However, did you know that Glenna is an avid quilter? “I love to design and put things and people together,” she said. “In a way, quilting represents my life. It’s been a wonderful and beautiful patchwork of design and what I can accomplish.”
Glenna was born in Honolulu where her family owned bakeries, restaurants and hotels. She was named after Uncle Glen, her godfather. At age 4, the family relocated to San Diego where Glenna attended Warren Walker Elementary, Ocean Beach Elementary, Collier Junior High (later called Correia Junior High) and Point Loma High School (class of 1971). She attended San Diego State University and graduated in 1974 with a degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in journalism and English. “My dad was the foreman in the composing room of the Union-Tribune newspaper. But, I couldn’t get a job as a reporter in the newsroom at that newspaper because Copley had a policy banning the hiring of family members,” Glenna said. So, she went to work for magazine publishers. At one time, she was the director of advertising production for three monthly magazines, plus a quarterly.
In the 1983, Glenna decided to go to law school to learn more about copyright and trademark laws. She earned her law degree from Western Sierra School of Law in San Diego in 1991 and began a career in paralegal work. She worked full time as a legal secretary and paralegal while going to night school. “I’ve been involved in nearly every type of law, including civil and criminal, federal and state trial work, criminal appeals, research and motion pleadings, copyright, insurance claims and bankruptcies,” she said.
In the 1990s, Glenna started managing apartments. “I fell into real estate by accident. Getting into property management led me to get my real estate license,” she said. Also in 1998, Glenna earned a master’s degree in education leadership from SDSU. Her master’s thesis was on training nurses to do paralegal work for attorneys. According to Glenna, “Nurses have the same skill sets and ability to review charts and medical issues as physicians do. Hiring a nurse to review the massive records, organize and summarize those records to assist attorneys in understanding the medical issues would reduce the cost of trial preparation for the client. Then at trial, the doctors are hired as expert witnesses to testify as to those medical issues. As far as I am concerned, it’s the nurses who end-up doing the legwork for the doctors.”
In 1993, Glenna founded Vanderblumen Publications, an independent small press publishing house that helps first-time authors get published with on-demand printing. When Glenna started in the publishing industry, there were no on-demand presses available. All copy was placed on galleys with pica pole rulers by hand. Now with the assistance of computers, word processing programs and the Internet, a book can be created and published within a week.
Her love of writing inspired her to establish her own small press company to assist others in developing their writing skills and seeing their work self-published when traditional publishing avenues were not available. She is a member of the Publisher & Writers of San Diego, a professional networking group focused on the selling side of publishing.
Glenna is the author of numerous real estate articles and is currently working on a book which provides practical advice on property management for landlords and renters.
In 2002, she began focusing more on real estate sales. Today, as a broker, she remains involved in residential sales and purchases, property management, paralegal and bookkeeping work. She is affiliated with Keller Williams Realty in El Cajon. She also is a member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of La Mesa, The La Mesa Friends of the Library, the La Mesa Historical Society and Kiwanis Club of La Mesa and Kiwanis Youth Development Support Club (KYDS).
“Giving back and being of service to my community is important to me,” said Glenna. “I have made San Diego my home and I want to make it a better place to live for future generations to come. To me, that means making the lives of children better, making our communities better and making our lives better. Real estate has provided one avenue to make that happen.”
“I admire PSAR because our members are people from every walk of life,” Glenna said. “In the past, I was involved with another real estate association, but I found PSAR to be highly professional, competent and accessible. Our profession must stay involved in supporting our community, and PSAR is leading the way.”