The Country Friends History

Formed in 1954 to fulfill a need of “Helping San Diegans since 1954 :: One Hand At a Time” The Country Friends® actively seeks out members and sponsors, owns and operates a Consignment Shop, and hosts events to raise funds for local human care agencies. With unparalleled standing throughout Southern California, we value each and every supporter of The Country Friends®. We offer membership to those who want to take part in our community of giving and attend our events.

Your support whether it takes the form of a donation, event ticket, consignment and/or purchase from the shop helps The Country Friends® to ensure the continuation and growth of this generous giving program.

President- Deborah Cross

Deborah Cross, who has been a member of the Board for the past six years, was elected to serve as the President of The Country Friends for 2017-2018.

“I am honored to lead this wonderful team of staff and volunteers, continuing The Country Friends’ commitment to those most in need throughout San Diego County.”

A native San Diegan, Cross graduated from San Diego State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology. She founded Hearing Dynamics in 1983 and remained in private practice for 15 years, until the business was sold to Sonus Hearing Care. After several years with Sonus, Cross retired to spend more time with her family.

She and husband Les Cross have long been active in charitable pursuits including serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Les has been actively involved with the Marine Corp Scholarship Fund and is currently on the Board of the USS Midway Foundation.

The Del Mar residents will be very active in The Country Friends Legacy Campaign to raise $1 million dollars to pay off the construction loan on The Consignment Shop in Rancho Santa Fe, allowing more money to be distributed to local human care agencies, and to create an endowment fund to ensure The Country Friends will continue to give back to the community in the decades to come.

Executive Board of Directors

President Suzanne M. Newman
First Vice President Deborah Cross
Second Vice President – Human Care Funding Marci Cavanaugh
Third Vice President – Consignment Manager Yvette Letourneau
Treasurer – Chief Financial Officer Janean Stripe
Recording Secretary Trish Bugg

Board of Directors

Events Manager Christine Byrne
Honoring & Remembrance Jean Waters
Hospitality Co-Director Becky Le Bret
Hospitality Co-Director Erika Fetter
HCF Co-Director Jolene Davidison
HCF Co-Director Robyn Hudgens
Newsletter Director Sage Billick
Publicity Co-Chair Mia Park
Publicity Co-Chair Andrea Naverson
Consignment Store Staff Representative Sharon Mauro
Special Events Director Maggie Bobileff
Events Volunteer Director Laura White