DOWNEY - There's an adage that states, "If you want something done, ask a busy person." That was certainly the case with Elise and Brian Saylors, who recently agreed to serve as co-chairs of Downey Regional Medical Center's 34th annual Charter Ball.They're the parents of four children, ranging in age from 6 to 16. They are both busy and dedicated professionals - Brian is a certified public accountant and managing partner of Strayer Saylors & Associates, an accounting firm with offices in Downey and Anaheim; Elise is a registered nurse and director of quality management at Downey Regional. Brian is currently serving as president of Downey Rotary while Elise is furthering her nursing education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Born and raised in La Mirada, Brian served as a missionary in Sao Paolo, Brazil (through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) after graduating from La Mirada High School. During his time in Brazil, he became proficient in Portuguese and later picked up Spanish while enrolled at Cal State Long Beach. He is trilingual to this day. Brian and Elise met in 1987 and married a year later. They moved to Downey that year, with Brian initially working as a detention service officer at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. After earning a B.S. in Accounting, he joined the Long Beach office of Deloitte & Touche, later holding senior accounting positions with Bowers Ambulance Service and PacifiCare Health Systems. In 2000, Brian decided to open his own accounting practice in Downey, later merging with Strayer and Associates. Brian also lends his accounting expertise as a member of the Supervisory Committee at Downey Federal Credit Union. Elise was born in Montana and raised in Southern California. Before meeting Brian, she had attended Brigham Young University. After they were married, she completed her nursing education at Cerritos College. She has worked as a registered nurse at Downey Regional since 1990, serving in her current position since 1997. Brian and Elise have four children, Ethan (16), Candice (14), Spencer (11) and Mason (6), who were all born at Downey Regional. The family recently moved to Yorba Linda. "I want to ensure a good future for my children," explained Brian. "This is my main motivation. And, since I've been blessed, I also want to give back to the community. This is one of the reasons why we agreed to co-chair the Charter Ball." "With the change in the economy there are more people losing their jobs and their insurance; it is even more critical to raise money for the hospital," commented Elise. "That's another reason we agreed to co-chair this year's Charter Ball - to help keep the hospital in top condition for the community we serve." Downey Regional Medical Center's 34th annual Charter Ball will be held Oct. 3 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. For more information, call (562) 904-5055.
********** Published: June 26, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 10