STOCKTON, Calif. – Two University of the Pacific former student-athletes — Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle and Duane Isetti — continue to show the greatness that comes from not only the university, but from the Stockton community.
Last month, Spracher-Birtwhistle was named the new president and CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County, while Isetti was selected the 65th Stocktonian of the Year by the Central Valley Association of Realtors and Greater Stockton's Chamber of Commerce.
A 1981 women's tennis graduate, Spracher-Birtwhistle has served as a member of the Athletic Leadership Council since its inception in 2012. She obtained a Master's degree in Sports Medicine before going on to spend 30 years with the Kaiser Permanente and the Kaiser Medical Group.
Spracher-Birtwhistle is known for the work that she has done with a number one non-profit organizations. She was a co-founder of Advancing Women's Leadership conference and The Eleanor Project, both of which aim at inspiring, motivating and mentoring women. In addition, she designed a mobile health van that provides physicians to low-income neighborhoods and community centers to provide healthcare to uninsured patients.
The Stockton native, played football for St. Mary's High School, went on to play baseball and football for the Tigers from 1959-63 and earned his Master's degree in physical education from Pacific in 1965. From 1994-99 Isetti served as an assistant athletic director at Pacific and an executive director of the Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF) and from 1999-2008 was the director of planned giving at Pacific.
He currently sits on a number of other boards including the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame, Alpha PSI Foundation, Stockton County Bar Foundation, St. Mary's Dining Room, and Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame committee.
Isetti's proudest achievement was establishing the Community Foundation of San Joaquin roughly 10 years ago. The Foundation helps foster the needs of nonprofit organizations, granting hundred's of thousands of dollars annually.
A dinner will be hosted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 to honor Isetti on his career accolades. Tickets are available here.