Darlene earned a B.A in Theatre; a second degree, an M.A., in the field of speech pathology; and a third degree, that of Educational Specialist (Ed. S). She is faculty Emerita at SDSU. Over the years, Darlene has served on City of San Diego boards and commissions, requiring Mayoral and City Council approval, including: the Advisory Board on Women, Horton Plaza Theatre Foundation (president); Commission on Arts & Culture; Parks and Recreation Board; and the Balboa Park Committee (vice-president and president). She was president of the County of San Diego Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In addition, she has been involved in Balboa Park activities in other ways. Darlene served for four terms on the Board of the Old Globe Theatre (now The Old Globe) and two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Museum. Her 19 part published history of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition was buried in the Patrons of the Prado 2015 centennial time capsule in the Craig Noel Garden. In 2016, memorabilia from her Old Globe Theatre collection at the SDSU Library were displayed at the downtown San Diego Public Library, along with other artifacts, as part of the traveling First Folio exhibit from the Folger Library in Washington D.C. For six years, Darlene was The Old Globe Historian. The recipient of more than 60 local, state, and national awards, Darlene will soon receive the Gertrude Gilbert Award from The Committee of One Hundred for her work in the area of historic preservation.

Why I Joined SDPF

The idea of providing for those parks most in need, ones in which families are experiencing recreation deficits is a powerful draw. It's an area that needs so much attention. A second reason is the fact that president Ann Dynes invited Darlene to join the Foundation. Darlene knew anything in which Ann is involved will be of the highest quality. The two of them first worked together as members of the Advisory Board on Women in the 1980s.