But did you know that she worked in 1976 on an animated movie called “Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back?” The movie was illustrated by Shel Silverstein, author of the children’s novel with the same title. “I was working in New York City at the time of the nation’s bicentennial,” said Kay. “It was a surreal experience to be in New York City and witness the celebration on July 4th.”
Kay grew up in Santa Rosa. She remembers riding her bike to Lake Ralphine to go sailing. “My friends and I would capsize the boat on purpose so we would have an excuse to go swimming,” she said.
Kay’s father, Chuck LeMenager, served as the state’s director of housing and community development under Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1967. Mr. LeMenager left Sacramento to help develop San Diego Country Estates in Ramona, where he still lives today.
Kay lived in Vermont and on a house boat in Sausalito, Calif., before making her home in East County in 1981. “I never want to leave this wonderful community,” said Kay, who lives today in El Cajon’s Granite Hills neighborhood.
She started in commercial real estate sales in 1988, and switched to residential sales in 1990 with Priscilla Tomaski Realtors, a brokerage acquired by Coldwell Banker in 1999. The same La Mesa office next to a Brigantine restaurant has been a real estate office since 1963.
“I enjoy deals with other agents because I enjoy the brainstorming and interaction,” said Kay. “Back in 2010, this office had a $5.2 million, six-sided deal involving three agents. I loved the teamwork.”
According to Kay, “Real estate has been a constant thread in my entire life. One day I’m selling a $59,000 manufactured home, and the next day it’s an expensive home on Mount Helix.”
She respects this year’s PSAR president Carey Guthrie and the Association. “Consensus building is so important, and Carey has done that this year with such enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Our Association is in capable hands. I’ve seen what happens to other groups when there is infighting. Our association has very giving members, and we’re always learning from each other.”