Meet the Member: Donnalynn Polito

Meet the Member: Donnalynn Polito

Donnalynn is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Exercise Physiologist, Master Exercise Nutrition Coach, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist. You can find Donnalynn at Vigor and Trim, a Health and Fitness Membership site for 50+.

Knowing how to take care of your body, how to obtain and maintain fitness and health, should be something everyone should know. Since that’s not the case, I have set out to teach people, particularly middle age and older adults, how to do just that so that they can enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle so they can do the activities they love to do in a body they can do them well in.

I’m one of those life-long learners.  I particularly dwell in the arena of food, nutrition, how to personally effect your body’s health.  It all fascinates me, and I love sharing it, from how to grow your own food, to identifying and use culinary herbs; how to source your foods and how to cook food in ways that absorb the largest amounts of nutrients.  It’s interesting, fun and all a part of what keeps us healthy and vibrant.

I’ve been training adults in fitness and health for more than 4 decades.  I take my work seriously but have a lot of fun doing it. It’s particularly a joy to guide clients toward what I call “Practicing Euphoria”. This is the liberating and empowering magic we feel when we move our bodies and minds together in a series of movements and patterns.  Perhaps, at some point, I can look forward to practicing it with you.

Watching clients work on a movement and then, one day, they achieve it.  It delights us both!  And it’s the best motivation to continue perfecting the fundamentals with each more challenging move.  I have to say, it gives me goosebumps and sometimes I even do a momentary happy cry when they achieve something we’ve been working on for a while.

I work with middle-aged and older, busy adults whose schedules keep them from achieving the level of health and fitness they desire.  I have three-prong approach that teaches people how to better understand their bodies from a more holistic approach.  Closely examining their whole-body movement pattern, we can identify imbalances and compensations.  We then look at how they are fueling and nourishing the body for its systems to be able to harmonize well.  And third, we learn and apply methods of recovery, building as we relax and healing to create more.

My primary focus is to provide tools, techniques and information that inform and enables clients to work confidentially and more successfully with life’s transitions, to recognize the beauty of strength and to ultimately have a sustainable, healthy, and active lifestyle that allows them to feel good, move well and look good.

As an older, active adult who through the years has had a number of injuries, it is through my own experience that I recognize the possibilities and the rewards of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.  My students benefit from the many years of study and experience I have tallied up.

My clients can rely on me as a resource for them as I answer their questions and provide options they perhaps hadn’t considered.  It also allows me to work closely with them and their healthcare providers to resolve issues that may come up.  This gives my clients a great base of support, relieves some of the stress and saves them time.  They move forward confidently and efficiently.

No matter how locomotion is accomplished, or the maintenance of the body’s beautiful, intricate systems dancing harmoniously together, it requires intention and attention, making space to put your mind towards that which we value most, good health.

People often ask me what’s my motivation to be doing the work I do for so many years.  My answer is always the same.  I know everyone wants to be healthy and wants to be fit.  So, I teach the skills, the drive and the appreciation of beauty in strength.  People are able to gather up the know-how to be able to move about meeting the demands of their environment while creating memorable experiences throughout their lifetime.

Through the years, I danced, jogged, hiked, practiced Kung Fu, Judo, taught Aerobics and did a little swimming.  I continue to be active lifting weights, practicing yoga, walking, and teaching.   I’m excited to get back into my garden again.

I loved then and still love learning and experiencing those things that offer an opportunity for fun, expansiveness, and growth, both physically and mentally.  I continue to study, adding to my college degrees and certifications. In addition, I’m writing a book having fun with the grands, and, yes, still teaching.

Meet The Member: Jeannie Twomey

Meet The Member: Jeannie Twomey

Jeannie Twomey of Key Ventures, Inc. develops innovative and thoroughly researched real estate investing opportunities.

Meet the Member! This blog is one in a series of posts dedicated to learning a little more about one of our PWBC members.

Jeannie Twomey is a real estate investor who has been a member of the PWBC for nearly ten years. She is passionate about sharing her investment experiences with others and explore a wide variety of real estate investment opportunities, from residential rentals to mobile home parks.

Jeannie grew up on her family’s farm in the Central Valley of California where her parents and other family members still live today. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with an accounting-focused business degree. After earning her CPA with Deloitte, she spent her early career in banking. This eventually led her to the bay area, working for Wells Fargo at their headquarters in San Francisco. Although there was a big contrast between her farm roots and her city life, she felt equally at home in both places and enjoyed the diversity and cultural events offered in the San Francisco bay area. In addition to working at banks, she and a group of leaders started a finance company and then she was recruited away to be part of a team to spin off a division of Nomura Securities in New York. Afterwards, she found herself back in banking, this time on the peninsula. Deciding the commute was taking up too much of her time, she decided to call Redwood City home.

After a layoff, and because she was raised by entrepreneurs, she launched her own consulting business in 2003, focused primarily on helping public companies with their regulatory filings. About this same time, she started exploring network marketing in the health and wellness area. While her network marketing business did not lead to big wealth, it did give her a great education in personal development and a taught her the importance of focusing on purpose and resilience. It also led to travels and friendships around the country. The motivational speakers who spoke at conferences she attended gave her a refreshed open mindedness to possibility, opportunity and learning new skills.

