Elyse also chaired the NSDCAR’s YPN (Young Professionals Network) group for two years (2014-2016). Since 2015, she has served as a California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Director on behalf of NSDCAR. “Getting involved on a state level has been very rewarding,” said Elyse. “It takes time away from your business and home life but its all worth it. The education, the connections you make with fellow real estate industry professionals and the overall sense that you’re making a difference.”
But did you know that Elyse once ran in front of cars and stopped traffic at Interstate 5 and Manchester Avenue to protect a family of ducks?
“Animals are my passion, and I’ve felt that way since as long as I can remember,” said Elyse. “A couple of years ago, I was all dressed-up and on my way to a dinner riding in a friend’s car when I saw a mother duck and her ducklings walking across the freeway. I yelled at my friend to stop the car. I ran in front of cars and stopped traffic while I guided the ducks back to San Elijo Lagoon.”
Elyse, 28, is an active volunteer with several community organizations. “It’s really important for REALTORS® to give back in the communities where we work,” she said.
She has volunteered with the Spay and Neuter Action Project (SNAP), a purpose-driven, 501(c)(3) charitable organization offer low-cost spay and neuter services in San Diego. She also has been involved with SNAP’s Neuter Scooter Bus, a full-service mobile clinic staffed by accredited veterinarians who specialize in spaying and neutering cats and dogs.
Elyse also has volunteered for the Feral Cat Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering and overpopulation of feral and abandoned cats through a trap-neuter-return (TNR) process. “We trap, neuter and then return feral cats to their outdoor homes where they are monitored by caretakers,” said Elyse.
Elyse also has volunteered for the Community Resource Center (CRC), a nonprofit organization that works to end hunger, homelessness and domestic violence in North County San Diego. CRC’s programs include a domestic violence emergency shelter, hotline and prevention-education outreach, a therapeutic children’s center, professional counseling, legal advocacy, food and nutrition distribution center, homelessness prevention and rental and housing assistance. “All of CRC’s programs are designed to assist participants to successfully navigate their paths of safety, stability and self-sufficiency,” said Elyse. “I’ve been helping CRC since I was a freshman in high school. I help at their Encinitas facility in the Food Distribution Center, which is similar to a mini-grocery store.”
An Encinitas native, Elyse graduated from La Costa High School (class of 2007). She then graduated from San Diego State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and media studies. While in college, she worked as a nanny for a North County family. After college, Elyse said she took several month-long trips throughout Europe and Asia. Among her favorite spots: Venice in Italy, Mykonos in Greece and Thailand.
“I love to travel, especially traveling solo, which was new for me this year,” said Elyse. By herself, in January of this year, she visited eight countries, including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, France and Ireland. “You learn a lot about yourself when you travel,” Elyse said. “I’ve always lived in the North County, but it’s fun to travel and see the rest of the world.”
In May 2011, Elyse had a life-changing dinner with Susie Nancarrow, who operates a real estate company where Elyse works. “I’ve known Susie my entire life,” said Elyse. “My mom used to take Susie’s exercise classes at Frog’s in Encinitas and me and her three kids were in daycare there. Susie invited me to dinner. I had just, graduated from college and I was unsure about what I was going to do in life. At her house, I kept asking Susie a bunch of questions about real estate. Finally, she said, `Why don’t you use your marketing degree, work for me in my office and earn your real estate sales license?’ Right then, I decided on a career in real estate. The next day I signed up for the classes and ordered the books. Learning the business with Susie as my mentor has made all the difference in the world for my success.” Elyse earned her license in October 2012, and earned her broker’s license in December 2016.
Last September, Elyse, Susie and her 27-year-old daughter Hannah hiked Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the lower 48 states. It took them 15 hours to climb the 22 miles to the 14,505-foot peak. This Labor Day, the trio plan to climb Half Dome, a granite dome at Yosemite National Park in California. Elyse’s other hobbies include yoga, tennis and playing the guitar.
“I am honored to represent NSDCAR as a C.A.R. Director and be involved in the Association,” said Elyse. “NSDCAR is the best-ever Association. Our Association stands behind the members and offers outstanding educational classes so that our members can keep up with all the changes and still have jobs 10 and 15 years from now.”