BCRC is excited to announce the addition of Maurice Moreno as a new member of the Board of Trustees. Maurice has been a BCRC volunteer since 2007, generously donating his time as well has his beautiful fine jewelry to help raise funds to support programs and services. In 2012 and 2018 Maurice was chosen as Volunteer of the Year for his tremendous dedication and spirit of volunteerism. Also, in 2015 Maurice served as Chairman for the BCRC Copacabana Gala fall fundraiser event.
After moving to Santa Barbara in 2006 with his family, Maurice built a successful fine jewelry business, continuing a family tradition working in fine jewelry and gemstones. After starting his first business at age 19, earning a master’s degree in marketing, building, and selling a successful business in Brazil, and starting over in a new country, Maurice is now teaching one of his many passions, Jiu-Jitsu at UCSB and privately. “I never wanted to wear a suit! I have always enjoyed working for myself and at this point in life, I want more time for the things that are really important, like my family and helping others.” Maurice and his wife, Cynthia Walker enjoy living in Santa Barbara and treasure spending time with family and children.
“I am excited to be more involved as a BCRC Board Member. I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer for many years and helping with whatever needed to be done, but now I look forward to being more of an ambassador and really getting the word out about all that the BCRC offers our community. I also hope to get others more engaged. Finally, I want to help spread the message about the importance of self-exams—for women and men. Awareness and early breast cancer detection are so important.”
Silvana Kelly, BCRC Executive Director recently had a chance to ask Maurice a few questions, to help introduce him to our larger BCRC Family.
Sivlana: Can you share with us your personal history with the BCRC?
Maurice: In 2007 shortly after arriving in Santa Barbara I met Silvana through a Jewelry Trunk Show supporting the BCRC. After that she asked me if I would be interested in volunteering. Of course, I said yes! I immediately felt so welcomed and part of the BCRC family.
Sivlana: What have been some of your most rewarding moments from your involvement with the BCRC?
Maurice: After so many years of being a volunteer with the BCRC, I have to say one of the highlights was being the 2015 BCRC fall fundraiser event Chairman for the Copacabana Gala—that was awesome. It was the year before the Olympics in Rio so the event theme and timing lent itself to creating great energy and fun. But the most rewarding moments are when I have the chance to meet all the people that the BCRC has been able to help. Their smiles fill my heart.
Sivlana: What are some of your goals as new Board Member for the BCRC?
Maurice: I am excited to be more involved as a BCRC Board Member. I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer for many years and helping with whatever needed to be done, but now I look forward to being more of an ambassador and really getting the word out about what the BCRC offers our community. I also hope to get others more engaged. Finally, I want to help spread the message about the importance of self-exams—for women and men. Awareness and early detection are so important.
Sivlana: During this past year, many people have struggled with isolation and anxiety. What do you do to find personal happiness?
Maurice: It has been a very difficult year for so many and this topic is close to my heart. I am very grateful to have many things in my life that bring me joy. Time with my family, sports, hobbies, and teaching are all things that bring me happiness.
Sivlana: What are some of your favorite things about living in Santa Barbara?
Maurice: I moved to Santa Barbara in 2006 from Brazil and when I first moved here, I remember that we had a neighbor immediately show up with an Apple Pie to welcome us. This appreciation for the warmth and sense of community has never left. Santa Barbara has been an ideal place to raise a family.
Sivlana: Who are your heroes in real life and/or fiction?
Maurice: In real life, my grandfather for his unconditional love, compassion, and support. In fiction, Batman. He has always been my favorite because he is just a regular human who does good things without seeking the spotlight. He does good things because it’s the right thing to do.
Sivlana: Is there anything you would like to tell us that most people don’t know about you?
Maurice: I mentioned that sports are something that brings me happiness. When I was younger, I competed in horse jumping for almost 20 years and was on the Brazil National Team. I’m also a black belt in jiu-jitsu and now teach it at UCSB.