Now living and working in San Francisco, Gwyn is the daughter of a French Literature Professor and a High School Teacher/Peace Corps Volunteer. She was raised on the shores of Narragansett Bay, with summers on Hatteras Island and sabbatical stays in Oxford and Paris.
In the Bay Area, she was lucky enough to work in the rapidly growing, entrepreneurial environments of The Sharper Image and Backroads, Inc. She is forever grateful to the founders of those companies for providing great challenges and ever changing opportunities, and for their unrelenting drive to create exceptional customer experiences.
The chance to wear many hats and thrive in the midst of chaos, sometimes far from home, helped Gwyn transition to the career she loves as a Personal Assistant (where she continues to work for one of the Bay Area’s leading entrepreneurs).
In 2008 she founded The Personal Assistant Network, the first professional organization for Personal Assistants and Estate Managers in the Bay Area. Members share trusted resources, attend seminars focused on professional development, and enjoy the myriad benefits of being part of a community of colleagues.
As Director of Membership, Cathie gets us all involved in The Personal Assistant Network private online community and spearheads offline team building initiatives too. She’s got a great group to work with, representing a range of experiences and skills in private service. Onboarding new members and keeping longtime participants enthused is how she gets her kicks!
Cathie is a dedicated career Personal Assistant and Estate Manager with over 15 years of experience managing home offices, estates and busy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her areas of expertise include oversight of multiple properties locally and overseas, staffing and training, and coordinating complex international travel.
A California native, Cathie lives with her husband in the East Bay and is passionate about travel, photography and the San Francisco Giants. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking, biking or cooking.
Celia is a native San Franciscan and lives in our fair city. Her event planning repertoire includes producing weddings and countless fundraising galas. She also comes equipped with a culinary and retail background, making her an excellent Personal Assistant and Special Projects Manager – and naturally a fabulous Global Director of Meetings & Events for The Personal Assistant Network!
As our Global Director of Meetings & Events, Celia organizes professional development seminars, social gatherings, vendor showcases and more, in San Francisco, Napa/Sonoma, and on the Peninsula. She also oversees our activities in New York. Celia is constantly scouting locations for The Personal Assistant Network meetings, recruiting speakers, and spearheading complex logistics. We are lucky to have her at the helm.
As if all that weren’t enough, she loves to travel, cook and garden. She can often be found volunteering, with efforts focusing on promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting underserved communities.
In her role as Director of Development, Bridget spearheads initiatives focused on funding continuing education, IT infrastructure and resource expansion for The Personal Assistant Network. She’s extremely creative and connected – all members benefit from having her in this role.
Born and raised in Iowa, Bridget’s career in retail management brought her to the Bay Area. After several years of successfully climbing the corporate ladder, Bridget was ready to transition to a career in private service when a close family friend had quadruplets. She worked as a live-in nanny/house manager for many young families – including traveling the LPGA golf tour for 2 years as a Nanny/Personal Assistant to a Hall of Fame golfer.
In her spare time, she loves to travel to her favorite coastal town in Mexico, go to musical theater, hike the gorgeous trails in Marin County and take wine tasting/spa trips with friends.
After a 12+ year career in the creative and chaotic world of advertising, Kristen started her own business, Bella Concierge, in 2006 and has been helping clients enjoy more time for themselves ever since!
As Director of Online Resources, Kristen manages The Personal Assistant Network’s proprietary database – full of over 500 vendor referrals from both coasts, all accompanied by peer reviews. Our members have an ever present need for qualified vendors and service professionals – Kristen’s Director role is key to our success as an organization, and provides one of the biggest benefits we offer.
Kristen is a Bay Area native living in San Francisco, and has always enjoyed traveling the world to explore new cultures, food, wine, and people. She speaks fluent Italian and lived and studied in Italy for several years, returning to visit whenever she can.