When she and her husband decided to rent out their second home in 2015, she realized there was much to learn and know about operating a real estate business to do it successfully. They chose Elite Legacy’s program with multiple courses in everything from Foreclosures to Creative Financing. The network of other real estate investors and program affiliates she met in this program resulted in a variety of investments, including single-family home rentals outside of California, flip investments in Florida, an airbnb in Arizona and financing of mobile homes.

When not working on real estate, Jeannie can be found out in her garden or spending time with family and friends. She loves to read, travel, meet new people and enjoy a glass of wine while teaching herself to paint with watercolors.

Essential Oils by doTerra are Clean, Green, Pure, and Powerful

Essential Oils by doTerra are Clean, Green, Pure, and Powerful

Adrienne Fink knows her essential oils

Adrienne Fink is an essential oils Wellness Advocate with doTerra Essential Oils.  She started her journey with essential oils in December 2014.  She is certified in “Aromatouch Technique” and “Symphony of the Cells” topical essential oil applications.  Adrienne is a strong advocate for using certified pure therapeutic grade oils to change your life. 

DoTerra emphasizes purity in its products.  The Essential Oil industry is not officially regulated so other brands that profess to sell essential oils can include all manner of nonessential additives.  In contrast, doTerra IS 100% pure and the company believes purity is the most important factor. At  doTerra  the product lines are tested and sampled for purity and effectiveness.  DoTerra searches worldwide for the best ingredients and conducts over 50 tests on a single batch of oils to prove they are pure, potent, and effective.  The bottle even reveals all the testing that is conducted.  DoTerra also cares about the sources from which it gets the ingredients for its essential oils.  DoTerra does not own any of the farms but buys from selected sources and invests in the infrastructure of the locations and in the people where good sources are located.  Do Terra does “co-source impacting” which means, for example, doTerra will go in and build a well or a school or finance better education but leave the property ownership to the people who live at the location.  DoTerra is all about heart and helping others. 

DoTerra is changing the world one drop at a time.  DoTerra’s mission is to “change the world one drop at a time.”  You don’t need more than one drop of doTerra oils to realize an effect.  DoTerra’s mission of change extends to its own carbon footprint.   DoTerra no longer uses bubblewrap in its packaging, and only uses sustainable packaging, which will significantly reduce its carbon footprint over the next 2-5 years.  “DoTerra” means the gift of the earth and it lives its mission!

DoTerra Abode product line.    DoTerra has a new product line called Abode.  Abode represents a new formula with new scents using eleven different essential oils , known for their cleaning qualities.   Abode features multi-use products including a surface cleaner, dishwashing liquid (machine and hand), laundry soap, handwashing liquid, and hand lotion.  Of course, like all other doTerra products, Abode does not include any harsh chemical ingredients, only essential oils.  You do not need harsh chemicals to clean your environment.  More people are realizing that harsh chemicals that are included in a lot of cleaning solutions can have negative health effects over time!  The Abode product line uses clean, green ingredients and sustainable packaging and is just as effective at cleaning as the products with harsh additives.  The Abode product line comes in recyclable aluminum bottles that can be decanted into the glass dispenser bottles.  As with all DoTerra products, responsibility and sustainability are important.

DoTerra Holiday Products.  Some new and holiday doTerra products are available starting November 1, 2021.

For more information about how doTerra natural oils and products can change your life, reach out to Adrienne at 650-302-3899. She is more than happy to share her personal experiences and knowledge about how essential oils can improve your life. She can also be reached by emailing her at

Meet the Member

Meet the Member


 Our insurance specialist – Caron Soenen

Meet the Member! This blog is one in a series of posts dedicated to learning a little more about one of our PWBC members.

Caron Soenen is a Commercial Insurance agent for Farmers helping small business owners protect their assets and their employees with Workers Comp policies specific to their needs. She enjoys sharing what she knows about the workings of insurance policies and recognizes that insurance has its own special kind of language that is important to know.

Languages and teaching have been a large part of who she is. She learned many programming languages in her education and career as a software engineer, and spent several years traveling and teaching military members how to use the software that her team developed for the Space and Defense sector at TRW. 

Caron is a native of the Bay Area having earned her first degree at College of San Mateo and, after attending San Diego State University for her junior year, returned to San Jose State University to complete her Computer Science degree while working full time. 

Computers and traveling were great fun but she learned that motherhood opened a new and wonderful part of her life and she retired after 20 years to become a full time mom. Cherishing every moment and every day, volunteering in the library and classrooms from kindergarten until they kicked her out in 4th grade, being a softball, basketball, and soccer mom and even an AYSO referee made life full of fun memories. She began volunteering in other aspects of life too, including with PSI, Personal Success Institute and a personal growth leader since the 70’s, where she learned about expanding personal responsibility, happiness is a choice, and overcoming fears to live the life she chooses. She is grateful for her family, friends, and wonderful extended family as well, and looks forward to each and every day with a smile!