. She’s also a familiar face at area Farm ...

Love of all things international is her passion

Julie Brown matches host families with students from around the world, who visit the United States over the summer for about three weeks, as part of EF Educational Homestay Program ...

Having eight kids doesn't slow down this family in El Dorado Hills

It takes a super mom to raise a mega family. With eight kids, Brenda Collette has to be organized. At one point in her life, when she had five kids in soccer, her schedule began at ...

From the Bay to the ‘Hills,’ Purple Place owner enjoys life

Denise Hountalas and her husband Mike own the Purple Place Bar and Grill, a well-known landmark in El Dorado Hills. They have three sons. Besides trying to manage the house, kids ...

Hair stylist Morrow keeps locals looking good at Hoshall's

With a cut and color, one stylist can turn a person’s day from groggy to glamorous. Devon Morrow, 27, has worked at Hoshall’s Salon and Spa, 6608 Folsom Auburn Road, Suite 4, F ...

Whodunit author gave up CEO post to start writing

Cindy Sample’s earlier dream was to sit on a sofa next to Oprah. However, she’s now a local mystery writer who just released her second book, “Dying for a Dance,” and is wo ...

Film producer Lisa Dane finds home in El Dorado Hills, was extra in Tom Hanks' 'Forrest Gump'

Lisa Dane moved to Northern California and fell in love at first sight — with vineyards. A native of Washington, D.C., she lived most of her life on the East Coast. Her husband ...